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  • Inter-Services
    The annual Inter-Services Team Racing Match was supposed to take place between teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force, on Thursday and Friday April 23/24.

    Sailed in Laser 2000's and hosted by the Air Force, at Farmoor Reservoir, it suffered from a distinct lack of wind. Only four races were sailed on the Thursday and there was little sign of wind on Friday Morning. However, around 10.30 the cloud came over, bringing the wind with it and we had a great day of sailing.

    Two round robins were completed and were followed by a best of three final for the A Teams and B Teams. The B Team final saw the Navy beat the Army 2:0. The A Team final was more closely fought with a final score line of 2:1 to the Army over the RAF.

    Prizes were presented by Air Vice Marshall S. Reynolds Admiral of the RAF Sailing Association.

    Photos of the event can be seen at:-
    Posted Apr 24, 2015, 10:13 AM by Barry Vick
  • Welsh Varsity Match
    Swansea University have won the Welsh Varsity Match beating Cardiff 6:3 in a hard fought battle.

    Swanse took the first two races. Cardiff got the third race but Swansea got the next two to leave it poised 5:1 With Swansea only needing one more race win to take it. Cardiff began a comeback taking the next two races to bring it to 5:3 but they couldn't hold it and Swansea took it overall with a 1,3,5 race win to get to the 6 wins they needed.

    Much celebrations and they are all off to watch the other events.
    Posted Apr 22, 2015, 8:06 AM by Barry Vick
  • BUCS/BUSA 2015
    BUSA Winners 2015 - Cambridge Blue
    Congratulations to the Cambridge Blue Team, who beat Oxford Blue 3:2 in the final.

    BUSA 2015 was a great success with two days of warm weather with light shifty winds and a final day of blustery conditions which at times were quite challenging. Got to race 65 on day one, 182 on day two and finished the swiss league at race 238.

    The quarter finals were Canbridge Blue v Southampton Red, Oxford Blue v Cambridge Pink, Cambridge Yellow v Durham Purple & Ireland v Loughborough. The most interesting happening here was a 'disagreement' between the race committee and Loughborough. The race committee felt that Loughborough had beaten Ireland 2:0. Loughborough insisted that the score should be 1:1. There had been a race changing incident during the second race which saw a boat capsize. In the end it was resolved by Loughborough retiring after finishing to force a third deciding race to see who would go through to the semi final, a move which everyone thought very sportsmanlike. As it turned out it made no difference as Loughborough came back from a losing position at mark 4 to finish as winners of the decider. 

    The semi finals saw Loughborough take on Cambridge Blue while Oxford Blue took on Cambridge Yellow. Loughborough could not repeat their quarter final performance and joined Cambridge Yellow in the peti-final while Oxford Blue and Cambridge Blue fought for title.

    The peti-final was settled quickly with Loughborough winning 2:0 to finish in third place. The Final however went all the way Cambridge took the first race, Oxford the second, Cambridge the third, Oxford the fourth, setting up a final deciding fifth race. A pre- start penalty left Cambridge at a disadvantage but they led 1,2,5 at mark 1. The run was close, but they held on to 1,2 at mark 3 and went on to finish 1,3,6 and take the BUSA Team Racing Title for 2015. 
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 12:50 PM by Barry Vick
  • Fireflies for Sale
    Oxford Schools have a set of Six team racing Fireflies for Sale

    They are a well maintained match set of Six fireflies. Each Fireflies come complete with:-
    • Two Mainsails a Full and  a Cut down (for strong winds)
    • A good jib.
    • Hebbard designed wooden rudder blades with down haul ropes.
    • Boom up tent covers
    • Goldfinch large bow fenders
    • Wooden gunwale
    • Fibreglass cradled trolleys.
    This fleet have always been located at Farmoor reservoir Oxford and have always been professionally maintained.

    They will be supplied ready to sail and will be rigged at your home club.
    Delivery to their new home (If on UK Mainland) is included and a days coaching by OTRA Head coach George Barker is also included.
    For more details and to view the fleet please contact

    George Barker on 07961147524 or email
    Posted Apr 3, 2015, 3:56 AM by Barry Vick
  • Exeter Excalibur
    We have a report from Katy Moulder:-

    This year Exeter University Sailing Club invited 21 teams from across the country to enter our annual team racing event making it the biggest Excalibur to date! The weekend started off when the majority of teams arrived on Friday night for registration and to meet their hosts, before heading out for the first social of the event. Credit must be given to the Cardiff teams who didn’t have the smoothest start to the event, as they tragically had a tyre blow on the M5 whilst towing three Fireflys! Far from ideal, but no boats were damaged! They did manage to recover the situation, though, by sending their second trailer back to collect the three boats; unloading all the boats and reloading them onto the working trailer before continuing their journey!

    Saturday morning required an early start for everyone, with all Exeter volunteers arriving at Roadford by 7:15 to rig all 18 boats. The competitors soon followed, arriving in time for a 9AM briefing. Stronger winds and more sun than expected made for ideal racing conditions, with a round robin race format very quickly underway. The day’s results soon became clear, with Portsmouth Purple winning 100% of their races and finishing up in 1st place after the day one. Cardiff 1, Southampton Red and Blue were all tied in second, having won 7 of their 8 races sailed. 

    A redress was entered by Southampton and Exeter, with the decision made to sail it the following morning, meaning the results were still in flux! After a good day of racing in the sun, where each team got 8 full races in, the teams all headed back to Exeter. Due to a very tense rugby match, the decision was made to delay the Saturday night social. This year’s theme was tube stations, and saw the arrival of 150 sailors dressed as a combination of tennis players, bakers, king’s crosses and many more! Safe to say, we’d never seen so many interesting interpretations of a tube map! After a meal in Walkabout, the competitors proceeded onto the Lemon Grove on campus, a firm favourite with the event! 

    Sunday morning was another early start, with the intention of getting as many races as possible in before the forecast drop in wind. After the resail from the previous day, racing continued from race 82. While it was certainly much warmer and sunnier that the previous day, the wind had dropped massively and the decision was made to bring forward the semi-finals and finals, and the round robin finished after each team had competed in 12 races. The semi–finals saw Exeter Alumni and Southampton enter the final race. However, by this point the wind had become pretty much non-existent, and to save the sailors from a drift round the lake, the race committee decided to abandon the race. The results were then drawn from the original round robin results, and saw Southampton Black take 3rd place and 6 Sperry bags and chocolates. Cardiff 1’s finished in 2nd place, and won Sperry caps and a case of cider, and 1st place and the Richard Ward trophy was won by Exeter Alumni, who also won a Sperry hamper! 

    A massive thank you must go out to our event sponsor Richard Ward, our club sponsors Sperry and Jimmy Green Marine and the great team at Roadford Lake! Thank you as well to our Principal Race Officer Martin Smethers and our umpires, James Brembridge, Richard Stanley and Brian Smith. This weekend could not have happened without all of these people.

    Well done again to Exeter Alumni, this year’s winners of the Richard Ward trophy!
    There is a video shared on Facebook - so much for Twitter and the previous results!

    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 9:26 AM by Barry Vick
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