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16May/16Off

Scotty Stallman

Luckily this talented young Slalom and Speed sailor only lives a very short distance from Portland Harbour where he started windsurfing just after his 9th Birthday.

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9Apr/16Off

UKWA Slalom – Portland / OTC

I set off for Weymouth slightly pensive if I am being honest – it’d been a long time since the end of last season and I hadn’t sailed anything like as much as I’ve wanted to. I’m learning a huge amount about my sailing at these events and this weekend was no different – there’s a lot to do! No racing took place on Saturday due to the lack of wind (it dropped as we headed out), but one thing struck me really quickly – the atmosphere amongst the team riders is truly awesome, and it was great to catch up with everyone.

Ian Roberts Portland 2016

For Sunday, I was keen to get a sail in even though the wind looked super light. I continue to be impressed by the 114 iSonic and am making tweaks all the time, but it’s capability to get going early is incredible, especially relative to higher volume boards. The qualification went smoothly and I made it through to the final – which didn’t go to plan from the off. A General Recall occurred, and I think this impacted my run up to the line. I got lucky, as I caught a gust coming out of the first gybe and made it up to second, where I just about stayed for the rest of the race. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but bring it on! Next event is Hayling.

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21Oct/15Off

FAMOUS FIVE – PORTLAND TO LULWORTH COVE

FAMOUS FIVE - PORTLAND TO LULWORTH COVE

FAMOUS FIVE – PORTLAND TO LULWORTH COVE

It’s a stormy old day down in Dorset but that does not deter the Famous Five heading out on a jolly good treasure hunt along the lovely coastline between Portland and Lulworth Cove. In the absence of Timothy the dog, JC is thrown the bone to chase the five and help search for clues on this perilous adventure and of course help save them from any nasty trouble. Can the five make it? Can JC survive more than three hours without any cheese and onion crisps? Or will they all be captured by baddies and forced to tell all their secrets and walk home with no wetsuits and only have baked beans for tea?

Words & Photos  JOHN CARTER

(This feature originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)

Yes this story has all the makings of an Enid Blyton classic, if Enid was actually illiterate of course. But before Mrs Blyton’s estate sues us and JC’s literary masterpiece hits the bins of the worst seller section on the shelves of your local bookstore, Windsurf Towers publishing house are going to spill the beans on what really happened when five heroic windsurfers braved the treacherous seas of the Jurassic Coast. So without further ado, once upon a time…

ALL GOOD PLANS – JOHN CARTER

“ Storm clouds looming on the horizon meant none of the sailors had any confidence on what sail size to rig ” – JC

“There is nothing more satisfying than making a plan, see it nearly fail, be postponed several times but then finally pull it off despite all sorts of last minute hurdles and mishaps. Just like Hannibal from the A-team, which the office often tell me I am nothing like, I love it when a plan comes together! I imagine it’s a bit like the guys at the Storm Chase might have felt, although the scale of this project was way bigger…well maybe not quite! My simple idea of organizing a down winder from Portland to Lulworth Cove seemed to be relatively straight forward but when you throw in the variables of weather, availability and all those other niggly bits and pieces, bringing together a few sailors, myself and a safety boat on a particular day was a lot more complicated than it looked on my tippex covered bit of paper.

After countless shenanigans and abandoned attempts, our opportunity finally loomed, a nice flow of westerly winds was forecast, Ross Williams had just stepped off the plane from a trip to Korea and Hawaii (lucky sod) and a valiant crew of local riders headed by Tris Best were chomping at the bit for a one way trip to explore some the finest scenery of the south coast of England. In a nutshell the plan was to depart from the OTC headquarters in Portland, with yours truly in a safety boat armed with cameras to record all the action. The infamous arch at Durdle Door just before Lulworth Cove was a definite target but aside from that we were going to just cruise along and shoot any bits of the coast that were interesting. After blasting out of the harbour, there wasn’t much of a plan aside from trying to stick together and not treating our mission as a race. We certainly didn’t want one hero to blast off solo and scatter the pack; this was a team mission with fun the essence of the whole concept! At certain points along the way the lure of a bag of giant chocolate cookies, five bananas and a crate of water bottles on the boat would hopefully bring us altogether so we could plan our next move! As the crow flies, the distance from start to finish was a mere ten miles but I am guessing you could easily double that windsurfing back and forwards adjacent to the coast. So that was the plan, we had a forecast for 18-25 knot westerly winds, a few odd showers and sunny spells, so dare I say it, what could possibly go wrong!

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12May/14Off

BRITISH SLALOM ASSOCIATION ROUND 2 WEYMOUTH GALLERY

BRITISH SLALOM ASSOCIATION ROUND 2 WEYMOUTH GALLERY

BSA SLALOM 2 2014 DAVE WHITE WEYMOUTH OTC

Dave White’s gallery from the second round of the 2014 British Slalom Association (BSA) series at Weymouth, hosted by The OTC.

Newly crowned Formula World Champion Ross Williams won the Pro fleet ahead of 2013 Champ James Dinsmore and Kevin Greenslade.

Scott Stallman took an impressive 23 bullets in the 30 race masterblaster series. In the amateurs Dave Cole just pipped Izzy Hamilton - who both finished on equal points, but Dave had a better discard.

Next event is in Aberdovey on May 31st.

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17Jul/13Off

OTC WEYMOUTH | ROSS WILLIAMS PRO CLINIC

OTC WEYMOUTH | ROSS WILLIAMS PRO CLINIC

ROSS WILLIAMS PRO CLINIC OTC 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Ross Williams Pro Clinic This Weekend!

The forecast is still holding – looks like Saturday is going to be the first windy day for quite a while. Add into the mix the fact that it is still going to be warm and it’s an exciting weekend lined up at The Official Test Centre (OTC) on Portland.

Ross Williams will be on hand with a load of Gaastra and Tabou toys to try, delivering the tips to make your race starts slicker, buoy roundings more potent or even just your stance more efficient.

Open to BSA slalom racers and recreational sailors alike, the weekend costs just £45.00, so book now as spaces are limited.

Call the OTC on 07817 717904 or email them on info@otc-windsurf.com for more information.

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21Mar/13Off

OTC 2013 PRE-SEASON SLALOM | TRAINING CAMP 2

OTC 2013 PRE-SEASON SLALOM | TRAINING CAMP 2

OTC 2013 PRE-SEASON SLALOM | TRAINING CAMP 2

PRESS RELEASE

OTC WEYMOUTH

World Champion Ross Williams was with us during the second pre-season training camp to provide his secrets to success in slalom racing. He is going to do most of the BSA slalom events this year, as well as his commitments on the world tour, so will be a familiar face around the UK coastline in 2013.

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3Aug/12Off

Save Portland Search And Rescue Update

Diane Busby recently got in touch asking you to help save the Portland  Helicopter by signing the e-petition.

This e-petition 30225 no longer exists and has been closed but a new e-petition, lasting a further year, has been created by Richard Drax - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36619
Please sign the new e-petition if you have already signed this closed e-petition and tell your friends.
Reaching the target of 100, 000 signatures to force the government to reconsider its decision and have a further debate in the Houses of  Parliment  is definitely achievable.
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Portland Search And Rescue Helicopter

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30Jul/12Off

OTC/Puravida Olympic Ceremony

Tris Best reports from Weymouth -

After London’s Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, Weymouth hosted its own take of an opening ceremony on Saturday evening from the LIVE site on the beach. The show was called Battle For The Winds and depicted the struggle against the elements to ensure good conditions for the event. We were honoured to be asked to be part of it by show organiser Jon Beedell of the performing company Desperate Men.

Full story here

OTC Olympic Ceremony - Weymouth

OTC Olympic Ceremony - Weymouth

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20Feb/12Off

Breaking 40 Knots – A New Approach

Sam Ross interviews Kev Greenslade on a new approach to speedsailing…

Following an instructor course down at Portland Harbour, Sam Ross catches up with Kevin Greenslade. The Weymouth Speed Week Champion for the last two years, Kev certainly knows a bit about going fast. With some great winds and a revolutionary new approach to speedsailing equipment and setup, Kev explains how he managed to break the 40-knot mark.

Also spotted recently was this clip from West Kirby. As hallowed ground for speedsailors all over the country, Chris Bates provides a great onboard view as he really pushes 40 knots, using a handy Flymount.

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19Aug/11Off

Team GBR on the BBC!

Bryony Shaw powering her way to bronze in Weymouth

Bryony Shaw powering her way to bronze in Weymouth

The Olympic sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland – and aspiring 2012 sailing Olympians – have been under the spotlight this summer at two major regattas which not only tested the venue’s readiness for the Games, but also the form of Britain’s best sailors hoping to fly the flag next year.

A one-hour programme charting the progress of Skandia Team GBR’s best at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in June, and the LOCOG Test Event in August will air on BBC One at 1300hrs on Saturday 20 August.

Make sure you tune in to see how Britain’s top sailors fared on home waters against the world’s elite in the Olympic Classes – including, of course, Nick Dempsey’s win at Sail for Gold, plus his silver and and Bryony Shaw’s bronze at the Olympic Test Event.

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