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A strange Games at a strange time

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Paul Snow-Hansen, Daniel Willcox (NZL) - 470 - Enoshima , Round 1 of the 2020 World Cup Series - August 29, 2019 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Dear Recipient Name

In just twelve days' time the sailing competition will be under way at Tokyo 2020. While it's a year late, it feels like the build-up has crept under the radar, overshadowed by the football in Europe, the tennis at Wimbledon, and the Japanese reluctantly accepting that the Games must go ahead.

Welcome party at sunset - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Welcome party at sunset - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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For the track and field sports it's going to be exceptionally strange seeing the Olympic stadium empty of spectators, the atmosphere sucked from the competition, and athletes who train so hard to reach the top of their sport wondering if they should even be there.

Mount Fuji rises in the distance. In the foreground is the 2020 Summer Olympics sailing venue in Enoshima, Japan - photo © Perfect Vision Sailing
Mount Fuji rises in the distance. In the foreground is the 2020 Summer Olympics sailing venue in Enoshima, Japan - photo © Perfect Vision Sailing

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The Japanese people are as welcoming as they come, but the chance to savour that and experience the country will be stripped from this Games as 'Covid bubbles' are strictly adhered to, with shuttle buses taking competitors to and from their arena, and no chance to set foot outside that bubble.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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Preparing for Tokyo 2020 has been a story of disruption. The chance to compete in international competition has been limited, event schedules decimated, and athletes wondering if all their work will be for naught.

In sailing the traditionally great sailing nations have had extremely limited opportunities to race against each other. Australia and New Zealand have spent most of the past 18 months in isolation, closing their borders and only allowing travellers in after strict quarantine measures have been completed. North America and Europe have had tight controls on who can come and go, or where the residents can travel to at any time.

Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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All-in-all preparation has been a nightmare and the form book may as well go out the window. We simply don't know who is going to be fast, who has weathered the Covid storm, who has thrived in isolated training, and who has made the greatest developments to their boats in classes such as the Finn and 470, or to their technique in the 49er / FX, ILCA, RS:X and Nacra 17 classes. This will be the most open Games of all time.

Ben Ainslie wins Finn gold at London 2012 - photo © Ian Roman /
Ben Ainslie wins Finn gold at London 2012 - photo © Ian Roman /

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Sailing has had spectators at the Olympics. No-one will forget the crowds on the Nothe Gardens overlooking the Medal Races at London 2012, but this was the exception rather than the rule. With the stadiums feeling devoid of atmosphere, it could be the time for sailing to shine.

Enoshima can have spectacular sailing conditions, so the chance for amazing footage is there and maybe, just maybe, the editors around the world will choose to show more sailing than usual in their Olympic coverage. Wishful thinking on my part? Possibly, but sailing is having a huge resurgence worldwide and aspirational scenes of great racing would continue to fuel this.

U.S. Men's 49er, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
U.S. Men's 49er, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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With fair winds and a following sea we should have's New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell on-site in Enoshima so we can bring you the latest insights from the Games. We will have our usual Olympic microsite up and running with all the news in one place.

The sailing schedule starts on Sunday 25th July with the first heats for the ILCA and RS:X classes, then the Finns, 49ers & 49er FX racing starting on 27th Tuesday, and the 470s and Nacra 17s last to start on Wedesday 28th. The Medal Races are scheduled to take place between Saturday 31st July and Wednesday 4th August.

Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 6 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Hanging over every competitor is the fear of testing positive. Let us all hope that no competitor from any nation falls victim to this. There are no replacements so sailors would be marked as DNC (Did Not Come). No-one deserves this kind of misfortune.

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The opposite extreme

While the elite sailors will be competing in Tokyo, I'll be helping out and doing a bit of racing myself at Keyhaven Week. I love my little corner of the Solent and the grass roots sailing that goes on there, and we're lining up racing for both regular club races and novices, in a variety of formats.

These club weeks have taken on far more significance lately and are a great way of building the local sailing community. Many clubs recognised this long ago and are continuing to thrive as new members knock on the door, wanting to join in with what they can see on their doorstep; other clubs are just learning of the benefits, while some are ignoring the grass roots and wondering why their membership is dwindling.

Fun with water pistols for the juniors at Keyhaven - photo © Mark Jardine
Fun with water pistols for the juniors at Keyhaven - photo © Mark Jardine

I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it: clubs are the lifeblood of our sport and those which foster those who are new to sailing, doing it in a way which will keep smiles on their faces, will thrive. Sailors for life will end up club members for life.

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Cool tech

We're continuing to bring you the latest news and presenting it an understandable way. I recently worked with the team at Cyclops Marine to show how live load sensing technology can make a real difference to how you understand your rig. This was a real eye-opener for me on our day out, particularly seeing what the difference to forestay tension - and inherently, jib sag - is when pulling on the kicker or backstay compared to the mainsheet. Have a watch of this video to see for yourself.

Understanding your rig using new technology - photo © Cyclops Marine
Understanding your rig using new technology - photo © Cyclops Marine

Wherever you are in the world, continue to stay safe in this strange time. Be it Sydney back in lockdown, North America opening up, Europe taking cautious steps towards normality, or the UK taking leaps into the unknown, savour the time you can get on the water when you are allowed to.

When you're not on the water, try to watch the sailing coverage live from the Tokyo 2020 Games when it's available and lets all get behind our teams.

For so many reasons sailing is a wonderful pastime, with physical and psychological benefits in the best environment of all.

The best of luck to all competitors at Tokyo 2020!

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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New Seldén products to make show debut at SIBS
Two new Seldén products will be making their show debut at this year's Southampton International Boat Show, both designed to make sailing easier.

IOCA UK GBR at the Optimist Europeans in Cadiz
Following on from the return of the IOCA UK GBR Development Team 1 - 2021 from Lake Garda, 5 days later on Thursday 17th June it was the turn of the IOCA UK GBR Europeans Team - 2021 to head off to the Optimist European Championships in Cadiz.

Tremadog Bay Pop-Up Regatta
The Tremadog Bay Pop up regatta, hosted by Pwllheli Sailing club was a great success, enjoyed by both IRC racers and cruisers racing under the NHC handicap system.

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International Etchells Class Saida Cup at the Royal Thames Yacht Club
The 2021 Etchells Saida Cup run by the Royal Thames YC was held on the 10th-11th of July in Cowes. 15 boats entered meant that everyone was looking forward to a weekend of racing, but unfortunately the wind did not want to play ball on the Saturday.

Wayfarer Eastern Championship at Waldringfield Sailing Club
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Dee Caffari's Round The Island Race
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Rooster & West Country Boat Repairs RS400 Southern Tour at Llandegfedd Sailing Club
Rooster and West Country Boat Repairs RS400 Southern Tour at Llandegfedd - new venue for RS400 events. Don't always believe the forecast!

49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Junior Worlds at Gdynia, Poland
Mikolaj Staniul with Jakub Sztroch (POL) capped a wire to wire Junior Worlds victory by winning the final four races in a row. The 27 point margin of victory is the largest ever for a Junior World Championship.

OK Dinghy International Regatta on Lake Garda, Italy - Day 1
The OK Dinghy fleet has returned to Lake Garda, in Italy, for the first time in living memory for an international regatta, a replacement for the 2021 World Championship, cancelled some five weeks ago.

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U23 Finn World Championship at Lake Balaton, Hungary - Day 2
Levente Rácz started to apply some pressure to the overall leader, Domonkos Németh, on the second day of the 2021 U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup, at Tihanyi Hajós Egylet (THE) on Lake Balaton, Hungary.

RS Elite Southern Area Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club
Tom Hewitson and crew in Shaken not Stirred were overall winners in the RS Elite Southern Area Championship held at Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) over the weekend of 10/11 July in what was effectively a dress rehearsal for the Nationals.

GP14 Southern Travellers at Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club
With hope and optimism triumphing over a horribly light wind forecast twelve GP14 sailors travelled to Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to be met by the normal excellent hospitality with bacon rolls and stunning views over the Thames Estuary.

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Kestrel Eastern Area Championship at Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club
The Kestrel Eastern Area Championship was held at Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club over the weekend of 10th & 11th July. A fleet of 9 boats gathered.

National Solo President's Trophy at Portchester Sailing Club
Portchester Sailing Club hosted the 2021 Solo Class President's Trophy on Sunday 11th July. It was fourth time lucky for the club which had planned Solo events in 2019 cancelled due to high wind and 2020 cancelled twice due to high winds and no wind!

Squib Southern Championship at Royal Torbay Yacht Club
Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th July after a few last minute drop-outs, four Squibs made their way from various parts of the UK for the Southern Championships.

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British Finn National Championship at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Overall
The British Finn Championships attracted a strong entry of 43 boats, across every age category from U 23 to Super Legend, proving the universal appeal of this iconic boat.

Winners announced for Royal Southern's Salcombe Gin July Regatta
With no racing possible due to a lack of wind on the first day, competitors and club members enjoyed a complimentary cocktails from the Salcombe Distillery Co. and a sumptuous barbeque prepared by the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

2021 RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race
120 boats competed in the 2021 Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. The historic race which dates back to 1906, was won overall by RORC Commodore James Neville's HH42 Ino XXX. Ed Bell's JPK 1180 Dawn Treader was second and Ed Fishwick's GP42 Redshift was third.

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Solo Open at Dittisham Sailing Club
Imagine the sensation. You finally reach Dittisham for your first visit on one of those grey, misty mornings that suggest we've skipped, not from June to July but straight into autumn.

2021 KiteFoil World Series Gizzeria - Overall
Four days and 17 races later Denis Taradin (RYF) and Daniela Moroz (USA) are the winners of the KiteFoil World Series Gizzeria, the first of five events of the 2021 season.

420 World Championship 2021 at Yacht Club Sanremo, Italy - Overall
Unfortunately there was no wind today to complete the full 12 races schedule, so the championships were awarded in accordance to yesterday's results.

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The Henri-Lloyd Technowool Drumone Jacket
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Latest Kit, Tips and Info from Rooster
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Noble Marine Lightning 368 Sea Championship at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta
The Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 Sea Championships took place on 3rd & 4th July as part of the Lymington Dinghy Regatta in 12 to 25 knot winds and lumpy sea conditions that proved challenging for all the competitors.

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Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries Sailing Club
13 Fireballs rocked up to the start line for the Fireball Leinster Championship at Skerries SC last weekend. Daniel Thompson sailing with Barry McCartin (Sat) and Ronan Wallace (Sun) won the event after 6 races over two days in thrilling conditions.

2021 Optimist World Championship at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda - Overall
Today a new name is written in the golden books of the Optimist World Champions, which comes after that of Marco Gradoni, winner of the last three editions. It is the name of the Brazilian sailor Alex Di Francesco Kuhl

Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week - Overall
With the title still not decided, competitors were welcomed by more breeze than had been forecast, again from the South-West giving very enjoyable sailing conditions.

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Prestigious award presented at Ripon Sailing Club in honour of Barbara Darling
A prestigious Royal Yachting Association award has been presented for the first time at Ripon Sailing Club in honour of former member Barbara Darling and her dedication to the sport.

RS300 Rooster National Tour at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta
"What a great fun few days" said Tigger as all parties gently drifted away from a delightful sailing weekend at Weymouth Regatta. Pooh's description of the boat summed up the weekend well... "this isn't just an ordinary sort of boat..."

An action-packed Foiling Week 2021
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Royal London Etchells Youth Academy prize-giving and drinks reception
The Royal London Etchells Youth Academy prize-giving and drinks reception were hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club during the Etchells South Coast Championships.

The Best Sail Race Computer - the Velocitek Prostart or the Novasail NS-START.Pro?
Velocitek and Novasail have long been leaders in the sailing electronics industry. This article will compare the flagship race computers from each, the Velocitek Prostart and the Novasail NS-START.Pro to give you an idea of the pros and cons of each.

Rooster North Topper Series concludes at Budworth Sailing Club
The North series consists of events across the North of England to make up the main series, with the winners of the NE and NW venues also claiming the corresponding traveller trophies.

Understanding your rig using new technology
Out on a J/70 off Hamble, Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and, explores how live load sensing can help you understand your rig with some expert help.

IRC Zero: Big boats getting read to roll in the Rolex Fastnet Race
Traditionally IRC Zero produces the most overall winners. Over the last 10 editions, half have been won by IRC Zero competitors, including Niklas Zennstrom's two-time winner Ran 2.

B14 TT at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta
After what seems a long time and the last meet up of the B14 fleet since October 2019, other than the Dinghy Show 2020 at Ali Pali, it was with mixed emotions that the fleet headed to Weymouth.

Maritime Safety Week: Maritime Minister takes to the water at RYA Training Centre
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Zhik partner with Dee Caffari & James Harayda - Team Gentoo mixed offshore campaign
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Lymington Dinghy Regatta 2021
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Solo Ultim World Tour confirmed for 2023
The first ever single-handed race around the world in the giant Ultim multihulls will take place in 2023, 15 years after the vision was originally conceived.

Scorpions at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta
32 Scorpions made up the largest fleet competing at the Weymouth Regatta. They were greeted on Saturday morning with a fantastic force 3 to 4, lovely Weymouth waves and a tiny bit of sunshine.

NEYTS at Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club
After a break of two years due to low water levels and Covid-19 restrictions the North East and Yorkshire Youth Travellers Series returned to Teesdale at the weekend.

RS800 Rooster National Tour at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta
Despite the cool weather and strong drizzle on Saturday the friendly faces of the volunteers at Lymington greeted the eight strong fleet of RS800s and efficiently directed us to our designated boat parking ready for a weekend with six races scheduled.

Typhoon International's Sprint II Aquatic Shoe for beach and boat
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RS Aeros at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta
A total of 34 RS Aeros joined the Lymington Dinghy Regatta and this year with a fresh breeze forecast they Class raced in two good fleets of RS Aero 5s and RS Aero 7s.

Rolex Fastnet Race's historic battle for line honours
A major clash of the titans will take place between two of the world's fastest maxi-monohulls. While the most sought-after victory is, of course, the overall win under IRC, for the monohull that is first home into Cherbourg there is also plenty at stake.

Cyclops customers come up trumps again at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup 2021
The dust has settled on another fantastic Landsail Tyres J-Cup, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Traditionally a cornerstone in the sailing calendar for the J/Boats community to come together, 2021 did not disappoint.

2021 Firebird Championship at Flushing Sailing Club
Two days of racing with plenty of breeze led to five memorable races for all the participants. Saturday proved to be a day most Race Officers may have thrown their towel in but the race team manage to achieved their three planned races.

RS700 Rooster National Tour at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta
With barely enough time to detach their trailer and dry their kit, the Rooster sponsored national tour treated the RS700 fleet to its second event in just seven days.

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