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  • Beastly Weather
    Once again the weather has taken its toll on our sailing. 

    The RYA Team Racing Championships were abandoned on Sunday morning due to snow galling overnight. Stage 1 of the competition was completed (60 Races) and 36 Races from Stage 2 on the Saturday. Stage 2 being biased towards the Gold league it was possible to obtain a result. The winners are West Kirby Hawks who were undefeated and had sailed 5 matches in Stage 2. A prize giving was not possible but alternative arrangements are being discussed. A huge thank you to all of the Spinnaker Sailing Club members who assisted in some terrible weather and to Ed Morris in particular who spent three days getting everything in shape. 

    There was an attempt at "Crowd Seeding" to find out the best teams if you want to see more Click Here. To see photos Click Here Results can be seen on K-Sail

    I am also told that the Scottish Team Racing Championships were abandoned. The London Duck has changed its date to 16/17 June. Winter Match Racing 3 was cancelled on Thursday given the strong winds forecast. 
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 11:20 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • The Weekend After
    Life returned to normal after the "Beast from The East" caused all Team Racing to be cancelled. BUSA sorted out the problems caused by the loss of the Playoffs and  Exeter, Manchester and the Irish, all had successful events. 

    The Exeter Excalibur saw some interesting racing, as squally conditions forced cutdowns for some of Saturday and all of Sunday. Despite this 147 races were completed using the HLS system.

    Best of three semis saw first placed Cardiff take on fourth placed Southampton Blue while second placed Exeter Alumni were pitted against NWA. While Exeter Alimni made quick work of NWA going through 2:0 Cardiff were less fortunate requiring a decider and then having a mark trap at Mark 3 go bad on them, setting up a final between Exeter Alumni and NWA.

    The final and peti finals were something of an anti-climax, both being settled in two races and both as a result of relatively secure 1,2's being established early in the races. The final result was Winners, The Exeter Alumni team of Scott Wallis, Carys Randeria/Nellie Gannon, Tarra Gill-Taylor, Annabelle Orme, Laurence Carter and Lily Carter, second Southampton Blue, third NWA and fourth Cardiff Black.

    Full results are available at  Photos are Here For Official Report Click Here

    The Big Lash, Manchester's event sailed at West Kirby was also happening and Jenny and Torrin report that they had an absolutely smashing weekend but are knackered now! Thanks to them for the following lowdown:-

    Saturday morning dawned bright and breezy at WKSC for the 21 teams entered for the Big Lash. At the halfway point, there were 4 teams on 100% wins: Manc Old Boys, Edinburgh Import, Newcastle White & Newcastle Red.

    As the periods of gusty weather increased, a decision was made to change to cut down sails involving a momentous effort from both teams and helpers in order to sort out the 24 boats. Racing continued until late afternoon, finishing the round robin after 92 races, with each team having sailed 8 or 9 races. At the top of the leaderboard was Newcastle Red on 8 from 8, and Marx Trap, Edinburgh Import, Newcastle White and London White all on 7 from 8.

    Sunday brought light, shifty winds to West Kirby Marine Lake, with a bit of sunshine breaking through the clouds. Racing in 3 leagues of 7 teams started shortly after 9:30. Multiple course changes due to large wind shifts were handled with supreme efficiency by the course manager and umpire team.

    After 63 races to complete the leagues, we moved into semis with Edinburgh Import (winners of Gold league) vs London Purple (the Silver Surfer) and Newcastle Red vs London White.

    Edinburgh Import won 2 from 2 with a 1-2-5 and a 2-3-4. The second semi went to a deciding race with London White finally clinching victory with a 1-2-6, 3-4-5, and 1-2-3.

    A closely fought final between Edinburgh Import and London White ensued, with Edinburgh managing to convert marginal combinations into a strong 1-3-4 and 1-2-6 to take the final with a race to spare.

    To read the Official report Click Here

    With BUSA Team Racing Playoffs being abandoned my understanding is that they have decided to take two more teams from each of the Qualifiers and a second Irish Team. This will mean a slight increase in the number of teams participating, although it may not, if teams don't get their act together and enter by Thursday's deadline.

    There was a Team Racing event in Ireland as well, and it finished in time for the prizegiving on Saturday Night. It was The Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity Team Racing Championships held at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare.

    The round robin series consisting of one hundred and thirty seven races followed by twenty eight quarter final races were all completed on the first two days. On the final day's racing twenty three races were run to complete the semi finals and finals. Twenty eight teams representing eight Irish universities, two Scottish universities and one hundred and sixty eight competitors in total took part. Conditions on the final day were excellent for racing with a light to moderate westerly breeze.

    Overall winners lifting the IUSA Plate were University College Cork 1. NUIG Galway, co-hosting with UCC for the first time reached the semi-finals in their fleet. Universities represented were National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Cork (UCC), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCU), Queens University Belfast (QUB), Stratclyde University (SU), Scottish Student Sailing (SSS).

    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 7:08 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Coach Wanted
    Latest News - BUSA Playoffs & The Cam Cup this weekend are cancelled due to the Snow

    MCS in Oxford is looking for a Sailing Pro to start in September Applications close Friday March 2nd (its been extended). The role includes delivering coaching to a range of ages and abilities, ideally in various formats. Follow the link below for more information:

    News of the Womens Team Racing last weekend is that last years results were reversed and Oxford beat Royal Northern & Clyde to take the Trophy. Photos can be seen if you Click Here For the official report Click Here
      Gold Silver; Bronze
    1st Oxford Blue      Sevenoaks College     Trinity College Dublin    
    2nd RN&CYC Loughborough Glasgow Manchego
    3rd BUSA SSS Strath Diamonds
    4 Exeter Cardiff Strath Sapphires
    5 Cambridge Big Booty Bitches Sparkle Squad
    6 Edinbugh Oxford Crimson  
    Winter Match Racing 2 was defeated by the weather on the second day but had completed the round robin on the Saturday so those results stood with Matt Whitfield and team finishing in first place,second was James Pinder and third Murray Hampshire.
    Photos and more details on the RYA Match Racing Facebook Page

    Beast from the East is threatening the Playoffs. They are cancelled. More news on BUSA Facebook and website.
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 3:08 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Northern News
    The weather appears to have been OK and the BUSA/BUCS Norther Qualifier has been completed, using the reserve date. Manchester Purple topped the table with 11 wins from the 12 races sailed. The second tier, all on 9 wins were Durham Purple, Durham Black and Leeds Green.

    Results of the event can be seen Here. The results of all the Qualifiers can be seen if you Click Here. Teams have now been invited either to the finals to be sailed in Glasgow in April or to the Playoffs, which will take place in early March in Birmingham.

    The Imperial Icicle was also sailed at the Welsh Harp, from Wembley Sailing Club. Congratulations are due to NWA (the New Wessex Alumni)  who emerged as winners by virtue of being at the top of the Gold League, second were Edinburgh Blue  and third Oxford Blue. Plymouth Blue won the silver league and Exeter Red the Bronze league. The full results can be seen if you Click Here.
    Posted Feb 20, 2018, 2:04 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Another Cold One
    The Cambridge Team of Cat Wallace, George Hopes, Juliette Welham, Henry Morley, Jemima Lawson  and Robbie King won the Oxford University Top Gun this weekend. After a hard fought number of rounds these were clearly the top two teams, as racing was halted due to strong winds. 

    Once the hailstorm had passed, there was a brief window in which it was possible to sail a best of three final. Southampton took the first of these 1, 3, 6. In the second race Cambridge were 1, 3, 6 at the first mark, by mark three they had converted to 1, 2 6 and that was the order of finish, setting up a deciding third race in an increasing wind. 

    Unfortunately, a Southampton boat got a penalty on the start line of the deciding race and Cambridge were able to round the first mark 1, 2, 5.a position they were able to maintain to the finish. To see photos of the event Click Here

    Meanwhile up North the Nottingham Snakebite had a strong entry of 24 teams. Stage 1 HLS of 96 races produced four leagues. A further 60 races completed the leagues, setting up semi finals of Warwick Black (winners of the gold league as holders of the tie break with Birmingham White) against the winners of the silver league Warwick White. The second Semi was gold league 2 v 3 - Birmingham White against Tonbridge Black.
    Both Semis went 2:0 to set up a Final between Warwick Black and Birmingham White and while the peti-final was Warwick White v Tonbridge Black. The final was black and white with a 2:0 win for Warwick Black, putting Birmingham second. Third place went to Tonbridge Black by virtue of a 2:1 win over Warwick White.

    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 3:29 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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