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52 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2009
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Tanks for the
memories –
40 years of
Clockwork
in Norway
Presence all
year round –
on Falklands
● Queen of the slopes... Lt Rachel Morgan on her way to the Inter-
Services’ telemark title
patrol with
HMS Clyde
Leaving their ’mark
CREDIT crunch. Financial
1,000 personnel over the fortnight Chris Sharrott. combats after suffering injuries: was recognised with the most
crisis. Pound at an all-time
and a change in emphasis saw The green beret took the team captain LS(SR) Susie Cook, outstanding achievement award
low against the Euro.
more people not just taking the honours in the giant slalom Lt Will Alexander (both during for his years of dedication to the
opportunity to hone their skills (2m 38.23s over two runs), four the snowboard cross qualifier), sport.
Yep, 2009 has opened in pretty
with lessons but also to try racing, seconds faster than the aviator. and HMS Heron’s CPO Mick On the ski slopes, the course
gloomy fashion...
many for the first time. The FAA skier nudged his
...unless you love winter
Arrowsmith, who injured his
proved to be particularly daunting
sports
To help develop confidence and rival into silver in the Super G,
.
shoulder in the first run of the
(41 gates spread over a run course
remove any myths about racing,
For amid the doom and gloom
coming home three-quarters of a men’s parallel giant slalom.
which dropped 660 metres). Cpl
hijacking the newspapers, tucked
all the lessons for intermediate second faster than the commando. Luckily, the senior rating had
Mike Gent (RM Poole) suffered
quietly away amid the weather
and advanced skiers during the BRNC’s Carol Strong was the a gong to cheer him up. Mick marina Continued on page 51
reports was news of the earliest
first week incorporated a race fastest female down the slopes in
snow falls for the start of the
training session. both contests, just ahead of the
season and resorts all over Europe
At the same time there was FAA’s Lt Kate Hopkins.
experiencing the best skiing and
dedicated daily race training for Honours in the Slalom A went
boarding conditions in memory.
those wishing to develop their to the astonishingly swift Debs
As the advance party organising
slalom and GS techniques. For Bhattacharaya who posted a time
the Royal Navy Winter Sports
those completely new to boarding seven seconds faster than his closest
Association 2009 Alpine
and skiing, beginners’ classes for rival, CTCRM’s Dave Hart.
Auxiliary
Championship made their way
each week culminated in the ever In the women’s event, Lt
down the autoroutes of France,
popular and very social Thursday Hopkins came home three seconds
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the welcome sight of significant
night floodlit races on the Bruyeres quicker than Strong. (You can see
snow on the ground and blue skies
piste. all the race results at www.rnwsa.
As Saturday of the first week co.uk.)
aboard RFA
raised spirits and hopes were high
for the two weeks of training and
drew to a sunny close there was The bad news finally came on
racing which lay ahead.
rumour of snow to come, and the Friday, when racing had to be
Black Rover
On arrival at Les Ménuires,
boy did it. cancelled due to rain. As the sun
it became obvious that although
Sunday started with grey skies, set and temperatures dropped, the
the start had been good more
then 24 hours of snowfall – so rain turned into 24 hours of snow
snow was definitely needed in
much in fact that there was danger and ice and transfer day in the
Plus
the three valleys as patches were
of the race schedule being thrown Alps was thrown into chaos once
starting to show through some of
into disarray. again.
the mountain slopes.
Luckily it stopped in time for As the RNWSA banner came
Alas it was not to be, with high
racing and the second week saw down, it was time to bid farewell to
Succour
pressure sat over Europe it was
excellent snow conditions both on Les Ménuires after six successful
blue skies every day for the first
and off piste. years; next year the championships
punch – the
week and no fresh snow, bar a
Skiing and snowboard squads move to the other side of the Parc
small midweek evening flurry.
used the conditions to their National de la Vanoise and the
With no more snow forecast advantage getting in plenty of resort at Tignes between January
RFA’s crucial
things were looking gloomy for practice, prior to the Inter-Services 9 and 23.
week two. competition. The increase in snow Meanwhile, in the next valley...
front-line
That said, spirits were not also saw an increase in accidents Hot on the heels of the RN contest
dented and the majority of the around the slopes, with some not came the Inter-Service Ski and
role
runs were open even if the snow even making it through the day. Snowboarding championships in
parks were closed. A salient reminder that winter Méribel.
The race piste itself was in sports are not without risk: just The event was blessed with
great condition and things were ask yourself if you would ride fine weather, but the Senior
looking good for the first race a motorbike at 50mph without Servicemen and women were not
on the Friday. The strong Euro protection, let alone without a blessed with good fortune on the
meant that although prices around helmet? slopes, which didn’t help the RN’s
the three valleys were higher than There was a battle royal in chances of upsetting the Army and
normal, the slopes were some of the Super G and Giant Slaloms RAF’s dominance.
the emptiest ever experienced.
between Royal Marine Steve Three members of the RN
Numbers this year topped
Cotton and the Fleet Air Arm’s Lt snowboarding team were hors des
Published by Navy News, HMS Nelson, Portsmouth and printed by St Ives (Andover) plc.
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