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  • Have you entered?
    The RYA Team Racing Championships will be taking place at Spinnaker SC on March 17/18. The Notice of Race and entry form is available if you  Click Here

    Unfortunately, the E-mail address, which is published in the notice of race and entry form for the 2018 RYA Team Racing Championship has not been working owing to an incorrect spam setting.

    Please will anyone who has written to this address before noon on 16 October resend the email since your email will not have been delivered.  The address is now working so get those entries in.

    Thank you
    Posted Oct 16, 2017, 6:20 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • ET RYA Youth & Junior Team Racing
    Those of you who followed the event on Facebook will realise that conditions were pretty much perfect for the event. Saturday saw 120 races sailed on both the Youth course (three boat team racing in Fireflies) and on the Junior course (2 boat team racing in Fevas). The HLS system was used to seed 4 Leagues for each category, Gold A  & B and Silver A & B to produce stage 2 of 40 races  which began promptly at 9am Sunday morning and was completed by 12.30. Gold and Silver Semi Finals followed comprised of  the top 3 from A and the winner of B.

    The Juniors this pitted Tera Sporticus against Falcons and Norwich School against Buoys and Guls as the Gold Semis. The Junior Silver Semis were Rutland Green against St Swithuns and Rutland Gold against West Kirby Red. Only the last mentioned match required a third race to decide matters the rest going 2:0 to produce a Junior Gold Final of Falcons against Norwich School and a Junior Silver Final of Rutland Green against West Kirby Red.

    The Gold final was settled quickly, although Falcons led for most of the second race they were taken by Norwich School on the finish line, so Norwich School (Photo left) took the 2017 ET Junior team Racing Championships. The Silver Final needed a third deciding race as Rutland Green and West Kirby Red slugged it out but it was Rutland Green who came out on top.

    In the Youth Competition Gold Semis were West Kirby Red against Winchester and Sevenoaks A against MCS1. These were hard fought semis both going to three races but with West Kirby Red and Sevenoaks A going through to the Gold Final 2:1. Meanwhile, the Youth Silver Semis were Rutland Black against Ardingly and Sevenoaks B against  Tonbridge Black. Rutland Black beat Ardingly 2:0 Tonbridge Black needed a third race to defeat Sevenoaks B and set up an all Black Silver Youth Final.  The silver final saw Tonbridge Black beat Rutland Black 2:0 leaving only the Youth Gold Final to be sailed on the clubhouse course.

    In the Youth Gold Final West Kirby took the first race 1,2,5. Second race was a Sevenoaks win, 1,2,5 thanks to some close racing down the run and an incident packed mark 3 rounding which say a W. Kirby boat spinning. In the final deciding race W.Kirby led 1,2 going onto the final beat but a left shift and a finish line conversion saw Sevenoaks finish 2,3,5 and take the 2017 ET Youth Team Racing Championsips (photo right)

    For really useful videos of the racing Click Here  For full results Click Here  For still pictures are Click Here
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 1:33 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • ET Update
    Apologies for the links provided on the previous posting. If you believe the RYA BUSA starts tomorrow!

    The links you really need are:-

    Twitter is on and  search with #etteams

    Facebook with live coverage is at :-
    Go to posts or video's for some good stuff!
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 1:52 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • ET Team Racing
    Oxford Sailing Club will play host to 200 young sailors this weekend (14-15 October) as they contend the RYA Youth and Junior Eric Twiname Team Racing Championship titles. 
    The annual two day event supported by the Eric Twiname Trust will welcome teams from Junior and Youth Class Associations, Zone, clubs, schools and individuals as sailors commence battle in the two separate events.

    The RYA Team Racing Championships is one of the highlights of the RYA’s racing calendar providing the nation’s young sailors with the opportunity to put their racing skills and teamwork to test. For some this will be there first foray in team racing, while for others this will be a fierce encounter as they seek event victory and the all-important Championship title.

    Twenty Junior teams will contest in RS Feva’s with two boat team racing on the agenda for the first time. Meanwhile the 20 Youth teams will take to the racecourse in Firefly’s with three boats per team.

    Winners of the 2016 Junior event, TeraProdigy, have a change of guard this year with four fresh faces representing the RS Tera Class Association as they look to reclaim the title. The class association will also be represented by Tera Sporticus as both teams will be gunning for a place in the knockouts.

    The largest contingents come in the form of three Oakham teams matched by West Kirby’s Red, White and Blue teams. A further six schools will compete against Oakham including Cokethorpe, Elizabeth College, Norwich, Sevenoaks, St Swithuns Walmsley and Winchester College will fight it out for top school team.

    Oakham, Elizabeth College, Sevenoaks and Winchester College will also be represented in the Youth division. Last year’s runner ups Sevenoaks will look to hold off competition from the 20 teams on the Firefly course, meanwhile Winchester will look to improve on third place.

    With 420 teams taking first and fourth in last year’s edition, the newly formed Let’s Get Nauti comprising of six past and present 420 sailors will be looking for a strong performance.

    Known for their home-grown team racing talent, West Kirby Sailing Club will be back in action as they will look to clinch a title last secured by the club in 2015.

    The format for the Stage 1 ranking series will see 28 Youth fleet races and 24 Junior fleet races followed by leagues and finally a knockout.

    RYA Event Director, Olivia Risk said: “The Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships is a fantastic event for young sailors to get involved in team racing for the first time or for the more experienced to hone their skills.

    “With teams entered from clubs, classes and schools, we’re very much looking forward to welcoming the 200 sailors to Farmoor Reservoir for an action packed weekend of team racing.

    “A massive thank you for the continued support of the Eric Twiname Trust, without whom an event like this wouldn’t be possible.”

    See a full list of entries and the results on the event website and follow the British Youth Sailing Team on Facebook and @RYAYouthRacing on Twitter.

    More about the Eric Twiname Trust and to donate
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:26 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Schools Out.
    This weekend saw the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Midlands Championships taking place at Farmoor Reservoir, while just up the road at Banbury SC the National School Sailing Association were running their Singlehanded Team Racing Championships in Toppers.

    The BSDRA event was sailed in Fireflies with 18 teams competing. Stage 1 was concluded  under the HLS system at race 72 with five teams on 7 wins after each sailing 8 races. Rugby emerged ahead of Winchester on points to be first and second, MCS Black and Sherbourne were equal on points, but the tie was broken as they had met, with MCS beating Sherbourne to be 3rd and 4th while OTRA's points score meant that they missed out on the Semi finals and finished 5th.

    In the semis, Rugby School beat Sherborne School 2 - 0 and Winchester College beat MCS Black 2 - 0 to set up a Final between Rugby and Winchester while Sherbourne and MCS did a peti-final for third and fourth place. The Peti was over quickly with MCS finishing third, defeating Sherbourne 2 - 0. The Final required a deciding third race to allow Winchester to emerge the winners of the BSDRA Midlands with Rugby in second place. For the full results Click Here

    Meanwhile, "Up North" the 22 teams in the NSSA SH Champs had a hard Saturday coping with some of the gusts on Boddington Reseervoir. With eight flights completed some of the smaller sailors were pretty tired. I am sure that this did not prevent them from enjoying the Saturday night 10 pin bowling. Sunday it was pretty light and the race officer had to grab races when he could. By the cut off time eleven rounds had been sailed using the Wilson Swiss League. 

    In the Semi Finals Cambridgeshire A beat Derbyshire A 2:0 (despite a dead heat for second place in the first race), while Lancashire B needed a deciding race to beat Watford 2:1. There was no peti-final, so all that remained was the final between Cambridge A and Lancashire B. In race 1 Lancs finished 1,2,6 but lost because their leading boat was OCS and failed to return and start correctly. (impossible to win with 10 points added to your score). Race 2 saw Cambridgeshire put in a classic mark trap at Mark 1 to go int a 1-2, and Lancashire made a right mess of rounding mark 3, with two of their boats taking a turn. Despite this they somehow came back on the final beat to finish 2,3,5 by what must have been inches and force a deciding race.

    In the final race Lancashire rounded mark 1 with a commanding lead, which they maintained, despite some unorthodox (and fruitless - but they now realise that you are not allowed to maneuver against a boat on another leg of the course). With a 1-2 at the finish Lancashire B became the NSSA Singlehanded Team Racing Champions for 2017.

    To see the Results of Stage 1 Click Here. To see photos by Nigel Click Here Other photos are Here (or will be, I hope)

    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 11:30 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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