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Just a second
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Hull 1 of the Farr X2 has lost its keel offshore - the remains have washed up Hull #1 of the Farr X2 has lost its keel offshore, and the remains have washed up on a beach on the South Coast of NSW. Mercifully, the two sailors on board are alive, and subsequently had a wee sojourn in hospital to ensure all is well.
Posted on 3 Jul
14s Forever
by Dougal Henshall
Nothing lasts forever.... unless you're an International 14 The International 14 would bring the giants of 'between the wars' dinghy design, Morgan-Giles, Thornycroft and Fox, to the fore whilst at the same time laying the foundations of sailing competition on the international stage.
Posted on 1 Jul
Understanding safety onboard
by Ocean Safety
With Ocean Safety Ambassador Dee Caffari MBE and Ocean Safety MD Alistair Hackett YachtsandYachting.com's Mark Jardine talks to Ocean Safety Ambassador Dee Caffari MBE and Ocean Safety MD Alistair Hackett to get a better understanding of the safety features needed onboard yachts.
Posted on 29 Jun
The utterly brilliant Foiling SuMoth Challenge
by Mark Jardine
Promoting sustainable practices by challenging young naval architecture and engineering students The Foiling SuMoth Challenge is a competition inspired by the need of a more sustainable and efficient sailboat designs and manufacturing methods.
Posted on 28 Jun
A Fine Line
by Dougal Henshall
Dinghy historian Dougal Henshall looks at race officers and start lines As the world around us reblooms after the constraints of lockdown, there is plenty of food for thought surrounding the debate as to something of a reset for dinghy racing. Older sailors talk in nostalgic terms of the delights of the 'golden era'.
Posted on 22 Jun
Not just another...
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
…case of miscellaneous ramblings. You might say that, but you could well have missed the point. …case of miscellaneous ramblings. I mean, yes, you might say that, but you could well have missed the point right there.
Posted on 20 Jun
How high is too high?
by Mark Jardine
Is the price of a new Moth an existential threat to the class? Inflation, the cost of living, energy and travel costs are all weighing heavily on people's minds around the world. Sailing is in no way insulated from the problems in the world at the moment.
Posted on 14 Jun
The road to responsibility
by Henri-Lloyd / Mark Jardine
It's easier said than done Achieving the goal of becoming a responsible technical clothing brand is hard. If it was easy then every manufacturer would do it in an instant and shout from the tallest building that their clothing was 100% green, carbon neutral and recyclable.
Posted on 8 Jun
Short and sweet.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
A bit of a departure from some, for sure, but never fear. Well this particular missive certainly will be. Yes. I know. A bit of a departure from some, for sure, but never fear. It does not mean anything, other than this is just shorter…
Posted on 5 Jun
Timeless designs
by Mark Jardine
It's hard to believe that two of the most popular dinghies were designed over 50 years ago It's hard to believe that two of the most popular dinghies were designed over 50 years ago. Between the Hobie 16 and the ILCA over 350,000 have been produced; what is even more remarkable is that they are still going strong.
Posted on 31 May
Team Rockit update on their first offshore race
by Dee Caffari & Shirley Robertson
Caffari and Robertson update on their first offshore race together, the 115nm De Guingand Bowl. Shirley Robertson and Dee Caffari talk about their Double handed plans for the season, notably competing in the 1800Nm Round Britain and Ireland race in August. They update on their first offshore race together, the 115nm De Guingand Bowl.
Posted on 29 May
The changing face of sailing
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
I had been sitting there reflecting on Beken of Cowes type images of old J's and a cast of thousands I had been sitting there reflecting on Beken of Cowes type images of old J's with a cast of thousands on board. All that canvas is always easy to go with.
Posted on 22 May
The Squib class
by Magnus Smith
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave? With the Squib East Cost Championships coming up next weekend, Magnus Smith of YachtsandYachting.com spoke to Dan Wastnage, Squib class captain at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, about why he has returned to this class after being away 35 years.
Posted on 22 May
Brilliantly barmy
by Mark Jardine
Andrew Bedwell's Big C set for an incredible and daunting challenge Sailing is a broad church, and news that caught my eye last week wasn't about the fastest, or most popular type of yacht. Far from it. Andrew Bedwell has built a yacht for a world record attempt in the smallest sailing vessel to cross the Atlantic.
Posted on 16 May
That other category.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
There are plenty of sporting superstars. Thousands actually. Then there are those who are... There are plenty of sporting superstars. Thousands actually. Then there are those who are transcendent.
Posted on 8 May
Welsh Moths
by Dougal Henshall
The quintessential English boat at the quintessential English Club 90 years ago, just as now, the UK was being gripped by a financial crisis. A group of sailors based in Central London had been looking for a new one design dinghy to replace their collection of disparate boats that they raced on Regent's Park Lake.
Posted on 6 May
I must go down to the sea again
by Mark Jardine
A weekend which had far more than its fair share of tragedy at sea The intention of my editorial today was to celebrate all that is good about long weekend events, but after a weekend which had far more than its fair share of tragedy at sea, all that changed.
Posted on 3 May
So just supposing...
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
A video of the new Beneteau First 36 was enough to pique the curiosity When this video of the new Beneteau First 36 surfaced this week, reportedly punching out to 17 knots, well it was certainly enough to pique the curiosity. I mean this side of say a Pogo 36, it was quite impressive.
Posted on 25 Apr
Easter Eggs
by Mark Jardine
Sailing has its fair share of hidden features Without doubt, this weekend will have seen many consumed around the world, and also handed out as prizes at sailing events, but there are also the Easter Eggs found in video games and movies, which are hidden features or messages.
Posted on 19 Apr
Grass Roots
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
You won't have to go back to far into our editorials to find words like participation, and inclusion You won't have to go back to far into our editorials to find words like participation, inclusion, and juniors. Especially so from our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine.
Posted on 10 Apr
Twenty Twenty-Four
by Mark Jardine
A far cry from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was a dystopian social science fiction novel and cautionary tale about the future, with concepts so powerful that the term "Orwellian" became an adjective.
Posted on 4 Apr
No surprise at all, really
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Always been impressed by the short-handers (not on my own there, either) Always been impressed by the short-handers. Not on my own there, either. Over the last few years written a lot about it all, and to see them take off in famous races around the globe, like the Fastnet, has been more than a buzz.
Posted on 27 Mar
Old boats and female sailors
by Magnus Smith
Are these the key to the Squib class' popularity? Looking around at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show 2022 there were more keels on display than one might expect. But who would choose to make such a move, from dinghy to keelboat?!
Posted on 25 Mar
What price in taking the P...
by Dougal Henshall
Does the best in quality and performance comes with the highest price? Does it follow that the best in quality and performance comes with the highest price? In recent weeks there has been something of a debate bouncing around online, about the cost of the dinghy sailing scene and in one class in particular.
Posted on 24 Mar
The real game changer
by Mark Jardine
Getting the big cats foiling was one thing, SailGP is quite another... Back in 2012, Sail-World.com's Richard Gladwell posted a story and photos of the Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 foiling on Waitemata Harbour. At the time, the first reaction of many observers was 'this is photoshopped'.
Posted on 21 Mar
Ready. Set. Sail.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
On the back of a good run, it is often the time to go and have a crack at events still on the list On the back of a good run, it is often the time to go and have a crack at some of the events still left on the list. You could even argue that the timing just doesn't get better. The iron's hot and all that…
Posted on 13 Mar
Noble working with the Marine Industry
by Mark Jardine
To help sailors get back on the water after a claim Noble have been providing a service to marine insurance customers for over 30 years, and have built an extremely good reputation, which is hard-earned through helping customers with their specialist knowledge of the industry.
Posted on 11 Mar
Bright lights at a dark time
by Mark Jardine
The situation in Ukraine dominates the headlines and our thoughts It's difficult to know where to start when the situation in Ukraine dominates the headlines and our thoughts. We can all feel helpless when a despot leader seems hell-bent on destruction.
Posted on 8 Mar
Kyle Stoneham on the MD3 International Moth
by Mark Jardine
Take a closer look at this radical, fully aero foiler Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com chats with Kyle Stoneham about the new MD3 International Moth on the Ovington Stand at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022.
Posted on 2 Mar
Eilidh McIntyre interview
by Mark Jardine
On the Harken stand at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022 Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of YachtsandYachting.com, talks to Eilidh McIntyre, 470 Women's Olympic Gold Medallist at Tokyo 2020, on the Harken stand at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022.
Posted on 2 Mar
Peculiar innovations seen at the RYA Dinghy Show
by Magnus Smith
What astounded our roving reporter the most, at the show Determined not to be stuck in his office during another Dinghy Show, YachtsandYachting.com's website developer, Magnus Smith, boldly travelled the 3 miles from his home to the Farnborough International Conference Centre, last weekend.
Posted on 1 Mar
Sailing must make a stand
by Mark Jardine
We are all united in supporting the Ukrainian people in their hour of need They say sport and politics should not mix, but the way the landscape has changed over the past week means we simply cannot ignore the horrific situation in Ukraine.
Posted on 28 Feb
RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show opens
by Mark Jardine
Photos show how the new venue of Farnborough is working well The RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show is being held at Farnborough International, in Hampshire, for the first time in 2022. The traffic has been much better than at Alexandra Palace! Here's our first photos from the show...
Posted on 26 Feb
Sleeping Tiger wakes to win Concours d'Elegance
by Mark Jardine
At the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022 The attention to detail shown by so many classes made finding a winner especially difficult, but Glen Truswell's International Canoe took top honours, thanks to detailing which was simply breath-taking.
Posted on 26 Feb
VR: Aspiration, inspiration, and education
by Mark Jardine
The potential for virtual reality sailing is immense Having talked about the MarineVerse back in December, and following on from a couple of chats with Marc Ablett at KA Sails and Greg Dziemidowicz, the developer of the virtual reality sailing game, last week I had my chance to try it first-hand.
Posted on 21 Feb
Something to get your teeth into
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
50th Melbourne to King Island race, and Westcoaster female crews The glamour King Island steak sandwich. Yes please. You have to cross Bass Strait proper in order to get one, and the Kerosene Canary is often a far easier and warmer way to do it, but it is always worth it.
Posted on 13 Feb
A safety-first approach to offshore racing?
by Mark Jardine
Record turnouts for events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race bring in a huge number of safety aspects The Rolex Fastnet Race saw a record turnout including a number of yachts which had never done it before. This brings in a huge number of safety aspects, as to how you manage a fleet of that size.
Posted on 9 Feb
New beginnings
by Mark Jardine
Under 3 weeks to the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show at Farnborough In a little under three weeks the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show will be taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre. This will be a new beginning for the traditional UK dinghy season opener.
Posted on 7 Feb
Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson on DH sailing
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt checks in on the team about their 2022 doublehanded offshore campaign I checked in with Dee Caffari, one of the world's most experienced offshore skippers, and Shirley Robertson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and internationally respected journalist, about their campaign for the UK's 2022 Double Handed Offshore Series.
Posted on 2 Feb
A good discussion to have.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts on then, now, and the future of this most energetic of enterprises. SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts on then, now, and the future of this most energetic of enterprises.
Posted on 30 Jan
A really good news story for sailing
by Mark Jardine
Demonstrating how sailing can benefit in the long-term from the boating boom For sailing to benefit in the long-term from the boating boom of the past couple of years, then inclusivity, accessibility and a welcoming environment are three of the key pillars to realising increased participation.
Posted on 24 Jan
Interview with Marine Resources CEO and Founder
by Mark Jardine
James Ward talks about the dramatic shift in the jobs market The marine industry has boomed since the pandemic as more people discover the benefits of being out on the water, leading to dramatic shift in the jobs market.
Posted on 18 Jan
At the front of the fleet.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Handy position to be in. no matter whether it is icy pole sticks in a drain, or ocean racers at sea. Handy position to be in, no matter whether it is icy pole sticks in a drain, or Grand Prix boats out in the big blue. Since my last ditty, I noticed that three podiums in the one race were all powered by North Sails...
Posted on 16 Jan
America's Cup U-turn, 16ft Skiffs shine
by Mark Jardine
Mark Jardine looks at what's been making the news so far in 2022 America's Cup land never fails to deliver on drama, and the past week saw plenty of it as American Magic confirmed their intention to compete in the 37th America's Cup (AC37), representing the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).
Posted on 10 Jan
The Twelve Days of FiveO Christmas
by Dougal Henshall
It is time to vote for your favourite 505 photo The 5o5 class grabbed the media spotlight with the '12 days of 5o5 Christmas'. The premise was simple, for instead of calling birds, pipers a piping and French hens, there were twelve superb Christophe Favreau photographs.
Posted on 7 Jan
Sterling effort.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
50 crews made it through the first night in the washing machine to reach ye olde Hobart Town. Singling out the Two-Handers in the Hobart is in no way belittling any of the 50 crews who made it through the first night in the washing machine.
Posted on 2 Jan
Life through a lens
by Mark Jardine & John Curnow
Could augmented reality help avoid serious collisions? We spend much of our time on our smartphones, snapping away photos at this, that, and everything, and increasingly our phone cameras are giving us tips about suggested focus points and camera modes.
Posted on 26 Dec 2021
Arrested development
by Dougal Henshall
Has the restricted development genre had its day? Let's start with a little Christmas Quiz and play spot the odd one out. Numerically, the Merlin Rockets are our most successful development class, but in this classic shot from a crowded Salcombe, can you recognise the one boat that ISN'T a Winder?
Posted on 23 Dec 2021
The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2021 - The Top Five
by Mark Jardine & Andy Rice
The second and final part of Mark Jardine and Andy Rice's annual round-up It's the second and final part of Mark Jardine and Andy Rice's annual round-up of the 10 most read stories from 2021 on Mark's websites, YachtsandYachting.com and Sail-World.com.
Posted on 22 Dec 2021
Sport for Life
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Much is often made of the fact that sailing is a sport for life Much is often made of the fact that sailing is a sport for life. This was the overriding thought that stayed with me as I reflected on a new event that will get underway on January 3, 2022.
Posted on 19 Dec 2021