UK: HMS Somerset Plays Key Role in Transatlantic Yacht Race

first_img Training & Education View post tag: role View post tag: Race View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: HMS View post tag: key View post tag: Transatlantic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Somerset May 28, 2013 UK: HMS Somerset Plays Key Role in Transatlantic Yacht Race View post tag: News by topic View post tag: yacht Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Somerset Plays Key Role in Transatlantic Yacht Race Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset acted as the prestigious starting platform for a tough single-handed transatlantic yacht race setting off from the south coast on Bank Holiday Monday.The Devonport-based frigate took time out from her current period of Operational Sea Training to embark Race Officials, accompanied by 50 guests from the Royal Western Yacht Club, who organise the race, along with the Official Starter, Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson DSC.The twenty boats and skippers of the 14th OSTAR sailing race set off from Plymouth heading for Newport, Rhode Island, as soon as HMS Somerset signalled the start of the challenging race using her 3lb Saluting Gun. Lieutenant Christopher Owen, the Ship’s Race Liaison Officer, and an accomplished sailor himself, said: “It is superb for HMS Somerset to play such a key role in this amazing event.”Adding: “But for me sailing with a crew is more enjoyable, just like serving aboard a warship.”The deck of HMS Somerset offered an unparalleled vantage point for guests and the ship’s company to view the start of this four-yearly race, which was first competed for in 1960. The mixed field of amateur and professional sailors are expected to reach American shores, after 2,700 miles alone at sea, around the end of June. One of the race competitors, a retired Royal Marine, Mervyn Wheatley (69) said: “This race has many challenges, getting to Newport is the main one!”Adding: “I have a glass of sherry with peanuts every evening and, quite often, a glass of merlot with my freeze dried meal.”Once the race was underway, HMS Somerset quickly returned to the rigours of sea training, preparing for operational tasking later in the year.[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: plays View post tag: UK View post tag: europe View post tag: Defencelast_img read more


first_imgHE may be a Dubliner, but Paul McGinley’s roots lie in Co Donegal and there was delighted amongst friends and relatives in the county tonight with the announcement that he will captain the next Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014.The 46-year-old played in three Ryder Cups, was vice-captain in 2010 and 2012 and holed the winning putt in 2002.The Dubliner, whose mum and dad come from Dunfanaghy and Rathmullan, is a huge GAA fan and was right behind Jim McGuinness and his team last year. He has also re-designed the Portsalon course in recent months.McGinley was preferred to Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, who captained a victorious European team in 2010 and wanted to fulfil the role again.“This is a position I’m really thrilled to be in,” said the Dubliner, Ireland’s first captain.“It’s also a very humbling experience and I can’t wait to get into the role of captain and to working with the players.”  DONEGAL DELIGHT AS PAUL McGINLEY NAMED RYDER CUP CAPTAIN was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL DELIGHT AS PAUL McGINLEY NAMED RYDER CUP CAPTAINlast_img read more