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  • 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
  • BUCS/BUSA Qualifiers
    This coming weekend saw most of the Qualifiers for the BUCS/BUSA Team Racing Championships sailed.

    The Saturday was very light, but most venues got a better wind on the Sunday. Unfortunately, the wind did not appear at all at Derwent Reservoir and the Northern Qualifier will be using the reserve weekend. Invites to the finals and playoffs are due soon and we will try and post them when they become available.

    The Western Qualifier at Chew managed 133 races and a resail. There were a few capsizes in the middle of Sunday as the breeze picked up and a few teams missed some races by not being ready to get in their boats, as the race officer pushed for as many races as possible before the sun set. Full results can be seen if you Click Here

    The South Central Qualifier at Spinnaker achieved the most races with all teams getting 16 races, a total of 160 races sailed. For their results Click Here

    The Midland Qualifiers at Grafham managed a mere 80 races (10 per team) for their results Click Here.

    Scotland run their own Qualification System, This was their third event, the second looks like it may have been blown off and this weekend looks to have suffered from a lack of wind. (The only notice on their facebook page is about a three hour postponement due to lack of wind on Saturday, and they are perilously close to Derwent)

    They were sailed using the new supplement to the Team Racing Call book which is not yet on the World Sailing Website so we have TEMPORARILY made it available if you Click Here. This link will cease to work once the Supplement is posted by World Sailing.

    The RYA/UKTRA Team Racing Championships at Spinnaker on March 17/18 are now fully subscribed and there is a waiting list.
    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 11:54 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Slightly Better
    Yes, the weather was slightly better this weekend. It only rained half the time and the temperature was higher. There was plenty of wind and most people seemed to be on cut-downs or reefed.

    The Warwick Turtle at Draycote was won by Magdalen College School, 10 years after they first entered it and won it the first time says their teacher, James Unwin. Some 57 races were sailed on the Saturday and things appeared pretty tight with Swansea Black, Exeter Red, Imperial Blue Oxford White and MCS all having lost only one race. On the Sunday they went to Gold Silver and Bronze leagues and it was from this that the MCS team of Adam Rathmell (captain), George Potter, Lucy Greenwood, and crews are Edmund Corker, Ezra Leake and Cyrus Ledru emerged victorious (Photo is by David Bickerton). Second were Imperial Blue and third Swansea Alumni, 19 teams participated.

    At Spinnaker the Wessex Winter Warmer had a field of 18 teams all teams got 12 races before going to leagues. At this stage Birdham Bandits were on top with 11 wins followed by OCSS (Qxford & Cambridge Sailing Society) and SMVC (Southampton) on 10 wins. 
       Things appeared a little different at the end of the leagues with OCSS on top followed by Birdham Bandits, Wessex Exempt and Royal Thames White. This set up semi finals of OCSS v Thames and Birdham v Wessex Exempt. 
    OCSS got through to the final 2:0 but it seems to have been a little more difficult for the Bandits as their score was 2:1.  
       In the Final Birdham Bandits managed a 1,2,6 score in the first and third race against OCSS, but OCSS were 1,2,3 in the second race. Nevertheless, Birdham Bandits were the winners, OCSS second. Wessex Exempt came third going 2:1 in the Peti-final.
    Full results can be seen at For the official report Click Here  or Photo Album

    Meanwhile, at Weymouth eight teams were competing in RYA Winter Match Race 1 as part of the National Match racing series. A full round robin was completed on the Saturday meaning that Sunday began with the Semi Finals between Matthew Greenfield (1st) v Ed Connellan (4th) and Nicholas Wilkinson (2nd) v James Clapham (3rd) The remaining teams sailed a round robin to determine the lower placings. Matthew Greenfield got through to the final 3:1 but the other semi was much more interesting, in flight 13 Clapham had the advantage but failed to keep Wilkinson out of the zone of the finishing mark, and then in Flight 14 his fate was sealed by a spinnaker snag at the leeward mark putting Nicholas Wilkinson into the final 3:1.
    Greenfield took the first race of the final but Wilkinson came back putting pre-start penalties on Greenfield and going on to win 3:1 So Nick Wilkinson, and his crew of George Jeorgensen and Giles Oldershaw took first blood and should have an entry to the National Final.
    You can follow RYA Match Racing on Facebook Click Here  Photos of WMR 1 are available Here Official Report Here

    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 10:10 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • A Cold One
    The Brunel Badger saw some pretty nasty weather with continuing sleet and cold rain all weekend. However,  the predicted strong winds did not materialise, so it was possible to complete the full round robin for the 10 teams taking part and obtain a result. Funnily, none of the teams seemed keen to run a final and the result went on the round robin.

    The overall result, therefore, saw Reading Black in third place, Reading Red in second, while the Magdalen College School team with helms Adam Rathmell, Lucy Greenwood, Cyrus Ledru and crews Ben Simmons, Edmund Corker and Ezra Leake were the overall winners. (see Photo). 

    Looking to more benign weather the Notice of Race for the 2K event in Ravenna on May 18/20 has been published and can be viewed if you click here
    Posted Jan 22, 2018, 4:25 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Carmela Weekend
    Day 1 of the Carmela Cup 2018 started and completed 29 races leaving 7 for Sunday. It was all still all to play for between the nine teams with the four leading teams fighting for the finals; Royal Thames Yacht Club, Wessex Exempt, Oxford and Cambridge Society and Itchenor Sailing Club. 
       Unfortunately, the wind failed to co-operate on Sunday and it was only possible to sail three more races. At the end of the day the winners were Itchenor (see photo), with RTYC second and Wessex Exempt third.
       To see the video and other photos go to Royal Thames Facebook Page

    As a New Year Resolution, how about making sure that your team racing event uses the latest version of the UKTRA Standard Sailing instructions. You can get them if you  Click Here

    UKTRA has produced a Newsheet which we hope will be e-mailed to Umpires to see it - Click Here
    Posted Jan 15, 2018, 10:52 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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