BSDRA Easterns

posted May 17, 2018, 1:52 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Held at Alton Water and featuring three boat team racing in Fireflies and two boat team racing in Fevas for the younger sailors this looks to have been a successful event, although everyone only got four races.

Congratulations go to Rugby School who won the event, they were tied with MCS on 100% wins at the end of Stage 1 but came out ahead on points. In the Fevas RHS Pink, Oakham Black and Uppingham finished stage 1 on 100% wins with the points placing them in that order. Well done RHS Pink.

Wilson plus

posted May 11, 2018, 11:44 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated May 12, 2018, 1:21 PM ]

Last weekend saw a little event taking place at West Kirby Sailing Club, which provided an opportunity for the winners of the RYA/UKTRA Championships, which was curtailed by snow, to be presented with their trophy. 

The photo on the left shows the West Kirby Hawks Team, winners of this prestigious trophy with club commodore John Burthem (they also won the little event for the fifth time, I understand) You can read all about that via Yachts and Yachting if you Click Here

Best Under 21 team at the little event were Magdalen College School members of the BSDRA. They finished 29th out of the 32 teams. The photo (right) is courtesy of James Unwin.

The Bank Holiday Monday saw the Surrey Spoon taking place, unfortunately, unlike the little event, they were not blessed with such good weather and after some fits of wind it was eventually decided that they could not achieve a result as the wind vanished completely.

Recently completed, is the Royal Thames Cumberland Cup. This bi-ennial 2 boat team racing event between clubs from around the world is held at Queen Mary SC using J80 keelboats. Full details can be seen if you Click Here. Royal Thames appear to be leading on 15 wins followed by New York Yacht Club with 12. They met in a first to three wins Final while Yale Corinthian and Southern YC did a best of three peti-final. I see that the host club, Royal Thames Yacht Club won the final.

Bill Brockbank

posted May 2, 2018, 2:08 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated May 4, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

It is with great sadness that we heard that Bill Brockbank had passed away on Sunday April 29th at the age of 75.

Bill was brought up next to the sea at West Kirby and sailed from the age of 11. In 1964 he teamed up with Frank Dye, and sailing his Wayfarer 'Wanderer' from Scotland to the Faroes, then onward to Norway. As he says "180 miles from land the sea 'got a bit lumpy'. Gale force 9 lumpy, with 35 foot waves and cross seas swamping and capsizing the 16 foot dinghy. We broke the mast, lost some of our tools and much of our food, and suffered sundry other distractions". The boat is now in the Falmouth National Maritime Museum. It, and some of the film made at the time (largely of Bill being seasick, as he recalled), featured in their 2006/7 'Endurance and Survival' exhibition. Click Here to see the video.

Despite this, he went on to become a leading dinghy sailor in Fireflies and Merlins for many years. He was a USYRU Associate Judge for four years, and an RYA National Judge and Umpire. Bill always had a sense of humor about umpiring and race officering. He was also supportive of younger umpires (including myself) and a man of his generation. 

He was married 42 years to Val "a tribute to my luck and Val's tolerance" he said, he also credits her with developing his love of Opera. They have two children and two (Canadian) grandchildren.

Sailing will miss him. 

Hoad Shield

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:36 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Hoad Shield BSDRA's South East Champs took place on Saturday at Bough Beech SC. The following report oc courtest of Clifton College:-

The first stage of the Hoad Shield concluded with Sevenoaks' first team on top closely followed by RGS green. Next came RHS first's and then RGS red and Tonbridge, both on 9.2 points. However, the two teams met in the last race of the first stage and RGS won 126, qualifying them for the Semi-finals.

In their first race of the Semi-finals, Sevenoaks lost 356 to RHS, but then came back in their next race. They had a 145 at the first mark with RHS putting up a fight on the downwind leg, converting to a 235 for RHS. However, Sevenoaks managed to pull ahead on the last leg, winning with a 145. In the deciding race RHS started with a 126, dropping to a 136 at the first mark, then Sevenoaks converted to 145 at mark two, dropping to a 146 at mark four, then finishing in 126, seeing them to the final.

The RGS Semi-finals saw RGS Green win a 123,  and then a 234, against RGS Red qualifying them for the finals.

In the Petit Finals, RGS red started with a 156, converting to a 136 by the final upwind and winning that race. In the next race they had a 156 at the first mark, but the three RHS boats managed to get through whilst the lead boat was trying to compress the fleet. RHS then won 123. In the deciding race RHS had a 124 at mark one with their last boat slowing down 5 and 6 at marks 3 and 4 but then dropping to fifth on the final beat. RHS won 125 and came third overall.

In the finals RGS green started with  a 345, then Sevenoaks converted to 126 at mark two and held that for most of the race, dropping to 136 before the finish. In the next few race, Sevenoaks had a 124 start and then held that for the whole race, winning the competition.

Winchester won the Feva two boat team racing with RHS in second and Sevenoaks in third.

Welsh Varsity plus

posted Apr 27, 2018, 2:15 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

A brisk wind greeted sailors from Cardiff and Swansea gathered at Tata Sailing Club for the annual Welsh Varsity Match. The general opinion was that this would be an easy Cardiff win but that was not to be the case.

In the best of 11 race series Swansea opened with a 1, 4, 5 win. Cardiff then came back to even the score and with a further two wins take a good 3:1 lead. However, Swansea got another win to make it 3:2. A quick swim by a Swansea boat on the run gave Cardiff another win with a 1, 3, 5 to make the overall score 5:2. Cardiff needed only one more race to take the win, but Swansea came back with a commanding 1, 2, 3 followed by a 1, 2, 5. Then, when a gybeback at mark 3 produced a tangle between the boats involved, it was Swansea that emerged with the advantage and suddenly the series was tied at 5:5 and we were facing a sudden death final race. 

Unfortunately, it was Cardiff (photo) who came off the line with a solid 1, 2  so we missed out on the excitement of a battle as they sailed away, preserving their lead to finish with a 1, 2, 5 and take the Welsh Varsity Sailing Match 6:5. Both teams then proceeded to Swansea for the rest of the Varsity Matches (Rugby seemed to feature prominently) and no doubt a little partying.

I have had a reminder that the Firefly Nationals are at Abersoch this year from July 28- Aug 3. There is discounted entry for Under 25yr olds and a prize for the first institution boat among many other opportunities to win things. Additional discounts are available until May 1st so get your act together over the weekend. Apart from this being a great social event, a week of fleet sailing is a great way for team racers to improve their boatspeed and you would be surprised how much easier maneuvers become if you have boatspeed. 

Click here for more details.

BSDRA Southerns and Random Pairs

posted Apr 22, 2018, 1:49 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 1:52 PM ]

RGS Winners BSDRA South 2018
Despite a shifting winds at Spinnaker Sailing Club the British Schools Dinghy Racing Associations Southern Championships went very well and we welcome the arrival of the warmer weather. 

Stage one consisted of sixty four races enabling each of the 18 teams involved to compete in six races. This was followed by Semi-finals and Finals for the Trophy (top 4) and for The Plate (places 5-8).

The Semi finals saw Magdalen College School take on Sevenoaks and Royal Grammar School compete against Winchester. This produced a Final between MCS and RGS which required three races to produce a winner in the form of the RGS team of Nick Forbes, James Dickinson, Oliver Perkins, Matt Shaw, Sam Rooke and Henry Hawkes (See Photo).

The plate competition also went to three races with Clifton College losing out to Sherborne School 1:2.

Full results can be seen on KSail  For some photos by Nigel Click Here

Meanwhile, at Grafham Water Sailing Club Cambridge was sailing their 125th Random Pairs Event. This event was also being supported by Ksail to view the event page Click Here. Congratulations are due to Josh and Milly who won the event with 10 race wins from the 11 sailed.

Would You Believe . . .

posted Apr 17, 2018, 3:13 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

After losing a number of events due to bad weather, this winter, we now lose one because the weather will be too good!!!

The Inter Services Team Racing due to be held at Oxford SC has been called off because there was very little prospect of any wind. It will be re-scheduled for May or June.

So far, the British Schools Dinghy Racing Southerns, due at Spinnaker SC on Saturday are unaffected - we will see how they go.

BUCS/BUSA Championships

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:33 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 8:41 AM ]

The Finals of the annual Team Racing Championships of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), with the British University Sailing Association (BUSA), were held on Strathclyde Loch, Glasgow from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th April 2018, hosted by the University of Glasgow. 

We offer our congratulations to Southampton Green who took the title from Cambridge Blue 3:0. We also offer our best wishes to all of the officials who did a great job in some very difficult conditions, it was very cold even if the snow didn't really get going.

To see the full results go the the Ksail page.

Yachts and Yachting have a report which can be seen if you Click Here
The Official Report (pdf) can be seen if you Click Here
You can watch a video of the last day with commentary courtesy of Tweak McLeod if you Click Here

These were followed by the annual RYA/BUCS/BUSA Match Racing Championships in a rather warmer Portland Harbour. A new format saw 18 teams competing in three groups of six. The 15 flights required for this were completed on a long first day. The top two from each group were through to the Quarter finals Ted Blowers (Plymouth), Murray Hampshire (Exeter), Tom Williams (Bath), Alex Philpott (Loughborough), Joe Burns (Bristol) and Matt Whitfield (Southampton)  The rest were allocated to one of two further groups for a repercharge.

On the second day the final two teams going into the quarters-finals were determined, Tom Swyers (Newcastle) and Balazs Gecse (St Andrews) topping out their respective groups. The plan had been to get well into the quarters today but with the wind remaining very light it was only possible to get one flight completed before we called it a day.

Monday dawned with the best wind of the weekend but raining. All quarter finals went 2:0, saving time and producing semi finalists of Matt Whitfield, Alex Philpott, Joe Burns and Tom Williams. The Semi finals were also settled 2:0 to produce a first to three wins final between Tom Williams and Matt Whitfield. Matt took the first race but then Tom came back, leveling the score and then going ahead 2:1. However in match four Matt led off the line and evened the score making a sudden death fifth race a necessity. Matt lead off the line, as the wind swung to the right, giving Tom very little chance to come back and that was the way that it ended with Matt Whitfield and Southampton taking the title.

Full results are on Twitter @NigelSailing  Photos can be seen if you Click Here  Follow the RYA Match Racing Facebook Page


posted Mar 30, 2018, 12:57 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Well almost!

This weekend there is a World Sailing International Umpire Seminar in Glasgow leading up to the BUSA Team Racing Finals on Monday to Wednesday.  Candidates include 6 from GBR and 4 from other European countries. Good luck to them all. Good luck especially to Diego from the team in Palamos!

The Finals will be testing a new rule 16.2 aimed at avoiding hunting on the beat. It appears to originate from regattas using larger boats where the risk of damage is greater. There is an explanation available if you Click Here. For BUSA make sure that you look at the official documents.

The BUSA Team Racing Finals are taking place at Strathclyde Loch, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, ML1 3ED. For the official Championship page Click Here. Probably the best place to follow the event will be on the K-Sail portal which will be putting up biographies and virtually live results. For that you need to Click Here If you want the gossip the best place is probably the BUSA Facebook Page.

A Quiet Weekend

posted Mar 24, 2018, 2:56 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The National School Sailing Association 2x2 Team Racing on Saturday and possibly a single day event at Bough Beech seem to be the only events this weekend.

The NSSA had 24 teams taking part and despite some quite light conditions managed 72 races in stage 1, so everyone got 5 races. Stage 2 comprised Semis and Finals with all places taken by teams from Oxford. Magdalen College 1 took on the Oxford Team Racing academy team in semi-final 1 and beat them 2:0. MCS2 took on the Oxford Sail Training Trust team and also beat them 2:0, to set up a Final between the two MCS Teams.

In the Peti- final the OTRA team beat OSTT 2:0 to finish 3rd. The final was a little more complicated with the MCS1 team of Adam Rathmell. Ashi Banerjee. Lucy Greenwood, Edmund Corker needing three races to demonstrate their superiority and win the event (See photo) 

Full race results are available from ksail. For details of the NSSA Click Here

Also happening, on Thursday of this week, was a Team Race Training Day for members of the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association. Hosted by Claires Court School at Maidenhead SC there was a practical session on Umpiring which built on the theory session held earlier in the year run by Chris Atkins. There was also a session on coaching Team Racing led by Ed Sibson. It was a really good day, highly recommended if you are a teacher and would like to know more about Team Racing.

We also heard that Worcester Youth Sailing have a flight of 6 Feva dinghies for sale. Contact us if you are interested.

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