The HCR Crew at Seaview: Tpr Bridgeman LG, Capt Chishick LG, LCpl Scheepers RHG/D
Officers and Soldiers taking part. A slightly less competitive regatta than the Combat Regatta, there was one helm (mostly officers) and two or three Guardsmen or Troopers in a boat who had never sailed before, for the most part. We had some very good racing on the first day with perfect conditions for novices and some close racing in the top of the fleet. Well done, in particular, to Tpr Evans, the only OR helm at the event, who despite firmly securing the wooden spoon for HCR (C) gained some valuable experience at racing - his first time ever helming a Seaview Mermaid. 2Lt Shaw RY, helming for the HCR, won the competition, followed by Maj Aldridge WG and the author. We hope to continue to see im-
proved attendance at this for the coming years and hopefully representation from each regiment in the Division. There was strong representation from Household Cavalry Officers at Cowes week again on Gladeye with the author skippering and Capts Holliday and Huda crewing for a few days. At the Household Division Yacht Club Regatta in Cowes there was an extremely good showing of Household Cavalry with two Life Guards Crews and one Blues and Royals Crew with the Life Guards A team taking the Princess Elizabeth Cup for the second year running. We very much hope to continue the regiment’s successes on the water next year and any soldiers or officers at Regimental Duty should contact the Regimental Sailing Officers.
Southampton Solent Sailing Trip - July by Trooper H A J Millea, D Squadron
n a fresh Tuesday morning LCpls Sheppard, Savage, Tprs Brammer, Evans, a young UOTC student and myself left Combermere Barracks for the Joint Services Adventurous Sailing Training Centre in Gosport. After enduring the rush hour traffic and a couple of wrong turns, the small coastal camp was located thanks to LCpl Sheppard’s outstanding navigational skills (TomTom). We were greeted by our instructor who introduced himself as Dwayne, a LCpl from the Irish Guards, with a great deal of sailing experience and a relaxed approach to teaching. Dwayne introduced us to the yacht we would be sailing on; the Household Divison’s very own Gladeye. After getting the initial briefs out of the way, it was on to the most important part of the precourse preparation: food. We set off for the nearest Tesco and bought ourselves a bountiful supply of crisps, Mars bars and jam doughnuts to ensure optimal nutrition was achieved for our arduous voyage. We made the short journey to the Isle of Wight in relatively good time, thanks
to calm seas and a high wind, mooring up in Cowes. As we sailed, Dwayne tutored us on ‘Tacking’; the practice of switching the foresail to the opposite side of the vessel, to maintain the direction of travel whilst maximizing the use of tailwind to propel us forward. As we arrived in Cowes we clumsily moored Gladeye up to the pontoon with a variety of badly tied bowlines and poorly folded sails, in an attempt to emulate what we had been taught at Gosport prior to setting off. Once the yacht was bedded down we made the short stroll into Cowes for a fish and chip dinner before getting our heads down ready for another day’s sailing.
we pulled up into Gunwharf Quay we again moored up Gladeye, this time in a lot slicker manner then before. Once in Portsmouth, we decided to sample the local cuisine and culture. Starting off in Nando’s, and eventually working our way to Tiger Tiger.
On Wednesday morning we crossed once more over the Solent to the Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth. En route we were taught ‘Jiving’; essentially the opposite to tacking, as we were now sailing into a headwind. Much like with tacking, we pulled the rear sail from one side of the yacht to the other to make best use of the wind. As the jiving is carried out the heavy boom moves with the sail, at head height for a seated passenger. This provided the very real danger of knocking some sense into one of us; therefore we took the utmost care. As
On Friday, we discussed some of the theory behind what we had learned and Dwayne presented us with our ‘Start Yachting’ certificates; due to the course starting on the Tuesday rather than the originally intended Monday, we did not have time to complete the full Competent Crewman course. This Start Yachting course, however, did provide an excellent introduction to sailing and an insight as to what to expect on the Competent Crewman course.
The following morning we headed back into the Solent for a brush up of our new found skills. We spent the day tacking, jiving and steering before gliding back into Gosport. This time our mooring drills were down to a tee, and we were able to carry them out with the speed and efficiency of a well drilled vehicle crew erecting cam nets in BATUS.
The Original Mountain Marathon - 29-30 October 2016
by Captain E M B van der Lande, The Life Guards
ndurance events used to be reserved for a small group of sadistic maniacs who enjoyed pushing themselves for no real reason other than the satisfaction for doing so. Nowadays, however, this small band of lycra-clad men and women has grown exponentially and the numbers of endurance events
across the country are numerous and ever more mad. The Original Mountain Marathon, though, has retained its place in the history of endurance events as being the first of its kind. Its concept is simple; a two day self-sufficient orienteering event conducted in pairs; but completing it is far from simple; rough
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terrain, unpredictable weather and difficult navigation. And so with all these thoughts in mind, Tpr Tobias Hinchcliffe, A Squadron, and Capt Ed van der Lande, made the perilous seven hour journey to the Galloway Forest Park on an unsettlingly sunny Friday morning at the end of October.