Please select your home edition
Vetus-Maxwell 2021 v2 LEADERBOARD

The Only Way Is Up! - Australia Newsletter


The Only Way Is Up!

Pantaenius AUS Always 728x90

Sail Exchange 728x90 1

Yannick Bestaven on Maître Coq IV first at Cape Horn in the Vendée Globe - photo © Yannick Bestaven / Maître Coq IV #VG2020

Dear Recipient Name

After the year we've all been through we're all hoping this to be the case, and in the sailing world there are many current examples where the saying is both physically and metaphorically true.

Firstly, let's turn to the Vendée Globe, where the leaders have just made the turn at Cape Horn, ready for the 7000 nautical mile return journey up the Atlantic to Les Sables d'Olonne. The moment was anything but smooth for leader Yannick Bestaven on Maître Coq IV, who had to battle mountainous seas and high winds. He said of his passage through the deep south, "I had to believe in my options and in my route without worrying too much about what my competitors could do. I had to be stubborn, especially when I stayed along the ice barrier. But I didn't think you could go so far into the human body to physically and mentally overcome all the stress, the cold, the damp, the loneliness. There were some magical moments and some very hard ones, like when the boat broached and I was on the deck in the middle of the night wondering what the hell I was doing there."

38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - MPU   EWOL 2020 - Propellers - 300x250

Bestaven's wide rounding of Cape Horn looked to have opened the door for Charlie Dalin on APIVIA, but the leader's routing looks to be spot on, despite his obvious tiredness; this battle is far from over.

The Vendée Globe still has 27 of the 33 competitors racing, which - for all the talk of attrition in this edition of the race - is extraordinary. The light winds in the South Atlantic and Pacific Ocean have meant the race won't be troubling the record books for elapsed time, but when we're starved of international sailing competition to follow, the fact that they're racing for longer just provides us with a bit more great competition to enjoy.

Clarisse Cremer on Banque Populaire X in the Vendée Globe - photo © Clarisse Cremer / Banque Populaire X
Clarisse Cremer on Banque Populaire X in the Vendée Globe - photo © Clarisse Cremer / Banque Populaire X

Ronstan 2020 - Sailmon MAX - MPU   Vaikobi 2020 - MPU 2

For the America's Cup teams, the trick is getting up on the foils quickly and then staying up there for as long as possible. As was painfully exposed during the America's Cup World Series Auckland, the British team have some big issues here which need to be resolved quickly. The AC75 is a steep learning curve for both the designers and sailors, and all of the teams are learning rapidly. It is possible for Sir Ben Ainslie's INEOS TEAM UK to pull a rabbit out of the hat and catch up with the other challengers, but time is running out rapidly as The Prada Cup starts in just ten days' time...

INEOS TEAM UK - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi
INEOS TEAM UK - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi

Webasto AUS 2020 MPU 5   Ensign 2020 - Bavaria C42 - 300x250

Many have written off the British team already, saying the challenger series is a straight fight between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and New York YC American Magic, but in many ways we're back to the same situation as the 2013 America's Cup, where the teams were learning as they raced and upgrade packages were introduced constantly. For sure, INEOS TEAM UK are on the back foot, but let's not forget that ORACLE TEAM USA were truly on the ropes in 2013 before pulling off possibly the greatest comeback in sporting history.

ORACLE TEAM USA win 34th America's Cup race 18 - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA
ORACLE TEAM USA win 34th America's Cup race 18 - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA

we are marine 2020 - 20 AUD off - MPU   Flagstaff 2020 - Excess 15 - MPU

There is very little racing going on in the UK at the moment, but it's great to see the participation surge that we saw in the Northern Hemisphere summertime continue in Australia, with a record fleet of 56 yachts taking part in the Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta at Southport Yacht Club, Queensland. Unfortunately, the 52nd NS14 Nationals at Gosford Sailing Club, New South Wales, was cancelled, but Ross Hansen gave us the encouraging news that they would have had the biggest fleet in years.

Bartercard Sail Paradise 2020 - photo © Nic Douglass /
Bartercard Sail Paradise 2020 - photo © Nic Douglass /

Race Yachts 2021 600x500 v1   Sail Exchange 300x250 1

And adversity often brings new ideas, so with many events being cancelled, the Western Australian multihull community got together to organise the WAXIT National Championship at Jervoise Bay Sailing Club. As local A Class cat sailor James Clark said, "Most sailors were not able to attend their usual regattas due to COVID, which is particularly tough for the guys and girls that train regularly and put a lot of time and effort in to their sailing, based on that the idea of WAXIT came up and the wonderful volunteers at Jervoise Bay Sailing Club made it happen."

WAXIT National Championship - photo © Drew Malcolm
WAXIT National Championship - photo © Drew Malcolm

Del Morrsion Art 2020 MPU   FFI - Try a fifteen - 2020 600x500

With Dougal Henshall we don't look up, but back in time at some of the great innovators in sailing. His latest article was on Charles Currey, titled 'The Winningest Wise Man', plus the John Westell Centenary video series has now begun, with Part 1 outlining the early years of the 505 dinghy designer.

Helm Nick Martin and crew John Westell coming ashore at Seaview after winning the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1952 - photo © G. Westell
Helm Nick Martin and crew John Westell coming ashore at Seaview after winning the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in 1952 - photo © G. Westell

J Composites 2020 - MPU   North Sails 2019 - Helix Top-Down Furling 600x500

Dougal's keyboard is running hot and we've got much more in the pipeline from him, with many lessons from the past proving very applicable in the age we're living through.

2020 was an extraordinary year in many ways, with some extraordinary stories, so I chatted with Andy Rice to go through our top ten articles. You can watch part 1 here (counting down from 10th to 6th) and part 2 here (concluding with 5th to the top spot). Andy has been working with super coach Hamish Willcox to create the Road to Gold, a brand new video-learning course which could revolutionise your sailing. If you're wondering who Hamish is, then hearing that he coaches none other than Pete Burling and Blair Tuke should give you a small insight...

Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU   MIA 2019 300x250 3

These are dark times, but sailing provides us with respite from the gloom, out in the fresh air and naturally distanced. The positive to take home is seeing all those who have discovered our great sport and previous sailors reconnecting with it and getting back out on the water.

You don't have to be foiling in a multi-million dollar machine to enjoy sailing - it's possible to get out and sail for very little - and it'll certainly make you feel 'up'.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Allen 2020 - A.597 - 600x500   ALT Composities 2020 West System 3 - 300x250

WA Multihull community get together with the WAXIT National Championship for a bit of fun
Restrictions on travel around Australia meant that national championships scheduled for the festive season were all cancelled for 2020-21. There would be no catching up with interstate sailing friends for competition this year.

Vendée Globe Day 58: Fifth placed Dutreux leads second charge to Cape Horn
With Benjamin Dutreux passing Cape Horn this afternoon at 1452hrs UTC there are now five Vendée Globe skippers back in the Atlantic Ocean on the 7000 miles climb back to Les Sables d'Olonne where the winner could finish in the last week of January.

New Rooster Women's Sports Shorts & Sports Bra – For Women Who Do It All
Designed for and by active women who have the requirement for supportive, breathable underwear/base layers under our wetsuits as well as for running, SUPping, at the gym, or just about anywhere.

Sailing Raceboats 2016 RS Feva 300x250   Henri-Lloyd 2020 Nov MPU SW
Rigs and Remedies - What can INEOS Team UK do to improve?
One of the answers may lie in the rig, the powerplant of an AC75. The double skinned 'soft' sails that are used on these boats may look like a compromise between traditional and solid wings, but they are proving to be far more potent.

Vendée Globe Day 58 morning update: Thomas Ruyant & Damien Seguin pass Cape Horn
Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) was the third Vendée Globe skipper to round Cape Horn when he passed at 0040hrs UTC early this Monday morning.

Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta at Southport Yacht Club - Day 1
The 12th Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta got under way today with a record fleet of fifty-six yachts ranging in size from 70ft to 12ft today with a steady 10 knots North East breeze fanning across the course.

JS Yachting 2020 - 600x500   Pacific Sailing School 2020 - MPU
Virtual Rolex Sydney Hobart victors
The 2020 online Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race conducted by Virtual Regatta was one for the record book.

Vendée Globe Day 57: Charlie Dalin on Apivia second at Cape Horn
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) became the second Vendée Globe skipper to round Cape Horn at 0439hrs early this Sunday morning, the 36 year old French skipper who originates from Le Havre, passing much closer than leader Yannick Bestaven did some 14 hours earlier.

Breakout Series Postponed
The Breakout Series, already postponed from August 2020, will not go ahead in January but will be rescheduled for August 2021.

Rolly Tasker Sails 2019 600x500 MPU v5   Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - AUS MPU
The John Westell Centenary, Part 1: The early years
From the Bloody Mary, to the 50th Contender Worlds and now the Sydney-Hobart, the casualty list from Covid grows ever longer and for a while, it looked as if the next occasion to fall would be the centenary of the birth of John Westell.

To win the America's Cup, first win the Prada Cup
Organised by COR 36, Challenger of Record, the PRADA Cup - the Challenger Selection Series - will be held from January 15 to the end of February 2021: the last day depends on the number of races

18ft Skiffs: An ideal racing partnership
Two of reasons for the incredible 128-year success of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour are the competitors' attitude towards the sport and the clubs which have conducted the racing

Marine Auctions 2019 600x500   Navico 2020 fun MPU AUS
Vendée Globe Day 57 morning update: Dalin second at Cape Horn
Charlie Dalin, the 36 year old French skipper of Apivia, doubled Cape Horn early this morning at 0439hrs UTC in second place on the Vendée Globe.

Vendée Globe Day 56: Deliverance! Yannick Bestaven first at Cape Horn
a huge whoop of delight from Yannick Bestaven when he finally passed Cape Horn this afternoon marked in an instant his victorious end to the relentless Southern Oceans and the start of the 7,000 miles climb homewards to Les Sables d'Olonne.

Innovative Electrical King of the Derwent
Whistler has been crowned overall winner of this year's Innovative Electrical King of the Derwent.

Pantaenius 2019 - AmRad - 300x250 - SW WEBSITE   Vetus-Maxwell 2020
Happy New Year from the Finn Class
The International Finn Association wishes you a Happy New Year, with the very real hope that everything will return to normal sometime in 2021.

2021 Sail Melbourne Regatta cancelled
Australian Sailing in conjunction with the Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) regretfully announces that the 2021 Sail Melbourne Nex Gen and Sail Melbourne International regatta has been cancelled.

The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2020 - Part 2
The top five articles from 2020 on and Mark Jardine chats with Sailjuice's Andy Rice about the stories that you've read most!

Saffier 300 x 250px SE37 Lounge   C-Tech 2020 Battens 2 300x250
Ensign End of 2020 Update
Welcome to our final update of 2020 with our latest top picks and luxurious new boats which are ready and waiting for your next adventure.

Detail First declared overall winner of Tasports Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2020
In a perfect end to 2020, Detail First, skippered by Hobart teacher Scott Broadby, was today declared the overall winner of the TasPorts Hobart to Launceston Yacht Race 2020.

Less than 2 months until Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2021
We do hope you had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends and are now looking forward to celebrating the New Year in a way that 2020 becomes a quickly forgotten memory - for most people anyway.

Sea Sure 2020 - SHOCK-WBV - MPU   SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-melges
Vendée Globe Day 53: Clarisse celebrates her 31st birthday at Point Nemo
For the top group on the Vendée Globe simultaneously the atmosphere is electrifying, stressful and very chilly with 1300 miles to go to Cape Horn.

The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2020 - Part 1
The countdown of the top articles from 2020 on and Mark Jardine chats with Sailjuice's Andy Rice about the stories that you've read most!

Gladwell's Line: Lessons for all teams from the America's Cup World Series
Just over a week ago, in case you'd missed it, the first of what was to have been three America's Cup World Series was decided in the final race.

X-Yachts Xp50 300x250   Zhik 2020 Xmas 300x250 1
America's Cup: Challengers training on the Hauraki Gulf in 20-25kts.
Two of the America's Cup Challengers sailed on the Hauraki Gulf in 20-25kts of breeze. The British team is continuing to trial wings - just two weeks before the Prada Cup, with a complex wing on one foil arm and the ACWS wing on the other.

The Boxing Kangaroos win the Virtual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
In a tightly fought race The Boxing Kangaroos, an international team of virtual yacht racers, beat 549 teams in the Virtual Rolex Sydney Hobart late Monday night claiming first place in the Team standings.

NZ Foiling Moths round out year with two fantastic regattas at Kai Iwi Lakes and Queenstown
From the winterless North to the Garda of the South, the New Zealand Foiling Moth class finished off a very unique 2020 year with a couple of fantastic regattas over the last two weekends.

Road to Gold - MPU   Doyle Sails 2020 - Pure Brilliance 300x250
Detail First provisional winner of Tasports Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2020
After a tough two days of sailing, the Hobart-based team, Detail First, is the provisional winner of the TasPorts Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, with an IRC corrected elapsed time of 1 day, 22 hours, 49 minutes and 18 seconds.

Alive breaks TasPorts Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race record
Alive, skippered by Duncan Hine and sailing with a mostly Tasmanian crew, finished the race at 19:30:52 on Monday 28 December 2020, with a corrected time of one day, eight hours, two minutes and 16 seconds.

I feel the need...
It would have to be one of the most oft quoted lines from the movies, and finishes with... 'The need for speed!' (As well as that big high five.) Now it is no stretch to discover that we have used an aviation-based theme here. 250 - 2014   Boat Books Australia
Lord Jiminy takes line honours in 'Rudder Cup' Melbourne to Devonport Race
Guillaume Leroux's Class 40 Lord Jiminy took line honours in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's "Rudder Cup" Melbourne to Devonport Race, crossing the finish line at 10.45.55 this morning.

Official-Event-Store-Navy 300x250 NZ+AUS   HALLSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-battens
Mariners Diary 2021 - FOOTER

Ronstan 2020 - Sailmon MAX - FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - FOOTERSail Exchange FOOTER Used SailsVetus-Maxwell 2021 v2 FOOTER