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GBR Radial team coaching Perth - best result 7th overall @ Worlds

over 7 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Ive just been in Perth coaching for the GBR Olympic Sailing team for the ISAF Worlds.

The team of 5 girls worked hard in the build up to the regatta and had some really great individual race results, winning plenty of races in the course of the regatta. The highlight was Ali Young finishing 7th, well done to her and all of the girls.

Now thinking of Xmas and seeing the folks.

Next thing is the training for the Olympics with the girls in Miami in the new year and then the build up to Weymouth in the summer.

All the best.


Oman Sail win in Singapore but China Team 2nd in overall standings

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Oman Sail Masirah win in Singapore

It was close between 5 boats all the way to the end of five days of racing in Singapore under a kaleidoscope of weather with Oman Sail’s Masirah taking their second consecutive win at the Extreme Sailing Series Asia. They now lead the overall series with China Team and BT 2nd equal.

The final day of racing in Singapore started with a light two knot wind and the six teams tactically fighting their way around the racecourse, searching for the best possible winds. The skippers and crews were tested by the Race Committee as they began two races with the more challenging downwind starts as the wind picked up to a more consistent 10 knots. But just before the start of the fifth and final race of the day, there was plenty of drama as a thunderstorm struck the reservoir soaking the sailors and the VIP guests onboard to the skin.

The heavy downpour was relentless, forcing the Race Committee to abandon the race and the day’s sailing for safety reasons as lightening powered down over Marina Reservoir. With the abandonment called, the calculators were out as the valuable last race double points were added to the previous race, but Masirah remained firm at the top of the leaderboard, continuing their domination of the Extreme 40 fleet.

With racing every afternoon, the past five days have been busy for the international fleet of Extreme 40 sailors. Every morning they have taken VIP and media guests out sailing on the reservoir, to experience first hand what it is like to race onboard an Extreme 40. Guests have included government officials, TV crews, journalists, key opinion formers from the business and sailing worlds here in Singapore, as well as youth sailors in the Singapore Olympic sailing squad.

Masirah’s win brings their score in the overall Extreme Sailing Series Asia scoreboard to a perfect 12, but the real battle is for second place with four teams in contention. BT and China Team and tied in second place with 7 points apiece and Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team and The Wave, Muscat just behind with 6.

Hugh Styles, Helm, China Team:
“It’s been a rollercoaster here, pouring rain and lightening to soaring heat, no wind to lots of wind. There are one incident when we nearly capsized because there was so much breeze.

”Six boats means that it is really intense on the racecourse, lots of entertaining guests who step on with wide eyes, but leave with enormous smiles on their faces.

“For us with our racing we have had probably more race wins than we have ever had as a team, so really exciting for us and we’ve sailed consistently. A few bits of bad luck, but we are a new team and building ourselves into a better unit, so really exciting. We have come fourth overall, so really looking forward to the next one, looking to step it up and always get in the top two, fighting for the lead and looking forward to the next opportunity.”

Thierry Barot, Skipper, China Team:
“Today, was not a perfect day. It was a little bit difficult for us. Problem for the right positioning and a real gamble with the wind which was turning everywhere, but it is part of the sport!

”We’ve had big improvements since Hong Kong, missing some luck today, but looking forward to Oman.

“Singapore was fantastic, the scenery was quite amazing with buildings all around with the amazing architecture so close to us. The chance to have the public around us next time will be great, a 360 degree amphitheatre; a fantastic venue. I really hope that we will be back next year.”

Final Leaderboard for Round 2 at Singapore:
1. Oman Sail’s Masirah 121 points
2. Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team 111
3. The Wave, Muscat 100
4. China Team 92
5. BT 87
6. Rumbo Almeira 77

Overall Leaderboard after Round 1 and 2:
1. Oman Sail’s Masirah 12 points
2. BT 7
2. China Team 7
4. The Wave, Muscat 6
4. Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team 6
6. Rumbo Almeira 4

The next venue after the Xmas and new years break for the Extreme Sailing Series Asia will be Muscat, Oman (1 – 5 February 2010) and all is poised for a great last regatta with the points really close between boats in 2 – 5th in the overall standings.

Many thanks to Hugh Styles sponsors and supporters help and assistance.

Gill, Holt, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Watersports, Tacktick, Towergate Mardon insurance

Associates: Sailing Networks

Arabian X40 regatta concludes

over 10 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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The X40 racing in Oman concluded yesterday and for the ishares team it was with a great last days racing. Finishing 2nd in Muscat as we did in Dubai a week ago. So 2nd overall in the

Yesterdsay the team pulled out all of the stops, winning the last race of the whole series in splendid style, to go with another win and a second after a slight fo pah with a 4th in the first race of the day.

Its been a good team effort these last 2 events in the Middle East with a different team here which worked well. Mischa Heemskerk brought a lot to the team as mainsheet hand, John Mckenna Trimmer and then the 2 local super stars on the boat from Oman Sail Gordon and Mossin. They worked tirelessley and made a vital comtribution to our success.

Bye for now tomorrow is F18 coaching for the Oman sail team and then I fly back to Sydney to see my girlfriend hurrah.

Thanks to all of the sponsors and all the best for Xmas.

Oman Extreme 40 racing

over 10 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Oman is a very arid place, this morning I woke to the mountainous view outside the hotel window.

We have driven the extreme 40s down from Dubai to Muscat in Oman, an 8 hour drive. Today we have to build the iShares extreme 40 for racing which starts tomorrow. We have 3 days of racing and it will be good to build on what we achieved in Dubai. We want to win this event and show what we can do as a team.

I go back down to Sydney in a weeks time and will be there racing 18 foot skiffs and Formula 18 catamaran.

I have a lot of big boat sailing to do and will be racing in Australia, maybe doing the Sydney to Hobart.

Hugh singing out.

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