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Dan Skudder – 2010 Inter-Service Speed & Formula Champion

17:29 27th October 2010 by Duncan Slater
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Dan in action

Dan in action, by Tim Daish

After eight days of racing, new Tushingham/Starboard Team rider Dan Skudder competed as part of the Army Team with fellow rider Allan Cross in the Inter Service Speed Week as part of Weymouth Speed Week.

Armed with the latest Tushingham X15 sails and Starboard iSonics, after a long hard battle throughout the week, the team was successful in securing a win with the rest of the Army team against the Royal Navy and thus crowned Inter Service Speed Champions 2010.

With barely a pause for breath, it was straight into the Inter Service Individual and Team Formula Championships, part of the UKWA National Team Championships also held in Portland Harbour.

On the Saturday, in challenging formula conditions of 25+ knots they utilised their X-15 Formula Sails and Starboard Formula boards to great overall effect with their fellow army sailors. With light winds on the Sunday and after 7 races, it was indeed another win for the Army team, also crowned as the National Team winners.

20-year-old Dan showed the fleet a clean pair of heels, putting his past RS-X training to good use by leading the way and was eventually crowned as the Inter Service Formula Champion 2010.

Dan’s new sponsor, Paul Simmons from Tushingham comments:

“With such a strong racing community in the armed forces, it is most pleasing to see a fresh face storming ahead of the fleet, especially as he’s using our latest race gear! Impressively, all through Weymouth Speed Week Dan demonstrated real dedication, seeming to clock in more runs than anyone else. With new slalom gear on the way, Dan will be looking to make a big impression on the BSA Slalom Series in 2011.”

More at tushingham.com

  1. Nic Dodd

    Well done Dan and the Army team, it was a great few days of racing. The Royal Navy did manage, in the shape of Adrian Wallis, to claim the fastest recorded speed on two days of Speed Week: we'll reclaim the crown next year!

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