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Royal Navy Win Inter-Services Windsurfing Championships

RC (Windsurfing) - 17 Sep 15 Windsurfing

The RNSA Windsurfing Team won the Inter-Services Windsurfing Team Championships at WPNSA Portland on Fri 11 Sep 15

For the first time since 2007, the Royal Navy are the Inter-Services Windsurfing Team Champions. The event, held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last week, saw two days of Formula course racing in tough conditions which the RN team dominated. There was some close and exciting racing with 5 sailors from the 6 man team finishing in the top 8 of 23 competitors, with equipment failure ruling Windsurfing Rear Commodore Nic Dodd out of the final 2 races and finishing a still respectable 13th. Having returned to the RN, WO Dave Strudwick showed his experience as Team Captain and ensured the squad were well prepared and competetive. The team had great depth of experience, but particularly impressive was AB ET(ME) Tom Eskdale who won 4 of the 7 races and was crowned Inter-Services and Royal Navy Champion. The other team members were: Capt Adrian Wallis, Cdr Nic Dodd, Lt Cdr Paul Morris and CPO Johnny Walker, with Cdr Tom Joyce in reserve.

RC (Windsurfing) observed 'This is an encouraging time for Navy windsurfing. We have a strong squad for Weymouth Speed Week next month and a renewed focus upon attracting and then developing future talent. There is a development squad training in Vassiliki as I speak, many of whom are new to RNSA windsurfing and we are working on plans to encourage new sailors into the sport and provide a pathway for their development.'

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