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2015 MARLOW ROPES COLLEGE SAILOR OF THE YEAR AND OTHER HONORS AWARDED


NEWPORT, R.I. (June 4, 2015) – At an awards ceremony following racing for the Gill Coed National Championship at the Sail Newport Waterfront Center at Fort Adams and New York Yacht Club, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team were presented. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year. The trophy is named in memory of a distinguished journalist who spent more than 30 years, as a yachting writer and editor. This year there were two finalists for the prestigious award: Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.), a junior at Georgetown University and Graham Landy (Norfolk, Va.), a senior at Yale University.

Although both sailors have had incredible years, the winner, calculated by the numbers is Nevin Snow. Snow placed first with his team at the Match Race National Championship, fifth at the Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, fifth overall and third in A-division with his team at the 2015 Gill Coed National Championship. He also finished fifth with his team at the 2015 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship.

Snow was named an All-American for the 2013 season, his freshman year at Georgetown and also for the 2014 season. Snow has already had an impressive collegiate sailing career as a junior.

“I am ecstatic – a little surprised – but relieved,” says Snow of the award. “It [college sailor of the year] is something that I have thought about, after being a finalist last year,” he says. “But it has not been on my mind over the last days of competition,” he continues, “Especially after the other finalist, Graham Landy, has sailed so well.”

Snow credits his coaches, Mike Callahan and Janel Zarkowsky, with being his biggest supporters.

“It’s a long year in college sailing,” says Mike Callahan, “Everyone thinks of the spring championships as the big events, but there are six championships and Nevin has done well in all of them,” says Callahan. “What makes him great is his ability to excel in all types of boats and all types of conditions,” says Callahan.

Georgetown has had numerous College Sailors of the Year over the last few years. “We have done a good job of having our good sailors impart their wisdom and abilities down to the next generation of sailors,” he says.

Snow grew up sailing in San Diego and says that his parents got him into the sport. “My Dad works for North Sails and my Mom did an Olympic campaign in the 470,” he says. It’s in his blood.

Snow is studying physics and math at Georgetown and will graduate next spring. In the meantime he has one more year of college sailing.

“I can’t wait for next year,” Snow says. “We have a lot of new freshman coming in and as sad as we are to lose our seniors, we are excited for what’s new and next,” he says.

The winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for best overall collegiate team is College of Charleston. Georgetown University was second and Boston College was third in line for the trophy. The team with the most Fowle points, which are compiled results of the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded, Men’s Singlehanded, Match Racing, Coed Semi-Finals, Women’s, Team Racing, and Coed National Championships, determines the Fowle trophy.

Charleston had a successful competitive year including placing 8th place at the Women’s Singlehanded National Championship, first at the Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, fifth at the Match Race Nationals, fifth at the 2015 Sperry Women’s National Championship, fourth at the 2015 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, first in the 2015 Eastern Gill Coed Semi-Finals and 4th at the 2015 Gill Coed National Championship.

The Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award is awarded annually to the Sportsman of the Year. The trophy honors Robert Hobbs (MIT '64), past Executive Vice President of ICSA, past President of U.S. Sailing (1992-1994), and former chair of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Committee.

This year’s finalists are Kieran Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) a senior at Stanford University and Mary Hall (Seminole, Fla.), a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, both of whom have shown outstanding sportsmanship during their collegiate sailing career. This year’s winner is Kieran Chung.

“This is a huge surprise,” says Chung, “I never thought I would receive it,” he says. “It is humbling to be named with past recipients of this award – especially Adam Roberts who was a coach at Stanford – it is a unique award and I am really proud,” says Chung.

Chung grew up sailing in Newport Beach, Calif. at Newport Harbor Yacht Club after his grandparents suggested he give it a try at age 13.

In addition to Chung’s excellent college sailing record, he was named an All-American in 2014. Chung will graduate on June 14th from Stanford with a major in Biomechanical Engineering and plans to apply to medical school.

“I definitely want to continue to sail,” says Chung. “I will be team racing this summer domestically and in England and hope to pick up another class that will be fun to sail in the future,” he says.

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.
 

2015 MOTH WORLDS

Chris Rashley has been sailing International Moths since 2011. He has been reigning European champion for the past 4 years and came second at the Moth Worlds in 2014 at Hayling Island, having led right up to the last day. He was integral to the development of the Exocet Moth design, working alongside the designer, Kevin Ellway of Ellway Aero Hydrodynamic Designs and the builder, Simon Maguire of Maguire Boats. Chris is proud to be sponsored by Allen Brothers, Zhik, Marlow Ropes, CTech, Lennon Sails and the Royal London Yacht Club. He enjoys working full time coaching the British Olympic 49er FX Podium Squad.

The Moth Worlds 2015 was held in Sorrento in Australia. We were told this was an idyllic Moth sailing location with winds typically 12-20 knots. It wasn’t quite the nirvana we were promised, but we did have an extremely warm and generous welcome from our hosts, the great people at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.

The Moth is widely appreciated as the most demanding high performance dinghy, and the line-up for this Worlds boasted pretty much all the exceptional sailing talent of our generation. It’s tempting to rank it as the most prestigious sailing event ever. We had previous Moth World champions such as Nathan Outteridge, Josh McKnight and Bora Gulari; a huge contingent of America’s Cup sailors including Pete Burling, Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies, Chris Draper and Kyle Langford; plus Olympic legends like Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby. No one expected an easy ride and there were bound to be big names who wouldn’t make the top 20.

I always take a really disciplined approach to my sailing though, and I don’t leave things to chance. Working full time means my time on the water is as limited as any other weekend warrior, but I made sure that the training I had done was really effective. I am fully committed to Moth sailing and it’s important to me to do the very best I can for myself and for all the people who back me.

So I left the UK for two weeks of training at the venue over Christmas with my ultimate goal to make the top eight at the Worlds.

It’s the way of things that the best laid plans go awry. Sitting here after the event, I’m astounded that I not only managed to achieve my goal, but I actually finished in fourth place. It’s a fourth I value really highly and, in achieving it, I learnt a lot about myself too.

So what happened? Well, training at the venue before Christmas I knew I was fast – really fast. However, I began to have some serious back problems. I collapsed and ended up in hospital receiving conflicting advice from specialists. There were some dark days before an MRI scan helped diagnose a protruding disk.

I was told a steroidal epidural could help get me back on my feet and might, just might, allow me back in a boat again. This gave me hope I badly needed, but I had to wait until after the holiday period for treatment at Melbourne’s Olympic Park. I was in huge pain and couldn’t sleep. This was not the event preparation I’d had in mind.

Eventually I had the injection on Monday, two days before the Australian Nationals. Within 24 hours I couldn’t feel the pain anymore.

I was advised to do nothing for three days but I knew I owed it to myself, my sponsors and supporters to push harder. So I discounted doing the Nationals but took a couple of gentle sails on Wednesday and Thursday. My back was painful and I knew I would have to compromise my technique, but participating in the Worlds looked more realistic.

The World’s practice race took place on the Friday. Unlike the other races where the fleet splits into two starts, for this one all competitors would line up together. There was a nice 16-18 knots blowing. I tried hiking but quickly realised the pain was too much and settled for just sitting on the side. It wasn’t fast, but racing was possible.

Despite doubting I’d be competitive, I found myself in second place. When Scott Babbage bailed out of the win for superstitious reasons, I was happy to cross the line first - I really felt I couldn’t possibly have any more bad luck. I was pleased to take the accolade of winning the biggest Moth race ever and was stoked just to be on the race course. I went to bed on Friday night confident of beginning the Worlds on Saturday morning.

Saturday dawned a nice sub 10 knots day. Despite constant pain, the conditions were easier on my body, and I bagged some solid results: 3, 3, and 7.

The second day, Sunday, was windy and I felt nervous about hiking. But out on the start line I thought, “Hey, this is just like Stokes Bay – I love this stuff. Play it safe, get counters, a little hiking off the start line. I can do this.”

To be honest, I just felt privileged to be on the water and not be stuck in bed. It was a major achievement. I wanted to live in the moment and enjoy being able to sail. Knowing my back might give up and I might not be able to finish the event, I decided just to aim for the Gold fleet.

I started with small ambitions but my confidence grew. I can’t believe I pulled off a win in the second race which gave me a 4, 1, 4 and 4. I came off water feeling tight, sore and with a ripped shoulder muscle, but I was confident. I had more than made Gold fleet, I was lying 5th. It was a good day.

Monday continued the good vibes for me. With just one light wind race sailed, it was stressful but not physically tough. I took home an 8th.

Afterwards, there was some discontent in the boat park regarding the conditions in which the race was run. I don’t get into that stuff though. The RO can only put on racing when he’s happy to. All you can do is follow the instructions you get and not try to second guess the RO or the weather. Some high profile names launched just four minutes before the start – a schoolboy error in anyone’s book. I was happy simply to have a gentle day.

The next day, Tuesday, was tougher. It was windy, raining like I’d never seen before and 11 degrees. We were postponed and my back was seizing up in the cold. I spent the day doing exercises in the shower to keep warm. We were sent out at 6pm. It was really rough and I’d already been round the forestay once before they finally called off any racing.

The forecast for the next day was dreadful and the RO confirmed it would remain as a lay day. I was able to relax a bit and, for the first time in weeks, I got 5-6 hours of sleep. It was great.

After unwinding on Wednesday, my mind set shifted from being happy just to sail, to really believing I could get a decent result. I wanted top 8 positions from Thursday – an ambitious goal in the shifty 12-28 knots. However I achieved 6, 8, 3 and 5. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I’d pushed harder. I felt I’d lost touch with the podium - Pete, Nathan and Josh were really consistent.

Yet I felt comfortably destined for the top six. With the pressure off, I slept well again. We had four more races scheduled. I could give it my all in the first two, discarding the rest if necessary.

The final day was breezy and choppy – enough to keep the Silver fleet ashore all day. But I went out to win the first race, ignore the pain and not worry about anything else. And I did win it, and I can’t tell you how good it felt.

We were sent in while the RO assessed the conditions. It was howling. At 3pm they ran a final race. I’m pretty sure it was the windiest I have ever raced the Moth in. There was spray at head height flying over the committee boat. However, I came away with a respectable third to Pete’s win and Nathan’s second.

So there I was with a healthy fourth place overall and I was a bit overcome really. I’d got through the event – something I’d thought impossible at times. I was massively relieved. In that calibre fleet, I would have been delighted with fourth even without an injury, so I’m really happy.

The best news is that I know now that I’m mentally tougher and more committed than I realised. I know I will always deliver my very best performance regardless of the situation. I’m determined to win the Worlds one day. Undoubtedly this was Pete Burling’s year though – he was in a league of his own and absolutely deserves the World Championship title.

PIECE WRITTEN BY - JO EVANS

 

CLIPPER RACE - SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION



2015-16 Series

Marlow Ropes, are very happy to officially confirm we will be continuing our long-term race partnership on board once again ahead of the 2015-16 series.


As the Clipper Race’s official rope supplier, Marlow Ropes will once again provide each of the fleet’s twelve Clipper 70 yachts with over 40,000 metres of high quality ropes which are made of modern, light weight fibres such as Dyneema. Crew will be provided with rope care and splicing advice by Marlow experts during training to help them get maximum lifespan and efficiency out of the running rigging during their eleven month challenge.

Paul Honess, Leisure Marine Sales Director for Marlow Ropes Ltd, said: “Marlow is very proud to continue our association with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for the seventh consecutive race series. It was clear to see from the last edition of the race that the new Clipper 70 is a big step up from the Clipper 68s with regards to power and performance. “We continue to use mostly standard products on most of the running rigging but have now upgraded some cover composition for a few of the lines, this is to increase the longevity and performance in a few key applications ready for the next edition of the race.

“The great thing about working with the Clipper fleet is that we can trial and test our products and look at ways to increase performance and longevity of the lines and get great feedback which we can then use to develop our Cruiser/ Racer range of products.”

 

BRITISH SAILING TEAM - HUNTER BROTHERS TIE UP MARLOW DEAL!

 


Up and coming 49er sailors Rory and Neil Hunter are the latest recipients of the Marlow Ropes Award, which will give the Scottish brothers free rope for a year after recently being selected to join the British Sailing Team Podium Potential Squad.


The Marlow Ropes Award was introduced in 2002 with the aim of rewarding Britain’s most promising young sailors for their determination, focus and talent.

The sailing siblings from Lamlash on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, have spent the last three months training alongside the Podium Potential Squad and given their 49er potential and recent performances the brothers earned selection to the British Team in January.


“We were both absolutely delighted to have won the Marlow Ropes Award only days after our selection for the Podium Potential Squad,” said 17-year-old helm Rory.

“We feel we have won the award from the results we have gained over the past season and from displaying a high amount of dedication and commitment during our time training alongside the Podium Potential Squad.

“The award will be a huge benefit to our campaign over the next season as we will be able to fit our boat out with top quality rope. In the 49er class, halyards and control lines come under high loads in the windier conditions, making top quality rope absolutely key to ensure a successful day racing with no breakages.”


Over the past 18 months the duo have recorded some impressive results including the 49er National Championship title in August, finishing second overall at the RYA National Ranking Series in November and their season highlight coming at the ISAF Santander World Championships where they posted 36th overall and 11th in the Silver fleet.


The 19-year-old Neil added: “We feel that the key ingredient to our results over the past year has been mainly a lot of hard work!  We’ve spent a lot of time sailing and just learning as much as possible.  The learning curve is so steep, especially in a class like the 49er.”


“Over the next 12 months our main goal is a top five at the Youth Worlds, that’s our target event this year. We’ve got a lot of sailing planned between now and then, with events throughout Europe and we’re going to Miami later this week. The Marlow award entitles the brothers to free Marlow rope for a year, which Rory says will be invaluable as they prepare for their inaugural season as British Sailing Team members.

“The award will help us massively. In a high performance boat like a 49er having the best kit is crucial for us to achieve our goals. With Marlow Ropes we can be sure that we are using the best rope available so it’s just one less thing for us to worry about!  It will be a massive boost to our campaign.”


Barrie Edgington, British Sailing Team Podium Potential Squad Manager, commented: “Rory and Neil are rare examples of sailors who have taken a slightly more independent tack to campaigning and making the case for support from the World Class Programme. “In doing so their professional approach combined with achieving measurable international and national results has got them noticed and rewarded both by officially joining the British Sailing Team and being nominated for the prestigious Marlow Ropes Award. - “If they keep up the level of commitment to their 49er sailing and goals, I am sure they will continue to excel and achieve higher things.”


 

YACHTS & YACHTING AWARDS 2015 - YOUTH SAILOR OF THE YEAR!

Marlow were proud to be a part of the Yachts & Yachting Awards 2015 and would like to send Huge congratulations to winner of The Marlow Ropes Youth Sailor of the Year Award - Vita Heathcote!!

 


 

Presented BY PETER LILLINGSTON at the 2015 Yachts and Yachting Magazine Awards at London Boat Show 2015.

 
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