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DUGDALE AND MILLWARD CROWNED RYA SAILABILITY MULTICLASS CHAMPIONS
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

Multiclass_14Carol Dugdale (2.4mR) and Val Millward (Challenger) were crowned 2014 Multiclass Champions as the final curtain came down on the eighth annual RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta. Sailability enables people with a disability to experience sailing to sail regularly and the Multiclass Regatta brings together sailors across the whole spectrum of abilities in a range of different boat classes for a festival of competitive Sailability action.

More than 80 sailors of all abilities, from as far afield as Singapore, took to the water in 65 boats at Britain’s largest sailing event for people with disabilities. They competed in six classes:  Hansa, Challenger, SKUD 18, 2,4mR, Kinsman and new for 2014 the RS Venture.

The prestigious Ken Ellis trophy is awarded to the leading boat in the classes with the highest number of competitors. This year it was awarded to joint winners British Sailing Team’s Carol Dugdale and former Multiclass champion Val Millward from Rutland Sailability, who finished the event on even points.

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Picture perfect
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Picture perfectKaren Langston from Beccles, Suffolk and Jacob Hill from Bangor, County Down have been crowned winners in the ilovesailing 2014 calendar competition.

“I’m chuffed to have my picture included in the calendar, it’ll look good on the fridge,” commented Jacob of his win.  “It was taken in Ballyholme Bay in Belfast Lough, N. Ireland when the wind was blowing force 4-5 from the north east, giving some chop.”

While Karen, who was also a winner in the 2013 calendar competition commented:

“This photo from Beccles Regatta 2012 is of the Helen James race in which lady helms compete in Norfolk dinghies. That year Georgie Roll in B21 won the race seen in the foreground. I am often trying to capture the whole Norfolk fleet and this was one of the few occasions I got most of them into a single frame.”  

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Charlie Cumbley Wins Solo Nationals 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

aassoloThe sixty-eight competitors in the 2014 Solo National Championship, hosted by Brightlingsea Sailing Club (BSC), enjoyed six days of close and very challenging racing. Race officer David Charlton was able to complete eleven of the twelve scheduled races and the conditions, although predominantly lighter, did offer something for everyone across the week. Racing took place on the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries, just a short sail from the BSC clubhouse on Brightlingsea Creek.

After a faltering start, thanks to a black flag in the opening race, defending Champion Charley Cumbley rapidly put his stamp on the regatta and by mid week the yellow jersey was wrapped firmly around his wiry frame and it was clear that he did not intent to relinquish it. Cumbley's fellow competitors did everything they could to wrest that yellow jersey and the trophy from him, with Pete Mitchelle, Andy Davis, Andrew Wilde, Steve Cockerill, Michael Sims and Ross Harvey all on excellent form and taking race wins during the week. But Cumbley held his nerve and sailed a superb series to claim victory by an eight point margin from nearest rival Steve Cockerill, who also won the trophy for the leading Veteran sailor. Third place went right down to the wire with Andy Davis eventually taking the final step on the podium from Ross Harvey in fourth and Andy Tunnicliffe in fifth.

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Circumnavigators smash record
Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

circumnavigators smash recordTwo Bristol-based dinghy sailors have more than halved the record for sailing a dinghy around the UK. 

Phillip Kirk and Jeremy Warren from Thornbury Sailing Club sailed Wayfarer Hafren around clockwise from Weymouth, up the Irish Sea inside Ireland, then across the top of Scotland. They stormed round in 32 days and 3 hours versus the previous record of 76 days. 

Kirk commented: “Three major factors contributed; Hafren was well prepared, we did push hard and the weather was very kind.” 

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Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer Blue Box Sailing, the Hampshire-based sailing experience company, has announced a far-reaching partnership with sailing charity Sail 4 Cancer. In addition to providing free sailing experiences for Sail 4 Cancer beneficiaries, Blue Box Sailing will also carry large Sail 4 Cancer logos on the bows of its two Clipper 60 yachts.

On selected days between June and September 2014, Blue Box will provide unique sailing experiences for 60 people living with cancer and their families. In an act of immense kindness, the costs of laying on these special respite days will be borne by Blue Box Sailing and will include crew, lunch on board and the use of wet weather clothing.Graham Precey, Trustee at Sail 4 Cancer explained: “The first time I attended a Sail 4 Cancer event was on board Blue Box’s Whitbread 60 during Cowes Week in 2004. In partnership with Blue Box, we provided the most amazing respite day for several young families where a child was recovering from cancer.”

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