Latest winners announced in RYA ilovesailing calendar photography competition

Ela Miller from Christchurch, Dorset and Steve Cayley from Torquay, have claimed spots nine and ten on the RYA’s 2020 ilovesailing calendar, leaving just two more places up for grabs.

As well as claiming their spot on the 2020 calendar Ela and Steve also win two tickets to the Southampton International Boat Show; a canvas print of their winning entry; a copy of the final printed calendar; a selection of RYA goodies and the much-loved ilovesailing rubber ducky!

Steve Cayley-Seaching for clear air

Steve, who also secured spots on the 2018 and 2019 calendars said: “Wow, third year in a row! Many thanks for the opportunity to once again feature in the ilovesailing calendar I am delighted and at the same time surprised. For me it is great to have my photography recognised in this way and given such a profile.”

Steve added: “I drove up from Devon at the crack of dawn to photograph the 2019 Round the Island Race from Hurst point. Wind direction – south easterly – couldn’t have been better as it resulted in the majority of the fleet flying spinnakers as they sailed towards Hurst and on to the Needles and with the sun backlighting the sails…perfect!”

Ela Miller -Caribbean Dream

Caribbean Dream’ is the title of the second winner for July taken by Ela Miller.  Ela, who was also a winner in 2018 shared her thoughts with us:

“Thank you for the competition that prompts me to go out there to try to capture what sailing means to me. The photograph was taken in The Solent while on our little sailing holiday at the beginning of July. We so often glorify the foreign but do not appreciate what is on our doorstep. Caribbean style sailing holidays are possible on our own waters, no need for a big, luxury yacht either. We had an amazing week on our 22ft, 40-year-old boat and capturing the essence of that holiday spirit in the photograph was a bonus.”

The final two spots for August will now be selected from all the entries received between March and July, giving entrants a second shot a winning a spot on the calendar. The 2020 calendars will go on sale at the 2019 Southampton International Boat Show in September, with the first 50 people to purchase a copy also receiving a FREE 2019 yellow ilovesailing rubber duck. The calendars will also be available to purchase via the RYA web shop, www.rya.org.uk/shopfrom 13 September.


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