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Event - Otters and the RYA RIB Championship

Sunday 21st September 2014

The Otters are proposing to take part for the first time in the RYA RIB Driving Championship by entering a RIB driver in the 13-16 age group. Anyone over 13 and under the age of 17 on 21 September 2014 can take part. The National Final is always held at Southampton on the last day of the Southampton Boat Show.

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Otter Drone Video

If you have been intrigued by the aerial videos of Otter Week you might like to know a little bit more about them. They were made using a DJI Phantom Vision quad copter with a camera. Igor had to modify it by adding a gimbal to make the footage more stable and independent of the drone's sharp movements.

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IOCA Protest Meeting

Most sailing event organisers hear the news that there are protests to be heard with a sinking feeling, especially if the outcome of the protest hearing is likely to be a change in the overall results. This was the news that greeted Jason Phelps, organising the IOCA Eastern Area Championships over the weekend of 12/13 July. However, once he had enlisted the help of Nigel Cole, all that changed...

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IOCA Eastern Area Optimist Championships 2014

The Royal Corinthian Otters hosted the championship at Burnham this year, assisted by the Burnham Sailing Club. Twelve entered the Race fleet, with entrants from Cam SC and Hunts as well as from the Blackwater Sailing Club and local boats. The Regatta fleet had 22 boats entered with a wide range of experience.

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Zac and the 2014 RYA RIB Championship

Back in the beginning of the year, Mike Bikhazi reported that the Otters were considering entering the RYA RIB Driving Championship in the 13-16 age group. The competition takes the form of a time trial around a set of marks - the fastest time wins. Skill and control and not necessarily speed are the most important factors. The winner of the Local Heat can progress into the Eastern Regional Heat and the winner of the Regional Heat can then progress to the National Final.

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Otters at the Feva Nationals

A number of our Otters travelled to Weymouth to take part in the RS Feva Nationals. Over 100 boats took part in the four day event, including boats from the Netherlands, Lithuania and Canada. Sunshine and 20 knots. Sounds perfect!

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2014 Cadet Open Event

The emails had been sent, the forms had been completed, the prizes had been purchased, the RIBs were booked, the visitors were coming, cups had been returned, everything was in place - except the wind!

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Otter Race Night 2014

The secret's out, the mice weren't real after all... Seventy plus Otters, parents, friends and sponsors sat down for an evening of mice racing on Friday. Steve Rands, the compère for the evening, dressed in white shirt and bowtie, explained everything, the mice were auctioned off to each table and the betting began...

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Otters at the RYA Eric Twiname Championship 2014

This is an annual event that represents the conclusion of the RYA Zone Squad winter training programme. Each Zone from around the country sends its strongest sailors to compete for the overall championship held at Rutland Water.

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2014 Otter Easter Regatta

There were over 30 boats racing, mostly Otters with some visitors, for the four-race Regatta. There were some great personal performances in the all-round blustery conditions with many completing all four races, despite a few dips in the cold water!

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The Otters are Fundraising...

The Otters need to replace one of their RIBs and have hit upon a healthy way to raise funds - The Big Otter Slim. Carl Anderson, Marc Ellis, Steve Rands and Justin Waples have already made a start and are trying both to lose some weight as well as raise funds for a new Otter Spotter. The day of reckoning is Friday, May 9th, when there will be an official 'weigh-in' at the Otter Race Night.

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