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  • 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 by Barry Vick
  • UKTRA Champs
    92 races were completed on Saturday at the RYA/UKTRA National Championships in fairly breezy conditions. Cut down mainsails were used all day. It was planned to run another 52 races tomorrow before the start of the semi finals. The Royal Forth Hoosiers (the current Wilson Champions) were lying at the top of the leader board, having won all their races. The forecast was looking considerably lighter for Sunday. 

    Richard Thompson writes:- 
    After the excitement of Saturday the wind failed on Sunday.  It arrived in fits and starts from all points of the compass and sadly the excellent race management team under Chris Riley were able to complete only 22 races by midday after which total calm descended.

    At the end Royal Forth Hoosiers (Helms:- Mark Powell, Tim Saxton, Rob Friend) had a 100% record having not lost a race all weekend and were deservedly acclaimed winners of the Prince Philip Trophy.  Runners-Up were Itchenor (George Yeoman, Andy Shaw, Rob Struckett) who lost only to the Hoosiers early in the Gold League on Saturday afternoon.  Third place was shared by Cambridge Blue and West Kirby Hawks who both won all their stage one races but lost two Gold League races.

     For the full story use the link on the left or  click here
    Posted Mar 23, 2015, 4:29 AM by Barry Vick
  • NSSA Two Boat
    Oxford Blue NSSA Winners
    ODSSA hosted the 2015 NSSA Two Boat Doublehanded Team Racing at Farmoor Reservoir this Saturday March 21st.

    Twenty teams attended the event and were split into four leagues of four for the initial round. Many of them found the conditions and Fireflies quite challenging and by race 11 the decision was made to go to cut-down sails. This made things much more manageable and by about 1.30pm we had completed the 40 races in the round and one re-sail.

    From this point the top two in each league went on to a "first to two points" quarter finals. Oxford Team Racing Academy (OTRA) Blue took on Magdalen College School, Cambridge A were against Claires Court, OTRA Red had Derby 1 and OTRA Pink were against Worcester A. All of the Quarters were decided in two races with the exception of the Cambridge/Clares Court Match where a third race was needed to determine that Clares Court would go on to the Semi Finals.

    Semi Finals were OTRA Blue against OTRA Red and Claires Court against OTRA Pink. Again only two races were needed to decide matters, setting up a final between OTRA Blue and OTRA Pink and a Peti-final of Claires Court against OTRA Red.The Peti-final was a single race and OTRA Red outsailed Clares Court to decide the 3rd and 4th positions.

    In the final OTRA Blue, consisting of Alaric Bates, Imogen Britten, Lucy Mellers & Annie Cummings defeated OTRA Pink 2:0 to win the NSSA Doublehanded Team Racing 2015

    Photos of the event can be viewed at:-

    Posted Mar 22, 2015, 3:38 AM by Barry Vick
  • RYA & BUSA Ladies Champs
    Spinnaker SC did an excellent job of running the combined RYA & BUSA Championships this weekend. They could have turned up the thermostat a little, but the sailors reveled in the cool conditions with good shifty breezes, there was only a smattering of capsizes.

    Saturday saw 120 races sailed under the Hebbert Lucas system to produce the rankings for Sunday's Gold Silver and Bronze leagues. Heading the table overnight, with only one loss out of 12 races, were Spinnaker, Society and Nottingham.

    Sundays Leagues were followed by a repercharge between Gold 4 and Silver 1. This was in fact the BUSA Final, as these were the last University Teams remaining. It saw the overnight leaders, Nottingham (the results did not do the tie break) who were 4th in the Gold league lose to the Silver League winners Southampton. The race was hard fought and went the distance finishing with a score of 2:1.

    Semi finals came next and were both decided 2:0 with Spinnaker beating Southampton and Oxford & Cambridge Society taking out West Kirby Highlanders. The Peti-Final saw Highlanders take their revenge, driving Southampton down to fourth place in two races. 

    In the final itself, Society against Spinnaker, Society won the first race but trailed badly in the second, coming out of the start badly. Going into the last mark Society were holding a 3,4,6. Somehow they pulled it off on the last beat to finish with a winning 1,3,5 thereby taking the RYA Ladies Team Racing Trophy which was presented by David Campbell-James Chair of the RYA Team Racing Group.

    other Photos on Facebook 
    Posted Mar 16, 2015, 4:04 PM by Barry Vick
  • RYA & BUSA Championships
    This coming weekend (14-15th March 2015) the RYA Ladies Team Racing National Championships will be played out at Spinnaker Club.  Hosted jointly by Spinnaker Club & Wessex Sailing Club (Southampton Uni), the event also incorporates the Championship for the BUSA (British University Sailing Association) Ladies Team Racing Title. Fifteen of the twenty teams will be representing BUSA affiliated University Sailing Clubs. 

    A new Notice of Race (Version V4) can be downloaded from the event website at busy schedule has meant that the Race Committee has brought has forward the briefing to 0930 on Saturday and it is hoped that with racing will start as soon as possible after the briefing. Live Results, schedules and  a blog will be available on the event website The event will also be widely covered on social media with a live and interactive Twitter run by Wessex Sailing Club @WessexSC and Spinnaker TeamRacing @SpinnyTR. To join the conversation , please use #Ladiestr15.

    The 2015 edition sees the event return to Spinnaker Club after being hosted away from the club, for the first time, in 2014. Changing the event to a touring fixture, visiting venues such as legendary Wilson Trophy sailing waters at West Kirby Sailing Club (the 2014 host club) has had a positive effect on the competition. This year’s entry is the largest ever recorded and has teams the length and breadth of the country converging at Blashford Lake to battle for the titles. Teams stretch from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow in the north.

    Amongst the teams hoping to clinch the RYA title is Society, the team of Oxbridge Alumni is led by three time champion Claire Lasko. Commenting on the upcoming competition Claire said “The Ladies Nationals is really special event; probably my favourite team racing event of the year….. I really hope we can take the title”. Standing in the way of Society will be amongst others the locals; Spinnaker Club. The team is captained by Marianthe Evangelidis, who has won the RYA Open Team Racing Championships with the formidable Spinnaker Auspicious multiple times.  Marianthe is keen to deliver silverware to the host club: “We are hoping that our local knowledge will give us the edge this weekend, the team is really up for it and wants to do the club proud – we’ve never managed to win the open championship on home waters, so it would be great to win the ladies at Spinnaker!” Katie Restall, another member of Spinnaker Team adds “of course we want to win – the ladies is a great event and hotly contested by many teams.” 
    The 2014 championship was won by Birmingham University. Birmingham has entered another strong team into the event this year and again Amy Yeoman will be leading the team. Standing in their way will be a plethora of well drilled university teams including a team from event co-hosts, Wessex Sailing Club, sailing under the banner of Southampton University. Wessex Ladies’ Captain, Hannah Tilley, says “we really want to do as well as we can, the whole club is behind the event both in terms of fielding the best possible team and helping to run the event with Spinnaker”.
    Along with helping to organise the on the water activities, Wessex Sailing Club, will also be hosting and entertaining most of the competitors on the Saturday night, with a Black Tie Ball at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Emily Nagel, BUSA Ladies’ Captain and Commodore of Wessex Sailing Club is excited; “I can’t wait – we have an action packed weekend ahead of us. The sailing programme will be excellent and we have managed to fill the Royal Southampton to capacity!”
    The 120 female competitors will sail close to two hundred, short & intense, 3 versus 3 head to head races over the weekend. Sailing will be run close to the shore in colour matched fireflies and should be a good spectacle for all. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Spinnaker Club, but  for those unable to watch the action from the shore, the event will be easy to follow online.   
    Posted Mar 11, 2015, 1:48 PM by Barry Vick
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