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2nd Texel Dutch Open 1 day to go!!

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

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Epic Day in Texel, big breeze and waves and lots of hull flying,

We were 2nd in race one with a storming race, were learning about our boat as it has new foils and theyre taking a bit to get used to.

Race two we underestmated the side slip on foils and were shut out, tacked to clear, but lost breeze on RHS and then behind the bunch at the top mark arrrghh, fought back to 6th.

Race three, were good off the line and went left but evens at the top, but behind a group of boats and rounded in the pack, catching up all way with the next 2 laps to finish 4th and oh so close to 3rd!!

2nd overall and pushing for the overall lead, tomorrow a big day!!

TIME ON THE WATER 3rd at J24 worlds qualifier

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

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The newly formed company TIME ON THE WATER owned by Hugh Styles and David Lush had their companies first success, on the bank holiday weekend with Hugh Styles skippering a J24 team to a podium position of 3rd place, this was a great result considering that the team had many changes of crew through the event.

The bank holiday weekend saw a good fleet of J24’s competing in the Poole Harbour Regatta 2010 as one of the J24 class worlds qualifiers. The regatta saw a whole range of conditions, with Saturday cold wet and windy, through to Monday with a dropping breeze, sun tans and glassy seas.

Duncan Mcarthy with his local Parkstone Yacht Club team were the class act, with a boat handling edge in the windier conditions, Bob Turnders SERCO team were a close second, snatching one race win and several second place finishes, both of these teams now go onto the Europeans in Holland next weekend for the first major J24 regatta of the year, we wish them all the very best.
The surprise success was the TIME ON THE WATER team finishing 3rd overall behind these two, showing some great potential, as after a slow start to the regatta in the big breeze the teams performance went from strength to strength, finishing the regatta with the best results of any team on the last day Monday.

A great regatta with close racing and a variety of sailing conditions which made for a real test for the teams which are just off to the J24 Europeans in Holland.

TIME ON THE WATER would like to thank all of the members of the crew who, specially to David Lush and David Hepburn and all the owners of the good ship ‘Jobs for the Boys’, Russell Whitworth, Jules Scott, who were the core team and supported by Ed Lush, Steven Tiernan, Ed Whitehead and Luke, who all played their part in making it a successful regatta. Then TIME ON THE WATER would also like to thanktheir supporters and sponsors, Magic Marine, Towergate Mardon, Laser Perfoermance Europe, Pelican Racing, Marine Resources, Gill, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Europe, Boskalis.

The next activity is the SB3 event in Seaview on the Isle of Wight in a weeks time.


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

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Since last weekend Adam Piggott and I have driven the X40 to Hyeres for the next Extreme 40 event, and then travelled the length of Europe to come to Texel for the 31st edition of the Round Texel race, on Saturday the 7th June. The day was a mixed affair, with light offshore wind from the North East to begin with, and tide underneath the boats at the start. This pushed a big group of boats over the line early and a few black flag infringements were signalled. But for the Fat Face team, of Hugh Styles and Adam Piggott, they benefitted from the situation, with a near perfect start, and a clear lane off the line, they were with the leading boats for the first mile. The sea breeze started to kick in and made for tricky tactical decisions, either staying in by the beach with a good angle for the breeze, or going off shore for the building sea breeze. Hugh and Adam positioned well and rounded the first gate, first F18 with a 100m lead, they extended this to 200m by the next mark the VC bouy. The downwind did not go so well and the team were not able to maintain the lead and dropped, back. But put in a late charge through into the finish, when the wind increased in the last 5 km to the line. Finishing 10th the team were pleased and gutted all at the same time. Hugh commented “Through to the half way point we were sailing really well together and this maintained, but we just couldn’t get going on the downwind. The good thing is this regatta has given us lots of good training time and we feel we are right on top of our game on the boat. When we get to Vigo for the F18 worlds in 3 weeks time we will be well prepped and on fire, watch this space!!

All the best and many thanks to all our sponsors:
Fat Face
Nacra Europe
Marlow Ropes
Towergate Mardon

Styles and Crawford win Texel Dutch Open

over 11 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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On Friday June 22 2007, the British Fatface-team Styles/Crawford won the Texel Dutch Open after an exciting conclusion. In the end, the gap to Dutchmen Heemskerk and Tentij was only half a point. The British F18 Capricorn duo Gummer/Burke were third. The Open Class I showed new leaders, as both F18 Nacra Infusion teams Huntelman/Van der Kamp and De Koning/Van Leeuwen took a bullet. Thanks to a moderate south-western wind, the course was laid out along the coast, which gave a good view for the people on the Texel beach. They witnessed the battle against the current while beating upwind. The consideration whether to choose for less current or more pressure, made it an exciting game. In the very last race, Hans Primowees was finally beaten once in the Open Class II. He finished second after the British Nacra 500 of Luke and Adam Butler, but he won the overall series. Later in the afternoon, Heemskerk and Tentij won the TNG Short Track Races.

Dutch Open day 1

over 11 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Today was the first day of the Texel Dutch Open, this is the regatta just before the round Texel Race this weekend.

We were onfire won both races today, sailing the Fat Face boat. Racing was postponed for 3 hours and so we went out and did 2 hrs of training with our Nacra Infusion team mates Mischa Heemskerk and Sebastian Tenji. This really paid off as once the racing got underway at 4.30pm we has very good speed.

We started really welll, punchy some might say, but then sailed conservatively which worked to our advantage, taking places in race 1 and leading from the front in race 2.

Looking forward to another good day tomorrow.

Ciao for now.


Geneva Bol D'or X 40 racing

over 11 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Today saw us launch the Offshore challenges X40 onto the waters of lake Geneva. This is rather a relief for me as this week has been a bit epic. Monday saw 24 hrs of travelling picking up vans, trailers and sorting out Swiss customs for an X40 container.

We have managed to get the boat all tickled and out for a sail on the lake. We have seen some wacky cats out there sailing, some 28 ft cats and then the daddy of the lakes catamarans the, One Design 35’s. Ernesto Bertarelli’s (of Alinghi AC fame) boat, and his sisters boat with its all girl crew were also out training for the event. They are amazing machines completely over canvassed and doing 3 times the wind speed up and downwind, in what most of us in the UK consider to be un-sailable conditions.

Funniest of the day was upwind hull flying past this motorboat which was drifting in the middle of the lake and we interrupted a couple naked as the day they were born in a rather compromising position. Didn’t stop them though and the cheeky bloke gave us a wave too.

Tomorrow is corporate sailing and training prior to the BOL D’OR which starts this Saturday with 530 competing boats and a race up and down the 83 miles of lake. Shouldn’t take too long, but last year some of the fastest boats took over 17 hrs to complete the course!! Aaargh hope its windy this year!!

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