Last chance to enter ilovesailing calendar comp

As two more winners are crowned in the 2015/16 ilovesailing calendar competition it means there are just two more places up for grabs on the 2016 calendar.

Oliver Southgate from Essex and Gordon Knight from Lymington, clinched spots nine and ten with their cracking shots showing two very different sides to sailing.

Oliver Southgate

Oliver Southgate


Talking of his winning photo Oliver explained: “The picture is from the start line at the recent fireball open at Blackwater Sailing Club. I was asked by the clubs fireball captain to take some photos as I’ve had this year off sailing due to injury.

“They provided me with one of the clubs small ‘grumpy’ ribs (very aptly named) and went down river for the afternoon.  The wind built over the afternoon with some gusts topping 30 knots on the committee boat.  Inside Osea and Northey islands it’s usually a pretty calm place to sail with no real wave action, but as the wind built with the adverse tide the chop got up and led to a very wet day for the sailors and me in the RIB.  Driving around trying to protect my camera gear from getting soaked which was almost impossible due to a couple of breakers over the back whilst trying to remain on station at the top mark and take pictures gave me an appreciation for the ribs nickname!”

On a more relaxing note Gordon’s photo shows a very tranquil scene taken in Phaselis, Turkey.

Gordon Knight

Gordon Knight


As well as their place on the 2016 calendar Oliver and Gordon also win:

·        Two tickets to the Southampton Boat Show for the official prize giving

·        Canvas print of their winning entries

·        A copy of the final printed calendar

·        A selection of RYA goodies

·        And of course the much loved and coveted ilovesailing rubber duck!


The ilovesailing calendar competition runs until 20 August 2015, with two winners being picked each month.  Winners will be announced on the ilovesailing Facebook page.

All you have to do to take part is post your favourite sailing photo(s) on to the ilovesailing Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing or email your entry to emma.slater@rya.org.uk.

The 2016 calendars will go on sale at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show in September, with the first 100 people to purchase a copy also receiving a 2015 green ilovesailing rubber duck.  Alternatively the calendars will also be available to purchase via the RYA web shop http://www.rya.org.uk/shop

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