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Farr 40 Miami

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

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Miami is an awesome place to have a regatta at this time of year and last week was the Miami Grand Prix, i was racing Farr 40 in a fleet of 10 boats and the teams all revved up for the world championships which are in a months time in the Dominican Republic.

The racing was very tight and we had our share of successes and not quite such successes, highlight of the week was leading race 2 from start to almost finish before a chinese gybe 300m from the finish. Also highlights were that we were consistently in the top 4 to the first make every race, just if only we could have been faster and held a lane downwind we would have converted many of these potentials into actual results.

It is always good to get back into the FArr 40 class and see exactly how close it is and get into some really tight and close fought tactical situations on the water. I certainly learned loads and thanks to the rest of the crew on the good ship Charisma for their efforts.

Ill be back in Sydney now for 3 weeks before getting on the plane and coming over to the UK again for the start of the UK season. I am looking forward to it but wish it could all be a lot warmer, ive got very used to shorts and tshirt every day here in Sydney, bye for now Hugh!!

Top turn out at Datchet F18 TT

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Top turnout at Datchet Water 21 & 22 march

The first event of the 2009 Formula 18 calendar this weekend was a resounding success, with 25 boats competing. The sun shone, but the wind didn’t really materialise untill the Sunday when the fleet were treated to up to 10 knots of a South Westerly breeze.

Racing was close in the shifty and gusty wind on the Queen Mother reservoir, which is located right under the flight path of Heathrow airport to the West. Saturday saw very light and fickle winds and it was tricky to avoid the big holes in the wind, Sunday was slightly windier but still variable.

Racing was very close in all races, with the lead changing often. Race one went to Hugh Styles and Greg Windle, from William Sunnucks and Fraz followed by Rob Wilson sailing with Ed Barney, in a close finish after four laps. Race two was more tricky with the wind decreasing just before the start to nothing and then zephyrs coming down on one side and then the other at random. Styles and Windle a new pairing for this season sailed a really solid and consistent race, keeping in touch with the fleet and making sure that once in the lead they kept between the opposition and the finish for the victory with 2nd Wilson, 3rd the Brothers Newton.

The last race of the day was even more shifty with the wind coming more from the North west. James and Gillian Power were initial leaders, who favoured the right of the second beat and lost out to Chris Field and Olly, with Styles and Windle hot on their heels. Styles took the lead for a lap and leading at the bottom of the last run got forced right upwind which was fatal. At the finish it was 1st Chris Field and Olly at their first ever F18 regatta in their new Nacra Infusion, 2nd Styles and Windle, 3rd Power and Power.

Sunday dawned with a North Westerly and more wind, up to 10 knots at times, twin wiring. Rob Wilson and Ed Barney lead the first race from start to finish after a massive right shift up the first beat which Styles was on the wrong side of. The Newton brothers were 2nd and Stuart Gummer third, with Styles 4th.

Race 5 and another race of unstable winds, it was anyone’s game at the first mark, but Wilson was leading by the bottom of the run and Styles close in pursuit. Styles overhauled Wilson and then held the lead for a couple of laps before mistakenly thinking that there was another lap and instead of finishing with a win on 4 laps went on to complete another lap. This handed the win to Wilson with James and Gillan Power 2nd. This was a costly mistake as the victory would have virtually sealed the overall result for Styles.

In the last race a massive left shift just before the start meant the race course turned into a one tack beat and one gybe run. Wilson sailed a solid race from the first mark to lead all the way, with no passing opportunities, Jonathan Worthington and Sebastian Gruber 2nd and Styles and Windle 3rd.

For the first event of the year the level was good and competitive, with several people leading races. A thoroughly good start to the season, now thoughts focus on the next event, which is in Carsington over the Easter weekend.

Overall Positions:
1st Rob Wilson and Ed Barney
2nd Hugh Styles and Greg Windle
3rd Sam Newton and Brother

A big thanks to Towergate Mardon insurance sponsor of Styles and Windle, they have been a solid and extremely encouraging sponsor for several years now, many thanks and well done to John Tuckwell of Towergate Mardon, who had some star appearances in several races this regatta. Also to all of my other sponsors, Fat Face, Marlow Ropes, Gill, Holt, Tacktick, your help is brilliant and many thanks.

Hugh Styles
Olympic Sailor and Coach
Director Nacra Watersports
Tel +44 7712760524
Email: hugh@hughstyles.com
Skype: hughstyles
WWW.HUGHSTYLES.COM

Sponsors:
Fat Face, Garmin, Gill, Holt, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Watersports, Towergate Mardon Insurance, Tacktick.

Associates:
Sailing Networks

Portugal Coaching via Holland to F18 racing Datchet

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

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Its been a whirl wind since last week. I flew back from coaching Laura Baldwin and team (in the picture, Hugh, Laura and Ben Paton) last week in Portugal on Wednesday night.

Thursday at 0600 on the Eurotunnel to Europe to go pick new Nacra Infusion from Holland. Build, load and back to Uk for the 2300 eurotunnel.

Friday build as much of boat as possible and off to Datchet for the weekend event. Saturday finish building in time for the first start at 1200. Just squeeked it and started the first race 2 mins behind. Plenty of catching up to do!!

The weekend sailing with my new F18 crew Ryan Crawford we finished 2nd, but oh so close to winning!! the Datchet F18 20007 Europeans qualifying event. It was down to the wire in the last race we lead at the last leeward mark. Stuart Gummer had to try something different and punted hard right, it hadnt paid all day so i was happy to let him go and it turned out to be the winning call. Bagging him the race and the event.

Gutted but, loosing refocusses the mind and we will be on fire at the next event Carnac at the end of April.


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Cascais Portugal windy as ever

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

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Its dawned a really windy day here in Cascais and will be a full rollercoaster ride for the sailors downwind today.

The picture is of a bit of class room debrief and this is being mixed with days which include, weights cardio and 3 hrs sailing for physical activity followed by debrief and office work and the essential eating regime for Laura and training partners.

They are burning loads of calories and seem to need lots of protein to keep building muscle whilst reducing the body fat.

Ill be back mid week for collection of the new Nacra Infusion Formula 18 from holland and then the first event with the new boat at this weekends F18 event at Datchet.

All the best, hope to see you all at Datchet!!

Hugh


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Laser Radial coaching Laura Baldwin

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

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Back Laser Radial coaching for Laura Baldwin again which is good. I really enjoy helping to imporve someones performance and working closely with Laura we are making some real gains.

We are out in Cascais where the ISAF World Sailing Championships will be held this coming July. Then all of the Olympic classes will be in attendance and the world will be watching. Everyone will be keen to see who are the runners and riders who are in with a shout for medals. As this will give the first signs of who are potential medallists for the Olympics in Beijing 2008.

We are here in Cascais training early to get a really good steer on the conditions which the sailors will encounter for later in the year. Its a bit tricky though as being in a different season you dont always get the same type of conditoons as that will be experienced during July for the worlds.

The facilities here are being built around us, the slip ways are inadequate at the moement even for the small amount of people who are here training preparation for the worlds. How they hope to get all of the 80 tornados, etc, etc all accommodated here i have no idea. looks like it will be a full bun fight!!

At the moment there is a 470 and finn regatta happening, with Ed Wright GBR sailing in the Finn class and winning overall. In all there is representation from Poland, Japan, United States, Portugal, Spain, Great Britain, to name but a few. So all is hotting up down here and i can only assume it will be getting busier and businer in between the times when there are Olympic ragattas going on around Europe.

This all starts again in palma in the start of April, to be followed by Hyeres regatta in the south of France late in April. May is Holland regatta at Medwemblik and then more training before the worlds in cascais. A busy period, intense and hard to make sure that sailors take enough down time during their time off between regattas.

Ciao for now from Cascais, which is near Lisbon on the West Portugal coast.

Hugh Styles and Tom Peel end the F18 Worlds 2007 on a high!!

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

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It was tight at the top on the final day of racing at the Seawind F18 World Championship, being sailed in the waters off Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon Queensland.

The week had been dominated by winds blowing anywhere from 14 to gusting 30 knots.

The outcome of the regatta was a close fought affair all the way through the competition, coming to a climax on the last day with the overall title still up for grabs between AUS Darren Bundock and NED Mitch Booth. Close behind saw a fight between Nacra Infusion team mates FRA Billy Besson, NED Mischa Heemskerk and GBR Hugh Styles vying for the remaining spots in the top 5 overall.

The competitors had been blessed by good strong winds all week, intermingled with sunshine and 77 boats to compete against which made the regatta a heady mix of exhilarating sailing, competitive racing and a little sun burn.

The Rydges resort in Yeppoon hosted the 2007 Formula 18 Worlds. All the competitors stayed in the resort and enjoyed the fantastic facilities and welcomed the fact that the beach and boat park were a meagre 5 mins walk from the door of the apartment.

Many of the competitors had had ups and downs in their results during the course of the competition, with the windy conditions proving too much for some bodies and kit alike. Hugh and Tom were unlucky enough to fall victim of this on the first day, having to retire from the first race after the kite managed to wrap itself up so badly that they struggled to get it down and when they did the pole broke. This set back did not deter the team; they battled hard from there on in coming from behind in the rankings to be in contention for the top 5 at the start of the final days racing.

In each of the 3 races on the final day the fleet was so eager to get away that there were numerous general recalls. Bundock and Booth were at each other as soon as their boats touched the water, chasing each other pre start to get the upper hand. Hugh and Tom opted for a more conservative starting approach and with three solid starts they rounded the windward mark in the top 3 in all of the races.

Billy Besson was sailing very well, making it difficult for Styles and Peel to take their 3rd position overall, by taking line honours in the first race of the day, with Booth second and Styles third by a whisker.

The second race was very close fought between Booth and Bundock, with Styles biting at the heels of these two round the track, eventually taking thrid with Besson fourth.

The last race of the regatta was the crowning glory for Styles and Peel. Starting well they used their superior upwind speed on port tack to extend on the fleet to round the first mark with a comfortable lead. From this point onwards they were never headed, sailing away from the opposition. Hugh Commented “We said this morning that we wanted to win a race this week and it was fantastic to finish on such a high by winning the last race, helping us clinch 4th place overall.”

The overall title went to Aussies Darren Bundock and Glen Ashby, with a sterling effort in the last race to defend their slender 1 point lead over Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis.

As F18 2007 worlds drew to a close, it was good to have seen such great racing in Australia, and it can only bode well for the rest of the season of F18 racing back in Europe. Carnac is the next big event, followed by Texel and then the F18 Europeans in Italy in July.

Hugh Styles and Tom Peel would like to say a big thank you to Nacra, Fat Face and Mardon Marine for making this event possible for the team. To Sailing Networks, Sail.TV and The Daily Sail for helping with the teams coverage through out the event. Lastly to all of the teams friends and family for their support and encouragement.

Hugh Styles
Olympic Sailor and Coach
Tel +44 7712760524
Email: hugh@hughstyles.com
Skype: hughstyles

Sponsors:
Fat Face, Gill, Holt Performance Hardware, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Europe, Mardon Marinne Insurance, Tacktick.

Associates:
Sailing Networks


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