20 Jun 2016

Will Mackaness Award

By Scotty Stallman

I was surprised and honoured to be awarded the ‘Will Mackaness Trophy For Commitment To Sport’ at The Wey Valley School’s annual sports presentation evening this year.

The award is in memory of Will Mackaness, who also attended Wey Valley School and Sports College like myself. Will lost his battle against a brain tumour in 2008. Will was an avid sportsman who took a full and active part in all aspects of school life, despite undergoing intensive treatment.

The trophy is awarded annually to individuals in recognition of their achievements and commitment to their chosen sports. I am so proud to add our sport, windsurfing, this year as windsurfing was also a passion of Will’s.

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The Will Mackaness Trust was set up in 2008 at the Wey Valley School following Will’s death. The trust’s aim is to give more water sports opportunities to young people in Weymouth and Portland, so they too can experience the fun and exhilaration of windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.

To date, the trust has enabled hundreds of young people to participate in these activities and is an amazing legacy. There are many fund raising events held throughout the year for the trust so please keep an eye out for them and come along and support a very awesome charity.

See you on the water, Scotty

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7 Jun 2016

British Slalom Association Rd 3 Harwich

By Scotty Stallman

Severne UK Team riders travelled across the country last weekend to meet up for the British Slalom Association Round 3 at Harwich (Dovercourt Beach).

Although the sun came out on Saturday the wind sadly never really picked with just the Master-blaster fleet taking to the water for a couple rounds of racing. Sunday started sunny but with very light winds, mid morning the wind started to pick up sufficiently to allow the Pro and Amateur Fleets to take the water and start racing.

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The first Pro round saw Severne take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the winners final, subsequent rounds saw a similar story with James Dinsmore and Leigh Kingaby finishing in the top three for the other 2 counting rounds. Pro Fleet results, 1st James Dinsmore, 2nd Leigh Kingaby, 3rd Kevin Greenslade. 

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The first Pro round saw Severne take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the winners final, subsequent rounds saw a similar story with James Dinsmore and Leigh Kingaby finishing in the top three for the other 2 counting rounds. Pro Fleet results, 1st James Dinsmore, 2nd Leigh Kingaby, 3rd Kevin Greenslade. 

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We must congratulate Team rider Scott Stallman who not only finished 1st Junior (U17) but an amazing 4th overall, not bad for our 14year old Team rider in his first season in the Pro fleet!

The Amateur fleet was dominated by team rider Ian Robbo Roberts taking the top podium position with an impeccable display of sailing.

Congratulations to all the Team riders and all the sailors at the event, we also wish James and Leigh all the very best of luck as they headed off early this morning to compete in the Worlds at Bol in Croatia, we look forward to plenty updates!!

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2 Jun 2016

Formula Youth And Master Europeans Championships

By Dave Coles

Dave Coles secures third in the Grand Masters of the 2016 Formula Youth And Master Europeans Championships.

First, long road trip of the year as we headed down to Portimao in Portugal for the Formula Youth And Master Europeans Championships, after a three-day drive we arrived to find gales and a very rough sea state so was unable to sail for a couple of days until it passed finally on the third day.

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I manage to get out for a sail in the harbour as the sea was still too rough to head out, day four and the conditions were perfect for formula sailing some of the guys from Portugal were starting to arrive. The course was laid for some practice racing followed by some long beats up along the Algarve coast, and some great long down wind runs past the cliffs and caves, just great sailing which we had for the next four days.

Finally, the first day of racing arrived and was totally unsure how I was going as at times, when we were training things felt really good and next I would struggle to stay with the other guys. They were so fast but by the end of the fist day was laying in 3rd place one point of second and 1st grand master.

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Day 2 and reality kicks back in conditions were tough with the wind changing direction by 40 degrees and going from 10 to 20 knots and never got it right all day although my results were constant. Other sailors would have a great result in one race followed by a disaster in the next; I could have done with a lucky one just to keep me near the front but never got it.

Day 3 and the wind never arrived, but no one was complaining as we were all glad of the rest after day 2.

Day 4 and we thought the second day was tough, this was to be even harder, the first race of the day was in light winds with a 2-foot swell coming in with the wind but a large swell coming from the other direction, making conditions really difficult to sail in. Some of the worst I have ever sailed in, we were still on 11.5 and 12.5 rigs with wind gusting up to 28 knots and a crazy sea.

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I was just pleased to get through the day, racing finished about 8.45 and by the time we had de-rigged it was about 10 pm and dark, tough day but was now in a better placed as Bruno Strauss from Latvia who was only a few points behind had a DNF in one race followed by a broken mast in the next after a collision.

Last day and had a 16 point lead over the next guy in the Grandmaster fleet Andrea Volpini Italy 251 this guy always beats me by a couple of points and keeps me off the podium. So the plan was to stick to him like glue to make sure of no big mistakes and to gain my first podium result at an International Formula event.

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Although the goal was to beat Andria and to get on the podium at this event, I felt I should have sailed better. However, with the wind the conditions and sailing for the result in our group I am sure I could have done better as at times I was going well. We also had 4 or 5 races binned and each time was in the top five of the fleet.

Next big road trip now will be to Greece for the youth and masters worlds in September.

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