Hosted by Sevenoaks School at Bough Beech Sailing Club this years event had Firefly and Feva sections with sixteen teams sailing in each section. All teams got 10 races under the HLS system before the top two teams sailed a first to 2 wins final.
At the end of the League stage both sections had clear winners with Winchester on 100% wins in the Fireflies and Royal Hospital School Black also on 100% wins in the Feva Section. Both sections then had 3 teams on similar percentage wins. In the Fireflies on 80% wins were Winchester, MCS1 & RHS Blue. In the Fevas on 90% wins were Winchester, RHS Red and RHS Yellow.
Once the ties were broken the Finals saw Tonbridge beat Winchester 2:1 in the Fireflies while in the Fevas RHS Black beat Winchester 2:0. Sounds like they had a good time.
Winchester College hosted the British Schools Sailing Association Southern Championships at Spinnaker SC on Saturday.
After a qualifying round of 54 races the 18 teams were split into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Plate leagues for stage 2. In the final knock out stage the semi finals were the top three from the Gold league and the winner of the silver league. This pitted Winchester Red against Winchester Blue and Tonbridge against Magdalen College School (MCS). MCS won there semi 2:0 but the Winchester semi required a third race with Red taking the honours 2:1.
The final between MCS and Winchester Red also went to three races with MCS emerging the victors while in the peti-final Tonbridge beat Winchester Blue 2:1.
The Inter Services Team Racing was run at Oxford Sailing Club in the middle of week using Topper Argo's and the two flag system. Hosted by the RAF, the winds were quite light. The A Cup was won by the Army and we believe that Navy won the B Cup.
Congratulations are due to Connor Miller and his team from Loughborough University on winning the BUCS/BUSA Match Racing for the second year running. The event was sailed in the RYA Elliotts in Portland Harbour. Fourteen teams took part and were split into two round robins of 7. At the end of these round robins the top three teams went through to the Quarter finals whilst the next three in each league took part in a repercharge round robin to determine the last two teams to make the quarters.
In the semi finals Loughborough beat Bath 2:0 while Annabel Vose from Southampton needed three races to see off Durham 2:1. The final was close but Loughborough took it 2:0 - but watch the video to see how close it was. The 3/4 Peti Final was also over in two races, unfortunately Bath, (1:0 down) caught their keel on the committee boat anchor line getting a penalty for making contact and another for not entering. A further penalty while gybing meant that they were black flagged, and Durham awarded the Match and third place.
Congratulations to Cambridge Blue, winners of BUSA Team Racing 2016. They beat Exeter 3:1 in the final with Cardiff Black finishing third.
Eighty four teams entered the competition with 28 Teams qualifying for the final which was hosted by Cambridge University SC and sailed at Grafham Water Sailing Club over three days. The Cambridge Blue Team of Tim Gratton, Daisy Baxter, Robbie Gilmore, Cat Wallace, Chris Eames and Rachel Tilley finished in first place at the end of the league with 15 wins in 15 races sailed.
While they sailed through the (best of three) Quarter Finals they did lose a race to Cardiff Black in the Semi-Finals. Exeter Black also had a difficult semi-final being taken to three races by Cambridge Black. The Finals looked as if they could be close when the teams were 1:1 after two races, but it was not to be and Cambridge Blue won the next two races to take the BUSA Team Racing Title for a third year. Meanwhile in the Peti-Final Cardiff got off to a slow start losing the first race to Cambridge Black before coming back to take the next two races and finish in third place.
Twenty two teams from as far away as Cumbria and Derbyshire gathered at Farmoor Reservoir for the National School Sailing Association doublehanded two boat (2x2) Team Racing on Saturday March 19th. 88 races (and one resail) were completed using the HLS system so everyone got 8 races in almost perfect conditions before the knock out stage.
The League had Magdalen College School (MCS) A in first place, Cambridgeshire A in Second, West Oxon SC A third and MCS B fourth
So for the Semi finals first placed MCS A sailed fourth placed MCS B in a semi which went to three races but ran to form with MCS A going through to the final. West Oxfordshire A third in the League took on second placed Cambridgeshire A and beating them 2:1 in a very hard fought semi.
First race of the final was a very close fought affair with both teams leading at stages. It came down to the finishing line where both WOSC boats were able to claim room on the finish mark and thus snuck a win.
The second race was more clear cut with WOSC leading off the start line and holding a 1,2 for most of the race. MCS came back on the last beat but were unable to get to grips with the WOSC team, comprising Alex Baxter, James Nicoll, Joe Scarborough & Bea Burrows who took their second win and the Championship 2:0