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Sailing is freedom

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It would seem that 'The Great Grass Roots Revival?' and 'Messing about in boats' had quite an impact. With my own eyes I could see what was happening on my doorstep with more activity on the water than I've seen in years, but this was just the microcosm that I live in. Was this being replicated worldwide? The feedback I've had points to an unequivocal 'Yes'!

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Amongst the many fantastic emails and messages I've received, it was great to hear from Matt in Vancouver, British Columbia who has enjoyed getting out on the water in his wooden clinker sailboat, his old windsurfer and is trying to master foiling on a kiteboard. He totally related to the articles, reporting that Canadian wind junkies are out in force.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale
Windsurfers and kiteboarders out on the water in Vancouver - photo © Matt Littledale

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From the USA, Nevin wrote that he hadn't windsurfed in the last few years as he'd found it easier to kitesurf and kite hydrofoil, but windsurf freeride hydrofoiling has changed all that. A whole generation of past windsurfers and a new generation of young sailors are out on the water. What's really interesting was hearing that the same kids are sailing O'pen Skiffs half the time. A watersports lifestyle isn't, and shouldn't be, restricted to one discipline. We can all mess about in or on any type of boat or board.

O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA
O'pen Skiff cutting through the water - photo © OBCA

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Racing returns in novel forms

The last couple of weeks have seen something we've had a distinct lack of in the past few months: event reports! Reading about the MC38 class enjoying their Winter racing in Sydney Harbour, the Sprint 15 class starting a Time Trial Series on the Isle of Wight and David Schmidt's insightful conversation with Jason Andrews and Shawn Dougherty about the Salish 200 all showed how we're adapting around the world to our local situation and current rules.

Hamachi en route to Hawaii - photo © Image courtesy of Hamachi
Hamachi en route to Hawaii - photo © Image courtesy of Hamachi

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Technology has played its part in allowing people to get out on the water in a socially distanced manner. The RYA reviewed Sailing Apps, David Schmidt chatted with Kevin Morin about MarkSetBots, self-propelled and GPS-guided racing marks which can significantly ease the workload for Race Committees, and cloud-based service SailEvent being repurposed for leisure sailing.

MarkSetBots in action - photo © Image courtesy of MarkSetBot
MarkSetBots in action - photo © Image courtesy of MarkSetBot

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Loving the water and the team

Our Australian editor John Curnow is an avid reader of everything that happens on and in the water, summing up the great diversity nicely, "One of the greatest things about being involved with is the way the team binds, and the differences add to a greater whole. Over the journey, David Schmidt, our North American Editor, has regaled us with wonderful tales about the way things went down on memorable sails. Our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, has so eloquently captured both the joy of sailing, and the way that grass roots sailing is going to bring us back to the water. Messing about in boats received global appreciation, and justly so, for it was about inclusion, possibility, real camaraderie, and acknowledgement for what the water brings to us.

Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media
Lazy Dog (right) and Hooliganin the winter sunshine during MC38 2020 Season Act 3 on Sydney Harbour - photo © Tilly Lock Media

"In Australia racing has had the gel applied to the defibrillator paddles, it's been charged, applied and is now gradually coming back to life. Mark has used his Frankenlaser, windsurfer and taken his sons out on the RS Feva since being unshackled from lockdown. I am also looking forward to getting out on the water once more, although my first forays are going to be aboard some great powerboats, including being unleashed on the new X50R from our friends at Maritimo. Fitted with brand new screws just last week I am definitely keen to see what the 'R' adds to the X50, which we ran from Lake Macquarie to Pittwater about this time last year."

Following on from John's comments I asked David Schmidt to tell me what sailing means to him, and was truly moved by his response, "Sailing is freedom, a chance to be on the water, with friends and in nature, and to be part of humankind's grand experiment with exploration and adventure. And for us racing sailors, it's a great opportunity to work together as a team (or as a singlehander) and try like hell to beat the other guys in as gentlemanly a fashion as possible."

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Happy Hour

Stretch and Stirfry continue to chat with sailing celebrities, Olympians and legends of our sport, most recently with Peter Morton aka 'Morty', Andy Beadsworth, Hamish Pepper, Victor Diaz de Leon, Abby Ehler, Terry Hutchinson and Vasco Vascotto. I highly recommend listening to them all!

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I'm incredibly lucky to work with the team I do on and and share their enthusiasm for being on the water, but equally blessed to have so many contributors and readers who share their articles, race reports and comments with me each and every day. Thank you.

Mark Jardine & Managing Editor

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A 1970s four-handed Corrigans Express - photo © Archive

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World Sailing confirms International Olympic Committee financial support
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has received confirmation of financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following constructive dialogue.

Morty chats on Happy Hour with Stretch and Stirfry
This week, the lads catch up with one of yachting's most consistent winners; Morty (Peter Morton) who has more wins under his belt than any other northern hemisphere yachtsman.

Southern Spars join forces with Magma Structures on Dynarigs
Southern Spars, a North Technology Group company, has announced they have joined forces with Magma Structures to deliver a new generation of DynaRigs. 250 - 2014   SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_52-SS_300X250
In conversation with Cyclops Marine's Chips Howarth
Founded in September 2018, Cyclops Marine brings together wireless sensor technology and sailing expertise, with the aim to be the industry standard in yacht load sensing.

Marine Auctions June Online Auction and News
In this weeks enews, not only are we reminding you of the great vessels and marina berths we have on offer, but also giving you a preview of a special offering we have coming up in our July Online Auction.

Newport YC Shorthanded Races announcement
Held annually, the New England Solo/Twin has courses of ocean triangles from 60 to 103 nm which begin and end in Narragansett Bay. The race will vary in length, depending on weather, for the Monohulls, Multihulls, and Cruising Canvas divisions.

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2020 Bayview Mackinac Race: Important update
As we all are aware this is a very unusual year. On 19 June 2020 I went to Mackinac Island to meet with the key people we depend on to help us run the race.

Anything but plain sailing through the Caribbean
The race from Panama through the Caribbean Sea is a far stretch from a holiday on the relaxed paced, tropical islands the Clipper Race teams will traverse.

Extreme Drone Catches
You've seen our incredible drone footage from the remotest and wildest oceans, but here are the bits we didn't show you...

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RORC Time Over Distance Volume 12 - Jon Holt, Greig City Academy
For the 12th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series we revealing the awe-inspiring work of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: IMOCA Sea Trials, New Sails For Nirvana, Trade In, Trade Up!
L'Occitane en Provence proves innovation is vital for the IMOCA fleet. Skipper Armel Tripon and boat designer Sam Manuard give us their impressions on their new IMOCA L'Occitane en Provence from conception to the first sea trials.

400+ boats set sail in Online Bermuda Race
Instead of 200 boats starting the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race today as planned, a digital version will begin off Castle Hill Lighthouse at 1pm local time with more than twice as many boats competing.

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America's Cup: View from the south side as Te Kahu get some race practice
On Wednesday Sail-World's camera crossed the harbour for a different take on the Emirates Team NZ test boat Te Kahu, going through race practice around three laid marks on the Waitemata Harbour - on Course C.

RS Aero TopTips 2020 Series
What a year! Obviously there are bigger issues than over concern for our small sailboat racing. However, when lockdown was announced in the UK in March the RS Aero Class sought to find alternative activity to replace taking to the water.

2020 J/88 North American Championship to be sailed in 2021
The J/88 Class Association and St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA have determined, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world, that the 2020 J/88 North Americans scheduled for September 17-20 will be raced in 2021

Leading designer, builder and sailor, Jim Young passes away at 94yrs
Noted designer and boat builder Jim Young passed away Thursday morning aged 94 years. Young is best remembered as the designer of the Young 88, the 30ft keelboat which is New Zealand's largest one design keelboat class. Updated story from original post

Melges brings Skeeta Foiling Crafts to North America
The Skeeta and Nikki are singlehanded foiling crafts built by Jim and David French in Melbourne, AUS. The design's stability and ease are further enhanced by the performance and durability of the wings and aluminum foils.

Adventures Weekly with Terry Hutchinson: We will head to NZ potentially in July
For Adventures Weekly on 13 June 2020 we welcomed Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of American Magic, the New York Yacht Club Challenger for the next America's Cup.

31st New England 100: Hope for Summer and Honoring Sandra
For 30 years, the New England 100 has been a main summer event for multihull sailors. A "mini Worrell 1000", the 100 provides a great test of speed, skill, and toughness covering 100 miles over two days on Narragansett Bay.

Summer is here! Acorns and Saplings are arriving at the Oakcliff Sailing Center
Our first batch of trainees arrived this Monday. It is finally starting to feel like a normal summer again (somewhat at least). Today marks 100 days of isolation for the Oakcliff team.

Melges 14 National Championship postponed
The Melges 14 Class has postponed the 2020 National Championship hosted by Lake Geneva Yacht Club scheduled for July 10-12 in Fontana, WI.

New Zealand's 18ft Skiff Racing Record
Three consecutive victories by the Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Brad Collins and Matt Steven in the world's premier JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship over the past three seasons, gives New Zealanders every right to boast at the moment.

Cultivating Intangibles at NYYC American Magic
How do you go about coaching the best sailors on earth? How do you guide America's Cup winners, Olympic champions, engineers, athletes, Ph.D.'s, artisans and innovators?

Royal Malta Yacht Club announces Notice of Race for 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race
Despite the continuing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs of the situation easing around the world. With cautious optimism, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is pleased to announce the Notice of Race for the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Happy Hour with Stretch & Stirfry - Andy Beadsworth
This week, the boys talk baking birthday cakes, learning to drive in flash cars and Olympic sailing with Andy Beadsworth...

Luca Devoti announces candidacy for Vice-President of the 2020-2024 World Sailing Board
Luca Devoti, (57, Verona, Italy, based in Spain since 2005) shares his vision with the international sailing community about a new sustainable sport.

International Melges 24 fleet heads to Torbole to enjoy the rebirth
While the Covid-19 emergency seems to be heading towards a natural solution, the International Melges 24 Class Association is preparing to return where it has written the most exciting pages of its history: the race courses.

Zhik's new active wear for onshore exercise and watersports
Zhik's new relaxed fit, XWR Long and Short Sleeve Tees are made from a highly water repellent, hydrophobic fabric that sheds water.

A conversation with Kevin Morin about the MarkSetBots
I checked in with Kevin Morin, the founder and creator of MarkSetBot, via email, to learn more about this technology and how it can help enable racing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

America's Cup: American Magic base construction underway with AC75 due in 10 days
The base for the New York Yacht Club team, American Magic is underway with their first AC 75 due to arrive in New Zealand in 10 days.

WASZP Events - Making the most of 2020
As the world begins to open up, WASZP is taking full advantage of any opportunity to connect its community. One thing this global pandemic has allowed us to do is get our infrastructure more up to date and continue to connect our sailors digitally.

X2 by four
Here is Part IV of the development of the marvellous X2 by Farr Yacht Design.

RORC Time Over Distance Volume 11 - Harold Cudmore
Harold Cudmore who hails from Cork, Ireland spoke with Louay Habib for an hour-long show focusing on the Admiral's Cup for the 11th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series.

Shooting the breeze with Ronstan - Tom Slingsby & Tom Burton
Team Ronstan athletes and Olympic Gold Medal winners Tom Slingsby and Tom Burton talk to Ronstan's Stephen Brayshaw. What does the sailing journey of an Olympic champion look like?

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