Gavin Saunders from Constantine, Falmouth has clinched a place in the final of the ilovesailing Facebook photo and video competition.

Gavin’s winning photo shows Cornish pilot gigs out racing under sail, which are more commonly raced by rowing. Gavin commented on his posting: “Thought I’d post this one – as you have to really – really – love sailing to race these.”  View Gavin’s entry at!/photo.php?fbid=10150989347421959&set=o.298756330172477&type=3&theater

As the May winner, Gavin wins a Go-Pro Surf Hero camera thanks to Action Cameras and a much coveted ilovesailing rubber duck, and will join fellow monthly winners in the final.

Gavin commented of her win: “I’m really delighted to be the May winner.  I always think that the images that are submitted to the ‘ilovesailing’ Facebook page are fantastic, and to be chosen from amongst them is genuinely a boost. The quality of the final at the Southampton Boat Show should be great, and I’m exciting to be part of it.”

With so many wonderful pictures and video’s posted in May two runners up were chosen;  Beth Matthews, for her picture of entitled ‘How summer sailing should be’ (!/photo.php?fbid=4018400297451&set=o.298756330172477&type=3&theater) and Phil Brining for his family focused video (!/photo.php?v=230473837057962&set=o.298756330172477&type=2&theater).  Both Beth and Phil win themselves a much coveted ilovesailing rubber duck.

Each month, between January and August 2012, we will choose a winning photo or video that celebrates what we love about sailing and windsurfing; that will then go through to the ilovesailing grand final to be held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September.

The overall winner will claim a fantastic money can’t buy prize package which includes a Neilson sailing holiday, a day of personal coaching with a top coach, a Skandia Team GBR goodie bag, an ilovesailing rubber ducky signed by the 2012 Team GB Olympic sailors and more goodies collected throughout the months leading up to winners announcement.

“The entries just keep coming and every one we see is fantastic, making our job to choose one winner each month very difficult indeed.

“It’s great to see so many people getting involved and sharing their photos and videos with us.  We look forward to even more entries over the coming months and more and more people liking ‘ilovesailing’” commented ilovesailing manager, Graham Manchester.

Open to everyone, all you need to do to take part is ‘like’ the ilovesailing Facebook page, start posting your favourite sailing and windsurfing photos and videos and you could be in with a chance of winning.  It’s that easy.

Each week you’ll also find different activities to enjoy on the page including caption competitions, opinion polls and more.  Get involved and you could become the proud owner of your very own ilovesailing duck!

Check out all the entries at

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