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Hail to the volunteers!


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Paul Sevigny's Smokeshow checking into the Race Committee for Class 3 - The 64th Gearbuster - photo © Mary Alice Fisher

Dear Recipient Name

As sailors, we owe a massive debt of gratitude to volunteers at our clubs and within our classes - without them sailing would either be not as good or a vast amount more expensive to participate in.

Yes, I know many of the 'headline' volunteers are sailors as well, such as the Race Officer of the Day and safety RIB crews being regular sailors who get awarded average points in a series, but there are so many more involved who work tirelessly behind the scenes for little or no recognition.

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The Race Committee during the Osprey Nationals in Weymouth - photo © Simon Hawkes
The Race Committee during the Osprey Nationals in Weymouth - photo © Simon Hawkes

The reason so many of us are back out on the water and enjoying club racing is often down to volunteers giving up their time to devise Covid-safe plans for each individual club or event. The one-way systems, the sanitising stations, the track and trace implementations, the contactless sign-on systems and the trail of paperwork that is necessary to demonstrate that an effective plan is in place don't just appear, they need meticulous preparation. Some clubs may have a paid secretary and treasurer, maybe more in the larger clubs, but so much of this work is done by people willing to give up their time to help others enjoy their time on the water.

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The committee during the Scaling Dam Sailing Club Streaker & Laser Open - photo © Lucy Priest
The committee during the Scaling Dam Sailing Club Streaker & Laser Open - photo © Lucy Priest

This week is Lymington Junior Week and, due to household bubbles, I'm crewing for my eldest son in his RS Feva. At 47 I'm not surprisingly the oldest competitor, and it's a good 30+ years since I last competed at the event, but the number of volunteers helping out to ensure that the event can run smoothly and safely is staggering. The trolley teams making sure only six dinghies are on the slipway at any one time, the ladies counting the tallies in and out to ensure all the kids (and grown up kids) are counted back in safely, the mark layers, the scorers, the race officers and their assistants, the safety boats and all those people behind the scenes managing the paperwork, uploading the results, updating the website, cleaning just about everything at the moment, reuniting lost boots with kids, sorting a spare sail for a boat to help another team compete... the list goes on!

Ahead of events such as this there are so many volunteers and coaches who get the kids out sailing week in and week out. The coaches are often sailors who have graduated from the youth classes, keen to see the next cohort progress from their club, and the volunteers for these sessions are a combination of parents, but again behind the scenes there are volunteers writing and checking that the compliance is all place, organising the rosters of sailors and support crews, and that club-owned boats are kept in a seaworthy state, allowing kids to enjoy time on the water regardless of whether they own a boat or not.

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The volunteers receive their session briefing, led by Senior Instructor Rev Peter Salisbury on the 35th Anniversary of Royal Lymington Yacht Club's Wednesday Junior Sailing programme - photo © Alex Irwin /
The volunteers receive their session briefing, led by Senior Instructor Rev Peter Salisbury on the 35th Anniversary of Royal Lymington Yacht Club's Wednesday Junior Sailing programme - photo © Alex Irwin /

A race against time

The Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax took place on Friday. Six WASZP sailors, three British and three French, crossed the Channel raising money for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) and France's Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP). With everything in place, a curveball was thrown into the mix with the UK Government announcing quarantine requirements for those returning to the UK after 4am on Saturday.

The team made it to France 2230 CET, and quickly turned around in their support RIBs to make it home in good time and in the process smashing their money-raising target for two such worthy causes.

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The Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax sails past the Needles - photo © James Tomlinson
The Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax sails past the Needles - photo © James Tomlinson

Passing the Needles foiling was one of the highlights of the trip, together with the camaraderie between the sailors. In a time when closed borders keep us apart, this was a challenge which brought people together.

As founder of the challenge Hattie Rogers said, "There was banter and laughter all the way! We knew it was going to be a long slog, but this rapidly became a sail that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. The French have already invited us to their WASZP Nationals in November and we've reciprocated the invite for the UK Nationals. We were planning our 2021 challenge before we'd made landfall in France - we can't wait to 'send it' again!"

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Kiwi pair set for a massive 2021

Worldwide both everything and nothing is currently happening in grand prix sailing. The America's Cup teams continue to work up their boats, with both NYYC American Magic and Emirates Team New Zealand practicing on the race track off Auckland, subject to new lockdown restrictions.

For two of the biggest names in world sailing, 2021 is going to be a huge year. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are set to defend the America's Cup, their 49er Olympic title and now have been announced as Co-CEO's of the newly-formed NZ SailGP team. With Sir Ben Ainslie added to the roster, joining Sail GP Season One stars Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge, the restarted Season 2 should make for cracking viewing.

Blair Tuke, Peter Burling and Russell Coutts at the NZSailGP launch - photo © NZSailGP
Blair Tuke, Peter Burling and Russell Coutts at the NZSailGP launch - photo © NZSailGP

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Light wind Whitsundays

In Australia, Airlie Beach Race Week suffered from a combination of light winds most of the week and many of their experienced race officials and volunteers being unable to attend due to Covid travel restrictions. Even so, the sixty-four boat fleet enjoyed glorious winter sunshine and it was great to see another event go ahead in these times.

Cruising Division on the windward-leeward course in Race 6 - 2020 Airlie Beach Race Week, final day - photo © Shirley Wodson / ABRW
Cruising Division on the windward-leeward course in Race 6 - 2020 Airlie Beach Race Week, final day - photo © Shirley Wodson / ABRW

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Record breaking Ida Lewis Distance Race

In the US, the urge to compete and embrace Covid-related event modifications is strong with a record 74 entries taking on the Ida Lewis Distance Race.

Flying Jenny - Ida Lewis Distance Race - photo © Barby MacGowan
Flying Jenny - Ida Lewis Distance Race - photo © Barby MacGowan

Wherever you are sailing in the world, remember those volunteers who make what we do possible. If you're passing a support boat, a cleaner, a scorer, or any kind of helper, then give them a smile and say, 'thank you'. They deserve it.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

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AIB Irish Optimist National Championships 2020
Optimist sailors had four fantastic days of racing at the AIB Irish Optimist National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, officiated by Anthony O'Leary, Race Officer for the Main Fleet and Barry Rose who was Race Officer for the Regatta Fleet.

Bembridge Week 2020
As there was no Cowes Week, the Redwings (and One-Designs) raced every day in 'Bembridge Week'. Notwithstanding quite difficult tides and light & fickle breezes, twelve Redwings and up to eight One-Designs enjoyed some excellent racing every day.

Morf Block - Evolution in the DNA
Morf Block - the brainchild of Morfrac Systems - is constantly evolving. Once a DIY block, where the user was free to use the lash thimble of their choice, Morf Block is now available ready-to-run, optimised for either high performance or high load.

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Astral Azure 2000 Class National Championship at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 1
A Covid boat park is a funny place; maybe we'll get used to it by Friday. Masks were worn until on the water. It's strange not seeing the smiles on faces of 2000 sailors at a Nationals.

Vintage Yacht Regatta at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club - Action-shots by Mitch Pearson
Mitch Pearson from SurfSailKite has delivered this great gallery of images from the Vintage Yacht Regatta hosted by Queensland Cruising Yacht Club over the weekend.

RORC Summer Series Race 2 - Trials and tribulations of the odd couple
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Summer Series continued on Saturday 15th August with the second race of the four-race mini-series. Light airs resulted in an extra-ordinary match race between two unlikely opponents.

Henri-Lloyd 2020 HLRC MPU   Allspars December 2019 MPU
Musto's UPF range
A garment's Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates the level to which it will shield you from harmful UV rays. Musto's UPF range never drops below 30 and goes as high as 50, ensuring you can stay safe in the sun for longer.

Merlin Rocket Inaugural Itchenor Intergalactics
On 8-11 August, Itchenor SC ran the inaugural Itchenor Intergalactics. The aim was to merge the best of Salcombe Merlin Week and the Nationals in one four-day extravaganza!

XOD four day series at Itchenor Sailing Club
Chichester Harbour is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of water in the country. This was the inspiration behind the Itchenor Sailing Club XOD class's recent four day series of relaxed races.

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18ft Skiffs: John 'Steamer' Stanley
John 'Steamer' Stanley is the person to go to for historical information and photographic images regarding the 18 Footers, now it's time to take a look at John's own history when it comes to all things 18ft Skiff sailing and yachting.

Race against time in the Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax
After a month of planning all was set for the six WASZP sailors on Friday 14th August to undertake the Foil for Life Challenge by Lemer Pax. On the eve of the challenge, a potentially devastating announcement was made by the UK Government...

Mike O'Donovan beats SailGP's Joan Cardona to win eSailGP Championship and a ride on an F50
British eSailor O'Donovan caused upset when he beat one of the pre-race favorites, Spain SailGP Team member Cardona, to not only win the inaugural championship title but also a ride on an F50 in real-life.

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Rossborough Round the Island Race 2020
A gentle breeze, calm seas and sunshine greeted the twenty-one cruisers that came to the line, in St Aubin's Bay, for the 8 o'clock start of the Royal Channel Islands YC's annual Rossborough Round the Island Race.

UKLA ILCA 6 Nationals - Laser Radial Masters entrants
Following on from the ILCA 7 (standard full rig) Masters write up on we now look at the ILCA 6 (Radial) Masters runners and riders competing in the 2020 UKLA national championships in Weymouth.

Island Sailing Club to run Nab Tower Race and launch new Christchurch Bay Race
The Island Sailing Club have announced their intention to run the ISC Nab Tower Race on Saturday 5 September 2020 and Christchurch Bay Race on Saturday 26 September 2020.

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Merlin Rocket Inlands Cancelled
Following the cancellation of the Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championships and the Craftinsure Silver Tiller, the Merlin Rocket Owners Association Committee today announces the cancellation of the only remaining Class organised event of 2020.

2000 Class Millennium Series 2020 Event at Keyhaven Yacht Club - Preview
Keyhaven Yacht Club is hosting a 2000 class Open Meeting on 5th & 6th September. Get your entry in quickly as the event is limited to 30 boats.

Sailing stars set for Foil Town and the Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals
The hopes of holding the Moth Worlds in 2020 were dashed by Covid-19, but the Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals, taking place 7th-11th September at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, is set to be a huge event!

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WASZP GPS Challenge - Win a ride on an F50!
Ever wanted to race against the Pros? Well this is the opportunity! WASZP, as part of its Class Management infrastructure, are giving everyone early access to our purpose built GPS platform and an opportunity to challenge the world's best.

Burnham Sailing Club Wednesday Summer Series 2
The westerly breeze meant a down river windward start for the Burnham Sailing Club fleets yesterday. Class 1, 707s and Elites filled the line for the first start.

Barton Marine signs New Distributor for Australasia
Barton Marine has partnered with DeckHardware Marine Solutions Australasia to distribute its extensive range of deck gear across the Australasia region.

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Finn Silver Cup will be first test of lockdown training
It has been a long time coming, but the first major international Finn Class event of 2020 is due to begin this weekend. The U23 World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup will take place in Canet en Roussillon, in the south of France.

Airlie Beach Race Week Overall - Final race decides winners
Sixty four boats to part in the 2020 Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing, hosted by WSC, which had a difficult job on their hands between the light and fluky conditions and imposing restrictions caused by the CoronaVirus.

What to wear offshore sailing in the heat?
With the temperatures soaring across Europe, sailors competing in this summer's offshore races, are thinking carefully about what to pack in their kit bag.

Hansa GUL VR Series 2 competition hots up!
Following the success of the first Hansa GUL VR Series, the Hansa Class UK decided to continue with a second ten event series.

TMS Two Minute Tuesdays Episode 20: EZi Launcher
Tuesday saw a landmark 20th episode of TMS Two Minute Tuesday so we hope you've been enjoying them! This week James takes us through our very own EZi Launcher, a self launching twin spinnaker pole system.

Planet Sail Episode 5: Onboard the Spirit 111, Vendée Arctique and RS Pulse 58
Earlier this year in Episode 3 we went to see Spirit Yachts on the east coast of the UK. While we were there we took a look at the stunning Spirit 111 as she slipped into the water and said we'd report back once she was sailing.

Top Tips For Summertime Sessions!
Summer's in full swing in the UK with some parts of the country hitting a whopping 36C recently. So, it's no surprise then that many are leaping at the chance to get on the water!

Royal Southern YC Charity Cup Regatta - Overall
With not a breath of wind in The Solent, racing was called off at midday on the final day. A virtual prize-giving was held at the Royal Southern YC Clubhouse on the banks of the River Hamble.

RORC forced to cancel Season's Points Championship
Current restrictions continue to make it impossible to run overnight races for all IRC classes with the result that the last offshore race of the season, the Cherbourg Race has had to be cancelled.

Record-breaking yachtswoman commits to helping children in care sail towards a brighter future
Nikki Henderson has been named as an ambassador for Care to Sail, a Scotland-based not-for-profit organisation which takes young people in care and transforms their health and wellbeing through sailing.

Introducing the Henri-Lloyd Racing Club
Sailing thrives through communities and, in this time of social distancing, bringing people together through communities in novel and innovative ways helps us all bond when other methods may not be possible.

Laser Open at Draycote Water Sailing Club supported by Laser Performance
Well the day came when the first Laser open had happened and what a day it was. Sunshine, 25 degrees Celsius with big blue sky and 20 mph of wind.

Sailing and Racing at Burghfield Sailing Club
So after many weeks and several months of hibernation, sailing clubs are starting to emerge from the Winter that has been Coronavirus.

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