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Tickets going fast to see the strong line-up of speakers at the Solo Racing Festival in Southampton

Wednesday February 27th 2008, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
Open 60 skipper Sam Davies is the only Brit currently qualified for the Vendee Globe race and she will be speaking at the Solo Racing Festival in Southampton on Saturday 15 March 15, relating her recent experiences in the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Ecover B to B races and sharing her ambitions for Roxy and the Vendee. Designer Simon Rogers will be reviewing some of the issues of Class 40 with reference to his new Rogers 40 boats. Delegates will get a rare view of one of the Rogers forties on display in the marina along side the Owen Clarke designed Express 40 built by Paul Metcalf in Cowes.

Solo racing has exploded in France and Nigel King is taking a break from winter training with the Figaro fleet in France to give an insight into the French professional's approach to racing solo, we may even hear some stories of his recent TJV as co-skipper of Dee Caffari's Aviva. The best 'Brit' in the last years Mini Transat was Aussie Nicco Brennan! Placed fifth in the huge and enthusiastic 6.50 fleet is an outstanding result, how did he do that? Nick will explain all.

Survival expert Professor Mike Tipton describes the hazards of cold water immersion with special reference to recent high profile capsize accidents and we will hear first hand from multi-hull racer Ross Hobson about his capsize and rescue in the Route du Rhum. .

Ten presentations are planned in all and the day starts at 12.00 with a Sleep Seminar by Dr. Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh sleep centre and aimed at insomniac solo racers.

The Festival is organised by Racing at Petit Bateau ltd and tickets on line are £38 from Jerry Freeman, contact is jjfreeman@uk2.net

The venue is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club ,Ocean Village, 11.00 to 19.30 on Saturday 15th March 2008

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