RS300 National Championship Runners & Riders Team August 30, 2019 No Comments

RS300 National Championship Runners & Riders

With the Volvo Noble Marine RS 300 Nationals @ Porthpean fast approaching and the fleet either training, polishing or hydrating in preparation; it’s time to place your bets on this year’s runners and riders. The Safe Bet (Former Champions) With 3 previous champions racing this year competition for the top step is going to hotter than ever.  Steve Bolland will be hoping to retain his title and, having shown the fleet the way round in Weymouth last year in all but 1 race, will be favourite to do it again assuming he has put the practice in again this year. Dave Acres and Steve Cockrill will be both working hard to get their names back on the Trophy. Dave has proven consistently quick over the last few years, whilst I don’t think anyone would bet against Steve C having some idea of how to make the boat go fast. We’ll […]

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RS500 World Championships 2019 Team August 30, 2019 No Comments

RS500 World Championships 2019

Fifty nine RS500s gathered at beautiful Lake Lipno in the South Western corner of the Czech Republic for the classes tenth world championships, over the week of the 5 th -9 th August. While the home nation comprised the biggest contingent, there were 11 nations represented, with the Dutch providing the second largest grouping, and representatives from as far afield as the USA and Russia. Disappointingly there were only two teams from the UK, with the distance and the venue’s reputation of light winds possibly putting some off. That reputation seemed well deserved during weekend practices and warm-ups, with occasional half- hours of wind associated with local thunderstorms punctuating the overall very gentle breezes. Day one was promised to be better by the organisers, and they scheduled a 10.30 start following the opening ceremony and banquet the night before. Fortunately the start area was only a few minutes from the launch area, so it wasn’t too early a […]

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RS800 Euro Garda Report – Day 5 Team July 30, 2019 No Comments

RS800 Euro Garda Report – Day 5

RS800 Day Five Day five began with a lingering Northerly wind causing a postponement on shore.  Much debate was had amongst the Garda veterans about what was going to happen with the breeze.  There was plenty of speculation that the day was not going to happen although it was probably more a case of wishful thinking from those not wanting to fall down the leader board.  After about an hour’s wait the breeze came in and it was all on to decide the championship. Race one got interesting off the start with a group of boats hooking up into a bit of breeze from the left and managing to sail a lift all the way over to the cliff.  Frances and Tom stormed through to take the win over the Jenkins and, despite a boat breakage, managed to effectively wrap up the championship with a race to spare.  Race two was […]

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RS Tera World Challenge Trophy Team July 30, 2019 No Comments

RS Tera World Challenge Trophy

RS Tera sailors from all over the world will be making their way to Ljungskile Sailclub, Sweden next week to compete in the World Challenge Trophy! The host club has received an environmental award for events by the foundation “keep Sweden tidy”. For many years the club has worked actively within the foundation, as a natural part of the sailing school in the club. The sailors and families will be able to enjoy the regatta whilst leaving a minimum, environmental footprint. As part of this environmental conscious push the club are creating a car free zone during the event! They will be creating a drop off/ pick up zone for boats at the start and end of the event. If you arrive before Sunday 4th August sailors will need to leave their boats in the trailer park, next to the boat park (see event website, click here). This will be […]

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RS Feva World Championships 2019 crown their winners in stunning Follonica. Team July 26, 2019 No Comments

RS Feva World Championships 2019 crown their winners in stunning Follonica.

There was a buzz through the boat park as the sailors began rigging before the final day of the RS Feva World Championships 2019. Light winds greeted the sailors as they launched and the breeze teased the race committee but took a while to settle. Two races were completed before the World Championships titles were decided! The sailing club was decorated with every country flag as the sun set for a final time on what has been an awesome regatta. In the bronze fleet, David Szmaragowski and Sara Svobodava held onto their lead but were being chased down by Gabriele Motta and Enea Beltrando who had an incredible day! In third place was Francesco Esposito and Lorenzo Grimaldi from team Italia. These sailors are World Champions of the future! After pushing too close to the line on the final race of the day silver fleet leader from yesterday, Werpers Kenje […]

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RS800 Europeans at Garda – Day 4 Team July 26, 2019 No Comments

RS800 Europeans at Garda – Day 4

Day Four RS800 Sailing is thirsty work, luckily there were plenty of drinks available at the separate crew and helm dinners.  These drinks were available in the normal format or if one preferred via Prosecco soaked napkin balls being launched with much gusto.  Once again Rory Hunter was the star of the show.  Some were a little worse for wear the next morning, including yours truly.  The hangovers were not helped by the evidently windier day ahead. The Ora had come in early and was looking lamb bhuna to vindaloo. Those who were looking for a slightly milder korma were to be disappointed. Race one saw Frances and Tom Partington absolutely smash the fleet.  Their job was made slightly easier with Luke McEwen and Milly Boyle capsizing whilst in pursuit – handily marking the downwind layline for the rest of the fleet.  Other contenders showing form were Andy and Allyson […]

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RS800 Euro Garda Report – Day 3 Team July 25, 2019 No Comments

RS800 Euro Garda Report – Day 3

Day Three Tuesday night was hot and humid and in the morning it didn’t take long for the cicadas in the olive groves above town to build to top volume as the full heat of the day hit in.  A lighter Peler blowing in the morning fuelled rumour of a big Ora day to come. By the time the D flag was dropped to release the sailors from the shore the wind had already kicked in nicely and with certainty this was going to be another awesome day’s sailing. The start of the first race of the day was super competitive with a busy front row of boats bang on the line.  They all got away cleanly with Tim Gratton and Fiona Hampshire timing their committee boat start to perfection and tacking away first towards to cliffs.  Megan Brickwood and Steph Orton were next hot on their heels. At the […]

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Light breeze challenges the sailors on day 3 at the RS Feva World Championships. Team July 25, 2019 No Comments

Light breeze challenges the sailors on day 3 at the RS Feva World Championships.

The RS Feva sailors arrived at the sailing club this morning, greeted by a mirror flat sea. The sea breeze struggled to make an impact, so after a short postponement, the sailors headed out to a patchy race course. The wind gave the race committee a tough job today, with large shifts and inconsistent pressure. This is such an incredible event that sailors from all over the world try to raise money, to help fund their RS Feva sailing. Toby Hunt, from Norwich school explained “We did some fundraising to help with this trip which we do as a school. We decided to try and break the world record for the further distance sailed inland in 12 hours.” Norwich School uses RS Fevas to both race and train as part of their curriculum. “We sailed a Norfolk Punt which is a big, twin trapeze boat specifically build for the Norfolk […]

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Harken RS200 Youth and Junior Championships Team July 25, 2019 No Comments

Harken RS200 Youth and Junior Championships

14 boats took to Rutland for the Harken RS200 Youth and Junior Championships, with varying conditions across the weekend making for some interesting racing for all.  Saturday’s racing saw some breezy conditions that allowed the PRO to get racing going nice and quickly so we could avoid the rain later in the day. Race one saw some close racing at the front despite the heavy winds, however behind this, the high winds meant high speeds downwind extending gaps between boats. Tight racing right to the last mark resulted in Robbie King and Jamie Webb taking the win followed by Chay Taylor and Niamh Davies in second and Will Taylor and Fiona Mulcahy in a close third.  The rest of the day continued with the heavy winds as the fleet started to get closer as everyone started to adjust to the conditions. Race 2 saw Will and Fiona move to the […]

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Two’s in Torbay – Runners & Riders! Team July 25, 2019 No Comments

Two’s in Torbay – Runners & Riders!

Welcome to the English Riviera and the best event of the summer, the Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championships hosted by Royal Torbay Yacht Club. This year we have entries from across the globe, with sailors flying in from Australia, Olympic hopefuls dropping by after Japan and a whole host of youth sailors coming to challenge the RS200 regulars both on and off the water. There are so many important questions to be answered:  Will the boom of doom make an appearance? Who is targeting a stage (sorry race) win? Will there be a sprint finish, or will the famous waves of Torbay make it a King of the Mountains competition? Which of our daring duos will win the fancy dress? What will be deemed Duckham’s dress worthy this year? Finally, who will be crowned National Champions?  This year’s runners and riders has a 100th anniversary Tour de France theme […]

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