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Explore. Dream. Discover.

McConaghy Boats 2021 - LEADERBOARD

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420 sailors loving the breeze during the Easter Cooler at Notts County - photo © David Eberlin

Dear Recipient Name

The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many. Lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased somewhat, allowing the return of grassroots sports, and the fine weather resulted in sailors heading to their local clubs in their droves.

For me it was out in a safety RIB on Thursday while the kids enjoyed Feva sailing, having to pretty much drag them off the water at 6pm before it got too cold and dark, then a cycle down to Keyhaven for a bit of dinghy cruising in the Scow with my youngest on Friday with ice cream on the way home, followed by a couple of days out of Keyhaven in my Frankenlaser on Saturday and Sunday.

North Sails 2019 - Helix Top-Down Furling 600x500   Marskeel 2019 600x500

Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine
Having a blast in my Frankenlaser - photo © Mark Jardine

With winds in the 20-25 knot range on Sunday I was certainly feeling it on Monday where I should have competed in the Easter Monday evening race to complete the series, but it was cold and I was lazy, so I ended up bailing out. Waking up on Tuesday morning I instantly regretted that decision. Yes, I would be aching even more, but I agree with the famous quote, which is often miscredited to Mark Twain, but is more likely the work of H. Jackson Brown:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Colligo 2021 MPU   Zhik 2021 New Season MPU

Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning
Solo racing in the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta - photo © Peter Binning

I'm regretting not sailing yesterday. I made too many excuses in my head such as, it's too cold, the wind is from the north and will be too shifty, it's a really late start, my wetsuit is still wet. As I took a walk with the kids along the clifftop on Monday evening it was sunny, the wind was strong and shifty, but I wanted to be on the water.

Will I learn from this? Probably not, but I'll try to recall the feeling I had when on the clifftop, knowing I really should have been out on the water.

Life can be full of distractions but allowing those distractions to get in the way of time on the water will soon turn them into tensions. Spend a few hours on the water and everything looks brighter.

Aquaventures 2021 - Sea Angel MOB - MPU   Sea Sure 2021 - FLO - MPU

Local Easter events

After the 2020 sailing season was decimated, it has been superb to receive a variety of UK event reports already from the weekend. In the keelboats we saw the first of three races in the 2021 RORC Spring Series, an inshore Solent race of around 38 nautical miles saw over 30 yachts competing.

RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /
RORC Commodore James Neville, racing HH42 Ino XXX took line honours and the overall win after IRC time correction - photo © Paul Wyeth /

Dinghy-wise, apart the Keyhaven Easter Regatta I mentioned above which saw 35 dinghies taking part, we've already received reports from the Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup with 18 competitors, the Dell Quay Easter Mini Regatta with 10 Solos competing, the Burghfield Easter Regatta with an astounding 97 entrants, the Notts County Easter Cooler with just under 50 dinghies and a variety of dinghies taking part in the Salcombe Yacht Club 2021 Commissioning Race, including a good number of Solos and Salcombe Yawls, the first race of the Restronguet Sailing Club Spring Series, an incredible 60 juniors then 80 boats for the Grafham Water Easter Weekend, 22 dinghies in the King George Sailing Club Easter Regatta and 84 entries split over two days for the Hamble Warming Pan at Easter.

Del Morrsion Art 2021 MPU   Selden 2020 - Carbon Masts - MPU

Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson
Bembridge Illusion Easter Egg Cup 2021 - photo © Mike Samuelson

It's been a while since we've received so many reports after a weekend and they are certainly a welcome sight in my inbox. Keep them coming!

You never know what you're going to get

I caught John Curnow briefly today, who was similarly enthused to see so many events taking place over the Easter weekend, "...from Hobies in WA, and J-Boats in Vic, to the Brisbane to Gladstone in QLD that showed that things can get a bit rusty in a COVID world, so maybe some training would be a good thing, particularly in heavy weather before everyone heads North for the Winter. Alas, if one thing has been proven of late, you just never know what you're going to get, so be prepared."

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Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm
Rod and Lucy - 2021 WA Hobie Cat State Championships - photo © Drew Malcolm

Over in the USA we had daily reports from the ever popular Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg. From the 120 teams competing Gary Schwarting's Melges 24 team took the win, which he dedicated to his friend and long-time Melges 24 sailor George Haynie who passed away Monday week and should have been sailing with them. Looking down on the racing I'm sure he would have approved of the tribute.

Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /
Selfie from Gary Schwarting's Melges 24, the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg Overall Winner - photo © Paul Todd /

It was also great to read the O'pen Skiff 2021 North American Championship report which is believed to be the first major class championship to have more female than male competitors in a mixed event.

We're getting more and more reports through from the various dinghy and keelboat fleets in Australia and we welcome them all. Please keep us posted with what you're doing at a club, state or national level to We love reading your reports and, judging by the viewing figures, our readers do to.

It's certainly true that we don't know what the future holds, so taking the opportunities to go sailing should be savoured. Looking at the news from our friends in mainland Europe shows how the situation can turn bad again very quickly indeed. Being out on the water and in the breeze has been shown to be about as safe as you can get and is a superb form of escapism, let's enjoy it!

Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta”  - photo © Tauri Duer
Beach line up - O'pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta” - photo © Tauri Duer

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April 1st fun

After last year writing about the return of the Star class to the Olympics, the America's Cup had to be the focus of my story this April Fools' Day. Many thanks for all the positive feedback on AI AC36.5 v1.0, including those who think it's not such a bad idea...

Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm
Everyone's favourite Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks could soon be seen helming in AI AC36.5 v1.0 - photo © Lucasfilm

FFI - Try a fifteen - 2020 600x500   Mackay 250


Our closing photo is from Nic Douglass, aka the Sailor Girl, who was covering the J70 Australian Championship at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron where the crews were happily distracted by a pod of dolphins while trying to make sense of a fickle wind.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /
Dolphins escort the fleet during the 2021 J70 Australian Championships - photo © Nic Douglass /

Vaikobi 2021 - MPU   Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU

O'pen Skiff North American "Un-Regatta" at US Sailing Center Martin County
In another Class first, the O'pen Skiff class is proud to say that the 2021 North American Championship is the first known major class championship to have more female than male competitors in a mixed event.

Randy Draftz on Charleston Race Week's 25th anniversary edition event
It's not too often in life that a storied event gets a second crack at celebrating its silver anniversary, but that's what happened with Charleston Race Week as a result of last year's outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Transpac welcomes GoodEnergy as its 60th entry
The 63-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed GoodEnergy co-skippered by George Hershman and Mark Comings is now the 60th entry in this year's 51st edition of the Transpac, the Transpacific Yacht Club's 2225-mile ocean racing classic from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Doyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 300x250   Gulf Wars
Happy Easter from the Barton Team
Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere. Boats are getting back on the water and the racing scene is finally hotting up again. Vaccinations are being rolled out and we are all hopeful for a great season out on the water.

2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg at St. Petersburg Yacht Club - Overall
Long-time Melges 24 sailor Gary Schwarting believes he had some help from above this weekend to win the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta overall title today in St. Petersburg.

Storm Trysail Club to host half-day virtual Safety-at-Sea Session April 10th
In its continuing mission to improve Safety at Sea education Storm Trysail has organized a 4-hour Zoom session on important Safety at Sea topics.

KZRaceFurlers   Lennon Thermalite 300x250 1
Midwest Women's Sailing Conference to be held on May 15, 2021
Don't wait, registrate! The Midwest Women's Sailing Conference will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 as a hybrid event - with options for in-person or virtual attendance. Don't be left at the dock, get onboard!

New Henri-Lloyd Limited Edition M-PR Victoria Blue Series
With limited quantities produced as part of our sustainability initiative to reduce our carbon footprint and not over produce, this is the ultimate 'No Distraction' kit.

SAIL 22 J/70 Tuning Regatta - A great learning experience
Over the course of our "pandemic winter" of 2020/2021, there have been several imaginative events that were created for sailors that enabled them to go sailing in a safe, healthy way and adhere to any known pandemic "safe behavior" guidelines.

J Composites 2020 - MPU   McConaghy Boats 2021 - MPU
Colligo Marine Static Sheave Box
Colligo Marine's Static Sheave Box is great for spinnaker halyards and any rotating mast halyards. Virtually eliminates any chafe!

2022 J/24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas USA
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) will hold its 2022 World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas USA on July 14-22, 2022.

RYA Sail from Home: Santiago Lange
In this week's #SailFromHomeSession, hear from Olympian Santiago Lange. Santiago represented Argentina from 1988 to 2016 and in that time won two bronze medals and a gold medal in Rio 2016 despite battling with cancer.

Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - MPU   Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU
Marine Auctions April Online Auctions
Marine Auctions are happy to provide details of the vessels etc that are to be offered for sale in our April 2021 Online Auction. The bidding will commence on Thursday 15th April and will end on Wednesday 21st April at 2pm AEST.

Eight Bells for George Haynie
It is with a heavy heart that the Melges 24 Class shares the passing of George Haynie. George joined the Class over 20 years ago, and for the past eight years has served as our Treasurer.

The return of the Zhik T2 Trapeze harness - and it's lighter than ever
Zhik's original award-winning adjustable, nappy-style, T2 Trapeze Harness is making a welcome return for performance sailors.

RS Sailing 2021 - MPU   Barton Marine 2019 600x500
SailGP: Denmark SailGP first onto the water in Bermuda ahead of Season 2
SailGP is officially back on the water with the first of its supercharged foiling catamarans launched ahead of the Season 2 opener - the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess - later this month.

Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race - Pre-race events activities now scheduled
No joke - standard registration for N2E 73 closes tonight at 1700 hours. Registrations are happily accepted through April 8 but a $100 late fee will apply.

Variety adds spice to Ida Lewis Distance Racing
The 17th edition of the annual Ida Lewis Distance Race, scheduled for August 19-21, literally offers something for every type of big-boat sailor.

Entries surge for Edgartown Race Weekend
Entries are well ahead of pace for this year's Edgartown Race Weekend, hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club on Martha's Vineyard.

An interview with Leandro Spina on the West Marine US Open Sailing Series
US Sailing has been working hard to prepare their athletes for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, as well as for the upcoming 2024 and 2028 Games, and part of this involves the recently announced West Marine US Open Sailing Series.

The Tech Inside AC75 Soft Wings
In their pursuit of astonishing speed, the foiling AC75 monohulls of the 36th America's Cup represent the highest level of precision engineering across thousands of components – most of which are hidden from view.

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eSailGP Championship returns with new innovations for 2021
With less than three weeks before the eight international teams meet on the water in Bermuda for the league's return to racing, SailGP today launched the 2021 eSailGP Championship.

Cannons, dolphins and an overall winner on the last day of the NZ Millennium Cup
While the race committee worked to plan a race around the conditions, the fleet headed to Motuarohia Island to make the most of the beautiful weather; and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

AI AC36.5 v1.0
The America's Cup is taking the next logical step in its evolution, with the move from the physical to the virtual world. For continuity, the AC75 rule will be retained, with a few modifications, for what will be known as the 'AI AC36.5 v1.0'.

Road to Gold - MPU   C-Tech 2020 Tubes 300x250
From the Vendée Globe to industry; what technology transfers?
Over the years, the IMOCAs have become veritable technology laboratories. Autopilots, optical fiber, satellite communication systems or even security, progress is everywhere and continues to inspire more and more businesses in the maritime sector.

Chicago Yacht Club Commodore Louis Sandoval inducted into the LMSRF Hall of Fame
Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Immediate Past Commodore, Louis Sandoval, has been nominated and accepted into the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation Hall of Fame.

TRADER Sailing highlights opportunities offshore with the Magenta Project
TRADER Sailing, a military veteran outreach sailing program, is pairing with international sailing charity The Magenta Project for the 2021 Transpacific Yacht Race.

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America's Cup: Gulf Wars - Souvenir record of the 2020/21 America's Cup Regattas
A souvenir record of the regattas of the 36th America's Cup is now on sale in New Zealand, and available internationally published just over a week after racing concluded in the 36th America's Cup.

Colligo Marine Extra Lightweight Headsail Furling System
This innovative Extra Lightweight Headsail Furling System (ELHF) uses a low longitudinal stretch and torsionally stiff synthetic stay, along with our patented clamp technology for end terminations.

Transitioning into the Musto Skiff
I have always been a skiff sailor; I love the thrill of hanging off the side of a boat inches above the water by a piece of string.

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