15th October 2014
Noss Marine Academy enjoyed their race victory, against the Britannia Royal Naval College, in great conditions last weekend.
On Saturday 11th October, the first Britannia Royal Naval College versus Noss Marine Academy challenge race took place. Two teams of crews sailed the Royal Navy’s Contessa 38’s in a series of 3 match races over a course set by the Royal Navy.
Conditions were near perfect with a good breeze from the South West all day and warm sunshine. The Noss Marine Academy crew included Foundation Degree Yacht Operations first year students, Ben Gomm and Ollie King along with their course tutor Dave Peart (tactician) and Paul Singer (helm).
The event was organised by Lieutenant Marc Taylor and Paul Singer and the Royal Navy set the course and acted as race committee. South Devon College would like to express their thanks to the Royal Navy for their help in organising the event, the loan of the yachts and their enthusiasm and help on the day.
The first race, set over a short 3 laps, was won by Noss Marine Academy, sailing Martlet. This was followed by a second 2 lap race over the same course in improving wind conditions which was also won by Noss Marine Academy. The crews then took a short lunch break at sea and sailed the final 2 lap race which was won by the Royal Navy Hawk dinghy, but once again Noss Marine Academy sailing Martlet triumphed over the Royal Navy sailing Unicorn.
The final downwind leg was closely contested but Martlet held off the competition to cross the line.
The day was rounded off with refreshments and a barbeque at the Royal Dart Yacht Club. Adrian Bevin, Programme Coordinator at Noss Marine Academy expressed his enthusiasm for the day – “this is a fantastic example of our continuing partnership with the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Navy College and we look forward to building this relationship further”.
The Royal Navy have already indicated that they would like a re-match so there could well be a winter ‘icicle’ series in January of next year. Needless to say the Noss Marine Academy team will be practicing hard to retain the number one position!