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Surf’s almost up in Poole
Swede dream
THIS year’s RN windsurfi ng Camping will also be permitted For anyone who does not know
fulfi lled for
festival will be held at Hamworthy in RM Poole on the sports pitches Peter, according to a poll, he is the
near Poole. close to the pavilion, which has third most infl uential windsurfer
Among participants will be the washroom facilities. of all time, having been active and
RAF Windsurfi ng Association Over the weekend members of inspirational in every conceivable
who, in addition to taking part in the RN windsurfi ng team will be corner of the sport.
TWO sailors represented
the festival, will also provide the on hand along with the RN Team At a previous festival at
the Senior Service at an
necessary safety boat cover for the Formula kit for anyone who may Hamworthy he turned a light
international boxing bout
event. be interested in racing to try. wind and drizzly day into a great
in Sweden – one throwing
Hamworthy Park has proved On Saturday only, Service day enjoyed by all.
punches, the other counting
a very popular venue in previous instructors will provide ‘have a go’ Costs are: Saturday £3, Sunday
years due to the large grass area sessions throughout the day for £7 (free to RNSA members) or
for instruction and rigging, along beginners (weather permitting). £13 for the weekend including a
Lt Cdr Michael Norford acted
with a relatively sheltered sailing There will also be ad hoc BBQ ticket. Extra advanced BBQ
as a referee and judge, while
area that caters for beginners and coaching sessions for intermediate/ tickets will be £5.
featherweight Lt Lucy Abel was
the more advanced sailors alike. advanced sailors provided by For more information contact
punching for England against
Accommodation is available in Service unstructors. Cdr Adrian Wallis 93832 5624
the Swedish national side in
RM Poole, fi ve minutes from the On Sunday windsurfi ng guru or
a quaint converted theatre in
beach for Service personnel on a Peter Hart will provide coaching and WO1 Dave Strudwick 9380
fi rst-come basis booked through on just about any windsurfi ng 27784/023 92727784 or david.
Lt Abel (HMS Collingwood)
the organisers below. related subject.
joined a mixed squad of 11
boxers, including four ladies,
pitching their might against the
strong Swedish side.
Featherweight Abel was
fi ghting above her weight,
against the Swedish No.1
Bath time for
lightweight, Katerine Bazuku.
Despite the weight difference
Abel started at a fast pace,
using her two-phase attacks to
good effect and catching the
judges’ eye with her strong rear
A hard bout for Abel but she
claimed the fi rst victory for the
THE May Bank Holiday weekend convincing victories.
England squad on a unanimous
saw the clash of the heavyweights The stand-out performance
at Twickenham (see back page) but was however still to come. Before
Lt Abel is now preparing
in the crowd was a team preparing reaching the quarter fi nals, the
hard to represent England
for their own test the next day. team was up against an old boys’
once again in an international
The ward room at HMS Sultan side from Bath (pictured above)
competition, the Ahmet-Comert
provided a team of rough-and- with a good reputation and home
Cup to be held in Istanbul,
ready Rugby 7s players, some for side support.
making their debut and others not This did not faze the Sultan
This will be a hard
having played in years. team as from the start the tries
tournament and a big test for
These facts were not evident fl owed thick and fast.
the Naval offi cer, with highly-
on a fi ne Sunday at the Bath Some devastating tackles by the
rated European and World-
Spa Rugby 7s, writes Lt Damian Dreadnoughts took a serious toll
ranked boxers due to take part.
Stafford-Shaw, HMS Sultan. of the opposition, who seemed to
It will, however, provide
It was never going to be easy thoroughly welcome the full-time
invaluable experience
playing 7s the day after the Army- whistle.
in preparation for the
Navy match. The quarter fi nal was a heated
forthcoming EU and European
This did not deter the team of 12 affair; the opposition would turn
travelling to Bath after Saturday’s out to be the eventual winners of
Lt Cdr Norford (DNR) is the
spectacle, when the Sultan 7s, The the competition.
Senior Service’s most senior
Dreadnoughts, were drawn in a Despite some confrontational
group with four other sides. moments instigated by the
A former Senior Service and
● A rather unorthodox interception by BRNC during Dartmouth’s 8-2 defeat to HMS Nelson in the Navy
The fi rst match started shakily opposition, the RN team kept their Cup fi nal at Burnaby Road
Combined Services champion
as the team began to fi nd its head and acted with decorum.
(1979-81), he has been on
feet. The second half was a vast The Dreadnoughts were
England’s international panel of
improvement on the fi rst but alas unfortunately overcome by this
the recovery was not suffi cient to semi-professional side.
clinch the match. Following this determined
The next two matches proved performance throughout the
to be far more comfortable than competition everyone was fully
A full Nelson
referees for the past fi ve years,
offi ciating at many tournaments
at home and abroad.
“Offi ciating sport at any level
is important, but as you can
the fi rst, with the Dreadnoughts agreed that rugby proved to be the
imagine boxing referees at
securing two extremely winner. international level need to have
THE men and women of HMS Nelson made On a fine spring evening the cream of Portsmouth
an in-depth knowledge and
... and tee time for Lusty
a clean sweep of hockey’s Navy Cup on a
and the cream of Dartmouth, including a mix of U23, understanding of the rules to
thrilling day of sport at Burnaby Road.
senior and veteran RN squad players, joined battle complement the power, speed
The men’s side were favourites to lift the trophies,
in an excellent game of hockey which Nelson won and skill of the contestants,”
said Lt Cdr Norford.
A TEAM of golfers from HMS Illustrious were given the honour of
but both Heron and Sultan – until recently the
comprehensively, 8-2.
The female road to victory began with a 6-0 “This was the fi rst time
participating in a charity competition for the Lord Mayor of London’s
strongest establishment side – had other ideas.
drubbing of Heron, then on to BRNC where com- England had produced a mixed
Appeal in support of improving education.
Both Sultan and Nelson fielded representative
manding performances from LMEA Rachel Rake team to compete against
Lusty has strong affi liations with both the City of London and The
players for their clash, but it was the Portsmouth base
(Nelson) and PO Newcombe (Illustrious) outshone a another country.
Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and the golfers picked up
which came out victorious in a hard-fought match,
Dartmouth side who fielded two full RN players. “Overall it was a resounding
their woods and irons at the Epsom Golf Club alongside 20 teams.
overrunning the Gosporters 6-2.
Within 24 hours of the triumph in the West success as an event giving
The carrier team – CPO(AEM) Scott Robertson, CPO(MEM)
Heron fielded an equally-strong side on home
Country, the Nelson team were back on home turf valuable experience to all
Graham Deans, CPOET(ME) Andrew Kofoed and LLogs(Pers) Stuart
turf in Somerset, but lost out to a weakened Nelson for a final clash with Sultan. Despite tired legs, the competitors.”
Innes – came third with 114 points. team 4-1, setting up a final clash in Pompey against Nelson side had by now gelled and stepped up to the The duel fi nished 7-4 in the
More importantly, well over £5,000 was raised for the appeal. BRNC. mark to lift the silverware ahead of the Gosport side. home nation’s favour.
Cyclists’ near-perfect start
Hamstring can’t
The RNRM Cycling
member) was 19th in 1h 24m 32s. fi nish 5th and CPO(MEA) Andy (2nd RNRMCA) in 21m 13s and hamper Mark
Association has made its
By April the season had truly started Phipps (Sultan MASU) recorded a Kelly 18th (3rd RNRMCA) in
best start to a season with
for most and on April’s Fool Day personal best of 59m 32s to fi nish 22m 53s.
Childs claimed his second win during 23rd. This gave the RN their
VETERAN Royal Marine runner
six individual and one team the Exeter Wheelers 15-Mile hilly TT The following day Childs was again fi rst team title of the year.
Mark Crosdale led from the gun
title already in the bag.
around Woodbury in 35m 49s, Kelly on a roll as he broke the course record Other riders who put in
in Exeter’s Great West Run
The fi rst race on the calendar was
was 11th in 38m 13s and Bob Richards in the Tavistock Wheelers 25-mile TT strong performances were
– and was never overtaken.
the Plymouth Corinthian CC Sporting
(association member) 28th. near Okehampton in 58m 03s. Satchwell 19th, PO(AEM)
The Scotland-based green
13-mile TT, held near Ivybridge, writes
Five days later and it was Good Gorman just missed out on a top- Scott Markham (Culdrose)
beret spent much of his
CPO(PT) Sean Childs, HMS Drake.
Friday when Childs made it a hat- three position with 4th in 1h 5m 22s 22nd, Gorman 27th, C/Sgt
earlier career in Devon where
Lt Steve Kelly (Drake) put in a
trick of victories by claiming the Mid- and Richards 11th. Stuart Edwards (42 Cdo)
he had picked up numerous
sterling effort to fi nish 5th in 33m 36s.
Devon CC 23-Mile TT around Bovey April also saw 25 riders of the 32nd, Lt Cdr Lee Sanderson
half-marathon titles.
CPO(D) Robin Rickard and PO(D)
Tracey in 56m 20s. Richards fi nished RNRMCA gather in Wales for a week (Abbeywood) 33rd and Steve
Victory in the Great West Run,
(both Drake) came 8th and 10th.
29th and Lt Cdr Dave Wallace (Fleet of intensive training around the scenic, Mercer (associate member)
however, had eluded him.
On the road RFA offi cer Rob
HQ) and Lt Simon Paget (BRNC) yet demanding Welsh, countryside, 36th, who all came home in under
And it was almost that way in
thanks for RNRM Sports Lottery
Cranstone (associate member)
tied for 42nd. 24 minutes.
2007, despite his blistering start.
WO1(WEM) Andy Hunstone Funding. The team’s successes this
Eight miles into the race Mark
fi nished 2nd in a Category 3 race at the
(MoD Abbeywood) fi nished 77th The training camp provided a year are due to the mainstay of
suffered a hamstring strain which
Mountbatten Circuits in Portsmouth.
around Bristol in the Diamond 10- springboard to further success in early stronger riders being available for
forced him to take his foot off the
In March, CPO(MEA) Aran
mile TT; Stanton had a gutsy ride to May when the riders faced their fi rst the early part of the season and by
pedal slightly in the closing stages of
Stanton (Nelson) fi nished 18th in the
fi nish 4th in the Alton CC Hilly 31- championship event of the year in the the introduction of new riders into
the run.
Sotonia CC 10-mile TT in Andover
mile TT in 1h 16m 31s. Camel Valley C&TC ten-mile TT, the sport, many of whom have the
Despite that setback, by the time he
in 22m 32s, Kelly fi nished 10th in
A strong contingent of RN riders which incorporated the South West potential to achieve excellent results
crossed the finish line at Exeter Arena,
the North Devon Wheelers Sporting
showed up for the Plymouth Corinthian District Championship and our own as the season progresses.
the minute lead he enjoyed at the half-
32-mile TT and Cdr Simon Wise
CC ten-mile TT near Buckfastleigh RNRMCA Champs. As in previous years, the strength
way point had stretched to almost three
(MOD Abbeywood) was 69th in the towards the end of April. The Navy was at near full strength of the squad mainly lies in the time
minutes, beating closest challengers
Chippenham & District Wheelers hilly Childs continued his winning ways and 15 riders descended on Sourton trial discipline, where riders set off at
Exeter Harrier Andrew Chambers and
24-mile TT. by claiming a very fast time of 20m in Devon to race against some of the one- minute intervals and race against
Tipton Harrier Ashley Humphreys with a
CPO Childs, having undergone knee 16s. Kelly 8th and Satchwell 13th best riders in the West Country. the clock over distances from ten miles
final time of 70m 9s.
surgery, returned to racing by winning continued their rivalry with personal Although faced with strong winds to 12 hours.
● Mark Crosdale pounds the streets of
the Devon & Cornwall Police 30-mile best times of 21m 36s and 21m 58s. and rain, the Navy Blue riders were in More information on the sportfrom
Exeter on his way to victory in the Great
TT near the Lizard in Cornwall in 1h In the Newbury CC 25-mile TT, full fl ow and Childs claimed the spoils CPO Childs or
West Run
14m 3s. Mr Mark Gorman (association Stanton posted a quick 55m 14s to with a 20m 23s ride. Stanton was 3rd Picture: LWtr Steve Johncock, DCAE Cosford
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