From Friday 27 July to 12 August (10am – 9pm everyday) why not come and visit the RYA at the Weymouth Bayside Festival, Weymouth and join in the fun and festivities of the Olympic Games.

The RYA’s Sail for Gold ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold’ Olympic and Paralympic heritage exhibition will be on display where you can take a look back over 112 years of British sailing history.  You will also have the opportunity to take a closer look at two Olympic class boats, the Laser, being sailed by Paul Goodison and the Finn, the class that Ben Ainslie is sailing in, in his bid for a fourth Olympic Gold medal.

There will also be some fun quizzes for you to take part in, have your picture taken on our winners’ podium, or post your good luck messages for the team on our message board.

You can also learn more about getting into sailing or improving your skills.

The Bayside Festival is 17 days of live entertainment, display acts and exhibitions, as well as bars and food stalls and stunning sea views.

The “one and only” Chesney Hawkes, the world famous Team Extreme and the international Military “Black Cats” display are just a few of the acts that will be attending.  Enjoy a cruise on
MV Balmoral, Natural England’s Jurassic Coast Display, the Royal Marines Climbing Wall and over 100 retailers and exhibitors, the Weymouth Bayside Festival has something for everyone!

Find out more and book your tickets at www.weymouthbaysidefestival.co.uk  

If you’re an RYA member if you book your ticket online in advance you can enjoy a special 10% discount on Festival and Arena tickets and tickets for the MV Balmoral cruises for any of the festival days. Visit the RYA member’s benefits page to find out more www.rya.org.uk/joinrenew/benefitsnew/personal/Pages/default.aspx

Want to give it a go?

Over in the Weymouth Live site ‘Beach Sports Arena’, the RYA with SailLaser, Weymouth College and OTC, will be providing ‘Have a go / taster sessions’ for those of you who want to get out on the water and try sailing or windsurfing for yourself.  Sessions will be taking place from approximately 10am to 6pm every day and lifejackets and wetsuits will be provided, so why not give it a try?

Find out more about the Weymouth and Portland Live site at www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/events/live-site-weymouth

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Following on from his European gold medal Ben Jelf this weekend (27/28 July) secured the silver medal at the UIM World GT15 Championships.

The twelve year old from Maidstone Kent travelled to Osthammar in Sweden to take part in the UIM World Championship competition. The only representative from Great Britain, Ben was one of twenty teams that contested the title with representation also from, Sweden, Norway and Estonia.

The reigning European Champion was faced with having to qualify to even be able to try to defend his 2011 World title. In some of the worst conditions he’s had to race in Ben set out with the task in hand to qualify for the World Championships.

Ben’s fastest lap time in qualifying saw him sat in thirteenthin a very close field with less than three seconds separating the top fifteen boats, but Ben had qualified and so now the proceedings moved on to the racing.

In the first of four heats of the Championship Ben sat ninth on the start grid. As the start lights went out Ben got off to a flying start making up four places straight away to sit in fifth in the pack and over the course of the race he out manoeuvred another two of the racers to finish the race in 3rd place.

The second heat saw Ben in second place behind Sweden’s Morgan Jernfast when a boat flipped causing the race to be restarted. Ben got caught in wash from the other boats on the restart and struggled to get away but managed to make up some ground to finish in fourth.

Into heat three and Ben got another flying start and was in second place behind Morgan Jernfast who led the race from start to finish. Morgan had won the first three heats of the competition crowning him the 2012 UIM World GT15 Championships through some outstanding results.

But Ben’s fight wasn’t over with silver and bronze medal places still to fight for. The British youngster focussed on the task ahead as they went into the fourth and final heat in a bid to bring home a medal.

Heat four saw Ben lead the fleet from start to finish as he drove with skill and desire to take the chequered flag. With the best three results to count Ben was announced runner up and took the silver world medal to join his 2012 European Gold Medal.

On being ranked number one in Europe and number two in the world the twelve year old had this to say: “Of course I’d have liked to have won the World title again we all go out there to race to win but Morgan thoroughly deserved it he raced really well and was great to race against.

“The fleet was really strong and my qualifying time wasn’t great because of the really rough conditions, so I had lots to do to rank in the top six let alone take a podium place. So I’m really happy to have taken the silver medal. It’s been a long couple of weeks and we’ve travelled hundreds of miles so to be able to take European Gold and World Silver home is great.

“My thanks to my parents and Uncle Kelvin and Neil my sponsor from BS Motorsport who have been with me throughout and also to my other sponsors Peters & May Racing, RacingBatteries.co.uk and Tohatsu UK for their continuing support and to everyone at home for all their words of encouragement that have helped me achieve this.”

Nikki Drummond RYA Powerboat Racing Officer commented on Ben’s achievements: “When you look at what Ben has achieved in the last two weeks and how far he’s travelled to do it you have to remember that he is only 12 years old. Taking the European title and silver at the World championships is an enormous achievement and throughout it all he’s represented the Sport of Powerboat Racing, the RYA and Great Britain with maturity and prowess he has a very bright future ahead of him and he’s certainly done us all proud.”

UIM World GT15 Results

1st Morgan Jernfast Sweden 1200 points

2nd Ben Jelf United Kingdom 1000 points

3rd Paul Zujenkov Estonia 750 points

4th Reio Käsnapuu Estonia 694 points

5th Eric Olsson Sweden 335 points

6th Sken Heidermann Estonia 325 points

7th Michelle Knudsen Norway 293 points

8th Andrea Forslund Sweden 230 points

9th Christoffer Sjöberg Sweden 198 points

10th Anton Modin Sweden 136 points

11th Sanne Vik Norway 105 points

12th Joakim Halvorsen Norway 40 points

13th Adam Gustavsson Sweden 30 points

14th Gregor Eevardi Estonia 0 points

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There are just three more sleeps, two more days and some 60 hours to go until the RYA’s Sail for Gold ‘Push the Boat Out’ day takes place.

Taking place this Saturday 21 July, just one week ahead of the start of the London 2012 sailing events in Weymouth and Portland, thousands of people and hundreds of clubs, centres and marinas across the country are all primed to take part in ‘Push the Boat Out’ day.

There are a whole host of events lined up including treasure hunts, cruises, fancy dress parades, mini Olympics and much more to celebrate and cheer on the British Sailing Team and showcase boating to the nation.  ‘Push the Boat Out’ day supporters Clipper Events, Dee Caffari Racing, Neilson, Tall Ship Adventures, Endeavour Sailing, On the Water, RYA Sailability, Premier Marinas and the Ocean Youth Trust North are also geared up for the day when they will be waving flags, dressing boats and getting in to the spirit of the day.

Team GB sailor Paul Goodison commented: ‘Thanks for all your amazing support for the Olympic and Paralympic sailors – it really makes a difference to know you’re all behind us. Keep the good luck messages coming and have a great ‘Push the Boat Out’ day!’

If you want to get involved then check out the Sail for Gold events calendar and see what’s going on near you or you could just get out on the water with friends and family and show your support.

“It really doesn’t matter what you decide to do on the day we just want as many people as possible to take to the water and help create an amazing spectacle. Whatever you do, just have fun and don’t forget to share your photos and videos on the Sail for Gold Facebook page”, commented Celia Edgington, RYA Sail for Gold co-ordinator.

All the best videos and photos posted on the Facebook page will also be used as part of a commemorative video of the day.

Find out more about Sail for Gold and ‘Push the Boat Out’ day at www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold

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With the PSP Southampton Boat Show just around the corner the RYA is delighted to announce that once again we can offer our Member’s tickets to the Show at the special price of £12.00.

Taking place over the 14 to 23 September 2012, RYA Members will be able to gain access to the show every day (including press preview day) for £12.00 when they buy advanced tickets, a saving of £8.00 off the cost of a ticket purchased on the door. (a fee of £1.75 applies per transaction)

Whether you like taking to the water in a powerboat, yacht, RIB, or personal; watercraft, the PSP Southampton Boat show has something for you and, what’s more, kids can go free when accompanied by a paying adult†. So the show makes for a great family day out too.

There are over 600 craft to look around just on dry land and a further 350 boats will be moored in the purpose built marina. Whilst in the halls you’ll be able to check out the latest technology and buy kit from over 200 retailers.

You can visit the RYA at EO37 where we will have all the latest advice and information to help you get started or improve your boating, as well as launches, events and celebrations.  Look out for more information on the RYA at the PSP Southampton Boat Show coming soon.

In order to take advantage of this special RYA member ticket offer visit the RYA website members benefits pages to find out more.

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Clubs and centres across the country are celebrating having successfully secured over £1 million of funding in total, through the second round of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

From refurbished changing rooms to new pontoons, the funding will help 24 sailing venues to refurbish or upgrade their facilities making them accessible for the whole community.

“We are really pleased to see so many clubs being successful and sailing being so well represented in this round” said Graham Manchester, RYA Strategic Lead on Adult Participation.

Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, Inspired Facilities is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.

One club to be awarded funding is Burton Sailing Club which has been awarded almost £50,000 to put towards a bespoke training centre.

“We are over the moon to have been successful and we will now be able to expand our training facilities. 2012 really has been a landmark year for our club as not only have we become a Volvo Champion Club but we have also achieved our RYA OnBoard status.” explained Keith Pallet, Training Principal at the club.

“The demand for courses is increasing all the time and this funding will provide the space and equipment that we need. After London 2012 we hope to inspire even more people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water and give sailing a try”.

Rickmansworth Sailing Club in Hertfordshire will be using their £32,000 of funding to replace three of their old pontoons as well as a 25 year old bridge which is badly in need of repair.

“The funding has really given us a boost” said Martin Smethers, a member of the club’s committee. “We saw 90 people through our doors when we held our last open day and we think the new pontoons will look fantastic when we invite people to our club for the next one.”

Graham Manchester concludes: “There are still three more rounds of Sport England Inspired Facilities to apply so if your club facilities are looking tired and an investment would increase usage and community activity you should consider this fund. It offers a great chance in the Olympic year for a lasting legacy in our sport”.

The RYA Sport Development Department has produced a handy guide for clubs interested in applying for the fund which can be found at www.rya.org.uk/go/if

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The RYA and the powerboat racing community were deeply shocked to hear of the tragic death of Will Nocker whilst racing at the Class One Grand Prix in Gabon, West Africa over the weekend (14/15 July 2012).

Will was an enthusiastic and successful competitor in the UK, racing in the Honda Formula Four Stroke Series between 2004 and 2006.

John Puddifoot, RYA Powerboat Racing Manager; “The RYA would wish to extend its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Will at this sad time.”

According to witnesses, the 47 year olds boat flipped and “barrel rolled” on the water.  He was rushed to hospital in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.  Will’s co-driver, Norwegian Kurt Olsen, was also badly hurt and remains in a critical condition in intensive care

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Sailors Line Up to Run With The Olympic Torch

It was triple Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie who on 19 May, some 54 days ago, left Lands End for the first leg of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and since that time numerous sailors and boaters of all ages have carried the Olympic flame with more sailors still to come.

Last Friday (6 July), 1964, Olympic silver medallist Keith Musto (pictured) took to the streets of Colchester when he ran his leg of the relay and we have a whole host of other sailors taking their turn over the coming week.

On Thursday 12 July, Skandia Team GBR Performance Squad sailor Katrina Hughes will be running the Torch into the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing regattas, before handing over to double Olympic Gold medallist Rodney Pattison who will take the flame from the academy by boat towards Weymouth Beach.

On Friday 13 July, Skandia Team GBR Performance Squad Finn sailor, Giles Scott will be running his leg in Portland, before heading to Swanage when inspirational quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt will take his turn carrying the Torch.

Then on 15 July the Torch heads to Portsmouth when RYA OnBoard volunteer Margaret Hyde takes her turn in the relay line up.  Also on July 15, Paralympic GB sailor Alexandra Rickham, will be taking the Torch through Bridgemary, then on 22 July, the day after the RYA’s Sail for Gold Push the Boat Out day, the Torch heads to Erith Sailing Club, when club sailor Aaron Reynolds will  be sailing it over the river.

“We are really proud of all the amazing sailors, volunteers and boating enthusiasts who have had the opportunity and honour to run with the Olympic Torch and I would like to encourage everybody to come and cheer them on as they run their various part of the Olympic Torch Relay” commented Celia Edgington, RYA Sail for Gold co-ordinator.

Want to know more about the sailors of Team GB then look out for the new RYA ‘Home of the British Sailing Team’ website which goes live on Monday 16 July.

Want to find out how you can get involved in supporting and celebrating the Team GB sailors then visit www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold

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