2007 Season

Post date: Jan 8, 2010 6:24:14 PM


• Sat/Sun 20/21 January 2007

RYA Team Race Umpire Course at Oxford SC (Farmoor)

Contact: David Campbell James at the RYA.

• Thu 8 March 2007

Team Racing Coaching: Training for teachers at Oxford SC (Farmoor)

Contact: Stephen Wilkinson, Canford. Download details.

9.45 for a 10.15 start, tea and EGM at 3.30

Tom Kreuger reports: Magnetic boat kit (around £40) and Laminated Team Racing Rules Book (£20), available from:

Chris Simon, 13 Malt House Close, Old Windsor, Berks SL4 2SD. Tel: 01753 862194

• Sat/Sun 24/25 March 2007

Belvedere Cup, organised by the Royal Thames YC - Flier - Information - Notice of Race

Teams of 4 from Independent Schools alumni, team racing in The Docklands

• Wed-Fri 11-13 April 2007

East Kent BSDRA Team-Racing Training (420s and Toppers)

Open to BSDRA school members

Contact: Richard Maltby, King's School, Canterbury


• Sat 21 April 2007

BSDRA East Kent Team Racing Championship (420s) at Westbere SC

Contact: Richard Maltby, King's School, Canterbury - Notice of Race

Seven teams enjoyed near perfect conditions for team-racing in bright sunshine and a consistent F2/F3 breeze. 21 races were sailed in 420s on a league basis, each team sailing each other team. With thanks to the umpires, George Barker and John Weavers, to colleagues for the starts and finishes, and to ferrymaster Richard Gaskell, Commodore Westbere SC, all races ran smoothly with lots of keen, competitive and enjoyable racing.

Results: 1 Magdalen College School, 2 King’s Canterbury 1, 3 City of London,

4 King’s Canterbury 2, 5 Tonbridge 2, 6 Dover College, 7 King’s Canterbury 3.

• Thu 26 April 2007

BSDRA South East Team Racing Championship (The Hoad Shield), at Bough Beech SC

Contact: Keith Sammons, Tonbridge. Notice of Race - Entry Form

• Sat 28 April 2007

BSDRA Thames Valley Team Racing Championship, at Broxbourne SC

Contact: Alex Phillips, Haileybury

• Sat 28 April 2007

BSDRA Midlands Fleet Racing Championship (Prism Trophy), at Oxford SC (Farmoor)

Contact: John Wylie, Radley College, Abingdon

• Sat 5 May 2007

BSDRA Midlands Team Racing Championship, at Oxford SC (Farmoor)

Contact: Peter Emms, Magdalen College School, Oxford. Briefing at 11am - Entry Form - Notice of Race

• Sat 12 May 2007

BSDRA Eastern Team Racing Championship, at Middle Nene SC (Thrapston)

Contact: Douglas Butler, Oundle. Briefing at 12noon

15 teams took part in an exciting tournament hosted by Oundle School at Middle Nene Sailing Club. The day was dominated by a blustery SW wind that peaked well over force 4 at times. Everyone coped really well; there was a lot of very competitive team racing and many close races.

Results: Gold Fleet winners: Magdalen College School; Silver Fleet winners: Norwich School. Also took part: Greshams School, Haileybury, Oundle School, Ipswich School, Rugby School, Stamford Endowed Schools, Kings Canterbury, Stowe School, Tonbridge School, Uppingham (A, B), Oakham School, Kimbolton School.

Results Spreadsheet from Richard Atkins (PRO)

Oundle's fleet of 18 420s with 90 competitors and 22 officials all set to do battle in the strong winds at Middle Nene.

• Sat 12 May 2007

BSDRA Northern Team Racing Championship, at Killington Lake

Contact: Myles Ripley, Sedbergh

• Sat 19 May 2007

BSDRA Southern Team Racing Championship, at Spinnaker SC

Contact: Stephen Wilkinson, Canford - Notice of Race

Results: 1 MCS, 2 Charterhouse, 3 Tonbridge, 4 Eton, 5 Bradfield, 6 Lancing, 7 Radley

8 Sherborne, 9 Wellington,l 10 Canford A, 11 St Helen's, 12 Canford B, 13 Clifton, 14 Clayesmore

Results on Spreadhseet


• Mon/Tue 2/3 July 2007

BSDRA International Team Racing Championship, at Bough Beech SC

Contact: Nick Prosser, Tonbridge or Stephen Wilkinson, Canford - Notice of Race - Sailing Instructions

Bruce Hebbert reports:

The Championship now in its 20th year was held this year at Bough Beech using Sevenoaks School Fireflies. Fifteen teams including Newport Harbor High School from Southern California battled it out over 2 days. Day one saw strong winds and several capsizes, but some tough racing. Day two and the teams now in leagues saw much closer team racing and the highly experienced umpire team was hard pressed as the teams fought their way around the "S" course. Boat handling and boat speed proved to be the key to winning. Here NHHS and MCS Oxford proved themselves in a league of their own. Hiking hard and keeping the boats dead flat the winner would be the superior team racer. In the semi's Sevenoaks lost to MCS while Tonbridge were worsted by the Americans. The long predicted final saw the Americans at their best. In two excellent races their superior starting and boat speed gave them commanding leads by the windward mark. The level of good humour and sportsmanship was the outstanding feature of the event.

International Champions and first overall: Newport Harbor High School

First British and Second overall: Magdalen College School

Second British School: Sevenoaks School

Third British School: Tonbridge School

• Wed-Fri 4-6 July 2007

Schools 420 and Firefly National Championship at Itchenor SC

Tue pm registration for those who can get there. Wed is training day and practice race.

Download a poster! (3Mb) - Further details

Nick Prosser reports:

Itchenor was f 4/5/6 occasionally with 7 gusts! Rain/hail, cool and brief sunny spells. Training was good on Wednesday - we had 23 420's and 11 Fireflys - a net gain on '06.

After retreating to Chichester basin on Wed afternoon to complete practising, a first points race was completed. Tea was flooded at ISC after the hail storms and reduced visibility which made boat counts extremely difficult. A wearing Thursday produced 4 more results and a happy, wet, exhausted youth returned to ISC. Unfortunately Friday dawned with stronger wind and after a look up harbour at 11.00 am, racing was cancelled leaving no-one with discards.

Andrew Shaw (Bishop Luffa) was again a worthy winner and the Newport HHS team should have been 2nd or competed for top slot, but for a split trapeze harness and 2 DNF's. Bedales, Milton Abbey, Oundle, Rugby etc were another class, but impressive all the same in the conditions [Ging was 4th and Tom 11th - well done].

The Fireflys were won by George Yeoman sailing a championship boat with Tonbridge and Radley 2nd and 3rd in school spec f/f's. It was great racing. RGS High Wycombe - becoming a new BSDRA member won the BSDRA (second day trophy) for the lower half of the fleet (on day 1!!).

Results spreadsheet (420 and FF)

Fantastic gallery of 197 photos of the breezy Itchenor Championships (by Charles Ainsworth)

on the IBI Sailing website.

• Mon 30 July - 3 August 2007

RS Feva European Championships, at Waterford Harbour SC, Ireland

Nick Neve, Oakham School, reports:

Sun, fun, and frolicking dolphins welcomed 70 Fevas to the European Championships in Waterford Harbour. The week’s end saw Guy Stephens and Rory Spriggs from Abingdon School in second place, with four different nations in the top four.

After the final race 138 sailors lined the harbour to applaud as the victorious Swedes were towed in, national flag at the masthead and national anthem playing over the PA system. 6 dolphins escorted them as far as the pier head. A magical end to a superb week.

BSDRA schools were well represented with Abingdon, Oakham, Oundle (Sam & Celeste Green), RGS, RHS and Wellington pupils amongst the GBR boats. Full Results

Next year there will be special prizes for school teams at both the National and World Championships. A team would need just two representative boats. Perhaps you should put the dates in your school calendar:

The 2008 RS Feva National Championships will be at Hayling Island, 24-26 May

The 2008 RS Feva World Championships will be at Gottskar, Sweden during the first week in August.


• Sat 22 September 2007

BSDRA Pairs Fleet Racing Championships (Fireflies)

All you need to do is bring 2 helms and 2 crews, for a great day of fleet racing in 26 provided Fireflies!

Further information from Bruce Hebbert - NOR

• Sat 29 September 2007

BSDRA (East Kent) Autumn Term Schools’ Team Racing Championship (420s)

Further information from Richard Maltby - NOR

Results: 1, Magdalen CS; 2, King's; 3, Sevenoaks "A"; 4, Sevenoaks "B"; 5, Sutton Valence.

Races were sailed in light airs. We managed to finish a full round before Westbere became a millpond. We were delighted to welcome teams from as far as Oxford and it is excellent to see Sutton Valence now in the BSDRA circuit.

• Sat/Sun 6/7 October 2007

ARROW TROPHY (Sunsail Sun Fast 37s)

Teams of 7 or 8 alumni from UK Schools. BSDRA in long trousers! See separate website.

Boats based at Port Solent (Portsmouth), and raced off Cowes IOW.

Results: 1 Rugby, 2 Dulwich, 3 Wellington, 4 Shrewsbury,5 Winchester,6 Uppingham, 7 Harrow, 8 Oundle, 9 Wellington B, 10 Charterhouse, 11 Cranleigh,12 Bryanston, 13 Sherborne, 14 Harrow B, 15 Sherborne B, 16 Radley, 17 Bradfield, 18 Stowe, 19 Haileybury. See Arrow Trophy Results website

• Sat/Sun 6/7 October 2007

420 INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS at Oxford SC (Farmoor)

Contact: Richard Stanley - Information and NOR.

• Sat/Sun 3/4 November 2007


Contact: Jessica Mapplebeck, RYA - Information and NOR

• Sat/Sun 3/4 November 2007

420 END OF SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS (with Ovington Inlands) at Grafham Water SC

Contact: GWSC - NOR.

• Sat/Sun 10/11 November 2007


Contact: RYA - Information and NOR