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  • Ladies Weekend
    The Nottinghham Snakebite suffered from strong winds and only seem to have managed about 37 races on Saturday, and are hoping for better weather on Sunday. 

    The RYA/BUSA Ladies at Spinnaker were more fortunate, here is Ed Morris report:-

    Racing began at 1015, in cut down sails there was an average wind speed of 16 knots, with gusts of up to 30. There were a few capsizes but 80 races were run meaning teams completed either 11 or 12 races.

    Cambridge & RNCYC both have 1 loss, but as Cambridge won with a solid 234 when they met, they are top team overnight. RNCYC seemed a little rusty at first but soon found their groove. They are closely followed by Southampton Purple who also lost to Cambridge after Mary Henderson (Wessex SC organiser) capsized and had to retire.

    Sevenoaks School the only U18 team are 5th overall with 6 wins from 11 races and causing upsets with many Uni teams. It is also great to see Kent Uni represented as well as 3 teams from North of the border.

    Teams head back to Southampton to enjoy the legendary Wessex SC hospitality, with meal in Portswood Town followed by Jesters Nightclub - A classic Southampton University Team Racing Social.

    Racing gets underway at 0930 tomorrow with the completion of the round robin (11 races to go) then onto the Gold & Silver league followed by knockouts. A regatta tea will be served during the finals so hopefully teams will stay on and watch the racing.
    My thanks go to Tom Walworth (RO), Christ Atkins and his team of Umpires and Mary Henderson from WSC who organised a small army of helpers and is still managing to compete!

    Posted by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Cam Cup
    A team of Cambridge Alumni (Royal Thames Blue) were victorious in the 17th Cam Cup held at Grafham Water on 18/19 February 2017, with Cambridge Blue finishing runners-up. Detailed results are available on the kSail website and a gallery of photographs is available on the CUCrC news website .

    Good conditions and smooth running meant the every one of the 19 entrants got 10 races on the Saturday, and then 5 races on the Sunday in Gold, Silver, and Bronze leagues. In the semi finals Manchester took the first race off Cambridge Blue and Exeter Blue took the first race off Royal Thames Blue. However, both Cambridge and Royal Thames struck back to take the next two races and so progress to a ‘local derby’ final of Royal Thames (Cambridge Alumni) against Cambridge Blue (Cambridge Current).

    The final proved less exciting than the semi finals, with Royal Thames seizing 1, 2 on the first beat in each race to prove worthy 2-0 winners of the 17th Cam Cup. A big thank-you to Grafham Water SC for their active support, Birmingham University for providing one flight of Fireflies, and the Race Team, Umpires, and student helpers who made possible yet another superb Cam Cup.

    Thanks to Anthony Butler for the report and photos. 
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:24 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • A Warmer Conference
    Thanks to Keith Sammons those of us at the RYA Race Officials Conference were able to follow the Wessex Winter Warmer on KSail. We avoided doing so during Richard Thompson's presentation on changes to the Team Racing Rules and Call Book which I will link to Here - now published by the RYA. Otherwise those attending are now all familiar with the new Rule 69 and ready to deal with misconduct in an appropriate manner, as well as being familiar with friends - it was nice to see the Irish Umpires over for the event.

    It looks as if the Warmer had very good conditions with each team getting 14 races in stage 1 run under the HLS system. On Sunday they split into Gold Silver and Bronze leagues and all had a further 5 races before going to the knock-outs which saw Royal Thames Blue beat Wessex Exiles 2 - 1 and Birdham Bandits beat Wessex Exempt 2 - 0 to produce a final between Royal Thames Blue and Birdham Bandits. A final which Royal Thames Blue won  3 - 1. 

    League Results
     Posn Gold SilverBronze 
     1st Royal Thames Blue Wessex Exiles New Wessex Alumni
     2nd Birdham Bandits Exeter Blue Cardiff Black
     3rd Wessex Exempt Spinnaker Winchester College
     4th Exeter Black Sotolent Soton Alumni Red
     5th Society Bath Solent Black
     6th SMVC Swansea Green Southampton Uni
    Tie Breaks:- Gold League Tie for 1st: D4.4(b) Royal Thames Blue 19pts, Birdham Bandits 21pts, Wessex Exempt 23pts  Silver League Tie for 2nd: D4.4(a) Exeter Blue beat Spinnaker (Race 203), Tie for 4th: D4.4(a) Sotolent beat Bath (Race 213) Bronze League Tie for 2nd: D4.4(a) Cardiff Black beat Winchester College (Race 212), Tie for 4th: D4.4(a) Soton Alumni Red beat Solent Black (Race 245)
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 1:57 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • BSDRA News
    The British Schools Dinghy Racing Association held it's AGM this Thursday Feb 9th.

    James Unwin, having done four years, stood down as Commodore and his place is taken by Andy Cornah of Sevenoaks School, Jonny Moss of Tonbridge takes over as Vice Commodore. The meeting was updated on the rules by Richard Thompson while Chris Atkins briefed them on developments in RYA Team Racing. 

    Thanks to their Treasurer Paul Robson from Claires Court we have been able to add their events to our calendar. They consist of one day events in Fireflies open to school teams. If you are interested get in touch and we can direct you to the right people. 
    Posted Feb 9, 2017, 2:54 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • A quiet Time?
    With the RYA Race Officials Conference at Wyboston there is not much activity this weekend, or next (BUSA Reserve weekend). We will try and get reports on the Wessex Winter Warmer and the Cam Cup - do let us know if anything else is happening.

    The official results of the BUSA Qualifiers are now available (Click Here)  They could still change, as a number of Subs are due and teams have until Feb 15th to pay up. Congratulations to those who have qualified for the finals and good luck to those going to Playoffs.

    We can report that the RYA National Team Racing Championship at West Kirby on March 18/19 is now full and there are three teams already on the waiting list. 

    Also, the date for the Welsh Open Team Racing Championship at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club has been announced as June 3rd. If there are sufficient entries it could be extended to two days. It is open to both Universities and Clubs (it will have a club prize) Details from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club e-mail

    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 2:51 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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