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Williams joins all-time list
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:55

Ian_Williams_GAC_PindarIan Williams confirmed his match racing calibre this weekend as the quadruple World Champion scooped a fifth RYA National Match Racing title at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend of 14 – 16th November. Ian joins a unique group of Mark Campbell-James and two-time Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Andy Beadsworth at the top of the all-time winners list with five wins each.

The Championships got underway in a light five-six knot breeze on the Friday with results going very much according to the seedings, but the big match of the afternoon saw Ali Hall beat the world number two and former world champion leaving Williams with it all to do after the opening day’s eight flights of round-robin.             

With no racing possible on Saturday due to very little wind, Sunday again started with a light five-six knot breeze with the racing more varied with unexpected wins and losses for many of the teams.

Williams, and his crew at the event, Gerry Mitchell, Simon Shaw and the British Keelboat Academy’s James French, found their winning rhythm taking nothing but race wins, while Hall who had led after Friday’s racing with five wins was only able to win one of his four races. The breeze dropped early in the afternoon and the decision was made to finish the programme at the end of the round-robin stage, handing Williams event honours with eight out of nine race wins.

The 13th International Sailing Summit goes Live
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00
The International Sailing Summit (ISS), taking place on 17 November, will be streamed live online for the first time in the event’s history. This worldwide industry forum has never before been as accessible to a truly global audience, with content available at the time and as a resource after the event.

The Summit theme ‘Waking up the sailing industry – how sailing needs to modernise, diversify and develop to attract and retain participants’ stresses the importance of modernisation and innovation. Organiser British Sailing, a British Marine Federation (BMF) association, is working in partnership with SailRacer and SportsXsream, to utilise the latest in online technology to help share the benefits of the Summit by providing streaming to sailing enthusiasts.

Volvo RS End of Season Championships
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

fevaRS Feva sailors joined the other RS classes for a huge multi-fleet event at Datchet Water Sailing Club. The Volvo RS End of Season Championships saw over 110 boats from across the country compete on two trapezoid courses.

The fleet launched in cloudy and blustery conditions and light rain. With 17 knots and gusts of 25 it was lively sailing, but the fleet got away all clear on the outer loop of a trapezoid course, while the RS Tera Pro and Sport fleets sailed the inner loop.

Race 1 was won by Iain Bird and Jake Hardman, followed by Dan and Fin Armstrong and then Matthew Leckie and Izzi Bristow. Zoe King and Alice Powell led race 2 at the windward mark with Matt and Izzi in second and third were James Foster and Oliver Demetri. However, more thrills and spills allowed Matt Caiger and Niamh Davies to take the win, second went to Fin and Dan and third place were Iain and Jake.

In race 3 Fin and Dan finished ahead followed by Iain and Jake and Matt and Izzi. So, as the fleet headed in Fin and Dan were overnight leaders.

RS Aero Fleet Lift-Off events
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Chelmarsh_Aeros_are_goAn ever increasing number of UK sailing clubs have RS Aero fleets starting up. RS Aero Class Manager, Peter Barton, offers any club with a new fleet the opportunity to run a Fleet Lift-Off event this winter after their boats are delivered, with training to give the Aero sailors a head start on boat set-up and sailing techniques, followed by multiple short races putting the knowledge into action. Other RS Aero sailors in the region are welcome to join in.

The Fleet Lift-Off events will start this autumn, with dates planned so far:

15-16th November at Bowmoor SC

22-23rd November at Chelmarsh SC

Countdown to London
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

With the 2015 London Boat Show just a matter of weeks away the excitement is starting to build. At the heart of this year’s show is the concept of Where Adventure starts, Pioneers Meet & Innovation shines. With organisers promising to push the boundaries in marine shows it’s sure to get everyone talking. The dates for your diary are 9 – 18th January.

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