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Charlie and Shaun both clinch a second spot on the calendar

It’s a double win for Shaun Roster and Charlie Chandler as they both secure their second win in the 2018 calendar competition and the final two spots on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar.

Shaun from Southsea and Charlie from Solihull, clinched the final two spots after having their photos selected from all the entries received since the competition opened in March.

Commenting on his winning photo entitled, ‘Fast 40+ Class Windward/Leeward Racing in the Solent‘, Shaun, who was also a winner in April, said: “I’m extremely happy, to win once again, and have a second image feature in the 2019 calendar. I spend a lot of time on the Solent striving to capture imaginative imagery of the sailing racing scene, it’s very rewarding to be recognised for my work.”

Shaun added: “The Fast 40+ Class provide some of the most dynamic and competitive racing to be found on the Solent. Often very close quarters action, between up to 13 international teams competing in the UK Series, this particular image was taken on the downwind leg of a Windward/Leeward racecourse during the Spring Series at the start of the season.”

While Charlie, who was a winner back in June, commented on his winning photo entitled ‘dive, dive, dive’: “The photo was taken blasting around at Ullswater Yacht Club joining in with their club racing back at the final May bank holiday. What a weekend - strong winds, hot and sunny! I managed to catch the moment as I was hit by a large gust and the whole boat submarined, photographic evidence of a great bar story!”

A total of 218 entries were received in the 2018 calendar competition with all the winners claiming a prize package consisting of:

  • A spot on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar
  • Canvas print of their winning shot
  • Two tickets to the Southampton Boat Show where the official prize giving will take place
  • An RYA goody bag
  • And of course…. the ilovesailing rubber duck, which this year was black to fit with the competition’s black and white theme

“Our final two winners complete what is a stunning line up of photos for the 2019 calendar”, commented Emma Slater, ilovesailing co-ordinator. “The calendar competition is now in its sixth year and we continue to be blown away by the diversity and quality of images that we receive. The entrants have really pulled out all the stops and produced some amazing images to fit with the black and white theme of the competition this year. I for one am extremely excited to see all the winning entries in print on the 2019 calendar.”

The 2018 ilovesailing calendar competition winners are:

  • Mark Smith from Ipswich
  • Michelle Howell from Wakefield (2 x winner)
  • Shaun Roster from Southsea (2 x winner)
  • Errol Edwards from Bristol
  • Steven Kaark from Lower Brailes
  • Charlie Chandler from Solihull (2 x winner)
  • Michael Forbes from Helensburgh
  • Ela Miller from Christchurch
  • Steve Cayley from Torquay

The ilovesailing calendar competition opened in March with entrants submitting their favourite sailing photos. Each month between March and July two winners were picked to represent a different month on the 2019 calendar. The final two spots were picked from all the other entries made between March and July, giving all entrants two chances of winning a spot on the calendar.

The 2019 calendars will go on sale at the 2018 TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show in September, with the first 50 people to purchase a copy also receiving a FREE 2018 black ilovesailing rubber duck. Alternatively the calendars will also be available to purchase via the RYA web shop, www.rya.org.uk/shop from 14 September.

The calendar competition is now closed for 2018 but drop by the ilovesailing Facebook page to take part in the extremely popular weekly caption competition, giving you a chance to share your funny, clever and witty captions in a bid to win an ilovesailing duck.

Come along to the page at www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing and get involved.

Applications open for 2019 intake

Applications are open for the 2019 intake of the British Keelboat Academy giving young dinghy sailors an amazing opportunity to get on the fast track into yacht or keelboat racing.   

“The British Keelboat Academy gives sailors an opportunity to learn the skills to get them on a boat and keep them there," said BKA head coach Niall Myant-Best.  

"It’s not just about improving sailing skills, but the aim of the Academy is to produce well-rounded sailors who have the life skills to offer something valuable to any boat that they get on."

Following a combined training weekend in November where the sailors will get the chance to meet each other and network with sailing professionals they’ll have access to a series of skills clinics over the next three months covering match racing, symmetrical boat handling, inshore racing and high performance asymmetric skills.

But the BKA also strives to provide sailors with a community which supports them in their aspirations.   

“The BKA differs from a normal squad in that it provides a community of like-minded people that our members can access 24 hours a day to get advice, assistance and news of opportunities to go sailing,” added Myant-Best.  

Members of the this year’s BKA have found paid positions with Volvo Ocean Race teams, raced with the Fast 40 class, competed in international match racing events and taken on the RORC Round Britain and Ireland Race.  


For Conor Banks, being part of the 2018 BKA has led to the chance to sail on RAN in the Fast 40 fleet and he says he’d recommend the BKA for anyone looking to kick start their sailing career.  

“I was doing a lot of keelboat sailing, but I didn’t have a clear view of where to go or how to get there,” explained Banks.

“The BKA really is a great platform to start a professional sailing career.  There is a good, clear pathway that helped me to get to where I wanted and achieve my goals.   

“The most helpful thing has been all of the opportunities through the BKA which come up virtually every week. But the close relationship that you build with the coaches is equally important. It’s brilliant to have the ability to phone or email them whenever you need help or advice.”  

“I’d absolutely recommend applying for the BKA,” added Banks. “Having the chance to sail with RAN has been the biggest most amazing opportunity I could ever ask for. I’m so grateful to the BKA for that and couldn’t be happier.”  

The deadline for applications is 4th October with the first BKA training weekend taking place on 3-4 November for those who are successful. Applicants much be aged between 18 and 24 on 1 November 2018. To apply go to www.rya.org.uk/go/bka.

Axis Wake Research recently announced the latest version of the A22, a new performance watersports towboat for 2019.

The A22 — the first model released from Axis Wake Research — has been redesigned for 2019 for a new look inside and out.

The new A22 seats 15 people. It also comes complete with a pickle-fork bow, Wake Plus hull, upgraded stereo, new Surf Gate design, new sliding Axis Skybox seat with an optional backrest, and a redesigned helm seat to give the driver the ability to easily interact with the flow of activity from bow to stern.

Buyers have the opportunity to customize the boat by adding the optional Axis Performance Surf Package (P.S.P.), which includes the new Power Wedge III, Surf Gate with the Surf Band, and Triple Hard Tank ballast.

Also improved for 2019, Power Wedge III is the company's patented hydrofoil that offers full adjustability and versatility for riders of all levels. Power Wedge III allows the driver to instantly change the shape and size of the wake at the touch of a button. Fully adjustable positions can make your wake huge for advance riders or smaller for the beginners, with the new model offering riders more positions for 2019. When it’s time to get on plane, Power Wedge III automatically saves gas by moving the Wedge into lift mode, getting the boat on top of the water faster with five more degrees of lift for 2019.

Surf Gate offers riders a surf wave on either side of the boat with the touch of a button and without moving any weight. While surfing one side of the wave, the rider can switch Surf Gate to the other side in three seconds with one touch of Surf Band. This allows for transfers from side to side with no miscommunications. Combine the hard-tank ballast with the optional Plug ‘n’ Play Ballast System—which adds up to 1,500 pounds of ballast in the rear storage lockers—and up to 450 pounds of ballast in the bow to create a fully customizable wake or wave for every kind of rider.

For comfort, the A22 offers available Soft Grip flooring in the cabin and the helm.

“The all-new 2019 Axis A22 is the perfect boat for family and friends to enjoy in an eye-catching package. The quality matched with the advanced, new technology was perfectly crafted for everyone to have an unforgettable time of the water,” said Eric Bondy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Axis Wake Research and Malibu Boats.

Buyers can make the 2019 Axis 100 percent theirs with customization options of 27 gel coat choices, five different stereo packages, and two additional vinyl textures to create a one-of-a-kind Axis A22 boat.


SYCSA member receives award in inaugural year

A youngster who sails with the Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association (SYCSA) was recently announced as one of just three runners-up in the inaugural Panerai Challenger Trophy – an award specifically aimed at youngsters who have overcome physical, economic or social challenges to achieve a significant milestone in sailing or windsurfing.

Ciaran Handforth (13) was one of 40 youngsters nominated for the award - created by the Italian high-end watchmaker Panerai together with the RYA’s OnBoard programme to promote the power of sailing in positively impacting young people’s lives.

He only started sailing two years ago, and suffers from epilepsy resulting in seizures and permanent daily medication. His condition impacted his opportunities in other sports and limited his confidence, but sailing has provided the right mixture of technical and personal skills to give him a sense of maturity and self-development, giving him confidence and pleasure in participating in active sport. 

Ciaran was amazed at his award: “I’m gobsmacked that my nomination was accepted and that I was able to experience two fantastic days at Cowes with people like Olympic medallist Ian Walker.”

Ciaran joined the winner, Nicola Stockdale from Manchester, and the other runners-up, Daniel O’Connor and Bea Sparks, at the first of what will be an annual awards dinner at the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. He will receive £2,500 to support his sailing ambitions, and the SYCSA will receive £5,000, which will go towards maintaining and renewing existing equipment - from buoyancy aids and protective gear, to replacement parts for their fleet of dinghies.

Ciaran wants to use the money to widen his sailing experience by completing some tall-ship experiences together with RYA courses to further his sailing. If there is any money left, he wants to use it for new sailing equipment!

RYA Chief Executive, Sarah Treseder said: “We’re delighted to recognise Ciaran’s achievement as a finalist of the first Panerai Challenger Trophy. Despite the daily challenges he faces, Ciaran has not let his medical condition hold him back. Through sailing he has fought back and found the confidence to succeed. He’s now inspiring other young people to do the same. We wish him the best with his future”.

During this three-year initiative, Panerai has committed to making a total investment of £120,000 to demonstrate the sport’s accessibility and to inspire the next generation of sailors.

RYA OnBoard works to make sure any youngster who wants to give sailing or windsurfing a go, regardless of their age, ability or background, can. Kids can get afloat for as little as a fiver at OnBoard clubs and they use the club’s boats and boards.Over a ten-year period the programme has introduced more than 600,000 children to the sport, converting over 10% of them into regular participants.

This year, the 28th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), held Oct. 2-4 at the

Tampa Convention Center, will not only offer an elevated educational program and a wide variety of exhibitions from around the world, but will also give visitors the chance to participate in a number of social and entertainment special events throughout the week. These events are in addition to live and ongoing activities such as Designer Row, the Innovation Way, the Electronics Pavilion – Connected by NMEA 2000, and the IBEX Docks and Outdoor Exhibits.

Below are some of the highlights featured on this year's IBEX schedule:

Monday, Oct. 1
-Between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., media partner Soundings Trade Only presents the TradeTalks Roundtable Panel & Reception: The Future of the Marine Aftermarket in the Marriott Tampa Waterside Ballroom, 700 S. Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida. This lively discussion will cover the changing landscape of the marine industry aftermarket, including ownership of companies, brands, and retailers; impact of technology; e-commerce; and the crossover between the RV and marine industries. Panelists include Ron Japinga, CEO and president of Guitar Center, Colin Puckett, head of seller marketing at Amazon Business, and Tom Schuessler, president of Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, among several others.

-From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the CAMLS Center at 124 S. Franklin Street, 14 boat designers will present their designs at Sparks!: An Inspirational Night of Boat Design Concepts, powered by PechaKucha. Each presenter will present their boat design concept with the limitations of just 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. This networking event is sponsored by the Sparks! Group and Tides Marine and presented by media partner Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
-From 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, will be held at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Several prestigious industry awards will be presented, including the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Mel Barr, Boating Industry Movers & Shakers, the IBI Export Excellence Award and the IBEX Innovation Awards. NMMA President Thom Dammrich and best-selling author and motivational business speaker Rich Karlgaard will deliver keynote addresses. The 2018 IBEX Industry Breakfast is sponsored by Tides Marine Inc., Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Interlux Yacht Finishes, AWLGRIP North America, and Unified Purchasing Group.

-Beginning at 6 p.m. exhibitors and visitors can join the Opening Night Party at The Sail Pavilion to celebrate IBEX’s opening day. Located just outside of the convention center, attendees can spend the evening enjoying drink specials, live entertainment, and food trucks.

Wednesday, October 3
-In the Tech Talk Theater, 3rd Floor Exhibit Hall,see live product presentations of the latest innovations in the marine industry with IBEX Product Pitches between 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. These exciting presentations by exhibiting companies last two minutes with a one-minute Q&A for press and buyers.

-At 1:00 p.m., walk down the seminar hallway to participate in or watch IBEX’s first-ever Vacuum Bagging Challenge. Teams of two will go head-to-head to get the tightest vacuum seal on a balloon without popping it. Winners will receive prizes and participation is free. Email Sarah Devlin, IBEX Education Director, to register for the challenge or for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

-Complete the day with Happy Hour in the Exhibit Halls between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. IBEX welcomes all industry professionals to peruse the exhibitions with exhibitor-hosted drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Additionally, throughout the week, young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about, join, and meet others in Marine Millennials, an exclusive hub of up-and-comers in the industry who are interested in growth and education. IBEX serves as an industry event for the young professionals in Marine Millennials to meet and create valuable relationships within the marine sector.

“The events and experiences we offer each year at IBEX are designed to educate and connect our visitors and exhibitors in a unique and informal way,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We work hard to offer events that will appeal to the varied interests of people coming to the show, with the goal of ensuring that IBEX is both educational and enjoyable."

For more information on IBEX 2018, exhibiting companies, interactive exhibit hall floor plans, and more, please visit www.ibexshow.com. To register, click here.

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