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Explore. Dream. Discover.

Marlow Ropes 2021 LEADERBOARD

Sailingfast 2018 2 728x90

420 sailors loving the breeze during the Easter Cooler at Notts County - photo © David Eberlin

Dear Recipient Name

The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many. Lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased somewhat, allowing the return of grassroots sports, and the fine weather resulted in sailors heading to their local clubs in their droves.

For me it was out in a safety RIB on Thursday while the kids enjoyed Feva sailing, having to pretty much drag them off the water at 6pm before it got too cold and dark, then a cycle down to Keyhaven for a bit of dinghy cruising in the Scow with my youngest on Friday with ice cream on the way home, followed by a couple of days out of Keyhaven in my Frankenlaser on Saturday and Sunday.

Sea Sure 2021 - Transom Fittings - MPU   Savvy Navvy 2021 MPU v2

Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine
Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine

With winds in the 20-25 knot range on Sunday I was certainly feeling it on Monday where I should have competed in the Easter Monday evening race to complete the series, but it was cold and I was lazy, so I ended up bailing out. Waking up on Tuesday morning I instantly regretted that decision. Yes, I would be aching even more, but I agree with the famous quote, which is often miscredited to Mark Twain, but is more likely the work of H. Jackson Brown:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Allen 2020 - A2031XHL - 600x500   B&G 2021 Zeus 3S - MPU

Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning
Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning

I'm regretting not sailing yesterday. I made too many excuses in my head such as, it's too cold, the wind is from the north and will be too shifty, it's a really late start, my wetsuit is still wet. As I took a walk with the kids along the clifftop on Monday evening it was sunny, the wind was strong and shifty, but I wanted to be on the water.

Will I learn from this? Probably not, but I'll try to recall the feeling I had when on the clifftop, knowing I really should have been out on the water.

Life can be full of distractions but allowing those distractions to get in the way of time on the water will soon turn them into tensions. Spend a few hours on the water and everything looks brighter.

Allspars December 2019 MPU   Craftinsure 2018 Retina MPU

Local Easter events

After the 2020 sailing season was decimated, it has been superb to receive a variety of UK event reports already from the weekend. In the keelboats we saw the first of three races in the 2021 RORC Spring Series, an inshore Solent race of around 38 nautical miles saw over 30 yachts competing.

RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /
RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /

Dinghy-wise, apart the Keyhaven Easter Regatta I mentioned above which saw 35 dinghies taking part, we've already received reports from the Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup with 18 competitors, the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta with 10 Solos competing, the Burghfield Easter Regatta with an astounding 97 entrants, the Notts County Easter Cooler with just under 50 dinghies and a variety of dinghies taking part in the Salcombe Yacht Club 2021 Commissioning Race, including a good number of Solos and Salcombe Yawls, the first race of the Restronguet Sailing Club Spring Series, an incredible 60 juniors then 80 boats for the Grafham Water Easter Weekend, 22 dinghies in the King George Sailing Club Easter Regatta and 84 entries split over two days for the Hamble Warming Pan at Easter.

Barton Marine 2019 600x500   Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU

Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson

It's been a while since we've received so many reports after a weekend and they are certainly a welcome sight in my inbox. Keep them coming!

You never know what you're going to get

I caught John Curnow briefly today, who was similarly enthused to see so many events taking place over the Easter weekend, "...from Hobies in WA, and J-Boats in Vic, to the Brisbane to Gladstone in QLD that showed that things can get a bit rusty in a COVID world, so maybe some training would be a good thing, particularly in heavy weather before everyone heads North for the Winter. Alas, if one thing has been proven of late, you just never know what you're going to get, so be prepared."

Pro-Set 300x250   FFI - Try a fifteen - 2020 600x500

Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm
Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm

Over in the USA we had daily reports from the ever popular Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg. From the 120 teams competing Gary Schwarting's Melges 24 team took the win, which he dedicated to his friend and long-time Melges 24 sailor George Haynie who passed away Monday week and should have been sailing with them. Looking down on the racing I'm sure he would have approved of the tribute.

Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /
Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /

It was also great to read the O'pen Skiff 2021 North American Championship report which is believed to be the first major class championship to have more female than male competitors in a mixed event.

We're getting more and more reports through from the various dinghy and keelboat fleets in Australia and we welcome them all. Please keep us posted with what you're doing at a club, state or national level to We love reading your reports and, judging by the viewing figures, our readers do to.

It's certainly true that we don't know what the future holds, so taking the opportunities to go sailing should be savoured. Looking at the news from our friends in mainland Europe shows how the situation can turn bad again very quickly indeed. Being out on the water and in the breeze has been shown to be about as safe as you can get and is a superb form of escapism, let's enjoy it!

Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta”  - photo © Tauri Duer
Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta” - photo © Tauri Duer

GJW Direct 2020 MPU   Gul 2020 Tri-Laminate Spraytop MPU

April 1st fun

After last year writing about the return of the Star class to the Olympics, the America's Cup had to be the focus of my story this April Fools' Day. Many thanks for all the positive feedback on AI AC36.5 v1.0, including those who think it's not such a bad idea...

Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm
Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm

Harken Reflex Furler   Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - MPU


Our closing photo is from Nic Douglass, aka the Sailor Girl, who was covering the J70 Australian Championship at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron where the crews were happily distracted by a pod of dolphins while trying to make sense of a fickle wind.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /
Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /

Highfield Boats - YY - MPU   IC-M37E MPU 2019

Hamble Warming Pan at Easter - two days of fun!
Hamble River Sailing Club's 2021 Hamble Warming Pan over the Easter weekend featured the Junior Warming Pan on Saturday and the 59th edition of the club's famous dinghy open meeting on Sunday, with a total fleet of 84 locally based boats.

O'pen Skiff North American "Un-Regatta" at US Sailing Center Martin County
In another Class first, the O'pen Skiff class is proud to say that the 2021 North American Championship is the first known major class championship to have more female than male competitors in a mixed event.

Mussanah Open Championship - Day 4
Unpredictable winds on the fourth day of competition at the Mussanah Open Championships posed a new challenge to competitors across all classes with many struggling in the conditions.

J Composites 2020 - MPU   Lennon Thermalite 300x250 1
King George Sailing Club Easter Regatta
After the Covid break it was a great relief for the windsurfers and sailors of King George Sailing Club to get back on the water as the sailors held their annual Easter regatta.

A busy Easter Weekend at Grafham Water Sailing Club
Grafham Water Sailing Club members emerged from the long winter hibernation over the Easter weekend blinking like dormice in the unaccustomed sunshine.

Ullswater Yacht Club Daffodil Regatta Preview
Ullswater Yacht Club's first open event since 2019, the Daffodil Regatta is being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 & 23.

Marlow Ropes 2021 March MPU   McConaghy Boats 2021 - MPU
Are you ready for the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race?
Marine safety experts Ocean Safety are delighted to be working in partnership with RORC, the organisers of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race to impart their marine safety knowledge, alongside their ambassador and racing veteran Dee Caffari.

Restronguet Sailing Club 2021 Spring Series - Day 1
Sunday 4th April saw the first racing of Restronguet Sailing Club's 2021 Spring Series. This return to normal Club racing after 18 months was made possible by the Club's Policy for Racing under Covid-19 Restrictions.

Salcombe Yacht Club 2021 Commissioning Race
The dinghy racers of Salcombe Yacht Club reconvened for a postponed Commissioning Race on a bracing Saturday 3rd April. Race Officer Ian Stewart and his able assistant Wendy set a course to Gerston, Blackstone followed by two loops of the harbour.

Musto 2017 300x250 Superhuman   Noble Marine 2020 - MPU
Easter Cooler at Notts County Sailing Club
Like many clubs, the relief of getting back out sailing is palpable. Whilst casual sailing started on Monday, there were plenty wanting to get back out racing.

Royal Ocean Racing Club appoints new Chief Executive
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is delighted to announce Jeremy Wilton as the new Chief Executive of the London and Cowes based Club from 6th April 2021.

Easter Regatta at Burghfield Sailing Club
With travel restrictions in place at Burghfield this Easter, you could easily imagine yourself to be in the tropics with the beautiful sunshine and the blue of the lake.

Ocean Safety 2021 - MPU   Road to Gold - Burling & Tuke MPU
Solo Class racing at the Dell Quay Sailing Club Easter Mini Regatta
The Easter weekend saw the return of organised Racing at DQSC for the Solo class in Chichester Harbour. Prior to the weekend a number of Solos had been out practising in the breezy and cold north-east wind.

Icom IC-M94DE, the world's first Marine Handportable with a built-in AIS Receiver!
Icom brings all the features of your fixed VHF to a handportable with the introduction of the all-new IC-M94DE... the world's first marine VHF handportable radio with an integrated AIS receiver as well as DSC and GPS.

Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021
Although entry was restricted to Island sailors only and we used a RIB as the Committee boat rather than Sea Breeze, it was great to be able to get back on the water again.

Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU   RS Sailing 2021 - MPU
Ocean Safety offers Hi-Speed Priority option for liferaft servicing
Ocean Safety has introduced a High-Speed Priority liferaft servicing scheme for vessel owners and fleet managers who have a tight timeframe to get their liferafts serviced and returned.

Happy Easter from the Barton Team
Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere. Boats are getting back on the water and the racing scene is finally hotting up again. Vaccinations are being rolled out and we are all hopeful for a great season out on the water.

2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg at St. Petersburg Yacht Club - Overall
Long-time Melges 24 sailor Gary Schwarting believes he had some help from above this weekend to win the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta overall title today in St. Petersburg.

RYA Membership - Accredited 2017   Sailingfast 2018 Zhik 600x500
Easter Chocolates for Ino XXX & Aries
The Royal Ocean Racing Club 2021 season got underway on Easter Saturday with an inshore race in the Solent of approximately 38 nautical miles, the first of three races in the 2021 RORC Spring Series.

New Henri-Lloyd Limited Edition M-PR Victoria Blue Series
With limited quantities produced as part of our sustainability initiative to reduce our carbon footprint and not over produce, this is the ultimate 'No Distraction' kit.

Sailing season is springing into action!
There's nothing like the sun finally coming out to trick us all into thinking it's summer but one toe in that water reminds us that it's very much the start of the season and we've got a whole summer of fun ahead of us!

Selden 2020 - E40i electric winch - MPU   Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU
RYA Refer a Friend special bumper promotion
Throughout April RYA members enjoy not one but two special thank you gifts when they sign up their friends and family to RYA membership, with the RYA Refer a Friend scheme. Plus, sign up five new members and they'll also receive a surprise RYA goodie bag!

Royal Western Yacht Club Early Entry extended for the Plymouth Lonely Rock Race (PLR) 2021
The Royal Western Yacht Club is happy to inform all that the early entry rate will continue up to June 1st for the Plymouth Lonely Rock Race 2021.

2022 J/24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas USA
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) will hold its 2022 World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas USA on July 14-22, 2022.

TMS 2020 October - Hamma Snaps - 600x500   Vaikobi 2021 - MPU
RYA Sail from Home: Santiago Lange
In this week's #SailFromHomeSession, hear from Olympian Santiago Lange. Santiago represented Argentina from 1988 to 2016 and in that time won two bronze medals and a gold medal in Rio 2016 despite battling with cancer.

Innovative navigation app Savvy Navvy boldly aims to lower insurance claims for GJW Direct
Marine tech company, savvy navvy, has announced one of its first insurance collaborations with leading UK insurance specialist GJW Direct, which aims to significantly lower insurance claims whilst boosting exposure of the savvy app.

Typhoon International sets the classic trend with new Tresta Dry Cap and Tresta Dry Visor
Typhoon International has just launched its brand new Tresta Dry Cap and Tresta Dry Visor, adding a touch of classic accessorising to complete its wide new range of technical and shore-going clothing for 2021.

Cruise Village 2020 - MPU   Typhoon 2021 - MPU
Lewmar EVO Winches - Made to Last
Lewmar's flagship EVO® winch range is an evolution of their Ocean range which they claim is the most popular winch ever made. This is due to their widespread use by volume boat builders who prioritise ease of use / maintenance and reliability.

The return of the Zhik T2 Trapeze harness - and it's lighter than ever
Zhik's original award-winning adjustable, nappy-style, T2 Trapeze Harness is making a welcome return for performance sailors.

Women's Open Keelboat Championship 2021 teams up with RYA/British Keelboat League
The Women's Open Keelboat Championship will be returning to Hamble for its 12th edition in June 2021. After sadly having to cancel the 2020 edition of the event we can't wait to see lots of boats on the startline of WOKC 2021.

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU   Zhik 2021 New Season MPU
Hyde Sails UK to sponsor Musto Skiff GBR event series
As part of the sponsorship deal, Hyde Sails UK will sponsor six events in the existing 2021 GBR event calendar, which is due to start in mid-April.

SailGP: Denmark SailGP first onto the water in Bermuda ahead of Season 2
SailGP is officially back on the water with the first of its supercharged foiling catamarans launched ahead of the Season 2 opener - the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess - later this month.

AI AC36.5 v1.0
The America's Cup is taking the next logical step in its evolution, with the move from the physical to the virtual world. For continuity, the AC75 rule will be retained, with a few modifications, for what will be known as the 'AI AC36.5 v1.0'.

From the Vendée Globe to industry; what technology transfers?
Over the years, the IMOCAs have become veritable technology laboratories. Autopilots, optical fiber, satellite communication systems or even security, progress is everywhere and continues to inspire more and more businesses in the maritime sector.

Find the ultimate accessory with Musto
Don't forget your extremities. Grab some essential Musto accessories.

RNLI and GJW Direct join forces to keep water users safe
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and GJW Direct have renewed their partnership, which will see GJW Direct continue to support the charity by sharing vital water safety advice with their clients.

Pre-season checks with Dee Caffari - set your yacht on a safe course through 2021
The sun is shining and we're all raring to get back out on the water and enjoy our boats, but it's vital that we spend time checking through some of the key safety equipment on board and ensuring the boat is all set for the season ahead.

Transitioning into the Musto Skiff
I have always been a skiff sailor; I love the thrill of hanging off the side of a boat inches above the water by a piece of string.

Entry open for Inaugural Hyde Sails Under-19 Match Racing Championship
Teams will be competing in Elliott 6M keelboats and benefit from an on board player-coach to help them get the most from the event, making it a great opportunity for both novice and more experienced crews to develop their skills.

Typhoon International's brand-new website showcases 2021 new look range of clothing and accessories
Typhoon International, one of the world's leading wetsuit, drysuit and technical marine clothing and accessories manufacturers, has today launched its brand new website.

Bala Long Distance & Cat Open to be held on 10/11th July
The Bala Long Distance & Catamaran Open two events have now been merged and rescheduled for the 10/11th July 2021. We are pleased to announce that the joint event will be supported and be part of the Great British Sailing Challenge Series.

Sail Slides & Slugs - How to choose correctly
Sail slides and slugs may not be the most exciting piece of equipment found on a sailboat. However, they are a very useful bit of kit and can make your life on board a vessel much easier.

Rolex Fastnet Race doublehanding goes supernova
Doublehanded offshore racing had been gaining popularity with the Rolex Fastnet Race's IRC Two Handed class almost doubling in size between 2009 and 2019.

What does a day onboard Golden Horizon look like?
Hopefully you've heard about new Golden Horizon - the World's largest square-rigged sailing vessel - from Tradewind Voyages. She's setting sail for her inaugural season this summer in UK waters!

Raymarine 2021 April UK Offers - FOOTER

Savvy Navvy 2021 FOOTER v2

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