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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.

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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...

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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.

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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

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Stokes Bay Sailing Club Cadets - photo © Lorraine Bugden
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11th Hour Racing release new sustainability report and commits to net positive regenerative campaign
Professional offshore sailing outfit 11th Hour Racing Team has released today its annual 2020 Sustainability Report, announcing their ambition to run a net-positive, regenerative campaign, supported by title sponsor 11th Hour Racing.

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.

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New Zealand opens to yachts from Australia within existing Tasman bubble restrictions
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Five reasons youth regattas should become clean regattas
Through Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas program, youth sailors have stepped up to become leaders for environmental stewardship in their local communities.

MC38 2021 Season Act 2 at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
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World Sailing wants IOC assurance that Tokyo2020 will proceed as planned
World Sailing's Audit Committee have recommended that the the Board delay approval of the Consolidated Annual Financial Statements until it receives confirmation from the International Olympic Committee that Tokyo2020 will proceed.

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
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North Sails Episode 4 of “What is…”: Focus on 3Di, the world's most advanced sailmaking technology
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Marine Auctions are happy to provide details of the vessels etc. that are to be offered for sale in our May 2021 Online Auction.

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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.

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.

Paris 2024: Kites overwhelm 470 as preferred alternative event to Mixed Offshore
The Council of World Sailing has voted solidly in favour of separate Mens and Womens Kiteboard, ahead of the option to separate the Mixed 470 into Mens and Womens 470 events at Paris 2024 Olympic Regatta in Marseille.

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Zhik announce renewed partnership with AkzoNobel Ocean Racing
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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.

Award winning - Excess 12
Introducing the all-new, award-winning Excess 12 catamaran.

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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.

Drama for smallest yacht in Fremantle to Exmouth Ocean Race
Race Officials from Fremantle Sailing Club anxiously watched satellite trackers this afternoon when the smallest yacht in the fleet, Dave Kenny's The Edge, was caught in a southerly current and windless conditions near reefs off North West Cape.

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.

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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

Global Solo Challenge: Extraordinary tales of extraordinary people with a dream
Many of us look up to the extraordinary feats of professional sailors racing at the Vendée Globe. We admire them, we look up to them, we can't say we can always relate to them, but part of us sailors would like to feel the same emotions they live through.

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You can imagine the future or you can be a part of it. Lowell North decided to be a part of it, and lead it. When he started North Sails, Lowell North's philosophy was simple...get the best people and commit yourself to make the best product.

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Sunfish sighting reported in the ORCV Carnival of Short Handed Sailing Race
With a revised course and allowing both double handed and 4+ autohelm boats to compete individually and also in teams, brought thirty-three entrants to the start line on a glorious Autumn day in Melbourne.

Letter from the Antipodes: 470 win, Fired-up Finns, New York pops a Mother's Day surprise
Comment on the Kiwi win in the 470 Europeans in Vilamoura. Two Emirates Team New Zealand sailors are topping the Finn Gold Cup, and reaction to the New York YC America's Cup Challenge and draft Protocol.

Zhik's new UVActive shirts protect your skin from harmful rays
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New reduced Colligo Marine Torque Rope pricing
Our new relationship with Hampidjan allows for a significant price discount on our Torque Ropes making us less expensive than the competitors!

American Magic's challenge and draft Protocol, One Design and record-breaking news
January 17, 2021 wasn't a good day for the American Magic syndicate, which suffered a boat-breaking capsize. Many people feared the worst for American Magic, which, despite the New York Yacht Club's impressive legacy, was in their first Cup campaign.

A Q&A with Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss on earning their berth to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
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Indian claims Line Honours in tough Fremantle to Exmouth Ocean Race
Indian crossed the Exmouth finishing line at about 10:15 this morning, so her elapsed time of under three days shatters the record set by Ross Swanson's Syrenka 30 years ago by more than one and a half days.

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.

Bringing the sisters and soul together at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week
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Collisions at sea: Class IMOCA and the Pôle Mer launch a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI)
Class IMOCA is working to rally together the skills of the marine industry in a bid to break even more new ground in its search for solutions geared towards improving safety for sailors and the preservation of biodiversity.

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On the last day of the 2021 Cascais 49er & 49er FX Championship after a stormy morning, the sun shyly appeared and filled the bay of Cascais with light.

J/88 and J/122 triumph at Port Stephens Regatta
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Joint statement from Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd and INEOS TEAM UK
As the Challenger of Record for the 37th America's Cup, we are working collaboratively with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Team New Zealand to write the Protocol that will define the rules moving forward.

Maserati Multi 70 pushes Original Fastnet Course record under 24 hours
The Maserati Multi 70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini has conquered the 595 mile Original Fastnet Course record with a time of 23 hours, 51 minutes and 16 seconds.

America's Cup: Defender rebuffs New York Yacht Club's surprise Challenge
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