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Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials

The applications for the 2012 Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials are now open!

Solo and short-handed racing is demanding, competitive and all encompassing, it requires a unique set of skills and few make it to the top echelons of the sport. Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding, Dee Caffari, Samantha Davies and Alex Thomson are just a few of the modern-generation British sailors who have made an impact in this highly competitive discipline that is dominated by the French. The Artemis Offshore Academy offers British sailors the chance to train exclusively in this discipline, and now in its third year the Academy will be staging its annual Selection Trials.

Aaron Cooper & Henry Bomby racing in the boat they built for the Sikaflex challenge as part of the 2011 Selection Trials © David Harding

Taking place between 9-14 September at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the Selection Trials are an opportunity for any sailor, male or female, of any age, with a proven sailing track record, be it dinghy, match racing, Olympic or offshore to test their solo potential.

“We are not only looking for exceptional sailors but also those with the mental stamina to succeed in the toughest racing discipline in the world – solo, long distance,” explained Academy Performance Director John Thorn. “Many sailors can keep up with the best over short distances but night after night at sea, and you have had very little sleep, that’s when we see the difference.”

Enter before midnight 20 August for your chance to join the next Artemis Offshore Academy Development Squad.

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