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Sailing in Solent

 ASTO Small Ships Race -
 Cowes - Friday
 3rd to 5th October 2008

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Participants from Dering Employment Services

 Dering Employment Services
 announces its sponsorship
 for a group of eight people
 to take part in LSP's first
 voyage on 5 - 9 May 2008

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  Deaf Sailing UK crew competing in the Sonar race in Skandia Cowes Week 2006

"DSUK feel the sailing buzz at Cowes"

The world-famous Cowes Week celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2006. The Isle of Wight-based regatta saw thousands of racing yachts and dinghies battling it out across 42 different classes.

With only one single practice and try-out session behind them, DSUK, sailing on “Josh”, finished a commendable 13th in the Sonar class.

“Josh”, the first Sonar boat to be imported from the USA, was lent by Sussex Sailability and raced for an average of four hours each day.

On these race days, DSUK had just 10 minutes to work out their race course for their class. Immediately, the crew had the tricky task of steering “Josh” on a path through hundreds of boats to the start line – before another ten minutes were up.

All of DSUK were fully aware of the time signals, thanks to a wonderful Cowes tradition. At this historic regatta, the start gun is actually a cannon fired by the Royal Yacht Squadron.

With guns fired every ten minutes to announce the start of a class race, DSUK had to ignore the distraction and concentrate on their own challenge. Being in the right position to get wind advantage was important – just as was keeping an eye out for other Sonar boats in their class.

From the first day, DSUK started a friendly rivalry with “Winconsin”, an NDCS sponsored boat in the same class, which eventually finished 17th out of the 19 boats racing.

“It was a huge learning curve for all of us”, commented DSUK team member Jason Drobig, “but a fantastic experience – the buzz was just electrifying”.

Jason Drobig
DSUK Committee Member

  Deaf Sailing UK crew competing in the Sonar race in Skandia Cowes Week 2006