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Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3

GJW Direct 2020

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The view from Hurst Castle during the Round the Island Race 2019 - photo © Mark Jardine

Dear Recipient Name

Under normal circumstances the Easter long weekend sees many sailing events worldwide, but 2020 is by no means normal. It seems particularly cruel in the UK after a horrendous couple of months at the beginning of the year, with weekend after weekend of named storms cancelling nearly all racing, that we've had sunshine and some great breezes, but no way to get out on the water to enjoy it.

Just a month ago the 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship was under way on Sydney Harbour - an event which was curtailed by three days as lockdowns started around the globe.

Shaw & Partners - 18ft Skiff - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Race 1 - March 14, 2020 - Sydney Harbour, Australia - photo © Christophe Favreau /
Shaw & Partners - 18ft Skiff - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Race 1 - March 14, 2020 - Sydney Harbour, Australia - photo © Christophe Favreau /

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My Easters have previously been filled with Spi Ouest Regattas on the Bay of Quiberon in France, RORC Easter Challenges in Cowes, local club sailing at Keyhaven and just taking the kids out for a sail. This year it was running along the beach and gardening...

But in the scheme of things sailing isn't the focus right now. Staying at home to save lives and help protect our heroic front-line workers is. Our yachts and dinghies are rightly on their moorings or in the dinghy parks, ready to sail another day.

The Keyhaven YC rescue boats dry on their moorings at low tide over the Easter weekend - photo © Mark Jardine
The Keyhaven YC rescue boats dry on their moorings at low tide over the Easter weekend - photo © Mark Jardine

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It's that 'sail another day' I'd like to focus on. It's sometimes all too easy to be too busy to go for a sail - be that work, family commitments, a spot of DIY, the forecast, or just feeling tired after a long week - but we all know that once we're out there we're grateful that we went.

An enforced absence can often help us appreciate things that we take for granted, and this moment of reflection will hopefully result in us discarding the excuse not to go sailing in the future, and truly appreciating just how lucky that our pastime gets us out on the sea.

Harry Heijst's 1972 S&S 41 Winsome in RORC Easter Challenge - photo © Paul Wyeth /
Harry Heijst's 1972 S&S 41 Winsome in RORC Easter Challenge - photo © Paul Wyeth /

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I've often been asked what it is that attracts me to sailing, and I truly believe it has to be the sport's diversity. From the locations we can visit to the range of boats we can sail, you can do it individually or as a team and choose sedate cruising or high-speed foiling (and absolutely everything in between).

As sailors we can sail on a tiny lake or cross the widest ocean, but every single one of us is using the same physics to drive our boat forwards and make the most of the wind available. Sailing can be enjoyed from the time we learn to walk until well into old age, be that for fun or at a competitive level. I cannot think of any other pastime which could possibly give us all of this.

This is the time where we learn to not take sailing for granted.

64 entries in the RORC Cherbourg Race enjoyed a beautiful sunset. - photo © Rick Tomlinson / RORC
64 entries in the RORC Cherbourg Race enjoyed a beautiful sunset. - photo © Rick Tomlinson / RORC

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You'll be hearing from's Australian Editor John Curnow next week, where he'll be following up on his wildly successful story of the X2, the Farr Yacht Design 30-footer working in conjunction with Bret Perry's Hyperform Yachting.

In the meantime John had this to say on what he's seen in the marine community: "I think it is wonderful to see sailors adapt so well, for example getting into eSailing. The 'In Conversation' interviews with the likes of Pat Langley, Steve Cockerill, Jon Partridge and Andy Rice have been inspiring. All the boat bimblers have supplied wonderful tales, and then the online education initiatives, such as the webinar by North Sails for all Etchells on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, depending on your time zone. Yes, it is not only the ability to adapt, improvise and conquer that is wonderful to see, but the level of inclusion and contribution by the entire sailing community that remains so positive. Cheers to you all."

Racer CC and Flying High work to windward. - Etchells Victorian Championship 2020 - photo © John Curnow
Racer CC and Flying High work to windward. - Etchells Victorian Championship 2020 - photo © John Curnow

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Following in a sometime tradition of John's, I've chosen a song as the title of this newsletter - Ian Dury and the Blockheads 'Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3' contains the lyrics: "Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly, Good golly, Miss Molly and boats". Let's all continue to remember our reasons to be cheerful and ensure that we make the most of our boats when we can get back out on the water.

Make sure your sailing kit is ready and you have everything you need for that great day.

We've published some truly superb stories this week - be sure to browse through the summaries below and take a look!

Take care & stay safe.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

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65+ knot Rocket Ride
With so many people asking "what is it like" to sail this boat at this speed, we thought it was time to do a more 'pure' edit of our fastest, final incredible run.

38th Lake Garda Optimist Meeting currently remains on for June
Fraglia Vela Riva sends a message of hope for what concerns the 2020 edition of the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, originally expected to take place right in these days.

Competition Time: Vaikobi ISO Challenge!
Vaikobi is keeping the #staypositive vibes going this April with the creation of the VAIKOBI ISO CHALLENGE with AUD 1000 of prizes up for grabs!

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Fernhurst Books' Sail to Win series: Crewing to Win by Saskia Clark
In this second instalment from Fernhurst Books' Sail to Win series we have an extract from gold and silver medallist Saskia Clark's Crewing to Win, which contains useful advice, not just for crews!

Musto BR2: All new, all improved
BR2 rates garments will ensure you stay dry and comfortable even in torrential rain over a prolonged time.

Burnham Week 2020: Plans in place for late season east coast regatta
Burnham Week Ltd (BWL), the organisers of Burnham Week confirms plans are still in place to run Burnham Week 2020 at the end of August (29 August-5 September).

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Seamanship - An interview with David Downs
The Osprey class has participated in many round-the-Wight events, starting in 1953 in a mixed-class event of approx 200 boats (an Osprey won). In that year some craft took 12 hours to complete the course, and others had to beach.

Easter Special: 15% off selected Trident Drysuits!
Save on selected Trident Drysuits and Launching Trousers for a limited time only!

Adventures Weekly with David Turton from the Seabin Project
Nic Douglass caught up with David Turton from The Seabin Project, to chat about saving the world one bin at a time, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which would have started on Good Friday

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The Whitbread Round the World Race 1985-86 Official Film
Lionel Péan would skipper L'esprit d'équipe to victory over 14 other teams, marking the first time a French team would win the race.

RORC Time Over Distance - Volume 2: Jack Bouttell & Alexis Loison
Happy Easter from the RORC. For Volume 2, Louay Habib is joined by Jack Bouttell and Alexis Loison. Listen to their achievements as they talk through sailing some of the biggest races in the world.

Olympian Santiago Lange on what he's learned from isolation at sea
The Argentinian sailor has spent the majority of his 58 years on this planet out on the water. Here's how he keeps triumphing mentally and physically.

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Melges IC37 Class Appoints Class Coach
The Melges IC37 Class Association has brought onboard world champion sailor Greg Fisher (Mt. Pleasant, SC) as the Class Coach for the 2020 summer sailing season.

Bill Bell - Long time OK and Finn sailor dies in Melbourne
The sailing world has lost a great friend. Quietly spoken, but always considered, Bill Bell was a great friend to many sailors across the world and will be sorely missed.

Fast Track Sailing in the Salcombe Estuary - Upwind from the start line to Blackstone
Having now watched the Salcombe Estuary sailing experts for some time, it has become apparent that for a given set of tidal and wind conditions there are only a limited number of ways to "fast track" around the race course.

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Ocean Safety's MD Alistair Hackett presents a look at the value of traditional pyrotechnic flares
Ocean Safety are the exclusive distributor for Hansson PyroTech, who are world class producers of IKAROS pyrotechnic distress signals, for both the commercial and leisure marine industry.

RS Aero UK Winter Series 2019/20 - Overall
With an RS Aero Winter Series 14 events planned across the country and only three required for a series it was possible to choose your events and qualify without too many winter miles.

Rocket 28 transforms into a canting keeler
Tony Cuschieri of Victoria, Australia, has sent Sail-World photos and video of the latest project he has got involved in. Canting keels are complicated, whether a new build or a retrofit.

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The TF10: A miniature America's Cupper
According to DNA Performance Sailing, the Dutch-based boatbuilder of state-of-the-art multihulls, sailing can be faster, lighter and more comfortable. The Goal? Making the joy of foiling accessible to every sailor. The means? The TF10.

RS Sailing announces the return of the Eric Twiname Trust subsidised RS Tera scheme for 2020
Are you looking to get your younger club members into racing? Look no further than the RS Sailing and The Eric Twiname Trust partnership.

Shoreham SC Covid-19 Virtual Wednesday Series - Day 1
Shoreham Sailing Club's Covid-19 Virtual Wednesday series started with an entry of 17 boats and was raced in champagne conditions on Sydney Harbour - a far cry from the force 0 reported off the coast of Shoreham, but the sun shone at both venues.

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Irish Sailing launches Irish eSailing National Championship
Irish Sailing have teamed up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the Irish eSailing National Championship.

Rooster Journal '20
When we were putting together our 2020 Journal we never could have imagined the circumstances in which we'd be inviting you to come have a read. One thing is for sure though - Our mission remains more important than ever...

Fivepointfive magazine launched - stay home and learn about the 5.5 Metre Class
The International 5.5 Metre Class Association has launched a new magazine, fivepointfive, highlighting the increased growth and interest in this classic construction class.

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In conversation with Pat Langley
Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and, caught up with Pat Langley, founder of watersports clothing brand Vaikobi about his passion for all things on the water and his #StayPositive campaign.

RYA and launch 'The Lockdown Cup'
Following the success of the RYA and eSailing Demonstration Event, the RYA and announce the launch of the 'Lockdown Cup', a Virtual Regatta Inshore competition like no other.

Wessex Resins & Adhesives joined 1% for the Planet in 2019 and has donated to Protect Our Winters UK
Wessex Resins and Adhesives is delighted to announce it has donated 1 per cent of its annual turnover for the ENTROPY RESINS® product range to Protect Our Winters UK.

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SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race delayed 2 months
Organisers at Wicklow Sailing Club have today announced their decision to postpone by two months the start of the biennial SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Signs of aluminium mast wear: A 5-minute check could save you time and money
It's worth giving your aluminium mast a regular check to look for signs of wear which could lead to the mast breaking, causing extensive damage, not to mention ruining any event which you're taking part in.

Seamanship - An interview with Stick Daring
Stick says much of seamanship is planning before you leave. Every day he would write out a list of "bail out options" - places along his route where he could get ashore if the weather or a breakage forced him to.

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Kids Fun Lockdown Activity - Learn to tie the Figure of Eight knot with the Howlett Family
Knot on the Water... The latest #SailFromHome activity is learning to tie the Figure of Eight knot, this time with the Howlett Family!

Harken Reflex Furler - Always adapting to stay ahead of the game
Blocks, winches, travellers and a whole range of other systems... Harken has been a market leader in the sailing industry for over 40 years and is a household name among sailors.

Harken 29er Virtual Series - Overall
The final day of the Harken Virtual Regatta dawned. With the leaderboard close on points and two discards to play with, the fleet was pretty stoked.

2020 J/70 European Championship postponed to June 2021
The International J/70 Class Association Executive Committee, working with the Organizing Authority of the 2020 European Championship to be held in Copenhagen Denmark, has determined to postpone the J/70 European Championship.

Royal Temple Yacht Club - 2020 Season Plans
As I write this article indoors with my sailing gear still very much packed away, we should be approaching the finish line in the 'Frostbite Cup', the traditional season opener for the Royal Temple Yacht Club.

Restoration of Flying Fifteen 3428 from mould to glory
Our boat bimbling series continues with Graham Lamond's Flying Fifteen making the transition from green/black mould to shining glory.

"I'm Bored!"... enter the Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance Drawing Competition!
How many times have we heard our children say this? At this time more than ever, we know how difficult it is to keep children entertained.

Inside Melges: The April Issue
Congratulations to Drew Freides and Bill Ruh's Pacific Yankee on winning the inaugural Melges IC37 Winter Series hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club.

Kids Fun Lockdown Activity - Sail Smarts with Jake - Oh Buoy! What Colour?
Become a better sailor and learn all the tips and tricks from Jake! This great and informative video is about navigation and buoyage.

Ask the Expert LIVE - Wednesday 15th April 3pm with Christian Brewer of Barton Marine
On Wednesday 15th April at 3pm Barton Marine will host Ask the Expert - Live Event streamed directly from the Barton Marine Facebook page to the world of sailing. Anyone and everyone is invited to ask questions about any boating topic.

Repairing a DN Ice Yacht for sailing on Lake Fenton, Michigan, USA
Gregg Bugala from Michigan, USA has been the first to contact us with a craft not intended for water. He is in no rush to complete his repairs, since Lake Fenton will not freeze over for several months yet!

Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy 2020 cancelled
The iconic Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, due to be held over the weekend of July 4 and 5 at Ullswater Yacht Club, has been cancelled. In the light of the Coronavirus situation UYC officials have decided that the event will not be held this year.

Interview with James Tinkler, International Leisure Sales Manager for NeilPryde Sailing
Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and, spoke with James about the business, NeilPryde Sailing's range, how the technical clothing has evolved recently and what is important to sailors.

Ancasta launches new Virtual Boat Show
Ancasta will be opening the doors to The Ancasta Virtual Boat Show on Tuesday 14th April 2020. The show will include the largest ever line-up of Groupe Beneteau products (Beneteau, Prestige, CNB & Lagoon Catamarans).

TMS Two Minute Tuesdays Episode 2: Karver Sailing KF0.9 Furler
Episode 2 of TMS Two Minute Tuesday sees our James introduce you to the staggeringly small Karver Sailing KF0.9 Furler. Whether you're cruising or racing, Karver KF Furlers will make sail handling easier for you!

HISC Gul Fireball Golden Dolphin Open postponed to 29/30 August
The Gul Golden Dolphin Open, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed until the Summer Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August.

Rollesby Broad Sailing Club Spring eSailing Series - Day 1
With the current situation preventing normal club sailing members at Rollesby decided to take heed of the current request to 'stay at home' and sail from their own home by embracing the virtual world.

505 World Championship 2020 in Sweden cancelled
The International 5O5 Class has been the latest to cancel the 2020 World Championship. Class President Michel Quirk said "We are in challenging but temporary times."

RYA Legal Team offers COVID-19 Landlord guidance
Whilst the RYA has officially closed its doors for two weeks to help prevent the virus spread, its expert Legal team is working around the clock to provide guidance for marine organisations during these difficult times.

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