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If there's one thing that the past fortnight has proved, it's that sailors are a resourceful bunch. The vast majority of the sailing world can't get out on the water, but it certainly doesn't mean we're idle. There may be few of the traditional event reports on and right now, but we've been running so many inspiring stories, videos, podcasts, vodcasts, webinars and live events that we've seen an increase in visits.

11th Hour Racing Team coronavirus self isolation feature - photo © Amory Ross / Volvo AB
11th Hour Racing Team coronavirus self isolation feature - photo © Amory Ross / Volvo AB

So how are you handling lock-down? Offshore sailors are well used to solitude, and we've had isolation tips from Amory Ross of 11th Hour Racing and Phil Sharp which are well worth a read. Positivity, routine, communication, refocusing, down-time and adapting all are key, personally and in business, and both Amory and Phil have some great advice.

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eSailing Demonstration Event - photo © Mark Jardine
eSailing Demonstration Event - photo © Mark Jardine

Many sailors have turned to eSailing to keep themselves connected to our sport. For sure it's not quite the same experience as getting out on the water and feeling the wind on your face, but it provides you with competition and camaraderie. We've taken this a step further, livestreaming Virtual Regatta races with full commentary and chat with the skippers. The competitors included many of the British Sailing Team and a slew of World Champions, but the banter was superb and provided fun viewing for thousands of sailors. This is something we're extending over the coming weeks, attracting the very best inshore and offshore sailors around the world, and providing you with opportunities to race against them.

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The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers. - photo © The Ocean Race
The Ocean Race provided an initial batch of 18 face shields to health care workers. - photo © The Ocean Race

The need for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for front-line workers, such as doctors and nurses, has been regularly on the news worldwide and we should all be proud of the marine industry companies who have stepped up to the challenge to produce equipment. One such example is the technology team at The Ocean Race, re-purposing the office 3D printer to manufacture protective face shield masks for the hospital in Elda, 40km inland from the race headquarters in Alicante, Spain. Iker Martinez, a veteran of The Ocean Race in 2011-12 and 2014-15, has been spending his time in 'self-isolation' sewing masks for health care workers from his home in Palma de Mallorca. To every single person playing their part to help protect those who put themselves at risk helping others: thank you.

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Nic broadcasting from her Mirror - photo ©
Nic broadcasting from her Mirror - photo ©

Podcasts, vodcasts and webinars have popped up everywhere, and we've heard from top sailors throughout the world. North Sails' Rob Greenhalgh gave his expert opinion on the latest developments in the International Moth class, answering questions from the viewers as they came in, and the Sailor Girl Nic Douglass has managed to broadcast her 'Adventures Weekly' from on board a boat, albeit in a swimming pool...

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The wings are attached to the hull on James Sainsbury's new home-built International Moth 'Valkyrie' - photo © James Sainsbury
The wings are attached to the hull on James Sainsbury's new home-built International Moth 'Valkyrie' - photo © James Sainsbury

We've sent out requests to our readers to hear your stories, including 'Calling all boat bimblers!'. Last year we followed James Sainsbury building his foiling Moth Valkyrie, and now we have more great renovation stories, including Clare Giles' 1979 wooden Europe dinghy, Howard Massie spending one hundred pounds well on ebay, Daniel Hollands' first-time varnishing experience on a Contender and Rob Evans' restoration of a very early International OK Dinghy.

Restoration of Europe number 95, built in 1979 - a new name added - photo © Clare Giles
Restoration of Europe number 95, built in 1979 - a new name added - photo © Clare Giles

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With people spending more time at home, the shed or garage is inevitably getting a clear-out and we want to know what you find! Perhaps an elaborate gizmo that promised to revolutionise the world in 1994 but curiously never saw the winners' podium?

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Garage finds - photo ©

We've had videos aplenty lately, including the Official Films of the Whitbread Round the World Race of 1973-74, 1977-78 and 1981-82 which are a must-watch for fans of the race.

The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 - photo © The Ocean Race
The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 - photo © The Ocean Race

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One of our favourite videos this past week was from 49er World Champion Dylan Fletcher, who captured some incredible footage of himself clocking 21 knots upwind in a foiling Moth. As Dylan described, "The difficulty for me is my lack of weight compared to the other guys. I have always pushed towards lower rigs and flatter sails to help me compete against the heavier guys. It's electric fun going this fast upwind, I actually find it more enjoyable than downwind. The apparent wind is nearing 35 knots!"

Dylan Fletcher wins the UK International Moth Nationals at Paignton - photo © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK
Dylan Fletcher wins the UK International Moth Nationals at Paignton - photo © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK

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We had a bit of fun on April 1st, announcing the Star class return for Tokyo 2021. A fair few were fooled, a fair few more wished it was true... either way, we hope the story gave you a smile.

Star fleet on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /
Star fleet on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - photo © Tom Gruitt /

Thank you to all our readers and marine industry partners. We hugely appreciate your support and continue our aim of promoting all that is positive and good about being on the water. During this time we will be sending you the global picture weekly with John Curnow, David Schmidt and myself writing our thoughts in rotation. Please continue to follow government advice and remember #WeAreInThisTogether.

Take care and stay safe.

Mark Jardine
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Garage finds: Have you found some hidden gems during a lock-down spring-clean?
With many of us staying at home during the lock-down, perhaps working less - finding there is a little more time to be used - it seems thoughts are turning to spring cleaning.

Postponement of World Sailing's General Assembly to be discussed by Board
The well connected online Olympic news website reports that The Board of World Sailing are to meet on Monday April 6, to discuss the postponement of the 2020 Annual Conference and General Assembly

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Our experts have created a variety of articles to help you gain confidence for your next getaway. Let's plan your summer adventure together.

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Restoring a very early wooden OK dinghy
Our series of ebay restorations continues, but this time only £50 was spent, or was that actually £0? Rob Efans tells us the story...

Kinsale Dragons still planning for the Gold Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club (KYC) and the International Dragon Association (IDA) have confirmed that planning for the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, to be raced off Kinsale from 5 to 11 September, is still progressing as normal at the current time.

America's Cup: Grinding the way through the lockdown
Staying on the grind! The sailors are at home but they are still training. INEOS Team UK grinder Graeme Spence shows how he stays on top of his fitness regime with a homemade grinding machine.

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America's Cup: How do you build a flying boat - Video
While almost half the world is in lockdown, the team at Luna Rossa Challenge want to do what they can to keep audiences engaged and share some of the stories behind the team.

Hugo Boss completes keel repairs and is ready for launch
Just a few days before the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown, the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was ready to exit the shed. The team had completed the significant job of rebuilding their keel area, after striking a UFO and jettisoning their keel during the 2019 TJV

The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 Official Film
Conny van Rietschoten returned to the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82 determined not just to defend his title but to win both line honours on every leg, and the overall race on handicap.

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52 Super Series sailors and crew doing their bit for the fight
Sailors and shore crew from the wider 52 Super Series family are putting their skills - and in many cases their hardware - to good use helping support the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Top of Tech - New York Yacht Club's American Magic
"It's the people behind the sailors, the people behind the tech, the people behind the design team. Anything that can make the boat faster is a go."

The unstoppable journey - 2021
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 to complete the final three legs and the full circumnavigation.

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Grass-roots volunteering at Drummoyne Sailing Club!
You couldn't get much more grass-roots than this! Volunteers at Drummoyne Sailing Club in Sydney have taken advantage of the enforced break in club activities (in groups of two as required for social distancing) to help rejuvenate the lower car park.

Best drone shots from The Ocean Race!
Sit back, relax and enjoy 10 minutes of incredible drone shots from the toughest test of a team in sport – The Ocean Race!

Adventures Weekly with Sailing Energy's Jesús Renedo direct from Palma
Nic Douglass welcomed Jesús Renedo from Sailing Energy as the special guest direct from Palma, Mallorca in Spain - one of the hardest countries hit from Covid-19.

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Self-isolation hacks from offshore sailing
Sailors are uniquely qualified to talk about extended periods of isolation and our very own team member Amory Ross gave us his list of key things to keep the mind and body in balance during times of confinement whether at home or out on the water.

Race Yachts Premium Brokerage newsletter
To everyone in our amazing yachting community, we wish you safety and best wishes as we all sail through these treacherous times. The wind is strong and the waves are high, but lets reef the mainsail and batten down the hatches to weather the storm.

America's Cup: Current Olympic champion will bring Finn to Auckland
Current Olympic and former World Champion, Giles Scott intends to 'juggle' twin demands of America's Cup duties with defence of Finn title at Tokyo Games, raising the prospect of working up against two Emirates Team NZ Olympic aspirants.

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Gladwell's Line: Little wriggle room with Cup - the show must go on
In an interview with INEOS Team UK's Ben Ainslie, he was looking for some certainty about when the Challengers would be allowed into Auckland. Given that would be in August/September. His view was that the Prada Cup timetable should be compressed.

Olympians and UK dinghy champions clash in eSailing Demonstration Event
We're all stuck at home, we're all itching to go sailing, yet our boats are out of bounds. There was only one thing for it - virtual sailing!

Sailing clubs and class associations encouraged to share their 2020 plans
It's true there is little racing to look forward to at present, but still sees this as a great time for class organisations and sailing clubs to publicise their news and plans for 2020.

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The Ocean Race: Helping our neighbours
The international crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has impacted communities, families and individuals around the world.

RS Sailing Newsletter
The last few weeks have been unprecedented for RS Sailing. We wanted to let you know that we are still open and we're ready to make a splash on your day if you are pining to get back out on the water!

World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: March 2020
I would like to thank all of our Member National Authorities, the Medical Commission and organisers working closely and swiftly with the World Sailing team to adapt, change and communicate as fast as possible.

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Free Video Chapters of The Boat Whisperer Each Week
We like to think the Boat Whisperer Series contain a few things worth listening to. Over the coming weeks Rooster will be sharing a selection of chapters totally free of charge to keep you thinking about your sailing.

Zhik Clothing and Crew Kit partner with the RWYC Lonely Rock Race
The Royal Western Yacht Club have announced 'Zhik' as their Official Clothing Partner for the Lonely Rock Race and 'Crew Kit' of Cowes as their Official Branding & Clothing Provider for the race.

A first-time varnishing experience for a Contender sailor
After sailing my Contender for a year at Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club, and then Bough Beech Sailing Club for their Icicle Series over the winter, my Contender's deck varnish was looking somewhat worse for wear.

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The first episode of On Course - exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world
Welcome to the first episode of On Course, our exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world.

Star class makes dramatic return for Tokyo 2021
With the Tokyo Olympics being delayed for a year, a little-known clause in the World Sailing Constitution has been activated, leading to reinstatement of the Star class in the Olympic sailing competition.

America's Cup: A far-off dream but a great challenge
“We will come through this and we will all be stronger for it. At times like these we all need a light at the end of the tunnel and, for us, that's the America's Cup.”

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Olympic postponement creates additional challenges for all competing sailors
After much debate, hand-wringing, and tough decision-making, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese organizers of the XXXII Olympiad have announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed by one year due to the novel coronavirus.

The Ocean Race - Part 2: Twenty teams registered in VO65 and IMOCA60 divisions
Two divisions have been announced for the 2021/22 race, now The Ocean Race. There's a total of 20 teams registered on The Ocean Race website, each paying an initial registration fee of €5,000.

21 knots upwind in a Moth: Amazing on-board video from Dylan Fletcher sailing in December
Back in the depths of December Dylan Fletcher was learning how to hike and sit out at over 21 knots upwind in training on Portland Harbour. This video taken from the bowsprit shows just how extreme this is...

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Australian Sailing Youth Team announced for 2020 World Championships
Australian Sailing is excited to announce the 2020 Australian Sailing Youth Team (ASYT) after the completion of the final qualifying event, the Australian Youth Championships that was successfully held at Sorrento Couta Boat Club in January.

KZ Racefurlers on the bow of the world's top race yachts for almost three decades
KZ Marine's designs and builds some of the world's best-performing sail furling units for race yachts. They are found at the sharp end of most Grand Prix inshore and offshore yachts like the AC75, mini maxi, TP52, super maxi, VO65, and IMOCA 60

The World Sailing Show: Programme 4 - Season 2020
We have stunning images of Caribbean sailing, big boat action from the 52 Super Series in Cape Town and we check in with the America's Cup defenders Emirates Team New Zealand in Auckland.

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New dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 announced
The IOC, IPC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, in 2021.

What does sailing mean to you?
Things feel pretty strange at the moment. We're going through unprecedented and tough times. Haven't we all dreamed about getting on a boat and sailing away from it all? Sailing is what keeps us going!

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