The UK Doublehanded Offshore Series is a new race series for 2021 providing a challenge for all double-handed offshore boats. It includes professional and amateur sailors as well as nurturing young talent.
Meglio & the UK Doublehanded series kicked off their partnership with a webinar focusing on strength and conditioning ‘on and off the boat.’ The session was led by Laurence Plant, Clinic Director of Henley Practice based in Henley on Thames. Laurence who is a Chiropractor specialises in biomechanics helping prevent pain and improve performance. The session predominantly focused on the neck, shoulders and back showcasing simple routines and stretches that could be done on and off the boat using a wide spectrum of Meglio products.
The challenging series covered 6 races with the climax to the series which took place on 8th August with the world famous Rolex Fastnet Race The 49th running of Fastnet had a record fleet with over 450 boats in a number of different categories. The race is considered one of the classic big offshore races; 'Fastnet' is testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment.
Starting from The Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, yachts will race on a course of approx. 695 nautical miles via the Fastnet Rock to the finish line at the western end of the breakwater in Cherbourg.
Among the crews of this traditionally male-dominated sport, just over 10% were women, while still a minority; this is a strong sign of how female participation has grown in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's premier event, since 1926 when Mrs T Aitken Dick became the race's first female competitor aboard her 38ft 14 ton cutter Altair.
In the intervening years female skippers have won the race (Catherine Chabaud aboard her IMOCA Whirlpool in 1999) and twice 1st home (Dona Bertarelli, co-skipper of Spindrift2 in 2013 and 2015).
Competing in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race were many of the world's most accomplished female sailors. Dee Caffari, the most capped female round the world sailor of all time and double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson - both of whom compete in the UK doublehanded series. A special call out for Henry Bomby and Shirley Robertson in Swell for their on their Fastnet result this year for leading home the UK double handed boats.
Overall series results for UKDHOS after 6 races:
Massive congratulations to Cora (Tim Goodhew / Kelvin Matthews) for 1st place overall in the 6 race series.
1st Cora (Tim Goodhew / Kelvin Matthews)
2nd Swell (Henry Bomby / Shirley Robertson)
3rd Jangada (Richard Palmer / Jeremy Waitt)
RYA Mixed Male+Female (All races)
1st Bellino (Rob Craigie / Deb Fish
2nd Purple Mist (Kate Cope / Matthew Beecher)
3rd Tigris 3600 (Gavin Howe/ Maggie Adamson)
Northsails Masters (Combined age +90yrs)
3rd Tigris 3600
Youth (Sailor <25yrs)
1st Purple Mist
2nd New Normal ( Tom Fenemore / Jack Hanslope)
3rd Gentoo (James Harayda / Dee Caffari)
Musto clothing Corinthian
Well done to all the competitors, it’s been a great series with some very close racing in all types of conditions.
In June Team Meglio Mike Whitworth and Laurence Plant joined the team on board with Ellie Driver, Dee Caffari and James Harayda for a training and equipment check and an opportunity to showcase some small easy to use Meglio fitness products on board Chilli Pepper.
As we moved out of Hamble Le Rice harbour we found time to get active on board with Meglio products and do some demos & get the crew practicing. We found innovative ways to use stretch bands, glute bands & mini rollers as a method to warm up & stretch before a day’s sailing. Our ‘mini range’ was of course perfect - so easy to stow away !. The quirky surfaces & boat furniture were fun to play around with in conjunction with the Meglio range making a regular gym circuit comes alive out at sea!
As we sailed back we had time to reflect and exchange stories on our hopes for the future. Spening at day at sea was a great reminder of how beautiful our seas and oceans are. It really brought home how we need to work together globally to help save our oceans; whether it’s making the right choices on the food we eat to help shape our food system, cutting emisions, keeping plastics away from beaches and calling out to world leaders to act to protect our world.
A big thank you to Ellie,Dee and James for sharing a morning out on Chilli Pepper and giving us a flavour of your sailing achievements and good luck in all your future races.