Following six months of competition, 133 entries and 12 amazing winners the ilovesailing calendar 2020 was officially unveiled at the Southampton International Boat Show (Saturday 14 September).

Four of the 12 winners joined the RYA at the show to help celebrate the launch and collect their prizes.

Colin Pelton, who was a winner back in March with his photo entitled ‘Sailing the horizon’ commented: “I’m a keen supporter of the ilovesailing calendar competition having submitted entries over the last 3-4 years. It’s a great honour to attend the prize giving and meet some of the other competition winners.”

While fellow winner Alasdair McQuire who clinched his place on the calendar in May with his photo entitled ‘Dive, Dive, Dive added: “I’m delighted to be a winner in the ilovesailing calendar competition and support the RYA at the Southampton Boat Show. It’s a wonderful competition and I’ll definitely be entering again next year.”

Each of the winners took home a copy of the brand new 2020 calendar along with a bundle of other prizes including:

  • Two tickets to the Southampton Boat Show and a free afternoon tea in the Holiday Inn after the prize giving
  • Canvas print of their winning entry
  • A host of RYA goodies
  • And….the much coveted ilovesailing rubber duck

Emma Slater, ilovesailing co-ordinator commented: “I absolutely love working on the calendar, it’s wonderful seeing all the fantastic photos that are submitted each year. The ilovesailing calendar competition has been running for a number of years now and I am continually impressed with the quality and beauty of the images.

“The competition is a great way to share all the amazing pictures people take while out enjoying sailing, all around the world, and we hope that everyone loves it as much as we do and gets one for their kitchen or galley wall.”

The 2019 ilovesailing calendar competition winners are:

  • Colin Pelton from Salisbury
  • Bobby Wadey from Kircubbin
  • Shaun Roster from Southsea (2 x winner)
  • Lesley MacDonald from Teddington
  • Alasdair McQuire from Leeds
  • Andrew Strudwick from Ceredigion
  • Tony Ketley from Marlow (2 x winner)
  • Steve Cayley from Torquay (2 x winner)
  • Ela Miller from Christchurch

You can view all the calendar competition winning photos on the ilovesailing Facebook page www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing 

The 2019 calendar is available to purchase from the RYA stand (B027) at the Southampton Boat Show (13-22 September). Purchase a copy of the calendar at the show and you will also receive a FREE ilovesailing rubber duck! Alternatively, the calendars are available to purchase by calling the shop orders team on 023 8060 4132 or by emailing orders@rya.org.uk. Online purchases via the RYA Webshop coming soon!

Calendars cost just £4.00. Stocks are limited so we recommend purchasing your copy as soon as possible.

The ilovesailing calendar competition opened in March with entrants submitting their favourite sailing photos. Each month between March and July two winners were picked to represent a different month on the 2020 calendar. The final two spots were picked in mid-August from all the other entries made between March and July, giving all entrants two chances of winning a spot on the calendar.

The calendar competition is now closed for 2019 but drop by the ilovesailing Facebook page to take part in the extremely popular weekly caption competition, giving you a chance to share your funny, clever and witty captions in a bid to win an ilovesailing duck.

Details of the 2020/2021 ilovesailing calendar competition will be announced in March 2020.

Come along to the page at www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing and get involved.