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Youth show the way

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Guy Bridge in the semi finals of the Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay Europeans - photo © IKA / Alex Schwarz

Dear Recipient Name

World Sailing held their crucial mid-year meeting last week to decide the alternative for the Mixed Offshore Keelboat event at the Paris Olympics, and while the 470 class put up a strong case for having separate Men's and Women's 470 events, the Council voted solidly in favour of separate Men's and Women's Kiteboard events.

Barring a minor miracle, the Mixed Offshore Keelboat event will be ditched by the IOC, despite some of their concerns being addressed in separate paper presented Matt Allen, Chair of the Oceanic & Offshore Committee. World Sailing's leaders continued to speak positively about the offshore event, reiterating it was their first choice, but the tide is firmly against them.

Allspars December 2019 MPU   B&G 2021 Zeus 3S - MPU

Ellie Aldridge (left) and Connor Bainbridge stoked to win the Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay Europeans - photo © IKA / Alex Schwarz
Ellie Aldridge (left) and Connor Bainbridge stoked to win the Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay Europeans - photo © IKA / Alex Schwarz

In many ways, this gets World Sailing out of a bit of a fix as the mixed kiteboard relay event was confused to say the least, but the process to get to this point has been laborious, long-winded and put many potential Paris 2024 campaigns on ice.

They key now is securing the tenth medal for the Olympics, and World Sailing keeping on the right side of the IOC. As CEO David Graham pointed out in no uncertain terms, World Sailing needs the Olympic sailing to remain solvent and even held off publishing accounts until it is confirmed that the delayed Tokyo 2020 event goes ahead.

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Paul Elvstrøm at the helm of his Finn in 1960 - photo © Archive
Paul Elvstrøm at the helm of his Finn in 1960 - photo © Archive

A vote was held with the aim of the Finn class to become the heavyweight men's singlehander, but this was blocked, and the class's 69-years at the event (going back to the Great Dane Paul Elvstrøm's gold medals in the 1952, 56 and 60 Games) is coming to an end.

Olympic sailing is now firmly for young and lightweight sailors and increasingly foiling, with first the Nacra 17s and now the Windfoil windsurfers and Kitefoilers. There is of course a massive outcry from heavier sailors, who highlight the great sportsmen who have been through the class - such as Elvstrøm, Coutts, Bertrand and Ainslie - but the Olympics is desperate to court a younger audience and sailing has to follow suit.

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Open meeting aches

I took part in my first open meeting for a fair while over the weekend, sailing my Frankenlaser at the Keyhaven Laser event. There was a superb entry of 44 boats, with some extremely talented youths showing us older sailors just how to do it.

There is no shortage of skill in the youth ranks and watching them hiking hard in 25 knots was impressive. I was happy to be 'up there' during the first beat until I missed my mainsheet while swapping hands, capsized to windward and laughed at my lack of practice - although not quite as hard as my friend on the rescue boat!

Keyhaven Laser Open - photo © Alex Pepper
Keyhaven Laser Open - photo © Alex Pepper

I spent the day much closer to the back of the fleet than the front from then on, but it was a great day on the water, with the aches and pains setting in with a vengeance on Sunday morning.

Sadly, my Frankenlaser is also beginning to show its 43 years and developed yet another crack, resulting in it getting progressively lower in the water and requiring a long drain at the end of the three races. I think it's time to look for a replacement hull before it suffers from a more serious failure...


Bluebottle back racing

One keelboat that is looking exceptionally good for her age is Bluebottle, the late Duke of Edinburgh's Dragon which was presented to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip as a wedding present by the Island Sailing Club in 1947.

Charles, Prince of Wales with his father the Duke of Edinburgh and crew members Uffa Fox, the Duke's Yachting adviser and Lieutenant-Commander Alistair Easton, Sailing Master of the yacht
Charles, Prince of Wales with his father the Duke of Edinburgh and crew members Uffa Fox, the Duke's Yachting adviser and Lieutenant-Commander Alistair Easton, Sailing Master of the yacht "Bluebottle", at Cowes, during their Dragon class race - photo © PA Archive / PA Images

The yacht has an exceptional history, being loaned to the British sailing team competing at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, with Lt Cdr Graham Mann at the helm, winning a Bronze Medal.

Royal Yacht Bluebottle before renovations - photo © David Heritage
Royal Yacht Bluebottle before renovations - photo © David Heritage

Having been lovingly restored by David Heritage, Bluebottle was the first entry for the 2021 Edinburgh Cup, the British National Championship, with husband and wife team of Graham and Julia Bailey aboard, each who have won the trophy previously.

Dragon Bluebottle - photo © Helen Pugh, Edinburgh
Dragon Bluebottle - photo © Helen Pugh, Edinburgh

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Boating bonanza

Coastal and inland venues were buzzing all weekend in the UK with a multitude of events taking place. In addition to the Laser Open I took part in, the RS Aeros gathered a record 65 entries at Lymington, with a strong fleet of XODs out as well, the Etchells were racing from Cowes, the Merlin Rockets were out at Parkstone, the foiling Moths were blasting around in Portland harbour and I'm sure we'll be receiving many more reports from around the world as the week progresses.

Stuart Bithell makes a clean sweep at the International Moth GP at the WPNSA - photo © Dylan Fletcher
Stuart Bithell makes a clean sweep at the International Moth GP at the WPNSA - photo © Dylan Fletcher

Boating and sailing is showing a strong resurgence as we slowly emerge from this pandemic, and we all need to grab this opportunity to help more people enjoy the water. If you know a family who are wanting to get afloat, then please give them all the assistance and advice you can. Sailing can be daunting to newcomers, so a helping hand can make all the difference as to whether they enjoy the experience and make the right decisions on joining clubs and which type of boat to sail.

RYA Membership - Accredited 2017   Sea Sure 2021 - Transom Fittings - MPU

Adapt to survive and thrive

So many clubs are adapting, making sailing more accessible and welcoming, but there is a long way to go for many others. We all need to be learning from the best practice and initiatives that have been shown to work to keep sailing clubs active and stop the trend of membership decline.

Those clubs which have embraced change have reversed that decline and are now seeing increased activity with enthusiastic young families all out on the water. This of course has the knock-on effect of making club catering more viable and generally lifting the atmosphere.

2020 Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club - photo © Beau Outteridge / 2020 Australian Youth Championships
2020 Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club - photo © Beau Outteridge / 2020 Australian Youth Championships

For clubs looking to change I strongly recommend revisiting the Future of Sailing webinar series. Now more than ever is the time to enact change and put your club back on a healthy footing.

As I saw first-hand over the weekend, there are talented youth sailors out on the water enjoying the sport at a highly competitive level, but let's make sure all youngsters can enjoy the experience of sailing, regardless of whether they choose to sail competitively or not.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Selden 2020 - SMF - MPU   Typhoon 2021 - MPU

Stokes Bay Sailing Club Cadets - photo © Lorraine Bugden
Stokes Bay Sailing Club Cadets - photo © Lorraine Bugden

Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU   Vaikobi 2021 FlexForce - MPU

International Moth GP at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy
After nine months since the Moth nationals at Weymouth, and a long winter with no racing, 33 Moth sailors descended upon Weymouth despite a windy forecast itching to dust off their boats and get some long-needed race practice.

Tom Dolan lying ninth in the Transat en Double Concarneau - Saint Barthélemy race
Racing on Breizh Cola with French ace Gildas Mahé, Ireland's Tom Dolan reported today that he is happy with their positioning on the Transat en Double Concarneau - Saint Barthélemy fleet.

The British Dragon Association welcomes a historic entry to this year's Edinburgh Cup
The beloved keelboat of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Bluebottle has undergone a momentous restoration and a road trip to now complete the Royal fleet in Edinburgh.

TMS 2020 October - Hamma Snaps - 600x500   Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU
Welcome to Vaikobi's new line up of Flexforce Neoprene wetsuits - available in 1.5mm + 3.0mm
The FlexForce range is designed to provide increased protection for performance watersports when warmth takes priority over breathability; making it ideal for wind sports across a large range of temperatures

Musto to sponsor 2021 Lark National Championship
The Lark class are excited and proud to announce that Musto will be sponsoring the Lark National Championship to be held in Rock, Cornwall between 30th May - 2nd June 2021.

Stoneways Marine steps up for return of YJA Yachtsman of the Year & Young Sailor of the Year Awards
After that hiatus which 2020 was in so many ways, the YJA Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year Awards are back.

Zhik 2021 New Season MPU   Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club MPU
Ben McGrane joins Hyde Sails
Ben McGrane has joined Hyde Sails as One Design Manager after a long spell at Harken. Ben has achieved considerable success in dinghies such as the Merlin Rocket, International 14, Contender, 505 and Mirror as well as keelboats such as the XOD and SB20.

2021 Flying Fifteen Nationals set for Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in June
The good news is that this means we can confirm that the 2021 Flying Fifteen National Championships will proceed. We appreciate that this comes fairly late in the day and appreciate your patience.

2nd St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta - Overall
Sailing their own race, minimizing distractions and clean sailing with no penalties or protests are the three strategies employed by the first, second and third place teams in the 2nd Annual St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational.

Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU   RS Sailing 2021 - MPU
Diverse dinghy line-up for end of May's Grafham Belle
Reigning champions of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge, are set to race their 2000 doublehander at the Grafham Belle on the weekend of Saturday 29 May and Sunday 30 May.

Northampton Youth Series Round 1 at Draycote Water Sailing Club
The first round of the Northampton Youth Series was held at Draycote Water Sailing Club on Saturday 15th May with over 25 sailors entered from numerous Midlands Clubs, including Northampton, Cransley, Banbury and the host club, Draycote.

Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 3 at Royal Anglesey Yacht Club
In a complete contrast to the previous week, the forecast for Saturday was for light winds, and that was certainly the case as 10 Fifes prepared for Saturday's race.

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RC1000 Event 1 at the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth
The first RC1000 class regatta of the season was held over 15/16th May at the Royal Western Yacht Club. The forecast was closely monitored by the race committee, as the potential was that the Sunday could be blown out

Line Honours for Carlo Alberini's Pendragon in the Regata dei Tre Golfi
A memorable and unprecedented Tre Golfi regatta is currently under way, with weather conditions providing racing that is as fast as it is demanding.

Ocean Safety opens disposal facility at four UK branches for all brands of pyrotechnics
Boat owners can now safely dispose of all their out-of-date flares at one of Ocean Safety's four branches around the UK.

Noble Marine 2020 - MPU   Road to Gold - MPU
Pip Hare has a new Medallia which will take her to the 2024 Vendée Globe
British skipper Pip Hare and her sponsors Medallia have confirmed they are the new owners of the IMOCA Bureau Vallée 2 which Louis Burton sailed to third place on the Vendée Globe.

Game-Changing kit from Rooster
Get a closer look at why this season's kit is made a particular way, why it's often unconventional, we don't only take one hobby or skill into account, we're catering for the active people who want to do and try everything.

EAORA, sponsored by DXB Pumps, is ready for online entries
East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA) organises and promotes offshore racing on the East Coast of England, combining great racing with friendship and camaraderie.

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Round the Island Race's 90th anniversary call out to raise '90 in 90'
Dame Ellen MacArthur is calling on Round the Island Race sailors to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer while celebrating the race's 90th anniversary

Alex Thomson plots August return to racing onboard HUGO BOSS
British sailing team Alex Thomson Racing will begin their 2021 competitive season with the Fastnet Race on August 8th.

World Sailing approves International RS21 Class Association application
RS Sailing is pleased to announce the successful ratification of an application made to World Sailing for International Class status for the RS21 keelboat.

Gul 2020 Tri-Laminate Spraytop MPU   Sailingfast 2018 Zhik 600x500
Alternative events for Paris 2024 approved by World Sailing's Council
World Sailing's Council have approved the Men's and Women's Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) and Men's and Women's Two Person Dinghy (470) as the first and second alternative event proposals to Mixed Offshore at Paris 2024.

Zhik announce renewed partnership with AkzoNobel Ocean Racing
Zhik are delighted to announce they are back as the Technical Clothing Partner for AkzoNobel Ocean Racing for The Ocean Race Europe 2021, the prelude to The Ocean Race 2022-23.

World Sailing's Virtual Mid-Year Meeting
World Sailing's Virtual Mid-Year Meeting commenced on Monday 10 May with the Equipment Committee and Events Committee both meeting.

Allen 2020 - A2031XHL - 600x500   Pro-Set 300x250
GP14 Midland Bell open meeting at Midland Sailing Club
At last! The first Midland Bell open meeting for 18 months got under way at Midland SC in Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday 9th May. The host club made us all very welcome and a total of eleven boats sailed.

London & South East Topper Traveller at Medway Yacht Club
The London and South East Toppers joined Medway Yacht Club for a Topper Open event as part of their Traveller series. The gales and rain of the previous day had cleared away as 19 visiting boats and one local boat arrived.

Sailingfast and Noble Marine ILCA 7 open meeting at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy
A smaller than usual fleet arrived at WPNSA expecting more wind than was actually on the water; 12 ILCA 7 sailors launched in a shifty and gusty 6-12 knots. Starting next to a large cruise ship on the race course led to some difficult races.

GJW Direct 2020 MPU   J Composites 2020 - MPU
Stokes Bay Sailing Club Springs Back into Action
After what's felt like a never-ending Lockdown 3, Stokes Bay Sailing Club has truly sprung back into operation. The enforced shutting of the club and minimal sailing has allowed for various upgrades and improvements to be carried out.

RS300 Rooster National Tour Round 1 at Whitefriars Sailing Club
Friday 7th May we all sat watching the weather forecast thinking must be mad. But we all set off on Saturday morning, driving through torrential rain to arrive at the friendly Whitefriars Sailing Club.

Allen's new range of flanged aluminium deck bushes
The new range of flanged aluminium deck bushes is now available. Allen flanged aluminium deck bushes feature a wider surface area with two fixing holes, allowing for a simple installation which only requires two screws and no mess.

Savvy Navvy 2021 YY MPU v2   Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - MPU
Merlin Rocket Open at Bartley Sailing Club
A heavy wind was forecast for the Bartley SC Open meeting on Sunday 9th May, the first event in the Midland Circuit 2021. The duty officer Steve Ward and Fleet Captain Mark Reddington stood strong and ran back-to-back races before and after lunch.

Job Opportunity at SportsBoat World
SportsBoat World seeks a new full time Operations Manager / CEO, male or female. The company has a very healthy order book with many customers worldwide ordering new boats and spares.

2021 M&S District Marblehead Championship GAMES 5 at Abbey Meads Lake, Chertsey
The GAMES 5 racing on 8th May was an absolutely marvellous event at Abbey Meads Lake, Chertsey, organised by Guildford Model Yacht Club. All 10 competitors enjoyed the excitement of coming out of lockdown to sail their Marbleheads again.

Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia will participate in The Ocean Race 2022/23 and Vendée Globe 2024/25
Building on the successful 4yr campaign which culminated in a 5th place in the Vendée Globe and created strong enthusiasm and media impact in Germany, France and 70 other countries around the globe, Boris and his team are embarking on a new 5yr programme.

2021 Finn Gold Cup Overall: Andy Maloney sweeps to victory in Porto
It took more than 60 years for a New Zealand sailor to win the Finn Gold Cup, and now two have come along in a row. Andy Maloney has led the 2021 Finn Gold Cup since Day 1 and on Wednesday, though he briefly lost the lead

Scott vows to rally for Tokyo after Finn Gold Cup; Wetherell bows out on a high
Giles Scott says he will "regroup" for the upcoming Olympic Games after a "disappointing" ninth-place finish at the Finn world championships.

Noble Marine West Country Boat Repairs RS200 Nationals entry limit increased to 130 boats
The RS Class Association and Exe Sailing Club are delighted to announce that the entry limit for the sell-out Noble Marine West Country Boat Repairs RS200 Nationals has been increased to a massive 130 boats.

Henri-Lloyd Sailing Kit Guide - Get ready for the season ahead...
From the beautiful landscape surrounding the Isle of Wight to the crystal blue waters of Mallorca, the right sailing kit means you can take on any destination, climate or weather front.

2000 & RS200 Open at Staunton Harold Sailing Club
On the day early heavy rain eased to show almost perfect sailing conditions. Race officer Alan Bennett set good windward leeward courses and provided a rapid turn around of races.

Bouley and Filey Vests: the new lifejackets for kids from Typhoon International
Leading technical clothing and accessories manufacturer Typhoon International has created two new children's lifejackets, the Bouley Vest, for infants to three years old, and the Filey Vest for children to 12 years old.

Zhik's new UVActive shirts protect your skin from harmful rays
The importance of protecting your skin from harmful UV, even in cloudy conditions, is well understood in the southern hemisphere yet less so in the northern hemisphere.

Youth stamps dominance on Ovington Rutland Midland Laser/ILCA Grand Prix
Len Sumner's able race team made full use of the 'Main Pond' race area at Rutland Water on 9th May. The large triangle sausage course was set up just south of the dam. It made for fabulous racing conditions and exciting racing.

Barton Marine May Update
Barton's May Newsline hits the press at this incredibly busy time of year as yachts in the UK, EU and USA are now back in the water after a long lonely winter.

B&G® proud to be in partnership with IRCRecords™
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce its partnership with IRCRecords™.

Your lifejacket preferences can see you win Crewsaver kit worth £500
One lucky watersports enthusiast could soon be kitted out with £500 worth of the latest Crewsaver technology!

Optimst Selection event at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy
The Optimst Selection event took place 30th April to 3rd May at WPNSA. Two days were lost to the cumulonimbus clouds and variable winds. Six races were held in great conditions varying from 8 knots to a very breezy final race gusting over 30 knots.

More than fifty nations registered for the 2021 Optimist World Championship
There is just over a month to go before the start of the most awaited youth sailing event in the international sailing world, the Optimist World Championship.

International 14 Walker Trophy at Itchenor Sailing Club
After Saturday's racing was cancelled due to some unseasonal weather, Sunday presented the perfect opportunity for a fleet of eight race hungry boats to make up for lost time.

Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - FOOTER

Noble Marine 2020 - FOOTER

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