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Once in a blue moon

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As if answering the request, this Humpback was keen to impress. - photo © John Curnow

Dear Recipient Name

Every so often you get lucky, sometimes you get really lucky and sometimes you win the lottery.'s Australian Editor John Curnow hit the jackpot last week while out with the Australian Sailing Team at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club as a Humpback whale breached right in front of him. Thankfully, John had the presence of mind not to drop his camera over the side and took the stunning photo above.

After the long hiatus John enjoyed catching up with the team's superstars such as Mat Belcher, Will Ryan, Jake Lilley and Matt Wearn, as well as the rest of the squad and coaches, but there's no doubt what was the star of the day on the water.

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Back in the UK we've had a fair bit of breeze over the past week which has been much to the liking of the old-school windsurfing resurgence, including myself. I finally felt like I was hitting the groove on Saturday, rather than just hanging on for dear life. I'd almost forgotten just how much fun windsurfing can be. I borrowed a mate's GoPro for a few minutes and clipped it to the boom, but I think maybe I've lost my marbles a bit during lockdown...

Back out on the board in Christchurch Harbour - photo © Mark Jardine
Back out on the board in Christchurch Harbour - photo © Mark Jardine

As restrictions have been eased in various places around the world, sailing clubs have been grappling with the issue of how to restart racing and various other on-the-water activities while remaining within social distancing guidelines. For me it's been the challenge of resuming our junior sailing activity at Keyhaven Yacht Club. We've got a great team at the club, combined with enthusiastic and supportive parents, so I'm looking forward to our first session on Saturday. Yes, there will be changes such as bubbles, contact tracing and rigorous cleaning processes, but we're getting things under way which is a huge step that I'm very proud to be a part of.

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2019 RS Feva Nationals in Abersoch - photo © Digital Sailing
2019 RS Feva Nationals in Abersoch - photo © Digital Sailing

Combating the drop-off in sailing participation is a passion of mine, and I was encouraged to read this article by RS Sailing addressing the issue. While it's clearly promoting the RS Feva, seeing that nearly 50% of fleet is made up of girls is extremely positive.

With the current rules requiring only members of the same household to sail together in a dinghy, I've spent a fair few days crewing for both my sons in a Feva in the past few weeks. The boat is just fun; simple to rig, responsive, stable and at six foot I'm still able to crew it. Reading more about the ethos within the class reinforces my opinion of the boat and that it's the right route for my boys to become lifelong sailors, if that's what they choose to do. Right now, they're loving it and - being slightly biased towards sailing - long may that continue!

Kids loving the RS Feva - photo © Mark Jardine
Kids loving the RS Feva - photo © Mark Jardine

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While New Zealand seems to have handled the Covid-19 pandemic exceptionally well, all is not well in America's Cup land, with 'informants' exited by America's Cup Events and Emirates Team New Zealand for "highly defamatory and inaccurate allegations regarding financial and structural matters against ACE, ETNZ and its personnel". Coupled with a $3million payment to a European company which appears to be a scammer's account, and the matter being placed in the hands of the international police investigators, the normally rock steady Kiwi team are reeling.

Emirates Team NZ' s AC75 Te Aihe - Auckland - July 1, 2020 - photo © Richard Gladwell /
Emirates Team NZ' s AC75 Te Aihe - Auckland - July 1, 2020 - photo © Richard Gladwell /

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU   Highfield Boats - Sailing - MPU's New Zealand Editor Richard Gladwell is always first with reliable news and the truth as to what's going on within the America's Cup teams so you know we'll have the full story as it all unfolds.

The first America's Cup Challenger made it to Auckland as New York Yacht Club American Magic's 'Defiant' arrived. It's a significant milestone for the team and the event in these strange times. Let's hope all the teams can make it across soon and the 36th America's Cup can continue on schedule and not join the long list of postponed events.

Defiant is lowered into Auckland waters for the first time - photo © American Magic
Defiant is lowered into Auckland waters for the first time - photo © American Magic

I am receiving more and more accounts of the resurgence of grass-roots club sailing and reports from the industry that boat sales are booming. This is hugely encouraging for the sport and let's hope the trend continues. The benefits sailing provides to us all, both physically and mentally, are undeniable - so everyone please keep spreading the word!

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

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How to keep girls in our awesome sport?
It's widely known that there's a stark drop out for junior sailors as they hit their teens. Sadly, with exams and social pressures being the biggest culprit, this affects girls more than boys.

Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race update: A tough night off the Irish coast
The skippers in the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sable d'Olonne "warm-up" for this year's Vendée Globe have certainly been enduring a baptism of fire as the early stages of the race continue to prove tough on them and their boats.

RC Laser racing at Royal Temple Yacht Club
With the current restrictions on competitive sailing restricting yachts to only 2 members of the same household and the weekend weather not being conducive to two handed sailing, members of RTYC have had to turn to other means to get their sailing fix.

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Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race Series at Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club
Strong westerly winds were the order of the day for the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club's annual Jackson Yacht Services Bay Race Series, held in St Aubin's Bay on Sunday 28th June.

Barton Technical Update - Mid Year
The Barton R&D team are constantly working to develop and improve solutions to your everyday needs. Our global vision is to improve your ability to lift, move, slide, secure and control rigging applications for leisure sailors and commercial operators.

Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race start
The start of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race saw a fleet of 20 IMOCAs foiling away from the start box outside Les Sables d'Olonne after the most unusual build-up in racing history.

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Two more inspiring women become 'voices' for the Maiden Factor
A professional photographer from the UK and a professional football player from Jordan join Whoopi Goldberg and Jamie Lee Curtis as Maiden Factor 'Voices'.

Musto iconic logo tees
100% cotton jersey tee features a ribbed collar and an exclusive FD K93 graphic on the back and a large format sailing graphic across the chest.

RORC Time Over Distance Volume 14 - Luke Patience
For the 14th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series, Louay Habib interviews Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience with a deep dive into his two previous Olympic campaigns and a look forward to Tokyo and beyond.

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New dates announced for 2021 Cowes Classics Week
The Royal London Yacht Club, organisers of Cowes Classics Week, has announced new dates for 2021 with the regatta now being held 3 - 9 July with racing from 5 July.

The Wait is Over: The Rooster 50N CE Impact Buoyancy Aid is here
Low profile neoprene buoyancy aid, specifically developed to fit snugly in all the right places. Unique to Rooster, this CE12402-5 certified buoyancy aid is an advance in our buoyancy aid range.

Some days you're lucky. Others you're just plain blessed.
With many, many thanks to the Australian Sailing Team, and the delightful members of the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, we are delighted to bring you these images.

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A review of the way that Plymouth has returned to racing during June
As soon as the RYA issued their guidance about recreational sailing, a few avid competitive sailors in the port started to get the ball rolling by arranging what we eventually described as a 'purposeful sail'.

18ft Skiffs: Dave Porter, the unluckiest champion
David Porter became the 1975 JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff champion when he skippered KB to a brilliant victory on the Brisbane River, but fortune didn't always smile on the great sailor.

Relive AC34 in San Francisco! Race 13 full replay
Yet another race full of drama, including the moment Emirates Team New Zealand misjudged a port-starboard cross and Jimmy Spithill has to violently head up the American cat to avoid the Kiwis.

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52nd Southampton International Boat Show postponed
Following the COVID-19 guidelines regarding large scale gatherings, British Marine will be postponing the 52nd edition of the Southampton International Boat Show until September 2021.

Win your own kit as the JMST OnBoard applications open
Do you know a sailor, 14 years of age of under who could benefit from exclusive use of their own boat or board for the next two years?

Club Zone: Planning a safe return to boating part 3
With Government restrictions beginning to ease from 4th July in England, in this week's Club Zone Video Alistair Dickson, Director of Sport Development, and Ian Walker, Director of Racing, address some of the frequently asked questions from clubs.

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Sail Smarts with Jake - Man Overboard
Vital seamanship skills as part of #SailFromHome. A special skills session on Man Overboard.

Marine Tourism Industry calls on boaters to Respect Rural and Island Destinations
As lockdown continues to be eased across Scotland a joint plea has been made by marine tourism and sports groups for boaters and water users to have full consideration and respect for the destinations they plan to visit.

RYA confirms eSailing Nations Cup - GBR Selection Policy
At the beginning of June, World Sailing announced the launch of the 2020 eSailing Nation's Cup; an international knockout tournament which will see nations across the globe battle it out for the eSailing Nation's Cup.

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America's Cup: Statement from Grant Dalton explains reasons for injunction
Team New Zealand and America's Cup Event CEO, Grant Dalton has issued a statement explaining the Sailing team and Event organisation's rationale for obtaining a High Court injunction blocking publication of a confidential draft report on AC36 Hosting

In Conversation with Tristan Walker-Hutt
Back in January 2019 we published the 'Budget Ultra-High Performance Sailing' article about the International 14 Fawkes, which Tristan Walker-Hutt and Tom Clayton had renovated on a very tight budget.

Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships cancelled, but other 2020 events still on
The RYA and Eric Twiname Trust have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships.

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World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: June 2020
The past month has been focused on finalising and ensuring the financial future of World Sailing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamble Classics 2020 open for 'pre-entries'
The 5th Hamble Classics Regatta at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on 21st-23rd August has opened for 'pre-entries' in anticipation of a go-ahead if the recent easing of restrictions is being successful.

Relive AC34 in San Francisco! Race 12 full replay
With Emirates Team New Zealand on match point, a win for ORACLE TEAM USA was essential. An aggressive move by Jimmy Spithill set them up nicely...

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Tracy Edwards MBE TED Talk now live online
These unusual times require things to be done a bit differently! Tracy was asked to do a TED talk but due to Covid-19 it was not done in person, but online thousands of miles away during lockdown.

Thinnair Moth statement
Since its inception in 2017 we have been endeavouring to bring the world's best International Moth boat package to the market. We partnered with Dave Hollom and White Formula who both have a long history in high performance boat design and manufacture.

Rolex Swan Cup 2020 opens a great regatta season for Nautor's Swan
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Nautor's Swan, together with its longstanding partner Rolex, are pleased to confirm the 2020 Rolex Swan Cup will take place from 7th to 13th September, in the amazing setting of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

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B&G to launch new Zeus³S Sailing Display
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has announced the launch of the new Zeus³S multifunction display system, boasting unrivalled performance, features and connectivity.

Try a Fifteen
Try a Fifteen is an opportunity to have a trial sail in a Flying Fifteen (F15). The class is a fun, fast and exhilarating boat to sail by crew combinations of all sizes, genders and ages.

2021 B14 World Championships cancelled
The B14 Class Association regrets to announce that the 2021 World Championships to be hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney, Australia from January 3 – 7, 2021 have been cancelled.

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Relive AC34 in San Francisco! Races 1 - 11 full replays
They called it the greatest comeback win of all time. Now watch full replays of every race in the 34th America's Cup, held on San Francisco Bay in September 2013. Emirates Team New Zealand pioneered the foiling AC72 and started strongly...

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup to take place this year
The regattas will be held in a modified mode: registration procedures will be streamlined through digital channels, the skippers' briefing and the prize-giving - which will take place outdoors - will involve a limited number of crew members.

TMS Two Minute Tuesdays Episode 14: Velocitek Prism
Week 14 of TMS Two Minute Tuesday and in this episode James is back in his shed with the Velocitek Prism racing compass to show you.

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Lark eOpen at Banbury Sailing Club
Six local Banbury boats were joined by twelve visitors, including a bus-load from Waldringfield, for a virtual open meeting to replace the cancelled Banbury Lark Open on 28 June.

Defiant arrives in Auckland
Defiant, the first AC75 racing yacht built for New York Yacht Club American Magic, Challenger for the 36th America's Cup, has arrived in New Zealand.

Ocean Elements Beach Club Holidays Greece - Opening July 19th
The Greek islands are busy getting ready to be open in July, with a lot of good feeling and well-thought preparations. We have introduced a plan to open our Beach Clubs in Kos and our staff have been waiting in earnest to make it a very special time.

Hansa GUL VR Series 2020 - Series 1 Overall
On June 23rd 17 sailors took to their tablets, smartphones, laptops, and computers to compete in the final 8 races to complete the ten week series of races.

Encouraging start to the Figaro 3 season for Phil Sharp in the Solo Maitre CoQ
The race identified areas which exceeded Sharp's expectations, racing in the leading pack, neck to neck against some of world's best including Vendée Globe winner Armel le Cléac'h and Gildas Mahé, among the most experienced.

How Henry Bomby accelerates the keelboat learning curve
Lack of time is always the biggest enemy for an ambitious sailor. Which is why Olympic aspirant Henry Bomby is using every trick and tactic at his disposal in speeding up the learning curve.

Sunsail raises £20,538 for our NHS heroes and Turn to Starboard
An online auction, organised by Sunsail, has raised £20,538 in three weeks for the UK's incredible and hard-working NHS, as well as Turn to Starboard, a charity that uses sailing to help Armed Forces personnel and their families make the right turn.

America's Cup: Informants exited by America's Cup Events and Emirates Team NZ
The America's Cup Defenders Emirates Team New Zealand have published a statement this late this evening, June 29, advising that they have outed a group of "informants"

Inaugural St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta - Overall
Sailing is social distancing at its best. No three people know this better than St. Thomas' Chris Rosenberg and his 15-year-old son Christian, who won the IC24 Class, and St. Thomas' Marcus Compton, who topped the Hobie Wave Class.

An interesting cluster develops
So Jeanneau's Sun Fast 3600 has certainly been a bit of a giant killer, especially short-handed. Races like the 5500nm Melbourne to Osaka lie as testament to that.

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