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Dear Recipient Name

If there's one thing that the past fortnight has proved, it's that sailors are a resourceful bunch. The vast majority of the sailing world can't get out on the water, but it certainly doesn't mean we're idle. There may be few of the traditional event reports on and right now, but we've been running so many inspiring stories, videos, podcasts, vodcasts, webinars and live events that we've seen an increase in visits.

11th Hour Racing Team coronavirus self isolation feature - photo © Amory Ross / Volvo AB
11th Hour Racing Team coronavirus self isolation feature - photo © Amory Ross / Volvo AB

So how are you handling lock-down? Offshore sailors are well used to solitude, and we've had isolation tips from Amory Ross of 11th Hour Racing and Phil Sharp which are well worth a read. Positivity, routine, communication, refocusing, down-time and adapting all are key, personally and in business, and both Amory and Phil have some great advice.

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eSailing Demonstration Event - photo © Mark Jardine
eSailing Demonstration Event - photo © Mark Jardine

Many sailors have turned to eSailing to keep themselves connected to our sport. For sure it's not quite the same experience as getting out on the water and feeling the wind on your face, but it provides you with competition and camaraderie. We've taken this a step further, livestreaming Virtual Regatta races with full commentary and chat with the skippers. The competitors included many of the British Sailing Team and a slew of World Champions, but the banter was superb and provided fun viewing for thousands of sailors. This is something we're extending over the coming weeks, attracting the very best inshore and offshore sailors around the world, and providing you with opportunities to race against them.

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The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers. - photo © The Ocean Race
The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers. - photo © The Ocean Race

The need for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for front-line workers, such as doctors and nurses, has been regularly on the news worldwide and we should all be proud of the marine industry companies who have stepped up to the challenge to produce equipment. One such example is the technology team at The Ocean Race, re-purposing the office 3D printer to manufacture protective face shield masks for the hospital in Elda, 40km inland from the race headquarters in Alicante, Spain. Iker Martinez, a veteran of The Ocean Race in 2011-12 and 2014-15, has been spending his time in 'self-isolation' sewing masks for health care workers from his home in Palma de Mallorca. To every single person playing their part to help protect those who put themselves at risk helping others: thank you.

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Nic broadcasting from her Mirror - photo ©
Nic broadcasting from her Mirror - photo ©

Podcasts, vodcasts and webinars have popped up everywhere, and we've heard from top sailors throughout the world. North Sails' Rob Greenhalgh gave his expert opinion on the latest developments in the International Moth class, answering questions from the viewers as they came in, and the Sailor Girl Nic Douglass has managed to broadcast her 'Adventures Weekly' from on board a boat, albeit in a swimming pool...

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The wings are attached to the hull on James Sainsbury's new home-built International Moth 'Valkyrie' - photo © James Sainsbury
The wings are attached to the hull on James Sainsbury's new home-built International Moth 'Valkyrie' - photo © James Sainsbury

We've sent out requests to our readers to hear your stories, including 'Calling all boat bimblers!'. Last year we followed James Sainsbury building his foiling Moth Valkyrie, and now we have more great renovation stories, including Clare Giles' 1979 wooden Europe dinghy, Howard Massie spending one hundred pounds well on ebay, Daniel Hollands' first-time varnishing experience on a Contender and Rob Evans' restoration of a very early International OK Dinghy.

Restoration of Europe number 95, built in 1979 - a new name added - photo © Clare Giles
Restoration of Europe number 95, built in 1979 - a new name added - photo © Clare Giles

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With people spending more time at home, the shed or garage is inevitably getting a clear-out and we want to know what you find! Perhaps an elaborate gizmo that promised to revolutionise the world in 1994 but curiously never saw the winners' podium?

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Garage finds - photo ©

We've had videos aplenty lately, including the Official Films of the Whitbread Round the World Race of 1973-74, 1977-78 and 1981-82 which are a must-watch for fans of the race.

The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 - photo © The Ocean Race
The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 - photo © The Ocean Race

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One of our favourite videos this past week was from 49er World Champion Dylan Fletcher, who captured some incredible footage of himself clocking 21 knots upwind in a foiling Moth. As Dylan described, "The difficulty for me is my lack of weight compared to the other guys. I have always pushed towards lower rigs and flatter sails to help me compete against the heavier guys. It's electric fun going this fast upwind, I actually find it more enjoyable than downwind. The apparent wind is nearing 35 knots!"

Dylan Fletcher wins the UK International Moth Nationals at Paignton - photo © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK
Dylan Fletcher wins the UK International Moth Nationals at Paignton - photo © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK

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We had a bit of fun on April 1st, announcing the Star class return for Tokyo 2021. A fair few were fooled, a fair few more wished it was true... either way, we hope the story gave you a smile.

Star fleet on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /
Star fleet on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /

Thank you to all our readers and marine industry partners. We hugely appreciate your support and continue our aim of promoting all that is positive and good about being on the water. During this time we will be sending you the global picture weekly with John Curnow, David Schmidt and myself writing our thoughts in rotation. Please continue to follow government advice and remember #WeAreInThisTogether.

Take care and stay safe.

Mark Jardine
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Kite foiler Maddy Anderson reflects
It's hard to believe that less than a month ago I, along with the majority of the British Sailing Team's Kite foilers, had spent the preceding two months training in La Ventana, Mexico.

Garage finds: Have you found some hidden gems during a lock-down spring-clean?
With many of us staying at home during the lock-down, perhaps working less - finding there is a little more time to be used - it seems thoughts are turning to spring cleaning.

Fowey River Class 70th anniversary
This year is the 70th anniversary of the first Fowey River being built in Fowey from the plans first published in Yachting World and Motor Boating Journal in April 1939.

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Restoring a very early wooden OK dinghy
Our series of ebay restorations continues, but this time only £50 was spent, or was that actually £0? Rob Efans tells us the story...

North Sails live Webinar 'Let's talk Solo', this Tuesday April 7 at 2.00pm
The guys at North Sails are hosting a live Webinar 'Let's talk Solo', this Tuesday April 7 at 2.00pm, specifically aimed at the Solo sailor.

There's no better time to get those jobs done!
TridentUK are also offering Free Next Working Day Delivery on in stock orders over £100*.

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Kinsale Dragons still planning for the Gold Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club (KYC) and the International Dragon Association (IDA) have confirmed that planning for the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, to be raced off Kinsale from 5 to 11 September, is still progressing as normal at the current time.

RYA takes a break to help prevent the spread
As the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak are felt more acutely across the UK, it is making it increasingly difficult to maintain normal service levels.

eSailing kicks off at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
Like all other clubs, Rudyard Lake Sailing Club has suspended "on the water" sailing. This week we held our first electronic regatta, hosted by our new Honorary Electronic Race Officer Michael Jacot.

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Fowey Gallants Sailing Club Spring Series 2020
Fowey Gallants Sailing Club hosted a mini series for club members as a follow-on from the successful winter series of 2019 and a pre-cursor to the main Fowey season which starts in April each year.

Video: Meet INEOS Team UK designer Ollie Pendleton
Moving Parts is an INEOS TEAM UK series looking at the invaluable work of different members from across the team. This time we are looking at a member of the design team, Oliver ‘Ollie' Pendleton.

The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 Official Film
Conny van Rietschoten returned to the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82 determined not just to defend his title but to win both line honours on every leg, and the overall race on handicap.

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A Letter from Salcombe
Even certain punishments meted out at school leave one ill-equipped to conjure a report on the activities of Salcombe Yacht Club in this unique period.

52 Super Series sailors and crew doing their bit for the fight
Sailors and shore crew from the wider 52 Super Series family are putting their skills - and in many cases their hardware - to good use helping support the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Top of Tech - New York Yacht Club's American Magic
"It's the people behind the sailors, the people behind the tech, the people behind the design team. Anything that can make the boat faster is a go."

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The unstoppable journey - 2021
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 to complete the final three legs and the full circumnavigation.

Home build of a Hadron H2 singlehanded dinghy
Aindriu McCormack has sent in some photos from his home build of a Hadron H2, a singlehander with a very unique look: a central longitudinal buoyancy tank and no side buoyancy.

RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship launched
Over the last couple of weeks hundreds of RYA affiliated clubs have signed up for a Virtual Regatta eSailing VIP pass and have been running their own eSailing club events.

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RORC Time Over Distance LIVE - Episode 1
Interview with Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records! Featuring videos and live commentary about his astounding career.

B&G® announces new C-MAP chart campaign
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the launch of its new campaign which offers consumers up to a £300 discount on selected charplotters when purchased with a C-MAP MAX N+ chart.

Best drone shots from The Ocean Race!
Sit back, relax and enjoy 10 minutes of incredible drone shots from the toughest test of a team in sport – The Ocean Race!

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NeilPryde's new LC Skiff Shoe: Exceptional grip for winning dinghy sailors
NeilPryde Sailing, whose active clothing and accessories range is the choice of competitive windsurfers and dinghy sailors, has introduced its most advanced performance boat shoe to date.

Self-isolation hacks from offshore sailing
Sailors are uniquely qualified to talk about extended periods of isolation and our very own team member Amory Ross gave us his list of key things to keep the mind and body in balance during times of confinement whether at home or out on the water.

Homebuild of new design of Lowrider International Moth
John Butler has been building a new Lowrider International Moth to his own design over the last six months. Could this be the first Moth built without foils in a decade?

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Olympians and UK dinghy champions clash in eSailing Demonstration Event
We're all stuck at home, we're all itching to go sailing, yet our boats are out of bounds. There was only one thing for it - virtual sailing!

Chichester Yacht Club racers go virtual
After a week of shutdown, the dinghy sailors of CYC are back racing... in a virtual race series!

Business Grants and Rates Packages announced for Sailing Clubs
As of yesterday (1 April), sailing clubs up and down the country are already beginning to benefit from the £22 billion grant and business rates package recently announced by the Chancellor.

The Ocean Race: Helping our neighbours
The international crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has impacted communities, families and individuals around the world.

RS Sailing Newsletter
The last few weeks have been unprecedented for RS Sailing. We wanted to let you know that we are still open and we're ready to make a splash on your day if you are pining to get back out on the water!

World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: March 2020
I would like to thank all of our Member National Authorities, the Medical Commission and organisers working closely and swiftly with the World Sailing team to adapt, change and communicate as fast as possible.

Sailing clubs and class associations encouraged to share their 2020 plans
It's true there is little racing to look forward to at present, but still see this as a great time for class organisations and sailing clubs to publicise their news and plans for 2020.

Meet INEOS TEAM UK Sailing Team Coach Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson has been sailing most of his life, and competed against (and beat) Ben Ainslie during an Optimist World Championship in Japan when he was 12 years old.

Free Video Chapters of The Boat Whisperer Each Week
We like to think the Boat Whisperer Series contain a few things worth listening to. Over the coming weeks Rooster will be sharing a selection of chapters totally free of charge to keep you thinking about your sailing.

Zhik Clothing and Crew Kit partner with the RWYC Lonely Rock Race
The Royal Western Yacht Club have announced 'Zhik' as their Official Clothing Partner for the Lonely Rock Race and 'Crew Kit' of Cowes as their Official Branding & Clothing Provider for the race.

"Ask me anything": Dee Caffari's Facebook forum is open to your questions 2-5 April 2020
Here at Ocean Safety, the marine safety experts, we are offering our followers the chance to get some first-hand advice, tips, and knowledge from one of sailing's most prolific and famous athletes - our Ambassador, Dee Caffari!

A first-time varnishing experience for a Contender sailor
After sailing my Contender for a year at Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club, and then Bough Beech Sailing Club for their Icicle Series over the winter, my Contender's deck varnish was looking somewhat worse for wear.

Could your club benefit from the Sport England Emergency Fund?
Sport England has announced a £195 million package to help the community sport and physical activity sector in England cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first episode of On Course - exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world
Welcome to the first episode of On Course, our exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world.

Join on the Foredeck
With the launch of the all-new website we are also pleased to present the Foredeck Club, exclusively for boat owners who are serious about their sailing.

Classic yacht delivered by chinook
Like so many areas of our life, classic yachting has been badly effected by the lock-down, with many unable to complete refits on their yachts for the 2020 sailing season, whenever that may start.

Star class makes dramatic return for Tokyo 2021
With the Tokyo Olympics being delayed for a year, a little-known clause in the World Sailing Constitution has been activated, leading to reinstatement of the Star class in the Olympic sailing competition.

21 knots upwind in a Moth: Amazing on-board video from Dylan Fletcher sailing in December
Back in the depths of December Dylan Fletcher was learning how to hike and sit out at over 21 knots upwind in training on Portland Harbour. This video taken from the bowsprit shows just how extreme this is...

WIN £150: Rooster Home Hacks Competition
Have a spare minute or two? Fancy winning £150 worth of Rooster Kit? All from the comfort of your own home, we want to know your most ingenious marine-related hack, trick or tit-bit.

The #MondayMotivation Show episode 1 - Bumps in the Road
Episode 1 of the #MondayMotivation Show, entitled Bumps in the Road. London 2012 silver medallist Luke Patience and world top-10 RS:X windsurfer Saskia Sills discuss how to overcome diversity on and off the race course.

New dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 announced
The IOC, IPC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, in 2021.

RYA encourages boaters to continue to support boating networks
From sailing clubs and marinas to class associations and training centres, the RYA is encouraging all boaters to continue to support their local boating networks where possible during the Coronavirus pandemic.

What does sailing mean to you?
Things feel pretty strange at the moment. We're going through unprecedented and tough times. Haven't we all dreamed about getting on a boat and sailing away from it all? Sailing is what keeps us going!

One hundred pounds well-spent on ebay
Howard Massie purchased Scorpion number 1862 via ebay a couple of years ago. It was a really sad sight on a wet Autumn day, full of water and sitting unloved on the sea front.

The newest fast 30, by Farr
The Mumm 30 as it was originally known, was designed by Farr. This is another crackerjack 30-footer from Farr Yacht Design; this time in conjunction with Bret Perry's Hyperform Yachting.

How to video: 49er training in your garden!
Two 49er brothers have set up an awesome 49er training rig in their garden to keep in practice!

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