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Time to catch breath - Newsletter


Time to catch breath


Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Yannick Bestaven on Maitre Coq wins the Vendee Globe 2020-21 - photo © Jean-Marie Liot / Alea

Dear Recipient Name

As if it weren't an already extraordinary time, the start of 2021 has been an incredible one for sailing. The Vendée Globe finish has been simply sensational and the PRADA Cup racing between INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli kept us all on the edge of our seats.

From the point of view of reporting on the racing, having many of the major events happen in the middle of the night on UK time has been challenging. The irony of feeling jet lagged while in lockdown isn't lost on me...

My last newsletter focused on camaraderie, and this was on display in spades at the Vendée Globe finish port of Les Sables d'Olonne. We saw line honours winner Charlie Dalin being one of the first to congratulate Yannick Bestaven, who took overall victory thanks to his 10-hour time compensation for his part in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier. Then Kevin Escoffier went out on the water to greet Jean Le Cam, who was given the warmest welcome of all and crowned 'King Jean'. The finish itself was sensational and unprecedented, the camaraderie shown by the skippers was heart-warming.

'King Jean' finishes the Vendee Globe - photo © @JeanLecam
'King Jean' finishes the Vendee Globe - photo © @JeanLecam

J Composites 2020 - MPU   Barton Marine 2019 600x500

The Semi Final of the PRADA Cup was somewhat of an anti-climax. Against all the odds New York Yacht Club American Magic managed to get PATRIOT back out on the water after their spectacular capsize, but it was clear that there were issues controlling the boat. The crew looked anything but comfortable battling around the course and went out of the event without winning a race.

The damage to the hull was major but having to remove and test all on-board electronics, replacing components where necessary, was a gargantuan task. Couple that with the near vertical learning curve the teams are on with the AC75s meant that the lost development time alone made this a one-horse race.

Terry Hutchinson's team can leave Auckland with their heads held high with the way they conducted themselves, and the thank-you message on PATRIOT when they relaunched the boat was true class.

New York Yacht Club American Magic's PATRIOT is relaunched after her massive capsize and repairs - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club American Magic's PATRIOT is relaunched after her massive capsize and repairs - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi

Sailingfast 2018 600x500   Harken Reflex Furler

Getting sailing coverage on mainstream media is a constant battle. In Australia the Boxing Day start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is broadcast (although obviously not in 2020) but in the UK even INEOS TEAM UK's success so far in the PRADA Cup has only gathered the odd bit of coverage on the BBC. As a few sailors have recently commented, if the crew kicked a ball around on deck then they might get more airtime...

In France there's no such issue with the Vendée Globe regularly being national news and it would be fantastic to see this spread worldwide. It was nice to help with a little bit of sailing coverage on BBC World's Sport Today programme talking about the PRADA Cup and Vendée Globe on 22nd January and the Vendée finish on 27th January. They're short features, but every little bit helps getting awareness of our great sport out to a wider audience.

Talking on BBC Sport Today about the Vendée Globe finish - photo © BBC
Talking on BBC Sport Today about the Vendée Globe finish - photo © BBC

Vaikobi 2020 - MPU 1   IC-M93D

On Thursday I was delighted to host the first Scaramouche Sailing Trust webinar, aimed at boosting inclusivity in the sport of sailing. The achievements of the programme have been remarkable, using sailing to help engage students, transform lives and create a lifelong interest in a sport that is not common to children at an inner-city state school. Jon Holt and the kids from the Greig City Academy in Haringey, London are inspirational to listen to and you can now watch a replay of the first webinar here.

The Scaramouche team celebrate at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 - photo © Paul Wyeth /
The Scaramouche team celebrate at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 - photo © Paul Wyeth /

The Vendée Globe finishers continue to pour in, but the remaining America's Cup challengers are hard at work preparing for the PRADA Cup final, which starts on 13th February. The British and Italian teams will battle it out to be the first to win seven races and, judging by how close the racing was in January, it's going to be electric.

PRADA Cup Round Robin 3 - INEOS TEAM UK vs Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi
PRADA Cup Round Robin 3 - INEOS TEAM UK vs Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi

Ocean Safety 2021 - MPU   Henri-Lloyd 2021 INEOS TEAM UK - MPU

In the meantime, Emirates Team New Zealand have been continuing their development apace, with their latest skinny foils causing quite a stir. The speeds these boats have already demonstrated, with PATRIOT clocking over 53 knots while racing, are incredible and the Kiwis may well be pushing this to the next level.

Starboard foil side view -  Emirates Team New Zealand - January 25, 2021 - Waitemata Harbour - America's Cup 36 - photo © Richard Gladwell /
Starboard foil side view - Emirates Team New Zealand - January 25, 2021 - Waitemata Harbour - America's Cup 36 - photo © Richard Gladwell /

All this has resulted in record readership for and We're of course proud of reaching over ¾ million unique users in January, with over 167,000 in the UK and 93,000 in Australia being major milestones for us. We thank every single one of our readers for choosing our websites to get their sailing news fix; it's what drives us on to do more.

In my chat with Sail-World's Australian Editor John Curnow this morning (his Monday evening) he said, "Being just shy of 800k unique visitors to the group's websites for the month of January is certainly wonderful. However, the entire team never forgets that it is you, the readers, seeking the best and most timely information that makes this all possible. We all want to thank you, as well as all the people we contact via email, phone, Skype and WhatsApp who provide the content we turn into the material you read and watch. It's hot in Australia right now, so I'm raising a cold glass to say cheers, thank you, and please stay safe."

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So yes, we did catch breath over the weekend after the incredible start to the year for sailing, but we're right back on it and raring to see what developments are coming out of the America's Cup team sheds in Auckland ready for the next race.

Please continue to send us your reports and feedback on everything you read on and We love reading your thoughts and it helps guide our future.

Stay safe,

Mark Jardine
Managing Editor, &

Selden 2020 - SMF - MPU   Cruise Village 2020 - MPU

Scaramouche Sailing Trust / RYA Webinar 1
Watch this fascinating webinar where Jon Holt, Head of Sixth Form and Outdoor Education Lead at the Greig City Academy, and Hannah Cockle, the RYA OnBoard Operations Officer tell us more about the Scaramouche Sailing Trust and the RYA Onboard scheme.

Armel Tripon completes his first Vendée Globe in 11th place
Armel Tripon entered superbly under sail with his great Provence sun in the mythical channel. He took 11th place in the non-stop single-handed round-the-world race after 84 days, 17 hours, seven minutes and 50 seconds of racing.

Marina Coruña host port for the Global Solo Challenge 2023
Organisers of the Global Solo Challenge 2023 are proud to announce that the host port for the start and finish of the event has been secured at Marina Coruña, A Coruña, Spain.

TMS 2020 October - Hamma Snaps - 600x500   Zhik 2021 Jan - 300x250 YY
RYA confirms new dates for 2021 Youth National Championships
The event, the country's most prestigious youth sailing competition, is traditionally held around Easter but earlier this month the decision was made to postpone it due to the Covid-19 situation.

51st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia postponed to October
The Organising Committee has made this decision following the recommendations from the Balearic Islands Government and after the joint assessment of the evolution of the global pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The John Westell Centenary, Part 2: An eye for design
In Part 2 of this series of videos telling the story of the life and boats of John Westell, we will see how his eye for a shapely design and his love of speed in a sailing dinghy would become increasingly strong factors behind his thinking.

Highfield Boats - Sailing - MPU   Allen 2020 - A.597 - 600x500
Zhik appoints Kubus Sports as Netherlands distributor
Zhik are delighted to announce Kubus Sports, distributors of premium technical marine and sports brands, as their newly appointed distributor for the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Entries exceeds 50 boat target at O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup 2021
During the past weekend the number of entries for the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup exceeded the target of 50 boats.

Scottish Series 2021 to move location
Clyde Cruising Club have announced plans to move the event location for 2021. Instead of its traditional racing grounds on Loch Fyne the event will move east and operate out of a number of locations throughout the Clyde estuary.

FFI - Try a fifteen - 2020 600x500   Allspars December 2019 MPU
RS Aeros at the Indian River Yacht Club Winter Fun Regatta
A relaxed regatta hosted by the Indian River YC racing on the Banana River from Merritt Island, Florida. Fleets of both RS Aeros and Lasers enjoyed pleasant medium breezes, a nice temperature and blue skies made for an enjoyable weekend on the water.

Vendée Globe Day 85 morning update: Pip in the trade winds
It's another spectacular night in the trade winds. The full bright moon is lighting up the ocean and Medallia's decks. The water glistens sliver as far as the horizon and the winds are pumping, 25 to 32 knots.

One year on: The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival
A year ago, the Clipper Race fleet was welcomed by the azure warm waters and white sandy shores of the Whitsundays after spending 19 tough days at sea racing around the coast of Australia.

Noble Marine 2020 - MPU   Road to Gold - Russell Coutts MPU
18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 4 & 5
Defending champion tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Lewis Brake holds a slender lead in the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship after today's incredible day's racing in Races 4 and 5 of the series being sailed on Sydney Harbour.

Vendée Globe Day 84: 24/8!
Bringing the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe to an incredible crescendo eight competitors arrived back in Les Sables d'Olonne within 23 hours and 44 minutes.

American Magic concludes campaign for 36th America's Cup
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli defeats New York Yacht Club American Magic 4-0 to earn a spot in the Prada Cup finals against INEOS Team UK.

Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU   Pro-Set 300x250
Musto Everyday Gilets: Warm. Fast-drying. Highly breathable
Don't be fooled by the soft G... These gilets are hard-wearing, technical and tough, as well as super stylish.

Project #SailFromHome: Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare & Ian Walker
Take a look at when RYA Racing Director, Ian Walker, caught up with Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare onboard Medallia, as they discuss the weather, the boat, changing rudder and what she is learning from the experience.

Sea Sure Competition Spec Trapeze Hook
Based on feedback from Olympic athletes and coaches, our competition spec equipment is a range built up of new and existing products that have had alterations to suit high performance sailing.

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU   Craftinsure 2018 Retina MPU
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli go through to the PRADA Cup Final
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli finally got the redemption they were looking for and, scoring four points in a row, win the PRADA Cup Semi-Final.

Interview with Vendée Globe sailor Boris Herrmann
Well known German 5O5 sailor Boris Herrmann was hours from finishing on the podium after racing around the world single handed in the Vendée Globe when he unfortunately collided with a fishing boat.

Vendée Globe Day 83: 3am Eternal
It was past the witching hour in his packed Vendée Globe press conference when Jean Le Cam shared his own views about the remarkable race fought between - 'this old bloke' - by Damien Seguin - the Paralympic champion born without a left hand.

Crewsaver Ergofit MPU   Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - MPU
RSK D-Zero National Championships at Largs Sailing Club - Date changed
With the 2020 Nationals cancelled due to Covid Restrictions the 2021 event will be the sixth national championships of the D-Zero Class and the first to be held away from the South Coast - a big vote of confidence in Scotland.

Allen renewed as official hardware supplier to the Swedish Sailing Team
The Swedish Sailing Team has confirmed Allen as their official hardware supplier for another year.

Antoine Mermod, IMOCA Class President, hails 2020-21 Vendée Globe as one of the greatest races
Antoine Mermod, president of the IMOCA Class, hailed the 2020-21 Vendée Globe as one of the class's greatest ever races, after a breathtaking night of drama on the Bay of Biscay that saw the Maitre CoQ IV skipper Yannick Bestaven clinch victory.

RS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - MPU   Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU
Vendée Globe: The Return of King Jean
The return of Jean Le Cam into the channel in the small hours of the morning was one of the high moments of this race so far. He was given the warmest welcome from the Les Sablais people.

PRADA Cup Semi-Final Day 1
The first day of the PRADA Cup Semi-Final went smooth as silk for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli which scored the first two points on the leader board against New York Yacht Club American Magic

18ft Skiff Racing livestream moves to a new era
Back in the early 2000s John and Kerrie Winning, along with the late Bob 'Killo' Killick, had a vision of presenting 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour to the world.

Gul 2020 Tri-Laminate Spraytop MPU   Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU
Boris Herrmann in the top 5 of the Vendée Globe 2020/21 after collision with fishing trawler
He did it! This morning at 10:19 UTC, 11:19 German time, Boris Herrmann sailed across the finish line off Les Sables-d'Olonne after exactly 80 days, 20 hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds at sea

Club Zone: Club Development Update
In this week's Club Zone video, Ben and Robbie are chatting all things Club Development. Robbie brings us the latest headlines from Sport England and the RYA, including a funding update. Ben explores the new Club Development Guide now available for Clubs.

Vendée Globe Day 82: Multiple Blessings, All Winners
"There are two winners in this Vendée Globe" smiled Yannick Bestaven sportingly as he warmly greeted Charlie Dalin, the French skipper who hours earlier had broken the finish line of the solo round the world race in first place.

Musto 2017 300x250 Surefooted   RYA Membership - Accredited 2017
What's in store from exhibitors at the Virtual RYA Dinghy Show 2021
The virtual RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki will host over 80 exhibitors including class associations, boat builders, holidays companies and some of the biggest names in marine retail.

Tynemouth Sailing Club adopts the RS400
Tynemouth Sailing Club are pleased to announce the decision to adopt the RS400 fleet as an adopted class within the club. This will be the first new class adopted at the club for over 20 years

Solo class Vintage Tour 2021 and an extra incentive to Go Wood
The NSCA will be holding the Vintage 'Tour' in 2021 which provides competitors with the opportunity to get into the Solo open meeting circuit at a very affordable price.

Typhoon 2021 - MPU   Red Paddle 2020 - MPU
Exploring Karver KBO Block options
A mainstream range, the KBOs are extremely versatile and adaptable, with a wide range of single, double and triple blocks suitable for up to a max line diameter of 18mm. Due to the block's popularity, additional models have since been introduced.

Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV wins the Vendée Globe 2020/21
Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV has won the Vendée Globe 2020/21 finishing the race at 03:19 UTC on Thursday 28th January in a time of 80 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes and 46 seconds.

Line honours for Charlie Dalin on Apivia in the Vendée Globe 2020/21
After an immaculately executed race, at 20h 35m 47s UTC this evening, 80 days 6hrs 15mins 47secs since the start on Sunday 8th November, French skipper Charlie Dalin emerged from a damp, misty Bay of Biscay to break the finish line of the Vendée Globe.

Musto: Your Favourites
Customer feedback, good and bad, plays a huge part in forming our product strategy here at Musto. Our number one priority is delivering premium apparel that performs out in the field for you, no matter how the elements behave.

ILCA Buying Guide – Entering into the ILCA class by Sailingfast's Duncan Hepplewhite
Which rig is right for you? Time to jump on the weighing scales! If you are new to the class, you need to have a look at the weight ranges for each rig size.

Nice touch: PATRIOT flies again
The NYYC American Magic base has been a hive of activity since their yacht capsized and near sank. Today, with an immense amount of work, and the support of the team in the Emirates Team New Zealand's build facility, PATRIOT was back out on the water.

The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild homeward bound
Just a matter of hours was all it took for the Gitana Team to go from the satisfaction of a record time for its descent of the Atlantic aboard its flying maxi-trimaran to the great disappointment of discovering damage on its rudder.

8 Bells: Bob Fisher - Mr America's Cup
Bob Fisher, the larger-than-life yachtsman, journalist and author crossed the bar peacefully on January 25 surrounded by family. He was 85.

Palanad 3 win the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy
Congratulations to Olivier Magre and his crew on French Class40 Palanad 3 as the overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. Palanad 3 has posted the best elapsed time under IRC to win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Learn from the Experts Webseries: Spinnaker Hoist
With the boom in shorthanded sailing, the team at J Composites have created a series of videos on help you with your manoeuvres. The first is the Spinnaker Hoist.

2021 Eric Twiname Junior Championships postponed
The 2021 Eric Twiname Junior Championships is to be postponed until the summer in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Entries open for The Ocean Race Europe
The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team has become the first team to enter The Ocean Race Europe, following the opening of the entry period.

PlanetSail: AC75 Crew Work Explained Part 1
The spectacle of an AC75 at speed in flight is breathtaking, but to learn to fly these boats at speeds that have rarely been achieved has meant that teams have had to climb a near vertical learning curve.

Sea Sure 2021 - RED - FOOTER

Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - FOOTER

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