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First two winners in the 2018-19 ilovesailing calendar competition revealed

by Emma Slater, RYA 5 Apr 2018 07:13 BST
Downwind Sailing - Goose Winged: Michelle Howell's entry in the 2018-19 ilovesailing calendar competition © Michelle Howell

The first two places on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar have been secured by Michelle Howell from Wakefield, West Yorkshire and Mark Smith from Bildeston, Ipswich.

Picked from 36 fantastic entries submitted in March, Michelle and Mark's images really caught the judge's eyes clinching them a spot on the calendar and a host of other prizes including:

  • Two tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show for the official prize giving
  • Canvas print of their winning entry
  • A copy of the final printed calendar
  • A selection of RYA goodies
  • And of course the much loved ilovesailing rubber duck – which this year is a black duck to compliment the black and white theme of the 2019 calendar!

Speaking of her winner image entitled 'Downwind Sailing - Goose Winged', Michelle, who also clinched a spot on the 2018 ilovesailing calendar commented: "Many thanks for choosing my photo. It's an honour to be chosen again!

"The photo was taken in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere between Canary Islands and St Lucia whilst sailing in the trade winds on The ARC 2017. Taken using an 8mm fisheye lens, hence the curvature of the sea, sails etc! The yacht was an Oyster 56, and it took us 3 weeks to cross to the Caribbean!"

Mark's winning picture was taken in the Colne Estuary off East Mersea during one of the superb Brightlingsea SC Thursday Night Series races. Entitled 'Evening Fireball', Mark commented: "I'm really pleased that a quick shot from a rescue boat on a Thursday evening race at Brightlingsea Sailing Club has made the calendar!"

Whether it's dinghy cruising or yacht racing, family days out or regattas, whatever kind of sailing you love, share your favourite sailing photos and each month two lucky entrants will be picked to win a place on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar.

Two winners will be picked each month between March and July to represent a different month on the 2019 calendar, with the final two spots being selected in August from all the other entries made between March and July.

All you have to do to take part is post your favourite black and white sailing photo(s) on to the ilovesailing Facebook page www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing or email your entry to , it's that easy. Winners will be notified via Facebook and/or email.

Entrants can supply multiple images and can take enter in more than one month. All images need to be black and white, although spot colour may also be considered. By submitting a photograph, entrants agree that their images maybe used for marketing and promotional purposes. If selected, entrants will be asked to confirm they have permission to share the photo from any individuals visible in the photograph. Full terms and conditions available at www.facebook.co.uk/ryailovesailing click on 'About'.

The 2019 calendars will go on sale at the 2018 Southampton Boat Show in September, where the first 50 people to purchase a copy will also receive a FREE 2018 ilovesailing rubber duck. Alternatively the calendars will also be available to purchase via the RYA web shop, www.rya.org.uk/shop from 14 September.

As well as the calendar competition the ilovesailing page will continue to run its ever popular weekly caption competition, giving you a chance to share your funny, clever and witty captions in a bid to win an ilovesailing duck.

Come along to the page at www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing and get involved.

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