Jason Belben and Mark Asquith Dashing for Cash


The RS800 champions will be at madforsailing's new Southampton Boat Show event - 23rd September
Jason Belben and Mark Asquith picked up the RS800 National title a couple of weeks ago at the first attempt, having borrowed the boat from Jason's wife. This triumph wasn't quite as effortless as it appeared however, Jason and Mark having sailed together for a while across a number of classes. Until recently, the Boss had been the main focus for the pair, winning the Nationals, Inlands and Euro Cup in '98, and following that up with the Boss Nationals this year. They also raced the 49er during '99, scoring a seventh at the Nationals and doing the Olympic trials in April. After their RS800 success, Jason stayed on for the RS600, the single-hander championship, finishing fifth; while Mark moved along the coast to Abersoch where the 49er Nationals were taking place and finished fourth overall - not a bad effort between the two of them. Mark is shifting his focus back to the 49er now, and has teamed up with crewman Matt Howard with the long-term aim of campaigning for the next Olympics. Those with a reasonable memory will recall that Jason represented Britain in Seoul in the 470 in 1988, sailing with Andy Hemmings. When madforsailing.com talked to him, Jason was already thinking about both the new RS700 (for a quick look at the prototype click here), and the new Musto Skiff. He'll get a good opportunity to look at the Skiff in action on September 23rd, at the madforsailing.com Dash for Cash. This is a new event promoted by madforsailing.com at the Southampton Boat Show. We've invited 24 of the country's top trapeze/skiff crews to come and race right in front of the show in the RS800 and the Musto Skiff. As well as Jason and Mark, the racers will include Paul Bayliss, Andy Budgen, Rob Greenhalgh, Nick Peters,

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