2 race wins for Manxies at Worlds yesterday

Manx sailors win two races at the RS Tera World Championship yesterday! It was a big day, with four races sailed by the Pros and three for the Sports, the youngsters spent over seven hours on the water! We have great news to report from each of our sailors:

Peter Cope had yet another superb day with 3rd, 3rd, 1st and 5th. The 5th being his discard! He is still in 2nd place overall going in to the final races today.

Teddy Dunn is up there too with a 4th, 14th, 3rd and a 1st in the final race of the day, which moves him up to 4th place overall. Will we see two Manx sailors on the World Championship podium later today?

Georgia Harding had her best day ever, after a shaky start with a 29th (discarded) she then produced a 19th – her best result ever… that was until the third race where she found her own lanes and finished an incredible 8th place, just to prove it wasn’t a fluke Georgia came 7th in the final race of the day. Congratulations Georgia, it is great to see all the hard work paying off.

More good news from the Sport fleet, Archie Dunn was back on form and had a great day with a 13th, 6th and a 2nd in the final race of the day! He is lying in 18th place overall and stands a good chance of moving up some places if it goes well for him today.

Newcomer Amélie Harding set herself a challenge of getting a top 40 place yesterday. She thought it was unrealistic but she’s a determined little soul and she “wanted a proper challenge.” Well she did it! In the first race she was 42nd which was her best result until a 36th in the second race which she backed up with another 36th. She is super proud of herself, as are her family, friends and the rest of the squad both here and in Sweden.

The Pros and Sports are now on the water for the final three races of this World Championship series. I’m on the edge of my seat and my nails are getting shorter by the minute. I only hope that the team are cool and focussed in their races and that it is a smooth day for everyone….

We’ll bring you the results as we get them.

Manxies race at RS Tera Worlds in Sweden this week

Racing starts today at the RS Tera World Championship in Sweden and five Manx sailors are there taking part.

Recently returning from the RS Tera Inlands in 3rd and 4th place respectively, Peter Cope and Teddy Dunn are on top form and have high hopes of seeing some good results this week at the Worlds. They are both racing in the RS Tera Pro fleet along with Georgia Harding, who has worked hard in the Pro this season.

In the Sport fleet and following in the footsteps of their older siblings, Archie Dunn and Amelie Harding. Archie competing at his second Worlds will be looking to build on last year’s experience. For Amelie, the Worlds will be her first ever major championship, we know the learning curve will be huge and the experience will be amazing for her.

Wishing all of our team the very best of everything…. sunshine, breeze, some nice big waves, some luck and a lot of smiles and laughter.,


7th Wave sailors go paddleboarding! A huge thank you to Michelle at Saltworks SUP Paddleboarding for running an awesome Water Skills Academy SUP Safety course here last night for our staff members and Jack from Ballakermeen High School who has been with us all week on Work Experience.

We learned a lot about SUP paddling, self rescue, rescuing others and falling in. It turns out that you can capsize a board, there is a SUP equivalent to the sailors “scoop in” method post capsize, towing is possible, there are no ropes to get in a tangle and the sea is warmer than expected!

Expert tuition from Michelle at Saltworks SUP Paddleboarding made the session informative and enjoyable, we would recommend Michelle to anyone looking to learn SUP. Pizzas from La Gusto Pizza rounded the evening off perfectly.

Meanwhile here at 7th Wave our instructing and safety boat team now have a vastly increased knowledge of SUP so we can help you to enjoy your hire experience with us even more.

Our next mission is to get Michelle into a sailing boat…..

Sail for Gold Regatta 2019

Last weekend was our annual Sail for Gold Port Erin Regatta 2019. It was a fantastic finish to the Race Academy weekend, with 10 boats and 13 young racers on the water. Sailing in Topper Vibes, Topaz, Taz, RS Tera sports and a Tera Pro!

The winds were light and shifty, which was advantageous for the vigilant racers among us and a great training experience for the less experienced, learning to make the most out of small breaths of breeze.

It was great to see new sailors joining for their first races alongside members of the Manx Youth Sailing Squad (MYSS) and even greater to see them pulling their weight to stay competitive during races! Among the fastest sailors were Ivan Nicholls, one the newest MYSS members sailing in his Tera Sport and one of our oldest squad members, Georgia Harding, sailing in her seemingly shrinking Tera Pro. Perhaps next year she’ll be in a bigger and faster boat to compete in!

All three races were on an windward-leeward course with a gate on the beat. The first race had a very slow upwind leg with very little breeze with everyone only completing one lap for the roughly 25 minute race which was won by Ivan!

After the first race the wind shifted and started blowing into the bay again, allowing for a more competitive second race. Newcomer to 7th Wave, Ruari Cottier surprised the coaches on the water by leading the fleet for a good portion of the race and finishing second!

On the third and final race of the regatta the wind died once more unfortunately leading to a couple DNFs and a long tow back to the beach ready for the awards ceremony.

Overall results:
1st Ivan Nicholls: 4, 2, 2
2nd Georgia Harding: 6, 3, 1
Rory McLouglin: 2, 6, 3
Amelie Harding: 3, 5, 5
Ruari Cottier: 7,1, 6
James Gale: 5,4, 7
Roo Hyett: 8, 7, 4
Levi Baugh & Harry Morgan: 6, 9, DNF 
Declan McEntee & Matthew McEntee: 9, 8, DNF
Brandon Smith & Oliver Vanselouw: 10, 10, DNF

1st place Ivan Nicholls receives trophy from five times winner Ben Batchelor
Sailing is winning! Prizes for everyone 🙂

Thanks to Tim Chan for the race report

Dinghy Instructors 2019

Congratulations to this year’s RYA Dinghy Instructor course candidates. 100% success rate!

The team have enjoyed a challenging week, where in order to become Dinghy Instructors they have had to develop good communication strategies, think independently, been encouraged to make mistakes and to overcome hurdles where things haven’t gone to plan.

Five of the six candidates had all started their sailing careers at 7th Wave over the years. We love watching them grow into good sailors, instructors and young adults. We are super proud of them all!

Many thanks to RYA Coach Assessors Alan Jones and Geoff Stones for running another superb week for us here on the Isle of Man and congratulations to Georgie Quayle, Peter Harper, Edward McEntee, Benjamin Mehta, Charlie Whitbread and William Henthorn on your new qualifications!

#rya #sailingisliving #porterin #ryanorthwest

The best Race Academy day on the water….ever!!

Today has been fantastic, the Race Academy group have enjoyed what is probably the best day on the water we’ve had so far. Plenty of breeze, sunshine and bold sailors, who have spent a day learning all about hiking, planing, reaching, heavy airs sailing and all of it with a few swims and plenty of smiles.

Huge thanks to the coaching team Ffinlo Wright, Ealish Green and Ben Batchelor for delivering an excellent and very successful day on the water in the very challenging conditions. Top job all round!

#ifcarlsbergdidsailtrainingdays #raceacademy #racecadets#breezydays

5,4,1….. Race Academy…. Go!!!

Our Race Academy sessions start this weekend. They are perfect for youngsters who have completed RYA Stage 3 and are looking to take the next, exciting step into the competitive side of sailing.

The weekends consist of some top level race coaching, plenty of on the water sessions looking at boat-handling, tactics, strategy and sailing fast.  Competitive sailing is great fun and through these weekends we aim to equip sailors with all the skills and knowledge they need to get out racing at our local Clubs.

You can book online here http://www.7thwave-iom.com/7th-wave-online-booking/  The weekend fee is £140 per person, including VAT, weekends can be booked individually online.

Or book all four weekends and save £160!!  Please email us directly to book all four weekends at a fee of £400.  Offer only valid until Friday 10 May, so hurry hurry hurry!

Full details and dates for 2019 are on our website here http://www.7thwave-iom.com/7th-wave-race-academy/

Last year we even had a basking shark on the start line!!!

Saturday Sessions are go!

Saturday Sailing for Juniors is on this weekend 😀

Briefing is at 10.30am please be in kit and ready to go by 10.30.

Saturday Sessions are all about having fun, improving techniques and practising skills taught in the RYA scheme. Youngsters can enjoy their favourite games, cruises round the bay, catching up with friends and all the usual excitement while becoming independent and confident sailors in a range of weather conditions.

Cost: £25 per person per session, we supply boats, wetsuits and buoyancy aids.

Please drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, or turn up in the morning….

Youth Sailing Week #2

Youth Sailing Week #2: Yet another superb week of sailing, sunshine, breeze and a group of keen, attentive, good sailors.

Our home-grown 7th Wave Instructing team have done a great job over the last fortnight and delivered some quality courses. Alex Daniel Nathan Pickles and Tim Chan all starting their sailing careers at 7th Wave some 10 years ago, now here they are running the show.

Also on the water, the amazing Luke Crowe who showed up here for work experience two years ago and never left. Since then he’s become a Dinghy Instructor and last week qualified as a Powerboat Instructor, oh yes, he was also the Manx Yachting Association’s Young Sailor of the Year award at the end of 2018.

We are proud of them all, and looking forward to what, with this crew, promises to be an excellent summer of Youth Sailing Weeks.

Next available week is TT Practice Week and then from 1st July onwards…

Powerboat Instructor Course 2019

As well as a Youth Sailing Week this week, we’ve also got RYA Powerboat Trainer Tom Pedersen here running an RYA Powerboat Instructor course.

Five candidates are currently out on the water for the final day of the course. They enjoyed some great conditions here, sunshine and a strong easterly giving flat water but some interesting wind shifts in the gusts. THe sun is shining and everyone is wrapped up warm.

Also joining us today is RYA Powerboat Trainer Paul Magee from Ireland, he is here to moderate the course and hopefully sign off five new instructors in a few hours time.

As an aside, the sailing world is very small. Fifteen years ago Jen and Tom studied on the same Maritime Leisure Management course at Solent University. Since then their paths have crossed through the RNLI where Tom was a Trainer at the RNLI College Poole and then on the coast and now here he is at 7th Wave for a few days!

And…. we’ve a new addition to the powerboat fleet too in the form of a 4m Ribeye RIB!