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GJW Direct 2020

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A late April morning at Hurst Castle, looking towards the Solent - photo © Mark Jardine

Dear Recipient Name

The pandemic news has flowed in waves around the world. Talk of first infection rates, then lockdowns, strategies, vaccines and very sadly the deaths. This seems to be the week of 'What next?'.

In the UK we are speculating as to what might happen, but Australians are welcoming moves by Queensland and Western Australia to loosen the restrictions on recreational boating following encouraging signs of containment.

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As Darren Vaux, Boating Industry Association President, said: "Recreational boating out in the fresh air and sunshine is good for mental and physical health and is a low-risk activity that a family can easily do whilst adhering to social distancing and hygiene rules.

"Governments recognise that getting out on the water is a way of life for many Australians and it is estimated more than 20 per cent of all Australians engage in some form of boating activity annually.

"It was good to see Queensland enable households to travel 50km from home for recreational boating, especially as 85 per cent of the population live within 50km of the coast. This adds to the existing permitted uses of fishing, paddle and sail craft in that State for exercise.

"In WA, the State Government has also said, based on health advice, they can cautiously relax the number for indoor and outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, while practising social distancing.

"Reactivating a low-risk activity like boating will start to repair the boating industry which is closely aligned to tourism and is hurting with staff layoffs and business closures as a result of COVID-19."

2019 Sail Port Stephens final day - photo © Nic Douglass /
2019 Sail Port Stephens final day - photo © Nic Douglass /

There is no doubt that the world is watching strategies taken by other countries and hopefully learning from what works and doesn't work.

I had a good chat with Andy Rice on Monday, which will be available to view on and on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your time zone, where we discussed how sailing might be possible in the age of social distancing. While recognising that very few situations are 100% safe, sailing would seem to be a pastime which can adapt. Dinghies for example are most often sailed by one or two people, reducing risk, and perhaps upper wind-limits could be introduced to reduce the need for rescue boat cover. Rescue boats could be crewed as much as possible by members of the same family. These are just ideas, but our national governing bodies are actively discussing how to move forwards.

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The Lockdown Cup Round 2 - photo © Mark Jardine
The Lockdown Cup Round 2 - photo © Mark Jardine

In the meantime, eSailing has taken off in a big way. Our livestream coverage of The Lockdown Cup proved immensely popular, pitting the top British Sailing Team and UK amateur champions against competition winners. We're of course not stopping here, with more events on the horizon, including The Lockdown Ashes. The best that Australia has to offer, including the likes of Tom Slingsby and Tom Burton, against British sailors such as Lockdown Cup champion Luke Patience and fellow Olympian Ben Saxton. While this is intended to be 'just a bit of friendly racing', the competition is bound to be fierce!

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Australian 18ft skiffs grow ever faster - Chesty Bond's crew flying high on the wings - The Ocean Challenge - photo © Frank Quealey
Australian 18ft skiffs grow ever faster - Chesty Bond's crew flying high on the wings - The Ocean Challenge - photo © Frank Quealey

Lockdown has provided us with a moment's pause from many things in our day-to-day lives, and David Henshall's latest article 'The Greed for Speed' has given us many things to think about. The readership on this article has been exceptional, being accessed four times every second since it was put live.

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Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing win the Volvo Ocean Race - photo © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race
Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing win the Volvo Ocean Race - photo © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race

One of the most exciting initiatives we've launched in April is 'Happy Hour with Stretch and Stirfry'. This light-hearted podcast is giving us a real insight into the lives and thoughts of some of the top personalities in the world of sailing. I highly recommend a listen to our first two episodes with Ian Walker and Luke Patience.

Like so many parts of our lives, we don't know exactly what's coming next, but our aim is to keep sailing at the forefront. Thank you for your visits to and, your interaction, your contribution and your support - it means so much to our team and is what drives us to do more.

Take care & stay safe.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

NeilPryde 2020 29er Sponsorship - MPU   Selden CX & GX Furling Systems 600x500

Sharing your capsize photos - part 2
This was the Wilson Trophy 2013, on the Saturday, before everyone changed down to smaller sails. I captured several images of this manoeuvre, but the best one shows the wonderfully horizontal and straight body position of the helmsman!

Eric Twiname Junior Championships goes virtual for 2020
British Youth Sailing is delighted to announce that the much-loved Eric Twiname Junior Championships will still be going ahead this year - but as a virtual regatta.

Managing your club during lockdown
That was the week that was, in mid-March 2020. When that phrase was first used (in the early 1960's) it was also said that a week in politics was a long time.

TMS 2019 December Quick 600x500   Pro-Set 300x250
Musto mid-layers and lightweight jackets
Midlayers and lightweight jackets. They may be hidden under outer layers, or feel so light you barely know you're wearing them. But they definitely perform a very important job.

Couple begin 8-month sustainability sailing adventure
Rebecca and Colin Field are a couple on a mission. The experienced recreational sailors have set off in their 36 foot Westerly Corsair, Cariad, on an eight month sailing adventure.

British Sailing Team Virtual Regatta
This weekend the British Sailing Team held a Virtual Regatta to challenge its sailors, coaches and support team whilst real-life water activity is limited.

Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom MPU   GJW Direct 2020 MPU
Shoreham SC Covid-19 Virtual Wednesday Series - Day 3
Writing meaningful reports for a five minute virtual race whilst also trying to maintain some sort of credibility on the race course, and not forgetting to screen-grab the results is definitely more challenging than a typical Wednesday evening race.

P&B share expertise on some simple rope work
Since effective control lines are key to a more pleasurable sail, in this article we have a few suggestions to improve their performance. The biggest obstacle to efficiency is frequently using rope that is too thick.

Ancasta's Virtual Boat Show a global success
Culminating on Thursday, the ten-day show, held on the brand's own website, was created by Ancasta in response to many spring boat shows being cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

Allspars December 2019 MPU   Rooster GETSEASMART 300x250
Elite Virtual Regatta Coaching at Lymington Town Sailing Club
Like many sailing clubs around the country, here at Lymington Town, we have adapted quickly to life behind the screen when it comes to our racing.

A look back at the 2001 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
John Harris, Craig Ferris and Chris Cleary sailing Rag and Famish Hotel won the 2001 JJ Giltinan Trophy. Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson & Jonny Meers sailing RMW Marine could not continue their form throughout the regatta and finished 5th overall.

Digging in deep for our customers
Having respect for COVID-19 is of course of paramount importance and staying at home, protecting the health services and saving lives is what we should all work hard at doing.

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU   Craftinsure 2018 Retina MPU
1984 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship video
Twenty-nine skiffs from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States took part in the 1984 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.

Earth Day 2020: A spotlight on sustainable practices of Clipper Race Partners
In celebration of Earth Day 2020, we are shining a spotlight on Clipper Race Partners who remain committed to implementing sustainable practices throughout their businesses.

RS100 Rooster Virtual Sprints 2020
Once again, the RS100 Class Association has knocked it out the park! Six upwind/downwind races in ideal conditions in exotic locations such as Sydney Harbour, San Francisco and of course, Portsmouth.

Crewsaver Ergofit MPU   Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - MPU
The Whitbread Round the World Race 1993-94 Official Film
By the 1993-94 edition, the Whitbread Round the World Race had already transformed from an adventure imbued with Corinthian spirit to a professional sport where food, bedding and clothing were being optimised for performance not comfort.

RORC Time Over Distance - Skip Novak: Whitbread racer and Antarctic explorer
Born in Chicago in 1952, Skip Novak is best known for his participation in four Whitbread Round the World Yacht Races, including three as skipper with Alaska Eagle, Drum and Fazisi.

Upgrade Your N12 For Less Than £100 - Stories from the N12 Fleet
As the UK lockdown continues and for those who are lucky enough to have their boats at home, here is a project which could bring increase the speed of your N12 when we're all back out sailing...

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Leigh & Lowton SC junior teams virtual race Nelson Schools in New Zealand
Junior teams from Leigh & Lowton SC near Manchester, UK and Nelson Schools in the town of Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand went head to head on the Virtual Racing platform.

RYA launches eSailing Spring Class Championship
Following the popularity of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship, which has seen over 235 clubs get involved, with more than 3,000 sailors expected to take to the virtual waters, the RYA has launched the 'RYA eSailing Spring Class Championship'.

The Royal Western Lonely Rock Race Update
The RWYC Lonely Rock Race is scheduled to start on Sunday August 16th. Despite the current restrictions, work is continuing on all organisational aspects of the race, and the race team remain committed to running the event if at all possible.

Gul 2020 Tri-Laminate Spraytop MPU   THL - Sunsail Yacht Ownership 300x250
Choosing the correct Cam Cleat
Cam Cleats are available in different materials, sizes and have a wide range of accessories to suit many different applications, so it can be daunting to know which type or accessory is needed to suit specific cleating needs.

Bow down and send it!
Ian Dobson is the current World and National Champion in the Fireball Class. In the following article, originally published in edition 8 of the Fireball E-News, he explains the mystical 'fast mode'.

The Greed for Speed
With dinghy racing being a competitive sport, there has always been a demand for more power and speed as getting to the finish line faster than the rest is what it is all about, so that in some ways, the 'Greed for Speed' is nothing new.

Musto 2017 300x250 Surefooted   Hyde Sails 2017 March 300x250
A look back at the 1999 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship
A look back on the 1999 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour. A huge year with the trophy going to the Northern Hemisphere for the first time in its history.

ZHIK's Latest Powerpads® 3 will keep you hiking harder, for longer
For everyone who's practicing in the garden on their home made hiking benches or in dinghies in their jacuzzi, Zhik's Powerpads® 3 are the latest piece of fitness equipment to keep you hiking harder for longer!

Mozzy Sails talks us through making your own masthead camera mount
The parts for this DIY masthead action camera mount are fairly ubiquitous and it's a little project that can be done from home during lockdown.

RYA Membership - Associate 2017   Pantaenius 2020 UK - MPU
Sharing your capsize photos - part 1
In a new series celebrating the smiles that capsizes can bring (only after the event!) we start off with a lovely black and white shot from a prestigious team racing event in the UK.

RYA launches racing rules webinars
Whether you are your club's rules expert, a squad sailor or just want to know a bit more, the six-week series will guide you through the racing rules to give you the best advantage on the race course.

Happy Hour with Stretch & Stirfry - Luke Patience
This week, Stretch and Stirfry chat to Luke Patience, British Olympic Sailor and Whisky connoisseur.

Melges IC37 2019 MPU   Ocean Elements 2016 July
Everything you need to know about sailing a 5O5
With the time we have available before we can get back to sail boat racing, sailors have the perfect opportunity to make sure our boats are configured correctly and we have learnt what we can about setting them up and tuning for the conditions.

America's Cup: Teams continue preparations despite time-outs
In a parallel world, all of the teams would be assembled in Cagliari now, poised to lock horns with their respective AC75's on the azure Mediterranean waters on Day 1 of a four-day regatta. Instead they are at home reshaping their campaigns.

Bamar's got your back... stay!
Looking to upgrade from a block and tackle system to a backstay tensioner? This blog will look at the Bamar BTV and BTM mechanical backstay tensioners and compare them with alternatives on the market.

TridentUK 2019 - Towing - 300x250   Sunsail 2020 TOY MPU
RYA issues COVID-19 support on financial planning
In these unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances, the RYA is offering guidance and advice to Affiliated Clubs and Recognised Training Centres to assist with emergency financial planning.

The Lockdown Cup Round 2 - Sailors or Space Invaders?
The sun is shining, the wind is up, and the temperatures are nudging the 20s in the UK. Without doubt time to lock yourself in a dark room, avoid all distractions and play computer games!

Kids Fun Lockdown Activity - Learn about clouds
This week we learn all about clouds with Jake. Try to learn the different types and what they mean.

What was your most spectacular capsize?
Capsize, wipe out, broach, pitchpole, going down the mine... call it what you will, these moments of unexpected wetness can usually make us smile afterwards. It would be great to share any of these unintended antics which were caught on camera.

Barton Marine provides PPE to Key Workers
Barton Marine is providing Clear Film Face Masks to key workers around the South East. Working in partnership with a component supplier in Taiwan, Barton have been able to source an initial 500 Clear Film Face Masks.

Support for your club during the pandemic - have you seen what's on offer from the RYA?
In light of the Coronavirus situation, the RYA is encouraging those involved in running affiliated clubs to take advantage of the support and guidance on offer during these challenging times.

Stay at home Finn reading
Even though most Finn sailors cannot go Finn sailing at the moment and are being encouraged to stay at home, there are a lot of Finn books and magazines that can entertain you while we are all waiting for racing to restart.

Closing Date Extended to 30th June for Barton Marine's Rising Star 2020 Competition
With sailing events around the world cancelled for the foreseeable future, Barton Marine have extended the closing date for The Barton Rising Star 2020 competition. The new closing date is the 30th June.

TMS Two Minute Tuesdays Episode 4: The incredible Ino-Block range
It's time for Episode 4 of TMS Two Minute Tuesday and this week it's Oliver who shows us the some of the incredible Ino-Block range.

The latest ideas in the Merlin Rocket fleet
I bought a very tired Winder Mk 4 in 2017. I spent two years racing after I had restored her to a race worthy condition, all the time discussing with my crew what we would like to do to improve her when the time was right.

Hansa Class UK and Gul announce new partnership
We are delighted to announce a new partnership has been formed between GUL and the Hansa Class UK. GUL will support us with sponsorship and prizes throughout the season and we are excited to begin our new relationship with them.

18 footer archives: Sydney skiff sailing in 1967
The 18 foot skiffs have had many forms over the last 130 years, but their hallmarks of big sails, big spills and plenty of shouting have remained the same.

2020 J/24 World Championship postponed to September 2021
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole United Kingdom today announced that the 2020 J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 12-18, 2020 will be postponed until September 24-October 2, 2021.

Streaker Virtual Open Meeting at Banbury Sailing Club
Having been forced to cancel their first Streaker Open Meeting, Banbury Sailing Club decided to hold a Virtual Open Meeting in its place. The event was fully subscribed, with 20 Streaker sailors meeting up on 19 April for a programme of five races.

RYA eSailing Youth Nationals
The RYA eSailing Youth Nationals took place this weekend (18th-20th April), 153 entries from all corners of the country logged in and took to the virtual waters of Portsmouth, UK.

Flying Fifteen Lakeland Grand Prix at Royal Windermere Yacht Club
Many who have visited Royal Windermere Yachts Club's open meetings in the past have complain of fickle winds or even no wind at all, how dare they? For this the first round of Lakeland Grand Prix, the fleet consisted of 15 local boats and 63 visitors.

What's in a Name?
I thought I would pen a small article on the long forgotten art of boat names, specifically targeting the Solo class.

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