2010 Season

Read reports of the various BSDRA Events as they are posted here

Westbere Lakes Autumn Team Racing

posted 26 Nov 2010, 04:45 by Alex Phillips

Sailed in a steady breeze (E F2/3) 38 races were sailed by a round robin until finishing at the agreed time. Results were calculated on percentages of races won/sailed and, with ties, by the result when the two teams met.

Sevenoaks     1  8/8 100%
Sevenoaks     2  6/8        75%
Norwich         5/7        71.4%
Oakham        5/7        71.4%
Ipswich         5/7        71.4%
King’s           3/8   37.5%
Ardingly         2/7   28.6%
Kent (KSSA)  2/8   25%
Royal Hospital School 1/8   12.5%
Winchester    1/8         12.5%
Overall winners:  Sevenoaks 1
Congratulations to Sevenoaks and to all the teams on some very good team racing. It made for an enjoyable and at times exciting afternoon. With many thanks to team managers for bringing their teams and who all helped to run the event with such good spirit and efficiency.   

Richard Maltby

Thames Valley 8 May

posted 22 Jun 2010, 05:35 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 22 Jun 2010, 05:44 ]

This was the first meeting of the Thames Valley Regatta since 2007, when Alex Phillips, now at Ipswich School and BSDRA Webmaster, ran the event. This year it was held at Bray Lake which had the helpful and friendly feel of a smaller club and the racing could be easily watched from the shore.
The wind was about 7 to 10 mph all day and reasonably stable which allowed for a full days racing. 14 teams initially sailed in three mixed Leagues before being rearranged into seeded Gold, Silver and Bronze Leagues followed by a four team knockout competition in the finals. MCS 1 were the over-all winners. I was particularly pleased with the turn out in the new location and also pleasantly surprised that two (Gold and Bronze) of the three original shields had been returned by teams from three years ago. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the missing Silver League shield I would be most pleased to hear from them; I understand it may have been missing for more than three years. Thanks must be given to all the staff helpers on the day and also to David Lees and David Peerless for officiating all the umpiring. Thanks are also given to Wellington College and Pangbourne College who kindly allowed us to use their fireflies and to Ian Frayne for all his help moving boats.

Eastern 15 May

posted 22 Jun 2010, 05:19 by Alex Phillips

On Saturday 15th May ten teams arrived at Rutland Water for the BSDRA Eastern Championships hosted by Oakham School. This was the first time the event had been held at Rutland Water sailing club. The conditions were perfect throughout the day with sunshine and a steady force two breeze occasionally gusting to force three. Forty races were sailed throughout the day.
The teams were initially split into two leagues sailing round robins before being seeded into Gold and Silver fleets for the afternoon sailing. Norwich dominated the gold fleet winning all of their four matches comfortably and followed by Oundle who took second place having lost just one match. In the silver fleet Ipswich won the competition beating all of their opponents although being challenged right until the finish line by the Uppingham team.
Thanks to all of the staff and parents who helped out throughout the day to make this event run so smoothly.
Overall results: 1st Norwich School, 2nd Oundle School, 3rd Oakham School, 4th Haileybury school, 5th Rutland Sailing Club.
Silver Trophy: Ipswich

Midland 8 May

posted 19 May 2010, 05:51 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 21 May 2010, 01:44 ]

The British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Midland Team Racing Championships took place on Saturday 1st May hosted by ODSSA at Farmoor Reservoir. Conditions were very testing for both competitors and Race Officials as the wind came in fits and starts from all points of the compass.

Despite this a total of 35 races were sailed which made it possible to determine a result. Magdalen College School emerged as the overall winners from Eton 1, despite them both being on three wins they had the better points difference. Unfortunately the planned sail of between the teams had to be abandoned as the wind deserted us completely. RGS Guildford were finished in third place.

The Silver League Trophy was awarded to the top team on two wins so Tonbridgetook the trophy ahead of Uppingham.

Winner of the Bronze Trophy for teams on one win was Sherbourn, Who beat Winchester.

Hoad Shield 29 April

posted 7 May 2010, 01:42 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 13 May 2010, 03:54 ]

Mirror like conditions welcomed twenty one teams to Bough Beech SC for the 2010 Hoad Shield. With the briefing out of the way, the race committee struggled long and hard with the decision as to when to launch and start racing. With the breeze filling in from every direction it was not until nearly 1400 that things had settled enough for racing to commence.

Some very close racing followed, albeit a little slow at times. Although the wind continued to shift throughout the afternoon, sufficient races were completed for a result to be declared. The beauty of the new Hebbert-Lucas scheduling system allowed a full set of results after just twenty one races – something deemed impossible with earlier scheduling solutions.

Thanks to all those who made the journey to Bough Beech and the helpers and staff involved. 

Hoad Shield 2010

Northern 1 May

posted 4 May 2010, 04:19 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 7 May 2010, 01:43 ]

At Killington

The wind gods certainly aspired to frustrate us today and the rain gods also conspired to make some of the sailing not only cold but unpleasant!! In at least one of the races the wind cycled at least 180 degrees within the space of a few minutes which certainly frustrated the topper sailors concerned who were at a loss to explain how they weren’t able to sail in the same direction for longer than 1 minute at a time!! 

Anyway, we arrived at the club to find Merchant Taylors’ Crosby waiting at the gate champing at the bit – but at least that helped with the boat rigging as we prepared 9 Toppers, 2 3000s and the 2 bosuns.  While the race officer’s  face got longer and longer as the wind failed to materialise, progress was made in all other departments.  Windermere St Anne’s entered just a senior team and Rydal Penrhos entered two Topper teams and one match racing team.  There was incessant course changes necessitating much mark re-laying on the part of both the match racing umpires and the team racing crew.  But slowly but surely the races happened albeit in less than much wind for the most part.  Early smiles from the Sedbergh match racing team as they beat Windermere, evaporated later as they got beaten by MTS but restored when they won one of the Rydal matches.  In the meantime however, Rydal and MTS drew level overall in the match racing with 4 wins apiece and tie break broke in MTS direction so they retained the match racing “Killington Salver” for the third year running.  Their new coach (and national 400 champion) has certainly had an impact on them.  

Meanwhile in the Toppers again early success by the Rydal Penrhos 1st team was confirmed throughout the race sequence and they clearly won.  Their second team squeezed into 2nd place in the final race amidst burgeoning hypothermia and groans at the lack of a shorten course flag!  Sedbergh 3rd, MTS 4th.  


East Kent 24 April

posted 26 Apr 2010, 06:17 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 7 May 2010, 01:43 ]

The King’s School, Canterbury was pleased to host what has become the opening splash of the BSDRA season. This year an increased entry of 14 teams experienced warm sunshine, a good F2/F3 SE breeze, and an afternoon which aimed to get the balance of competitiveness and fun. 

Teams were divided into two leagues and each sailed complete round robins – a total of 42 races.  The schools represented were Aldenham, Ardingly, Eton, King’s (2 teams), MCS Oxford, RGS Guildford, Rugby, Tonbridge (2 teams) and Wellington. Other teams represented the Kent Schools SA(KSSA) and the Oxford District Schools SA, which included three Radley sailors. 

The races in two fleets (420s) proceeded without break, thanks to the excellent work of BSDRA colleagues on start, finish and umpire boats. MCS, Wellington, KSSA1 and RGS Guildford achieved most wins in the leagues, followed by King’s 1 and ODSSA. The event concluded with Knockout Finals for the top six teams. This produced a final three way sail off between MCS, King’s and KSSA. 

Congratulations to MCS, winners of the EK BSDRA April 2010 Championship in fine style, and to all the teams for their friendliness and keen racing. 

A full results sheet is attached.

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