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Sun Sail
Event News
Garmin gears up for winter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Garmin gears up for winterGarmin has agreed a multi-year sponsorship commitment with Hamble River Sailing Club to remain as the title sponsor of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. 

This support from Garmin, which has its European headquarters at Southampton, reflects the event’s popularity. In 2013, the series saw an increase in entries with more than 160 yachts taking part, across IRC 0-5 classes, J/111, Farr 45, J/109 and Sigma 38 as well as one design classes, including J/80s, J/70s and SB20s.

The 2014 event – the 33rd Hamble Winter Series - runs from 4 October until 30 November, with two races a day in the first half of the series and one long race a day once the clocks change. The series also has two consecutive events, the Hamble One Design Championships, a 10-race series across two weekends and the Hamble Big Boat Championships, a 12-race grand prix event across two weekends for Farr 45s and J/111s racing one design and IRC boats above 1.040 TCF.

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Bart’s Bash countdown
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Bart’s Bash countdownAs the clock ticks down until the Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race on 21 September, Bart’s Bash organisers have urged would-be participants to finalise their entry details.

More than 620 clubs from 50 countries have already registered on line, with up to 20,000 participants expected worldwide. Although sailors will be able to sign up on the day at registered Bart’s Bash clubs that have capacity, to help those clubs in their last minute preparations, organisers are encouraging individual participants to ensure they register via the website before entry closes on 19 September.  

Advice is also being made available to clubs on how to measure their course if GPS is not available, how to fill out the Guinness World Record statements, and how to submit their race results to the live leader-board on the day. Clubs that fall short of the 25-boat entry required for the Guinness World Record attempt are still encouraged to take part and submit their results online.   

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Miss Isle: Mission accomplished
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:51

Miss Isle: Mission accomplishedDisabled sailing teen Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert successfully scaled the 2,907ft Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons to complete her phenomenal Sea and Summit Challenge, then modestly summed up her achievement as “Not bad”!

Almost exactly one month after leaving her hometown of Cowes, Isle of Wight, the 17-year-old, who has severe cerebral palsy, achieved her aim of sailing 440 miles around England’s South West coast to Wales before swapping her boat for a special Hart Walker walking aid to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain.

Just like her heroine, Dame Ellen MacArthur, after her epic round the world sail, the 17-year-old, who controls her boat only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet designed by her dad Gary, was reluctant to leave her 21ft yacht, ‘Miss Isle Too’, as she arrived into her final destination of Swansea Marina with a huge smile on her face.

During the sailing part of her challenge Natasha faced conditions that would have tested even the most experienced sailors, including a rounding of Land’s End.

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Team GBR on a roll in Rio
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Team GBR on a roll in RioOlympic sailing manager Stephen Park has hailed his team’s ‘substantial progress’ since the 2012 Games, as British sailors rounded off the first Rio Olympic Test Event with eight medals across seven Olympic classes.

“It’s been a fantastic end to the first Rio Test Event,” Park explained. “Winning eight medals in seven events of the ten that we compete in has been very pleasing. It’s certainly a work in progress and of course we’d like to win more gold medals than we’ve won this week. But we were in there competing for gold medals certainly in four of the events and to be racing out for the podium in every single one of the ten events is a fantastic place to be.”

Giles Scott (Finn) headed up the team’s tally winning the only gold medal. Silver medals went to Alison Young – back from a 10-month break due to injury in the Laser Radial, and to the 470 pairings of Luke Patience-Elliot Willis and Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark. Meanwhile, Ed Wright (Finn) walked away with bronze, as did Pippa Wilson-John Gimson (Nacra 17), Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign (49er) and Nick Thompson (Laser).   

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Dinghy record attempt thwarted
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Dinghy record attempt thwartedLaser sailor Chris Russell was forced to abandon a world record attempt for ‘the longest single handed, non-stop distance sailed, unassisted in a dinghy’.

Chris set out to break the overall existing World Record, held by female sailor Tania Callas at 282nm, by sailing 300nm from Colwyn Bay to Dublin and back, but extreme wind and waves resulted in an initial change of course. Eventually it was deemed too dangerous for Chris to stay on the water any longer.

Having spent more than 16 hours on the water and sailed over 100nm, Chris has still set a new world record for ‘the longest single handed, non-stop distance sailed by a male, unassisted in a dinghy’, which is now awaiting verification from Guinness.

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