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Issue 17: February 2016


From The Committee

Chairman's Update

In the last newsletter, I said that IOCA is really a group of parents that have come together to help plan and organise Optimist sailing in the UK. Often I hear reference by parents to IOCA in the third person but we are IOCA!  It is our class. It is fair to ask about the role of the IOCA committee: it is elected each year by members at the AGM during the Nationals. Following the constitution, it manages the affairs of the class on behalf of all members. There is an elected position for each of the main roles e.g. sailing, technical, training, development, teams etc and the committee operates by these elected members coming together about six times per year. So the committee is not an “executive”, there are no reporting structures and almost all decisions are reached by consensus.
Many of you are involved in training this winter, whether this is flotilla training, IOCA regional training or squad training and this is thanks to the work of volunteers. As we start to look forward to the new season, I wanted to remind you that the class has a number of six boat trailers and three RIBS available to support flotillas. This newsletter features an article by Alan Williams, our National Coach, on Teams, which I hope will be useful background as we head towards the selection of the main teams in early May. This year we have no elected Teams Officer and most of the work is being done by John Perham, Alan Williams, Richard Baker and myself.
Continuing the theme reported in the last newsletter, we would like to have team coordinators for each of the teams this summer and hopefully we will get to the end of 2016 and members will see that the Teams Officer role, when working with Team coordinators, is not that onerous !

Renew your IOCA (UK) membership for 2016

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Click here to renew your membership.
When renewing membership select the FAMILY MEMBERSHIP option and add the number of sailors in the family.

Dates For Your Diary

2016 Volvo Gill Optimist Spring Championships
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
05/03/2016 - 06/03/2016
Entry is now open
The IOCA Calendar is full of events for 2016.
Click here to check the website for lots of local, regional and national events.
Renew your IOCA (UK) membership for 2016

IOCA Girls Open Training (GOT) 11-12th June 2016, West Mersea (Dabchicks Sailing Club)

Open Training Event for girls - combining on the water coaching (split into groups, so all skill levels are welcome), BBQ, camping and fun chats with top ex-Optimist girl coaches.
  • No boys allowed!
  • Learn how to sail your Optimist better and to improve your racing results
  • Meet top girl sailors from Team GBR and find out about things you can do with your sailing skills in the future
  • Meet other girl sailors and make some new friends!
  • Chill out with friends and enjoy fun on Saturday evening 
  • Parents invited too - accommodation list available
  • Target cost of £25.00 for the weekend
Full details coming soon, contact Victor Brellisford ASAP to reserve your place.
Official entry will be via the IOCA website.
West Mersea is a particularly lovely spot in the summer and it gets VERY BUSY, so parents need to book accommodation very soon if they would like to enjoy a drink or two at the sailing club and stay on Saturday night.  Girls have the option of camping out in parent gardens.

The Nationals at Largs, Scotland

The Nationals is the event linking British Optimist sailing across the whole of Britain and therefore rotates between England, Wales, and Scotland. Once a year hundreds of Optimist sailors at all levels gather for a week of racing. Some will do the regatta fleet with one coach every eight sailors, helping develop sailors’ racing skills. Others will do the main fleet, experiencing the excitement of the biggest start-lines you will get in any dinghy class in the UK. The Nationals 2016 will be in Scotland at Largs. Largs is a lovely seaside town on the West Coast of Scotland - this where people go on holiday and we are lucky to go sailing here. Sailing at Largs you will be surrounded by mountains and islands, with bays where seals, porpoises and basking sharks swim. You will see beautiful sunsets that set this stunning place ablaze in Scotland’s famous West Coast light. The people are friendly and Scottish-Italians serve the most delicious ice-cream - how about the famous Clyde Coast Extravaganza sundae with 12 scoops of ice-cream and 16 toppings served in what looks like a vase, as a special treat after a hard day of racing?! We are going to have a lovely time  and because it is a whole week of sailing you will race in lots of different conditions. A week of racing like this will transform your sailing. The regatta fleet head-coach is Ali Young who is very friendly and the young coaches helping him know all about Optimists. The main fleet race officer will be Peter Saxton, who is a real pro, with the best race experience around. When the Nationals are in Scotland we also get lots of people coming from abroad (the event is also the British Open), so you will get to meet sailors from all over the world. The Americans like coming to Scotland so they will definitely will be there, and so will sailors from Spain and as far as Bermuda! Last time the Nationals were in Largs in 2013 people said it was one of the best Nationals ever, so come this year, you’ll love it.
For further details keep an eye on the nationals webpage

News & Reviews

Interview with John Perham
the IOCA (UK) Administrator and Events Manager

How long have you worked for IOCA (UK)?
I started full time at the Inland Championships last year in May. To gain some work experience I volunteered and worked at the Inland Championships and the Selections.
Where do you work? Do you have an office?
In my house – I work from home.  I am the only full-time paid person worker in the IOCA (UK) office. When there are major sailing events like the Spring Championships I take my office to the event and set up and work in the Race Office.
What type of work do you do as the Administrator and Events Manager?
I spend most of my time on my computer using a range of different software to process memberships, send out invitations to sailors to join squad training. I also upload and post most of the information on the website like calendars and entry for major events. I pass on questions from members to other members who have a more information than I do.  I have recently done this with a question about sail numbers that I passed on to the Class measurer.
Who do you work with?
I work with a large team of people. The largest group of people I work with are the mums and dads of the Optimist sailors, who volunteer to be committee members, work on tasks and projects throughout the year and at major sailing events and training.  Selectors and those who take on duties like Jury are often not parents of sailors. I liaise with the Head Coaches and the Squad Coaches that IOCA (UK) employs to deliver the squad training and with Michelle Gent the IOCA (UK) Development Officer. At a major sailing event the team gets even bigger – for example the Spring Championships has a parent volunteer team of about 80 and larger events like the Nationals over 120.
How many people do you think that you work with?
I am not sure of the exact number, but there are lots! To give you an idea, when I am working at home I am in regular contact by email and phone with the committee which has 15 members, the 6 Major Event Coordinators, 6 or more Squad Coordinators, 5 or 6 Team Coordinators and the Class Safety Officer. There are over 360 families with over 500 sailors in the Class who will contact me from time to time to ask about membership, event entries and with general Optimist questions.
What did you do before you worked for IOCA (UK)?
This job with IOCA is my 31st job. I trained as a teacher of Outdoor Activities, then taught geography in a school for a year. I then worked as an outdoor activity instructor teaching rock climbing and kayaking in the summer and working in ski resorts in Scotland and Switzerland in the winter for nearly 6 years. Since then I have had a number of jobs all in sports administration and event management.  I think that this will be my last job – 31 is enough.
When did you start sailing?
I first sailed in a Cadet as a crew when I was 14 years old in 1970 and then when I was about 17 moved into GP14 sailing with the same helm.  We did not have wet suits then, when it was cold we just had to put on more clothes.
What is it like running the Race Office at an event?
I like running the Race Office, I get to meet all the sailors and the mums and dads. I usually have parents who volunteer to assist me in the running of the Race Office so that I can meet up with other parents who are planning future events and training and we discuss what needs to be done and what I have to do to support their work.
What is the best thing about being the Administrator and Events Manager?
It’s when the flags go up, the horn sounds and the beachmaster allows sailors to launch. There is a mad dash for the water and there are trolleys everywhere. This is the best thing because it means the entire IOCA team have worked hard to plan the event, registration is over, the Race Officer has held a Sailors’ Briefing and we are going racing.

Class Connections

Moving into Cadets

Jamie Harris 2015 Cadet National Champion

I started sailing in an Optimist at age 8 in the South West, and qualified twice for National Squad, and became National Junior Boy Champion in 2013. Whilst competing and training in Oppies I tried out a Cadet, helming with my sister Bettine who had gained a deserved place in Oppie Intermediate squad.
Cadets seemed the perfect step after Optimists as I wanted to try a two-person boat in the future. So I sailed 2014 Cadet events and qualifiers whilst also sailing my Oppie. Amazingly, Bettine and I managed to qualify for both Cadet and Oppie National Squads!
The 49th Cadet Worlds were to be held in Lake Garda 2015 and we had a tough choice to make! We chose the Cadet National Squad to help get us to Garda – and it was a very hard decision to leave behind our beloved Oppies.
The Cadet brought new challenges including communication, spinnakers, spinnaker poles, jibs, rig tension, and many more crucial techniques and tactics involved with two-hander sailing. We invested in a brand new design Cadet, made in the UK by Synergy Marine with hi-tech construction throughout. It was obvious from the moment we launched “Twocan” that she was seriously fast in all weather conditions, more like a 420 inside, and just as technical to sail.
After a hard winter of training in both my Oppie and the Cadet, we qualified 2nd of 7 GBR Worlds Team places for the 2015 Cadet Worlds. It was hard work and really competitive but we had made it.
We had one week training in Garda before the Worlds. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place and perfect for any major championships.
Soon teams arrived from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Poland, Ukraine and of course GBR! I made friends from all around the globe. 
We led the event at the halfway stage but unluckily gained a second yellow flag and a devastating DNE followed it. We finished 7th overall counting the DNE and would have won if we had been able to discard it. We came away as Junior Cadet World Champions with three race wins and three 2nds, after two of the best weeks of my life but it was a rollercoaster!
The following month Bettine and I fought hard to win the Cadet Nationals held at Torquay and I followed that by winning the National Inlands Championship with a new crew.  Bettine has since qualified for Cadet National Junior squad.
The Cadets have been fun, challenging, competitive worldwide, and above all welcoming. To try a Cadet please give the Cadet class a call as they have boats you can try.
I’m now looking forward to taking my new skills and experience from the Oppie and the Cadets into the future of my sailing!

Clubs & Flotillas

Papercourt Optimist Open Meeting – January 2nd 2016

Thomas White, GBR 6315, Papercourt, South East
Papercourt Sailing Club in Ripley hosted the first Optimist Open Meeting of the year on the 2nd January 2016.
There was not much wind, in fact at 8.30am there was no wind at all! However, as forecast at 9.30am the wind picked up to about 8 knots regularly gusting 12 and up to 15 at times. It was very flukey too, which made the sailing very technical.
There were originally four races planned for the day, but due to the wind direction and the number of entries, the race team opted to split the main fleet into flights. This meant that the total number of races would be three (six starts), two before lunch and one after.
For some of the sailors in the main fleet, it was their first main fleet event and they had not experienced what happens when the fleet was split into flight groups. During the briefing a thorough explanation of how the system works was given, and an extra briefing was held for first timers. It was an excellent introduction to what happens at the IOCA events.
Papercourt is brilliant for those transitioning from Regatta to Main Fleet. If you are in the Regatta Fleet and want to try the Main Fleet you can, and if you find the Main Fleet too competitive you can go back to the Regatta Fleet. Obviously your results overall can’t be compared, but you can see how well you have done in each race.
The Regatta Fleet also had a few first timers on the course and they were given lots of help. The experienced Regatta Sailors headed off round the course, but for the novices, a lead safety boat was in place to guide them round. It was great to see them doing so well, particularly in the shifty wind.
The Main Fleet had a great mix of sailors, some from the Intermediate and Development Squads, and several Zone Squad Sailors and a few first timers. There was some very competitive sailing. The shifts made it hard to judge the favoured side of the course and the bias end of the start line. The racing was very close.
During the break for lunch some of the fleet had worked out that the podium positions were all still up for grabs, and the final race was going to be the decider and it started to get a little tense. Both starts in the final race got away smoothly and the race was on!
I had a good start, but as I left the start line behind I knew that I had to give it my very best. I had good results from the morning’s races, but I knew that a few of the other sailors had also done very well too. With a discard I knew it was possible to win the event but I also knew I had to finish 1st in this last race.
I was permanently scanning for shifts and gusts, and opted for the right side of the course. It was a difficult decision to make, and not many people chose this option. But it turned out to be a good choice. I had a shift in my favour and then caught a gust just right. I was leading at the end of lap one. I needed to keep watching and feeling for the shifts, and sail through as many gusts as I could. I was really trying my best and as I crossed the line, I was delighted that I managed to finish first in this flight group. I headed for the pontoon hoping that I had done enough. It all depended on who had finished first in the other flight.

We all knew it was close and were told that the results had to be checked, and whilst we were told that the computer had generated the final positions, it was so close that the RYA scoring rules were double and triple checked before the presentations.
The results in the Main Fleet were: 1st Thomas White; 2nd  Joshua Means; 3rd  Raulf Berry and in the Regatta Fleet: 1st Henry Mean; 2nd Ella Lightbody; 3rd Emma Breeze.
It was a great day and thanks must go to everyone who helped make the day run smoothly.

Globe Trotting

IX Torrevieja International Optimist Trophy

The event took place on the last weekend in January, with 344 participants from more than 20 countries. A group of British sailors got together in an informal team keen try out an international event. Seven sailors took part: Sam Edwards, Fergus Fox, Keelin Greene, Ansel Levy Dethmers, Toby Schonrock, Ruben Stokroos and Oliver Sturley.  

Oliver Schonrock took the lead and found out that this open event provides excellent support for teams from other countries, including a RIB and charter boats. He took on coaching and six other parents joined in and a great group came together, working out accommodation, flights, sail transport - all over email, as some of us had never met before. We had in common sailors wanting to get some international event experience – and the Torrevieja Trophy provides a large and accessible event.

The Club was very welcoming and friendly, providing the sailors with excellent charter boats with everything included. We arrived to rain, which was not what we expected of southern Spain! But the weather improved as the days wore on. The sun came out but the wind seemed too light. For the first two days of the race it stayed light but on the last day it blew more than the forecast had predicted, making for three days of quite different conditions that tested the whole range of sailing skills.

We all stayed in a large holiday villa in what seemed to be a ghost neighbourhood, but it was just low season (and therefore a bargain :-). The sailors really enjoyed being together, trying out the freezing cold pool and never running out of ideas of games to play; most of them only knew one or two others in the group to start off with, but all seven bonded into a tight-knit team that worked hard and had serious fun.

On the water, there were start lines of nearly 120 boats, and the jostling for position was aggressive and vocal: with sailors from so many countries, the shouts were basic: oy oy oy, hey hey hey! The jury was very vigilant and yellow flags shown.

As Ruben said, ‘when you go abroad there are so many sailors at such a high level that really anything can happen, that’s exciting.’ At first it’s a bit overpowering, but by day two everyone was more at ease and able to assess that these amazing sailors were also just kids, even if there weren’t any familiar faces. The standard was high but the GBR sailors grew in confidence as the days went by.

The organisers were great on the water and off it – in the morning sailors were met with an old Oppie full of fruit, and a hot plate of pasta awaited them when they came off the water. The team were amused by traffic control on the water: at the entrance to the ramps a man stood with a Go and Stop sign and tried to organise the sailors’ return. It didn’t seem to make much difference to the usual chaos.

All in all, a really positive experience of venturing to a large international regatta, open to anyone with the enthusiasm and energy to turn up.

Naples 2016:  Mafia Crossfire, Swedish Friends and Napoli Waves

Sam de la Feuillade, GBR 6311
Very early on Saturday 2nd January 2016, the Naples team were planning on meeting at the Easyjet desk in Gatwick Airport at 5am.  The Naples team were Barty Gray, Kai Wolgram, Will Pank and myself. India Page-Wood was meeting us in Naples as she was flying from Lanzarote.
It started well….we had trouble meeting up but after some wandering about we realised that we were in the North terminal and Barty and Kai were in the South terminal! After a short flight we landed at Naples airport where we met up with Pieter, our coach for the event and our taxi driver who took us straight to the sailing club, Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia.
When we got to the club the weather was warm and sunny. Kristine Page-Wood had already arrived with India and had found our charter boats. We spent some time rigging the boats and finding spare parts that were missing like the mast clamps. We had taken lots of spare parts but we didn’t have enough mast clamps for all of us and so Pieter showed us the traditional way of securing the masts with rope.
We managed to rig all of the boats quickly which gave us the unexpected opportunity to go out for a practise sail. We launched from the pontoon, lifting the boats into the water because the club didn’t have a slipway. We all thought that the man that had left his very expensive yacht next to the pontoon was very brave as there were lots of Oppies sailing around it with a little bit of bumping.
Sunday – day 1 of racing
After breakfast we went to the Opening Ceremony while Kristine did a fantastic job of polishing our boats – thank you Kristine.  At the Opening Ceremony, we tied the British flag onto my sprit and Barty and I waved it as high as we could. After the ceremony, we went straight to the changing rooms and got ready, meeting a few new friends from other countries.  The Italians were all very crazy and loud but really good fun.
Once launched, we all sailed out to the start line, the wind picked up to around 20 knots with hail and a few very dark clouds coming from the right-hand side of the course (which was also the side that would pay that day). While we were racing the hail stopped and the wind dropped to about 10 knots.
The racing was very competitive and very different to anything I have done before at home, hearing all the different languages on the start line and not knowing anyone other than my teammates. But I loved every minute of it. The results for the team were spread out and Kai and Barty had a really good day.
After racing, we went back to the club, de-rigged, changed and finished with a de-brief, before playing Uno and Oppie Happy Families with the Swedish girl, Hannah. Hannah and her mum joined us for dinner at the club with Pieter and the two British parents. It was great, there was gnocchi in tomato sauce, pasta and chicken. But we didn’t eat any ice-cream dessert because the last two years the British sailors have been ill and last year’s house parent thought it was probably the ice-cream. During dinner the Italians burst into a huge sing-along encouraged by the waiters and although Barty and I didn’t know the words we joined in, which our new Italian friends seemed to like.
Monday – Day 2 of racing
The weather was good for racing but we only had time to complete 2 races before the wind picked up to 30 knots. In Britain the racing would have probably continued but the race officer decided to abandon the racing and whilst the other countries sailed in, Pieter obtained permission to stay out with our team for another hour playing in the waves and having an incredible time surfing on the big waves. Everyone’s results improved. With a long afternoon to spare before dinner, we went to a very splendid hotel across the road from the sailing club to have a debrief with Pieter and a nice pasta late-lunch.
Afterwards we went back to the sailing club for more card games with Hannah and then pizza for dinner with a show.  After the show, all of the foreign teams had to light a candle and put it inside a floating paper boat that each team had made and so I gave a speech on behalf of our team thanking the club for hosting the event. There was also a raffle with the first prize being a brand new Oppie which was won by our Swedish friend Hannah. 

That night, back at the hostel, we heard a series of bangs followed by sirens and even the adults couldn’t tell whether it was Mafia crossfire or fireworks. Fortunately, it was our last night at the hostel and we discovered in the morning that the bangs had been fireworks, but the doubt from the night before had been enough to convince the last few remaining teams to move out of the hostel and book into a hotel opposite the sailing club.
Tuesday – Day 3 (final day of racing)
After arriving at the club there was a postponement because of lack of wind and so we watched some video analysis of the previous two days racing with Pieter and afterwards there was time to trade kit with the international sailors. At around lunchtime we finally launched but only managed to squeeze in one race before the time limit of the end of the day’s racing. I got my best result of the event, a 16, which really helped my final position.  All of our results improved as the event went on, except Kai who had a pretty consistent regatta and good results from the start. Our final positions were Kai 10th, Barty 25th, Will 32nd, India 37th and me 47th out of a fleet of 91 sailors. It wasn’t my best result, but I was really happy that I improved over the three days and as I had never been abroad for a sailing event before I certainly learnt a lot.
It was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I went. I enjoyed every minute of it from the mafia drama to the plane ride, to making lots of new international friends and surfing the Napoli waves. I have so many stories from my 4 day Italian adventure - if you see me in the dinghy park I have many more I can tell you – including the funny moment where I saw an Italian man get slapped across the face by an Italian woman for being too suggestive.
I want to say a special thank you to Pieter, Justine and Kristine who looked after us all in Italy (Kristine even found a spare pair of boots when I accidentally left mine at the hostel on day 2 – thank you Kristine)
Now I can’t wait to go to Brassemermeer at Easter.

Coaches’ Corner

GBR Optimist Teams and International Events

Alan Williams, National Coach
The Optimist Class is the largest junior sailing Class around the world. It is only in Britain that we have a number of other junior classes.

The Optimist Class has two significant objectives, to provide developmental and fun junior sailing for all sailors, and to develop sailors so that they can perform to high standards domestically and internationally. Significant numbers of Optimist sailors move on into the RYA Youth and Olympic podium pathway. Many well-known and successful GBR sailors such as Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Hannah Mills, Saskia Clarke, Luke Patience, Charlotte Dobson, Sophie Ainsworth, Nick Thompson, Hannah Diamond, Alison Young, Sophie Weguelin and Anna Burnett amongst many, many others, were all Optimist sailors.  

Many GBR sailors start off  attending GBR regional and national events organised by the Class, and gradually as they become more confident and experienced move on to gain valuable international experience. 
Each year we select a number of Teams to represent the Class and RYA at International sailing events. The IODA international events are closed events where we are required to run selection trials to make teams to represent GBR. 

We are permitted to select 5 sailors to attend the Worlds, and 7 or 8 sailors to attend the Europeans. We also select a team of 8 promising sailors to attend the Development team event, and a team to attend the European Team Racing Championships.
The Class has 3 selectors who make decisions on behalf of the Class on selection matters. The Selectors are, Chair of Selectors- Steph Banham, Mark Nicholls the Head of RYA Youth Racing, and the Class National Coach – Alan Williams.

The Selectors and the Class agree selection polices and publish these but the Selectors, independent of the Class, actually select the sailors.
Selection Trials
Each year we run a Selection Trials, which is run over 4 days to select the teams.

Approximately 90 sailors are invited by the Selectors from the rankings, and a small number of recommendations from RYA Zone High Performance Mangers.

The top 5 sailors go on to attend the worlds. The next 4 boys and the top 3 girls then go onto attend the boys and the girls European Championships. 

Each team has a coach and a team leader. Each team has a training programme before their event which is supported by RYA funding. The Development team is a team which consists of 8 promising younger sailors in the under 14 and under 13 age groups 4 boys and 4 girls.  This team is supported by RYA funding.
Braassemermeer- Holland
At Easter year as an extension of the squad training we offer 40 sailors off the rankings to attend the Easter International in Holland.  A 4-day event with some training tagged on. This team is supported by RYA funding.
Irish Nationals – Junior Team
Each year we select a junior team to attend the Irish Nationals, who are supported by coaches.  This team is supported by RYA funding.
Other Selected Events
We select a team to attend the European Team Racing Championships and we select a sailor usually either our top ranked boy or girl to attend the Bermuda Junior Gold Cup in October.
Invitational Events
The Class receives a number of invitations each year to international events, with the offer of subsidised costs, which could be in the form of reduced charter fees, accommodation, travel or entry fees. These invitations are passed to the Selectors to consider under the Class’s Overseas Invitation Guidelines (published on the class website). Usually express of interests are then invited from sailors. These events are usually parent led and organised and are not official RYA or IOCA teams.
International Events
We encourage parents to get together to take advantage of going to local European events.

If you are going to attend international events, be mindful that international standards of Optimist sailing are very high, and in some cases almost ‘professional’, so make sure that you have realistic goals for events. 
  • Garda Easter international. 
  • United 4 events in Holland in the Spring and Autumn.
  • Torrevieja – in Spain in January.
  • Palamos Regatta in Spain in February.
  • Optispring – in Holland in mid April.
  • Flanders week- Nieuwpoort in July – an excellent event for older sailors.
  • Irish Nationals
  • Euromed – Malta over the Xmas break.
  • French Nationals
  • Spanish events 

Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup

IOCA has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, do follow them for all the up-to-date news and photos. In the run up to the Nationals IOCA are also creating a new Events announcements web page where it will be possible to get news during events in real time – watch this space!

The East region are using Facebook as a way to stay in touch with sailors in their area and announce events, as are Scottish sailors. Do let us know if your club or region is doing something similar.

YouTube and Video Channels

By Thomas White
If you want to improve your sailing or learn some more techniques, have you tried looking online? There are lots of videos to watch and some are amazing, and why not have a go at making a video of your own?
Waterproof HD Video cameras are available for under £30 and are a great way to record your favourite sailing moments. Most of them come with lots of attachments to fix to your boat, although I would always recommend tying the camera on too for added security; the suction mounts are not that secure! You can ask your parents to start a YouTube Channel that you can use under their supervision, or depending on how old you are, you can start your own Channel.
I’ve just started posting videos on my YouTube Channel ‘mashwithtoe’ and it’s a great way for your non-sailing friends to see what sailing is all about.


Ella Lance has been uploading lots of great photos and videos to inspire your training. Check her out on Instagram, ellalancesailing or YouTube.
If you also have a YouTube or Instragram channel that you would like to share with other sailors, email us so we can include it in future newsletters.
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