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Inspirational - YachtsandYachting.com Newsletter

07/09/2021


Inspirational

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Mills and McIntyre celebrate at Tokyo 2020 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing


Dear Recipient Name

It's such an important word in any sport, and seeing an inspirational performance in sailing fills us with enthusiasm.

Be it great achievement, new technology, or the human story behind an event, seeing, hearing and reading about sailing inspires us to get out on the water.

 
KitBrix 2021 MPU   WASZP2021 - WASZP_X - MPU
 

The most fun with 11(ish) feet

The foiling Moths represent the cutting-edge of flying dinghy design worldwide, and the technology and speeds are moving forwards at a fantastic rate.

International Moth Worlds 2021 day 3 - photo © Martina Orsini
International Moth Worlds 2021 day 3 - photo © Martina Orsini

The class draws the very best sailors, and while many have professional sailing commitments such as SailGP or the America's Cup, or are members of their national sailing teams, the Moth is where they turn to for their fun.

Even in Covid times, 150 sailors from around the globe managed to make their way to Lake Garda for the World Championship. As we all know, international travel isn't easy at the moment, which demonstrates just how committed this group of foilers are to the class.

 
Vakaros 2021 - MPU   RS Sailing 2021 - MPU
 

Tom Slingsby on day 3 of the International Moth Worlds 2021 - photo © Martina Orsini
Tom Slingsby on day 3 of the International Moth Worlds 2021 - photo © Martina Orsini

The current undisputed king of the Moths is Australia's Tom Slingsby. He won the Worlds in 2019 with a near-perfect scoreline and has repeated the feat in 2021. The only person who comes close to his pace is his training partner, fellow Australian Iain Jensen, followed by a ridiculously talented group of highly-decorated sailors including Paul Goodison, Kyle Langford, 'Checco' Bruni, Phil Robertson, Nathan Outteridge, Dylan Fletcher, Brad Funk... I could go on, but look down the full results table to see just how many incredible sailors are in the fleet.

Garda's famous 'Ora' breeze has been fitful over the past few days, so staying on the foils has been key to maintaining top race results, with a 'ditched' tack often costing 20 to 30 places. Those at the top who are consistently flying throughout every race are truly at the top of their game. Slingsby is in a league of his own right now and, combined with the results he's enjoying in the SailGP, is on a serious roll.

Tom Slingsby on day 3 of the International Moth Worlds 2021 - photo © Angela Trawoeger
Tom Slingsby on day 3 of the International Moth Worlds 2021 - photo © Angela Trawoeger

 
Craftinsure 2018 Retina MPU   Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - MPU
 

The latest designs have dispensed with the raised foredeck and are continuing to push the aero boundaries. Decksweeper sails are now the norm, extending back over a metre from the mast which makes tacking and gybing technique even more difficult. The underwater foils continue to get smaller with the cut-off between the large and small foils moving to lower and lower windspeeds.

A current point of contention is whether the latest Moths are actually 11 feet long; The magic wand is on a prodder and the rudder gantries have become so faired into the hull that it's often impossible to distinguish where the hull ends and the gantry starts. The Class Rules (specifically 6.1.3) state that "No attempt at increasing waterline length shall be made by fairings comprising part of, or attached to rudder fittings or stem fittings." There has been discussion on the matter recently on social media and I sense that this issue could come to a head soon.

International Moth Worlds 2021 day 2 - photo © Martina Orsini
International Moth Worlds 2021 day 2 - photo © Martina Orsini

 
Sea Sure 2020 - MPU   Noble Marine 2020 - MPU
 

Inspiring the next generation

One Moth sailor who isn't at Lake Garda is 49er Olympic Gold medallist Stu Bithell, who seems to have been on a whistle-stop tour of UK sailing haunts, taking part in events, and inspiring the next generation.

The British crew beat the Germans by 2 sec to win the Gold Medal- 49er - Tokyo2020 - Day 9- August 2, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / Photosport
The British crew beat the Germans by 2 sec to win the Gold Medal- 49er - Tokyo2020 - Day 9- August 2, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / Photosport

No-one will forget 'that finish' in the 49er Medal Race as Dylan and Stu crossed the line a bowsprit ahead of the German team to secure the gold medal, grabbing the headlines in the mainstream media.

 
Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU   RYA Membership - Pathway 2017
 

Stuart Bithell and Tom Pygall win the Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships at East Lothian - photo © Steve Fraser / ELYC
Stuart Bithell and Tom Pygall win the Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships at East Lothian - photo © Steve Fraser / ELYC

Back in the UK Stu swapped crewing for helming, winning the Merlin Rocket Nationals at East Lothian Yacht Club with Tom Pygall. This fleet has some superb sailors in it, but they managed to grab four of the eight races, winning by four points from Christian Birrel and Sam Breary, with fellow Olympian Ben Saxton sailing with George Yeoman a further five points back.

Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Stuart Bithell... perhaps a little big for the boat - photo © Rhiann Bramwell
Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Stuart Bithell... perhaps a little big for the boat - photo © Rhiann Bramwell

It was fantastic to see Stu then return to his home club and take part in Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week, racing a Topper against the latest kids to start their sailing journeys at the club. While admittedly slightly too big for a Topper now, Stu clearly gave it his all in the race, but it was only enough to finish second to 13-year-old Jasper Bramwell who was understandably delighted with his win.

Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Jasper Bramwell (13) Race Winner - photo © Rhiann Bramwell
Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Jasper Bramwell (13) Race Winner - photo © Rhiann Bramwell

 
J Composites 2020 - MPU   TMS 2020 October - Hamma Snaps - 600x500
 

Sailing is blessed to have 'approachable' stars, who are more than happy to share their knowledge, experience and time with the junior and youth sailors coming up the ranks. All the kids who sailed against Stu will be talking about their race for years to come and it will inspire them to continue in our sport.

Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Juniors Meet Stuart Bithell - photo © Rhiann Bramwell
Hollingworth Lake Junior Regatta Week - Juniors Meet Stuart Bithell - photo © Rhiann Bramwell

Next up for Stu was an appearance at Burnham Week, handing out prizes after the first weekend and sharing stories from Tokyo 2020. It's not just the kids who look up to this great sailor and all-round top bloke.

2021 RS Elite Eastern Area Championship winners Paul and Caroline Fisk (L) and Richard Tucker (R) presented with their prizes by Stu Bithell - photo © Alan Hanna
2021 RS Elite Eastern Area Championship winners Paul and Caroline Fisk (L) and Richard Tucker (R) presented with their prizes by Stu Bithell - photo © Alan Hanna

Stu says, "Nothing makes me happier than coming home from the Olympics and getting straight into inspiring the next generation. They are the future of our sport and I hope as many as possible get inspired by what all the Olympians have done recently."

"I remember being shown Ian Walker's medals at a Mirror event when I was a junior; it was an incredible feeling and I hope to continue in those footsteps."

 
Ocean Safety 2021 - MPU   The Cruising Village 2021 - MPU
 

Back to the show

Later this week the Southampton Boat Show starts. It'll be the first show I've attended since the RYA Dinghy Show back in March 2020, just as the pandemic was beginning.

Getting back into the swing of being at a show and attending the YJA Stoneways Marine Yachtsman of the Year gala dinner will be my first big in-person gathering since then. It'll take some getting used to I think, especially when I think of all those in Australia who are currently in lockdown. I am though looking forward to celebrating our great sailors and am sure it'll be a superb occasion.

Pip Hare on Medallia finishes the Vendée Globe 2020-21 in Les Sables d'Olonne - photo © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images
Pip Hare on Medallia finishes the Vendée Globe 2020-21 in Les Sables d'Olonne - photo © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images

'Inspirational' perfectly describes the achievements of the shortlisted nominees in the awards. Their achievements, combined with their willingness to share their experiences, is a huge factor in growing our sport; I applaud them all.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

 
Sailingfast 2018 Zhik 600x500   B&G 2021 SIBS - MPU
 


Vaikobi adds great strength to its European Sales Team in France
Vaikobi, the brand that is taking the international watersports scene by storm, is absolutely stoked to announce the addition of Jean-François Christophe (JFC) to its European Sales Team, heading up the market operation in France.

Scottish Junior Optimist Travellers at Bardowie Loch
Clyde Cruising Club (Dinghy Section) were the generous hosts for the first Traveller event of the 2021/22 series, providing not only the wonderful setting of Bardowie Loch but also brilliant sunshine and more wind than expected.

Langstone Sailing Club celebrates 75th Anniversary
On the afternoon of Saturday 23rd March 1946, the reconstituted Langstone Sailing Club, dormant for many years, revived its activities when representatives of sailing clubs in the area added their support to nearly 80 sailing enthusiasts.

 
Vaikobi 2021 FlexForce - MPU   Allen 2021 More Grip Less Slip MPU
 
K1 National Championship at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy
The K1 National Championship was held 3rd to 5th September at WPNSA. Competitors started arriving on Thursday to set up their boats ready for the two points races to be held on Friday and subsequent six points races to be held over Saturday and Sunday.

Minima Yacht Club Regatta 2021
After a fortnight of grey skies and steady north winds, a sailor's delight on the Kingston reach, Minima Yacht Club's 2021 regatta, sponsored by TWM solicitors, had a fluky easterly to contend with. Mind you it did get a bit warmer.

2021 Solution Nationals at Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Sailing Club
After a grey forecast leading up to the weekend, 15 Solution sailors turned up to a sunny Norfolk coast for the 2021 Solution Nationals hosted by Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club.

 
Allspars December 2019 MPU   Zhik 2021 Choice of Champions MPU
 
A day for the tacticians - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup gets underway
Owner-drivers and crews taking part in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup were eased gently into competition off Sardinia's Costa Smeralda today as they fought to make the most of variable sub-10 knot winds out of the northeast quadrant.

2021 Redoro Frantoi Veneti International Moth Worlds at Lake Garda - Day 4
Five races were held in a variable Ora wind, which tested the technical skills of the athletes, but the script has not changed. Slingsby is still perfect, Phil Robertson has broken into the top 5 and Checco Bruni has climbed back to sixth.

52nd La Solitaire du Figaro Stage 3 Day 2: Out of the box, restarting at Casquets, Macaire leads
After spending most of the second afternoon at sea since leaving Fécamp yesterday shadow boxing with the 20 miles northerly perimeter of the Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme, the leaders were taking a much sharper southerly slant.

 
Selden 2020 - E40i electric winch - MPU   Henr-Lloyd BLU MPU
 
B&G to showcase latest marine electronics for sailing at Southampton International Boat Show 2021
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat show.

2021 Allen Sailing National 12 Burton Week at Shoreham Sailing Club
Postponed from 2020, the National 12 National Championship, known as Burton Week was much anticipated. With no Burton Cup sailed in 2019 (no wind) or 2020 (no event) and new helm/crew combinations for 2021, there was a lot to look forward too.

Courtneys / Admiral Trailers B14 National Championship at Rock Sailing and Waterski Club - Overall
The final day arrived and the fleet were down bright and early as the scheduled start was to be 11:30 out in the bay. The wind was 6–9 knots SE, and hopefully would hold until we had the 3 scheduled races completed.

 
Pro-Set 300x250   ICOM UK M73PLUS
 
IOM National Championship at Fleetwood Model Yacht Club
The 2021 (30th) IOM National Championship were hosted by Fleetwood Model Yacht Club over the three day August Bank Holiday.

Inaugural HYS Cape 31 National Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron
AThe inaugural Cape 31 National Championship was held this weekend at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. There were 8 boats out on the water, the conditions were light and shifty which made for some close racing and scattered results.

Tradewind Voyages confirms Caribbean programme for 2021/22 season
Tradewind Voyages has officially launched its Caribbean programme. The world's largest tall ship, Golden Horizon, will make her inaugural voyage in the region from Barbados on 11 November.

 
Lennon Thermalite 300x250 1   Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU
 
Sprint 15 Sport National Championship at Yaverland Sailing and Boat Club
The day before the regatta, sailors from Shanklin launched their boats through surfing waves into a fairly stiff onshore breeze. With the forecast for more of the same it looked like a repeat of the same event two years ago.

Rope4Boats RS400 Northern Tour at Notts County Sailing Club
Early Saturday morning it didn't look promising; light to zero wind and overcast. Was there going to be any racing? Undeterred, the RS400 teams readied themselves and at around 12pm, the allotted start time, the wind appeared.

2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race reaches 100 yacht milestone
With 50 days to the start of the 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is preparing itself for a stellar fleet.

 
Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU   Typhoon 2021 - MPU
 
Craftinsure Silver Scorpion Open at Pennine Sailing Club
The latest Craftinsure Silver Scorpion event took place at Pennine SC over the weekend. After the full-on experience of the Penzance Championship, it was an opportunity to enjoy a competitive but relaxing event in the sunshine of the Pennines.

2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup at the Royal Forth Yacht Club - Overall
A gloomy day greeted the Dragon sailors and event team in Granton Harbour on the final day of the Edinburgh Cup 2021.

32nd entry for the Global Solo Challenge and a new performance group
The momentum of the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) continues to grow. Organisers are delighted to announce that the 32nd entry is also the 3rd Australian skipper, with a 50+ foot performance boat, who at this stage wishes to remain anonymous.

 
Barton Marine 2019 600x500   Jersey Regatta 2021 - MPU
 
Switzerland SailGP Team joins the world's leading sailing league
A young and ambitious Swiss team, led by Olympic sailor Sébastien Schneiter from Geneva, will compete next season in SailGP.

Barton Marine launches new products at the Southampton Boat Show
Barton Marine are pleased to launch several new products at The Southampton Boat Show 2021. The new products are presented alongside a substantial selection of the existing range on UK distributor Barrus's stand (J316).

Hadron H2 National Championships at Herne Bay Sailing Club - Overall
After two days of grey skies and brisk winds, the final day dawned with sunshine and a light to moderate Easterly breeze - much to the relief of many in the fleet.

 
Harken Reflex Furler   Musto 2017 300x250 Superhuman
 
Glide in, take off, fly - swim
Moderate to fresh easterly winds provided all classes with at least four challenging races on Sunday (5 September) for the second day of Kiel Week.

Art goes offshore on 11th Hour Racing Team's new IMOCA 60 '11.2'
11th Hour Racing Team partnered with Van Orton Design and Jean-Baptiste Epron to turn their brand-new race boat into an artistic canvas for ocean health.

60th celebrations at Fishers Green Sailing Club
Two days of sailing and games on and off shore were held to mark the celebrations of 60 years of the beautiful Fishers Green Sailing Club.

 
11th Hour Racing 2021 - MPU   Get My Boat 2021 MPU
 
2021 ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay - Overall
Greystones Sailing Club's Frank Whelan and the crew of Kaya emerged overall winners of the annual Irish Cruiser Racing Association National championships on Dublin Bay today.

2021 Redoro Frantoi Veneti International Moth Worlds at Lake Garda - Day 3
A slightly subdued Ora compared to the first two days allowed only five races to be held. Tom Slingsby continues to lead, followed by fellow Australians Iain Jensen and Kyle Langford.

The British 18 Footer Challenge
The British challenge to conquer the world of 18 footers began in 1973 when Alf Reynolds built the first 18 in England, but even the pioneering Alf possibly wouldn't have believed then how successful those following him would be.

 
Nautical ID 2021 - MPU   GJW Direct 2020 MPU
 
Burnham Week 2021 Overall - ApeX X332 wins Town Cup
Robert Leggett and team on ApeX, an X332, have won the Town Cup to mark the end of Burnham Week 2021, writes Sue Pelling.

J/70 European Championship at the Royal Danish Yacht Club - Overall
It has been a European Championship blessed with exceptional weather and 4 days of world class racing in Copenhagen, Denmark. 17 nations competed for the title of European Champion, but there can only be 1 winner & this time that winner came from Spain.

Typhoon International's brand new Hendra Hinge Drysuit: a great fit for women on the water
This women's specific wetsuit has all the styling that would be expected using all the latest design innovations, and this model has been eagerly anticipated by active watersports enthusiasts looking for extra comfort and fit.

 
Raymarine 2021 September - MPU   Crewsaver Ergofit MPU
 
SB20 World Championship 2021 at Clube Naval de Cascais - Overall
Open Bar wins Cascais SB20 World Championship 2021 for Clube Naval de Cascais: Henrique Haddad and his crew are the new World Champions.

2021 Redoro Frantoi Veneti International Moth Worlds at Lake Garda - Day 2
A reinforced Ora compared to the first day helped along all six scheduled races. The Australians Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen have consolidated their leadership, but the rest of the fleet is not far behind.

Abersoch Mirror Week 2021 exceeds the F Factor
South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club continued its members only approach into the summer of 2021 only to see the Covid-19 lockdown rules lifted in Wales just in time for Mirror Week 2021.

 
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU   Road to Gold - MPU
 
Bourne End Week 2021 at Upper Thames Sailing Club
Bourne End Week 2020 never happened, Covid-19 got in the way and continued to threaten the staging of the event for a second year. May bank holiday, the usual date for the event came and went, but shortly after, enough restrictions had been lifted.

SCYC Abersoch Keelboat Week 2021
When planning the event Class Captain David Lean made the bold decision to make it a members only week with a small entry fee to reward the loyal keelboat sailors at South Caernarvonshire YC for the previous season when sailing was severely curtailed.

Three Lost (and Great) Wise Men
With each loss, those links to the golden era of our past get weaker, which makes the passing of three greats of our sport in little more than a few weeks an even sadder summer for our sport.

15% off Winches, 10% off Furlers at Harken UK
This autumn, Harken UK is offering discount on furlers and winches for a limited time only! These offers run in line with Southampton International Boat Show, which takes place at Mayflower Park from 10-19 September.

Allen V Cleats - Simple and cost effective
The V Cleat is one of the original methods for cleating rope and to this day is still the favoured option for many applications.

2021 Redoro Frantoi Veneti International Moth Worlds at Lake Garda - Day 1
A stable 8 to 12 knots Ora allowed for all six scheduled races to take place on the opening day of the Redoro Frantoi Veneti Moth World Championship, with strong performances from Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen from Australia.

Musto: We made the kit. You made it happen.
This season you made it happen. You brought the adventures, the skills and the challenges that bring Musto product truly to life.

PYRA Poole to Lymington Technical Feeder Race ahead of the Stoneways VPRS Nationals
The Poole Yacht Racing Association race from Poole to Lymington as a feeder to the Stoneways VPRS National Championships, took place to start off a long weekend of racing.

Wireless Load Sensors Premiere at Top Boat Shows
Since Cyclops launched its flagship "smart" range of wireless load sensors through 2019 and 2020 they have been helping sailors win regattas and move up fleets all over the world.

British Keelboat Academy opens doors for next intake
The British Keelboat Academy (BKA) supports sailors aged between 18 and 24 to develop the skills they need to race keelboats at a national level.

Barton Promote Women in Marine at the Southampton Boat Show
Barton Marine are proud to sponsor the 2021 Women in Marine Networking Reception once again at the Southampton Boat Show 2021 on Thursday 16th September at 16.30.

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