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  • Big Stuff
    April 23rd saw big oat action with Exeter University winning the BUCS Match Racing Championships and Team Ravenna beating the Royal Thames in the final of the first 2K event of the season at Ravenna on the Adriatic Coast. This coming weekend will see a return to smaller boats with the BSDRA's Hoad Shield being sailed at Bough Beech and the Surrey Spoon.

    Held over three days from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy the BUCS Match Racing saw some excellent racing. Round robins of the two groups were completed on the Friday, with Bath, Loughbrough Warwick, Soton, Cambridge & Cardiff going directly through to the quarters. Meanwhile, Birmingham, Durham. Strathclyde. Newcastle Exeter & Liverpool had to sail a Repercharge round robin to decide the final two going through to the quarters. 

    Saturday and Sunday was frustrating as each day had a break while the morning northerly was replaced by a southwesterly sea breeze but by the end of Saturday the repercharge was complete with Exeter and Birmingham going through and quarter finals being complete. In the Quarters Tom Williams (Bath) beat Niall Houston (Brum) (2:0), Matt Wallis (Cardiff) beat Tom Neilson (Loughbro) (2:1), Tara Gill-Taylor (Exeter) beat Tom Ballantine (Soton) (2:1), Dan Venables (Warwick) beat James Pinder (Cambs) (2:1)

    The final day saw Semis and Finals completed and some excellent racing, although racing had to be restricted to first to two wins because of the weatrher. Much of the action was live streamed to social media. Both Semis went 2:0 with Tom Williams (Bath) beating Matt Wallis of Cardiff and Dan Venables (Warwick) beaten by Tara Gill-Taylor (Exeter). The final also went 2:0 proving the value of the extra sailing in the repercharge and saw the Exeter team of Tara Gill-Taylor,Oliver Grogono andLaura Gilmore emerge victorious over the Bath team.

    Photog by Nigel are at

    Meanwhile, at Ravenna on the Adriatic Coast Team Ravenna led by seasoned skipper Jacopo Pasini set the pace at the opening event of the 2K season winning against some formidable opposition from the Dutch and the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

    2K opened the season by moving for the first time to the city of Ravenna on the Italian Adriatic coast. Hosted by Circolo Velica Ravennate the tour stepped into the fleet of Thom 28’s for the first time. Love at first sight, these beautiful boats are quick and highly manoeuvrable, perfect for match and team racing.

    The top ranked teams Serpentine (GBR) and DMTRA ( Holland) were the teams to beat… and they were. Bavaria proved the dark horse, first smacking down Serpentine, then the formidable Italian team from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

    But it was the young team from the Royal Thames Yacht Club that had everyone worrying. Skippered by Arthur Henderson and Josh Flack the team started the way they meant to continue, soundly defeating host club Ravenna and then over the next three days beating all their opponents in a series of round robins. Leading into the final day the Thames then posted 2 losses to end the round robin in second place, but having beaten the Dutch their place in the finals was assured.

    Team Ravenna which had started slowly were sailing for the first time as a pair. Jacopo Pasini one of the most experienced 2K skippers had teamed up with Michele Mazzotti for the first time..and it showed. But over the first two days the team gelled perfectly and with Pasini calmly taking the role of team defender he delivered win after win against the very best on the circuit.

    By the end of the round robin stage Ravenna had emerged as the leader and so to face the young English team from the Royal Thames. The Brits, all highly experienced dinghy team racers were up against it. The Italian boat speed, control and line domination was to prove the winning formula. Race One and the Italians have it all their own way. Race Two…a total disaster, both Brits are over the line at the start, but doggedly back into the battle they play the shifts and suddenly it is a winning combination. But Jacopo was on championship form, in a perfect mark trap he locked Henderson out at mark 2, and that was the end.

    After a long year of Dutch domination the Italians are on top. Next leg is in Holland then we are back to Italy. Can the Italians keep up the momentum. Follow all on

    1. Circolo Velico Ravennate (ITA)
    2. Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR)
    3. Dutch Match and Team race Association (NED)
    4. Serpentine (GBR)
    5. Bayerischer Yacht Club (GER)
    6. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA)

    Watch video of Ravenna 2K racing at
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 3:16 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • BSDRA Southerns
    The first of this years British School Sailing Associations Championships took place at Spinnaker SC this Saturday. A northerly breeze held all day, just easing a little in the middle of the day allowing some excellent racing.

    A Stage 1 HLS gave everyone six races and was followed by gold silver and bronze leagues and then semi finals of the top three gold teams and top silver.

    Semi Final 1 saw OTRA go down 0:2 to RGS Green while in Semi Final 2 Winchester Red beat silver league winners MCS 2:0. In the final Winchester Red defeated RGS Green 2:0 while in the Petit-Final OTRA went down 2- 1 to MCS

    Winchester continue their winning ways!

    Posted Apr 23, 2017, 12:20 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Scottish Team Racing Champs
    Over the Easter weekend teams battled it out to be crowned Scottish Team Racing Champions, at the event hosted by St Andrews University SC on Loch Ore. 

    Good wind on the first day tailed of to some pretty light conditions on the second and third day.
    The event was won by Hoole's Honeymoon - and I am told it really was a Honeymoon with a wedding involved about a week beforehand. Finishing second and taking the Student Trophy were Edinburgh Blue while Glasgow Pink were third.

    For Photos of the sailing Click Here

    A fuller report may follow.
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:36 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Inter Services re-scheduled
    There was no racing at the Inter Services Team Racing at Oxford last week due to a lack of wind (I think BUSA used all of it). The event has been re- scheduled for May 18/19.

    The 2K event in Athens was also cancelled, their next event is Ravenna 21-23 April and they currently have 6 entries.
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:17 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Exeter win BUSA Finals
    The BUCS BUSA Finals are over at West Kirby Sailing Club, hosted by Manchester University Sailing Club and Exeter Black have toppled Cambridge from their perch and are BUSA Team Racing Champions 2017.
    Nine rounds were sailed on a breezy Tuesday and things were looking good for Cambridge Black who were undefeated on 9 wins, in second place was Cambridge Blue and Exeter Black in third, both on 7 wins.

    By the end of Wednesday BUSA was up to 266 races sailed and 19 rounds. Cambridge Blue now lead with 16 wins Exeter Black had moved up to second place on 14 wins while Cambridge Black had dropped to third place with 13 wins. the next 6 teams all had 11 wins.

    On day three the total number of races sailed ended up at 343. After 23 rounds of the swiss league there were Quarter, Semis, a final and peti final. The Quarter Finals saw Exeter Black beat Exeter Blue (2:1), Cambridge Blue beat Swansea Green (2:0), Cambridge Black beat Newcastle Blue (2:0) and Cambridge Purple beat Southampton Purple (2:0)

    Semi Finals saw Cambridge Blue beat Cambridge Purple (2:1) and Exeter Black beat Cambridge Black (2:0). This left Cambridge Black and Purple in the peti final - with Cambridge Black taking third place ((2:0) and the final between Exeter Black and Cambridge Blue.

    In the Final, which was first to 3 wins, Exeter Black took the first two races 1, 2, 5, but then Cambridge Blue came back with a 1, 3, 6 to make it 3:1 but it was all decided in the fourth race with Exeter Blue finishing 1, 2, 6 to become the BUSA Team Racing Champions 2017. Congratulations to the Exeter Team of Tarra Gill-Taylor, Charlotte Hooper, Scott Wallis, Lewis Lane, Laurence Carter and Jess Hammett.

    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:51 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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