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  • 100th Varsity Match
    The 100th team racing match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities got underway on Thursday in Swallow Class boats and organised by Itchenor SC.  The competition is for two separate trophies; one for Open Teams (the best team regardless of gender) and the other for Ladies only teams. In each case the first team to win four races wins the trophy.

    After a short delay for the strong overnight wind to subside, the Cambridge Open team put down a marker with a convincing 1 2 3 win and rubbed it in with two more convincing wins.  The Cambridge Ladies benefitted from some poor Oxford starting and sailed consistently to win their first and third races.  The second race was much the closest of the day with the lead changing perhaps ten times; it was only on the last tack to the finish that Oxford secured a 2 3 5 win.

    So the overnight position was Cambrige leading 3:0 in the Open Team, needing a single win to take the trophy, and 2:1 in the Ladies only competition. Race Officer Roger Yeoman was glad of the break having done a fine job, shifting the complete course twice to cope with the varying conditions.

    Friday carried on as Thursday finished with wall-to-wall sunshine and a S-SW wind of 10 to 15 knots. Perfect. Except for Oxford who sadly failed to rise to the challenge of the Cambridge teams. So Cambridge win the Yule-Oldham Challenge Cup, first sailed for in 1912, and the Oxford and Cambridge Sailing Society 75th Anniversary Ladies Salver.

    Posted Jul 7, 2017, 3:57 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • BSDRA Finals
    It appears that the Gaeta 2k event has been postponed and may run later in the season.

    No problem at the Royal Hospital School which is hosting the BSDRA Finals. Stage 1 is well under way. Racing can be followed at With teams having sailed different numbers of races today the results are not exactly comparable but in the Fireflies Winchester and Tonbridge are on 100%. In the Fevas (which are two boat team racing) things are more open RHS 1 are on 83% wins with 6 races sailed and Claires Court 1 on 80% with 5 races sailed.

    Racing continued on Monday and Tuesday with Gold and Silver Leagues. There was then a repercharge between the Silver League winners (Oakham) and fourth in the Gold League (Tonbridge Black) which went to Tonbridge 2:0. Semi finals saw Winchester beat Tonbridge 2:1 and Sevenoaks 2 beat MCS 2:0.

    The Fevas followed a similar pattern with RHS 2 beating RHS3 2:0 and Sevenoaks beating Norwich 2:0 in the Semi finals.

    In the Firefly final Winchester beat Sevenoaks 3:1 to take the Rondar Shield and Whitstable Trophy, (Photo by KSail), while in the Feva Final Sevenoaks beat RHS2 2:1
    Posted Jul 7, 2017, 3:43 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • We are trying!
    We try to keep you up to date, but it is hard - I am seeking information on the 2k event at Gaeta (which should have happened a couple of weeks ago) and the East Kent Open team racing event. If we get any information we will update this post.

    Meanwhile, there is a new Rapid Response Team Racing Call  dealing with mark roundings that you might want to have a look at. Get out the rule book!

    Next event, at the beginning of next week, is the BSDRA Finals.
    Posted Jun 28, 2017, 3:32 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • The beginning and End
    The BSDRA Thames Valley Team Racing Championship hosted by Eton College and Claires Court School were held at Maidenhead Sailing Club last Saturday June 11th. At the end of Stage 1 which saw all 18 teams get 6 races the semi finalists were Winchester against MCS and Stamford against Clifton. Both Finalists, Winchester and Stamford got through 2:0, and the final was decided in the same manner leaving Winchester the winners.

    The ‘Old Joe’ was hosted by the University of Birmingham Sailing Club over the weekend of the 10th/11th June at South Staffs Sailing Club. Now in its third year, the Old Joe has become a firm fixture in the team racing calendar, timed after exams and before most head off for SailWeek or a long vacation of sailing. The provision of camping, food, marquee, a cool jazz band and beer tent (over and above the Friday social in Birmingham) gave this edition a special edge.

    The teams that gathered to race were Birmingham Off White, two Birmingham ‘Old Boys’ teams, ‘Karen and Some Men’, Leeds, London Castaways, two Nottingham teams, South Staffs, Surrey Pink & Green, and Swansea Alumni.
    Event Secretaries, Emily Heath and Louise MacIver-Jones provide a full Report with many Photos. Click here to view

    Due to inclement weather fewer races were completed on the Sunday, and the final results were taken from the Saturday, with University of London Castaways emerging victorious! There was a four-way tie for second on race wins, so the tie break was done on points, leading to Karen and Some Men coming second and Birmingham Off White in third.

    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:33 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Inter-services & 2K
    Difficult conditions for the second time this year made the re-run of the Inter-services Team Racing between the Army, Air Force and Navy very difficult. Only around half a dozen races were possible on the first day and it was a case of grab the zephyrs when you could on the second day.

    Using these techniques two round robins were sailed which left the A Teams with Navy first and  Air Force second but very close and as there was wind at the time it was decided to have a sudden death (one race Final between these teams. 
    All went well until mark 3 when with Navy lying 1, 2, 5 the wind vanished and it became a very tense affair. Navy's first boat dropped to 5th but her 5th boat came up to finish second, so the score remained the same and Navy A won the A Team section. Thus, Captain of the Navy team for the last five years, Leading Hand Natalie Roach was able to finish her time as captain on a high note. 

    The intention had been to hold a B Team Final but seeing the conditions it was very sensibly decided to let the result of the round robin stand enabling the Army B Team Captain, Sapper Stuart Williams to take the B Trophy presented by the Admiral of the RAF Sailing Assn who had been hosting the event.

    Photos show the winning A Team (Navy) on left and winning B Team (Army) on the right. Further pictures by Nigel are at

    On the previous weekend the 2K Tour had moved to Medemblick with final results being 1st YC Costa Orlanda (New Zealand) 2nd CHAOS (Berlin) 3rd ROME 4th Scottish Universities SA 5th 2KBavaria  6th Dutch Match & Team Racing Assn.

    I hear that Radley College and Winchester School are planning a 2K event in the SB20's at Farmoor.
    Posted May 19, 2017, 2:50 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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