The Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme for Sailing Clubs & Class Associations – it simply makes sense

Introducing the Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme for Sailing Clubs, Class Associations and other sailing-related organisations 

With 600+ sailing clubs, class associations, sailing schools and associated organisations actively working to promote the sport of sailing around the UK, it may strike some people as strange that the vast majority don’t sell sailing clothing to their members, customers or visitors. Enter Hudson Wight, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Hudson Wight is the latest brand of performance sailwear to enter the technical end of the clothing market and the company is providing a simple and effective framework whereby sailing related organisations can benefit financially from the sale of specialist clothing to their members and friends, without holding stock.

The Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme is being rolled out across the UK and is targeted at all sailing related organisations including sailing clubs, yacht clubs, class associations, sailing schools and charter companies, offering them an entirely new source of revenue. At a time when increasing membership numbers and maintaining profitability is a struggle, this scheme is already proving to be a hit.  

Pin it to the Club’s noticeboard and spread the word.

Providing an important new revenue stream

In the sporting arena, sailing is an exception to the rule when it comes to its clubs not usually stocking and retailing specialist and performance clothing. As Hudson Wight’s Managing Director, Jamie Scrimgeour, states:

Sailing Clubs are at the centre of everything that happens in the sailing world and they invest massive resources – both manpower and finance – into opening up the sport to more enthusiasts and helping to make it safer and more enjoyable for all participants. Furthermore, most sailors are members of clubs or visit them regularly as guests. Despite this dominant position in the sport it is very rare for clubs to sell the requisite kit and that just doesn’t make sense.”

All the established clothing brands are locked into their existing retail relationships and so cannot sell direct to customers at manufacturers’ prices. The market is therefore crying out for a new and inspiring brand to take a new “Direct Only” approach and provide sailing clubs with the opportunity to use their position in the market to gain a fair share of the revenue available from the sale of sailing kit.

Sailing clubs can’t be expected to stock expensive kit themselves and so very few do, but online retail solutions and next day delivery ensure that they don’t need to. Hudson Wight is doing all the stocking and fulfilment on behalf of its Affiliates who then make a useful 15% commission for no capital outlay and no risk.

In addition, members and friends of Affiliates get at least 10% off on Hudson Wight’s website,, incentivising them to direct their purchases through the Affiliate Scheme, thus supporting their favoured Affiliate.

For details of the Hudson Wight product range and information about the Hudson Wight Affiliate Scheme visit or telephone: +44 (0)1983 300 144 for more information.

Happy Anniversary IRC! Celebrating 30 years in 2014


2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of IRC under its original name, CHS.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and L’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) are delighted to have reached this major milestone in providing fair and simple ratings for racing sailors around the world. CHS was first introduced in 1984 to offer a rating system appropriate to the cruiser/racers of the day that were disenfranchised by the IOR rule. CHS grew dramatically through the 1980s and 1990s before being re-named IRC in 1999.

IRC was granted International Rating System status by the International Sailing Federation in 2003 and continued to grow in popularity, reaching a peak of 7,740 boats rated in 2008.

Today, IRC remains the rating rule of choice for close to 7,000 boats of almost every shape, size, style and age imaginable, and for a huge number of high profile and many less well-known events in approaching 40 countries around the world.

The IRC Championships provide a focus for celebration in Great Britain and in 2014 there are more events than ever for sailors to enter. To mark this anniversary year, Spinlock, the sponsors of IRC in Great Britain and France, are generously offering a special prize at each of the GBR Championships.

Championships will be held all over Great Britain including two exciting additions to the calendar, with the inaugural Channel Island Championship being contested at the UBS Jersey Regatta, and a new Double-handed Championship to be held in the Solent.

A full list is published at

The 30th Anniversary IRC logo is available for download from for race organisers to help promote their IRC events.

The RORC Rating Office hopes that sailors and race organisers will join them in celebrating IRC’s 30th birthday – the party’s on the water!


All photos: Michael Austen Photography

Aveva Prizegiving Logo REDIt has been a remarkably successful year for the Royal Southern Yacht Club, especially on the water. Amongst the many notable winners, Niklas Zennström became Mini Maxi and Gaastra 52 World Champion, Edward Leask took the Gazprom Swan European title in Class A, James Wilkie became 40.7 National Champion and Philip Bendon took the EUROSAF Youth Match Racing crown.

At the other end of the size scale, Alan Roberts became National Champion in Merlin Rockets and Rob Greenhalgh claimed the UK Moth Nationals title. Club members also enjoyed a clutch of success in Cowes, Dartmouth, Grenada and in Newport, Rhode Island. Of course Honorary Member, Sir Ben Ainslie, also had a hand in Oracle Team USA’s comeback to win the 34th Americas’s Cup in San Francisco.

At Saturday evening’s Royal Southern AVEVA Prizegiving, presided over by the Club’s Rear Commodore Sailing, Karen Henderson-Williams, many exquisite pieces of silver and glassware were bestowed upon their delighted recipients but none was so eagerly awaited as the announcement of this year’s ‘Champion of Champions’.


Left: Stuart Quarrie and Karen Henderson-Williams

Launched in 2012 to recognise and reward performance and consistency, the Royal Southern Yacht Club Champion of Champions prize, once more awarded by the Barbados Tourism Authority, went to the owner and helm of the yacht that performed best across all four Summer Series Regattas, the father and son duo Nick & Adam Munday.

Nick and 21 year-old Adam, a Royal Southern Academy member, raced the J97 Indulgence in IRC 3 with enormous confidence and purpose and are rightly proud of their achievements having scored 14 bullets and one 4th place from 15 starts.

Nick, who was unable to attend the ceremony with Adam, nonetheless commented that it was an amazing honour and a wonderful prize:

It is fabulous to sail and race with my son Adam. He is a fine sailor for someone so young. He prepares Induljence to perfection, and finds capable and committed crewmates to race with. My contribution to this success has been limited to having one hand on the tiller and the other on the credit card!

Adam also said how delighted they both are to win such a fantastic prize. “We have owned the boat since October 2011 and Dad and I share the helming depending on other commitments. Our crew is made up of many regular sailors we have met over the years and all are very committed to our racing program.”


Left: Mr Devon Chase & Mr Adam Munday

The prize voucher, presented by Mr Devon Chase, Business Development Manager for the Barbados Tourism Authority, includes flights and hotel accommodation for one week in January at the Radisson Aquatic Beach Resort, plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race and enjoy all the legendary Bajan hospitality that surrounds Race week on the Island.

Amongst many highlights in the Club’s racing calendar next year is running the 52nd edition of the Cowes-Deauville Race.  The Club very much enjoyed welcoming the President of Deauville Yacht Club, Georges Bouvard & his wife Jane, to the AVEVA Prizegiving.


Right: Mr Richard Longdon, Mrs and Mr Georges Bouvard

As many will have seen at AAM Cowes Week this year, the City of Deauville has big plans for developing its waterfront and this will inevitably benefit both their Club and visiting yachtsmen and is a measure of their commitment to yachting that in 2014 Deauville also hosts the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club was among the founders of the modern Cowes Week, running some of the racing during the week as well as taking a lively interest in the development of the most famous yachting regatta in the world. It was therefore fitting to invite Stuart Quarrie to provide a first-hand and insightful glimpse into his role as Regatta Director and for the 200+ guests to hear how he sees the future of the regatta developing now that he is stepping down as the CEO of Cowes Week Ltd after 15 years, but remaining as its Sailing Director.

To round off the evening, tributes were paid to the Club’s racing and shoreside sponsors including Marc Blees of Gaastra Pro Gear, Andy Ash-Vie of Harken UK, Alvin Saal of Mount Gay Rum, Martin Gamman of Champagne Joseph Perrier, Mike Pope and his colleagues at GJW Direct, Petra Roach of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Robert Glen of E.P.Barrus, Richard Curry of Seastart and last but not least, Richard Longdon of AVEVA plc., for his support on the water, and particularly for the Prizegiving evening. 


The complete list of prizewinners and a gallery of photographs from last night’s ceremony is available at


Hudson Wight kit isn’t just for Christmas but it’d be a super surprise to receive some!

Hudson Wight combines sailing experience, proven fabric technology and design and manufacturing expertise to produce great looking, lightweight and breathable ‘offshore spec’ gear and accessories at less than half the price of other brands by supplying direct to the customer. 

The brand, targeted at racing and cruising sailors both inshore and offshore, launched at AAM Cowes Week in August and was the Official Clothing Sponsor to the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. To whet your appetite for next season, here are a couple of great Christmas present accessories that you might want to check out – straight from the company’s website

Bags I want one!


Combining a clever strap design with loads of practical storage, the Hudson Wight Bag is a strong, light and multi pocketed sailing holdall with removable backpack straps for easy carrying. 30 cm diameter x 60 cm long. £40

The Wallet’s nice too!


A nice-looking, lightweight multi pocketed wallet with space for cash cards and coins. Easy Velcro fastening and a zipped coin pocket. Clear fronted pocket for business card for easy identification. £5

Actually there’s also a sale on until 30th November so you could do a load of Christmas shopping at great prices.

Buy direct from the Hudson Wight website

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 300 144 for more information.




Inter-Club Youth Keelboat Nationals 2014

The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the 2014 Inter-Club Keelboat Championships on Saturday 29th March 2014. 

This event is open to IRC yachts with a minimum TCC rating of 0.900 and not exceeding 1.085. The helm and 60% of all crew on board should be 25 years old or under and shall not have reached their 26th birthday by Dec 31st 2014.

In March 2013 the Club learned from the experimental format i.e. two boat teams including one J80, that this can be difficult for some Clubs to achieve so it’s going to be easier to enter in 2014 with straight IRC racing. The Club represented by the yacht with the best series score will be awarded the Griffin Trophy, kindly donated by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). The race programme will comprise two windward / leeward and two round the cans races. Multiple entries from Clubs are being encouraged.


Photo: Mike Austen / RSrnYC J80 racing

Last year’s winner, Poole Yacht Club, has been actively encouraging youth sailing in keelboats for some time, according to spokesman Jim Macgregor: 

The Poole and Parkstone Yacht Clubs have enjoyed their annual Commodores’ Youth Challenge over the past 19 seasons.  The under-18 youth compete in December, match racing Elan 333s.  The camaraderie this has developed lasts for years and pays big dividends for keeping these busy kids involved in the Club’s activities after they leave school, university and all those other activities and responsibilities that compete for their attention.  

The Inter-Club Youth Keelboat Nationals will give your Club and youth sections a chance to develop these long lasting bonds and self-awareness that comes from the experience of sailing in a keelboat team.”

The Entry Form and Notice of Race are available to download here:

The Sailing Secretary, Natalie Gray, can be contacted on Tel: 023 8045 0302 or by Email: 




Top Tips from the Experts – RTI Race video series launched this month

Top Tips from the Experts – RTI Race video series launched this month

The organisers, title sponsor and partners of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have combined their expert knowledge and pooled resources to produce a series of practical ‘How to’ videos with hints, tips and tricks for tackling all manner of Race-related topics, from how to prepare your boat, through to the right clothing to wear, tracking, rules and safety aspects and even how to apply your hull decals.

Launched on April 12th, with new material being uploaded each week and available to watch on the official website, this informative series will run right up to Race Day on 1st June.

Top sailors join the party

On the start line alongside two other high profile Open 60s, Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) and Gamesa (Mike Golding) recently announced as competing in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 1st June, is a third Open 60, Artemis Ocean Racing (GBR100), with Simon Clay at the helm.

Another respected name in international racing circles and signed up to compete in the Race for the very first time, is French sailor Christine Briand, a 470 World Champion, ISAF Keelboat Champion, and veteran of the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race. She is racing Ster Wen (FRA13343), a Jeanneau Sun Magic 44, with her all-French crew that includes 14 and 16 year olds.

Murch Myst…&

The four Murch brothers, all in their 50s, have competed in the Race at one time or another over the years and possibly even together but as youngsters. They will all do the Race this year on Myst (GBR3144L), a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i. “We have all competed in the Race before and possibly all at the same time on the same boat but some were too young to remember. This is the first time in many years that all four brothers will be together racing,” said David Murch.

…four more men in a boat

Alcina (GBR8172T), racing in ISCRS, is a part-owned Bavaria 34. There are four owners of mixed sailing ability and experience who do most of their sailing with family and friends. Their shared ownership plan provides them each a week at a time, plus the opportunity for a couple of weeks for each owner in the summer.

As skipper Dave Hamilton points out, shared ownership is great but you can appreciate thatthe opportunities for racing are limited.”The RTI Race gives us the opportunity for some serious sailing over a single weekend but the Race doesn’t require competitors to be serious racers. Not that we don’t take it seriously, but the competition is and can be based on the small group in which you start and amongst other boats of the same class or make and model. All this whilst taking part in one of the most popular races in the world.” Nicely put. 

It’s a C Breeze!

Andromeda (K4738), a Sigma 33, is a first time entry from a C. Breeze! He has sailed for 40 years but it is his first time tackling the Round the Island Race with his four friends from work who usually watch the Race whilst cruising. We hope it’s blowing a breeze rather than a hoolie this year.

Aspiration for students

Eight students, mostly in their 20s and studying the Yacht Operations & Outdoor Education Foundation degree course at South Devon College will get the sailing experience of a lifetime as they crew on board the Sigma 38 Aspiration (GBR924R) in this year’s Race. They have varied sailing backgrounds ranging from no experience at all to coastal skipper and some have never raced before whilst others are seasoned round the cans racers. The Skipper, Andy Wright, is a Yachtmaster Ocean and Yachtmaster Instructor, lecturer and RYA Principal at Noss Marine Academy, Dartmouth, Devon.

Gipsy Moth IV goes racing

The Classic Racing Yacht Gipsy Moth IV is always a joy to watch racing amongst the fleet, even under last year's moody skies. Photo: Paul Wyeth/

The Classic Racing Yacht Gipsy Moth IV is always a joy to watch racing amongst the fleet, even under last year’s moody skies. Photo: Paul Wyeth/

The Race is delighted to welcome back the historic yacht Gipsy Moth IV (142), on which Sir Francis Chichester sailed single-handed around the world in 1966-7; it’s always a treat for competitors to see her sailing amongst the fleet. Now owned by the Gipsy Moth Trust, she is managed by UKSA whose work helps young people change their lives through maritime education and personal development.

The aims of The Gipsy Moth Trust are to preserve and maintain Gipsy Moth IV in sailing condition as a key part of British maritime heritage; to enable as many people of all ages as is practicable to see her and sail her; to use her to promote charitable activities and to inspire future generations to achieve their full potential.

Race fact:  The fleet crosses the start line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes in eleven separate groups, each groups starting at ten minute intervals. On 1st June thefirst start is at 0500 hrs and the starts will continue until  0640hrs.

Standard race entry closes at midnight on Sat 11th May.

Watch the Top Tips videos here, and to catch up on all the Race news and event details, visit the official Race website:

Kick start your IRC racing season with the RORC Easter Challenge

It will soon be time to go sailing again and anyone wanting to have a go at IRC racing, whilst also benefitting from some personal and practical coaching, can count on the RORC Easter Challenge to deliver the goods over the Easter Bank Holiday (29th-31st March). 

In addition to offering a unique training ground for owners and crews, the RORC Easter Challenge is the first Solent regatta in 2013 where owners who only compete occasionally can race under IRC at a reduced cost.  British owners will be able to enter this event with the new Spinlock IRC Limited Validity (LV) TCC which is valid for the full three days of the regatta.  There’s more on this here: 

Immediate, hands-on, coaching 

In a unique initiative, and as the first event in the RORC racing calendar, the RORC Easter Challenge offers on-the-water coaching, comprising immediate and hands-on advice from coaches and sail makers to climb aboard during racing at the request of crews wanting some tuition. 

Each day’s racing is followed by expert post-race video debriefs in the Events Centre in Cowes Yacht Haven by coaching legend Jim Saltonstall, supported by past Olympian Barry Dunning and America’s Cup coach, RORC’s CEO Eddie Warden Owen. 


Keronimo being coached at the RORC Easter Challenge 2012. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth

There will be a separate race course for J80’s and Class 4 IRC, also supported by coaches and sail makers. 

Big savings for short-term event racing

The Spinlock IRC Limited Validity (LV) TCC has been launched for 2013 by the Rating Office, the technical centre of the RORC in Lymington.  It is aimed at British owners who only plan to enter one or two IRC events a year, or who would like to compete in an IRC event for the first time without committing to a full certificate. 


Andrew McIrvine’s First 40, La Réponse, at the RORC Easter Challenge 2012. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth

Spinlock IRC LV TCCs are issued by the Rating Office and are compatible with full Spinlock IRC ratings. However, the LV TCC application cost for a 33 ft boat is just £30 for a 3-day event such as the RORC Easter Challenge, a saving of 70% on the fee for a full IRC certificate. 

A growing list of regattas around the UK will accept LV TCCs during 2013, in regions ranging from Cornwall to Scotland and including many of the Spinlock IRC Regional Championships.  The RORC Rating Office website offers advice for owners contemplating their rating options and clubs wishing to increase participation, and it also provides details of all approved events.

Entries close for the RORC Easter Challenge on 14th March, and interested owners can find the details and enter online at