Boat licence fees revealed for 2020-21

The Canal and River Trust has announced that headline private and business boat licence fees will rise by 2.5% from 1 April 2020. As previously announced, in March 2018, following the Trust’s national boat licence consultation, a number of changes will be made to licence fees over five years. From 1 April 2020, a 2.5% ‘prompt payment’ discount (reduced from 5%) will apply for those who pay on time and in full, and a new 2.5% discount will apply for those who manage their payments online inclu..

Award-winning Midlands volunteers have Royal appointment

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, will honour 11 Midlands sailors with the RYA’s most prestigious awards in recognition of their exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level later this month. Sailors spanning the whole region, from Northamptonshire to north Staffordshire, will receive RYA Volunteer Awards at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony in London on Friday 22 November. Eight volunteers will receive RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, ..

RYANI marks successful year at AGM

During the event, Jackie Patton was re-elected as Chair and elected directors were appointed. Susan McKnight was appointed as Vice Chair, David Williams as Treasurer, James Ogg as Chair of the Development Committee, Peter Kennedy as Chair of Performance Committee and Andy Corkill and Roy Totten. Chair Jackie Patton paid a special thanks to three board members who have stepped down – PJ Gault, Paul Bunting and Geraldine Duggan. It was an action-packed year for the governing body, with many ..

INEOS Team UK AC75: Boomless setup

Photo: Team INEOS UK – This is no F18, and the technology, resources and systems involved are nowhere to be compared. But in our experience with boomless DS in the F18 have shown exactly the foot shape above which has delivered plenty of issues to depower and flatten the sail with more wind. Although these beasts need power to lift off, thus the power vs drag tradeoff. Eitherway new grounds to be discovered for the AC75s. The AC75 does not reli..

Bordeaux Cata Raid 2019

All images by Clemént Philippon / Bordeaux Cata Raid. click images for slideshow. This Raid through the rive crossing Bordeaux is one of the most unique regattas out here. Bordeaux its a beautiful City with plenty of activity, history , first class wines & food. 2019 Edition won by Emeric Dary & Joris Cocaud with a Cirrus R2 in the F18 Div. (Homkia sail pic above). In the F16 first place for Emmanuel Le Chapelier & Eric Le Bouedec. Results lin..

S9 OD Regatta

Photos & report by S9 Class. More pics & orig text in Italian here. The fourth and last race of the S9 onedesign 2019 class has concluded this weekend held at the Trasimeno public club. Teo Di Battista was crown 2019 S9 Class Champion, followed by Casadei Roberto and Enrico Mancini. Two days of light winds , 5-6 knots, but the vibes on the water and on land as always good camaradieri between the S9 sailors. Interesting to note we had class A ..

Book your place at the RYA SW Affiliated Club Conference

The free RYA SW Affiliated Club Conference, supported by Gallagher, will take place on 9 November. It’s all about ‘Putting People First’, recognising the importance of getting the human element right - especially when clubs are looking to grow their membership, increase their volunteer base, develop their instructors and race coaches, or simply get better at retaining members of all ages, interests and abilities. This year we’re visiting the north of the region, and the superb venue is The Bri..

Hansa Europeans 2019

It was good to see the intrepid Rory McKinna of the Clyde Cruising Club travel to Portugal earlier this month to take part in the Hansa European Championships in Portimao. Over 30 sailors took part in the Hansa 303 singlehanded class, managing 9 races over the competition in consistent sun, until the last day when the fog moved in. Overall 125 sailors in 86 boats took to the Atlantic off the Algarve across the different classes. Confidence has grown for Rory with continued racing success as h..

London and South East Junior Championships a great success

This was one of four venues across the UK with racing in British Youth Sailing’s recognised dinghy and windsurfer classes. Among those taking part were some of the nation’s most promising young sailors, as well as a host of kids getting their first taste of racing in a fun, inclusive festival of sailing for under 16s regardless of ability, but with a championship element for serious racers. Competitors were split into three fleets: a new fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers, a coached regatta fleet..

2nd ever PWA Windsurf Foil Title for Phantom Foils: Q&A with Alex Udin

Images by Carter PWA Media / Alex Udin / Phantom Sailing. – Windsurfing is experiencing a reborn, the new WS foils can be adapted in many cases to older equipment like legacy Formula Windsurf boards (I’m learning to foil in one) and also you can use your standard set of sails to start out and have fun no prob. Many recreational packages are being offered too by Naish , Starboard and others. The Professional Windsurf Foil World Title was launche..

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