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  • Well Done
    A little known trophy in Match Racing is the Paul Banner Trophy, a silver tankard awarded for sportsmanship by the Umpire Team at the National Match Racing Finals.

    This year, the winner was Ann Burgoine nominated because she has and is always there, helping run the event on the shore, supporting in the Committee Boat, providing umpires and the race team with delicious cakes and cookies. She is one of those quiet people, without whom UK Match Racing would not be the same.

    Photo is courtesy of Jack Fenwick.

    There is a video of the National Match Racing Finals at https://vrsport.tv/vr-media/rya-national-match-racing-championships-grand-final-2017/
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:47 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • And so to Christmas . . .
     The last weekend of Team Racing action before Christmas was pretty light on wind but heavy on action.

    At Chew Valley Lake SC the Bristol Brew only managed 27 races on the Saturday but made up for it on the Sunday getting to 72 races before semis and finals. Semis saw RTYC beat Cardiff 2:0 and Exeter Blue beat Exeter Black, also 2:0. The final was also a 2:0 win for the RTYV team of Josh Adams (Captain), Sam Jenkins, ,Cyrus Ledru, Cat Wallace, Duncan Hampshire, & Ali Hinds. It was, however, closely contested by the Exeter team, particularly the second race which they led for most of the time, losing to 2,3,4 on the finish line. 
    Photo is RTYC Team. Photos by Nigel are available at:- https://photos.app.goo.gl/QshcXPvGTGLkLUxm2

    In the East the Lougborough Lemming managed 92 races before their semis and finals. Whilst intending to have a best of five final the dying wind forced it to be terminated after 2 races with Southampton Red as the winners beating Warwick Red. In third place were Durham Purple. Read the official report at http://www.busa.co.uk/news/wessex-alumni-win-2017-lemming also Mae Franco says there are some great pictures on their Facebook Page

    Up North we believe the Hallam Hangover was taking place. This is mainly a coaching event with Chris Kameen, a winner of the Wilson Trophy doing the coaching. Weather should have been ideal for them!

    Way down South in Weymouth the RYA Schools Match Racing was taking place.From reading the RYA Match Racing Facebook page it seems they had extremely light weather on Saturday but managed to sail a full round robin on the Sunday. Unfortunately, this meant that there was no time for any finals.

    The winner with six wins and only one loss was Alaric Bates of the Oxford Team Racing Academy, second was Dimas Valis Quiros of Royal Hospital School and third Ton Savidge of Abingdon School.
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 3:39 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • Another Chilly one Nov 25/26
    The Swansea Spartan had a hard day on Saturday as the wind came up, boats fell apart and someone had to go to Cardiff to get more cutdowns. This meant that only 32 races were sailed. However, by Sunday the problems were sorted and it was possible to complete a further 36 races and have time for semis and finals. 

    Leaders Plymouth were matched against University of the West of England (UWE) while Swansea Leavers were pitted against Cardiff 3. Both Semis went 2:0 to produce a final of Plymouth v Swansea Leavers and a peti-final of Cardiff v UWE.

    Final and peti final again went 2:0 with the Swansea Alumni team (photo) emerging winners of the event from Plymouth while Cardiff 3 finished third and UWE fourth.

    Spartan photos can be seen if you Click Here

    Up North the Angel of the North coped better with the strong winds, although they suffered a number of breakdowns and had to run a number of races as 2v2. With 50 races sailed on Saturday they got to 114 races completed before going to semis and finals. 

    Here, the results were Edinburgh Blue first, Hoosiers second, Scottish Sailing third and Manchester Purple fourth.

    We will add more detail if we get official reports.
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 2:45 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • This weekend - Nov18/19
    Cardiff Bay saw varied conditions for the Welsh Dragon. Saturday was pretty windy and 68 races were sailed enabling the Teams to be split into Leagues for the Sunday. Unfortunately, the wind did not agree and after waiting for the wind it was only possible to complete 24 races.

    All was not lost however as it was possible to declare The Dirty Boys team of Matt Wallis, Toby Morsley, Craig Dibb, Poppy Barker/Vicki Cowan, Henry Mclaughlin and Aled Parsons the winners, as they had not lost a single race all weekend.

    To see photos by Nigel Click Here

    Meanwhile, at Bartley Reservoir The Brummy Bender had better luck. They got 50+ races in on Saturday for their 18 entries and 59 races on Sunday (Reports David Bickerton). Winners were Durham who beat Cambridge into second place.

    Also struggling with a lack of wind was the RYA National Match Racing Finals at Queen Mary SC. However, they got in 20 flights and there is a new name on the Eacott trophy. Congratulations to Tarra Gill-Taylor and his team, 2017 National Match Racing Champions and runners up Matt Whitfield and Ian Williams. Full details are on the Match Racing Facebook Page.

    The Irish must have done better with the weather. News of the Irish Team Racing National Championships is that there were 9 entries and a high standard of racing The Winners were a team comprising Mark Hassett, Fionn Lyden and Cian O'Regan.
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 4:12 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
  • A Chilly Weekend
    Well it was at the Oxford Magnum, which had 21 teams taking part. while it was quite light on Saturday it more than made up for it on Sunday. Gold Silver and Bronze leagues were established from a HLS league early on Sunday, coinciding with the move to cutdowns.

    At the end of the Leagues there was no time for Finals so the winners were Bough Beech SC followed by Thames Exiles and Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society. RTYC won the Silver League and London White the Bronze league.

    Full results are at http://events.ksail.co.uk/2017/Magnum/  Photos will be available Here

    I am told that it was warmer for the eight teams competing in the Plymouth Pasty but It sounds as if Sunday was pretty windy here as well and the racing might have had to be curtailed but Bristol Beige appear to have been the winners.

    Glasgow were hosting the first of the Scottish Qualifiers, in what appears to have been much lighter conditions, although I am told it was pretty shifty on the Sunday. There are four events in this series and this event was mainly used to seed the 23 teams taking part. Thanks to Ailsa Muskett of Aberdeen University, the Communications Officer of Scottish Student Sailing you can read the official report if you Click Here. Photos of the event are Here

    The Sheffield Shuffle We didn't have any spies at the event and we are still awaiting the official report, but Pete Collings tells me that there were 20 teams at Pennine Sailing Club.  Swansea 1 beat Manchester in the final while in the peti-final Liverpool beat Swansea 2 (winners of the Silver League), then it was Birmingham, Leeds and Durham Freshers. There are lots of pictures on their Facebook page

    In the Northern Team Racing Tour Manchester are in with a shout of catching Edinburgh, much will depend on the outcome of the Angel of the North in two weeks time.
    Posted Nov 15, 2017, 1:56 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
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