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Sailing-Three battle for first leg lead in global ocean race

ALICANTE, Spain, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Three boats were vying for the 6,487-mile first leg honours in the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday with 30 miles separating them at the front of the seven-strong fleet.

In global offshore sailing terms that is as tight as it gets and Briton Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, knows he cannot rest on his laurels for a moment with a paper-thin 18-mile advantage over Dutch boat, Team Brunel.

Denmark’s Team Vestas Wind are closing rapidly in third spot on a more windy, easterly course than their rivals as they head for the Southern Ocean, just over halfway through the opening stage.

The boats are due to complete the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town around Nov. 6, depending on sailing conditions in the meantime.

The fleet also includes boats from China, U.S./Turkey, Spain and Sweden. The latter, Team SCA, are the first team of women to enter the race in 12 years. They were in bottom spot but still in touch, some 120 miles off the lead at 0940 GMT on Saturday.

The race, generally reckoned to be global offshore sailing’s toughest test, takes nine months to complete, visits 11 ports around the world and covers 38,739 nautical miles. It finishes in Gothenburg on June 27, 2015 having begun in Alicante on Oct. 11. (Editing by Rex Gowar)

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Gallery: Team Sky test their sailing skills

Learning to sail together could prove useful during the 2015 racing season

Learning to sail together could prove useful during the 2015 racing season

  • Learning to sail together could prove useful during the 2015 racing season
  • Windsurfers were also out in the bay
  • Gusting winds made for some challenges
  • The racing was competitive
  • Ian Stannard seems to enjoy mucking around on boats
  • CJ sutton celebrates winning an early round of the regatta
  • Eisel leads his crew
  • Chris Froome was at the helm with support from new signing Nicolas Roche
  • Bernhard Eisel was one of the counter balances
  • The rest of the crew handled the sails
  • Geraint Thomas takes charge
  • Each crew was lead by a GB Olympic sailor
  • The riders and staff experienced the open waters
  • The wind gusted up to 290 knots
  • Team manager Dave Brailsford seemed to enjoy the cold conditions
  • Brailsford and Salvatore Puccio add some weight to the boat
  • It was a day of fun as well as team buildling
  • The swell was up
  • GB team member taight the staff the secrets of sailing
  • Team soigneurs like Mario Pafundi also had to take to sea
  • Every staff memeber was well protected from the cold
  • Chris Froome semed to enjoy it
  • All hands on deck!
  • The action on board
  • Team Sky will be ready for the Tour de France of sailing
  • The winning team celebrates
  • The wind was strong but there were no echelons forming
  • New signing Andy Fenn was in the same team as Geraint Thomas
  • CJ Sutton and his crew
  • The skies were grey when Team Sky took to sea

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British squad takes to the water for team building

Eighty members of Team Sky switched their world of two wheels for the rough seas of southern Britain this week, spending a day with the British Sailing Team as a team building exercise.

Instead of attending the presentation of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ritchie Porte, new signings for 2015 such as Nicolas Roche and team staff learnt how to sail as teams and competed against each other with support from some of Britain’s best Olympic and Paralympic sailors.

“This year we just thought we wanted to do something a bit different. We were looking round at some different ideas and we wanted to preferably do something that was totally different but in a world class, high performance environment,” team manager Dave Brailsford explained in a press release.

“I’m good friends with [British Sailing Team Manager] Sparky and was chatting to him about it, and we came up with the idea of coming to Weymouth and Portland and of course it’s one of the iconic world class environments and programmes, not just in Britain but in the world now, so to come here and be in a high performance centre, in an academy with GB sailors – it just felt right.”

“And of course sailing is something that none of us have done so we were all pretty excited about what it could offer, and now having done it, I’m very, very happy about what it delivered. It’s always interesting for those who have been involved in Olympic sport, or any sport – when you see a sport and you’re aware of it, but you’ve never actually taken part.”

The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo had passed by on Wednesday when Team Sky took to the seas, leaving behind a 12-14 knot north-westerly wind for the ten boats as they sailed around Weymouth Bay on the south coast. The morning session provided time for orientation and safety briefings, for the teams to practice manoeuvres and get settled into roles on board ready for a four-race mini-regatta in the afternoon.

“You learn straight away that sailing a boat’s not easy, it’s very technical, there’s a lot of communication required, a lot of co-ordination required and you’ve got to be thinking in the same way. There’s got to be somebody who’s leading the operation, there’s also the technical aspect of actually making the boat sail but also the tactical aspect of racing,” Brailsford said.

“We were very keen to race rather than just sail – that was important to us – and then you just get a real awareness when you’re trying to win of all the tactical elements, the nuances of the wind direction and everything else that’s involved. You realise what a technical sport it is and you have a fantastic appreciation for the quality of the people that perform at the highest level.”

A team including riders Nathan Earle and Bernie Eisel, staff members Hussein Fahmy, chef Soren Kristiansen, Xabier Artetxe, David Rozman, Rajen Murugayan and performance coach Tim Kerrison won the afternoon race.

“It was a real pleasure to give Team Sky a little taster into our sport, an d it’s always fantastic to spend time with individuals who are at the top of their game,” said British Sailing Team Manager Stephen ‘Sparky’ Park.

“I know that the British Sailing Team guys involved all had great fun and found it hugely inspiring to spend the day with other like-minded elite sportspeople.”

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‘Will the £1m savings protection cover my boat sale?’

The Bank of England said recently that it wanted bank customers’ deposits to
be guaranteed up to £1m in certain circumstances, compared with the current
maximum of £85,000.

For example, it wanted people who had unusually large amounts of money in
their bank account because of a house sale to have this enhanced protection
from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

The FSCS looks at each case on its merits but a spokesman said its protection
“will need to include deposits resulting from real estate transactions for
private residential purposes”.

She added: “On that basis, as long as your reader can provide evidence that
the barge is their primary residence, and meets the other requirements for
temporary high balances, this is likely to be covered by FSCS.”

But if you’d prefer to avoid any chance that a claim to the FSCS could be
rejected, consider splitting the money among different banks (watching out
for those that share a banking licence). Alternatively, National Savings
Investments offers unlimited protection.

More: £1m
state protection for bank deposits – if you have just sold your house

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Sailing: Cookson lands Plymouth Laser title

CROWNED: Dorchester’s Jack Cookson

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DORCHESTER sailor Jack Cookson has won the coveted UK Laser Radial Youth Championships in a closely-fought final in Plymouth.

At 17, Cookson is among the youngest competitors in a class where the age limit is 19.

Despite giving an advantage to his rivals in terms of experience and size, Cookson demonstrated his natural talent to beat sailors from around the country in a series of testing weekend qualifiers that started in April.

Most of the qualifiers involved 70-plus boats sailing at least four races over two days.

Cookson started sailing Optimists in Portugal at the age of eight and his skill was recognised and nurtured by his club in Lagos.

There he was entered into local, national and international events before progressing to the Laser 4.7 class at the age of 15.

After moving back to Dorchester with his family, Cookson, an unknown in the UK, achieved a surprise Laser Radial victory in his first race series in Stokes Bay, Portsmouth, which led to an invitation to join the British Youth Sailing Team.

The teenager is surprisingly modest and remains philosophical about his achievements but knows that the success he has achieved so far will take hard work to sustain.

Like many young sailors, his ultimate goal is to represent his country at the Olympic Games, but his ambition now requires a daunting programme of training and travel, competing in races all over the UK and Europe.

To achieve this, Cookson has deferred his university placement and is looking for the sponsorship necessary to compete at the top level.

On the strength of his results so far he is a good bet.

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