Reports 2012

Eastern 19 May

posted 24 May 2012, 09:40 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 24 May 2012, 09:41 ]

Rutland Sailing club was the venue for the 2012 BSDRA Eastern Team Racing championships held on Saturday 19th May. Twelve teams sailed in two flights of fireflies supplied by Oakham school and Uppingham School. Whilst the sun was not in evidence, the rain held off and the wind conditions were a consistent force 3 which made for some excellent team racing throughout the day. The morning saw some exciting racing in three leagues of four with the leaders of each league and the best second place team proceeding through to the gold league in the afternoon. Oakham, Rugby and Rutland Sailing Club (RSC) all won their leagues with Royal Hospital School also going through to the gold league on points.

The afternoon sailing provided some close fought battles. Oakham ended up top of the gold league to put them in a final with RSC; Oundle the Silver league winners and Ipswich the bronze winners. In the finals, RSC beat Oakham 2-1, the first two races of the finals gave Oakham and RSC one race each to take the final down to an exciting last race. Oundle won the silver final and Oakham B the bronze.

Final positions at the end of the day:

1 RSC; 2 Oakham A; 3 RHS; 4 Oundle; 5 Rugby; 6 Norwich; 7 Haileybury; 8 Oakham B; 9 Ipswich; 10 Stamford; 11 Uppingham; 12 Stowe

Thank you to all the myriad of staff and adults who helped officiate on the day and the competitors for the spirit and enthusiasm with which they entered the competition. Particular thanks to Steve Tylecote who led up the expert umpire team. Congratulations to RSC on their victory, this young team have a bright future ahead of them.

Alastair Speers.

East Kent 12 May

posted 21 May 2012, 11:28 by Alex Phillips

BSDRA “East Kent” Team racing Championship, Saturday 12 May 2012. 

Sailed in bright sunshine but with an inconsistent wind (mainly F2, N, but shifting with lulls) at the Westbere lakes, near Canterbury, 12 teams sailed in two mini leagues to reach the gold, silver and bronze fleet divisions. Unfortunately conditions did not permit sufficient time to sail full inter division races; final results were achieved through semi-final and final knockout races.

In the two leagues five teams won 4/5 races: Haileybury, Kent Schools Sailing Association, King’s A, MCS Oxford, RGS Guildford.

The semi-final and final races were then sailed in parallel sequence to keep interest for each division going until the end. Division results:

Gold division: 1st, RGS Guildford; 2nd, MCS Oxford, King’s A, Haileybury.
Silver division: 1st, Wellington A; KSSA, King’s B, Tonbridge.
Bronze division: 1st, Winchester; Wellington B, Merchant Taylors A, MT B. 
All teams are to be congratulated upon their sailing and excellent attitude on and off the water. An umpire commented on how “penalties were taken (in the Finals) without a murmur. The calls were made in good faith (as ever) but it takes a certain maturity and discipline to be properly accepting”. 

Many Congratulations to RGS on their fine and well deserved victory, to MCS for their part in the close and exciting final set of three races, to the silver and bronze division winners, and to all who took part. Many thanks also to team managers, umpires and helpers, upon whose generous assistance the event depended.   

Richard Maltby
(King’s Sailing and Organiser)

Hoad Shield 28 April

posted 21 May 2012, 11:22 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 22 May 2012, 00:47 ]

A potentially blustery and wet day saw five flights of boats launch for the 32 competing teams. With the decision to sail with Cut Downs made at the start of the day racing continued apace with around 96 stage one races completed before the semi finals. Several teams maintained their 100% win rate nearly to the end with the semi-finalists only being decided by the result from the last few stage 1 races. 

 The Semi Finals were run in slowly deteriorating conditions. A well deserved final between both Magdalen College School Teams saw MCS 1 retain the Hoad Shield. Thanks go to Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Schools, Bough Beech Sailing Club and all those who helped to deliver the event!

K Sammons

Final Results Table

1 MCS 1 11 Norwich 2 21 Claires Court 1 31 MTS 3
2 MCS 2 12 Sevenoaks 3 22 Kings B 32 Brighton College
3 Kings A 13 RGS 1 23 Tonbridge Red
4 Eton A 14 Wellington 24 Lancing
5 Sevenoaks 1 15 Eton B 25 Sevenoaks 4
6 RHS 16 Ardingly B 26 Haileybury
7 Sevenoaks 2 17 RGS 2 27 Winchester
8 Ipswich 18 Tonbridge Black 28 Harrow
9 Ardingly A 19 Kings C 29 MTS 1
10 Norwich 1 20 SPS 30 MTS 2

Northern 6 May

posted 18 May 2012, 06:54 by Alex Phillips   [ updated 21 May 2012, 11:07 ]

Sedbergh School
Rydal Penrhos School
Windermere School

Despite being cold the wind was ideal for the event, even if the rescue/umpire boats were causing problems.  Rydal brought two teams and Sedbergh made a second team in conjunction with the Windermere Topper sails so four teams comprised the event which consisted of two boat team sailing 3000 dinghies and three boat team sailing in Toppers.  Two complete round robins were completed in the 3000 event with three teams being tied at the end of the first round robin.  Some interesting reversals of results happened in the second round with Rydal 2nd team coming through more strongly in the afternoon.  The final match between Rydal 2 and Rydal 1 was crucial; had Rydal 1 won and if the final (unsailed match) between Sedbergh 1 and 2 gone to Sedbergh, we would have ended up with another three way tie for first place.  However, Rydal 2 won the crunch match and won the overall 3000 event and with it the Killington Salver.
Meanwhile in the Toppers, Rydal 1 were more clearly in the ascendancy and scored an almost perfect set of race wins with only loss in their whole scoreline.  Windermere were less fortunate with two of their sailors withdrawing after a couple of races.  Meanwhile Sedbergh 1 and Rydal 2 were battling out for 2nd place with Sedbergh 1 taking that result. 
So the combined results of the Topper and 3000 racing resulted in  a three way tie overall for the day with Rydal 1 & 2 and Sedbergh 1 being equal on points.  Perhaps this is the best result for all concerned since there was plenty of very close racing between all the sailors.  The quality of the team racing component of the sailing improved throughout the day in the 3000s and there were some very “vocal” races towards the end  - from the spectators as well!
   3000 Topper  Overall 
Rydal 1 3 1
Rydal 2 1 3
Sedberg 1


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