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George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was a dystopian social science fiction novel and cautionary tale about the future, with concepts so powerful that the term "Orwellian" became an adjective. The story of totalitarianism, mass surveillance and repressive regimentation is in many ways, sadly, as relevant today as when it was written in 1949.

Looking forwards, and on a far brighter note, Twenty Twenty-Four has the potential to be a watershed moment for sailing. Events go through peaks and troughs, mirroring waves on the sea, and in two years' time sailing will be riding on a huge wave as a number of events which showcase the sport to a wider audience will be happening back-to-back.

At the end of July, in just 845 days' time, we have the Paris 2024 Olympics, with the debut of the iQfoil windsurfing and kitefoiling classes. The sailing will be held in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, which should provide a striking backdrop for the racing.

2021 iQFOIL European Championships day 4 - photo © Pierick Jeannoutot
2021 iQFOIL European Championships day 4 - photo © Pierick Jeannoutot

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I've had many an email from traditionalists who don't regard the kitefoiling, and to a lesser extent foiling windsurfing, as sailing, but my firm belief is these disciplines deserve their place in the Games and attract a younger generation to watch Olympic sailing.

Yes, it would have been great to see the mixed doublehanded offshore event, so that keelboat sailing was represented, but security and cost concerns nixed that, and fair play to World Sailing for quickly putting in place the replacement events. The same pair of concerns have also put paid to a 5,000-seat grandstand being built for the sailing, but our sport is often better to watch on a screen with overlayed graphics than from shoreside, where even seasoned sailors can struggle to understand what is going on.

When Gran Canaria delivers, it's spectacular - 2021 KiteFoil World Series Gran Canaria, Day 3 - photo © IKA Media / Sailing Energy
When Gran Canaria delivers, it's spectacular - 2021 KiteFoil World Series Gran Canaria, Day 3 - photo © IKA Media / Sailing Energy

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This entire Olympic Games is slowly reinventing itself, faced with the popularity of events such as the X Games and Esports. Breakthrough disciplines, such as BMX, Skateboard and Sport Climbing, grabbed our interest and new stars were born.

Tokyo 2020 felt like a changing of the guard moment for sailing, with many legendary sailors choosing the moment to retire from Olympic campaigning. With the new sailing disciplines, younger stars will be thrust into the limelight and start to become the role-models for the next generation of sailing heroes.

Day 3 of the Youth Sailing World Championships presented by Hempel - photo © Lloyd Images / Oman Sail
Day 3 of the Youth Sailing World Championships presented by Hempel - photo © Lloyd Images / Oman Sail

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We'll hardly have time to draw breath before attention moves south-west 184 nautical miles, into the Balearic Sea and Barcelona, for the 37th America's Cup in September and October 2024. On Tuesday the Spanish city was announced as the Host Venue for the event, where Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) will defend the Auld Mug. Once again, the city will provide a striking backdrop to the racing and time-zones work well for both the European and North American audiences to watch the racing live, although of course less-so for the defenders.

ETNZ CEO Grant Dalton said at the announcement: "Barcelona really is one of the most recognised cities in the world, so to have the ability to host the most recognised sailing event in the world is hugely exciting. As Defender of the America's Cup, we have always felt the responsibility to grow the event, the audience, and the sport of sailing on a global scale and certainly having the event hosted in a significant city such as Barcelona will allow us to propel the growth trajectory on the global sporting stage.

"When thinking ahead to the 37th America's Cup and the AC75's racing within a few hundred metres of the Barcelona beach, waterfront, and race village fan engagement zones it will be nothing less than spectacular."

Emirates Team New Zealand's Te Rehutai - photo © COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi
Emirates Team New Zealand's Te Rehutai - photo © COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi

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This will be the second outing for the AC75 design, with a Version 2 rule seeing the crew reduced from eleven to eight sailors, a lighter hull, increased wingspan and the return of 'cyclors'.

"Reducing crew numbers has reduced the all-up weight of the boat. We are saving about 1,000kg of weight, which - coupled with the increase in wingspan - will drastically improve the light air performance. After Auckland we have agreed that is important," explains INEOS Britannia's CEO Sir Ben Ainslie.

Cyclors during the 35th America's Cup - photo © Scott Stallard
Cyclors during the 35th America's Cup - photo © Scott Stallard

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There are already four Challengers signed up for the event. Challenger of Record INEOS Britannia, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and NYYC American Magic are returning for another tilt at the cup, together with Alinghi Red Bull Racing, returning to the America's Cup after an absence of more than a decade. The French K Challenge may well also enter the fray with CEO Stephan Kandler indicating a formal challenge was imminent, and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that another team may emerge.

Formula One partnerships are continuing to push the boundaries of technology, with both Mercedes and Red Bull Racing involved in a big way with two of the teams, which could see the speeds reach another incredible level. A condition of entry is being part of a potential behind-the-scenes documentary series, which could really help bring the technologies, and the personalities, into the limelight ahead of the America's Cup event itself.

The multipurpose One Design AC40 class will be used for testing, component development and Match Race training ahead of the 37th America's Cup - photo © 37th America's Cup
The multipurpose One Design AC40 class will be used for testing, component development and Match Race training ahead of the 37th America's Cup - photo © 37th America's Cup

The Women's America's Cup Regatta and the Youth America's Cup, both to be sailed in the new AC40 class, are hugely exciting developments which should help increase the audience of the event.

Last, but by no means least, we move on to the start of the Vendée Globe 2024-25 on 10th November. This non-stop, singlehanded round the world race is going from strength to strength and could well see an incredible 40 IMOCA yachts competing, after 33 started the 2020-21 edition.

Fleet at start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - photo © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe
Fleet at start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - photo © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe

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The event has always been huge in France but is being embraced more and more globally. The winning skippers - such as Alain Gautier, Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart - are household names in France, and famously no other nation has won the event, despite some strong challenges from the likes of Ellen MacArthur and Alex Thomson, who have both finished runners-up.

The personal stories and rescues, such as Jean Le Cam picking up Kevin Escoffier from his liferaft off the Cape of Good Hope, and Pip Hare's incredible and engaging updates from on board in the last edition, make headlines around the world.

'King Jean' finishes the Vendee Globe - photo © @JeanLecam
'King Jean' finishes the Vendee Globe - photo © @JeanLecam

All-in-all, 2024's marquee sailing events are set to be diverse rather than dystopian, looking forwards, yet steeped in history. The countdown for those competing has already started, and the build-up events and announcements are under way. While every moment will be caught on camera, Twenty Twenty-Four can be far more positive than Nineteen Eighty-Four's "Big Brother".

It's an exciting time and having sailing in the limelight will help build the grassroots boom we've seen in the past couple of years turn into long-term growth for our sport.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Pip Hare on board the first Medallia - photo © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images
Pip Hare on board the first Medallia - photo © Richard Langdon / Ocean Images

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Allen Hardware Partner to the Canadian Sailing Team
"Sail Canada is glad to see Allen Brothers join our team in its pathway toward the 2024 Olympic Games," said Sail Canada High-Performance Director, Mike Milner.

Gorgeous J/45 Acadia launched
The next step in the nearly 4,000 mile "delivery" of the J/45 Acadia took place this past week. She was delivered to the commissioning yard in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

51 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mallorca: A big stage is set
When racing starts Monday on Mallorca's famous Bay of Palma at the giant 51 Trofeo Sofia Mallorca, the first Hempel World Cup Series regatta will usher in a whole new era for Olympic classes sailing.

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Sail Canada On Deck: Andrew Lewis
Three-time Laser Olympian in sailing Andrew Lewis has been named ILCA 7 Canadian National Team Coach. "On Deck" conversation with the former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago who has now turned to coaching.

10 New Rooster Product Developments
In amongst all the chaos over the last couple of years, the team here at Rooster have still been busy innovating new kit. We listen to your feedback and demands to make the products you want and need.

Harayda sets his course at the vanguard of a new generation
In a few days time young British skipper James Harayda will take over his new IMOCA 60, Stéphane Le Diraison's 2007Groupe Finot designed and built A Time For Oceans, and his ambition of taking on the 2024 Vendée Globe takes one enormous step forward.

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MarinVerse Cup Oculus store launch
On February 24th 2022, Australian software development company MarineVerse launched its product on the Meta Quest store and released the first mainstream VR experience.

Clipper Race: Medical evacuation required on Imagine Your Korea
At 0440 UTC, approximately 90nm off the coast of Japanese island Hachijojima, Nick Whittle was safely transferred from CV20 Imagine your Korea to a Japanese Coastguard vessel.

East-about or west-about? Which is the right way to sail around the world?
"Sailing East and West are a bit like chalk and cheese. They are opposites both figuratively and literally" says Round the World Queen Dee Caffari*.

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52 Super Series is partnering with Kick Out Plastic from 2022 onwards
The 52 Super Series, the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit, will broaden its sustainability outreach from the 2022 season forwards as it partners with new cross sports initiative Kick Out Plastic.

Beneteau First 36 - Speed made easy
Welcome to the latest model in our new breed of high-performance cruiser-racers. With a weight of 4,8 tons and an upwind sail area of 80 square meters, the new First 36 simply presents a different sailing experience.

Paralympic fever in San Francisco as leading figures get behind World Sailing's #BacktheBid
Inspiring stories of athletic ability, perseverance, and skill were the order of the day at the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on 25 March 2022

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Gladwell's Line: Cricket remembers Warnie, Kiwis lose the Cup hosting
Earlier in the day, New Zealand had a similar moment of epiphany with the news - broken in the early morning that the 2024 America's Cup would be sailed on the Mediterranean from the Catalonian port of Barcelona.

America's Cup: ETNZ Principal Matteo de Nora on the venue hosting process and outcome
Emirates Team NZ Principal Matteo de Nora, was interviewed by top Italian sailing journalist Fabio Pozzo to gauge his thoughts and advice on the Barcelona venue, as a long-time mentor of ETNZ CEO Grant Dalton.

America's Cup: Fay 'This should not have happened. This didn't have to happen.'
"This should not have happened. This didn't have to happen. From the club's point of view it should never have happened." Sir Michael says he is considering cutting ties with the club over the loss of the regatta to Spain.

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30 sailors to represent Canada at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup in Spain
Canada will be represented by 30 sailors at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup held at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy in Mallorca, Spain, which is slated to start on Monday, April 4 and will run until April 9.

An interview with Beth Owens on the 2022 Rainbow Regatta
Sail-World checked in with Beth Owens, race chair of the Dinghy Dames Sailing Club and Mainsheet Mamas' Rainbow Regatta, via email, to learn more about this women's only One Design event.

18 months out and the inaugural 2023 Ocean Globe Race is reaching maturity
The 2023 Ocean Globe Race (OGR) launched in 2019, is entering its final phase of development, pushed along with pure passion and commitment from its 23 paid up entrants.

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America's Cup: ETNZ launch prototype hydrogen powered foiling chase boat
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their prototype hydrogen-powered foiling chase boat in Auckland today with ETNZ team member Andrea Joy christening her 'Chase Zero' in front of the wider team.

Springing into action - RS Sailing
The sun is out, the breeze is here, and we are ready to get back out on the water. At RS this Spring, we are all about adventures; whether that's cruising to your favourite beach with your family or tackling your first racing event!

America's Cup blamestorming begins, but Barcelona offers best chance of Cup recovery
While the 2024 America's Cup is Auckland's loss, most see the shift back to Europe for the third time as in the best interest of the Cup, which has never recovered from the prolonged action in the New York Supreme Court from late 2007 to early 2010.

The 2021-22 League 18 Footer Season review
When the Smeg team with Charmaine Hill on board won last Sunday-week's Queen of the Harbour race on Sydney Harbour, it brought a very successful Australian 18 Footers League 2021-22 racing season to an end.

New J/45 hull #2 on a roll!
J/45 hull #2 is just out the door at J/Composites and looks absolutely stunning as she prepares to head to the commissioning yard in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

New York Yacht Club American Magic thrilled Barcelona will host the 37th America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announced Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia, as the Host Venue for the 37th America's Cup to be held in September and October of 2024.

Marine Resources: Hot Jobs This Week
Spring is here! So is the season sparking interest for new beginnings. Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Find out our latest roles and company announcement in this week's newsletter.

#SailToLA, #BackTheBid
I had a front-row seat to SailGP's Season 2 Grand Final last weekend. While the sailing was stunning, this isn't a story about F50 catamarans. Instead, it's a story of people attempting to fix one of the worst institutional wrongs that I've witnessed.

America's Cup: Barcelona confirmed as venue for the 2024 America's Cup
The 2024 America's Cup organisers have confirmed the rumours of the past week, that the 37th Match for the America's Cup will be sailed from Barcelona, which was also the venue for the 1992 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

The French Connection Series in The Ocean Race - part 2: The incredible technological laboratory
In part two of this series devoted to the history of the French in the round-the-world crewed race, IMOCA and The Ocean Race revisit the technological evolution that has coloured a race, which witnessed the first French victory in 1985-86.

Zhik Elite Shorts for serious levels of sailing comfort and performance
Zhik's new Elite Shorts are the ultimate high performance technical shorts for sailors who spend long hours afloat or who prefer wearing shorts spring to autumn for as long as the conditions allow.

EFG Bank Etchells Coral Reef Cup 2022 at Coral Reef Yacht Club
Luke Lawrence, Andrew McCrae and Eric Lawrence snatched the Coral Reef Cup from Steve Benjamin in an eight race slug-fest over the long weekend March 25-27 on sunny Biscayne bay.

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