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Emma Wilson (GBR) in the Women's RS:X on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 2 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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Tropical storm Nepartak was supposed to arrive on Tuesday in Japan, but when our man in Enoshima,'s New Zealand Editor Richard Gladwell, opened his curtains at the Hotel Wing International the breeze was relatively light, accompanied by a shower of rain.

'Snakes and Ladders' is the term that has been used to describe the sailing results so far at Tokyo 2020, which is hardly surprising when the inshore Enoshima and Kamakura courses are used in an offshore breeze.

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Pete Burling & Blair Tuke during the opening 49er races at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Pete Burling & Blair Tuke during the opening 49er races at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The form book was thrown out of the window as the 49ers kicked off their racing. When you talk about favourites, then Pete Burling and Blair Tuke are the stand-out names: reigning Olympic champions, six-time 49er World Champions, two-time America's Cup winners. At Rio 2016 their worst race result was a seventh, which they discarded, but in the first race of Tokyo 2020 they finished twelfth in the 19-boat fleet...

In the ILCA 7 or Laser class (I'm confused as to what it's called at this Olympics) overall leader after six races Cypriote Pavlos Kontides looked like he was putting a consistent series together, only to record a 20th in race 5. He bookended this result with bullets and is still leading both with and without a discard.

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Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

There are classes where sailors are knocking in consistent results. In the ILCA 6 / Laser Radial class Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom is at the top of the rankings. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey had a stunning start to their 49er FX series with two bullets and a sixth.

The podium battle is developing nicely in the Women's RS:X with just two points separating France's Charline Picon, Great Britain's Emma Wilson and China's Yunxiu Lu. In the Men's RS:X Italy's Mattia Camboni leads, but Switzerland's Mateo Sanz Lanz and The Netherlands' Kiran Badloe are hot on his heels. The windsurfing is some must-watch racing, as long as you can access the TV coverage... something I'll come on to later.

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Josh Junior (NZL) crossed Giles Scott (GBR) on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Josh Junior (NZL) crossed Giles Scott (GBR) on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The two America's Cup stars of the Finn fleet have work to do if they are to medal in the class's final outing in the Olympics. Defending champion Giles Scott scored two ninths, and New Zealand's Josh Junior scored a twelfth and tenth in the opening two races on Tuesday. The top three was identical in each race with Turkey's Alican Kaynar first, Hungary's Zsombor Berecz second and Spain's Joan Cardona Mendez third.

A couple of weeks ago I said it was going to be A strange Games at a strange time, and that the form book may as well go out the window, but the gusty and shifty conditions have made the racing extremely difficult, with those able to adapt quickly to the wacky races rising to the top.

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TV or not TV?

In previous years we've been extremely lucky in the UK to have multiple streams available to watch from many different sports thanks to the BBC, but for this Games the IOC awarded the pan-European rights for the Olympics to Discovery. Ron Chakraborty, Lead Executive, Major Events at BBC Sport, wrote an apologetic letter about this online, but it does beg the question of how people will now 'stumble' upon coverage of sports they don't know, or usually get to watch.

I am strong believer that the Olympics should be free-to-air. As stated by the IOC 'The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.' To achieve this the coverage should be as accessible as possible, rather than requiring a short-term subscription.

Sadly, with this approach, the mainstream TV coverage will naturally gravitate towards sports that a country is good at, and sailing will probably only get a look-in at the Medal Race stage, apart from brief mentions in dispatches.

49er fleet under an ominous sky on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
49er fleet under an ominous sky on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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America's Cup merry-go-round

The New York Yacht Club stunned the America's Cup world this week by aligning with the Stars+Stripes syndicate for the 37th America's Cup. This leaves Hap Fauth and Roger Penske's American Magic, together with Skipper Terry Hutchinson, out on a limb. The logic of this can only make sense if a big-money backer has approached the club, saying they want to start with a clean slate.

There is no doubt the American Magic syndicate will find a club for their campaign, which does at least mean there should be two US-based entries for the next Cup, wherever that might be held. If the rumour-mill is to be believed then the current front-runners are Cork, Ireland and Valencia, Spain. As always with AC rumour, this should be taken with a pinch of salt, a dash of pepper and probably a splash of vinegar to boot.

The New York Yacht Club American Magic team applaud the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team after the PRADA Cup Semi Final - photo © Sailing Energy / American Magic
The New York Yacht Club American Magic team applaud the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team after the PRADA Cup Semi Final - photo © Sailing Energy / American Magic

And the grass roots...

When I'm not making sure the news from Enoshima is published as quickly as possible, I'm trying to both sail and help with the junior racing and activities at Keyhaven Regatta Week. It's being immense fun, and we had our own shifty and gusty conditions for the three races on Sunday, where I was sailing Frankenlaser II (sadly, the first Frankenlaser has been retired after developing a hull crack between the daggerboard case and mast foot which I deemed beyond repair).

The juniors are always chomping at the bit to get on the water, with some already giving the adults a run for their money in the main racing. Many clubs around the world have their story of a young sailor who has risen through the ranks to the Olympic level, and I can think of a couple of locals I've seen who could make the grade, but ensuring they have fun when they're young will surely help them along their path in sailing, whatever route that takes.

Juniors racing down the river soon after their start at Keyhaven Week - photo © Mark Jardine
Juniors racing down the river soon after their start at Keyhaven Week - photo © Mark Jardine

For all those who help out with junior and youth programs at their local clubs, especially those who introduce non-sailing families to the water, I extend a big 'thank you'. Sailing is a stronger, richer and more diverse sport thanks to you. Who knows, one day you could be saying 'I taught that Olympian or America's Cup star to sail'. The goal should always be for them to have fun, but some with that competitive instinct and talent will rise to the top!

All-in-all, sailing news this week is predictably unpredictable, but we'll make sure you can read all about it on and

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller Round 5 at Shoreham Sailing Club
On Saturday 24th July, 24 Merlin Rockets went to Shoreham Sailing Club to enjoy some fabulous sea sailing for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller, where the locals promised us big waves and a good breeze, and some valuable Nationals practice.

Perfect start for Alican Kaynar as Finns begin racing at Tokyo 2020
Turkey's Alican Kaynar made a perfect start to his third Olympic Games with two bullets on one of the most difficult course areas in Enoshima.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 3
The excitement kicked up a gear on the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition as the women in the 49erFX Skiff put on a display of high speed boat handling and fast-thinking tactics.

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Stoneways VPRS National Championship Entries Open
Stoneways VPRS are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 National Championship. The unmissable event is set to run across the weekend of the 28-29th August at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

Rolex Fastnet Race: A class apart
The fleet showing the biggest growth within the Rolex Fastnet Race is the Class40. Currently 39 of these mini IMOCAs are entered, a significant increase from the 19 that competed in 2019.

Hilton takes the win at the Chanonry Musto Skiff Open Event
Chanonry SC delivered again; sun, sea breeze, and a really friendly club with some mates to go sailing with and share a few beers with afterwards - it couldn't be better!

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Dream start for Dobson and Tidey to top 49erFX fleet
There was a marked change in weather at Enoshima on Tuesday with a wet, cooler and blustery 14-18 knots Northerly. A welcome arrival after a long build-up in lighter winds, but also a new challenge. The wind shut down mid-afternoon which caused delays.

Graduate National Championship at Rutland Sailing Club
In the current circumstances, finding a venue for a nationals event presents a challenge. The Graduate Secretary, Maggie Murrell, persevered and was delighted to be able to arrange for the Graduates to be included in Rutland SC's Battle of the Hikers.

Opportunity Knocks for the IAKA Youth Team at Cowes Week
A new initiative to encourage youth sailors will be taking place at Cowes Week. This has been made possible by the collaboration of the Ian Atkins Keelboat Award, administered by the John Merricks Sailing Trust, the SB20 Class UK and SportsBoatWorld.

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2021 ILCA 6 Youth World Championships at Circolo Vela Arco - Day 1
Morning thunderstorms held the fleets ashore for day one of the 2021 ILCA 6 Youth World Championships in Arco, Italy in the northern end of Lake Garda. The typical south wind never developed, but a nice 10-12 knot northerly breeze allowed two races.

Bermuda Gold Cup to return in 2022
Organizers for the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club's Bermuda Gold Cup match racing tournament regret to announce that the 2021 regatta will not be held.

Vortex 2021 National and Northern Championships at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
Champagne conditions with a force 2-3 warm breeze from the west greeted the usual fleet from a far as London and Largs. A warm welcome to Matthew Bonnar from Himley Hall SC for his first open at 16.

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Flying Fifteen Irish Northern Championship at Portaferry Sailing Club
For those who were unable to make the first "away" regatta since the summer season of 2019, you missed glorious sunshine, great hospitality, fickle winds, and challenging tides!

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 2
There was more wind than expected for the second day of racing at the Olympic Sailing Competition which was just as well as the lumpy, confused wave pattern made it hard to get into the groove.

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British Classic Week 2021 - Overall
This year's British Classic Week, hosted by British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC), attracted 50 classic sail and motor yachts to Cowes for a week of sunshine, sailing and socialising. D

2021 European WASZP Games - Ready to take flight
After a whirlwind 18 months navigating covid-19, restrictions, lockdowns and venue changes we are now just 15 days away from the 2021 WASZP European Games hosted by Circola Vela Arco, situated at North Lake Garda.

How Sea Sure came to making the Firefly rudder stock
For those of you that have tried your hand at Team Racing, you will know that those poor flights of Fireflys get put through a lot!

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GBR's young gun Emma Wilson shows class on day 2 in Enoshima
The second day of sailing saw an increase in wind - 14-16 knots NE - and bigger swell as result of tropical storm Nepartak in the morning, but had dropped to 10 knots SW later in the day.

Hurricane 5.9 TT at Stone Sailing Club
Fifteen Hurricane 5.9SX teams visited Stone Sailing Club on the weekend of 24/25th July for the second Hurricane TT event of the year.

Hit Maximum Speed with Cyclops Polar Support
The "smart" range of wireless load sensors from Cyclops Marine — smartlink and smarttune — have been helping sailors learn and repeat their fastest settings with live and logged load data since the company announced their arrival last year.

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Virago wins the RORC Channel Race
Teams racing Two-Handed in IRC Four dominated the overall results for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Channel Race. Held in light to medium airs, the 98nm offshore race was won overall by Jeffrey Knapman's MG335 Virago, racing with Tristan Kemp.

Westcountry Boat Repairs RS200 SW Ugly Tour event at Parkstone Yacht Club
An optimistic fleet arrived at a slightly damp Parkstone YC, for the RS200 SW Ugly Tour event sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs, following a scorching week of sunshine, the rain was rather novel.

Hadron H2 Open at Itchenor Sailing Club
The third major event in the H2 2021 calendar took place at Itchenor SC over the weekend of 24-25 July, with a practice day held on the preceding Friday.

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GP14 Northern Bell Open at Royal Windermere Yacht Club
With the best forecast of wind for the week before and the week after, 13 boats rigged and waited for the wind to appear. There was a good turnout of 8 home boats and 3 boats visiting from Bassenthwaite SC, one from Burwain SC and one from Budworth SC.

RS Elite National Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Overall
Tom Hewitson and crew (Colin Smith and Jo Hewitson) sailing RS Elite 7 Shaken Not stirred have won the RS Elite National Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Solid start for Brits as Tokyo 2020 gets underway
Racing began today at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition with a change in weather from the training period as the wind swung to offshore as effects of the approaching tropical storm took hold.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 1
After two weeks of training in steady onshore breezes, the sailors were dealt a very different and more difficult hand for the opening day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Inspired, the latest from Rooster®
Last weekend saw SailGP land in Plymouth with the Inspire programme in full swing. For us, SailGP Inspire is absolutely what it's all about!

Euromarine Insurance Ramsgate Week 2021
After a one-year hiatus Euromarine Insurance Ramsgate Week returned for 2021, and saw about 40 competitors compete in IRC and cruising classes.

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St Helier Yacht Club's West Country Tour
Due to the on going problems with Covid-19 it was decided this year that in place of the biennial Jersey to Biscay Race there would be a tour of the West Country. This has been a great success with 26 yachts entered.

Complimentary ticket to the Southampton International Boat Show 2021 exclusively for RYA members
The Southampton International Boat Show is back and the RYA is delighted to announce that once again its 100,000 plus members can take advantage of a complimentary ticket to the Show.

Typhoon International's Storm3 Glove - the great allrounder for active warmth
Hands will stay super-warm and protected inside Typhoon International's brand new Storm3 Gloves, the essential hand warmers for sailing and watersports.

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Stars+Stripes cuts deal with New York Yacht Club's Challenge for 37th America's Cup
The New York Yacht Club has taken an initial, but significant, step toward establishing a sustainable franchise that can both win the 37th America's Cup and provide a road map for the Club's future involvement and for how international sport's oldest comp

Stay afloat with Nautical ID
Did you know that nearly 70% of boats that sink are tied up to their mooring or on a dock? Why not relax and let Nautical ID help you keep watch on your boat?

Thornbury Sailing Club Regatta 2021
All sailors were looking at the forecast for the weekend of the 17/18th July with a degree of trepidation - the hottest day of the year, with no certainty of wind and racing (sea breezes are fickle in the Severn Estuary).

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Gold Award for LALIZAS in the Sales Excellence Awards 2021
For the ninth consecutive year, the Sales Excellence Awards 2021 highlighted and rewarded the best practices within the Sales sector, in a year of great challenges and opportunities.

Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Trent Valley Sailing Club
Saturday 10th July saw 19 Derbyshire Youth sailors arrive at Trent Valley Sailing Club ready for the next event in our 2021 series. Great weather was on the cards, but the wind wasn't featuring high.

Allen 29er Grand Prix Series Round 5 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy
Just two weeks after the previous event, at Hayling Island, it was fantastic to see a strong fleet of 47 boats coming down to Weymouth for the final weekend event before the Typhoon Nationals.

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Ajax East Coast Championship at Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Thirteen boats entered the 2021 East Coast Championships for the class sailed in Dovercourt Bay on the 17th and 18th of July. The weekend had light winds and sunshine and over the five race series there were 4 different race winners.

Rooster & Allen UK Cherub 70th Anniversary Nationals at the WPNSA - Overall
Between the 6th and 9th of July the UK Cherub class travelled to WPNSA for its 70th anniversary nationals supported by Rooster, suppliers of high performance technical clothing for sailing, and Allen, suppliers of performance sailing hardware.

Keeping it cool for the Tokyo Games - what are the sailors wearing?
For the sailors competing at Enoshima Bay for the Tokyo Olympic sailing regatta, it is the culmination of many years of training and World Class regattas. Months of boat prep, rig testing, fitness and race prep all coming to a head at the big event.

Dare to dream - IRC Four in the Rolex Fastnet Race
More than 70 boats are expected to be on the start line racing in IRC Four for the Rolex Fastnet Race. Nearly all of the 500 plus sailors racing in the class are amateurs, and all bar a few boats are under 40ft.

A natural fit: Henri-Lloyd's support of the Dragon Gold Cup
The Dragon Gold Cup is an event steeped in history, presented by members of the Clyde Yacht's Conference in 1937 and won by Sweden's Rolf Billner that same year. It is one of the most prestigious trophies in yachting.

Scottish WASZP Training Weekend at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club
Whilst our southern cousins were busy supporting the amazing WASZP sailors at SailGP Youth Inspire Plymouth, the "northern old blokes and veterans" division of the class had organised a weekend of training and fun at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.

Best value to strength available on the market
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