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US wildcard team ready to fire US wildcard team ready to fireCanfield to skipper boat at Extreme Sailing Series™ San DiegoUS-flagged wildcard entry, Element Spark Compass, will join the six other international Extreme Sailing Series™ teams of elite level sailors in San Diego this weekend (18-21 October), for the West Coast Act of the 2018 Series.by Extreme Sailing Series Posted 17 Oct 12:53 BST Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 3 Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 3Community enjoy a mid-week party after racingThe Hansa World & International Championship continues. Today the Hansa 2.3 Single fleet sailed one race, the Hansa 303 Single and Liberty classes sailed two races, and the Hansa 303 Double class started in the afternoon and managed three races.by Tomoko Nishi Posted 17 Oct 11:34 BST Merlin Rockets at Blithfield Merlin Rockets at BlithfieldA particularly wet and bleak day greets competitorsA particularly wet and bleak day greeted competitors as they arrived to Blithfield SC for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event. The forecast was for a light to medium breeze from the Northwest with the afternoon brightening up a little.by Chris Gould Posted 17 Oct 11:04 BST British sailors head to Sydney for Invictus Games British sailors head to Sydney for Invictus GamesSailing makes its debut at the eventNine Brits will be flying the Union Jack as sailing makes its Invictus Games debut in Sydney this weekend.by Becky Gilbert-Wood Posted 17 Oct 10:58 BST Poole Bay Winter Series day 2 Poole Bay Winter Series day 2Rain and dark skies give way for a great day's sailingCrews were greeted by rain and dark skies in Poole Harbour for week 2 of the Poole Bay Winter Series, with a damp morning's sailing in prospect. In fact the sky cleared and the fleet enjoyed some great racing in Poole Bay.by Parkstone YC Poole Bay Winter Series Posted 17 Oct 10:52 BST Clipper Race crew #ReasonToRace: Nigel Gale Clipper Race crew #ReasonToRace: Nigel GaleNigel Gale gearing up for the 2019-20 editionWe often share stories of the 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew members who are completely new to sailing, however some participants already have a wealth of experience that they will bring to their teams.by Clipper Round the World Posted 17 Oct 10:29 BST F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida day 2 F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida day 2A early start for the competitorsThe F18 World Championship continued on Tuesday with an early start for competitors, due to varying condition on Sarasota Bay. The fleet's first race began at 10 am EST instead of the typical 11 am EST start.by Ellinor Walters Posted 17 Oct 09:32 BST Which top-down furler do I choose? Which top-down furler do I choose?Comparing options from the Karver, Facnor and Ronstan rangesOne of key our principles is to offer a good selection of hardware and rigging options with high quality technical information to give you the details you need to make informed product choices.by Diego Sosa, Upffront Posted 17 Oct 09:00 BST Seldén SailJuice Winter Series entry opens! Seldén SailJuice Winter Series entry opens!Over 160 different classes and approximately 1000 participants expectedThe 2018/19 Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, the UK's biggest winter handicap events, will constitute the same seven events as last year.by Susannah Hart, Seldén Mast Posted 17 Oct 08:00 BST Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water28 boats make the trip to the Midlands28 boats made the trip to the Midlands for the last event in the Fireball 2018 Calendar. The forecast may well have put off a few travellers with predicted winds of 22-26 knots with gusts of 48.by Colin Snowdon & Ian Dobson Posted 17 Oct 07:29 BST Multi50 class: Little racing cars of Route du Rhum Multi50 class: Little racing cars of Route du RhumThere may not be many of them, but the quality is certainly not lackingSailing their 15-metre foiling trimarans, the six competitors in this class all have their own points to prove as they make their way across the Atlantic on the 3,542-nautical mile course to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.by Route du Rhum Posted 16 Oct 19:44 BST Announcing the GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary Announcing the GJW Direct 45th Bloody MaryBack for 2019 with a new title sponsor!Save the date winter sailing fans! The GJW Direct Bloody Mary will be back for another magical day at Queen Mary Sailing Club on Saturday 12th January, 2019.by Tony Bishop Posted 16 Oct 15:51 BST Lymington Town SC Solent Circuit day 2 Lymington Town SC Solent Circuit day 2Wet and windy Western SolentConditions could not have been more different from the first race of the series as driving rain and thirty knot gusts from the north greeted competitors as they came to the start of race two.by Robin Milledge Posted 16 Oct 15:36 BST RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies, and Masters Champs RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies, and Masters ChampsSouthern Circuit Round 5 at Chew Valley Lake SCChew Valley Lake Sailing Club played host to the RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies, and Masters Championship on the 13/14 October which was also the fifth round of the RS Aero UK Southern Circuit series.by Andrew Frost Posted 16 Oct 15:29 BST Irish Squib Inlands at Lough Derg Irish Squib Inlands at Lough DergAll about the weather!The Championship weekend was all about the weather! On Thursday and Friday when the teams were arriving from every part of Ireland, they were told to expect 100km/hr winds.by Vincent Delany Posted 16 Oct 15:03 BST D-Zero Northerns at Yorkshire Dales D-Zero Northerns at Yorkshire DalesHigh winds and cold temperatures for the 14 boat fleetFourteen D-Zeros from Aberdeen to Emsworth plus the demo boat turned out for the eternally popular Yorkshire Dales Northern Open joined by nine Contenders and six Catapults in expectation of some wet and blustery sailing.by Martin Latimer Posted 16 Oct 13:03 BST Solos at Royal Harwich Solos at Royal HarwichStorm Callum bypasses the river OrwellWhilst many Solo helms decided to sit out Storm Callum at home, a lucky ten Solo helms braved yet another storm forecast to travel to sunny Suffolk.by Chris Mayhew Posted 16 Oct 12:06 BST Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 2 Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 2Vera Voorbach (NED) shows overwhelming speedThe second race day of 2018 Hansa Class World & International Championship held one race for double handed classes and two races for single handed classes.by Tomoko Nishi Posted 16 Oct 11:17 BST Former World Champ wins Etchells Pre Worlds Former World Champ wins Etchells Pre WorldsEtchells Queensland State Championship held in BrisbaneIt has certainly been testing times in Brisbane for the 2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship. This regatta served as a warm up for the main event, the World Championship, which begins on October 21 for the 95-boat armada that has amassed.by John Curnow Posted 16 Oct 09:40 BST National 12s at Ripon National 12s at RiponQuintessential Ripon winds result in close, competitive racingThe thirteen strong fleet were treated to quintessential Ripon winds that resulted in close, competitive racing throughout the day.by Tim & Ali Hampshire Posted 16 Oct 05:59 BST F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida day 1 F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida day 1Light air challenges sailors on the first dayThe F18 World Championship got their first race of the event underway today on Sarasota Bay. The fleet is comprised of 68 teams from 14 different countries, representing the best talent of the class globally.by Ellinor Walters Posted 16 Oct 05:50 BST Scorpion Inland Championship Scorpion Inland ChampionshipMinor issues with force 8 gusts and rigs breakingThe 2018 Scorpion Inland Championships started with a bang, well a couple, as two masts went on the first and only race on Saturday. It was warm, nearly 22deg and windy 35 knots and it wasn't long before the gusts of 40+ knots started appearing.by Hannah Edge Posted 15 Oct 22:43 BST Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series race 2 Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series race 2Ten boats started on a grey morningThe second race in the eight-race series took place today from the Burnham Sailing Club. The wind was slowly building from the North, leaving the town shore in the lee of the wind, and the last of the ebb flowed for the first part of the race.by Sally Harbott Posted 15 Oct 22:36 BST National Squib Inland Championship National Squib Inland Championship50th anniversary year sees new format eventOff the back of a very successful National Championship with 100 boats held during Lendy Cowes Week, 39 teams made the yearly trip to Rutland Water for the re-formatted Inlands, which had been changed from the usual five races to seven.by Jack Grogan Posted 15 Oct 21:09 BST Golden Globe Race day 106 update Golden Globe Race day 106 updateMark Slats injured during knock-downJean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to extend his lead over the seven remaining Golden Globe Race yachts now stretched across 4,800 miles of the Southern Ocean.by Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race Posted 15 Oct 20:59 BST Hamble One Design Championships Hamble One Design ChampionshipsOn week 2 of the HYS Hamble Winter SeriesAnyone who doubted that the wonderful summer of 2018 was at an end has had it confirmed during the first two weeks of the HYS Hamble Winter Series. Rain and plenty of wind from the North has had competitors digging out the layers and the waterproofs.by Trevor Pountain Posted 15 Oct 20:16 BST RYA National Ranking Series Event at Warsash RYA National Ranking Series Event at Warsash18 Finns ignore the foreboding forecasts of Storm Callum18 Finns ignored the foreboding forecasts of storm Callum to enjoy a gruelling but hugely satisfying weekend of first class Finn racing at the final BFA Traveller Series of the year. This counted as an RYA National Ranker event too.by John Heyes Posted 15 Oct 18:49 BST Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 1 Hansa World Championships in Hiroshima day 1First time the Worlds have been hosted in AsiaUnder the refreshing autumn sky, the first race started. The sailors were unable to sail out at the scheduled time due to no wind, but around 11 o'clock, wind blow from the south east.by Tomoko Nishi Posted 15 Oct 18:09 BST Pwllheli Challenge Series week 3 Pwllheli Challenge Series week 3Cork 1720s join the fleetAfter storm Callum had abandoned Saturday's racing at weekend 3 of the Pwllheli Autumn and Challenge Series, Sunday saw increased numbers with the inclusion of several Cork 1720s joining Pwllheli's growing sportsboat fleet.by Vicky Cox Posted 15 Oct 17:03 BST RC Lasers at Southport RC Lasers at SouthportConcentration was beginning to fade on the long racesOne week on and we were into round two of the Northern series across the Ribble into Southport. No fun runs, no cycle races or airshows and noticeably no wind. Well if anything it looked like it was going to be a calm day.by Tony Wilson Posted 15 Oct 15:52 BST International IRC Congress International IRC CongressA number of developments agreed for 2019Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) met in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, for two days of debate and discussion at the beginning of October. The IRC Technical Committee agreed on a number of developments for 2019.by RORC Rating Office Posted 15 Oct 14:41 BST Rolex World Sailor of the Year voting now open! Rolex World Sailor of the Year voting now open!The 11 nominated sailors represent the best of the bestThe 11 nominated sailors personify excellence and represent the best of the best in international sailing over the last 12 months with kiteboarders, offshore racers and Olympic class specialists all shortlisted.by World Sailing Posted 15 Oct 12:35 BST RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships250 sailors battle at Farmoor ReservoirAfter two days of contrasting weather, Rugby School claimed the title of youth champions racing in the Firefly while Hollowell/Shustoke took the junior honours in the RS Feva.by Will Carson / RYA Posted 15 Oct 12:12 BST Dyer Cup at Blackwater SC Dyer Cup at Blackwater SCPrizes presented by 90 year old honorary 'cadet'On Sunday 7th October a cool force 3-4 NNW wind and autumn sunshine greeted the 39 dinghies and cruisers competing at Blackwater Sailing Club in their last all-in race of the season, the Dyer Cup.by Christine Brown Posted 15 Oct 11:48 BST Blaze Inland Championship at King George Blaze Inland Championship at King GeorgeEden Hyland takes overall and Youth trophiesThe forecast was looking wild and we certainly were greeted by a chilly northern wind which was between 20-25mph. In total there was 26 entries which included 2 sailors; Gareth Hyland and Simon Beddows, that opted for their smaller Fire sailsby Eden Hyland Posted 15 Oct 11:20 BST Horning Sailing Club End of Season Regatta Horning Sailing Club End of Season RegattaA brief summary of the year's sailing conditionsHorning Sailing Club's End of Season Regatta saw a brief summary of the year's sailing conditions, with warm temperatures and breezy conditions on Saturday, followed by a damp overcast day with light winds on Sunday.by Holly Hancock Posted 15 Oct 06:20 BST Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy 2018 Bembridge Illusion Trafalgar Trophy 2018The traditional opening regatta of the Illusion season on the Isle of WightTraditionally the opening Regatta of the Bembridge Illusions winter programme is the Trafalgar Trophy and this year was no exception.by Mike Samuelson Posted 15 Oct 06:04 BST Tom Slingsby to lead Australia SailGP Team Tom Slingsby to lead Australia SailGP TeamEight-time world champion and Olympic gold medalistTom Slingsby – Olympic gold medallist, America's Cup winner, eight-time world champion and member of the Order of Australia – was today tabbed to lead the Australia SailGP Team in the global racing league's inaugural season.by SailGP Posted 15 Oct 05:54 BST Saxton and Lewis reign supreme Saxton and Lewis reign supremeAt the 2018 Endeavour TrophyBen Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins writes Sue Pelling.by Sue Pelling Posted 15 Oct 05:35 BST Start of 50th Barcolana Trieste Start of 50th Barcolana TriesteStudio Borlenghi provided this gallery of imagesStudio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from 50th Barcolana Trieste, Italy.by Carlo Borlenghi / StudioBorlenghi Posted 15 Oct 05:17 BST Tina's Boardroom battles with Dalton now a bygone Tina's Boardroom battles with Dalton now a bygoneSuzanne McFadden talks with Tina Symmans who heads up ACE - responsible for America's Cup EventsTrue story: Tina Symmans was the woman at the end of the vacuum cleaner in Emirates Team New Zealand's base in Bermuda last year. And now she's in charge of running the 2021 America's Cup in Auckland.by Suzanne McFadden Posted 15 Oct 04:57 BST Melges 24s at Lake Maggiore overall Melges 24s at Lake Maggiore overall2018 European Sailing Series comes to its end2018 Melges 24 European Sailing Series comes to its end in Luino Italy with the XV edition of Lino Favini Cup. After six events held in Punta Ala, Portoroz, Torbole, Riva del Garda, Domaso and Luino the overwhelming winner both in overall and Corinthianby IM24CA Posted 15 Oct 04:26 BST 2018 Youth Olympic Games day 8 2018 Youth Olympic Games day 8Italy and the Dominican Republic claim final Sailing goldsSofia Tomasoni (ITA) and Deury Corniel (DOM) won gold in the Kiteboarding on the last day of the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.by Liz Owen, World Sailing Posted 15 Oct 02:53 BST 5.5 Metre Herbstpreis season finale 5.5 Metre Herbstpreis season finaleMarie-Françoise XIX clinches title at Thunersee YCAfter another early gathering at the club at 0800 the race officer sent everyone afloat hoping the wind would allow racing.by Robert Deaves Posted 14 Oct 20:42 BST Lennon Performance Products October Update Lennon Performance Products October UpdateSave 15% when purchasing a product combo!Save 15% when purchasing one of Lennon's product combos! Lennon's lightweight long johns are made using #39 Yamamoto neoprene throughout.by Lennon Performance Products Posted 14 Oct 19:40 BST GC32 TPM Med Cup concludes GC32 TPM Med Cup concludesAinslie wins in Toulon, as Cammas claims his second tour titleLarge seas rolling into the Rade de Toulon's open southeasterly side prevented racing on the final day of the 2018 GC32 TPM Med Cup, last event of the GC32 Racing Tour.by GC32 Racing Tour Posted 14 Oct 19:34 BST Fleetwood Vane 36R David Rose Shield Fleetwood Vane 36R David Rose ShieldHoping the weather forecast was wrongWe had our regular early email invite from Peter Whiteside to come along on Saturday to sail for the Dave Rose Shield. With a mid-week glance at the weather forecast it was looking somewhat doubtful to whether it was really going to go ahead.by Tony Wilson Posted 14 Oct 17:07 BST Etchells Pre Worlds day 1 images Etchells Pre Worlds day 1 imagesMitchell Pearson provided this gallery of imagesMitchell Pearson provided this gallery of images from Etchells Pre Worlds day 1 taking place at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.by Mitchell Pearson Posted 14 Oct 15:03 BST
Which top-down furler do I choose?One of key our principles is to offer a good selection of hardware and rigging options with high quality technical information to give you the details you need to make informed product choices.The next steps for Project ScaramoucheProject Scaramouche has been inspiring, not just for the sailing world, but also in the wider community showing what can be done with a lot of hard work, leadership, courage and drive.Seldén SailJuice Winter Series entry opens!The 2018/19 Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, the UK's biggest winter handicap events, will constitute the same seven events as last year.Changing the face of your sailing gearSetting out to work with two Volvo Ocean Race teams was always going to be a challenge for Zhik's first official involvement with the race. Yet, it was the pinnacle opportunity to put the company's ocean yachting range to the ultimate test.Lennon Performance Products October UpdateSave 15% when purchasing one of Lennon's product combos! Lennon's lightweight long johns are made using #39 Yamamoto neoprene throughout.Competing through adversitySean Rose and his crew of ex-service personnel from the charity Supporting Wounded Veterans raced on Sunsail 4018 in The Round the Island Race 2018. This truly embodied the #RaceforAll ethos of the event.How to sail in all seasons comfortablyThe practice of 'Layering' allows sailors to adapt quickly and easily to these changing conditions. The key is to have a combination of layers on hand and with a simple add or remove you can take of the chill or sort an overheating issue in no time!Ghost HuntingIt is now many years since my first ever linked series of articles appeared in print, when I wrote for Dinghy Magazine about some of the dinghy classes that had been lost through time. The series opened with a question; "Have you seen a Ghost?".P&B's Autumn saleMassive price drop on loads of items. Shop online with P&B for the latest offers!Stakes are high for 2018 Endeavour gloryThe Endeavour Trophy takes place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-On-Crouch, from 12-14 October. It is the only event of its type in the dinghy sailing calendar.Inaugural Marlow Rope-Show held at Hayling IslandThe inaugural Marlow Rope-Show at Hayling Island Sailing Club was held on Wednesday 10th October and the team were very pleased to welcome 38 people.Every Nimbus cloud has a silver liningOne of the more interesting side stories to come out of last season featured the disposal by auction of the Andrew Thornhill collection of classic sailing dinghies. Going under the hammer were wide ranging examples of our dinghy sailing heritage.Nick Black discusses Internal Headsail LocksIn our last post we talked about the pros and cons of External versus Internal lock systems. Here we'll look more closely at the internal systems available, which tend to be aimed at the performance-oriented programs that are prepared to pay more.Musto wetsuits and D3O Impact Protection PadsYachtsandYachting.com spoke to British Sailing Team Olympic Nacra 17 sailors during World Cup Series Enoshima: John Gimson, Anna Burnet and Ben Saxton. Unfortunately, Ben's crew Nikki Bonniface was unavailable with a shoulder injury.Feedback from the RYA Satisfaction SurveyFollowing the launch of the RYA Regional Plans back in 2017, the RYA have been committed to helping clubs decrease membership churn. Club membership churn is defined as 'the proportion of club membership leaving per annum' and reducing it is a key tactic.Ainslie on the GC32 Racing TourGetting to compete against the greatest Olympic sailor of all time has provided much delight for competitors on the GC32 Racing Tour this season.