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Team Spitfire rules the waves

Team Spitfire wearing their pink socks in memory of Tornado pilot, Flight Lieutenant H Poole, who died earlier this yearWing Commander Simon Ling is skipper of a team of RAF sailors who promote the RAF Benevolent Fund with our famous heart roundel on their sails. The team have just had some great success at Cowes. Simon tells us more in this blog.

This year the team are not only flying the RAF Benevolent Fund flag, we are also wearing pink socks. We are wearing them in memory of Flight Lieutenant H Poole who was tragically killed flying an RAF Tornado six weeks ago.

H Poole was a good friend and valued member of our sailing team. H loved to wear pink clothing and at his funeral the military guard of honour wore pink socks in his memory, so it only seemed right that we follow suit.

We went into Cowes Week confident of a strong showing. After four days of racing and the halfway point of the week, I’m pleased to say Team RAFBF Spitfire has won all of its races.

We are currently leading the J80 Class, and we are also placed within the top five overall in a fleet in excess of 400 boats.

Racing at Cowes Week always brings a unique set of challenges with a great emphasis on navigation, exploiting tides and avoiding other boats racing in other classes.

This is always a favourite event of ours and we are delighted to be leading our class at the halfway point.

Simon Ling

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