Cambridge Black won the Brummie Bender, sailed at Bartley Sailing Club, which managed 63 races and Semis and Finals. The Final was all Cambridge with Cambridge Black beating Cambridge Blue. Warwick and Birmingham were equal third, as the wind died making the 3/4 playoff impossible (photo left by David Bickerton).
Up North - the Angel of the North struggled to find wind, the opposite problem from last year, but the race officers did a great job of grabbing the gusts when they came through. They managed 40 races on the Saturday and a further 42 on the Sunday. The results were close with the Northern Monkeys, Chris & Co, SSS & Dambusters clear of the field. It was hoped that it would be possible to do some knock outs between them but despite moving the course a couple of times the wind refused to co-operate so the Northern Monkey team of Andrew Brown, Alex Sutcliffe, Tom Steavenson, Bryony Dyson, Mike Matthews and Rachael Matthews (photo right) were declared the winners.
Down in Cardiff Bay the Welsh Dragon had some pretty good wind, particularly on the Sunday. They had a short HLS round, followed by Gold, Silver and Bronze leagues. I am led to believe that the winners were Southampton from Swansea, and below are the full results
In my day we explained tactics using cutlery - I felt really out of it as the Edinburgh Team went through their tactics using mobile phones - Android v Apple! (They did explain that it was normally Ketchup v Mayo sachets.
Posted Nov 30, 2016, 1:56 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
On the weekend with the forecasts giving us the first "named storm" of the year racing seems to have continued as normal.
The Swansea Spartan was a bit overcast on Saturday as we sailed the round robin, and the wind swung a bit but it was very good sailing. On the Sunday we were searching for wind most of the day as we tried to finish the round robin, having to take each zephyr as it crossed the lake and align the course accordingly - but we did manage to complete the 78 races needed for the round robin.
The decision was then made to have a best of three final between Exeter Red and Bath. The Exeter team of Laura Gilmore, Izzy Fitzgeral, Max Molyes, Phoebe Warren, Pippa Raford & Tim Le Couilliard (phopto) proceeded to demolish Bath with two straight 1, 2, 3 wins. There were Bath boats in contention, at mark three in both races, but they were dealt with by two very well executed mark traps. Other photos by Nigel can be seen at https://goo.gl/photos/jf4X3pUSiK7riQYA6
Meanwhile up in Sheffield Carol Haines tells me that it was very cold at the Sheffield Shuffle with snow making the pathway down to the pontoon challenging. It was slow to get going on Saturday but cracked on well - 30 races across 2 flights before the light went. Sunday the 9.30 start went by the board: Josie Gentry, the club member who was doing the food, got stuck in the snow half a mile from the club gate and the three students with her failed to push her car clear until three more cars full arrived and a joint effort got them all over the crest of the hill at 9.30. Sleet and a bad forecast slowed things up for another hour though PRO Tom made a timely decision to go with cut-downs. At 11.30 the Fireflies launched, the sleet stopped and the wind settled to a nice force 3.
We rattled through the rest of the round robin races and started the sudden death semis at 14.00. Manchester yellow played Liverpool 1 in the best of 3 final and it looked like a one all on the finish line of race 2. Then as he chanced a port tack cross ahead of a Liverpool boat, a Manchester boat collected a rule 42 penalty and it was all over. Liverpool 2, Manchester 0.
Down in London - well Queen Mary SC - it was the final of the RYA National Match Racing Series Jack Fenwick and others posted reports and video on Facebook so have a look for the full story
Mary Rook, Alain Sign, Hugh Brayshaw & Will Harris finished in third place, Ali Hall, Annie Lush, Simon Skinner and Ashley Rudd were second and Mark Lees, Matt Haslam, James Dodd & Toby Yeabsley (stepping in for Toby Mumford) were crowhed 2016 National Match Racing Champions.
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Posted Nov 21, 2016, 2:59 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
Oxford University ran their annual Magnum Team Racing Competition sponsored by Moët Hennessy this weekend. Speculation was rife as to how we were going to manage with some very un-traditional wind but everyone got 4 races before normal service was resumed around 2pm Saturday and the lake became a millpond. This meant the Chief Umpire had to purchase even more drinks to celebrate his recent appointment as an International Umpire.
Sunday morning attempted something similar but a good northerly breeze filled in enabling the completion of the stage 2 leagues, semis and finals. The semi finals saw Society beat Royal Thames 2:1 and Birdham Bandits beating Exeter Exempt 2:0 to set up a best of 5 final between Birdham Bandits and Society. The final scoreline of 3:0 does not do justice to Society who were in the races to the very end and put up a fierce fight, only losing by some very small margins. However, it was Birdham Bandits (photo) who emerged the winners.
The weekend also saw the first Plymouth Pasty take place from the Mountbatten Sailing Centre. With Joseph Wellard providing on the water coaching and video debriefs it was a good event for the 14 teams taking part, even if the wind was a bit on the light side on Saturday.
The results show the winners as Swansea Green from Cardiff 1 - a rivalry due to continue over the next couple of weekends with The Spartan and Dragon coming up. Third were Plymouth Placement. For more information visit:- The Pasty Facebook Page
North of the border the first Scottish Student Sailing League of the year was taking place at Lochore Meadows Country Park. They completed 107 races, including the full pools stage, a play off and the beginning of the first leagues stage over two very interesting days of racing! Strathclyde Blue and Strathclyde Red won the Yellow and Blue pools respectively! A special welcome was extended to a new BUCS university University of Highlands and Islands who made their debut this weekend, as well as Caledonian University and Napier University who were well represented on Dream Teams.
Budworth Sailing Club in Cheshire is relaunching the (in)famous Budworth Pairs on November 26th & 27th.
Entries welcome from student teams, club teams, alumni teams, indeed anyone who wants to sail. This is four boat team racing (two on two), so a very different dynamic to the usual 6 boat racing. It is simply last boat loses.
Saturday the 12th November marks the start of the Team Racing Season at Spinnaker Club with the annual Twisted Tube Random Pairs event. This is a fantastic competition that combines a friendly and informal ethos with competitive, well run team racing.
The format is two boat team racing event with a twist; instead of entering as a team, competitors enter as a boat and then get randomly allocated a different team mate and opposition for each race. This means your team mate in one race could be your opponent in another, it is a great way to get to know other sailors and to improve your team racing skills as you have to quickly adapt to the ever changing nature of the races.
Traditionally the event forms day one of the Spinnaker Firefly Weekend, with the Firefly Open Meeting being held the day after the Twisted Tube. This year however, Spinnaker was honoured to host the Firefly Inland Championships on the 29th-30th October, this served as the clubs Firefly Open, meaning that the Twisted Tube will run on its own, with normal club racing being held on Sunday 13th November. As an added bonus, competitors at the Firefly Inlands can participate in the Twisted Tube at no extra cost! The entry fee for all others is 15 pounds, which includes your lunch!
The event kicks off at 1100 hours on Saturday 12th November. Competitors should enter & register between 0930 & 1015. This will allow the Race Committee to compile the race schedule in time for the 1040 briefing. Already confirmed to be racing are Olympic sailor Ben Saxton, multiple Wilson Champion Hamish Walker & the all-conquering and Endeavour Trophy legend Toby Lewis. Race documents can be found on the Spinnaker Club Website (in the Open Events Page) and if anyone would like any further information, please contact Ed Morris at email@example.com,uk
Posted Nov 10, 2016, 2:28 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
It was one of the best Match Racing Events we have seen. Perfect weather and close tactical racing with the result in doubt all the way down the final run. The photo shows Lucy Mellers of OTRA to windward of Arthur Bruce of Abingdon, as they approach the windward mark in the final race of the final, tied at one win each.
However, prior to this we had a complete round robin which was dominated by teams based around Oxford - Arthur Bruce and Abingdon A were undefeated, followed by Lucy Mellors of OTRA on 7 wins, Magdalen College School were on 5 wins and then we had 3 teams on 4 wins, Abingdon B, Royal Hospital B and Claires Court. Two stages of tie breaking were needed to decide that Abingdon B would go forward to the semi-finals.
Both Semi-finals were resolved with 2:0 wins with Abingdon A beating Abingdon B and OTRA beating MCS to set up the final, meanwhile the third match was being used for a "Winner stays on" competition to resolve the lesser places.
While the Final went 1:1 the Peti-final was being resolved with MCS defeating Abingdon B 2:0. The Final race of the final was really closely fought with Abingdon winning the start but only just, OTRA stayed in contact and took the lead on the run, a lead which the held back to the windward mark, to round about one length ahead. Downwind was neck and neck with a number of gybes being traded, despite our using the experimental match racing rules. at the finish line though it was Arthur Bruce and his crew of Daniel Neild and Giles Oldershaw who were ahead of OTRA.