Bough Beech Sailing Club hosted the BSDRA Team Racing Finals this Monday and Tuesday, July 4/5.
Many of the teams had already won the regional events organised around the country, so it was a quality field of nine school teams. At the end of stage 1 everyone had sailed 16 races and Winchester were on top with 15 wins. For stage 2 the field was split to Gold and Silver leagues and this was followed by a final.
In the Gold League MCS 1 and Sevenoaks were both on 4 wins but, come the first to 3 wins final, it was Sevenoaks who dominated taking the Trophy with a 3:0 victory. (see photo)
In the Silver League Royal Hospital School Blue had 6 wins to Royal Grammar Schools 4 wins but the story was different in their final with RGS taking it 2:0
UKTRA are organising a Continuing Professional Development Day for Umpires at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London, on Saturday October 1st.This will be an opportunity for Umpires (although sailors are welcome) to discuss the technical aspects of Umpiring before the new team racing season gets under way.
We hope to have a fairly free discussion but some of the topics. We will be covering are Positioning of Umpire boats, New Calls, Dealing with dissent, etc, Jon Napier, an Umpire Assessor and member of the Judges and Umpires Committee of the RYA will be attending. All attendees will receive a new 2017-21 Rule book and we will have a brief look at how things might change in the new year.
In order that we can plan we do need to know who will be coming so there is a £10 charge which will cover coffee and refreshments during the day. Lunch will be up you - there are plenty of eating establishments close to the club. The plan is to start at 10am and be wrapping up by 3pm.
Please could you circulate the poster to anyone who might be interested.
Posted Jul 1, 2016, 5:51 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
The Old Joe was held on the weekend of the 12th/13th June by the University of Birmingham at South Staffs Sailing Club. The event began on the Friday night before hand, with an extremely British barbecue in the rain! This was then followed by a night out in Birmingham for those who were willing.
Racing kicked off at 10am on Saturday. Light winds meant that it was only possible to get through the first round robin on Saturday. However, everyone made the best of the situation and the day showed good, tactical racing. Saturday’s racing followed with the main social of the event.
The evening started off with a lively meal in an Italian restaurant. Most teams then went out for drinks and to Birmingham University’s student night, Fab.
Despite the late night, most of the teams made it on time to briefing on Sunday morning and racing resumed. Unfortunately, the lights winds continued, meaning we could only run a second round robin, followed by a ‘king of the hill’ setup for finals. The day showed some strong racing skills with Surrey Pinkeye emerging in first place and BOB88 taking second.
This was only the second year of the event but it was a fantastic weekend and we are going to continue to expand it in future years. We hope to see even more of you next year!
Posted Jun 15, 2016, 8:35 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
Despite the threat of no wind the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Thames Valley Championships went ahead at Bray Lake, hosted by Eton College. By snatching every gust and waiting when there was no wind a result was achieved, albeit at the expense of some very difficult sailing.
The 21 teams attending were split into five leagues for the stage one seeding section comprising 36 races. At the end of this they were split into Gold, Silver, Bronze, Plate and Novice Leagues for another round, which was only completed by truncating some of the lower leagues, however, results were achieved for all leagues, but it was not possible to run a knock out stage.
In the Gold league, three teams were tied and had to be separated by the points scored when they met. This gave the win to Winchester College with Magdalen College School second and Sevenoaks third. Top of the Silver league was Stanford while Sherbourne topped the Bronze league, Royal Grammar School the Plate and Eton the Novice league.
The Royal Yacht Squadron hosted Le Crunch - the annual Team Racing competition between the Royal Navy and the French Navy this weekend. Sailed in their J70's in Osbourne Bay, it was a very close affair with results remaining pretty even throughout.
Conditions were very light throughout the weekend but it was possible to get six races in on the Saturday, and the asymetric spinnakers made for some interesting downwind legs against the tide. At the end of the day the teams were level pegging on 3 wins each which made for a very convivial dinner in the evening.
Sunday morning saw similarly light conditions and things remained close with he French taking the first race and the Royal Navy coming back to take the second. Then the race officer got ambitious, setting a two round course and the wind rebelled, giving just enough to complete a single lap of a shortened course. The Royal Navy protected their position up the beat and finished 2, 3, 4 to make the overall position 5:4
Unfortunately, there was to be no more racing, as the wind had completely abandoned most of the Solent, and the French had ferries to catch, so the Royal Navy retained the Trophy for a second year. The photo shows team captain Keri Harris receiving the Trophy at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Meanwhile, in Cardiff Bay the first Welsh Open Team Racing Competition was being sailed in Fireflies at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club on the Saturday for the Tim Cumru Trophy. With 8 teams entered, 4 club teams and 4 from Universities there was a good spread of talent but they were also up against a wind that dropped to nothing at the end. They were, however, able to obtain a result and the Welsh Open Champions are Exeter White while the Welsh Champions are Llangorse Sailing Club who finished in 3rd place. Racing was followed by a very good social evening an the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
Feedback from the event has been very positive and entries for the 2017 event will open in April and we are hoping for a bigger and better event.
Posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:30 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing