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Mantagua's Certified NAVIPRO Navigation Lights Mantagua's Certified NAVIPRO Navigation Lights Products enabling lighter, faster and safer sailing from upffront.com Lighter, faster and safer sailing is our mantra. Thus, we're excited to launch our new product category - Navigation Lights - on Upffront.com, to keep you safe at sea. by Kerri Robson Posted 6 May 17:00 BST Getting set for Poole Week 2021 Getting set for Poole Week 2021 Having had to take a year out, Poole Week is back this August! Sponsored by Bournemouth Digital, Poole Week is one of the country's most popular sailing weeks for dinghies and small keelboats, offering friendly yet competitive racing, great social events and much more. by David Harding Posted 6 May 16:49 BST In conversation with Jelte Liebrand In conversation with Jelte Liebrand The tech-savvy navigation entrepreneur savvy navvy is the boating app that puts all your essential marine information in one place: tidal graphs, weather forecasts, automatically updated chart data, routing, GPS tracking, marina information and more. We spoke to founder Jelte Liebrand... by Mark Jardine Posted 6 May 13:44 BST UK Double Handed Offshore Series race 1 UK Double Handed Offshore Series race 1 A 91nm race run by RORC opens the series This is a new series for doublehanded offshore boats founded by Henry Bomby whose career includes four Solitaire du Figaro campaigns. The objective is to cherry pick the best Offshore Races each year and combine them into one season long series. by Kate Cope Posted 6 May 12:09 BST Stokes Bay Sailing Club Catamaran Open preview Stokes Bay Sailing Club Catamaran Open preview Sailors eagerly anticipating the first big catamaran event of the season Catamaran sailors from various classes are eagerly anticipating the first big catamaran event of the season, which will be at Stokes Bay Sailing Club, in the centre of the south coast. by Emma Pearson Posted 6 May 11:03 BST Record Breaking Boat, Record Breaking Team Record Breaking Boat, Record Breaking Team Michael Walsh, Phil Barnett and Neil Paton: an intriguing story of boat and skipper When Michael Walsh, Phil Barnett and Neil Paton teamed in the 18ft Skiff Prudential and won the 1989 JJ Giltinan on Sydney Harbour, they equalled the 1981 record set by the legendary Color 7 team of Iain Murray, Andrew Buckland and Don Buckley. by Frank Quealey Posted 6 May 07:10 BST 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 4 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 4 Fresher winds create the opportunity for a change in the leaderboard A fresher breeze on Day 4 of the 470 European Championships at Vilamoura, Portugal, created the opportunity for a change in the leaderboard in the Mens event, while the leaders consolidated their overnight position in the Womens and Mixed classes. by Int 470 Class/Sail-World.com/nz Posted 6 May 03:13 BST World's fastest tris set for Rolex Fastnet Race World's fastest tris set for Rolex Fastnet Race Maxi Edmond de Rothschild headlines the Ultimes taking part While the Vendée Globe grabbed headlines over the winter with a record fleet of 31 boats, France boasts a yet more extraordinary fleet of boats - the Ultimes. by James Boyd / RORC Posted 5 May 21:11 BST Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship day 2 Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship day 2 France and States consolidate leadership, Cascais Bay gives participants headaches On the second day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship, the forty Olympic class boats filled the bay of Cascais with colour to complete the three races planned for the day. by Clube Naval de Cascais Posted 5 May 20:51 BST Star World Championship to be held at Kiel Week Star World Championship to be held at Kiel Week No less than 80 of the two-man keelboats are expected The Star World Championship returns to Kiel. And this September, two events are on the schedule at once. For the Junior Star Worlds, 40 boats are expected and for the Star World Championship no less than 80 of the two-man keelboats are expected. by Hermann Hell Posted 5 May 20:20 BST Musto renews Musto Skiff Class sponsorship Musto renews Musto Skiff Class sponsorship Ensuring that the class is supported with both funding, activities and prizes Ovington Boats and the Musto Skiff Class Association (MSCA) have confirmed that the world leading technical clothing brand, Musto, has renewed its longstanding contract with the class to continue as their Title Sponsor for a further five years. by Musto Skiff Class Association Posted 5 May 16:52 BST Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy A strong entry of 18 boats race over the early May Bank Holiday weekend The 2021 Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy for the Etchells class was run by the Royal Yacht Squadron over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend 1st-3rd May. by Jake Hardman Posted 5 May 16:41 BST GP14s at Papercourt GP14s at Papercourt A light wind day for the 16 Southern Travellers Sixteen sailors from Papercourt, Frensham, Burghfield and Welsh Harp braved ongoing COVID constraints and a poor wind forecast to kick of the 2021 GP14 Southern Travellers season. by David Innes Posted 5 May 16:27 BST Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet builds steadily Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet builds steadily Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered, currently ranging in size from the mighty 42.56 metre (140 feet) ClubSwan 125 Skorpios down to the 9.14m (29.12 ft) Pogo 30 One and Only. by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 5 May 14:14 BST RS Electric Boats Pulse 63 RS Electric Boats Pulse 63 Next Generation Electric RIB developed Following an overwhelmingly positive response to the Pulse 58, the world's first electric RIB with a fully integrated electric drive launched at Dusseldorf Boat Show 2020, RS Electric Boats has further developed the boat's design and technology. by Felicity Pearson, RS Electric Boats Posted 5 May 13:12 BST 2021 KSSA Opening Splash Regatta at Downs 2021 KSSA Opening Splash Regatta at Downs A much-welcomed return to sailing for the Kent Schools Sailing Association The 2021 Opening Splash Regatta on May 1st was a much-welcomed return to sailing for the Kent Schools Sailing Association. Incredibly it's been over 20 months since the KSSA has been able to run a regatta. by Jon Bentman Posted 5 May 12:11 BST Conwy Fife One Designs Season's First Race Conwy Fife One Designs Season's First Race After a long, long, wait of 19 months After a long, long, wait of 19 months and following a few days of rigging and re rigging as we tried to remember how the boats went together (it took me 20 minutes to work out how my runners should be rigged!). by Mike Hardie Posted 5 May 11:38 BST National 12s at Salcombe National 12s at Salcombe Dinghy Shack Series held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend In usual fashion for the first May Bank Holiday Weekend, the National 12 fleet descended on Salcombe for 3 days of sunshine, ice cream and sailing. A few regulars from the fleet were absent so 10 N12s, and 20 sailors, took to the water. by George Finch Posted 5 May 11:12 BST Only 4 days left to pre-register for Bass Week Only 4 days left to pre-register for Bass Week The team are hard at work with preparations for this year's event Only 4 days left to pre-register for Bass Week 2021, sponsored by the Lakes Distillery and Craftinsure. by Bass Press Posted 5 May 10:57 BST John Siggers Pursuit Race at Draycote Water John Siggers Pursuit Race at Draycote Water A course covering most of the lake in full-on conditions The forecast was to be windy and get windier, and it did not disappoint! Racing was full-on as the OD set a course covering most of the lake, while the RYA training groups for Fevas, Toppers and Optimists filled any remaining spaces. by Jeremy Atkins Posted 5 May 07:20 BST Pwllheli Sailing Club Spring Series weekend 1 Pwllheli Sailing Club Spring Series weekend 1 Including the first MUSTO ISORA race of the season On a weekend that received the sad news of the cancellation of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta 2021, it was a very positive start to both the Pwllheli Sailing Club Spring Series and the MUSTO ISORA season. by Vicky Cox Posted 5 May 07:12 BST 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 3 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 3 Two races sailed for the three fleets in challenging conditions Two races sailed for the three fleets on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans being staged at Vilamoura, Portugal. by International 470 Class Association Posted 5 May 00:46 BST Vaikobi launches New FlexForce Range Vaikobi launches New FlexForce Range Designed specifically for Dinghy, Foiling and Sportsboat sailors Australian based Watersports brand Vaikobi, has launched their new range of FlexForce High Performance Sailing wetsuits, designed specifically for Dinghy, Foiling and Sports boat sailors. by Vaikobi Media Posted 4 May 20:22 BST Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship day 1 Cascais 49er & 49erFx Championship day 1 38 boats in the Portuguese sailing Mecca On the first day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er Fx Championship, the Olympic fleet composed of 28 boats, of the 49erFx class, plus 10 boats, of the 49er class, fulfilled the day's schedule when holding the three scheduled races for each class. by Clube Naval de Cascais Posted 4 May 20:14 BST Bembridge Redwing & One-Design racing Bembridge Redwing & One-Design racing Early May Bank Holiday is always the first weekend for the Redwings Although the One-Designs started racing after Easter, the early May Bank Holiday is always the first weekend for the Redwings. The forecast for Saturday afternoon was for a light cyclonic breeze and rain at times; and this is exactly what happened! by Mike Samuelson Posted 4 May 19:02 BST Tom Dolan prepares with French Ace Gildas Mahé Tom Dolan prepares with French Ace Gildas Mahé For the Transat En Double Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy Next weekend Irish racer Tom Dolan will line up at the start of the 3,890 nautical miles Transat En Double Concarneau - Saint-Barthelemy harbouring realistic hopes of finishing on the podium. by Andi Robertson Posted 4 May 18:54 BST RS800 Rooster National Tour at Stokes Bay RS800 Rooster National Tour at Stokes Bay Luke and Emma McEwen win a very tricky day Despite a pessimistic forecast, the fleet was released on time for racing to start at midday. The wind, unfortunately however, did not want to play ball, resulting in every wind direction in different areas of the course. by Joe and Ben Bradley Posted 4 May 17:03 BST Captain Tom 100 Marks Challenge at Ullswater Captain Tom 100 Marks Challenge at Ullswater Sailing round as many marks on the lake as they could Members of Ullswater Yacht Club launched into the national Captain Tom 100 Challenge over the Bank Holiday weekend by sailing round as many marks on the lake as they could - and were delighted at the final total of 694. by Sue Giles Posted 4 May 16:10 BST Entry Open for British Classic Week Entry Open for British Classic Week The UK's premier classic yacht regatta will take place in Cowes this July Organised by the British Classic Yacht Club, the UK's premier classic yacht regatta will take place in Cowes from 17th to 24th July 2021. by Helen Porter Posted 4 May 15:07 BST Vendée Globe - On course for 2024 Vendée Globe - On course for 2024 A starter for 10... they have done it before and already said 'yes' The huge wave of enthusiasm for the Vendée Globe during and after the last edition means there are more and more solo skippers intimating their plans to do the next race which will start November 2024. by Vendée Globe Posted 4 May 15:04 BST World's best sailors primed for epic Finn Gold Cup World's best sailors primed for epic Finn Gold Cup An iconic trophy that is reputed to be more difficult to win than an Olympic Gold medal The Finn Gold Cup has been part of the fabric of the sport of sailing for 65 years, an iconic trophy that is reputed to be more difficult to win than an Olympic Gold medal. by Robert Deaves Posted 4 May 13:28 BST Burnham Week 2021 open for entry Burnham Week 2021 open for entry Full steam ahead for premier east coast regatta This premier east coast regatta (28 August-4 September) at Burnham-on-Crouch traditionally takes place to include the August Bank Holiday, which means now is the time to plan that all-important nautical staycation. by Sue Pelling Posted 4 May 12:53 BST Downwind light wind sail controls Downwind light wind sail controls RYA Dinghy Racing Channel builds on previous upwind video tutorial In this video, Shaun Priestley demonstrates some of the key settings for your sail controls when sailing downwind in light winds. For this example, we are looking at wind speeds between 2 to 7 knots. by Tom Chamberlain, RYA Posted 4 May 12:00 BST RS Elite Spring Regatta at Hayling Island RS Elite Spring Regatta at Hayling Island A low-key but highly competitive start to the 2021 season The RS Elite fleet got off to a low-key but highly competitive start to the 2021 season after having all open events in 2020 cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. by Alasdair McLeod Posted 4 May 11:43 BST Sovereign's Cup 2021 confirmed for June 23rd-26th Sovereign's Cup 2021 confirmed for June 23rd-26th A pent-up demand among all sailors to get back racing Kinsale Yacht Club is delighted to confirm its intention to hold the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup 23rd to 26th June 2021. by Michele Kennelly Posted 4 May 10:16 BST Salcombe Yawl Open Early May Open 2021 Salcombe Yawl Open Early May Open 2021 27 boats and 54 sailors out on the water in Salcombe Twenty-seven Salcombe Yawls with fifty four sailors emerged to take part in their first open weekend of the season. The Red (modern) fleet and the Blue (classic fleet) were evenly divided, with thirteen Reds and fourteen Blues. by David Greening Posted 4 May 06:46 BST 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 2 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 2 Kiwi, Spanish and an Israeli crew lead the Mens, Womens and Mixed divisions The Kiwi mens 470 team moved into top spot on the Day 2 leaderboard after an afternoon of light air racing in Vilamoura, Portugal. Spain leads the womens event, with an Israeli crew lead the Mixed division. by International 470 Class Association Posted 3 May 22:39 BST Alternate reality Alternate reality Is the Paris 2024 10th medal hammering a square peg in a round hole? This time 40 years ago the drummer Nick Mason released an album called Fictitious Sports. As with his band Pink Floyd, Hipgnosis were called upon for the album art, creating the image you see above, which seemed apt as an intro for this editorial. by Mark Jardine Posted 3 May 21:30 BST IKA event update May 2021 IKA event update May 2021 The first international kiteboarding events will commence as planned from July onwards With travel restrictions easing and mass vaccination progressing quickly, the first international kiteboarding events will commence as planned from July onwards. by International Kiteboarding Association Posted 3 May 15:50 BST Cadet Alf Simmonds Trophy at Waldringfield Cadet Alf Simmonds Trophy at Waldringfield A change of venue so that as many sailors as possible could take part With Covid necessitating a change of venue where the fleet could get to without needing overnight accommodation, this year's Alf Simmonds Trophy was moved from Weymouth to Waldringfield and turned into a one day, four race affair. by Neil Collingridge Posted 3 May 15:31 BST 2024 Olympic Mixed Keelboat update 2024 Olympic Mixed Keelboat update Clarification regarding the Mixed Two Person Offshore Event to be communicated to the IOC The Oceanic and Offshore Committee recommends that World Sailing recognize the following clarification regarding the Mixed Two Person Offshore Event and communicates this new information to the IOC. by Matt Allen / Corinne Migraine Posted 3 May 08:55 BST Final 2020-21 weekend for the Bembridge Illusions Final 2020-21 weekend for the Bembridge Illusions St George's Day, Woodford Long Distance Race and Bill's Barrel Saturday, the penultimate day of racing of the 2020-2021 Illusion season was a frustrating one! The forecast was for light cyclonic conditions and that was exactly what was delivered! by Mike Samuelson Posted 3 May 07:08 BST International 5-05 Day - 5th May International 5-05 Day - 5th May Celebrating the 60+ years of history and community The International 5O5 Sailing Class has adopted the 5th May as International 5O5 Day to celebrate the 60+ years of history and community. by Michael Quirk Posted 3 May 06:55 BST Chichester Optimist Open Chichester Optimist Open Skies brighten just in time for racing As the competitors arrived at CYC there was a downpour of hail and sleet on the approach to Chichester. Once at the club the competitors rigged and distributed themselves between the clubs two beaches. by Mark Green Posted 2 May 21:13 BST 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 1 2021 470 Europeans at Vilamoura, Portugal day 1 81 teams from 25 countries are taking part At the top of the Men's fleet scoreboard is the Spanish crew Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez after a 10th, 2nd and 4th in the three races of the day. by International 470 Class Association Posted 2 May 21:04 BST RORC Spring Series Race 3 and 2H Offshore Race RORC Spring Series Race 3 and 2H Offshore Race Whooper and Jago celebrate in Cowes The Royal Ocean Racing Club organised two races over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 58 boats entered, including a 91nm race for IRC Two Handed, the first overnight race of the year. by Louay Habib Posted 2 May 20:50 BST TF35 Trophy Day overall TF35 Trophy Day overall Alinghi wins the opening Grand Prix At the skippers briefing in the morning PRO Benoit Deutsch warned that the day looked difficult as the early sunshine was forecast to give way to storm surges and thunder. by TF35 Press Posted 2 May 20:43 BST Grafham Belle set to ring the changes Grafham Belle set to ring the changes Seldén SailJuice Winter Series set to continue this summer Even though the days are getting longer and warmer, the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is set to continue with the Grafham Belle, a brand new multiclass handicap event being hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club on Saturday 29 May and Sunday 30 May. by Andy Rice Posted 2 May 20:37 BST
Mantagua's Certified NAVIPRO Navigation LightsLighter, faster and safer sailing is our mantra. Thus, we're excited to launch our new product category - Navigation Lights - on Upffront.com, to keep you safe at sea.In conversation with Jelte Liebrandsavvy navvy is the boating app that puts all your essential marine information in one place: tidal graphs, weather forecasts, automatically updated chart data, routing, GPS tracking, marina information and more. We spoke to founder Jelte Liebrand...Vaikobi launches New FlexForce RangeAustralian based Watersports brand Vaikobi, has launched their new range of FlexForce High Performance Sailing wetsuits, designed specifically for Dinghy, Foiling and Sports boat sailors.Alternate realityThis time 40 years ago the drummer Nick Mason released an album called Fictitious Sports. As with his band Pink Floyd, Hipgnosis were called upon for the album art, creating the image you see above, which seemed apt as an intro for this editorial.A Community on the WaterAs life slowly becomes more like how we remembered, as events, regattas, and races get planned with fingers crossed, we'd like to share with your our campaign to form stronger communities, great attitudes, and supportive roles within our watery world.SailGP season opener serves and frustratesI take my hat off to the logistics team that the event happened at all. With a lockdown in Bermuda and the general difficulties in travel, getting eight international teams and the paraphernalia to a small island in the North Atlantic was no mean feat.Zhik's new Z-SkinZhik's Z-Skin® Top has evolved for 2021 to become one of the thinnest ever, skin-fitting neoprene tops. It's the perfect performance top to crossover high activity sailing and watersports, including paddling, body boarding and surfing.Nurture the roots to enjoy the fruitWithout doubt, my favourite day on the water all year is when I run the first Junior Sailing session of the year at my local club.Karver KF V3 Furler Accessories GuideThe Karver KF V3 range is now available at upffront.com and with this latest iteration of their popular KF furlers, Karver have moved away from dedicated top-down drums in favour of a more flexible modular system.World Sailing's double problemFollowing on from the International Olympic Committee's six-week notice to World Sailing about their concerns over the Mixed Offshore Event at Paris 2024, the sport's governing body held a Townhall Meeting of their Board and Council.Sunsail collaborates with savvy navvyA recent collaboration between Sunsail UK and marine tech company savvy navvy will see Sunsail skippers integrate the boating app into their digital navigation classes.Can You Feel It?Well? Can you? The Jacksons certainly did back in 1980 with this single from their Triumph album. Some of the names that went into included the exceptionally talented, and most sought after Greg Phillinganes on ivories, and then one Venetta Fields.New arrival from Henri-Lloyd - M-PRO Navy BlockConstructed from the rugged and durable GORE-TEX PRO fabric, the new M-PRO Navy Block features the same incredible features as our best-selling Pure Black series. You can be super dry, comfortable and the envy of othersThe John Westell Centenary pt.5This fifth and final programme in the series celebrating the centenary of John Westell kicks off with the 5o5, but now with John not so much as the designer but as the first volume builder of GRP FiveOs in the UK.RYA Joining Point Prize Box competitionThroughout May, June and July all clubs, training centres and marine organisations signed up to the RYA Joining Point programme will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes in the RYA Joining Point Prize Box competition.Explore. Dream. Discover.The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many. Lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased somewhat, allowing the return of grassroots sports, and the fine weather resulted in sailors heading to their local clubs.