Oxford Sailing Club hosted The RYA/ET Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships 2016. 16 Junior teams sailed in Fevas and 23 Youth teams sailed on a separate course in Fireflies.
Stage 1 consisted of HLS racing, Stage 2 was Leagues and the plan was to follow the leagues with a knock out stage but this third stage was only achieved by the Juniors,
In the Youths after 259 races or 10 for each team, Winchester lead on 10 wins, Sevenoaks were second on 9 wins and Team Matt Viney third on 8 wins (as were W. Kirby, OTRA Red and Team 420) These teams formed the Gold A League.
Five races later and with time getting on it was Team Matt Virney that had five wins with Sevenoaks and Winchester on three wins but the tie break putting Winchester in third place. With no time for knock outs, it was Team Matt Virney consisting of Matt Viney, Robbie King, Alex King, Will Birch-Tomlinson, Ross Banham and Dan Atherton who took the Youth Trophy.
In the Juniors Sevenoaks Red were ahead of Nauti Buoys and Gulls both on 10 race wins at the end of Stage 1. Behind them on 9 wins were Tera Prodigy, Flaming Eagles, Hayling Hecklers, Tera Sporticus and Treaddur Bay. The top six went into Gold League A while Treaddur Bay went to Gold B
At the end of Stage 2 top three in Gold A were Nauti Buoys and Gulls, Tera Prodigy and Flaming Eagles while Treaddur Bay were top of Gold League B. This set up the Semi finals which saw Semi Final 1 go Nauti Buoys & Gulls 2 - 1 Treaddur Bay SC and Semi Final 2 go TeraProdigy 2 - 0 Flaming Eagles
The best of five (or first to three wins for the purists) Final was Nauti Buoys & Gulls against TeraProdigy, initially going 1:1 the TeraProdigy Team of Matt Taylor, Tim Hire, Jamie Restrick, Charlie Bacon, Harrison Pye and Sophie Johnson came back to take the next two fces and the Junior Trophy 3:1.
In the Petit Final Flaming Eagles beat Treaddur Bay SC 2 -1 to take third place.
Derbyshire A (Liam Weighill, Kate & Emma Robertson) won the National Schools Sailing Association Singlehanded Team Racing Championship coming top of the 35 team field and beating Cambridgeshire A 2:0 in the final.
Conditions were very difficult with light and shifty winds but despite this 8 rounds of the swiss league were sailed before going to best of three semi's and finals. The semis saw Cambridgeshire A taking on Worcestershire A and Cumbria A taking on Derbyshire A. Cambridgeshire came through to the final in style 2:0. Cumbria and Derbyshire were more evenly matched and went 1:1 requiring a third deciding race. Unfortunately, during this race Cumbria, leading 1,2,3 sailed to mark 4 instead of mark 3. Once the mistake was realised the field inverted and it was not possible for Cumbria to get back and they finished 3,4,5 letting Derbyshire through to the final.
In the final Derbyshire got away early and bagged a 1,2,6 to win the first race. In the second race Cambridgeshire got away and led onto the final beat with a 1,2,6. However, Derbyshire seemed to find more wind and somehow managed to pull through on the finish line to place 2,3,5. It was very close but meant that Derbyshire took the trophy 2:0
Winners of the under 16 trophy were Cumbria A who had led for most of the Swiss League. The Lancashire Plate for most improved team over the weekend went to Watford Grammar A Team.
The BSDRA Midlands held at Oxford Sailing Club now holds the title of first event of the new Team Racing Season. They were pretty lucky with the weather. Although variable in direction it did stay for most of the day enabling 60 races to be sailed as stage one using the HLS system.
Unfortunately, the wind decided to abandon us during the semi finals. Winchester and Tonbridge were both one race up on Oxford Team Racing Academy and Royal Hospital School respectively when Keith Sammons the PRO made the decision to abandon racing. With no prospect of any more racing the results reverted to the standings at the end of stage 1. This left Winchester as the winners, Tonbridge second, RHS 3rd and OTRA fourth.
Meanwhile at Queen Mary Sailing Club National Match Race Qualifier 2 was taking place.Jack Fenwick has sent congratulations to Ali Young and her team who won this weekend, ahead of Christian Hamilton (and his understudy Ed Hill). Third place was taken by Santiago Sampaio. Full report will follow on the RYA Match Racing Facebook page but well done to all teams. Jack says there is still time to enter the final qualifier at the Ceilidh Cup at the Royal Northern & Clyde YC next weekend.
Photo is by Jack Fenwick
Posted Oct 3, 2016, 7:53 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
Keith Sammons has posted a note on Facebook that Ardingly College are selling a flight of Rondar Team Racing Fireflies
They are looking for offers in the region of £8,800.
The flight is believed to be around 16 years old - it has been maintained and updated throughout.
Each boat is ready to sail and is sold with Full and Cutdown Mains and Jibs. Full mains and jibs are in excellent condition and are just a few seasons old. Iroko hardwood laminated gunwale protectors. Reasonable condition Goldfinch boom up top covers. Trolleys. Goldfinch Bow Fenders (the thick ones). Heavy duty rubber stem protectors. As with a flight of this age there are a few bruises and repairs.
Please contact Keith for more details and photos.
Paul Deane tells me that he is looking for a home for a flight of Vanguard Dinghies. Get in touch if you think you could help.
Posted Oct 3, 2016, 2:40 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
Are in order for Glasgow/Strathclyde on their successful bid to host the BUCS Team Racing Playoffs on the 4/5th March 2017.
Also to Josie Gliddon, Jody Slater, Izzie Shawcroft & Alice Courage - winners of the RYA Womens Match Racing 2016. In a very full weekend they only dropped one race in the round robin and that was to the other finalist Octavia Owen and her crew.
Octavia had a tough sem- final against Mary Henderson, who eventually came third beating, Alison Hind 3:1 in the Peti-final.
Finally, a final call for anyone wanting to come along to the Umpire Continuing Professional Development day at the Royal Thames on October 1st. If you want to come along (and sailors are welcome) you need to get in touch with Nigel asap or you won't get any refreshments during the day! E-mail email@example.com,
Posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:08 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing