Feb 20, 2013

Introducing the 2013 Fastnet's Team Stormforce

Team Stormforce Fastnet Staff Announced!

With our 2013 Fastnet campaign revving up, the Team Stormforce staff have been carefully chosen and we are pleased to announce the following crew members:

Ifan James (Skipper - First 40.7)

As Chief Instructor, Ifan is a permanent member of the Stormforce Coaching staff. He has been racing all his life and teaching sailing for most of his adult life. He is a qualified Yachtmaster Instructor and Keelboat Racing Instructor. Ifan originally joined us on our year long Internship programme, before taking a full time position with us; Ifan is now our full time Chief Instructor. In 2011, he was the first mate onboard the same yacht in our last Fastnet Campaign. Since then, he has skippered this yacht for countless events and has notched up several wins. In addition to running his yacht, Ifan will be taking care of the ISAF compliance and IRC ratings for both yachts entered.

Andy "The Bear" Bridge (First Mate - First 40.7)

Andy is also one of our former Interns and is a skipper in his own right. He is undoubtedly one of the top bow men in the country in the First 40.7 fleet. He was formerly bowman onboard 'Encore' (First 40.7) when it won its'  fleet in the 2010 Round Britain & Ireland Race and was the 1st First 40.7 in the Fastnet 2009 race. He has won numerous RORC English channel races and has raced onboard Rafiki with Ifan countless times, again with several podium positions to his name. Andy is a Yachtmaster Offshore and Keelboat Instructor.

Flavio Zamboni (Skipper - Storm Trooper/Sunfast 37)

Flavio has been professionally racing yachts of between 30 and 130ft for many years, competing in most of the major regattas in the UK, Med and Caribbean and collecting some rewarding results in the process. He is also a Yachtmaster Ocean and Sail Cruising Instructor. Flavio has won 1st in class in Antigua Sailing Week (2008), 1st in class in the JOG race Cowes to La Trinité (2008), 1st overall in the inaugural edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 (2009), 3rd in class in the Saint Maarten Heineken Regatta and 1st in class in the Middle Sea Race the same year, as well as the particularly memorable RORC Round Britain and Ireland Race in 2010 and the 2011 Fastnet.

Andy Sinclair (First Mate - Storm Trooper/Sunfast 37)

Our other Fastnet mate is also called Andy. Andy has been racing all his life and is the U21 National Champion in the Spitfire fleet. He was a key team member onboard Quokka 8 when it came second in fleet and third overall in the ARC last year. Andy also works as a sail maker for one of the countries better known and respected sail lofts.

Adam Bowers (Coach)

This man needs no introduction. One of the most enthusiastic coaches in sailing, Adam is the current J/24 National champion (having won twice) and was on the Olympic sailing team. He has previously won the Fireball Worlds, Flying Dutchman Nationals (4 times) Osprey Nationals (5 times), GK Nationals and Round the Island Race. Adam will work with our team on boat speed and sail trim during one of their training weekends. He has plenty of experience as a coach, as the former Olympic development coach for the UK and Olympic coach for South Africa, and National Cadet coach for the last 10 years. Adam is also a Forever sail maker and has also worked as a boat builder.

Doug Innes (Campaign Manager)

With several Fastnet campaigns, 2 ARC races, a Round Britain and Ireland Campaign and many other offshore races behind him, Stormforce Coaching Principal Doug has a wealth of offshore racing experience to draw from. Like Adam and Chris, Doug will not be racing in the Campaign but will be providing valuable support from the shore. In particular, Doug will co-ordinate logistics and deliver some of our crew's Sea Survival and ISAF training.

Stormforce Coaching (Campaign Support)

While there are too many to name here, it goes without saying that the rest of the Stormforce team will be providing admin, maintenance and training support behind the scenes of our 2013 Fastnet campaign.

Last Remaining Fastnet Place!

There is now only one crew berth remaining on this year's Fastnet Campaign! If racing in this exhilarating, challenging campaign appeals to you, don't miss your last chance to join Team Stormforce! Contact one of our Course Advisors for more information.

Due to a last minute cancellation, there is also one whole boat charter available for this year's Fastnet Race. The boat in question has already been entered and is not, therefore, subject to the RORC waiting list. If you missed the chance to enter your own boat into this year's campaign, and still have a crew ready to race, contact to find out how to charter our boat.


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    • 1. Drain the cooling system and fill it with with anti freeze, to ensure water does not freeze and cause damage. Having filled it, run the engine to ensure the anti freeze is pumped though out the system.
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