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Sailing is freedom

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It would seem that 'The Great Grass Roots Revival?' and 'Messing about in boats' had quite an impact. With my own eyes I could see what was happening on my doorstep with more activity on the water than I've seen in years, but this was just the microcosm that I live in. Was this being replicated worldwide? The feedback I've had points to an unequivocal 'Yes'!

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Amongst the many fantastic emails and messages I've received, it was great to hear from Matt in Vancouver, British Columbia who has enjoyed getting out on the water in his wooden clinker sailboat, his old windsurfer and is trying to master foiling on a kiteboard. He totally related to the articles, reporting that Canadian wind junkies are out in force.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale
Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale

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From the USA, Nevin wrote that he hadn't windsurfed in the last few years as he'd found it easier to kitesurf and kite hydrofoil, but windsurf freeride hydrofoiling has changed all that. A whole generation of past windsurfers and a new generation of young sailors are out on the water. What's really interesting was hearing that the same kids are sailing O'pen Skiffs half the time. A watersports lifestyle isn't, and shouldn't be, restricted to one discipline. We can all mess about in or on any type of boat or board.

O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA
O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA

Cyclops Marine 2020 - MPU   IC-M37E MPU 2019

Racing returns in novel forms

The last couple of weeks have seen something we've had a distinct lack of in the past few months: event reports! Reading about the MC38 class enjoying their Winter racing in Sydney Harbour, the Sprint 15 class starting a Time Trial Series on the Isle of Wight and David Schmidt's insightful conversation with Jason Andrews and Shawn Dougherty about the Salish 200 all showed how we're adapting around the world to our local situation and current rules.

Hamachi en route to Hawaii - photo © Image courtesy of Hamachi
Hamachi en route to Hawaii - photo © Image courtesy of Hamachi

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Technology has played its part in allowing people to get out on the water in a socially distanced manner. The RYA reviewed Sailing Apps, David Schmidt chatted with Kevin Morin about MarkSetBots, self-propelled and GPS-guided racing marks which can significantly ease the workload for Race Committees, and cloud-based service SailEvent being repurposed for leisure sailing.

MarkSetBots in action - photo © Image courtesy of MarkSetBot
MarkSetBots in action - photo © Image courtesy of MarkSetBot

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Loving the water and the team

Our Australian editor John Curnow is an avid reader of everything that happens on and in the water, summing up the great diversity nicely, "One of the greatest things about being involved with is the way the team binds, and the differences add to a greater whole. Over the journey, David Schmidt, our North American Editor, has regaled us with wonderful tales about the way things went down on memorable sails. Our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, has so eloquently captured both the joy of sailing, and the way that grass roots sailing is going to bring us back to the water. Messing about in boats received global appreciation, and justly so, for it was about inclusion, possibility, real camaraderie, and acknowledgement for what the water brings to us.

Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media
Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media

"In Australia racing has had the gel applied to the defibrillator paddles, it's been charged, applied and is now gradually coming back to life. Mark has used his Frankenlaser, windsurfer and taken his sons out on the RS Feva since being unshackled from lockdown. I am also looking forward to getting out on the water once more, although my first forays are going to be aboard some great powerboats, including being unleashed on the new X50R from our friends at Maritimo. Fitted with brand new screws just last week I am definitely keen to see what the 'R' adds to the X50, which we ran from Lake Macquarie to Pittwater about this time last year."

Following on from John's comments I asked David Schmidt to tell me what sailing means to him, and was truly moved by his response, "Sailing is freedom, a chance to be on the water, with friends and in nature, and to be part of humankind's grand experiment with exploration and adventure. And for us racing sailors, it's a great opportunity to work together as a team (or as a singlehander) and try like hell to beat the other guys in as gentlemanly a fashion as possible."

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Happy Hour

Stretch and Stirfry continue to chat with sailing celebrities, Olympians and legends of our sport, most recently with Peter Morton aka 'Morty', Andy Beadsworth, Hamish Pepper, Victor Diaz de Leon, Abby Ehler, Terry Hutchinson and Vasco Vascotto. I highly recommend listening to them all!

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I'm incredibly lucky to work with the team I do on and and share their enthusiasm for being on the water, but equally blessed to have so many contributors and readers who share their articles, race reports and comments with me each and every day. Thank you.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

A 1970s four-handed Corrigans Express - photo © Archive
A 1970s four-handed Corrigans Express - photo © Archive

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World Sailing confirms International Olympic Committee financial support
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has received confirmation of financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following constructive dialogue.

Morty chats on Happy Hour with Stretch and Stirfry
This week, the lads catch up with one of yachting's most consistent winners; Morty (Peter Morton) who has more wins under his belt than any other northern hemisphere yachtsman.

In conversation with Cyclops Marine's Chips Howarth
Founded in September 2018, Cyclops Marine brings together wireless sensor technology and sailing expertise, with the aim to be the industry standard in yacht load sensing.

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Its a win for the Laser Standard Class in the RYA eSailing Spring Class Championship
Whittled down from 788 racers, representing 26 different classes, the top 19 eSailing class champions took to the virtual waters on Saturday (20 June) to battle it out for the title of RYA eSailing Spring Class Champion.

Together but apart: Feva sailors Freddie and Stella switch to paddleboarding during Lockdown
Freddie and Stella usually sail a Feva together. They are affectionately know as Team Steddie and with a combined weight of 75kgs they are on the lighter side, but they don't let that hold them back.

Chichester Harbour Race Week (CHRW) regrettably cancelled
Following a meeting of the CHRW Regatta Committee it has regrettably been decided to cancel CHRW 2020 due to the restrictions imposed upon us all in managing the Covid-19 virus.

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Who will you Nominate for the MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2020?
Nominations are now open for the MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2020. Who will you nominate to win this prestigious title?

Shanklin Sailing Club Time Trial Series - Race 1
With no official racing allowed, Shanklin set up a time trial competition using the club buoys with individual sailors taking their own times. A course was set to hopefully give a beat in any wind direction.

Anything but plain sailing through the Caribbean
The race from Panama through the Caribbean Sea is a far stretch from a holiday on the relaxed paced, tropical islands the Clipper Race teams will traverse.

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Sail Smarts with Jake - Planning an Adventure
Jake talks us through what we should think about beforehand, what we should take with us, reading charts and other considerations which should be taken into account.

Windsurfer youth training in Poole - Techno 293 sailors get back on their boards
For the young sailors hoping to represent Great Britain at the Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships at Lake Garda, Italy, in October, lockdown has prevented much-needed time on the water.

Extreme Drone Catches
You've seen our incredible drone footage from the remotest and wildest oceans, but here are the bits we didn't show you...

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Return to Boating: Ensuring an inclusive return to activity
Gareth Brookes, RYA Regional Development Officer Manager talks to Joff McGill, RYA Sailability Manager, about how to make our return to club activity as inclusive as possible.

RORC Time Over Distance Volume 12 - Jon Holt, Greig City Academy
For the 12th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series we revealing the awe-inspiring work of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust.

Final Call for the Barton Marine Rising Star 2020
There are only ten days remaining to enter for a chance to become the Barton Marine Rising Star 2020. Entries close on the 30th June at midnight.

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Two days to go and £16,972 raised so far in Sunsail's charity auction!
An online auction, organised by Sunsail to raise money for the UK's incredible and hard-working NHS, as well as Turn to Starboard, a charity which uses sailing to help Armed Forces personnel and their families make the right turn.

Return to Boating Guidance for Phase 2 in Scotland released
RYA Scotland guidance for boating activity in Scotland has been updated for Phase 2 of the Scottish Government route map for moving out of lockdown.

The 2020 Fireball Nationals is provisionally back on!
After the difficult decision to cancel the Nationals in July and the unavailability to book a later date in 2020 with WPNSA we thought we would be without a Nationals this year.

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Spinlock's XTX - the latest innovation in rope holding
Widely known as experts in rope holding, Spinlock is the go-to solution for many sailors when it comes to clutches and jammers. We've been looking forward to the launch of their new product, the XTX Clutch, ever since we got our first look at METS 2019.

RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta goes virtual for 2020
Sailability sailors across the UK will still be able to compete in the RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta as the event switches to virtual waters for the 2020 regatta.

RS Aero TopTips 2020 Series
What a year! Obviously there are bigger issues than over concern for our small sailboat racing. However, when lockdown was announced in the UK in March the RS Aero Class sought to find alternative activity to replace taking to the water.

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The new E40i electric winch from Seldén Mast simplifies short-handed sailing
Seldén Mast Ltd has introduced a new electric winch, the E40i, to the UK. Ideal for single or short-handed sailing, this three-speed winch can be operated by the helm with two fingers; one to start the winch and one to switch speeds.

P&B's store back open: Ready to get back on the water?
Phew, it's been a while, but we're happy to say we're open and ready to welcome you back in store safely.

Poole Week: The show will go on
One benefit of a late-season date for a regatta this year is that there's still a chance it will happen. While many events have been cancelled Parkstone Yacht Club is optimistic that Poole Week will go ahead.

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Cultivating Intangibles at NYYC American Magic
How do you go about coaching the best sailors on earth? How do you guide America's Cup winners, Olympic champions, engineers, athletes, Ph.D.'s, artisans and innovators?

TMS Two Minute Tuesdays Episode 12: Datatag
Week 12 and in this episode of TMS Two Minute Tuesday James gives a quick rundown on Datatag ID Limited's ingenius, state of the art, identification technology.

Happy Hour with Stretch & Stirfry - Andy Beadsworth
This week, the boys talk baking birthday cakes, learning to drive in flash cars and Olympic sailing with Andy Beadsworth...

RORC race around the Isle of Wight
A race around the Isle of Wight on Saturday 1st August will see the return to competitive racing at the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) - the first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zhik's new active wear for onshore exercise and watersports
Zhik's new relaxed fit, XWR Long and Short Sleeve Tees are made from a highly water repellent, hydrophobic fabric that sheds water.

Entry open for 5.5 Metre European Championship in Sanremo
The International 5.5 Metre Class Association and Yacht Club Sanremo are delighted to announce that entry is open for the 2020 European Championship in Sanremo, Italy.

Tracy Edwards MBE confirms Maiden entry in the Lonely Rock Race 2020
Since her recent full refit, Maiden has been back on the start line of events to raise funds for The Maiden Factor Foundation, but due to COVID the world tour has unfortunately been put on hold and 'Maiden' was shipped back to Southampton.

Dates announced for the Gul Mirror Nationals 2021 at Restronguet Sailing Club
The 2021 Gul Mirror Nationals will take place from at Restronguet Sailing Club from Thursday 3rd June to Sunday 6th June 2021. Thanks to our sponsor Gul for supporting the event.

HRSC rises to the challenge
Getting people sailing in small boats has been Hamble River Sailing Club's mission since it was founded 101 years ago and that zeal to succeed has never been more needed than during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Orwell Navigation Event at Royal Harwich Yacht Club
The Royal Harwich Yacht Club ran the Orwell Navigation event on the weekend of 13th & 14th June. The event was run as a self-timed, handicapped time trial.

Downs Sailing Club return to sailing!
Finally sailing has resumed at Downs, not our normal racing programme but recreational sailing on Sunday mornings. After considerable planning by a small group of the committee to ensure we meet current guidelines set out by the Government and the RYA.

WASZP Events - Making the most of 2020
As the world begins to open up, WASZP is taking full advantage of any opportunity to connect its community. One thing this global pandemic has allowed us to do is get our infrastructure more up to date and continue to connect our sailors digitally.

X2 by four
Here is Part IV of the development of the marvellous X2 by Farr Yacht Design.

RORC Time Over Distance Volume 11 - Harold Cudmore
Harold Cudmore who hails from Cork, Ireland spoke with Louay Habib for an hour-long show focusing on the Admiral's Cup for the 11th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series.

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