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posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:04 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

RGS Winners 2018 School Match Racing
This weekend saw the last team events before the Christmas break.

At WPNSA the Moody Decking RYA Schools Match Racing took place despite the forecasts. Saturday saw a good sailing breeze after a short wait, Sunday was stronger but we managed to get to ten flights completed which gave as a clear winner, Oliver Perkins of Royal Grammar School. He and his team of Charlie Fernandez, Charlie Dawkins and Ben Mueller (photo) were undefeated. Second were Cokethorpe, skippered by Barry Grey and third Royal Hospital School, James P Cooke.
Full results can be seen at if you Click Here. Photos can be seen by Clicking Here

The weather seemed to improve as you went north. Martin Smethers reports that the Bristol Brew at Chew Valley was won by Exeter with Southampton in second place. Steve Watson reports that the Loughborough Lemming had 98 races plus semis and finals in good winds. It was won bythe Southampton Red Team (aka Soton Alumni) of Ian and Sarah Tuppen , Hannah Jones and Jamie Barker + Callum Ellis and Tom Harrison. Second were Nottingham Green and third Newcastle Blue.

We believe that it is still possible to book on the Judges & Umpires CPD Weekend on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019 at World Sailing HQ in Paddington, London. For details Click Here  To Book Click Here. Go on - Treat Yourself!! It's Christmas!
Or Click Here to see another reason - well it amused me!

Wind in the East

posted Nov 28, 2018, 8:52 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 8:54 AM ]

A steady easterly wind made for good sailing at Cardiff Bay YC for the Welsh Dragon. The event was won by the Bath Red Team of Benjamin Batten, Amalia Maiden, Esmé Shepherd, Tim Riley, Will Ward, Matt Lulham-Robinson. 
  At the end of Saturday the fleet was broken up into four leagues each of which completed a round robin and having been on cutdowns we went to full rig for the semis and finals. First through to the final were Bath Blue who beat Bristol Black 2:0. This was followed by the winner of the gold league, Bristol Red taking on the silver league winners, Exeter Red.Bristol Red went through to the final 2:0. Exeter finished third overall as the result of a sudden death race against Bristol Black.
The final had Bath 1,2,4 in the first race but Bristol came back in the second race finishing 1,4,5 setting up the decider. Unfortunately, for Bristol a couple of penalties from the umpires put paid to their chances in a very closely fought race and it was Bath Red who were the winners of the 2018 Welsh Dragon. 

Photos by Nigel can be seen if you Click Here

The Hallam Hangover at Pennine SC was also held this weekend of anyone has any info we will be happy to publish it. (Their Facebook page says 5 people went)

Don't Forget that BUSA Stage One Entries have to be in by Thursday 29th of December. BUSA Sailing Facebook page has the details. And Oxford have a flight of Fireflies for sale.

Was it Cold?

posted Nov 21, 2018, 3:08 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Angel of the North had a smaller than usual entry due to the clash with the Scottish Qualifier but it did mean that everyone got lots of racing. A complete round robin was run on Saturday for the 12 teams present and on Sunday a double round robin was possible for the Gold and silver leagues before the Finals and Peti finals. The finals were virtually all Manchester with only Dambusters intruding on Manchester Exiles, Purple and Yellow. Both Semis went 2:0 leaving Exiles against Purple. First blood went to Purple 1,2,5 but in the second race a couple of penalties on the run cost them and Exiles finished 1,2,3 leading to a decider. Manchester Purple came off the line with a 1,2 which they held to the end giving the trophy to the team of Jenny Smallwood, Jon Mitchell, Rebecca Barry, Phil Aldhous, James Morson and Ella Vincent. Newcastle Red won the Silver Fleet. Photos can be seen if you Click Here

The Brummie Bender was won by the OTRA team of Adam Rathmell, Harry Barker and Alaric. Second were Warwick, third London and 4th Birmingham. Ideal conditions saw 129 races run with Semis and Finals. Photo of the winners on the right. Thanks to David Bickerton for the report

Scottish BUCS Qualifiers began at Bardowie Loch with Edinburgh Blue coming out on top. For more info Click Here

The Swansea Spartan had 14 teams from various uni’s (including from East England!)and racing kicked off by 10. With three flights of fireflies out we sped through 70 races. Everyone headed back to Swansea for a quick nap before whipping their togas on and heading to a rowdy curry at the Maharani Curry house and a boogey  On the Sunday 11 teams made it to the club, strong winds meant that we brought it down to 2 flights of boats. We got through 33 races and then 12 races made up the petite final and grand final. Final results were Exeter Red in 3rd, Portswood Pirates in 2nd and Swansea Alumni Sailing came in 1st. The Alumni were awarded with the Stanley Mon Cup, presented to the Commodore Bella by Richard Stanley. To see the full report and photos Click Here

The weather provided perfect conditions for the IDRA /ITRA 70th Anniversary Team Racing National Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire this past weekend. Sixteen teams did battle and each was provided with 14 contests over the course of 124 races at the weekend. It was obvious from the first race that the George Knights were determined to retake the trophy but Oxford Cambridge Sailing Society - an alumni team, was equally steadfast in racking up maximum wins on the first day. 
Perfect team racing conditions prevailed on Sunday when the teams took to the water in a 13 knot easterly. In the knockout finals, OxCamb SS Exodus beat the George 3-1 although the Knights had prevailed in the round robin. A capsize thwarted the Knight’s efforts. To view the full report Click Here

Congratulations to Marl Lees who won the RYA National Match Racing Series beating Christian Hamilton 2:0 in the final. At the end of the round robin there were five teams with seven wins and two losses so it looks to have been a pretty exciting time at Queen Mary. Click Here for the full results

Classic Weekend

posted Nov 5, 2018, 3:55 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Nov 5, 2018, 4:17 AM ]

Congratulations to this weekends winners, Society Exodus (Photo) at the Magnum, Birmingham White at Leeds Halloween Howler and Bardowie Beasts at the Scottish Womens Team Racing Champs.

The Oxford Magnum managed 80 races for the 20 teams entered, using cutdowns on the Saturday, this was followed by some 59 races for stage two in leagues on the Sunday and then Semis and Final. Full results can be seen on KSail

Semis saw Wessex Exempt beat Exeter Blue 2:1 while Silver league winners Society Exodus defeated Cambridge Blue 2:0. The finals went to three closely fought  races and it was looking good for Wessex Exempt, as they came into mark 4 on the third race with a 2,3,4. Unfortunately, failure to give mark room changed that to a losing combination and at the end of the beat the final score was 2,3,4 to the Society Exodus team of Peter Gray, Hermione Stanley, James Goss, Emma Mackeley, John Platts-Mills and Maddie Jackson. Photos can be seen if you Click Here

In Scotland they were nearer to the low pressure, which had been threatening the weekend and lost almost all of the racing on Saturday. On Sunday the Scottish Womens Team Racing Championships managed 36 races for the 9 teams entered under the HLS system before going to Semis and Finals. Semis were decided 2:0 with St Andreas beating Edinburgh Gals and Bardowie Beasts beating DUSC1. Edinburgh Gals won the sudden death Peti Final to take third place while Bardowie Beasts needed three races to defeat St Andreas 3:0 and become Scottish Womens Team Racing Champions. Full results at KSail

Leeds Halloween Howler lived up to its name, with some blustery winds for their 20 teams on Saturday. David Bickerton reports that they managed 120 races and then semis and finals. Birmingham White went undefeated all weekend to win with Newcastle Blue second then Loughborough and Durham.

Busy but Chilly

posted Oct 29, 2018, 3:52 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Well, it was in Oxford where the NSSA Singlehanded Team Racing was taking place in Toppers. 150 races were sailed using a Swiss League, which gave everyone ten races, though many competitors found the conditions challenging with gusts of 20kts.

This was followed by Semis which saw Derbyshire A beat Worcestershire A and Watford beat Oxford. The final saw the Derbyshire team of Emma Robertson, Kate Robertson, Carl Weighill (Photo) emerge victorious beating Watford 2:1, the same scoreline occurring in the peti-final which had Worcestershire finish third and Oxford fourth. Other results can be seen if you Click Here To see other photos from the event Click Here

Meanwhile, at Roadford Reservoir the Plymouth Pasty was taking place. There was some good racing on the Saturday but on Sunday the wind built and at 11am it was decided to abandon further racing. Exeter Red were declared the winners from Plymouth White with Swansea Green in third place.

Up North we had the Glasgow Grouse taking place. This was won by The Royal Northern and Clyde, Edinburgh Import were second and Team Potato third.

We are awaiting reports from the Sheffield Shuffle and the event at Reading - if anyone has any info do get in touch and we will update this report. 


RYA/UKTRA Champs

posted Oct 24, 2018, 2:10 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Notice of Race and entry form for this event is now available.

Click Here to view

Mid October

posted Oct 23, 2018, 1:39 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 12:19 PM ]

This weekend saw the inception of the Midlands first development event- the Midlands Mixer. They welcomed a variety of teams from eight different universities, several of which sent fresher teams or teams training in a range of other classes, as they save up for a firefly flight of their own. Thanks go to Loughborough for hosting, the two excellent coaches Arthur Henderson and James Pinder for all their hard work and a special mention of course to the overall winners of the weekend from Nottingham.

Also taking place at Queen Mary Sailing Club was RYA Match Racing Qualifier 2. This had to suffer a period of no wind and racing concluded at the end of the Round Robin. When the wind did fill in; the conditions were shifty but otherwise near perfect. Congratulations to Matt Whitfield; taking the win from Christian Hamilton; with Ali Moorish coming out top of the four way tie for third. — with Owen Bowerman and Matt Whitfield.

Ed Sibson delivered his first RYA Team Racing Coach Level 2 course for 13 years at Rutland Sailing Club. There were eleven people were on the course representing Universities, Schools and Clubs from around the country. He is hoping that he can get more qualified coaches out there running safe, high quality team race training sessions. Courses can be run anywhere with an indoor teaching area, a powerboat and some dinghies so if you, or some people you know, would be interested in a course please get in touch via the Ed Sibson Coaching Facebook page.

The London Six Pack scheduled for this weekend was cancelled.

ET Youth and Junior Team Racing

posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:16 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Hosted at Oxford Sailing Club and following the now well established pattern of three boat team racing for the Youths in Fireflies and two boat team racing for the Juniors in Fevas, this years event saw two days of contrast. On the Saturday it was gusting up to 30kts, so there wasn't much racing but on the Sunday there was a good F3 Northerly wind, only it was raining.

Despite these difficult conditions the Youths sailed 120 races, giving almost all the 24 teams 10 races while the Juniors did 112 races so each of the 28 teams got 8 races before going to knockouts for the top 4 teams in each section.

In the Youths Rugby school beat Sevenoaks White 2:0 while Sevenoaks Red needed three races to beat OYRA 2:1. The Semis and Peti final both went to three races and the final order for the top four was 1st Rugby School (Photo) 2nd Sevenoaks Red, 3rd OTRA and 4th Sevenoaks White.

In the Juniors both Semis went to three races with Hollowell/Shustoke defeating Royal Hospital School and Hayling Island beating Rutland Gold. The Final took three races with Hollowell/Shustoke emerging the winners and Hayling Island in second place, third was Rutland gold with a 2:0 victory over Royal Hospital School who were third.

Full results are available at http://events.ksail.co.uk/2018/ETJuniors/ and there will be a full result at RYA.org.uk in due course. Live video of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Britishyouthsailingteam/. I have some photos from Saturday - if you want to see them e-mail nigelvick@aol.com

Royal Thames beat the World

posted Oct 9, 2018, 2:35 AM by Nigel Vick   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 2:40 AM ]

The octet of sailors from the historic London yacht club won 18 of 21 races over the course of three days at the Global 2K Team Racing event hosted by the New York Yacht Club . The team representing NYYC finished second with a 16 wins and five losses. St Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) was third at 15-6. Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo (Rome, Italy) fourth with a 14-7 record.

“We’re really pleased,” said Royal Thames team captain Ben Field. “One of the great things about two-on-two is that it’s never really over [until the fourth boat cross the finish line]. We just keep sticking to the game plans and nibbling away and hopefully we’ll get the result that we want. It is good that some of us have sailed together for a long time, Me and Andy, the other helmsman, have sailed together for almost 20 years in various team races.”

A dozen teams from 10 countries, including Japan, Argentina and Australia, traveled to Newport for a frenetic weekend of sailing at the very end of the northeast sailing season. They were rewarded with wind from 5 to 20 knots, a matched fleet of 22 Sonar keelboats, an efficient race committee that cranked out 126 races and the unparalleled hospitality of the New York Yacht Club.

Proponents of team racing, including New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz, who threw his full support behind the event, hope the Global Team Race Regatta will spur team racing’s ascendancy to the pinnacle of competitive small-boat sailing, the Olympic Games. Of course, one successful team race isn’t going to sufficiently charm the International Olympic Committee, but there was nonetheless a lot riding on this event.

“This regatta was very much a proof-of-concept event,” said event chair Steven Wolff, who also served as one of the umpires for the event. “Given the number of unknowns, we couldn’t be more pleased with the final product. It was an incredibly successful test. Royal Thames is a worthy champion. But it was really great to see how everyone progressed and learned over the weekend, including the competitors, umpires and race organizers. There’s a lot here to build upon for the second edition next September in England.”

Filippo Molinari is the president of the 2K Team Racing International Association, which is charged with promoting two-on-two team racing. He is also an avid competitor and sailed this weekend as part of the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Italy.

“The organization and the people here were incredible,” he said. “We had a fantastic three days of racing and one day of practicing, so we had a very long weekend. It was tiring, but very satisfying. For the YCCS team, it was satisfying sailing. For the 2K Association, it was fantastic to build up this relationship with New York Yacht Club and the other teams that came from very far away. We hope that, with the help of the NYYC, it’s going to grow.”

While there’s a lot of work still to do, the enthusiasm of the nearly 100 competitors combined with the announcement that the Royal Yacht Squadron will hold the second edition of the Global Team Race in Cowes, England, next September, would seem to indicate that two-on-two team racing is on the right track.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Edinburgh were busy winning the Ceilidh Cup at the Royal Northern and Clyde YC. For a report Click Here

It was Wintery

posted Oct 6, 2018, 3:29 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 3:33 PM ]

The Weather was wet and cold for the BSDRA Midlands held at Oxford SC on Saturday. Twenty one teams took part in 67 races under the HLS system to dermine four semi finalists who then had first to two wins semis and finals. 

In the semis Winchester College beat OTRA 2:0 but Rugby had a harder task against MCS needing three races to come out on top and qualify for the final. 

The peti final saw MCS beat OTRA 2:0 to finish in third place while the Final went to three races and saw the Rugby team of Julian Fung (Capt), Rory Odell, Rufus Pawsey, Olivia Jacklin, William Jacklin and Haoran Cao emerge victorious with a score of 2:1 over Winchester.

Full results are available at http://events.ksail.co.uk/2018/BSDRAMidlands/  Photos are Here

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