Practical Boat Owner: British sailors confirmed for 49er and 470 Men’s events in Rio. The final four sailors who will take to the water for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have today been announced by the British Olympic Association (BOA).

 

Luke Patience and Chris Grube will compete in the men’s 470, while Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign complete the squad in the 49er after a close British selection battle.

For Fletcher, Sign and Grube, Rio 2016 will be their first Olympic outing, with Grube having teamed up with Patience following Elliot Willis’s cancer diagnosis at the end of 2015. Patience already has an Olympic medal to his name – a 470 silver he picked up with Stuart Bithell at London 2012.

The first group of sailors was announced back in September with further names being added in March and today’s announcement completes the 15-strong sailing line-up that will head to Rio 2016.

Team GB lead the way in sailing at the Olympic Games and sit atop the overall standings with 55 medals accrued since 1986 – including 26 golds.

The four sailors selected today are:
Luke Patience, 29 (Men’s 470)
Chris Grube, 31 (Men’s 470)
Dylan Fletcher, 28 (49er)
Alain Sign, 30 (49er)

Those previously selected are:
Giles Scott (Finn)
Nick Thompson (Laser)
Alison Young (Laser Radial)
Bryony Shaw (Women’s RS:X)
Nick Dempsey (Men’s RS:X)
Hannah Mills (Women’s 470)
Saskia Clark (Women’s 470)
Charlotte Dobson (49erFX)
Sophie Ainsworth (49erFX)
Ben Saxton (Nacra 17)
Nicola Groves (Nacra 17)

 

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Pratical Boat Owner: Entries are now open for World Cruising Club’s new ARC Channel Islands 2016 rally following a packed launch event at the Southampton Boat Show.

More than 50 people gathered at the RYA lounge to learn more about the new rally, which will be taking place in August 2016.

Run in association with RYA Active Marina and with the support of Hamble School of Yachting and Practical Boat Owner magazine, ARC Channel Islands offers a mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.

About the rally
Premier Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2016 with a welcome supper, safety checks and Skippers Briefing organised before the fleet set sail for the first leg to Cherbourg on Saturday 20 August.

Following the full day sail, rally yachts arrive in the French port to celebrate a successful Channel crossing with a welcome reception to share their experiences, and crews will have the following day to explore the town and visit the local market.

After the passage to Cherbourg, the distances between stopovers are between 30-50nm as the rally visits Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney; the days are planned to combine pleasant sailing with time to explore ashore and meet up with other crews over a rally meal or sundowner on arrival.

The overall route and daily schedule is adaptable for prevailing weather conditions and rally staff will be on hand throughout to deliver the shoreside programme, including an island tour of Guernsey and visit to the Second World War Military Hospital, as well as a ride on the Alderney railway.

The fleet will return to Gosport following an overnight sail from Alderney, and conclude the rally with a farewell dinner on Saturday 27 August.

Crews joining ARC Channel Islands will receive the peace of mind of being part of an organised event; enjoying social and sightseeing activities with others in the fleet along with time to independently explore.

The entry fee includes all berthing for the duration of the rally, GPS satellite tracking of each yacht, the support of a lead boat and World Cruising Club staff on hand throughout the rally.

Aside from the focus on safety and support, there is a comprehensive social programme encouraging the camaraderie between crews to quickly develop during the rally. RYA membership is included in the entry fee for those not already members and discounts are available for existing RYA members.

Guy Malpas, RYA yachting development manager, said: ‘The RYA Active Marina scheme aims to help boat owners gain more from their boats, and this rally is an excellent opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors to hone their skills on a challenging but enjoyable passage. We are pleased to be supporting this rally, and hope it is encourages more people to get afloat and use their boats.’

Entries are open
The first 10 boats to enter ARC Channel Islands will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a set of recommended charts and pilot books, courtesy of Imray.

The set, worth £270, will equip any sailor with every publication they could need for a cross channel trip. In addition, all confirmed ARC Channel Island entries can save up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray once they have signed up to the rally.

Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 25 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. We anticipate the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.

Entry fees
The entry fee is made up of a boat fee and a crew fee payable for each person onboard the boat. Boat Fee: based on LOA as follows:

  • 8.23-12.00m £475 + VAT* = £570**
  • 12.01-14.00m £525 + VAT* = £630**
  • 14.01-18.29m £575 + VAT* = £690**

*VAT at the prevailing rate on date of entry ** with VAT at 20% as at date of publication

Catamarans: There is a berthing supplement for catamarans of £130 relative to LOA as shown above.

Crew Fees:

  • Whole Rally Crew Fee – non-RYA member £195
  • Whole Rally Crew Fee – RYA Member £145
  • Whole Rally Crew Fee – Child aged 6 – 18 on 31 July 2016 £75
  • Single Leg Crew Fee £75

What do the entry fees include?

Before the rally
• Comprehensive rally information accessed through the Member’s Area of  www.worldcruising.com providing advice about participation/equipment
• Pre-rally newsletters
• Full support of World Cruising Club staff prior to rally to aid preparations
• Attendance at a full day preparation seminar, held spring 2016 (two places per boat entry)
• One year’s RYA membership for each crew member aged 18 or over (non-RYA members only)
• Savings of up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray

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Pratical Boat Owner: Eight sailors named as first athletes on the British teamsheet for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the names of the first athletes to officially join Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

If follows the announcement of Paralymic sailor Helena Lucas being named as the first British athlete to be chosen for Rio, when she was selected for ParalympicsGB in April.

A total of eight athletes have been selected across six of the 10 Olympic sailing events.

World Champion Giles Scott’s is the first name to appear on the Rio teamsheet, with the 28-year-old, unbeaten in almost two years, set to make his Olympic debut in the Finn class.

London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are paired together again in the 470 Women’s class while Luke Patience, who also won silver three years ago, teams up with two-time World Champion Elliot Willis in the 470 Men’s event.

Bryony Shaw, who became Britain’s first female Olympic medal-winning windsurfer with bronze at Beijing 2008, is set to contest her third Olympic Games next year in the RS:X Women’s event.

London 2012 Olympian Alison Young returns in the Laser Radial while 2015 Laser World Champion Nick Thompson earns his first Olympic appearance to round off the first wave of sailing selections for Rio.

British sailors have established a proud tradition of excellence in Olympic competition, having won 55 medals – including 26 golds – since sailing made its debut at Paris 1900 with Team GB topping the overall Olympic sailing medal table.

The selected sailors are:

  • Giles Scott: Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)
  • Nick Thompson: Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
  • Alison Young: Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
  • Luke Patience and Elliot Willis: 470 Men (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
  • Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark: 470 Women (Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
  • Bryony Shaw: RS:X Women (Women’s Windsurfer)

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: ‘The selection of the first Team GB athletes is a landmark moment on our journey to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

‘The eight athletes named today include Olympic medallists and World Champions, all of whom have earned their place in the 6 boat classes. As one of our most successful medal winning sports it is a fitting that Sailing kick-off our Rio 2016 team announcements.

‘This is the start of the creation of what is likely to be a 350 strong Team GB in 2016. Our focus is on great preparation, great support and great performance and, if we get that right, we will have delivered an environment that will allow the athletes to perform to the best of their ability.’

Team GB is calling on the nation to Bring on the Great in the run-up to Rio 2016 – and at the Games themselves – as our athletes gets ready to compete at the world’s greatest sports event.

Fans can show their support by sending in their good luck messages on TeamGB.com and joining the new Team GB Club. These messages will be displayed on flags which will be given to the athletes travelling to Rio as well as featuring on Bahia Bands, a traditional Brazilian good luck bracelet, which fans will be able to buy later this year.

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This Saturday’s event will see the largest collection of boats ever assembled on the River Clyde. More than 1,200 sailors in 250 boats are expected to flock to the River Clyde this weekend to take part in the Commonwealth Flotilla.

 

The Scottish branch of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is calling for spectators to come out in force to support the event, which will see the largest collection of boats ever assembled on the River Clyde.

If your boat isn’t one of the 250 registered to take part, there are still lots of other chances to get involved and enjoy this historic occasion. It is still possible to join the flotilla onboard Clyde Cruiser passenger boat, watch shore-side in Greenock or at the Glasgow Riverside Museum or even sign up as a volunteer for the event.

The flotilla will leave Greenock at 10am and travel 17 nautical miles to Pacific Quay (next to BBC and Glasgow Science Centre) on Saturday 26 July 2014.

Spectators are urged to get to Greenock for about 9am to give the flotilla a good send off. The best viewing point is just outside the Beacon Arts Centre where there will be a big screen and live commentary.

Another dedicated spectator area will be set up at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, with activities held from 11am until 3pm. The flotilla boats are expected to arrive from 1pm.

RYA Scotland CEO James Stuart said: ‘The response we had from people wanting to take part in the flotilla was overwhelming, and we want as many people as possible to join us.’

Glasgow Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Flotilla will commemorate the start of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which runs from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a key part of the Games experience for spectators and visitors. Running until the end of August 2014, it will showcase the best of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth and be a nationwide celebration of the Games, reaching its peak as Glasgow bursts into life at Games time.

There are two strands: a Scotlandwide programme called Culture 2014; and a Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action called Festival 2014.
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