Army Offshore Sailing Team 2008 Season

The Army Offshore Sailing Team will compete in 2008 on the new Archambault A40RC Racing Yacht "British Soldier� and aims to be an exciting step forward for Army Sailing. With over 50 days of racing currently scheduled every year, this provides an unrivalled opportunity for aspiring and established racing sailors in the Army.

The 2008 season will be demanding, challenging and rewarding. With British Soldier, the Army Offshore Racing Team is looking for success competing in the majority of major inshore sailing events in the sailing calendar including Cowes Week and Cork Week, this is in addition to competing in the demanding RORC Offshore Series. The team also aims to break into new ground for Army Sailing and attempt selection for the GB Team competing for the Commodores Cup, which represents the highest level of amateur racing at an international level.

In times of increased work commitments, the need to broaden the pool of experienced and motivated racing sailors who race in the team is greater than ever.

The first step to becoming involved is to email the Racing Manager with your personal details and racing CV.

You will be included on future circulations or emails and will be added to the pool of crew from which the crew of British Soldier is selected.

More information on the 2008 campaign can be found at:



An Army Race Training weekend will be run and organised by the ASA over the weekend 8 - 9March 2008 at the Army Offshore Sailing Centre, Gosport.

The aim of this weekend is to build on existing racing experience within Army sailors, and to identify new talent and future crews to race with the Army Offshore Team.

The training weekend will comprise of shorebased theory and training, followed by practical hands on sailing and tuition afloat. Shorebased training will comprise of tuition on subjects like sail trim and theory, sailing rules, navigation, tactics and electronics.

The afloat training will cover crew drills, boat handling, race starts and a series of windward leeward races to sharpen up crew drills and add a competitive edge to the training. The afloat training will be observed and coached by experienced offshore coaches, who will shadow in RIBs, before giving daily shore side debriefs.

Anyone interested in taking part in the training weekend should look on the Army Offshore Sailing Team Website for further information

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The Army Offshore Sailing Team and the ASA's new Race yacht British Soldier have recently been selected to represent Team GBR for the Rolex Commodores Cup in July.

A jolly well deserved pat on the back. Well done to all know who you are :D

Hopefully this will raise the profile of Army Sailing and general awareness of the Army through participation at a high profile event.

Please see the RYA press release below. Further info on the team at: Army Offshore Racing Homepage

RYA Press Release - 2 May 2008

RYA completes line-up for 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup

Great Britain’s team to challenge for the 2008 Rolex Commodores’ Cup is complete.

A tough mix of inshore and offshore racing, the Rolex Commodores’ Cup pits teams comprising one boat in three specified class bands against one another to accrue overall team points. The three-boat team with the lowest overall points total is crowned champions.

As in 2006, RYA Team GBR will have four teams, totaling 12 boats, entered in the event.

And following previous announcements regarding the selections of the first two teams that will represent RYA Team GBR at this summer’s Cup regatta, six more boats across the three event classes have been invited to complete the British entry.

Which boats will race in which three-boat team will now be considered by RYA selectors over the course of three Solent-based events, plus the RORC De Guingand Bowl offshore event, between now and the start of the Rolex Commodores’ Cup on Sunday 29 June.

The final team combinations will be announced following the RORC IRC Nationals in mid-June.

.......there will be a true family affair in Class Two as Jim Macgregor helms Premier Flair with daughters Skandia Team GBR Yngling sailor Lucy and Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme member Nicky among the crew. British Soldier (Mike Lawrence) is the other latest Class Two addition.

Iain Macdonald-Smith, chairman of the RYA’s Rolex Commodores’ Cup Selection Committee, explained: “We haven’t had any light wind conditions during the trials so we have nominated four events, including the RORC De Guingand Bowl offshore event, so that we can go on evaluating, coaching and training and generally work towards raising the performance of all our teams for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup.

“This process will culminate at the RORC IRC Nationals. With the French and Irish also expected at the IRC Nationals, we will be able to get a much better handle on the strength of the opposition and we will all be trying to win the Nationals to get the upper hand going into the main event a fortnight later.”

Two years ago, the French team France Blue held off a strong challenge from Ireland to take the honours ahead of 12 other teams from a total of six nations.

But having relinquished the title they won for the second time in 2004, Great Britain will be hoping one of their four teams will be able to wrestle the silverware back this year.

All 12 British boats are now under the direction of RYA Commodores’ Cup Team Manager David Atkinson.

Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), are anticipating some 15 teams will take to the waters off Cowes for the ninth biennial Rolex Commodores’ Cup from Sunday 29 June to Sunday 6 July.

...For more details about the 2008 Rolex Commodores’ Cup visit
British Army Offshore Sailing Team group created on facebook for public interest. Group is open group.

Please visit for news and updates on the team as well as access to the Teams catalogue of pictures taken through the season.

Contact details and link to website and news stories also on group.

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