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Calling all boat bimblers! Show us what you've been up to

by The Sail-World.com team 29 Mar 2020 07:09 UTC
A spot of mid-race repair to Firefly in the Newport Classic Regatta 2018 © George Bekris / www.georgebekris.com

If you have spent the winter engrossed in boat DIY, whether it was small modifications or massive rebuilds, Sail-WorldCruising.com would love to hear from you. We think it's time to share your story with the world. We'd like to encourage you to submit photos and a few words about what you have been up to in your workshop during the off season. We'd like to publish news of what sailors have been up to.

Now that many of us have time on our hands, at home, it may be that you are just starting to contemplate some work on your pride and joy. If you can get access to your boat without going too close to other sailors, thoughts naturally turn to the modifications we could be doing, and a few ideas offer themselves up! Please do consider taking some good before-and-after photos, and letting the sailing community know that you've got your hands dirty or how you've solved a problem in a cunning way. It's almost guaranteed you will find a receptive audience at this time.

Your submission can be as simple as a few photos emailed to editor@sail-world.com but ideally we'd love you to write a little about what you've done and the challenges you faced. If writing makes you feel daunted then please feel free to list in bullet points what you've achieved, or just write a longer caption for each photo.

Videos are always welcomed - it's not a contest to be the fanciest, but it's great to show your hard work from every angle. Or perhaps the photos belie the hard work that was required to get to the end result, so do explain this to us, and we can edit your story if you worry that your writing skills are not immediately publishable.

If you have gone so far as to write your own blog all about your repairs, renovations or inventions, we'd love to see that too. Last year Sail-World followed James Sainsbury building his foiling Moth 'Valkyrie', which was a racing dinghy not a cruising yacht, but still very interesting to see how James solved problems and constructed components. You don't have to be getting fancy with carbon fibre to deserve a mention; we'd love to see all levels of work, on all sorts of boats both big and small.

So, please, email photos/videos/links and a little explanation to editor@sail-world.com and we'd love to share your hard work to the nation.

Get your hands dirty, pimp that ride, and tell us all about it!

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