LOTS IN STORE FROM THE RYA AND SAIL FOR GOLD IN WEYMOUTH DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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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WORLD SILVER MEDAL FOR 12 YEAR OLD POWERBOAT RACER

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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THREE MORE SLEEPS THEN IT’S TIME TO PUSH THE BOAT OUT

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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SPECIAL TICKET OFFER FOR RYA MEMBERS TO PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

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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SAILING SECURES OVER £1 MILLION OF SPORT ENGLAND INSPIRED FACILITIES FUNDING

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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RYA EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES FOLLOWING DEATH OF POWERBOAT RACER

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

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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1948 SAILING TORCH PRESENTED TO WPNSA

1948 Sailing Torch presented to WPNSA

Over the last seven weeks, to coincide the Olympic Torch Relay, a replica 1948 Torch has made a unique journey in the hands of sailors and boaters of all ages. It has travelled across 80 miles of sea from Torquay all the way to the London 2012 sailing venue as part of the RYA’s 1948 Sailing Relay and has been celebrated by clubs along the route.

Yesterday (Tuesday 10 July 2012), the Torch was officially gifted from Torbay Council to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and was presented to WPNSA Chairman Edward Leask by the Mayor of Torbay Gordan Oliver.

“It’s a great honour to have the 1948 Torch here at the academy and to have it presented to us today by Torbay Council. We are delighted to have it here and hope to display it alongside a 2012 Torch permanently in the Academy” said WPNSA Chief Executive John Tweed.

Tony Wood, RYA Regional Development Officer who has been instrumental in organising the event said: “It’s fantastic to be able to officially mark the end of this unique journey. Clubs have been holding the most amazing celebrations and people of all ages have been supporting the Relay and sailing alongside the Torch as it travelled from venue to venue.  We really are delighted to have been able to use this opportunity to inspire so many people about sailing and the Games and celebrate our Olympic Sailing Heritage”.

The Relay began on May 20 when it was sailed off the beach in Torbay which was the venue of the 1948 Olympic Sailing Events. During Jubilee weekend, hundreds of people passed the Torch along Topsham’s ‘long table’ which stretched right around the village. In Exmouth people came out in force to witness a spectacular send off when the Torch was relayed by dozens of adults and children to a waiting cruiser and pupils at Sidmouth College took part in their own mini torch relay at school!

The Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver said: “This is a very historic occasion for Weymouth and Portland and Torbay. It brings together the spirit of past Olympics with inspiration for the 2012 Games and beyond. The connection with our replica Torch and the hosting of the 2012 Sailing Events here at WPNSA is fantastic for the sport, young people and this country”.

Along with the 1948 Torch a hand drawn map of the original 1948 Torch route by local artist Brian Wright was also presented. The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland and the Mayor of Portland were also present for the celebrations.

The 1948 Sailing Relay Torch visited the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Paignton Sailing Club, Brixham Yacht Club, Babbacombe Sailing Club, SeaSports SW, Teignmouth Corinthian Yacht Club, Starcross Yacht Club, Topsham Sailing Club, Lympstone Sailing Club, Exmouth Sailing Club, Sidmouth Sailing Club, Beer Sailing Club, Axe Yacht Club, Lyme Regis Sailing Club, Castle Cove Sailing Club, Weymouth Sailing Club, Osprey Training Centre and SailLaser.

The 1948 Sailing Relay is part of the nationwide initiative Sail for Gold which aims to bring the excitement of London 2012 as close to home as possible for everyone no matter where they live.

For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold

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1948 SAILING TORCH TO BE GIFTED TO WPNSA

1948 Sailing Torch to be gifted

To mark the end of a very unique journey, a replica 1948 Torch which has been carried almost 80 miles by sea, is to be gifted from Torbay Council to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) next week (Tuesday 10 July).

The Torch has travelled by water from Torquay all the way to the Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue as part of the 1948 Sailing Relay and has visited 16 sailing clubs along the way.

“We are overwhelmed with the response we have had from this Relay. Since it began in Torbay on 20 May, sailing clubs across the coast have been holding the most fantastic celebrations with sailors and windsurfers of all ages welcoming it and sailing alongside side it, as it travels from venue to venue” ” explains Tony Wood, RYA Regional Development Officer in the South West who has been instrumental in organising the event.

During Jubilee weekend, hundreds of people passed the Torch along Topsham’s ‘long table’ which stretched right around the village. In Exmouth people came out in force to witness a spectacular send off when the Torch was relayed by dozens of adults and children to a waiting cruiser and pupils at Sidmouth College took part in their own mini torch relay at school!  During the 1948 Sailing Relay hundreds of school children were able to experience a piece of Olympic Sailing history.

“In the South West there is such a wonderful local connection to the 1948 Olympic Sailing Events which took place in Torquay and this Relay has been a truly fantastic opportunity to showcase the 1948 Torch once again and to celebrate our sailing heritage” Tony concluded.

The Major of Torbay, Gordon Oliver will be officially presenting the Torch to Chairman of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Edward Leask, on the final day of the Relay at 12:30pm at WPNSA.

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver, said: “Torbay has strong links with the Olympics with the 1948 sailing events being held in Torquay.  The Olympic flame was brought from London to Torre Abbey Meadows and the closing ceremony was observed by over 10,000 spectators.

“This year, Torbay marked the Olympic Torch Relay with many great celebrations including the replica Torch relay setting sail from Torquay for Weymouth.  It gives me the utmost pleasure to hand over the replica Torch which symbolises all the wonderful elements of the Games from 1948 right through to today.”

Chairman of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Edward Leask commented:
“The 1948 Sailing Relay is incredibly symbolic to us at the Academy. It reminds us of the responsibility we have to the Games and to all of those who are competing in them, as well as all of the hard work that we have all done to get to this point. We look forward to keeping the Torch safe alongside the 2012 Olympic Torch so that we can display them in the 2012 UK Olympic sailing venue.”

The 1948 Sailing Relay Torch has visited the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Paignton Sailing Club, Brixham Yacht Club, Babbacombe Sailing Club, SeaSports SW, Teignmouth Corinthian Yacht Club, Starcross Yacht Club, Topsham Sailing Club, Lympstone Sailing Club, Exmouth Sailing Club, Sidmouth Sailing Club, Beer Sailing Club, Axe Yacht Club, Lyme Regis Sailing Club, Castle Cove Sailing Club, Weymouth Sailing Club, Osprey Training Centre and SailLaser.

The 1948 Sailing Relay is part of the nationwide initiative Sail for Gold which aims to bring the excitement of London 2012 as close to home as possible for everyone know matter where they live.

For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold

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VIDEO: RYA TALKS WIND FARMS WITH YACHTING MONTHLY

RYA Talks Wind Farms

Yachting Monthly’s Deputy Editor Rob Peake put the RYA’s Cruising Manager Stuart Carruthers through his paces this week in an in depth interview on the continued development of wind farms in UK waters and their impact on recreational boating.

You can watch the full interview at www.rya.org.uk and at www.yachtingmonthly.com.

Rob Peake said: “I learnt a lot from talking to Stuart and I think anyone watching the video will learn a lot too.

“We covered a huge amount of ground from how we arrived at the current Round 3 developments, what the practical implications of the wind farms are on boating, to what the RYA has been, and is currently doing, to safeguard our interests.

“We talked about some of the key issues including the proposed development of the Navitus Bay wind farm on the south coast, the developments in the Irish Sea and the Firth of Forth and the further development of the east coast”.

Stuart Carruthers said: “There is no doubt that the waterscape has changed and will continue to change for recreational boating. Our commitment is to keep working to ensure that Government and the developers take into account, at every stage, the safety of navigation for recreational boating”.

Watch the interview at www.rya.org.uk and www.yachtingmonthly.com.

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