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Stu Bithell & Dylan Fletcher at the RYA Dinghy Show - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

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In a little under three weeks the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show will be taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on 26th & 27th February. This will be a new beginning for the traditional UK dinghy season opener, and this year will encompass more than just dinghies, reflecting the change in our on-the-water habits.

The 2020 show, the last at Alexandra Palace, seems like a lifetime ago. This was just before the pandemic hit, and was lucky to take place at all. We were told to regularly use the hand sanitiser dispensers around the halls and either fist bump or tap elbows to greet each other. We all knew a cloud was on the horizon, but little did we know just how big a storm it was.

RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show - photo © RYA
RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show - photo © RYA

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Since then of course we've been through a lot and habits have changed. As we've discussed before, boating has seen a boom which couldn't have been predicted, and probably wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the pandemic, with people taking to the water in numbers never seen before.

Dinghy sailing has changed, with club sailing taking centre stage, and those clubs which adapted have seen membership boom, and are thriving. It's now up to us all to continue to learn from what has worked and roll that out to moribund clubs which need a boost to survive.

Trapeze simulator at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA
Trapeze simulator at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

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I'm really hoping the new venue and focus for the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show is going to be a success. There could well be reticence from some potential visitors to coming to the show. We've spent so much of the past two years in small groups, avoiding crowds, that it has become the norm. I for one am really looking forward to seeing what Farnborough International looks and feels like, and won't in any way whatsoever miss the drive around the A406 North Circular to get to Alexandra Palace...

The Dinghy Show is a great way to meet up with friends from other classes and see first-hand what developments have been happening in the sport. Be that new ways of rigging a spinnaker, funky fittings that can make adjusting jib trim easier, and of course taking a look at those incredible paint jobs on some of the boats. I've been involved in judging the Concours d'Elegance for Boat of the Show since the award was started and can't wait to see the line-up this year.

The Scorpion Tallulah wins the Concours d'Elegance at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA
The Scorpion Tallulah wins the Concours d'Elegance at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

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When it comes to great looking boats, the Historical 18 Footers take some beating, and they recently held their Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour, racing for the Galloping Ghost trophy.

(l-r) Aberdare, Top Weight, Australia IV and Scot during the 2022 Historical 18 Footer Australian Championship - photo © Bruce Kerridge
(l-r) Aberdare, Top Weight, Australia IV and Scot during the 2022 Historical 18 Footer Australian Championship - photo © Bruce Kerridge

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These may be museum pieces, but no-one seems to have told the crews that, who race them fast and hard. Nine of the classics took part in the event with Grant Wakefield's team on Yendys taking the win by a single point from John Winning's team on The Mistake.

Yendys hard reaching down first run during race 2 of the 2022 Historical 18 Footer Australian Championship - photo © Bruce Kerridge
Yendys hard reaching down first run during race 2 of the 2022 Historical 18 Footer Australian Championship - photo © Bruce Kerridge

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They don't just roll these out for the big events - Historic 18 Footer skiff racing takes place every Saturday from October to April - and long may it continue!

The modern 18ft Skiffs are now taking part in the 100th Australian 18 Footers Championship, with the team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton on Andoo putting in a masterclass performance so far, recording three wins in the five races so far and not dropping off the podium in either of the other two races. The final two races will be held on Sunday (13th February).

Andoo (blue boat) charges but can't catch race 2 winner Smeg as they cross the finish line in the 100th 18ft Skiff Australian Championship - photo © Frank Quealey
Andoo (blue boat) charges but can't catch race 2 winner Smeg as they cross the finish line in the 100th 18ft Skiff Australian Championship - photo © Frank Quealey

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The big one is of course the JJ Giltinan World Championship, taking place in early March on Sydney Harbour, which we will of course be bringing you all the news from.

Behind the scenes we've had a new beginning of our own and have been working hard in upgrading the experience on the and websites. Last week we moved to a new cloud server with a far faster connection to the internet backbone and the ability to increase power as and when needed. It's been no small undertaking, but the opportunities it provides are huge. Changing technology isn't always smooth sailing, but as with all tech businesses, if you don't move forward, sooner or later you begin to move backward.

With this move we've laid a strong foundation for the future to help ensure we have a fair tide beneath us with the new features we have planned in 2022 and beyond. As always, please send us your feedback with what you'd like to see us do more of.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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Henri-Lloyd MAV Hybrid Vest Blu
Water resistant, super lightweight and incredibly warm, the new MAV Hybrid Vest Blu is Henri-Lloyd's most versatile, recycled, insulated piece yet.

Registration open for the 11th Musto Skiff Worlds as part of Kiel Week 2022
The International Musto Skiff Class Association is pleased to confirm an invitation to host their ACO 11th Musto Skiff World Championships 2022 event as part of Kiel Week 2022, with registration for entry now open.

Countdown to the RORC Caribbean 600 - Two weeks to go
With nearly 80 entries racing under the IRC Rating Rule, MOCRA and Class40 division, the 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is set to be an awesome event.

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100th Australian 18 Footers Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 4 & 5
The Andoo team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton continued the outstanding form it has shown over the first two days racing with another impressive display in today's Races 4 and 5 of the Australian 18 footer Championship on Sydney Harbour.

'Double the Fun' leads Pensacola Yacht Club VX One Winter Series
'Double the Fun' with Newport RI skipper Hayden Bennett and crew Estaban Forrer has a 2.55% lead over 'Counterproductive' sailed by VX One Class President Chris Alexander out of Gulfport MS YC with Madeline Gill and Ricky Welch trimming and hiking.

J/70 Midwinter Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club - Overall
Fernando Perez Ontiveros' Black Mamba topped 62 other boats to claim the title of 2022 J/70 Midwinter Champion.

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Entry opens for 2022 Melges 24 World Championship in Fort Lauderdale
Organizers from the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) in cooperation with the the IM24CA and USM24CA are pleased to announce the Notice of Race and website along with online entry portal are published for the Melges 24 World Championship 2022.

100th Australian 18 Footers Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 2 & 3
Gusty 18-23 knots South-South-Easterly winds produced spectacular, action-packed 18ft Skiff racing for the large spectator fleet on day two of the 100th Australian 18 footer Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

America's Cup: ETNZ developed hydrogen powered foiling chase boat unveiled
Construction of the boat started in August 2021 at the team's North Shore build facility, the appendage construction is in its final stages and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain installation is underway at the team's base in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.

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Where's Jzerro?
Ryan Finn left for his solo journey to San Francisco via Cape Horn on Tuesday, January 18th.

New MarineVerse Cup video shows how VR can help transform you into a sailing pro
In a newly released video showing Marineverse Cup in action, players can get a taste of how the game combines theory and practice to teach players with no prior sailing experience how to take control of their very own virtual sailboat

100th Australian 18 Footers Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 1
The Andoo team of Seve Jarvin, Matt Stenta and Sam Newton gave an outstanding display in the 12-23 knot South-South-Easterly breeze to score a convincing victory in Race 1 of the 100th Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

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Canadian parachutist William MacBrien enters the Global Solo Challenge
Canadian parachutist William MacBrien has won several gold medals in the discipline and is a record holder with more than 3000 jumps in the x2 category.

Safety Monitoring for Your Yacht Provides Ultimate Peace of Mind
Cyclops Marine's latest innovation brings highly accurate load data to a new format to put cruising sailors in control in all conditions, for a safer sailing experience and ultimate peace of mind.

2022 Historical 18 Footer Australian Championship at the Sydney Flying Squadron
The 2022 Historic 18 Footer Australian Championship for the Galloping Ghost Trophy was conducted by the Sydney Flying Squadron in conjunction with the Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association, on Sydney Harbour over 3 races on 15, 22 & 29 January.

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44Cup back up to full strength for 2022
For its 15th season, the 44Cup will see ten teams on the start line for the first event of 2022 in Lanzarote, hosted by Calero Marinas in Puerto Calero over the 9 - 13 February.

Yachting NZ: Two-time Olympic medallist Jo Aleh returns to top-level sailing
Double Olympic Gold medalist Jo Aleh has announced that she is moving across to the 49erFX for Paris2024, teaming up with Olympic Silver medalist Molly Meech. Although she won her Olympic Gold and Silver in the Womens 470

Sail Canada On Deck: Mike Milner
As we turn the page on a year marked by Tokyo 2020 and start a new season, "On Deck" conversation with Sail Canada's High Performance Director, Mike Milner.

New 5.5 Metre Technical Committee brings mix of experience and knowledge
The International 5.5 Metre Class Association has appointed a new Technical Committee from 2022 consisting of some new and old names to the class.

Back To Back Block - Allen Product Feature
The back to back block is an interesting product and one that a lot of sailors might not understand how to properly use in a system.

NEW COLOUR - MAV Hood Liner Jacket
Adventure outside and stay protected from the elements with Henri-Lloyd's super lightweight and incredibly warm MAV Hood Liner Jacket. Now available in New Blue.

Process for World Sailing's Application for 2028 Summer Paralympic Games unveiled by IPC
Yesterday, World Sailing, the international federation for the sport of sailing and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attended a virtual briefing by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson on their 2022 doublehanded offshore campaign
I checked in with Dee Caffari, one of the world's most experienced offshore skippers, and Shirley Robertson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and internationally respected journalist, about their campaign for the UK's 2022 Double Handed Offshore Series.

Francis Le Goff will be the Race Director of this summer's Vendée Arctic Les Sables d'Olonne Race
The SAEM Vendée has just confirmed the appointment of Francis Le Goff as Race Director for the "Vendée Arctic - Les Sables-d'Olonne", the first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024

2.4 Meter CanAm Series 1 and 2 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club wrap up
The largest gathering of 2.4mR sailors just occurred in "sunny" Florida during the CanAm #1 and CanAm #2 Regattas. 18 boats were battling it out on the starting line with some new faces among the regular fleet members.

The Southernmost Regatta, AC37 news, and SailGP updates
Winter might be languishing, however that certainly doesn't stop international sailing from generating headlines. And, if you're like me and are ready to see winter morph into spring, these headlines can be a small way to live vicariously.

Planet Sail Episode 16: Punching South
We kick off this episode with a double helping from down under as Sydney plays host two two big crowd pullers.

4th RS Aero World Championship to be held at Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
The RS Aero World Championship 2022 will be held at Columbia Gorge Racing Association, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA from June 24th to July 1st. The Columbia Gorge Racing Association look forward to welcoming the RS Aero Class.

An interview with Brian Gleason on the 2022 Charlotte Harbor Regatta
I checked in with Brian Gleason, regatta director of the 2022 Charlotte Harbor Regatta, to learn more about this exciting (and gloriously warm-water) One Design regatta.

World Sailing appoints Alexandra Rickham as Head of Sustainability
World Sailing has appointed sustainability expert and Paralympic medalist Alexandra Rickham as Head of Sustainability. Rickham brings a wealth of expertise across sustainability, diversity and inclusion as a sports executive and professional athlete.

RS Sailing announce the long-awaited return of the RS Games!
This summer, over 1500 competitors in 1000 RS boats will be descending on Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the dinghy sailing event of the year - the 2022 RS Games.

The first Para Sailing Newsletter of 2022
Welcome to the first Para Sailing newsletter of 2022. We'll be sharing the latest news from around the world including key events, hot topics and putting one Para Sailor under the spotlight.

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