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  • Calls for . . .
    Happy New Year!

    Richard Thompson tells us that the Call Book for Team Racing 2017-2020 is now available on the World Sailing website. Just wander over to  http://www.sailing.org/41456.php and you can download this exciting document.

    It seems that, as usual, the Scots are ahead of the game. Emily Robertson has posted that Scottish Student Sailing will be hosting the first "RYA Introduction to Umpiring Course" in conjunction with a training weekend at Linlithgow  on 14/15 January. The course will be half practical water based training and half theory indoor training and will be run by Jon Napier and Chris Lindsay. The cost of the course is £10 and participants will receive a certificate on completion. There is also accommodation available at the centre for £25/night. 

    There were a couple of spaces left on the course so if you would like to take part please email Chris at christopher.lindsay@yahoo.co.uk for a booking form and payment details.
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:33 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • RYA Team Racing Champs
    The NoR and Entry Form for the RYA Team Racing Championships, due to be held at West Kirby on March 18/19  is now available. 
    Entry is open to 24 teams and should be made before the end of January, the entry fee is £275 if paid by the end of January and the damage deposit will be £300.  Just hit the link.
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:23 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Now - Christmas
    Traditionally the last weekend of University Team Racing before the Christmas Break, this weekend had the Bristol Brew with 18 teams entered, the Loughborough Lemming with 12 teams and the Hallam Hangover taking place. Before that, I should mention the London 6 Pack which took place last weekend at the Welsh Harp, with 9 teams and was won by a mixed Southampton/Solent Team.

    The Bristol Brew was won by the Exeter Black team of Tarra Gill-Taylor, Charlotte Hooper, Scott Wallis, Lewis Lane, Laurence Carter and Jess Hammett. After 77 races of HLS on the Saturday and 48 League races on Sunday they defeated Cardiff Black 2:1 in the Semi Finals. In the other Semi Final Exeter Blue beat Bath 2:0 to make an all Exeter Black and Blue Final which was decided in two races.

    Photos by Nigel are at:- https://goo.gl/photos/MosrvvcJrSQsqNvC6

    I am told that the Loughborough Lemming was won by Nottingham Green over Loughborough Old boys in a best of 5 Final which went 3:2. Other Semi finalists were Birmingham and Trinity Dublin. With 103 races sailed in Lovely sun and with steady winds it sounds like a quality event run by Connor Miller and his team.

    The Hallam Hangover consisted of a day of training with Chris Kameen, followed by a round robin for the eight teams on the Sunday. Charlie Fitzgerald tells us that the wind filled in to a perfect 10kts and the sun even made an appearance. The racing was won by Sheffield University and everyone seems to have had a great time.
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 1:46 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • A Triple Whammy
    Cambridge - winners of the Brummie Bender
    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
     Posn  Gold  Silver Bronze 
     1st  Southampton Green  Southampton Purple  Freshers
     2nd  Swansea 1  Exeter Red  Solent
     3rd  Exeter Blue  Plymouth Black  Exeter Pink
     4th  Bath  Southampton White  Plymouth Red
     5th  MWA  Bristol 2  Swansea 2
     6th  Delta Beta  Plymouth White  Hayling.
     7th  Bristol 1  Bangor  

    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
  • What happened?
    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.

    Details of and entry forms for the 2017 series are now available Click Here for more details

    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 2:59 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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