46 NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2008
Of bats and bags
THREE 67ft yachts will fi ght it
out for Service honour in a year-
long race around the world.
AS BEFITS a picture of a sailor lugging a heavy powerbag around, Exercise Transglobe is
THE RN’s two Beijing we’ll begin the sporting round-up from HMS Lancaster with a spot of, the largest offshore sailing
Olympians will have another er, cricket. adventurous training event in a
crack at sporting glory – on The frigate’s LPT Daz Hoare is ensuring that despite the punishing decade.
home turf. operational schedule, sport remains to the fore – and the cricketers have Eleven of the 13 stages are
Both rower Lt Peter Reed been in action especially this past month. devoted to AT – but there will be
and sailor Lt Cdr Penny Clark The Taverners in Bahrain have twice been the opposition – and twice two legs where the Service sailors
have announced their intentions foiled the sailors’ efforts. will be up against the cream of
to take part in the 2012 games In the first clash with the locals, Lancaster fell 21 runs short of the 231 international ocean racing.
– with the RN giving them 100 set by the Taverners. CO Cdr Rory Bryan led the Lancastrian charge The RN, Army and RAF
per cent support. with 49, assisted by an impressive 32 from PO Greening. Sailing Associations will be
Lt Reed took gold in the Clash number two was a Twenty20 affair. Good RN bowling restrict- picking the crews for those two
men’s fours in the summer; Lt ed the Taverners to 180 – an attainable target. legs (the legendary Sydney-
Cdr Clark was in with a medal Another impressive hit from Greening (30) and an unbeaten 38 from
Hobart race and Antigua Race
chance in the opening stages new boy Lt Moss-Ward led the Lancaster response.
of the Laser Radial event but
With five overs left that target was well within sight, but the fall of five But for the rest of the race,
eventually finished tenth.
quick wickets turned the tide of the match. which runs from July 2009-July
“Since I returned from China
Going into the final over, the sailors needed 14 to win. They managed 2010, any Royal Navy/Royal
I’ve felt that there’s unfinished
13, ending the match in a draw. The Taverners said it was the best game Marines personnel are free
business,” said Lt Cdr Clark.
they’d taken part in. to apply, irrespective of their
“Now I have the opportunity
Sport isn’t just limited to the cricket field; the flight deck is regularly experience.
to rectify the mistakes I made
turned into an obstacle course for the power bag challenge (against the The DIN with instructions on
this time round.”
clock), and the ship now has an all-male netball team which is looking applying can be found at www.
As for her fellow 2012
for matches in the Gulf region. jsastc.org
. More information on
hopeful, his coach Jurgen
And by the time you’ve read this the Red Rose should have taken the race is available from www.
Grobler believes he’s in with
part in the legendary Dubai 7s rugby tournament, where they faced exercisetransglobe.com
an excellent chance of taking
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“I’m sure that Peter has
not yet reached his top
performance and there is more
to come from him. Hopefully
that will come in London in four
years’ time,” he added.
CPO Johnny Walker regained his crown
Alan Cross. Navy racer Nic Dodd pulled off his best
as the Navy Windsurfi ng Champion
result with a storming seventh place.
as the Navy windsurfi ng team came
The third race saw the RN’s Paul Morris really
hitting form. In the fi rst two races he had clearly
second to the Army in a closely-fought
been loafi ng, or perhaps tuning his kit, with (for him)
Inter-Services at Hayling Island. lacklustre seventh and fi fth places.
With a promising south-westerly Force 5-6 Now up with the hunt he took fi rst place, and to
forecast, the fi rst day looked set for some exciting show that it was no accident, did the same in the
racing between the three Services, writes Cdr Gerry fourth race.
Northwood. Unfortunately, in the third race, both Johnny and
It was just a question of waiting until midday for Nic took catastrophic wipeouts at No 1 mark (that
the tide to go down to fl atten the water and reduce the pesky shallow mooring line) and as a result fi nished
risk to kit when launching through the shorebreak, joint 29th.
and to make a decision as to whether the racing was
With a damaged rig as a result, Nic had to re-rig
to be a slalom or course format.
which meant that he missed the start of the fi nal
The Inter-Services rules state that the upper wind
race, doing well playing catch up to fi nish with a 14th
limit for course racing is 20kts, the top end of a Force
Among the RN team, Dave Strudwick, Adrian
As it happened, the big winds forecast did not
Wallis and myself pulled off reasonably-consistent
materialise until much later in the day, so with the
middling performances, coming 14th, tenth and
wind set at the top end of a Force 4, gusting a 5, the
seventh respectively in the team championships.
30 competitors ventured on to the water with 10 or
Nic Dodd was in 11th place and Paul Morris had
A saving of £5.40
9.0m sails ready to do battle.
risen to third. Johnny, however, produced the fi nest
The course was set as a relatively small box. three
Navy performance and was unlucky not to clinch fi rst
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place in the inter-services. With equal points, he was
fl eet’ (sailors not selected for a team but capable of
only beaten by Gareth Baker on discard.
competing on the full course), and two laps for the
In the challenge fl eet, the Navy’s Si Cave and Gav
‘challenge fl eet’ (those new to formula racing).
The fi rst race for many was played out on a steep
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Service – and the nation – at the 1,500 athletes could compete. in 25˚C.
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70.3? It’s the unusual name the 25-29 age group thanks to his which meant the commando was
for one of the more demanding performance at Wimbleball, while the first RN athlete over the line,
Ironman races around the globe. Lt Craig Spring booked his place completing the half marathon in
And it comes from the distance in the 35-39 category after a race 1h 33m.
the 1,500 competitors have to in Antwerp. He posted a total time of 4h
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Clearwater on Florida’s west his green beret colleague behind which meant 475th place
coast was the venue for the clambered out of the water after overall and 104th in his age
2008 event – only the third in its 34m 49s. category.
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