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  • Happy New Year - I Hope
    Everyone knows that sailors should be superstitious, so I blame the Warmer organisers for posting that the Warmer will be going ahead at the end of January.

    Just days later, the Government imposed new restrictions in England and Wales announced a new lockdown, sorry I don't know if their influence spreads as far as Scotland. The Warmer may go ahead but participation could be difficult. I have had to pull out of Umpiring at Winter Match Race 1, in early January, as have a number of teams and the events viability will be assessed after the holidays.

    The Technical Committee have announced that all BUCS Team Racing Qualifiers are Postponed and the Playoffs Cancelled. They are working hard to come up with a revised format that will provide a quality event with maximum permissible participation.

    Let's hope the New Year will bring better news. Meanwhile you all have some Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!
    Posted Dec 19, 2020, 8:51 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Start / Stop
    The various lockdowns, probably mean no University Team Racing until the new year.

    We almost got started with the Twisted Tube - but that was canned on the Friday, with forecasts of 50mph gusts.

    However, the RYA were able to run the National Match Racing Finals at Queen Mary SC.  

    The competition consisted of two rounds with initially Group 1 and Group 2 then moving on to Gold and Silver Leagues. At the Group stage Ted Blowers looked good, as the only competitor with a 100% record and winner of Group 2. The winner of Group 1 was Robbie King with a 72% record.  Strong winds on Saturday provided a big delay, they were only on the water for around an hour and a half.  

    The Gold and Silver stages got very competitive and with no spinnakers winning the start was crucial. Mark Lees put in a good performance in the Silver League to win that with a 100% record. In the Gold league there was a four way tie for second place but the overall winner was Andy Cornah who was only beaten once, (by Christian Hamilton). So it is Andy Cornah who is the 2020 National Match Racing Champion.

    Full results are at Matchracingresults.com.
    Posted Nov 2, 2020, 7:26 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Get with it!

    Chris Linday says there are still some spaces left for the RYA Online Umpire Course on the 10th October. The purpose of this course is to provide sailors with a background in Team Racing with an opportunity to work towards an RYA Umpire Qualification. This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning more about how on-the-water umpires make decisions, and especially anyone interested in team racing. More information and a sign-up link Click Here

    Meanwhile Match Racing continues to prosper with the lineup decided for the 2020 National Match Racing Finals at the end of October. Winners of the Qualifiers can be seen if you Clck Here.

    You can see the full results from Qualifiers at https://www.matchracingresults.com/


    Posted Sep 28, 2020, 12:42 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Varsity Match
    Saturday saw a rescheduled Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge sailed at Farmoor Reservoir.

    Cambridge won the Open event 8:3 and Oxford won the Women's event 4:1 in a brisk and shifty breeze which Farmoor 1 is renowned for. Social distancing was in force for the event and competitors wore masks while racing.

    For a full report Click Here
    Posted Sep 21, 2020, 11:15 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Covid Latest
    With Universities beginning to return BUSA have hosted a webnar on Covid situation. If you want to watch it this is the link:-


    The situation is not easy with government advice changing. There will also be the need for Team Racing Organisers to comply with the requirements of their University, Sports Associations and host clubs, so if you are on event organiser you are going to need to do a LOT or research and make sure you have your ducks in line.

    At least, we are advised, that there is an exemption to the maximum of 6 gathering with regard to organised sport so there is hope, but it is not going to be easy. We wish organisers the best of luck. 

    Remember the RYA Mantra Be considerate and conservative.
    Posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:43 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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