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  • BSDRA Southerns and Ladies 2016
    Eric Billington from Winchester tells us that seventeen BSDRA school teams gathered for an all-day event at Spinnaker SC on Sat 13th June 2015 to contest the Southern Area Championships. 

    The weather was perfect, with a quite steady (for Spinnaker) breeze of some 10 to 15 knots. The first race was held up by  a bunch of very stroppy hornets in a nest in one of the Southampton Uni boats, but once started the HLS system driven by Keith Sammons and Jo Lucas got us through the seeding stage of 68 races by lunchtime (8 races for each team). 

    We then moved to Gold, Silver, Bronze and Plate Leagues, with 4 teams in the first three and 5 teams in the Plate. With an hour to go we moved to best-of-three race semis featuring Gold 1, 2 and 3 and Silver 1, before finals. MCS A won in two over RGS Guildford and Winchester Red won in two over MCS B. 

    The final produced some extremely close racing, with Winchester Red winning the first race and MCS A the second. In the deciding race, MCS A quickly took a 234 position, but on the last beat Winchester moved into a 235 with 15 metres to sail. Then MCS A counter-attacked: their boat in 4 broke free of the lock and they squeezed over in a winning combination
    So MCS A were the winners, MCS B won the petit final, RGS were the Silver League winners, Lancing the Bronze winners and Claire’s Court B the Plate winners. Winchester Red were Southern Area Champions.
    Full results our available at  Special thanks to Tom Clay, who was Chief Umpire, and to all those who volunteered to make this event possible.
    Meanwhile, the RYA have announced the date and venue of the RYA  Ladies Team Racing Championships. This will take place at Oxford Sailing Club on February 20/21st 2016.

    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 12:01 PM by Barry Vick
  • Irish Optimist Team Racing
    Vice Presidents Cup Winners 2015
    The Royal Cork YC 2 Team were winners of the Vice Presidents Trophy, Irish Optimist Dinghy Assn's Team Racing hosted by Howth Yacht club on Saturday which followed the usual Optimist practice of four boats per team racing.

    Eight teams sailed a complete round robin of 28 races before Semi finals of Howth 1 against Royal Cork YC 2 and Royal Cork 1 against Royal St George 1.  RCYC 2 made short work of HYC winning 2:1 while their compatriots RCYC1 had a harder time being taken to three races by Royal St George but emerging the winners 2::1.

    This set up a fianal between RCYC1 & RCYC2. In the dying breeze RCYC2 made hard work of it - losing a dominating position half way through race 2 to force a third race. As the wind died and the tide built this last race came down to a finishing line battle of penalties and getting to the line, with less and less wind, three boats ended up out of time and were scored DNF, resulting in a tie on points. RCYC1, having first place lost the tie break and RCYC 2 comprising Sophie Crosbie, Cathal O'Regan, Rory O'Sullivan & Harry Twomey emerged the winners.

    Photos are at:-
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 3:58 PM by Barry Vick
  • Fancy a Working Holiday
    Nelson Watersports in New Zealand are looking for a Team Racing Coach.

    In particular, they are looking for someone who can bring a wealth of competitive racing and coaching experience to help further develop their growing number of youth sailors. 

    The opportunity could suit an experienced UK coach who is planning/looking to travel to New Zealand and would like to find stimulating and enjoyable work whilst they are here.

    For details  Click here.
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 2:17 AM by Barry Vick
  • BSDRA Thames Valley
    Eton School hosted the British Schools Dinghy Racing Assn's Thames Valley Championships at Bray Lake on Saturday June 6th. Strong winds meant cutdown sails being used from the start of the day and some exciting racing.
    The entry of 21 teams were split into four leagues and an initial round robin sailed in each of them to determine the participants in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Novice leagues which formed the second round. 

    With over 90 races sailed there was just time for a knock out stage comprising first to two points semis and a final. The Semis saw Gold League winners Sevenoaks defeat Silver league winners Rugby while in the other Semi final Tonbridge took on Winchester. The final saw  Sevenoaks 1 emerge as Thames Valley Champions 2015 beating Tonbridge who were runners up. 
    Full ordering after second round: 
     Gold League    Silver League
     1  Sevenoaks    1  Rugby
     2  Tonbridge    2  Claires Court 1
     3  Winchester    3  Sherborne
     4  MCS    4  Oundle
     5  Eton 2    5  Eton 1
     Bronze League    Novice League
     1  RGS    1  Wycombe Abbey
     2  Wellington    2  Clifton
     3  Sevenoaks 2    3  MTS 1
     4  Millfield    4  Pangbourne
     5  Ardingly    5  MTS 2
     6  Claires Court 2      

    Posted Jun 7, 2015, 3:50 PM by Barry Vick
  • Selection Event for 420 World Team Racing Championship
    The 2015 420 World Team Racing Championship will be held at Campione Univela, Campione del Garda (on Lake Garda, Italy) from 9th to 12th of September

    The GBR teams were selected by the UK International 420 Class Association at a selection event at Spinnaker (sailing Fireflies) on Monday May 25th. (I understand that a hybrid team from West Kirby & Tonbridge won the event - further editing is needed)

    Posted May 26, 2015, 6:16 AM by Barry Vick
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