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ilovesailing calendar competition reaches half way point

by Emma Slater 11 Jun 20:32 BST
05 May winner 1 - Alasdair McQuire - Dive Dive Dive © Alasdair McQuire

Alasdair McQuire from Leeds and Andy Strudwick from Ceredigion have clinched the next two spots on the 2020 ilovesailing calendar as the competition reaches the half way point.

Each month sailing enthusiasts and amateur and professional photographers share their favourite sailing photos in the hope of claiming a spot on the calendar. Two winners are picked each month between March and July to represent a different month on the 2020 calendar, with the final two spots being selected in August from all the other entries made between March and July.

The first of the two May winners comes from Alasdair and is entitled 'Dive, Dive, Dive.' Alasdair commented: "Whilst I am a regular photographer it's my first competition entry so I am amazed and delighted to have won. Thank you, this is spurring me on to take many more photos.

"This particular shot was taken at West Riding Sailing Club, I was photographing rather than sailing this day, this Finn was heading towards me when a saw a large gust heading towards him. I ran towards the edge of the bank with my camera, just in time to line up and take the shot. Fortunately it worked."

While our second May winner comes from Andy entitled 'Sunset Sail with Tresaith Mariners'. Commenting on his winning shot which was taken at Tresaith Beach on the West Wales coast in Cardigan Bay, Andy said: "I am totally over the moon to win a place in the calendar with my photo. It was a wonderful night to be out Safety boating for the Tresaith Mariners when I captured this shot of our amazing Welsh coastline. This was taken during our Wednesday evening training, teaching local youngsters to sail."

As well as their spots on the 2020 calendar Alasdair and Andy also win:

  • Two tickets to the Southampton Boat Show for the official prize giving plus afternoon tea in the RYA Members' Lounge at the Show
  • A canvas print of their winning shot
  • A copy of the 2020 calendar
  • RYA goody bag
  • And the much loved and coveted ilovesailing rubber duck
From dinghy cruising to yacht racing, family days out to regattas, whatever kind of sailing you love, ilovesailing is once again asking sailing fans to share their favourite sailing photos and each month two lucky entrants will be picked to win a place on the 2020 ilovesailing calendar.

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

Entrants can submit multiple images and can enter in more than one month. All images need to be high resolution and in landscape in order to fit on the calendar. 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 here, click on 'About'.

The 2020 calendars will go on sale at the 2019 Southampton Boat Show in September, where the first 50 people to purchase a copy will also receive a FREE 2019 yellow ilovesailing rubber duck. Alternatively the calendars will also be available to purchase via the RYA web shop from 13 September.

As well as the calendar competition the ilovesailing page runs its very 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 facebook.com/ryailovesailing and get involved.

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