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Sailing Events in August

Sailing Events in August 2013

Here is a shortlist of some of the sailing events in August around the world.


Sailing Events in August in the US

Newport Bucket Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island.  This fun and friendly regatta runs from 23 -25 August 2013.


Sailing Events in August in the UK

Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight.  Probably the highlight of many a sailors Summer is Cowes Week.  This year the dates are 3-10 August 2013

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, River Dart, Dartmouth, Devon.  A regatta not to be missed over the Summer with many events including not just sailing but rowing, running, air displays, tennis and street markets.  The regatta dates are 29-31 August  2013.

Fowey Royal Regatta, Fowey, Cornwall.  This year the regatta runs from 18-24 August 2013 in the beautiful ancient port of Fowey.

Fastnet Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight.  Only taking place every other year, this year see a record number of entries for this infamous race around the Fastnet Lighthouse.  Start date is Sunday 11th August from Cowes, IOW.

Clipper Round the World Race, St Katharine’s Dock, London.   Formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Clipper Race is an amateur race around the globe, novice sailors can join at different stages and for different lengths of time.  The Clipper Race leaves from St Katharine’s Dock in London on Sunday 1st September.


Sailing Events in August in Europe

Two Swedish events in Europe,  Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden (5-10 August 2013, and Tjörn Runt, Tjörn, Sweden (Saturday 7th August 2013)


Sailing Events in August in Australia and New Zealand

Just the two boat shows as it’s Winter!  Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney, Australia 1-5 August 2013 and Darwin Boat and Outdoor Show, Darwin, Australia running from 31 August to 1 September 2013.


Sailing Events in August in Canada

Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Halifax Nova Scotia.  This all-female yacht racing championship runs from 22-25 August 2013.


For more sailing events in 2013 visit our Sailing Dates article.


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Sailing Events in July

Sailing Events in July around the globe.

So in the Northern Hemisphere with Summer (!) upon us, there are some great sailing events to catch up with and participate in if you are lucky enough.  Starting with Sailing Events in July in the US.


Sailing Events in July in the US

Chicago to Mackinac Boat Race, Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago, Illinois.  Running from July 13-16 2013, The Mac, as it is known locally, is a sailing race of  333 miles from Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island on Lake Michigan.  3,000 sailors will be competing in the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world.  Although The Mac is primarily an amateur race, it does attract some of the finest sailing talents in the sport.

Larchmont Race Week, Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, New York.  Running from July 13 – 21 2013, Larchmont Race Week has junior and senior sections during the week.

The Youngstown Level Regatta, Youngstown Yacht Club, Youngstown, Ohio.  Running from July 27 until July 28, two days of racing for both seniors and juniors, taking place around Long Island Sound.


Sailing Events in July in the UK

West Highland Yachting Week, Oban, West Coast Scotland.  Running from 27 July – 2 August 2013.  With 1,000 plus competitors from around the globe, it has become the biggest sailing event on the West Coast and takes place in Craobh, Oban and Tobermory.  As well as competitive racing there is a varied programme of shore-side activities too.

All Wales Boat Show, Conwy and Deganwy Quay Marinas, Conwy, North Wales.  Starting on Wednesday 24th July and finishing on Sunday 28th July 2013, the All Wales Boat Show is under new management and promises “a highly professional, all-encompassing watersports extravaganza, with activities and entertainment programme that will appeal to all”. The show has several locations along the Conwy River, which are accessible by water taxi or buses.


Sailing Events in July Rest of the World

Aegean Rally,  The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, Faliro Bay, Greece.   Starting on July 19 and finishing on July 29, the race is a regatta, which consists of a series of 3 or 4 individual offshore races.  Starting and finishing at Faliro Bay the yachts sail approximately 300 nautical miles around the beautiful islands of the Aegean.

The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  Lake Ontario 300 starts on July 12 2013.  It is an offshore race on Lake Ontario, providing a challenging circumnavigation of the lake.


For more sailing events this year see our Sailing Dates article.


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Sailing Events

Some of the big sailing events coming up in May and June 2013:

Sailing Events US

The first on the sailing events list is Figawi Race Weekend, Hyannis, Massachusetts 25-27 May.  One of the premier sailing races on the East coast.  Also running this weekend but over on the West coast at Whiskeytown Lake is the Whiskeytown Regatta, Whiskeytown Sailing Club, Redding, California.

June sees four main sailing events.  First up is the Lighthouse Charity Regatta, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from June 14-16, 2013 (Centerboards) and June 21 – 23, 2013 (Keelboats).   The charity recipients this year are The Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Center and The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.  Next is Block Island Race Week, Storm Trysail Club, Block Island, Rhode Island from 23-28 June and last but not least the Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach Yacht Club & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California.

Sailing Events UK

Two big events taking place during the same weekend 31 May to 2 June and on the same island is the Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.  Be taken back to a  bygone era and see hundreds of old gaffs.  Starting from Cowes at the top of the island is the infamous Round the Island Race where yachts compete to see who will make around the island first.

Sailing Events Europe

Three main events in Europe in June are Færderseilasen, Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Oslo, Norway starting on 7 June.  Then it’s down to the Netherlands for the biggest catamaran race in the world Round Texel Race, Texel, on 15 June.  Not to be missed and billed as the biggest sailing event in the world is Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany running from 22 – 30 June

Sailing Rest of World

Two boat shows down under, the Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia running from 14-17 June and then the  Adelaide Boat Show, Adelaide, Australia 20-23 June.

For details of other events happening around the world this year take a look at our Sailing Dates Blog

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Longest Honeymoon in History?

Ian and Wendy’s Story….will this be the longest honeymoon in history?

Last weekend I attended a wedding in Devon.  Not unusual I hear you say.  According to the Office of National Statistics, there were  277,740 marriages in the Uk in 2010. What made this wedding special was the fact that it was two people that had met and fallen in love on the Lovesail site.  Once they have wed they plan to take the longest honeymoon in history.

Wendy best describes what happened in an email she sent to me back in October 2012…..

I am just writing to you with regards to our Lovesail success story.  One of your members contacted me on 28th February this year. We both had never been on the site before and signed up for one month.  I had had a string of bad relationships and was living back with my parents at 45yrs old. Sobbing on my Dads bed one night, feeling really sorry for myself, I thought, what really makes me happy.  I’ve always loved sailing and messing about on the water, so I googled date sites for sailing people and was the first site that came up. I met up with a wonderful man called Ian “Captain Silver” was his site name, on Chichester Marina on March 8th 2012.  His yacht was called “The Silver Slipper “a beautiful Moody 422.  After a number of dates, he sent me a text asking if he could be my Peter Pan? (my name is Wendy) so I texted back, “Can I be your Cinderella if the silver slipper fits?  We have now been dating for 7 months, have fallen madly in love and are getting married next April 2013 in my home county of Devon and going on the longest honeymoon in history sailing around the world with my beautiful bearded collie dog “Bumble”

I was so touched when I received an invitation to the wedding and accepted without hesitation.

The setting was Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury on Sea, Devon.  It was the most beautiful location, high on a clifftop overlooking the estuary and Burgh Island.  The weather was sublime, sunny with a gentle breeze rising up from the sea.  A marque had been erected on the top of the cliff and guests were greeted with strawberries and cream on arrival.

The ceremony was carried out by a friend of the couple and was filled with laughter, cheers and tears and not forgetting Bumble the dog who was the ring bearer for the day.  It was the most wonderful atmosphere, friends and family all genuinely happy that Ian and Wendy had found each other.

The rest of the day and evening was filled with dancing, singing (Tom Jones no less!) and entertainment on a grand scale.  This lists, most definitely, as one of the best weddings I have ever been to.

Ian and Wendy now have last minutes preparations to carry out on Silver Slipper before they depart from the UK in May.  They will sail down to Gran Canaria ready to join the ARC Race in November.  Once across the Atlantic it’s off around the Caribbean and then through the Panama Canal to the Pacific and then who knows.  Most definitely the longest honeymoon in history.

Bon Voyage Ian and Wendy, wishing you safe and happy adventures in your new life together.

Related Articles: The Longest Honeymoon Continues and The Longest Honeymoon Update.


Lovesail Testimonials

Comments from some media publications about Lovesail

National and International Lovesail Media Mentions

Lovesail Media – We have received a few media mentions over the years.  We are normally busy running the site so it’s always lovely when somone finds us and wants to help spread the word.

CNN wrote a piece about two of our members that met and fell in love on the site. Ian and Wendy from the UK met on our site, got married and sailed off on their very long honeymoon.  Read about CNN Article: Ian and Wendy’s Story

BBC broadcaster and sailing enthusiast Libby Purves talks about Finding True Love at Sea in one of her regular Podcasts for Yachting Monthly.   Download the Yachting Monthly Podcast.

Harriet Mellor scoures the county for romantic opportunities for Devon’s singletons.

Lovesail Media – To see what our members think about the site visit our testimonial page.  Here you will find comments from members past and present on why they enjoy being a member of Lovesail.

Lovesail is where sailing enthusiasts meet for dates, friendships and crewing opportunities.  Become part of our friendly sailing community with members from all walks of life and from around the world.  Meet other solo and single-handed sailing women and men that have a passion for sailing.  Go on dates, meet up for socials or go out on the water for crewing opportunities.  Our members are genuine sailing enthusiasts, we are not affiliated to any other dating site so your profile will not appear on another dating site.  Join today and we could help you meet your sailing soul mate.  We have various memberships on offer but our most popular membership is a membership for life so that you can relax and spend your time looking for the perfect sailing soul mate.

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Sail around the World – a dream or reality?

Is it a sailor’s ultimate dream to sail around the world?  Look at how these people did it!


You don’t have to be mad to sail around the world – but a small element of madness certainly seems to help in some cases!

Are you the intrepid explorer who would want to sail around the world in the fastest possible time?  Or are you the more laid-back sailor who enjoys a leisurely pace, and would treat this amazing circumnavigation as a big long holiday?  A 36-year long holiday maybe?  But more about that later….

Whatever your persuasion, to actually sail around the world is no mean feat.  And over the years there have been many people who have undertaken and completed this challenge – however not without a fair degree of controversy in some cases.

Take for example the first person to sail around the world.  To the reasonably educated, or maybe an avid quizzer, Ferdinand Magellan would probably be the answer.  Wrong!  He was the mastermind behind the expedition but did not complete the voyage as he was killed in a fight with islanders in the Philippines.

The accolade went to Juan Sebastian de Elcano who, after Magellan’s death, eventually sailed the remaining ship back to Spain and completed the journey in 1522  – with only 18 crew out of the original 260 that set off in 1519 – the remainder having lost their lives during the voyage.

Maybe the 260 crew who initially joined Magellan wouldn’t have been so keen to go if they had known it was his intention to sail around the world.  That point Magellan had omitted to tell them when they applied for the crewing jobs – just in case he frightened them away!

The first-ever solo, single-handed circumnavigation was made by Joshua  Slocum.  He set off to sail around the world from Boston Harbour, MA  in his 37-foot sloop, Spray-on April 24th 1895 and returned into Rhode Island on June 27th 1898, taking just over 3 years for his trip.

British sailor Robin Knox-Johnston, made the first-ever solo non-stop circumnavigation, starting his journey in June 1968, and arriving back in the UK 313 days later in his hand made yacht Suhali.  And Ellen MacArthur still holds the record she set in February 2005 for the fastest solo non-stop sail around the world by a woman.  Her record sail in her trimaran, B&Q, took in 71 days 14 hr 18 minutes.

The French also hold several circumnavigation sailing records including the fastest crew to sail around the world.  This was achieved in January 2012 by Loick Peyron and his crew in trimaran Banque Populaire V, during the Jules Verne Trophy taking 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes.

French yachtsman,  Francois Gabart, 29 won the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world sailing race after 78 days at sea, setting a world record and becoming the youngest person in a mono-hull boat to win the competition.  The Vendee Globe, held every four years, is the only single-handed, non-stop around the world sailing competition and recognised as probably the most challenging sporting event in the world.

Or are you looking for a significantly more leisurely pace?

Abandoning the rat race and sailing off into the sunset is the stuff of daydreams for many.  And that’s just what intrepid couple Bill and Laurel Cooper did.  And they didn’t just sail around the world once – they did it four times – in 36 years!  Bill quit his high flying City job and sold their home in 1976 and sailed away on a boat they built themselves.  In 36 years at sea, they have notched up 100,000 nautical miles, sailed across seven seas, travelled 22,000 miles along canals and rivers, and have dropped anchor in 45 different countries.

Or would you go for the super-luxury way to sail around the world, waited on hand and foot in your suite on a cruise liner.  Well if money is no object you could spend £64,000 on a suite for two on a World circumnavigation cruise, taking in 36,746 nautical miles covering 22 countries and 33 ports over a 110 day period.  There’s no hurry to book up for this voyage as it doesn’t go until 2014 – the 2013 sail around the world cruise is completely sold out!

To many avid sailors with time on their hands, the best way to sail around the world would be in a yacht or sailboat of their choice, at a completely leisurely pace and take as long as they want.  Maybe that planned stay in the Caribbean could turn into something a lot longer – and why not!

And if you want to sail around the world with that special person or a friend – or if you’re looking for crew – you could find them on The ultimate honeymoon –  to sail around the world?   Well check this out – Finding Love on the High Seas

A special journey – in more ways than one!

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Sailing Dates

One thing we cannot accuse the sailing world of being is inactive!  Here is a chronological list of some of  the important sailing dates, sailing regattas and boat show taking place around the world:

Sailing Dates USA


Quantum Key West Race Week, Key West, Florida

Seattle Boat Show, Seattle, Washington

New York Boat Show, New York, New York


Mardis Gras Race Week, New Orleans, Louisiana

Washington’s Birthday Regatta, Coconut Grove, Florida

Miami International Boat Show, Miami, Florida

New England Boat Show, Boston, Massachusetts


The Trans-Monroe Regatta, The Lake Monroe Sailing Association, Sanford, Florida

Port of L.A. Harbor Cup, Los Angeles Yacht Club, San Pedro, California

The Islands Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club & San Diego Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California

San Diego Sperry Top-Sider NOOD, San Diego Yacht Club, Mission Bay Yacht Club, Coronado Yacht Club, San Diego, California

Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California

San Francisco Cup, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, California


Charleston Race Week, Charlston Ocean Racing Association, Charleston, Virginia

Newport Boat Show, Newport Beach, California


Figawi Race Weekend, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Whisleytown Regatta, Whiskeytown Sailing Club, Redding, California


Block Island Race Week, Storm Trysail Club, Block Island, Rhode Island

Lighthouse Charity Regatta, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Long Beach Race Week,  Long Beach Yacht Club & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California


Chicago to Mackinac Boat Race, Chicargo Yacht Club, Chicargo, Illinois

Larchmont Race Week, Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, New York

The Youngstown Level Regatta, Youngstown Yacht Club, Youngstown, Ohio


Newport Bucket Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island


Whale of a Sail, Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois


Coloumbus Day Regatta, Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida

United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis, Maryland,

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sailing Dates UK


London Boat Show, Docklands, London


RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London


Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Cumberland Cup, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London


Round the Island Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight


West Highland Yachting Week, Oban, W Coast Scotland

All Wales Boat Show, Conwy and Deganwy Quay Marinas, Conwy, North Wales


Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, River Dart, Dartmouth, Devon

Fowey Royal Regatta, Fowey, Cornwall

Fastnet Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Clipper Round the World Race, Southampton, Hampshire


Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire

Sailing Dates Europe


Færderseilasen, Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Oslo, Norway

Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany

Round Texel Race, Texel, Netherlands


Aegean Rally,  The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, Faliro Bay, Greece

Cork Week, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Cork, Ireland

Hangon Regatta, Hanko, Finland,


Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden,

Tjörn Runt, Tjörn, Sweden


Kamer 2 Sailing Marathon, Kaag, Netherlands


Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Saint-Tropez, France


Vendee Globe, Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendee, France

ARC Race, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Sailing Dates Australia/New Zealand


Australia Day Regatta, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Auckland, New Zealand


Melbourne Summer Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia


Port Esperance Regatta, Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover, Tasmania


Adelaide Boat Show, Adelaide, Australia

Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia


Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney, Australia

Darwin Boat and Outdoor Show, Darwin, Australia


Brisbane Boat Show, Brisbane, Australia


Balmain Regatta, Balmain Sailing Club, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia


Sail Melbourne, Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Sailing Dates Canada


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga, Ontario


Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Halifax Nova Scotia


Canada Cup, The Great Lakes

Sailing Dates Caribbean


Heineken Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles

Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival, Antigua, Leeward Islands


St Maarten – St Marten Classic Yacht Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles

St Thomas International Rolex Regatta, St Thomas, US Virgin islands


Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Les Voiles de St Barth, Leeward Islands


Carriacou Regatta, Carriacou, Grenadines


Sailing Dates Miscellaneous

America’s Cup – various venues

Extreme 40’s – various venues

Louis Vuitton Trophy – various venues


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Sailing tips for single sailors to ensure a smooth voyage!

A light-hearted look at sailing tips to snag your dream sailor

sailing tips

Sailors are renowned for being free-spirited, exciting and adventurous people – all those qualities that make for a great relationship. But if you’re a newbie sailor you’ll need a few sailing tips to understand those nautical terms and etiquette, just to make sure it’s pretty much plain sailing. 

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