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 04 Mar 2013
 

Your punishment is to be sent outside!!

RYA Dinghy Show 2013 at Alexandra Palace  Paul Wyeth / RYA


So sailing like all sports has to make outside more interesting.

In that context, my next question...is the RYA Dinghy Show the best Sailing boat show in the world?

It's far from the largest, it does not attract an audience of 100 or 200 thousand as do the bigger Power and Sailing shows do, in fact if its audience is beyond 10,000 this year it will be a surprise.

But the important thing is that it's a Show that is about getting kids into that dreaded outdoors.

RYA Dinghy Show 2013 at Alexandra Palace  Paul Wyeth / RYA

RYA Dinghy Show 2013 at Alexandra Palace  Paul Wyeth / RYA


But with 201 sailing boats, its certainly has more masts, booms and mainsails than any other show anyone can think of, it has more interactivity, be it hiking machines, trapezing devices, radio controlled sailing competitions than any show anyone can think of and it certainly has the highest percentage of young people amongst its audience.

So what sailor can tell us of a better Boat Show?

RYA Dinghy Show 2013 at Alexandra Palace  Paul Wyeth / RYA


We welcome your comments and during the week we will publish a slew of interviews we did at this most amazing show.

Moving back down under ... the 2013 Etchells NSW State Championship at Cronulla could be remembered for the rain and the waves and two days lost. But as time goes on, it is far more likely to be viewed more fondly, with sun, spinnakers in assorted colours and the overall friendly and competitive ambience that is Etchells being talked about at yacht clubs around the country.



Day 1 - RYA Dinghy Show 2013  RYA


Surprise - Ryan Fisk - RSYS - International Etchells Class 2013 NSW State Championship/Cronulla  Howard Wright


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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Images of Panthera in action + Video
Leighton O'Connor,
Images shot by photographer Leighton O'Connor of Panthera who took fourth place in the 36 mile race around St. Maarten from Phillipsburg to Marigot.... [more]
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Mussanah Race Week - 25 nations to participate
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat (As Amended by ISAF),
The third annual Mussanah Race Week is approaching and Mussanah Sports City is abuzz with activity, 250 sailors, coaches, boats, equipment and race committee are arriving from 25 different nations to participate in this growing event. Teams will have travelled from as far as the United States, Australia, Africa and all over Europe in order to showcase their talent and race for a podium position.... [more]
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Images from NSW Etchells Championships
Sail-world.com,
After two days blown out, the NSW Etchells class deserved a good day on the water and they finally got that.... [more]
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The colour of Etchells
John Curnow,
The 2013 Etchells NSW State Championship at Cronulla could be remembered for the rain and the waves. As time goes on, it is far more likely to be viewed more fondly, with sun, spinnakers in assorted colours and the overall friendly and competitive ambience that is Etchells being talked about at yacht clubs around the country.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Action continues on Day 2
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta second day of racing got underway in breeze that built steadily as the day progressed, and with many classes recording a pair of races in ideal Caribbean sailing conditions, the action continued today with the traditional Saturday point-to-point contest to Marigot in the 33rd edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Ferry Patrons Trophy on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Ferry Patrons Trophy for 18ft skiffs, sponsored by Haier Appliances, made for a nostalgic day on Sydney Harbour when some of the greatest names in 18ft Skiff Racing history skippered boats in the race. The legendary Iain Murray, six-times, undefeated Giltinan champion between 1977 and 1982, five times champion Trevor Barnabas and 2000 winner John Winning all skippered top contenders.... [more]
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Victorian Minnow Championship 2013 - new boats make impact
Jane Moffat,
55 junior sailors took to the waters off McCrae Yacht Club over the weekend to compete in the Victorian Minnow Championship.... [more]
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Two sailing superyachts in Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 short-list
Nancy Knudsen,
Two sailing vessels have been nominated and short-listed for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards for 2013. They are the 33m sloop, Simba, and the 44m catamaran, Hemisphere. All the others on the short list are powerboats.... [more]
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'Discover Sailing' Case Study: Albury Wodonga Yacht Club
Michelle Kearney, YA/Sail-World Cruising,
It was a significant challenge, which they met by committing to new ideas and new sailing programs. Albury Wodonga Yacht Club, based at Lake Hume, had been through a number of years of sustained record low lake levels, which saw a dwindling membership and poor numbers of regular sailors.... [more]
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New 'green' Great Keppel Island to provide marina home for sailors
Jeni Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Described as the first new significant tourism infrastructure in Queensland for over 20 years, the Great Keppel Island Revitalisation Plan is poised for federal government approval of the $600m 'green' overhaul of the iconic North Queensland destination, to include a marina for sailing boats and other vessels.... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show 2013- Alexandra Palace Images from Day 1
The Sail-World.com Team,
The RYA Dinghy Show is currently underway at Alexandra Palace in North London, England. It was built in 1873 as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment and as North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London... [more]
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RYA Dinghy Show 2013 opens
Sail-world.com,
It was a cold morning in London, zero -2-3 degrees, with plenty of salt spread for pedestrians at the above ground railway stations. Might be 7/7 cloud cover, but at least it was not snowing as it was for the start of the London Boat Show back in January. At 10am London 2012 and now Team Volvo sailors Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor and and fellow Skandia Team GBR sailors Nick Thompson and 49er ski... [more]
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All for a good race and a good cause at the Club Marine Series
John Curnow,
Melbourne's Port Phillip turned on the sun and the wind today for the annual round of the Club Marine Series that donates all the day's racing fees to ‘Keeping Cancer at Bay.' So there was good racing to be had in the fresh Easterlies and all competitors could feel proud of helping cancer charities continue their marvelous work... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's foiling and racing in the Hauraki Gulf
Chris Cameron,
America's Cup Challengers Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa (ITA) have been making the most of the brilliant summer Down Under, and have become a familiar sight doing race training in warm breezes. Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to catch the action and sight of two AC72's racing and foiling.... [more]
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Tough women sail Etchells
John Curnow,
One of the most interesting elements to be seen at the 2013 Etchells NSW State Championship is how many women have taken to this premier one design class. Whether helming such as Jeanne-Claude Strong and Vicky Weeks, or crewing like Christine Short and Antonia Fong, they are present on five vessels from the 33-boat fleet.... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 - All win for female crew
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013. When the Lomax Financial Group team finished Race 1 of the prestigious skiff boat event on Sydney Harbour, it set a record for being the first all-female crew to finish a race in the 74-year-old history of the Giltinan (World) Championship.... [more]
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Leighton O'Connor's pictures of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013
Leighton O'Connor,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 commenced its 33rd edition on Friday morning as 202 registered yachts set sail in the prestigious event in the Caribbean. Leighton O'Connor captured some of the great moments on the opening day of the sailing spectacle.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013 - Splendid opener
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2013. On a beautiful if challenging day for yacht racing, with gentle easterly breezes that never topped 12-knots, an incredibly diverse fleet of 202 registered yachts. One of the largest gatherings of catamarans and trimarans ever assembled for a Caribbean regatta-set sail this morning to begin the 33rd edition of the world famous regatta.... [more]
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Oyster World Rally through the Panama Canal
Louay Habib/Sail-World Cruising,
Following the start of the Oyster World Rally from Antigua in early January, the fleet has been enjoying over a month's cruising in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean before meeting up in Panama for a rendezvous on the 15th February. A fleet of 26 Oyster yachts have now navigated through the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Why do top sailors choose Zhik?
Ben Gladwell,
Since its inception in 2003, Zhik has developed and expanded to be one of the preeminent brand in on-the-water sailing apparel. The Zhik signature logo is often visible on winning sailing crews, the latest of which was the crew of Gotta Love It 7, four time winner JJ Giltinan Trophy. Sailing journalist, Ben Gladwell, looks at why top crews choose Zhik... [more]
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