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Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD Newsletter: A weekend of change and opportunity


A weekend of change and opportunity for the sport of sailing

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Dear Recipient Name

This weekend saw the conclusion of the World Sailing meetings, with the AGM voting to add a 'Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore' event for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The event which made way for this was the 'Mixed One-Person Dinghy' which was decided on at the Mid-Year meeting in London, which would have been a Finn for the men and A.N.Other dinghy for the women, with a scoring system which was yet to be dreamed up.

There has of course been a huge reaction to this on social media, with uproar from the Finn sailors, and many others questioning the decision, and the process used by World Sailing's Council and Executive, to arrive at this conclusion.

The heritage of the Finn cannot be questioned, with it being present at every summer Olympics since 1952 and many of the greats of the sport coming through its ranks, such as Paul Elvstrøm, Russell Coutts and Ben Ainslie to name but three, but sailing does need to demonstrate diversity and gender equality to continue being part of the Olympic Games.

Ben Ainslie wins a historic fourth gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /
Ben Ainslie wins a historic fourth gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /

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I find World Sailing's structure and decision-making process baffling in the extreme and have never been a fan of the politics of the sport, but I believe sailing's great strength is its diversity, and the slate for the Paris 2024 Olympics is now representative of this. To attract new people into the sport we need young sailors to be able to identify with areas which appeal to them, and now we'll have the combination of dinghy sailing, skiff sailing, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, foiling and offshore yacht sailing for the first time. The World Sailing process may be deeply flawed, but I'm a fan of the end result. I know many won't agree with my conclusion, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion.

A Windfoiler is one of the new classes/equipment being promoted for the 2024 Olympic Regatta in place of the RS:X Windsurfer - photo © Richard Gladwell
A Windfoiler is one of the new classes/equipment being promoted for the 2024 Olympic Regatta in place of the RS:X Windsurfer - photo © Richard Gladwell

The equipment re-evaluation for men's and women's one-person dinghy is another matter which is yet to be resolved. We'll see how that one pans out...

When it comes to offshore sailing, Sunday saw the start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe. If any one event shows the strength of short-handed offshore sailing this is it. 123 sailors set sail in a multitude of classes, including the incredible foiling Ultime trimarans which are sure to smash the record for this race, as long as they can keep it all together.

Francois Gabart on the maxi trimaran MACIF training off Belle Ile ahead of The Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - photo © Vincent Curutchet / ALéA / Macif
Francois Gabart on the maxi trimaran MACIF training off Belle Ile ahead of The Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe - photo © Vincent Curutchet / ALéA / Macif

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Then of course there is the latest in IMOCA designs, the fully-foiling Charal, which sets a new bar for this class. The bulk of participation is in the Class 40s, which is as close to 'budget' transatlantic box-rule sailing as we've got at the moment with some superb skippers taking part. Following this race is going to be epic.

IMOCA 60 Charal - photo © Charal Sailing Team
IMOCA 60 Charal - photo © Charal Sailing Team

This Wednesday (7pm GMT) sees the second Live Participation Webinar from the RYA - this time talking about Pay on Demand boating - which I'm delighted to be involved in. If you get the chance then please join us, but remember you can watch the full event anytime afterwards if you can't make it.

Remember to get out on the water whenever you can. Sailing is a great sport and it would be sad for us not to enjoy it the full!

Mark Jardine
Managing Editor, and

Spectacular scenes off Saint Malo as the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe gets underway in perfect conditions - photo © Alexis Courcoux
Spectacular scenes off Saint Malo as the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe gets underway in perfect conditions - photo © Alexis Courcoux

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FSE Robline ropes now for sale on
As active and enthusiastic professional sailors, FSE Robline pride themselves on creating world class yachting ropes. Designed with both cruising sailors and regatta sailors in mind, FSE are a global brand with a focus on innovative materials and designs.

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild breaks bow of the starboard float
Shortly after 4:30 GMT, Sébastien Josse alerted his team manager to major damage aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Leading the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe fleet after an outstanding start to the race, the solo sailor came to a violent halt.

Mixed Offshore Event added to Paris 2024 at World Sailing Annual General Meeting
A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition, providing a new dynamic to the Olympic movement, following ratification at World Sailing's Annual General Meeting.

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Statement from the International Finn Association after World Sailing AGM
The International Finn Association (IFA) is extremely disappointed to see the decision taken today at the World Sailing AGM in Sarasota, USA, to exclude any event options for the Finn in favour of adopting the Mixed Two-Person Keelboat.

New Youth Performance Programme Launched at Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres
The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres have launched a new class specific performance training programme to provide young people with the opportunities to access affordable, high-level sail training in Optimists, Lasers, RS Fevas, 420s and BIC Technos.

Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe underway
Beyou knows how to peak for these races and is looking forward to the 40th anniversary of this blue ribbon quadrennial fixture of the solo offshore sailing calendar.

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Australian 18 Footers League Spring Championship - Race 4
The Smeg 18ft Skiff crew of Michael Coxon, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge were brilliant as they led the fleet from start-to-finish and dominate Race 4 of the Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

MACIF Trimaran to sprint across the Atlantic
The trimarans of the Ultime class will take off from St Malo in the direction of Point-à-Pitre, at fabulous speeds probably never achieved before, this Sunday at 2 pm.

2024 Olympics: World Sailing Council votes Finn out - Day 1
A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after World Sailing's Council voted in favour of it replacing the Mixed One Person Dinghy. The decision was voted on Day 1 of the Annual Conference in Sarasota.

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Phil Sharp, Class40 skipper aims for a second consecutive win in the Route du Rhum
It has been 12 years since Phil's victorious race win in 2006, when he finished a whole day ahead of Gildas Morvan, noted as one of France's top sailors.

Noble Marine Laser Inland Championships at Rutland Sailing Club
119 Laser sailors in all three fleets assembled at Rutland for the Noble Marine Laser Inland Championships. With wind speeds making most feel like they were competing in the Arctic Circle, this year's Inlands were probably one of the coldest on record.

Winter Essentials and New Calendars Available from Trident-UK
Gill Neoprene Winter Gloves are down to £40. We have socks, hats and neck warmers from all the major brands: Crewsaver, Gill, Magic Marine and more.

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New Crewsaver ErgoFit+ lifejacket to be revealed at METSTRADE 2018
The best just got better, new Crewsaver ErgoFit+ lifejacket to be revealed at METSTRADE 2018. Proudly obsessive about your safety and survival - Crewsaver continues to lead the way in designing and manufacturing safety and performance equipment.

American Magic Test Boat Launched
Photos show five crew on board, so it is probably close to the maximum 12 meters of length - 39 feet - permitted by the Protocol. Remember that INEOS Team UK has a test boat built from a much smaller Quant 28.

Kiel Week is getting wings
In its 137th year, this traditional sailing event is once more demonstrating that it is up-to-date and taking off. From 22 until 30 June 2019 there will be also kiters as well as foilers at the start - next to the other dinghy and offshore classes.

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World Sailing: Events Committee votes for offshore keelboat
Following the Equipment Committee's meeting on Paris 2024 Equipment the day prior, it was the turn of the Events Committee to talk about the Events.

Life aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
This 2018 edition is revealing her true colours a little more each day and some 72 hours before the 123 solo sailors take off, the latest forecasts are indicating a tough introduction to the race after a quick but rainy start off Cap Fréhel.

RS100 Inland Championship at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
Memories of that hot summer and mild autumn were distant when the ice was being knocked off the boats for the nine intrepid sailors battling it out for the postponed Inlands. The fleet may have been small, but you could feel the quality.

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Experience The Bahamas with Sunsail
Welcome to the blissful Bahamas, our Destination of the Month for November. Once here, you'll cruise around chic colonial towns, sail towards verdant jungles and snorkel in immaculate coral reefs.

100 days to 2019 OK Dinghy World Championship at Wakatere Boating Club, Auckland
The 2019 OK Dinghy World Championship is due to begin in just 100 days time in the iconic sailing area off Takapuna on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. The championship will run from 7-15 February 2019 and will be based at Wakatere Boating Club.

Osprey Final Fling at Rutland Sailing Club
The traditional end of season open meeting took place over the weekend of 20-21 October, sharing the water with the Contender fleet, Hornet fleet and 420 fleet, thus ensuring that having your head on a stick was going to be of greatest importance.

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Merlin Rocket Downriver race at Ranelagh Sailing Club
Sunday 28th October saw the Merlin Rocket Thames Series finale take place at Ranelagh Sailing Club. In the days preceding the event, it became apparent that no-one was coming. A full money back guarantee was offered if the day was not enjoyed.

New York Yacht Club to host 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) working in cooperation with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union National Course au Large (UNCL), founding partners of the IRC rating system, are pleased to announce the approval of the New York Yacht Club

707 Scottish Championships at Port Edgar Yacht Club
The final 707 event of the year, Scottish Championships, took place on 20th and 21st October at Port Edgar Yacht Club. Although the conditions had a distinctly Autumnal feel, the wind was consistent allowing for seven races.

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Marine Resources job updates
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DHL partnered Susie Goodall arrives into Storm Bay, Tasmania on day 120 of the Golden Globe Race
DHL partnered Susie Goodall arrived into Storm Bay, Tasmania on the DHL Starlight at 23:30 local time (12.30 UTC), 30 October. Susie is the fourth competitor to reach the gate behind Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, Mark Slats and Uku Randmaa.

RS200 SEAS (South Eastern Area Series) finale at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
Saturday 27th Oct dawned bright, brisk and cold, with a definite sprinkling of frost glistening in the sunshine as sailors gathered at Island Barn for the rescheduled RS200 open and SEAS (South Eastern Area Series) finale.

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2018 Etchells Worlds Wrap Up Video
The 2018 Etchells World Championship based out of Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron got a full compliment of nine races in for the 94-boat armada that sailed on Moreton Bay.

Navigation in restricted visibility in Cowes Harbour and news from Cowes Harbour Commission
Daylight savings came to an end last weekend, moving the UK into Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and back from British Summer Time (BST), whilst in Cowes the final racing event of the season was held by the Cowes Etchells fleet.

LIVE WEBINAR: Hear how other sailing clubs have launched Pay on Demand boating
Hosted by Matthew Sheahan, respected journalist and World Sailing TV's editor, the webinar will include short presentations and a Q&A session with a selection of Clubs that have launched innovative initiatives to meet changing demands.

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Nautilus Yachting Merlin Rocket Inland Championship at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
At last the long-awaited Nautilus Yachting Merlin Rocket Inland Championship took place at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, after a postponement due to adverse weather.

North West Junior Travellers Trophy final 2018 event at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club
In conditions ranging from 9 knots up to a gust of 25, 47 junior and youth participants at the Leigh & Lowton NWJTT event on Saturday 27th October had a great but cold day with a biting northerly wind.

Sailing in cancer recovery inspires teen's Musto t-shirt design win
More than 700 young people in recovery from cancer will showcase the artistic talents of a 16-year-old Scottish leukaemia survivor next year after she won a national Musto competition in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

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Yacht fire on the Hamble River
A small yacht caught fire on the Hamble River on Tuesday morning at about 11.00 am. The yacht named Why Knot was on its mooring off the Ferry Hard close to the Hamble River Sailing Club.

Rooster to Showcase New and Pre-Release Innovations at METSTRADE 2018
Rooster® are thrilled to welcome members of the trade to preview our full range of products at this year's METSTRADE Show from the 13th – 15th November. Visit us on stand 12.907.

Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe: Flight, the great unknown of offshore racing
In five days, time, the 11th Route du Rhum will set sail. The start is scheduled for 13:00 GMT on Sunday 4 November offshore of the Pointe du Grouin, unless the weather decides otherwise!

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L1 wins eSailing World Championship final at Florida, USA
France's L1 won the inaugural eSailing World Championship Final after a tense winner-take-all final race at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

National Solo End of Season Championship at King George Sailing Club
So to the finale of the North Sails Super Series with the EOS or End of Season Championship if you are not a fan of acronyms.

Murrays in a hurry to enter the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series
The Murrays were fast out of the blocks to make sure their Norfolk Punt was entered for the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash...

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Hornet Final Fling at Rutland Sailing Club
Ten Hornets made the trip to Rutland for the Final Fling on 20-21 October, coming from Scotland, Wales and England. Most travelled on the Friday evening, although the Scots didn't arrive until 0330 after a seven hour drive.

RS Tera End of Season Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club
The RS Tera End of Seasons Championship at Draycote Sailing Club last weekend had all the ingredients for a great weekend. A fantastic venue with a well organised support team and a good turnout of 71 helms across the Pro, Sport and Regatta Fleets.

HYS Hamble Winter Series Week 4
With the wind forecast to be in the North East, and plenty of it, PRO Kathy Smalley and her race team set up shop on Sunday morning in the vicinity of East Knoll.

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Royal Temple Yacht Club 2018 Club Championship
This year's packed race programme at the Royal Temple comprised 49 races run from April to October, mostly on Sundays with several regatta weekends, evening races, and of course Ramsgate Week in the Summer.

Waples Wines Flying Fifteen Northern Travellers' Series at Notts County Sailing Club
The Notts County Sailing Club Flying 15 open took place at the weekend. The event is part of the Northern circuit sponsored by Waples Wines.

Lymington Town Sailing Club Solent Circuit - Day 4
Race four of the Lymington Town Sailing Club Solent Circuit, sponsored by Pennyfarthing Homes, was sailed in extreme conditions on Sunday 28th October.

The women leading the charge in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
The 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe fleet consists of a record-breaking entry of 123 sailors, six of which are female with three each racing in the highly-competitive IMOCA and Class40 divisions.

RS200 SW Ugly Tour Finale at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
The grand finale of the 2018 RS200 SW Ugly tour sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs, took place at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on the 27th October.

Ninety two yachts entered for 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) is pleased to announce 92 yachts have entered the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, one of the nation's greatest sporting events - and when the start cannon fires on Boxing Day, 26 December at 1pm local time.

Sailing Chandlery 2018 RS200 Northern Tour – Overall
2018 was the year when the wind didn't blow and this unfortunately led to the abandonment of both the Staunton Harold SC and leigh & Lowton SC events.

Harken UK Job Opportunity: Sales Representative
Harken UK have a rare opportunity for a sales rep to join their sales team. This is a great opportunity for someone who been working in the marine industry for a few years to take the next step in their career.

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