Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Artemis Offshore Academy selection trials complete

by UK Artemis Offshore Academy on 4 Oct 2011
The candidates in action in Weymouth David Harding http://www.wayfarer.org.uk
The 2011 Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials have been completed. A total of sixteen candidates were chosen to take part in the Selection Trials which took place last week at two locations – the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the Wokefield Park Corporate Outdoor Learning Centre.

The 16 candidates were divided into two groups of eight, and held in secrecy so not give the second group an advantage over the first. The inaugural Selection Trials last year last year were based around the ‘Fantasy Figaro’ and this year it was the ‘Virtual Vendée Globe’ with guest star Dee Caffari in attendance. Caffari was the first woman to sail solo around the world non-stop in both directions and who raced in the 2008/09 solo Vendée Globe, finishing an impressive sixth place out of an original fleet of 30.

'The purpose of the Selection Trials is to unearth the candidates who display the skills that are a pre-requisite to succeed in the sport of solo and short-handed racing, with the Artemis Offshore Academy set up to help these sailors achieve their ambitions,' said John Thorn, Performance Director of the Academy who was present throughout the Selection Trials.

The Artemis Offshore Academy judges and Advisory Board, headed up by Rod Carr, ex-CEO of the Royal Yachting Association, will now face the difficult task of deciding which candidates will be selected for the Development Squad. The Squad will go on to receive training this winter and support to race next season.

Each group of candidates took part in the Selection Trials for 52-hours, during this time they were pushed hard in a variety of physical and mental challenges for intense periods of time with as little as four hours sleep (just like solo sailing!) earning miles to take them on to their 25,000 mile Virtual Vendée Globe finish line.

The winner of the Virtual Vendee Globe was Aaron Cooper who earned the most miles (27,190) and received a £1000 Musto voucher. The first group of eight candidates completed the Selection Trials from Monday to Wednesday (26-28 Sept), with the second group from Thursday (29 Sept) to Saturday (1 Oct).

The first 24 hours of the Trials involved working at a high ropes course, fitness testing and then an overnight Virtual IMOCA 60 Sikaflex boat building challenge. 'The boat building challenge went really well, a lot of them showed really good time management skills and I was impressed,' said judge Dee Caffari before they headed out sailing.

'Some have had sleep, others are a little bit tired and are getting a bit tardy, and they can’t afford that. They are heading out on the water and because it’s all about performance today they need to always think about the bigger picture.' Challenges are either in groups or as individuals where candidates opt what they do and who they work with to maximise the miles they gain.

There is also a joker card available which allows candidates to double their points for one challenge. The candidates also had to make a ten-minute interview to the judges on why they should be allowed to join the Artemis Offshore Academy Development Squad.

Katherine Whitley from group A summed up the Selection Trials in three words when she finished: 'Sleepless, awesome and freeze-dried!' One aspect that the candidates are assessed on is their ability to manage themselves, their rest, food consumption and hydration throughout the 52-hours, as this is such a vital part of short-handed competitive sailing.

The candidates were given a pack of freeze-dried food and sports recovery shakes on arrival to last them throughout the Trials, and it was up to them when they hydrate, eat and rest.

'The Selection Trials went very well this year and the candidates are all rising to the challenge, and they also understand why we are setting some of the challenges,' said John Thorn, Artemis Offshore Academy Performance Director.

'Different candidates are excelling in different challenges, which is interesting and also reflects the diverse backgrounds they come from. The candidates also raced out on the water in the Figaros, and this is where we assessed their sailing skills to see what they are made of.'

The Selection Trials candidates included experienced sailor Mike Perham, who at 17 years of age became the youngest person to sail around the world in 2009, double-handed Figaro sailor Matthew Lingley, as well as Olly Bond and Henry Bomby who attended the Selection Trials last year.

'It’s everything I hoped for, I knew they would challenge and test us,' said Perham. 'It’s hard work and it’s not easy in any shape or form!'

'I had just under three hours sleep on the night of the boat building challenge,' explained Henry Bomby. 'I’ve clocked up some time on the Figaros this summer including doing the Fastnet, which helped me on the short course racing as I have experience of on the boat manoeuvers which are a key part.'

However, the majority of applicants understandably do not have much short-handed experience and the Selection Trials are a chance for them to try this type of sailing in order to more fully understand the physical and mental demands required to compete in this arena.

A documentary on the Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials will be broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the ‘Sailing on 4’ series in December.

The Academy will announce which candidates have been selected for the Development Squad, the week commencing 10th October.

Artemis Offshore Academy website

Artemis Offshore Academy: The Artemis Offshore Academy provides a structured UK training programme of excellence for British short-handed sailors, to bring talented sailors up through the ranks with the ultimate goal being to put a British sailor in a strong position to win the Vendée Globe in 2016 or 2020 and beyond. Launched in 2010 the Artemis Offshore Academy offers an annual fully funded Scholarship to the most promising member of the Development Squad to compete on the highly competitive Figaro circuit, including the famous Solitaire du Figaro. In addition, support is also granted to a UK sailor to compete in the Mini Transat.

Artemis Investment Management: Independent and owner-managed, Artemis opened for business in 1997. Its aim was outstanding investment performance and client service. All Artemis' fund managers still share these two precepts - and the same flair and enthusiasm for fund management. The company's success has seen it grow to manage some £12 billion*. This is spread across a range of 13 unit trusts, an investment trust, a hedge fund, a venture capital trust, a European Sicav and both pooled and segregated institutional portfolios.

PredictWind.com 2014Bakewell-White Yacht DesignMackay Boats

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Alan Roura takes twelfth place
Race rookie Roura’s elapsed time for the 27,700 mile course is 105 days, 20 hours 10 mins and 32 seconds. Roura’s finish reflects his exceptional drive and tenacity and belies the very tight budget which the young sailor ran his programme on.
Posted today at 9:16 am
Vendee Globe - From Conrad Colman this evening
I might not be going very fast but I'm certainly keeping busy here on Foresight Natural Energy. I might not be going very fast but I'm certainly keeping busy here on Foresight Natural Energy. Indeed, never have I worked so hard to go so slowly! The problem is that I am sailing upwind in light winds which is never a recipe for breathless speed and certainly not now! Going downwind on a slow boat, the wind pushes against the windward side of the sail
Posted today at 4:34 am
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Sam Heck and Robert Marcus in action
Sam Heck and Merry Cheers decided that just having bought a new Farr 40 race boat, Viva La Vida, wasn’t quite enough. Sam Heck and Merry Cheers decided that just having bought a new Farr 40 race boat, Viva La Vida, wasn’t quite enough. They wanted to race it, right away. So they entered the 2017 SCYA Midwinter Regatta through Long Beach Yacht Club, which hosted their class, and won in the first racing sailboat that they have ever owned.
Posted today at 4:05 am
Overall winner crowned at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg
The first event of 2017 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped in St. Petersburg on Sunday. The first event of the 2017 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped in St. Petersburg on Sunday. After a weekend of close competition in the Lightning division, the class winner — Steve Hayden, 49, of Lake Mary, Fla. — was awarded the regatta’s overall prize.
Posted today at 2:41 am
The Bay Regatta 2017 wraps with a picture postcard final day
The fourth and final day of The Bay Regatta, Chang Beer Race Day, saw all fleet sail a short loop around islands The fourth and final day of The Bay Regatta, the Chang Beer Race Day, saw all the fleet sail a short loop around islands off Krabi’s Railay Beach before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers.
Posted on 19 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 race kicks off tomorrow
The light air forecast is not good news for the Italian ocean racing trimaran which is designed for much stronger winds. Soldini’s men have been monitoring the weather situation closely after the formation of a low-pressure storm system far to the north of Antigua disrupted the normal strong trade wind conditions.
Posted on 19 Feb
Vendée Globe – Roura to finish Monday morning with Super Superbigou
Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race. Seven solo racers were still at sea this Sunday afternoon. Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race.
Posted on 19 Feb
Spectacular opening for the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600
The highly acclaimed Antigua Band 1761 took to the stage and lit the blue touch paper. Sailors enjoyed a traditional Caribbean welcome with the Panache Steel Orchestra opening the musical entertainment, complimentary drinks and fine Caribbean fayre.
Posted on 19 Feb
H.H NOOD Regatta - Local sailors make waves on Tampa Bay during Day 2
Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class. With sailors from across the country and beyond in town for the annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta this weekend, stand-out local skippers were a highlight of Saturday's competition. Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class.
Posted on 19 Feb
Krabi waters deliver a spectacular Day 3 of the Bay Regatta 2017
Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls / multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for 2017 The Bay Regatta Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for the 2017 The Bay Regatta, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze and eye-candy that is the Andaman triangle of Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi.
Posted on 18 Feb