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November 5, 2011

Hello, All!

Just a quick post to let you know that 1 year on from the set-up of this blog, I have found a lovely new home at www.kathrynfoulkes.co.uk !!

Thank you all for the time you have spent reading this blog, I hope you will all continue to follow me and read my posts at kathrynfoulkes.co.uk.

I will leave this blog sitting in its corner of cyber-space as I have been told that some of the posts have been of interest… (maybe they were just being kind!!).

See you on the ‘other side’..

:)

 

Toes, Cowes & Rocks!

August 14, 2011

Quite a bit has happened since my last post, and now my personal IT support (older brother) has managed to find some time to fix my poorly laptop, I thought it was time for an update.

Last week I paid a visit to Toe in the Water HQ. Toe in the Water (T.I.T.W) are a sailing charity offering rehabilitation in the form of competitive sailing to injured servicemen and women. Established only a couple of years ago, they have grown and grown, and were the official charity of Cowes week this year! I had a great time meeting some great people, and bumping into a familiar face! I am very much looking forward to getting involved with some media bits-and-bobs alongside uni. (Check out their Facebook, Twitter and website for more info.)

As I just mentioned, the past week was Cowes week. From what I gather it was as busy and exciting as ever. Although I wasn’t racing, I managed to get out on Friday, taking some Sailtime competition winners out for the day. I think it is safe to say a great day was had by all!

One accident made it into the headlines – a nasty collision with a tanker and yacht, caught on camera by Cowes.co.uk.

The Extreme Sailing Series (Extreme 40’s) never fail to impress me. This year, the Extreme Sailing Series tapped into a (very envious) online audience. They broadcast live from the event with great commentary throughout the week. This seems like a great way to bring some more exposure to the sport, and made for exciting and gripping viewing!

AAM Extreme 40. Image from Google Images.

And to round the week off, the Rolex Fastnet race started today. The course starts off Cowes, IOW, leads down towards lands end, over to the Fastnet rock, and back again to finish in Plymouth. Competitors begun crossing the start line at 11.00 BST and are well underway now! There is a live tracker on the Fastnet website, and RORC’s Twitter feed is doing an excellent job at keeping us updated!

The Fastnet rock. Image from Google Images.

Another race that has benefited from an increase in media coverage this year is La Solitaire. With four Brits racing this year, the race has seemed to gain a lot of public interest and awareness. This race is made up of a series of legs, which are based between northern France and Ireland, and competitors sail single-handed in Figaro’s.

An interesting clash between the Fastnet and La Solitaire races is likely to occur around (just beyond) Lands End. The 46 Figaro sailors may well be met by 300-and-something crews storming across to the Fastnet rock as they make their way south towards the French coast! Could certainly make for some interesting spectating, and a sleepless night for the sailors!

The Fastnet Rock at sunset. Image from Google Images

This summer has gone fast – and in a few weeks I will be back off to Bournemouth to collect my new house keys! (For the nicest student house I have ever seen- exciting!!).   But more importantly, I have to think up a topic and do some research for my Dissertation. For which I am lost. Just totally lost. So absolutely any suggestions are warmly welcome!

That’s about it for now :)

Summer, Sailing and Graduations

July 25, 2011

The summer is well underway now… at least, thats what my diary is telling me. Sadly, the summer has been kind of disappointing with only the occasional glimpse of sunshine and warmth. But lets think positive! (And I really need to stop blogging about the weather- that’s really British, isn’t it?!)

Anyway. Summer means the start of lots of sailing. I’ve managed to get out a bit, not as much as I would like, but still, can’t complain. Going to be a bit more attentive to the blog as there are a couple of races I am keen to follow (and enforce on my subscribers subscriber!!). Namely, La Solitaire du Figaro, The 2011/2012 Clipper race and the fast approaching Fastnet!

This summer is also the summer of graduations for my school year-group- minus the gap year and non-uni crowd. I know how hard the first two years are and am about to discover how hard the final year is- So huge congratulations to everyone who is or has graduated recently! (Especially Jessi Cole, Jess Gillan and my older brother!)

I must apologise for lack of photos this time- I’m sending this through an iPod as a last resort as my laptop is giving up on life, somewhat. (writing full blog posts on an iPod is not as easy as you might think!)

I will be sure to keep this updated, especially once the races start, so check back soon :)

You have not won if by winning, you have lost the respect of your competitors

July 12, 2011

– Paul Elvstrom

I’m not really one for quotes and deep philosophies, but this is one that I couldn’t agree with more.

Paul Elvstrom is a sailing legend, and competed in many Olympic games. He is listed in the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame.

Although in the context of a sailing race, I reckon this applies to a lot of everyday situations a lot of us face. Even the media – take News Of The World, for example.

Just something to think about :)

Banana Muffins, Sail for Gold, and a touch of America’s Cup

June 12, 2011

I hate to be stereotypically British and moan about the weather, but even by England’s standards, today is unseasonably cold, dark, wet and miserable. To compensate, today has mainly consisted of baking (banana, walnut and chocolate chip muffins) and moving my life back home for the summer. ie. ANYTHING but step foot outside the front door! So I type this from home, next to a window being hammered by the rain, and a cat, blissfully unaware of the outside world, curled up on a blanket next to me. Sort-of feels like winter…

This week, however, the 6th Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It was also the sixth regatta of the 2010/11 ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup.

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (Image from http://www.wpnsa.org.uk)

The week was testing and challenging for the competitors, with some of Monday’s racing being postponed until  later in the day when the light and variable wind conditions picked up. Later in the week, it was quite a different story with the wind gusting up to 29 knots in the harbour. Although only a ‘stones throw’ away, I didn’t manage to get to Weymouth to watch what seemed to be some very interesting and varied sailing which has hopefully kickstarted the ‘buzz’ in time for London 2012. A full list of results can be found on the Sail For Gold website.

Image from Google Images

As my previous post suggests, hype is already starting to build around the next America’s Cup. The AC45 catamarans are being raced this year to allow teams to get to grips with the wing-sailed multihulls in preparation for the AC72’s which teams will design in time for 2013.  The 34th America’s Cup will be hosted in San Francisco in September 2013.

Image from Google Images

:)

America’s Cup clip

June 6, 2011

Saw this and thought I would share :)

The end of an (exam) era

May 28, 2011

The last 10 months of my life have been pretty manic, from internships, Boat Shows and open days, big birthdays, blogs, families .. and the second year of University to fit in too. But this week I have completed the second year of my degree, and because my final year is presentation, essay and dissertation based; I have no more uni exams, ever!! Feels like the end of an era, but I am glad in many ways that I have finally reached it!

The final ‘sprint’ of the Velux 5 Oceans race is coming to an end with Brad Van Liew finishing in the final port, La Rochelle yesterday (27th) and Chris Stanmore-Major finishing in 2nd place today (28th). Each of the ‘sprints’ have offered lots of interesting highs and lows, and have been great fun to follow.

After the success of the Barcelona World Race, and all teams back on dry land, it is time for refits, de-briefs and hospitality. Even if you’re not a sailing fan as such, you will want to check out the Alex Thomson Racing Facebook page. Hugo Boss 2 is currently completing a tour of the med and is currently in Monaco for the Monaco Grand Prix. It looks like they are having a great time out there!

Despite the end of some major events, The Extreme Sailing Series is well underway and offering some exciting racing to watch. During yesterday’s racing (27th May) the series saw its biggest crash of the year in Istanbul, Turkey. Check out the youtube clip below:

I am off to escape on a Beneteau 40 for a little sailing trip in a few days which I am looking forward to after spending what seems like far too long on dry land.. and moreover, the Uni library :)

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