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The Wonderful World of Regatta Weeks

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More action from Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2022 - photo © Holly Hancock

Dear Recipient Name

At a grass-roots level, sailing and yacht clubs are the life blood of our sport. Our boats are kept there, most of our local sailing is run from there, and many social events are organised there. Without them sailing would be lost.

Cherish your club, support your club, volunteer at your club. In fact, do all you can for your club, as without them we'd all be lost, and recreational sailing and casual racing would probably cease to exist.

Volunteering doesn't have to be a chore. As written in Your club needs you! a couple of years ago, club often rely on a few extremely dedicated individuals who give up their time to ensure everything happens. They don't do this for money, they do this for love. The love of seeing what happens thanks to their efforts. Volunteering can be extremely enjoyable when you see the results of your role, and nowhere is this more visible than during a club's regatta week.

In the UK, the first week of August sees many clubs hold their regatta week. Already we've received reports from Kippford Week at Solway in Scotland and the Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week, held on the Norfolk Broads.

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Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock
Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock

Regatta weeks appeal to sailors across the full age range, and nearly every conceivable type of boat you can think of. We categorise every photo we receive by club and class, and it's during these events that I have to rack my brain to recognise the different designs. Over the years I've got to know the difference between a Yare & Bure and a Rebel!

Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock
Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock

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Unlike 2022, where the sun shone and temperature records were broken daily in the UK, July and August have been wet and windy, but this hasn't tempered the fun at all at these events. The sailing is competitive, but the enjoyment element is paramount. Racing days can be good and bad, but if there's merriment to be had regardless, then it's far more likely that competitors will come back next year, particularly if they're in their formative years of sailing.

Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock
Horning Sailing Club Regatta Week 2023 - photo © Holly Hancock

Locally to me we've just had the Keyhaven Regatta. I took the week of work to take part, which was a lot of fun. Despite it blowing 37 knots at times, the event only lost one day to the weather and, even then, a bunch of us got out on the water windsurfing. There's something truly cathartic about being out on (and in) the water day after day.

Keyhaven Regatta 2023 - photo © Mark Jardine
Keyhaven Regatta 2023 - photo © Mark Jardine

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One of the unique aspects of many regatta weeks is that they're often made up several miniseries, rather than one week-long event. This was the case at the Keyhaven Regatta and allowed me to sail with one my kids in our Scow for a couple of days, then he switched to an ILCA 4 for another day, while my other son sailed a Zest, and I took photos from a RIB. You can mix and match to your heart's content, without feeling the pressure of having to do the same thing every day.

Some clubs may feel they're too small to run a regatta week, or that the pressure on the club, hosting a week-long event will be too much on the volunteers and resources. There are alternatives! North West Norfolk Week is a prime example of local clubs working together to provide a week-long event, moving between clubs for the racing.

National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - Blakeney SC - photo © BSC
National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - Blakeney SC - photo © BSC

The event started from the idea of Oliver Atkins and Lionel Wilkinson, who suggested that the coastal clubs between Brancaster and King's Lynn should pool their resources and organise a regatta that involved all the clubs in the area. In the post-war austerity of 1948 and 1949 it was conceived as an event which could fit in with a family holiday in a very attractive and unspoiled area of the country. This ethos still prevails, making it a competitive but fun family event.

National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - dinner at Wells - photo © Alex Gore
National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - dinner at Wells - photo © Alex Gore

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The idea of regatta weeks is often to gather the locals, but many travellers are often attracted to them, due to the holiday spirit at the events. I have to admit that North West Norfolk Week is one that's on my bucket list of events to attend. The area around that coast is stunning, and having the variety of venues all in one week is a major draw, with the National 12 class coming back year after year.

National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - Ouse Amateur SC - photo © OASC
National 12s at North West Norfolk Week 2022 - Ouse Amateur SC - photo © OASC

Clubs are often twinned with other clubs, and regatta weeks provide an opportunity to strengthen those bonds and relationships. At Keyhaven we're twinned with Twickenham Yacht Club, which is on the banks of the Thames in London. The sea sailing is markedly different to their usual river sailing, but a loyal and enthusiastic group are always welcomed at the club for our regatta week. This all adds to the holiday atmosphere at the event.

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Day 7 of Cowes Week 2023 - photo © Ingrid Abery /
Day 7 of Cowes Week 2023 - photo © Ingrid Abery /

All in all, regatta weeks are another important and traditional part of the diverse range of ways we can enjoy our sailing. I haven't yet mentioned the big regatta which took place in the Solent, with Cowes Week attracting sailors to the windy waters, and crowds to the foreshore, as I was focusing on the smaller scale.

At the same time as all of these were many one design championships, headlined by the 29er World Championship at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, which attracted competitors from all around the world.

2023 29er World Championships day 5 - photo © Phil Jackson / Digital Sailing
2023 29er World Championships day 5 - photo © Phil Jackson / Digital Sailing

This all continues to demonstrate just how wide a range of events we can enjoy in sailing. If you ever find yourself bored of doing the same thing over and over again, then you can look on your doorstep or further afield to find something to rekindle your enthusiasm for the sport.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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America's Cup: 12 Metres to re-unite in 2024 for 17th Regata Puig Vela Clàssica in Barcelona
The 12 Metre fleet are re-convening in Barcelona to take part in the ‘17th Regata Puig Vela Clàssica' run by the Real Club Nàutic de Barcelona for ten days between the 1st-10th September 2024

High achieving athletes set to race with family trio at Airlie Beach Race Week
Father and son duo, Joe and Thomas Goddard, will join over 160 new and regular entries from Australia wide, New Caledonia and New Zealand, when the start gun is fired on Friday, signalling the first day of racing at 2023 Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW).

Terry Hutchinson will sail 2023 Rolex TP52 Worlds with Quantum Racing powered by American Magic
Doug DeVos' Quantum Racing powered by American Magic will have their five times 52 Super Series title winner Terry Hutchinson on board as tactician, substituting for John Kostecki who is still recovering from a medical procedure.

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2023 ORC World Championship at Kiel, Germany - Day 1
The weather today in the Kiel Bucht region was exactly as forecasted, with strong westerly winds of 20-35 knots on the first Coastal Race of the 2023 ORC World Championship, producing a wild but fast and fun experience for the 113 boats.

Austrian skipper attempts an Extreme Sailing World's First
Norbert Sedlacek, renowned skipper in Les Sables d'Olonne and founder of Innovation Yachts, is embarking on a historic journey today from les Sables d'Olonne as part of his ANT ARCTIC LAB project.

Kite battles get serious in renowned Rio break
The Copa Kitley GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, moved up a gear as the contest got serious with the losing athletes sent packing after tough duels in the iconic Saquarema break.

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2023 Sydney International Boat Show a resounding success
The Sydney International Boat Show closed on Sunday having enjoyed four days celebrating the Australian boating lifestyle at the International Convention Centre Sydney and the Show's purpose-built marina on Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.

Serious, tight racing at the 12 Metre World Championship
After participating in a morning parade around Newport Harbor that was punctuated by cannon salutes from yacht clubs and other prime waterfront viewing spots, ten 12 Metres moved on to Rhode Island Sound for final race of the 12 Metre World Championship.

Cup Spy August 4-5: Riding the Summer seabreeze in Barcelona
The five teams based in Barcelona have enjoyed seabreeze sailing, and are learning how to foil with "off-axis" swells. Sailing conditions have followed a pattern, but various issues have stopped some teams from gaining the full benefit.

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Letter from the Antipodes: Two of the Big Events of 2024 step up this week.
Two major sailing events step up a gear, this week - with the first phase of the Paris2024 Olympic Qualification getting underway in The Hague. Five of the six teams in the 2024 America's Cup are now sailing from the venue, Barcelona.

Bartercard Sail Paradise - Maritimo means business!
Maritimo expressed their cheer for the new dates of Southport Yacht Club's event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta.

Marine Auctions August 2023 Online Auction
Details of the Vessels, including the famous America's Cup Challenger "Australia" that had a Major Refit in 2018 and 2019, that Marine Auctions will be offering for sale in our August Online Auction.

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41st Copa del Rey MAPFRE Trophy Presentation
This Saturday, 5th August, Ses Voltes hosted the presentation of trophies for the 41st Copa del Rey MAPFRE. The ceremony, which took place at 21:00 hours at the end of the last day of competition, presided over by King Felipe of Spain.

J/45 #07 coming to America soon!
Here she is getting loaded onto truck to be delivered to La Rochelle, France. From there she gets a ride on deck with Sevenstar Yacht Transport direct to Newport Harbor in Rhode Island!

41st Copa del Rey MAPFRE - Overall
The 41st Copa del Rey MAPFRE finished today with two exciting final races in moderate westerly breezes and sunshine. Two boats completed the Finals series with perfect scores, Javier Banderas' Teatro Soho CaixaBank winning all 11 of their races.

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British sailor Simon 'SiFi' Fisher named winner of the 2023 Magnus Olsson Prize
The following is sent on behalf of the Magnus Olsson Memorial Foundation.

Åländska Segelsällskapet Team crowned SAILING Champions League winners
The SAILING Champions League finals reached an exciting climax in Travemünde, offering four days of intense racing. The prestigious event saw the best thirty-six sailing teams from around the world compete for the coveted title.

The Magenta Project Mentoring Programme opens applications for 2023/24 Cohort
The 6th annual Magenta Mentoring Programme, the first worldwide mentoring programme in sailing, is now open to applications for its 2023/24 cohort.

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2023 29er World Championships at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Overall
First ever Open World Championship title winners Clementine and Nathan Van Steenberge from Ireland also win the overall World Championships by 16 points.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club launches Sailing Development Program with its new fleet of RS21 Boats
Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) is delighted to announce the purchase of a fleet of identical RS21's to spearhead its newly developed Sailing Development Program (SDP).

2023 Cowes Week Day 7
Cowes Week 2023 finished on a high note today with a northwesterly breeze between 7-12kts allowing all classes to enjoy a glorious day of tactical racing. There was so much to play for in what turned out to be a no-discard series.

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North launches new kiteboarding and foils collection
At North, we're always reaching for more - more time on the water, more lift, more feeling, more exhilaration. When there's even a slight shift in the wind or a small swell, we feel it and we chase it.

All-female team to complete at next week's 44Cup Cowes
Having rewritten the RC44 Class Rule so that teams this season can race with at least one female on board, so the 44Cup will next week have its first all-female team.

International Cadet class World Championship 2023 in Nieuwpoort, Belguim - GBR team report
Nineteen British Cadets made the short trip to the continent to take part in the Cadet World Championships (seven in the Worlds fleet and twelve in the Promotional regatta).

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Cup Spy Special: A swell day in Barcelona
Since Barcelona was announced as the venue for the 37th America's Cup at the end of March 2022, many Cup Veterans have questioned how the foiling America's Cup class will handle the exposed venue. We got the answer on Thursday.

Cup Spy August 3: Cup hopefuls grapple with super seastate in Barcelona
Two teams had an interesting work out in the worst sea state since the teams began assembling on July 1, for a four month period, which coincides with the period in which the 2024 America's Cup will be sailed in 12 months starting on August 12, 2024.

2023 29er World Championships at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Day 5
A very different day in Weymouth for the 5th day and start of final series racing. With patchy cloud cover and 5-12 knots, all four fleets set sail early to make the most of the conditions, today for the first time racing in Weymouth Bay.

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Whitbread sailors excited about Ocean Globe 50th Anniversary Reunion
There's been an enormous response to the Whitbread Veterans' Reunion - celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread Round the World Race.

Introducing the new X4.9 Mk II
X-Yachts introduces a new X4.9 with a lot of improvements - new look with an updated hull, new rudder, lower weight, more luxury in the cabin - and better performance too.

Zhik's new Tech Hoodie and Deck Pants
Zhik's smart Tech Hoodie moves fleece garments to another level. Using a highly breathable fleece for warmth it has additional waterproof 3-layer panels in the hood and upper sleeve to provide protection from wind and water.

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Alinghi Red Bull Racing Youth & Women's America's Cup Selections: from 69 to 20 candidates
Alinghi Red Bull Racing selection committee has narrowed the pool down to 20 candidates for the final phase to be held in Barcelona this autumn. Nine women and 11 men are a step closer to the Youth & Puig Women's America's Cup.

A worthy 50th Rolex Fastnet Race
The 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race proved near perfect as a celebration of the 50th running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event. As a reminder of what a brutal race it can be, its giant fleet set off from the Solent into a southwesterly gale.

How To Finish Seventh - Reflecting on the ACO Musto Skiff World Championships 2012 to 2023
There are any number of articles written by winning sailors on how to finish first. Hundreds, thousands of them probably. I see that as an overcrowded market, and instead, I have decided to share some wisdom on my own niche skill - how to finish seventh.

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Cup Spy August 2: Spinouts and capsize as Swiss sail in strongest breeze yet
Only Alinghi Red Bull Racing sailed off Barcelona on Wednesday, in what was the strongest wind since the teams relocated to Barcelona, on July 1, and the AC40s and AC75s were required to sail at the 2024 America's Cup Match venue.

New from FD Yachts – the FD Future Dinghy
Flying Dutchman Yachts, known for their youth, club operations, lifestyle and custom built boats from China using Dutch technology & craftsmanship and Swiss design, have recently launched the FD Future, aimed at both Youth Sailing and Sailing Clubs.

2023 29er World Championships at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Day 4
29er sailors from around the world were gifted an unexpected lay day today, as wind gusted up to 40 knots in Portland Harbour on day 4 of the World Championships.

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An interview with Will Sofrin on his book, “All Hands on Deck”
Sail-World checked in with Will Sofrin, via email, to learn more about his experiences writing All Hands On Deck, which is now in its third edition.

Southern Spars appoints Nick Bice as Sales Director for Grand Prix sales.
Southern Spars, the world's leading provider of high-performance composite yacht spars has announced the appointment of Nick Bice as its Sales Director for Grand Prix and Performance Yachts.

Cup Spy August 1: Kiwis foil alone, Swiss have breakdown, Brits set up in Barcelona
Emirates Team NZ were the only team to get foiling off Barcelona on Tuesday. The Swiss had issues with their development foil cant system, and pulled the sails up but hardly got clear of the marina. The Brits returned after an absence of six weeks.

Rugby great to start Yacht Sales Co. Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race
A classy and eclectic fleet is preparing to line up for Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's 2023 Yacht Sales Co. Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race.

Winners announced for Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
URM Group is the Overall winner of the 2023 Peter Rysdyk Memorial Trophy for the 2023 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, while Andoo Comanche has claimed Line Honours.

2023 29er World Championships at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Day 3
2022 World Bronze medallists, Hugo Revil and Karl Deaux from France showed their experience and skill with a storming comeback and three race wins as the 29er fleet made the most of the stunning British conditions.

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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2023: Onshore program will whet competitors' appetites
Sold out the same day entries opened, organisers from Townsville Yacht Club's (TYC) SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week (SMIRW) are not resting on their laurels - they have worked hard on both the racing component and onshore entertainment program

World premiere of Dufour 37 at Open Yacht Event
The Yacht Sales Co will stage the Southern Hemisphere premiere of the new Dufour 37 at a special Dufour Open Yacht event in Sydney on 19 August 2023.

Bermuda Gold Cup skippers' list nearly finalized
The Bermuda Gold Cup, raced for the century-old King Edward VII Gold Cup, has attracted a world-class field to race on the confines of Hamilton Harbour.

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Cup Spy July 31: Swiss, Italians, and Kiwis resume workup at Barcelona
Emirates Team NZ, Luna Rossa and Alinghi RBR sailed on Monday. The Swiss resumed sailing after a 10 day break. ETNZ sailed their AC75 doing performance data collection and race training. Elise Beavis explains their performance analysis processes.

URM Group set for overall victory in Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race
The second boat to cross the finish line in the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race after Comanche at Southport was URM Group, the 72 foot pocket maxi skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones, a Volvo Ocean Race competitor and seasoned 18 Foot Skiff sailor.

Sailing coaches save stranded locals amidst wildfire emergency in Greece
The rescue of over 130 people from wildfires by coaches at a youth sailing world championships has been hailed as "a truly outstanding example of the best qualities of our sport" by World Sailing Chief Executive Officer David Graham.

Australian Team announced for 2023 Sailing World Championships
Ten World Championships will be on the line when the 51 selected Australian athletes hit the water at the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships in The Netherlands next month.

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