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Brothers in arms for Weymouth event

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

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TWO pairs of brothers from Derbyshire Youth Sailing are heading to Weymouth to race in the Elliot 6m racing boats that were used in the 2012 Olympics.

The Derbyshire team will led by Lewis Coppinger, with brother Harry Coppinger and siblings Ben Haynes and Josh Haynes forming the crew.

If the four sailors are successful in winning the series of NSSA match races held over two days, then they will qualify to enter the finals competition and have a chance to become the RYA Match Racing Winter Series champions.

Lewis said: “This is a really fantastic opportunity to sail the same boats that were used in the Olympics, and when we got the chance, especially with it being in Weymouth, the Olympics venue, we had to take it.

“We’ve had a tiny bit of practice in a Squib keelboat on Carsington Water and we really gelled well together.

“Although we are a scratch team, hopefully we will be successful in Weymouth.”

Match Racing is a fiercely competitive form of racing sailing with two boats pitched against each other in a duel around a short racing course.

The pre-start battle is critically important to how the racing will play out, as getting the better start in the race delivers such an advantage for the race itself.

However, all is not lost on the start line though, as tactics, strategy and boat handling can deliver really exciting racing and the lead can change at any point around the course.

The racing is definitely a non-contact sport and there are teams of volunteer umpires who will adjudicate.

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