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Sun Sail
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Friday, 12 September 2014 11:47

aas_news_picDisabled teenage sailor Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert will sail into the PSP Southampton Boat Show to be met and congratulated by Directors of the British Marine Federation and senior figures in the marine industry after her epic Sea and Summit challenge.

Natasha sails her 21ft boat, Miss Isle Too, only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet designed by her dad Gary.

Champagne moment
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Champagne momentOliver Southgate from Tiptree, Essex, submitted this winning entry to the ilovesailing calendar competition. Taken from the Green at Cowes, it captures the champagne sailing conditions enjoyed by the yachts sailing on the final day of this year’s Cowes Week. Oliver now joins fellow winners at a prize giving event to be held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, 13 September on the RYA Stand (JO66, 2pm).

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.   

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.

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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