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The incomparable Vendée Globe The incomparable Vendée Globe This is ocean racing in its purest form For a race that only started in 1989, the Vendée Globe has reached iconic status in the intervening time. Taking place every four years, this is ocean racing in its purest form; single-handed, non-stop around the world in 60-foot monohulls. by Mark Jardine Posted 26 Oct 22:00 GMT Youth Foiling World Cup set for Hong Kong Youth Foiling World Cup set for Hong Kong Things are hotting up in Hong Kong and for the right reasons! Things are hotting up in Hong Kong and for the right reasons! With only five days to go to the entry deadline we have a strong cadre of teams signed up to participate in this groundbreaking event. And not just any teams! by RHKYC Media Posted 26 Oct 20:22 GMT HYS Hamble Winter Series - Race Week 4 HYS Hamble Winter Series - Race Week 4 Storm Barbara puts paid to Saturday's racing This week should have seen the culmination of the Hamble One Design Championships, with racing on both Saturday and Sunday. However, the Weather Gods, or Storm Barbara as they were called last week, had other ideas. by Trevor Pountain Posted 26 Oct 18:42 GMT Windfoilers wow at first ever iQFoil Worlds Windfoilers wow at first ever iQFoil Worlds Britain's elite windsurfers proved their strength in depth with an impressive show Less than a year since the iQFoil was announced as the equipment of choice for windfoiling's debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics, a 19-strong British contingent headed to Italy's Lake Garda to see how they shaped up against the rest of the world. by British Sailing Team Posted 26 Oct 16:28 GMT Musto Customers' Choice Musto Customers' Choice Products given rave reviews by Musto's most important critics All of these products were given rave reviews by Musto's most important critics: YOU. by Musto Posted 26 Oct 14:00 GMT Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Clarisse Cremer Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Clarisse Cremer "There is still a lot unknown to me on this Vendée Globe" In what is actually a very short time Clarisse Cremer has gone from the Mini Transat in 2017 to the IMOCA and the Vendée Globe in 2020. But at the age of 30 years old, nothing seems to distub her chirpy demeanour and her unquenchable thirst for learning. by Vendee Globe Posted 26 Oct 10:24 GMT Clevedon Sailing Club Autumn Trophy Clevedon Sailing Club Autumn Trophy A 'members only' event due to the Covid situation This year's Autumn Trophy took place on Sunday 25th Oct and was a 'members only' event due to the Covid situation. There was plenty of wind, albeit in a shifty southerly direction, sunshine at times, showers and dramatic skies. by Martin Gibson Posted 26 Oct 09:24 GMT Marlow Ropes Bio-based Dyneema® Marlow Ropes Bio-based Dyneema® What is so special about this sustainable material? As part of Marlow's BLUE OCEAN® sustainability mission we introduced Bio-based Dyneema® fibre into our Leisure Marine rope range earlier this year. But what is so special about this sustainable material? by Sian Killean Posted 26 Oct 08:00 GMT 70th Bermuda Gold Cup set for competition 70th Bermuda Gold Cup set for competition All sailors, race committee, umpires and support staff clear COVID testing After a year in which too many regattas were postponed or cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the spectre of International One-Design (IOD) sloops thrashing about Hamilton Harbour is welcomed by all associated with the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup. by Sean McNeill Posted 26 Oct 06:11 GMT Video: Pedal down for PATRIOT Video: Pedal down for PATRIOT Pushing early and pushing hard a week after the AC75's launch With one week since her launch, and just over 7 weeks until the four America's Cup AC75's go racing, PATRIOT is being pushed early, and pushed hard. by American Magic Posted 26 Oct 05:51 GMT RS200s SW Ugly Tour at St Mawes RS200s SW Ugly Tour at St Mawes "Racing a game of two halves!" Four weeks ago there was not an event in the racing schedule; however with a great get up and go attitude, St Mawes decided that they could run an event themselves. by Penni Vincent Posted 25 Oct 21:35 GMT MC38 2020 Season Act 5 on Sydney Harbour MC38 2020 Season Act 5 on Sydney Harbour Lazy Dog wins and InfoTrack debuts Seasoned campaigners Lazy Dog (MHYC), skippered by Shaun Lane for Act 5 with co-owner Quentin Stewart unable to make the series, wrapped up the pointscore with a four-point breather to Lightspeed. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted 25 Oct 21:29 GMT Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Ari Huusela Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Ari Huusela "I am a finisher" Full time career airline pilot Ari Huusela will return to his job flying long haul with FinnAir after his Vendée Globe. The solo racer from Finland is putting his desire to finish as his top priority as he seeks to realise a dream of more than 20 years. by Vendee Globe Posted 25 Oct 15:06 GMT Optimist Europeans is a great success Optimist Europeans is a great success Despite challenges in Portorož, Slovenia After only four months of preparation, and with all the Covid-19 protocols to follow and safety measures to comply with, the Pirat Sailing Club in Portorož, Slovenia, successfully brought the 2020 Optimist European Championships to the end. by International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Posted 25 Oct 10:18 GMT Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Kojiro Shiraishi Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Kojiro Shiraishi Back with a brand new VPLP design After retiring into Cape Town in 2016 when the top of his mast broke, Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi is back with a brand new VPLP design which is a sistership to Jérémie Beyou's Charal. by Vendee Globe Posted 25 Oct 10:01 GMT My heart now belongs to Punta My heart now belongs to Punta Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez, Skipper of Punta del Este, pens an open letter Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez, Skipper of Punta del Este, pens an open letter sharing his personal highlights from Punta del Este stopover. by Clipper Round the World Race Posted 25 Oct 09:05 GMT 18ft Skiff Club Championship race 1 18ft Skiff Club Championship race 1 tech2 team master the 25-knot Southerly wind on Sydney Harbour The Australian champion tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake mastered the 25-knot Southerly wind, which battered the 18ft Skiff fleet, to score a brilliant victory. by Frank Quealey Posted 25 Oct 08:45 GMT iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda overall iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda overall Sebastian Koerdel and Noy Drihan win at Campione A drizzly and slow wake up on the last morning of the IQFOiL International Games, Lake Garda, organised by Univela sailing, Società Canottieri Garda Salò and the iQ FOiL Class; but the sun, just like the excitement, was just behind a thin layer of clouds by Rachele Vitello Posted 25 Oct 06:47 GMT Olympic offshore event will educate sailing fans Olympic offshore event will educate sailing fans Paris 2024 Olympic Games will capture the imagination of sailing fans around the world American Lush, from Rhode Island, grew up racing dinghies but stepped into the offshore world several years ago, and has chalked up over 40,000 nautical miles offshore over the last six years. by World Sailing Posted 24 Oct 21:57 BST Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia overall Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia overall Event called to an early end due to the region being red-listed When we sailed out earlier today, we had no idea this is going to be the last racing day of our European Championship. But due to the Covid-19 in Slovenia and the Coastal region just being red-listed, this type of sports events are being cancelled. by International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Posted 24 Oct 21:54 BST 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race: Inspiring performance 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race: Inspiring performance The race always demands the highest standards in sailors The Rolex Middle Sea Race always demands the highest standards in sailors of all generations, both professional and Corinthian. This year, the 41st edition, demonstrated profoundly the human endeavour required to succeed. by Quinag Posted 24 Oct 18:19 BST 15 days to the start of the Vendée Globe 15 days to the start of the Vendée Globe Les Sables d'Olonne has enjoyed great weather for the passionate crowds. If the capacity has been limited due to the health situation, and face masks and careful monitoring are the order of the day, the level of interest and excitement is every bit as great as ever before. by Vendee Globe Posted 24 Oct 16:16 BST Delivering an AGM in different stages of lockdown Delivering an AGM in different stages of lockdown Club Zone explores the options for clubs In this week's Club Zone video, Adam explores the options for clubs to be able to hold their AGMs in the various stages of the current lockdown. by Tom Chamberlain Posted 24 Oct 11:14 BST IRC Race Management resources updated IRC Race Management resources updated These updates include ideas for reducing crew numbers and highlighting the benefits for club racing. Clubs running yacht racing using the International Rating Certificate (IRC) rating rule can find a myriad of useful resources on the IRC website. by RORC Rating Office Posted 24 Oct 08:44 BST Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Yannick Bestaven Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Yannick Bestaven "There is a lot of pressure in what we do" In his 2014 built Maitre Coq IV Yannick Bestaven has a well proven boat he knows well. He feels he is pitching for a top five, top six. We caught up with him on his boat... by Vendee Globe Posted 24 Oct 08:37 BST Supernovas at Haversham Supernovas at Haversham A great turn out of 26 competitors for Noble Marine Travellers' Open We had a great turn out of 26 competitors for the last Supernova 2020 Travellers' Series again sailed with COVID safe protocols. The day started with light 4 to 8 mph winds and spells of autumn sunshine making the conditions pleasant but a little slow. by Gavin Young Posted 24 Oct 07:32 BST iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda day 4 iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda day 4 No racing today, final series tomorrow Day four ended up being a forced rest day for the almost 200 riders coming from 29 nations for the first big, global event of the Paris 2024 Olympic sail board, organised on lake Garda, by Univela Sailing, Società Velica Garda Salò and the iQ Foil Class. by Rachele Vitello Posted 23 Oct 22:12 BST SailGP diversity, equity and inclusion initiative SailGP diversity, equity and inclusion initiative Launched as part of Race for the Future Following the announcement of its Race for the Future purpose-led agenda aimed at accelerating change to a cleaner and more inclusive future, SailGP today rolled out its first major diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. by SailGP Posted 23 Oct 21:34 BST Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: The results are in Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: The results are in Only one boat is left at sea The 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race is virtually done and dusted. Only one boat is left at sea, her crew clearly set on completing the course despite the likelihood that they will finish outside the race time limit. by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 23 Oct 20:58 BST Sport Ireland clarify Level 5 restrictions Sport Ireland clarify Level 5 restrictions Living with COVID 19 level 5 plan for sailing The Sport Ireland Expert Group has issued clarification on L5 Restrictions as they apply to sporting activities. Irish Sailing has now published it's Living with Covid 19 - Level 5 plan for sailing, along with a set of FAQ's to give further clarity. by Irish Sailing Posted 23 Oct 20:01 BST Dinghy Sailing Top Tips: Widening your wind range Dinghy Sailing Top Tips: Widening your wind range Make the most of your sailing sessions despite the colder weather In the video Shaun Preistley gives tips on how you can make the most of your sailing sessions despite the colder weather and more challenging conditions. Make the boat easier to sail, give you longer on the water and prevent capsizes. by James Eaves, RYA Posted 23 Oct 14:22 BST Final day to get your nomination in! Final day to get your nomination in! For the YJA MS Amlin International Sailor of the Decade Today is the final day to get your nomination in for the YJA MS Amlin 'International Sailor of the Decade' award. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 23rd November. by YJA / MS Amlin Posted 23 Oct 12:48 BST 11th Hour Racing Team to return to Europe 11th Hour Racing Team to return to Europe After seven weeks of training in Newport, Rhode Island After seven weeks of training in Newport, Rhode Island, 11th Hour Racing Team has unveiled its winter 2020 plans, starting with a Transatlantic crossing from the USA to Concarneau, France, at the end of October. by 11th Hour Racing Team Posted 23 Oct 11:51 BST BRITANNIA takes flight in Auckland BRITANNIA takes flight in Auckland First sail out of the Waitemata Harbour for INEOS TEAM UK's new race boat On Friday 23rd October, BRITANNIA, INEOS TEAM UK's new race boat for the 36th America's Cup, took flight on her first sail out of the Waitemata Harbour. by Nick Heemskerk Posted 23 Oct 09:29 BST Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 3 Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 3 Qualifications completed, finals start Friday Today's third racing day concluded the qualifications of 2020 Optimist Europeans in Portorož, Slovenia. As scheduled, both girls' fleets successfully finished three races today, and the boys' fleets had two, so they're both finishing the qualifying series by International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Posted 23 Oct 06:35 BST Rooster RS300 Inlands at Burghfield Rooster RS300 Inlands at Burghfield Venue steps up to host the event Burghfield SC generously stepped in as change of venue for the 2020 Inland Championship. by Martin Harrison Posted 23 Oct 06:33 BST Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century Vote for the best videos produced since 2000 The 2020 edition of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award is officially launched and the votes are open! The public is invited to vote online for their favourite video of this special edition, rewarding the best videos produced since 2000. by Mirabaud Sailing Video Award Posted 23 Oct 06:07 BST iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda day 3 iQFoil International Games at Lake Garda day 3 Getting close to the Finals Series Another picture perfect morning at Univela Sailing in Campione, Lake Garda, where almost 200 riders are gathered for the iQFOiL International Games, the first real global event for the next-to-be Olympic sail board at the Paris 2024 Games. by Rachele Vitello Posted 23 Oct 05:44 BST D-26 Vendée Globe: Kojiro Shiraishi D-26 Vendée Globe: Kojiro Shiraishi Dream of being first Asian skipper to complete the Vendée Globe I asked Kojiro Shiraishi what his biggest fear is, as a solo sailor setting out to take on the world alone in the Vendée Globe, and he gave me an answer that I was not expecting - one that indicates the mental strength required of a true single-hander. by Ed Gorman / IMOCA Globe Series Posted 22 Oct 22:35 BST Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: Elusive Two Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: Elusive Two An impressively tight knit group It is the year that just keeps on giving. By midnight on Wednesday, 15 of the 50-boat fleet had completed the course. Ten of those were competing under IRC for the overall Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 22 Oct 19:38 BST 2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora overall 2020 Laser Masters Europeans in Andora overall Two races held on the final day in difficult conditions The 2020 Laser Master European Championships successfully concluded today in Andora, Italy, after five days of competition. by Agustin Arguelles Posted 22 Oct 18:43 BST Sailing & windsurfing reinstated for GCSE PE Sailing & windsurfing reinstated for GCSE PE Awarding Bodies publish updated specifications Whilst the start of the school term has looked very different for many this year, there's positive news for young sailors and windsurfers with both activities now offered once again for GCSE, AS and A-level physical education (PE). by Becky Gilbert-Wood Posted 22 Oct 17:14 BST Composite rigging benefits Composite rigging benefits A 75% weight saving can transform performance Upffront.com is constantly striving for lighter, faster and safer sailing for all boat owners, regardless of sailing style. Composite (or synthetic) rigging is one of the biggest and most cost-effective performance improvements that you can make. by Phil Anniss Posted 22 Oct 17:00 BST Elusive 2 wins the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race Elusive 2 wins the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race Victory for Maltese First 45 skippered by Aaron, Christoph and Maya Podesta At 15:00 CEST on Thursday, 22 October, 2020, the winner of the 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race was announced as the Maltese First 45 Elusive 2, skippered by Aaron, Christoph and Maya Podesta. by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 22 Oct 16:12 BST RYA Northern Ireland offers clubs support RYA Northern Ireland offers clubs support Through Rediscover Sailing Days RYA Northern Ireland is giving sailing and boating clubs across the country the opportunity to access support for club membership and development by providing Rediscover Sailing Days. by Emma Blee Posted 22 Oct 11:23 BST Dinghy Racing Channel: How to rig an RS Aero Dinghy Racing Channel: How to rig an RS Aero Peter Barton from the RS Aero Class Association shows us some basic tips Peter Barton from the RS Aero Class Association shows us some basic tips for setting up your RS Aero before getting out on the water. by Tom Chamberlain, RYA Posted 22 Oct 11:00 BST UK 420 Autumn Round Up UK 420 Autumn Round Up It's been a difficult time since March for everyone It's been a difficult time since March for everyone, with sailing cancelled, rearranged, cancelled, and for the UK 420 fleet things have started to look up a little recently with the ability to spend increased amount of time on the water. by GBR 420 Class Posted 22 Oct 10:25 BST Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 2 Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 2 Two races for all when the sea breeze fills in The sun greeted the participants of the Optimist Europeans Championship in Portorož early in the morning already, but the sailors had to wait almost until noon before the shore warmed up enough for the sea breeze to kick in. by International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Posted 22 Oct 10:12 BST
Musto Customers' ChoiceAll of these products were given rave reviews by Musto's most important critics: YOU.The incomparable Vendée GlobeFor a race that only started in 1989, the Vendée Globe has reached iconic status in the intervening time. Taking place every four years, this is ocean racing in its purest form; single-handed, non-stop around the world in 60-foot monohulls.Marlow Ropes Bio-based Dyneema®As part of Marlow's BLUE OCEAN® sustainability mission we introduced Bio-based Dyneema® fibre into our Leisure Marine rope range earlier this year. But what is so special about this sustainable material?What to do?To be honest, it is not really a question you have to ask of the subject of today's Editorial. She's a ball of energy with a fantastic work ethic, an enduring smile, and a certain tenacity that reminds you of the claws below a wedge-tailed eagle.Sailing & windsurfing reinstated for GCSE PEWhilst the start of the school term has looked very different for many this year, there's positive news for young sailors and windsurfers with both activities now offered once again for GCSE, AS and A-level physical education (PE).When is enough, enough?Here in the UK the nights are drawing in, it's definitely getting colder and as I write this the rain is pouring in a distinctly British way.Composite rigging benefitsUpffront.com is constantly striving for lighter, faster and safer sailing for all boat owners, regardless of sailing style. Composite (or synthetic) rigging is one of the biggest and most cost-effective performance improvements that you can make.The JuxtapositionWhen the images of the dinghy you see here arrived, I had just been watching the Australian Sailing Team training aboard their Nacra 17 foiling cats. Here were two boats about as far apart as you can get.TMS Tuesday - Mantagua Navipro LED Nav LightsFor TMS Tuesday this week, James talks us through the latest additions to the Mantagua LED Lights range...the Navipro.Could I gybe a Waszp inside a day?On Tuesday 22nd September I set myself a challenge. Could I complete a foiling gybe gybe or tack on a Waszp during my first day sailing the boat? Here's how I got on!12-month extension on Returned Goods ReliefRYA and British Marine jointly persevere in asking Government to increase 1 year Returned Goods Relief extension period and supply further detail for recreational boaters and leisure marine industry as end of transitional period approaches.Sailing provides a glimmer of lightSeptember has been a busy month for sailing in the UK. A few of the major venues, such as the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and Datchet Water Sailing Club, managed to host major events in a Covid-secure fashion.Class Xero combines coffee and epoxyCraig Palmer, based in Worthing, is looking at opportunities to bring the marine industry together in a collaborative way. In the middle of building a sustainable ocean-going yacht Class Xero he's using PRO-SET® epoxy.Happy DaysGetting out on the water this week was superb. The winds were a little bit variable, and at 5 to 10 knots they were hardly going to set the world on fire either.What to wear - Principles of layeringWhether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned professional, wearing the right kit for the conditions and being comfortable on the water can affect your enjoyment, safety and results.Crafty Keith - The definition of 'Legend'To describe someone as a 'legend' means that they really have to special, across a number of disciplines and a protracted period of time. One man who is special enough to be worthy of that term 'legend' is Weston SC's Keith Paul.