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Battle of the Winds

ROYAL MARINES’ STEALTHY SKILL DELIVERS DRAMATIC EFFECT

WEYMOUTH’s “BATTLE OF THE WINDS” CELEBRATION MARKS OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

Royal Marines from 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marine, onboard HMS Bulwark made a dramatic entrance to Weymouth’s evening celebration of the Olympic opening weekend. On Thursday night (27 July) large crowds gathered on the beach at Dorset’s Olympic Live site to witness the technical dress rehearsal of “The Battle of the Winds,” a free theatrical, musical and aerial acrobatics show laid on for visitors to celebrate and compliment the 2012 Olympic sailing events. The actual performance will be staged in full, with additional effects, including a stunning firework display on Saturday night (28 July) on Weymouth Beach.

As the sun set over Weymouth Bay, at the climax of the rehearsal, one of the key characters in the drama, the character Doldrum is delivered onto the beach in a sequence filled with suspense and intrigue.  At the rehearsal, landing craft and marine inflatable boats crept stealthily and silently towards the shore at twilight from the darkened vessels. In a crash of thunder, with flame throwers and flares erupting around them, the Royal Marines delivered Doldrum imposingly to the shore as he stepped regally from the vessel. With their mission complete, the Royals stealthily withdrew back to sea, under the cover of darkness. The searchlight flickered across the surface as they melted away. Doldrum and his henchmen then entered the battle arena and the show continued.

The Royal Marines are the key weapons of the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Flagship HMS BULWARK. With their amphibious capability of landing craft and fast boats they deliver both troops and tactical vehicles to the shoreline. Last night they achieved considerable dramatic impact, complimenting the staged activity and graceful aerobatics of the gymnasts in the show. On Saturday night they plan a further element of surprise to enhance the s
Battle of the Winds

ROYAL MARINES’ STEALTHY SKILL DELIVERS DRAMATIC EFFECT

WEYMOUTH’s “BATTLE OF THE WINDS” CELEBRATION MARKS OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

Royal Marines from 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marine, onboard HMS Bulwark made a dramatic entrance to Weymouth’s evening celebration of the Olympic opening weekend. On Thursday night (27 July) large crowds gathered on the beach at Dorset’s Olympic Live site to witness the technical dress rehearsal of “The Battle of the Winds,” a free theatrical, musical and aerial acrobatics show laid on for visitors to celebrate and compliment the 2012 Olympic sailing events. The actual performance will be staged in full, with additional effects, including a stunning firework display on Saturday night (28 July) on Weymouth Beach.

As the sun set over Weymouth Bay, at the climax of the rehearsal, one of the key characters in the drama, the character Doldrum is delivered onto the beach in a sequence filled with suspense and intrigue.  At the rehearsal, landing craft and marine inflatable boats crept stealthily and silently towards the shore at twilight from the darkened vessels. In a crash of thunder, with flame throwers and flares erupting around them, the Royal Marines delivered Doldrum imposingly to the shore as he stepped regally from the vessel. With their mission complete, the Royals stealthily withdrew back to sea, under the cover of darkness. The searchlight flickered across the surface as they melted away. Doldrum and his henchmen then entered the battle arena and the show continued.

The Royal Marines are the key weapons of the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Flagship HMS BULWARK. With their amphibious capability of landing craft and fast boats they deliver both troops and tactical vehicles to the shoreline. Last night they achieved considerable dramatic impact, complimenting the staged activity and graceful aerobatics of the gymnasts in the show. On Saturday night they plan a further element of surprise to enhance the s

LA (Phot) Joel Rouse of HMS Bulwark took these photos during the Battle for the Winds Opening Ceremony for the Olympics on Weymouth Beach. They show the OTC team going to be part of the celebrations. Many thanks for the photos Joel – they capture the moment brilliantly.