May 16, 2013 20:39
Ireland bound, for the delights of the emerald isle.
Also to catch up with friends whose wedding I missed this time last year.
This week in weymouth coaching the Radial girls has been great lots of good lessons.
Looking forward to Holland regatt next week. Hope that the Mosquitos are not to hungry – normally you get eaten alive!
May 03, 2010 08:10
This weekend was the first regatta in the F18 calendar of the 2010 season, racing in the waters off the Brittany coast in France. The bay of Quiberon and Carnac Yacht Club hosted the 2010 Eurocat regatta, which comprised a series of short course round the cans racing and a seperate long distance race of some 30km to the extremity of the bay of Quiberon and back.
Racing was in 4 fleets on two course areas, one handicap course area and another for the Formula 18 class. in total some 400 boats were in attendance at the regatta, with numbers down on the last few years of competition.
Racing the NACRA Infusion the Team Styles F18 campaign had a mixed bag of results, with the highlight being the last race of the day finishing off well with a 2nd in the last race. Now looking to the next major event in the calendar which is the NACRA international championships and then the Texel Dutch open in June, before the F18 world championships, which are in Brittany at Erqy in the first week in July.
Many thanks to the teams sponsors and supporters, in particular, Towergate Mardon Insurance, Magic Marine, NACRA Europe, Tacktick, Marlow Ropes, Holt.
May 23, 2009 15:08
Hugh’s blog from Venice iShares Cup
Venice was an amazing venue for the first event of the iShares cup 2009, we were racing with St Marks square in the background and the iShares photographers got a brilliant picture of the boat flying a hull past a Gondola with the churches behind. Ten teams raced in a 300m wide by 800m long course, the teams consisted of one Americas cup outfit (BMW Oracle), two offshore racing multihull campaigns (Groupama and Gitana), two middle east catamaran campaigns from Oman Sail, an owner driven team from France. The sailors came from a wide variety of backgrounds with teams comprised of Olympic medallists and numerous world and national champions.
This season the level of competition at the iShares cup has stepped up since last year. Most of the teams have put in plenty of training time pre-season, and even though the season is only just warming up the standard is already red hot. For the iShares boat we have a new team from last year:
Shirley Robertson is the skipper
I am doing mainsheet
Nick Hutton – trimmer
Johnno Macbeth – bow man
This regatta was the first time for the iShares team to race together in a regatta, and it was a steep learning curve in the confines of Venice’s waterways.
The size of the course starting line made it difficult to hold a position next to the other boats as only 8 of the 10 boats could get on the line at the same time. This put a massive priority on getting to the front row of the start line early and then hold position to be able to get off the line clear. The winds were also very light and unstable in direction which meant that the start became even more important and through the course of the weekend we became one of the top teams at holding a position on the starting line. As a consequence of this our results gradually improved and by Sunday we were consistently one of the better teams off the line and this lead to our best race of the weekend a 2nd on the last day.
The next iShares Cup event is in Hyeres at the beginning of July and we start training in a couple of weeks. We will be working hard to make gains on the opposition for the next regatta, which will most likely be completely different with a windy venue in prospect.
For now I am back in the UK and getting all of the organisation together for the next few events in the calendar. I will be in Cowes racing Atomic the Farr45 for the next two weekends, before going out to race the Round Texel regatta in north west Holland during the 2nd week of June.
Many thanks to all of Hugh Styles sponsors, Towergate Mardon, Gill, Holt, Marlow Ropes, Tacktick, NACRA Europe, Sailing Networks.
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May 23, 2007 11:37
Out in Munich Germany with the Offshore Challenges X40 for the first of the iShares cup events of 2007.
We arrived Sunday it took about a day and a half to rig and for the last 2 days we have been training, here on Lake Starnberg.
We have racing and corporate entertainment each day corporate in the morning and racing in the afternoons.
May 09, 2007 10:27
Winning the land yachting section of the Raid Bleu Normandie was the Fat Face racing team of Hugh, Mischa and Bastian!
The last weekend was racing in Carnac on the coast of Brittany in France. 300 catamarans were involved in both fleet and long distance racing from 11 different countries. For the new Nacra Infusion F18 racing team consisting of Hugh Styles and Ryan Crawford, it was their first international regatta.
Racing was tight as usual and we had a great regatta improving with each race. The highlight was our winning race 8 of the nine race series. The other was the speed we managed to get out of the Infusion in the long distance race in the light winds.
Since Carnac the Nacra race team has been training preparing for this seasons events. We had a great camp in Carnac with three days good sailing before travelling to Normandie for the Raid Bleu long distance race.
The Raid Bleu is a new event in the cat racing calendar. The event involved 20 – 45 km coastal races based from Omaha beach the location of the D-Day landing near to Caen. This was a departure from our normal style of short course windward leeward racing. The long legs of the course allowed us to refine our trimming and steering coordination, like a glorified training session. We finished 6th overall and manged to fly the Fat Face flag up and down the Normandie coast.