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Sailing is freedom

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It would seem that 'The Great Grass Roots Revival?' and 'Messing about in boats' had quite an impact. With my own eyes I could see what was happening on my doorstep with more activity on the water than I've seen in years, but this was just the microcosm that I live in. Was this being replicated worldwide? The feedback I've had points to an unequivocal 'Yes'!

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Amongst the many fantastic emails and messages I've received, it was great to hear from Matt in Vancouver, British Columbia who has enjoyed getting out on the water in his wooden clinker sailboat, his old windsurfer and is trying to master foiling on a kiteboard. He totally related to the articles, reporting that Canadian wind junkies are out in force.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale
Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale

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From the USA, Nevin wrote that he hadn't windsurfed in the last few years as he'd found it easier to kitesurf and kite hydrofoil, but windsurf freeride hydrofoiling has changed all that. A whole generation of past windsurfers and a new generation of young sailors are out on the water. What's really interesting was hearing that the same kids are sailing O'pen Skiffs half the time. A watersports lifestyle isn't, and shouldn't be, restricted to one discipline. We can all mess about in or on any type of boat or board.

O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA
O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA

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Racing returns in novel forms

The last couple of weeks have seen something we've had a distinct lack of in the past few months: event reports! Reading about the MC38 class enjoying their Winter racing in Sydney Harbour, the Sprint 15 class starting a Time Trial Series on the Isle of Wight and David Schmidt's insightful conversation with Jason Andrews and Shawn Dougherty about the Salish 200 all showed how we're adapting around the world to our local situation and current rules.

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Hamachi en route to Hawaii - photo © Image courtesy of Hamachi

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Technology has played its part in allowing people to get out on the water in a socially distanced manner. The RYA reviewed Sailing Apps, David Schmidt chatted with Kevin Morin about MarkSetBots, self-propelled and GPS-guided racing marks which can significantly ease the workload for Race Committees, and cloud-based service SailEvent being repurposed for leisure sailing.

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MarkSetBots in action - photo © Image courtesy of MarkSetBot

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Loving the water and the team

Our Australian editor John Curnow is an avid reader of everything that happens on and in the water, summing up the great diversity nicely, "One of the greatest things about being involved with is the way the team binds, and the differences add to a greater whole. Over the journey, David Schmidt, our North American Editor, has regaled us with wonderful tales about the way things went down on memorable sails. Our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, has so eloquently captured both the joy of sailing, and the way that grass roots sailing is going to bring us back to the water. Messing about in boats received global appreciation, and justly so, for it was about inclusion, possibility, real camaraderie, and acknowledgement for what the water brings to us.

Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media
Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media

"In Australia racing has had the gel applied to the defibrillator paddles, it's been charged, applied and is now gradually coming back to life. Mark has used his Frankenlaser, windsurfer and taken his sons out on the RS Feva since being unshackled from lockdown. I am also looking forward to getting out on the water once more, although my first forays are going to be aboard some great powerboats, including being unleashed on the new X50R from our friends at Maritimo. Fitted with brand new screws just last week I am definitely keen to see what the 'R' adds to the X50, which we ran from Lake Macquarie to Pittwater about this time last year."

Following on from John's comments I asked David Schmidt to tell me what sailing means to him, and was truly moved by his response, "Sailing is freedom, a chance to be on the water, with friends and in nature, and to be part of humankind's grand experiment with exploration and adventure. And for us racing sailors, it's a great opportunity to work together as a team (or as a singlehander) and try like hell to beat the other guys in as gentlemanly a fashion as possible."

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Happy Hour

Stretch and Stirfry continue to chat with sailing celebrities, Olympians and legends of our sport, most recently with Peter Morton aka 'Morty', Andy Beadsworth, Hamish Pepper, Victor Diaz de Leon, Abby Ehler, Terry Hutchinson and Vasco Vascotto. I highly recommend listening to them all!

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I'm incredibly lucky to work with the team I do on and and share their enthusiasm for being on the water, but equally blessed to have so many contributors and readers who share their articles, race reports and comments with me each and every day. Thank you.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

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A 1970s four-handed Corrigans Express - photo © Archive

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World Sailing confirms International Olympic Committee financial support
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has received confirmation of financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following constructive dialogue.

Morty chats on Happy Hour with Stretch and Stirfry
This week, the lads catch up with one of yachting's most consistent winners; Morty (Peter Morton) who has more wins under his belt than any other northern hemisphere yachtsman.

Southern Spars join forces with Magma Structures on Dynarigs
Southern Spars, a North Technology Group company, has announced they have joined forces with Magma Structures to deliver a new generation of DynaRigs.

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In conversation with Cyclops Marine's Chips Howarth
Founded in September 2018, Cyclops Marine brings together wireless sensor technology and sailing expertise, with the aim to be the industry standard in yacht load sensing.

Marine Auctions June Online Auction and News
In this weeks enews, not only are we reminding you of the great vessels and marina berths we have on offer, but also giving you a preview of a special offering we have coming up in our July Online Auction.

Anything but plain sailing through the Caribbean
The race from Panama through the Caribbean Sea is a far stretch from a holiday on the relaxed paced, tropical islands the Clipper Race teams will traverse.

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MC38 2020 Season Act 3 at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
For the MC38s crews who returned to their season after months of COVID isolation, getting the fleet back together and completing the seven-race program was more than enough compensation for the tricky conditions.

New 18ft Skiff teams wanted for 2020 - Apply Now
The Australian 18 Footers League has long had a policy of introducing new and young teams into its fleet to ensure the continued growth and quality of the club's 85-year-old tradition of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour.

Extreme Drone Catches
You've seen our incredible drone footage from the remotest and wildest oceans, but here are the bits we didn't show you...

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RORC Time Over Distance Volume 12 - Jon Holt, Greig City Academy
For the 12th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series we revealing the awe-inspiring work of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: IMOCA Sea Trials, New Sails For Nirvana, Trade In, Trade Up!
L'Occitane en Provence proves innovation is vital for the IMOCA fleet. Skipper Armel Tripon and boat designer Sam Manuard give us their impressions on their new IMOCA L'Occitane en Provence from conception to the first sea trials.

World's first Clean Up Flotilla moves to Whitsundays
Originally we had planned to run the Clean Up Flotilla in Phuket, however current travel restrictions means we have moved this year's Flotilla to the Whitsundays, where it all started for Ocean Crusaders.

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America's Cup: View from the south side as Te Kahu get some race practice
On Wednesday Sail-World's camera crossed the harbour for a different take on the Emirates Team NZ test boat Te Kahu, going through race practice around three laid marks on the Waitemata Harbour - on Course C.

RS Aero TopTips 2020 Series
What a year! Obviously there are bigger issues than over concern for our small sailboat racing. However, when lockdown was announced in the UK in March the RS Aero Class sought to find alternative activity to replace taking to the water.

Leading designer, builder and sailor, Jim Young passes away at 94yrs
Noted designer and boat builder Jim Young passed away Thursday morning aged 94 years. Young is best remembered as the designer of the Young 88, the 30ft keelboat which is New Zealand's largest one design keelboat class. Updated story from original post

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Adventures Weekly with Terry Hutchinson: We will head to NZ potentially in July
For Adventures Weekly on 13 June 2020 we welcomed Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of American Magic, the New York Yacht Club Challenger for the next America's Cup.

Nominations open for Australian Sailing Hall of Fame
Australian Sailing in collaboration with Australian National Maritime Museum are excited to announce that nominations are open for the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.

New Zealand's 18ft Skiff Racing Record
Three consecutive victories by the Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Brad Collins and Matt Steven in the world's premier JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship over the past three seasons, gives New Zealanders every right to boast at the moment.

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In conversation with Jamie MacPhail
James MacPhail, Managing Director of Pantaenius Australia, chats with Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and about his life afloat, the company's values and the marine insurance industry as a whole.

Happy Hour with Stretch & Stirfry - Andy Beadsworth
This week, the boys talk baking birthday cakes, learning to drive in flash cars and Olympic sailing with Andy Beadsworth...

Dates changed for Australian Cadet Nationals following Worlds cancellation
The International Cadet Class 2020 Australian Championship at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria have been shifted to a more traditional set of dates, following the cancellation of the Worlds amid the Coronavirus crisis.

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Zhik's new active wear for onshore exercise and watersports
Zhik's new relaxed fit, XWR Long and Short Sleeve Tees are made from a highly water repellent, hydrophobic fabric that sheds water.

A conversation with Kevin Morin about the MarkSetBots
I checked in with Kevin Morin, the founder and creator of MarkSetBot, via email, to learn more about this technology and how it can help enable racing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

America's Cup: American Magic base construction underway with AC75 due in 10 days
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WASZP Events - Making the most of 2020
As the world begins to open up, WASZP is taking full advantage of any opportunity to connect its community. One thing this global pandemic has allowed us to do is get our infrastructure more up to date and continue to connect our sailors digitally.

X2 by four
Here is Part IV of the development of the marvellous X2 by Farr Yacht Design.

RORC Time Over Distance Volume 11 - Harold Cudmore
Harold Cudmore who hails from Cork, Ireland spoke with Louay Habib for an hour-long show focusing on the Admiral's Cup for the 11th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series.

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Shooting the breeze with Ronstan - Tom Slingsby & Tom Burton
Team Ronstan athletes and Olympic Gold Medal winners Tom Slingsby and Tom Burton talk to Ronstan's Stephen Brayshaw. What does the sailing journey of an Olympic champion look like?

Farr 40 Australia June 2020 Newsletter
The Farr 40 Australian Class is excited to publish the 2020/21 series schedule, including new dates for the Pre Worlds and Worlds.

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