BSDRA Finals

posted Jun 24, 2019, 3:26 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The 30th British Schools Sailing Association Finals took place at Oxford Sailing Club over the weekend of June 22/23. With 38 entries in the Firefly three boat event and the Feva Under 16 two boat event this was one of the biggest events of the year.

Stage 1 saw 147 races sailed for the 21 Firefly teams and 136 races for the 17 Feva teams in shifty and variable conditions. Stage 2 saw the Fireflies broken into four leagues and the Fevas - three leagues before going to the knock out semis and finals.

In the Fireflies, despite a three way tie at the end of Stage 1 between Rutland, RGS Green and Sevenoaks Red, at the end of Stage 2 it was Sevenoaks, RGS and MCS going through to the Semis, with winner of the Gold B League Norwich making up numbers. MCS took out RGS 2:1 but Sevenoaks needed a deciding race to take out Norwich (2:1). On the Silver Knock out it was Oakham Red taking out Claires Court and RGS Red defeating CVLSC. The Silver Final went to three races with RGS Red beating Oakham Red 2:1. In the Gold Final the Sevenoaks Red Team of Annabel, Cassie, Nick, Charlie, Anne-Marie and Alice beat MCS 2:1 to take the Whitstable Shield. 
Click Here for the full Firefly results courtesy of KSail

In the Fevas Norwich dominated with a 100% record in Stage 1 & 2 and through the Knock Outs which saw them beat Sevenoaks Black in the Semi final and then RHS Yellow in the final, RHS Yellow having beaten RHS Orange 2:1 in their Semi. In the Silver Fleet there was a Final between Rutland Fevas and Claires Court Fevas which went 2:0 to Rutland.
So the winning team was the Norwich Team of Toby, Natalie, Grace & Josh (Pictured)
Click Here for the full Feva results courtesy of KSail.

Winner of the prize for most improved team were Rutland SC.

Photos of the event can be seen if you Click Here

Hoad Shield 2019

posted Jun 16, 2019, 2:15 AM by Nigel Vick

Congratulations to RHS Blue (Firefly) & Stamford (Feva); winners of the BSDRA South Eastern Championships for the Hoad Shield 2019.

Hosted by Sevenoaks School at Bough Beech SC all competitors sailed 10 matches. The Fevas had Semi finals which saw Stamford beat Sevenoaks Red and RHS Purple beat Norwich, both going 2:0. The final also went 2:0 in favour of Stamford putting RHS Purple into second while Sevenoaks Red came third.

The Fireflies had a straight final between Rugby and RHS Blue. This went in favour of RHS Blue 2:1. 

Full results can be seen on Ksail  

What a contrast.

posted Jun 10, 2019, 2:37 AM by Nigel Vick   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 1:20 AM ]

A blustery Saturday followed by a gentle Sunday! June 8/9.

The blustery conditions saw much weed dredged up from the bottom of the Maidenhead SC lake by masts and booms of the Fireflies taking part in the BSDRA Midland Championships. In fact it got so blustery that the event was curtailed after 27 races, but all competitors had sailed at least 4 races so a result was possible. One re-sail between RGS and Winchester was needed to produce a clear result which saw Winchester come out on top (despite losing the re-sail) with RGS second and Clifton College third.
Full results are on KSail and Photos can be seen if you Click Here.

West Kirby SC were due to host the Optimist Random Pairs on the Saturday and Four Boat Team Racing on the Sunday. Unfortunately, strong winds forced the abandonment of the Random Pairs on Saturday. Sunday morning saw two and a half hours of Random Pairs and 80 races sailed before going on to the 4 Boat team racing in the afternoon. In the Random Pairs two sailors had 100% wins but the order was  1st - Russell Bolger (IRE), 2nd - Jamie Gatehouse, 3rd - Jessica O Riordan.

In the four boat team racing three rounds were sailed and the results were 1st - West Kirby Whirlwinds, 2nd - George & Dragon
3rd - The Nomads. So the local team are off to Berlin in October representing the UK at the Opti Team Cup.
You can see a full report if you Click Here

Birmingham were hosting the Old Joe and had 11 teams participating. It seems that Nottingham may have won the social and I am told that the Bartley Babes won the racing - thanks Niahm. Racing started on cut downs but by lunchtime the wind had dropped and they went full sail, Bartley Babes did win, with Morags (a Nottingham based team) second and S. Staffs third.

In Italy the latest event of the 2K Tour was taking place in Gaeta. Seems Royal Thames and Serpentine were having quite a battle, but the wind was not co-operating and only a single round robin could be sailed with the following results:- 1st Serpentine (GBR), 2nd Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), 3rd Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA), 4th Bayerischer Yacht Club (GER), 5th Belgium (BEL), 6th Gamla Stan Yacht Club (SWE) 

This post will be updated as we get information. 

Le Crunch

posted May 28, 2019, 1:59 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated May 28, 2019, 2:01 AM ]

The regular sailing competition between the Royal Navy and the French Navy took place in the Solent last week using J70's from the Royal Yacht Squadron. This very relaxed affair consisted of a series of team races with some flet racing to and from the venue in Osbourne Bay.
  Unfortunately, the Royal Navy turned out to have a very strong team this year and most of the races in the relatively light conditions went to them with 1, 2, 3's. Towards the end the crews were mixed and the French did manage a win with a little help. Despite the results, it was a great fun event with the sailing getting better as time went on and everyone having a fun time.
  Photos of the event can be seen if you Click Here .

Over the weekend the second British Keelboat League event took place at Draycote using RS21's. There was some great sailing as can be seen from Nigel's Photos. The event was won by Haversham SC from Budworth and Banbury.
  Full details ore on the BKL Facebook Page.

The Main Event

posted May 11, 2019, 1:16 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Yes there was a little thing going on "Up North" and you could follow it if you Click Here.

However, the main event was the Inaugural BSDRA Western Championships at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club. Variable conditions withe the wind shifting 180 degrees and coming and going made for some very challenging sailing for the 13 teams taking part.

Despite the conditions 52 races were sailed using the HLS Ststem and there was even time for a best of three final. Just missing out on the Final were the Chew Valley Juniors, who just pipped RGS Red on points to finish third. However, there was a certain symmetry to be seen in the finalists being RGS Green and Chew Valley Lake Youths.

The final saw the RGS Green team of Olly, Ben, Matt, Charlie Sam and Harry take the first race of the finals 1, 2, 6 and the second with a 1, 2, 3 to win 2:0 and take the Western Championships Trophy. 

Full results can be seen on the Ksail website if you Click Here

Post Easter

posted May 6, 2019, 4:06 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Inter Services Team Racing took place at Bowmoor Sailing Club just after Easter organised by the RAF Sailing Associations. An A and B Team from each of the services, RAF, Royal Navy and Army took part in three round robins before having a best of three final for the A and B Fleet Trophies. The winners in each case were the Royal Navy who defeated the RAF.
Photos of the event can be seen if you Click Here.

The first Saturday in May saw the first BSDRA Event of the Summer Term, the BSDRA Southern Championships take place at Spinnaker Sailing Club, hosted by Winchester. Gusty conditions saw cutdowns used from the start, but a full round robin of 78 races was sailed followed by first to 2 points semis and final.
The Semis saw RGS beaten by Winchester 2:0 while MCS beat Cranleigh by the same score. The final and peti-final went to three races with Winchester beating MCS and RGS beating Cranleigh. 

Full results are on KSail. Photos by Nigel can be seen if you Click Here

The 2K Team Racing Tour is getting into its stride with the entry list for Gaeta being published, 2 RTYC teams and a Serpentine Team will travel from the UK. Royal Northern have published the NoR for their July event, Ravenna have published dates for 2020 you can see the report on the 2019 event if you Click Here. Australia will have a 2K event on May25/25th. and there is video of the New York YC Global event on Facebook  Full details of 2K Events at

Ravenna 2K

posted Apr 16, 2019, 12:26 PM by Nigel Vick

The final day of the 2K event run by Circle Velico Ravennate saw the fleet afloat with reefed sails and a big breeze. The finalists looked to be already decided, but no one was letting things rest. In 2 brilliant races Serpentine and Bavaria hammered home wins against the Dutch, while CRV hit hard to take a valuable win against YCCS. But by 1400 the leading two teams were YCCS and DMTRA.

Race 1 of the finals sees YCCS scoring an "own goal" on the finish to hand the first point to DMTRA. Race 2 and in devastatingly aggressive team racing from the start. YCCS take the win.Now it is 1 each. 

DMTRA look to have the match in the bag, then some costly mistakes and with the balance of umpire calls going in their favour YCCS are suddenly in a 1-2. Despite brilliant off wind speed the Dutch throwing everything into it simply can not catch the Italians who win the event 2:1

An impressive display by the young CRV team from Ravenna places them in third.

Overall Positions are:-
1st Yacht Club Costa Smerlada
2nd Dutch Match and Team Race Association
3rd Circolo Velico Ravennate
4th Bayerischer Yacht Club
5th Serpentine Yacht Club
6th Royal Thames Yacht Club
7th Belgium/Venice

BUCS Team Racing 2019

posted Apr 9, 2019, 4:02 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 2:16 AM ]

Congratulations to Exeter, winners of the BUCS Team Racing Championships 2019.

The following report is from Anthony Butler:-

The first day of BUCS saw slick organisation and moderate winds, though they declined during the day. It made for an excellent opening of the Championships on 9 April. Eight rounds were sailed, with Edinburgh Blue leading the pack at the end of the day having dropped only 1 race out of 8. They were closely followed by Southampton Green and Cambridge Blue.

Day two saw similar sunny conditions and enabled a further 9 rounds to be sailed – 17 races for each team over the two days. There were a good many place changes, with Edinburgh Blue slipping out of the top 8 and Exeter Blue taking the lead – closely followed by the consistent Southampton Green and Cambridge Blue. Cambridge Black had a better day, finishing 9th equal with six others on 9 wins. This left them in a good position the make their final push into the knock-out quarter finals on the last day.

Good conditions on the last day encouraged the PRO to go for a further 4 rounds. As a result all the 28 teams attending had 21 Swiss League races over the three days. However, the wind went light and variable for the quarter finals, proving a challenge for course setting and competitors, and then died completely. Fortunately, when abandonment seemed inevitable at 4pm, the sea breeze arrived and the semi finals and final took place in perfect team racing conditions.

In the semi finals Oxford sailed very well to take one race off the dominant Exeter Blue team, but made their exit 1-2. The Cambridge Blue vs Southampton Green semi was a rematch of last year’s final – but with a different result. Cambridge forced a Southampton spin at the end of the run and went on to take the first race. Southampton fought hard in the second race, but could not dislodge Cambridge from their 1, 3, 6 winning combination. So Cambridge went through to the final 2-0.

The final provided a feast of close and exciting team racing, much enjoyed by spectators from the natural grandstand that Spinnaker affords. Exeter took the first race, but Cambridge struck back to take the second. However, Exeter mustered all their undoubted abilities to take the next two races and the match, so proving worthy winners of the BUSA 2019 title.

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Results are available on KSail

BUCS Match Racing

posted Apr 8, 2019, 3:01 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Taking place in Portland Harbour, Friday was forecast to have strong winds and rain. Only the rain materialised and the boats that had been reefed to leave the dock were quickly un-reefed after only one flight.. Shaking the reefs was enough to poke the wind gods and fairly quickly we had 20 knots across the course keeping the spinnakers in the bags and the sailors entertained. While the wind was up and down all day, it was never down long enough to get the spinnakers out as teams got used to the boats and their fellow competitors.

In Match Racing the top ranked teams always face off against the lowest ranked teams first, and on the whole racing went to the form book, Southampton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Plymouth & Exeter all headed ashore after their first races undefeated with Newcastle dropping only one race. PRO, Mike Johnson, was aiming to get 16 flights on the board by the end of the day,. All was looking good for a record breaking day until just after four o’clock when the wind thought it was time we went ashore and hit the fleet with a 30 knot gust. With only 14 flights in the bag the sailors headed ashore to pack up and head to RYA Portland House for a warm shower and tasty supper. 

Saturday could not have been more different, 16-20 knots of breeze and glorious sunshine. The sailors made the most of the conditions with full sails and spinnakers the order of the day. The racing intensified throughout the day as the sailors began to meet those with similar experience and the umpire team lead by Greg Eaton were being kept busy with flags flying all over the place. Generally racing carried on to form save Bristol being beaten by Manchester and Plymouth being taken down by Newcastle. With the record of 16 flights firmly in Mike’s sites racing continued a pace as all other sailors on Portland Harbour headed ashore. With everyone enjoying the glorious conditions so much racing carried on past six o’clock and a mammoth 19 flights had been completed. Southampton, Edinburgh, & Exeter still remained undefeated but with the top six still to meet the coveted quarter final places were far from secure.  

On Sunday there were still seven flights to complete the round robin to determine who would make the semi-finals. Races were fought nip and tuck the whole way round the race course and it was not uncommon for teams to be offloading penalties and overtaking just before the finish line. Indeed, Southampton nearly broke their winning streak against Exeter 2 when they were called over at the start but fought back to overtake by inches at the finish line. Another team was so eager to get across the line ahead of their opponent that the pumped their mainsheet one too many times and saw their race win disappear when they were penalised. The final five flights would see the top six ranked teams face off against each other, Southampton continued their winning streak taking the first point from Exeter’s score line who in turn took a point from Bristol. Edinburgh succumbed to Southampton, Bristol and Exeter but with one flight of the Round Robin to go had done enough to guarantee 4th place.. Indeed the results were such that the final flight would have no bearing on the seeding for the semi-finals so racing proceeded without that final flight.

The semi-finals saw Edinburgh challenging Southampton and Bristol up against Exeter in a first to two wins competition. The favourites proved too much for their opponents and Southampton and Exeter progressed to the finals 2-0.

The real action of the day would come in the battles for the top three places. The petit final was another first to two point playoff and with both Bristol and Edinburgh keen to get their hands on the BUCS medals. They levelled the score at one race each but a tough final race saw Bristol take the win and with it third place.

In the final Exeter handed Southampton their first defeat of the competition in race 1. Undeterred Southampton fought back in the second race to level the score. Things were look good for Southampton in the third, as they were set to be close behind Exeter at the windward mark, they had been experts at overtaking all weekend but a last minute dial down from Exeter saw Southampton handed a penalty which they had to complete straight away, this allowed Exeter to sail clear and take their second win of the final. Southampton levelled the score again in the fourth race to set up a sudden death last race. The race was hard fought the entire way throughout but close was not enough as Southampton had picked up a penalty and had to find a way to get rid of it before they could finish. They managed to get underneath Exeter on the final run and push them all the way downwind beyond the finish line. As they had now sailed far enough from the line Southampton dropped their spinnaker and beat back to the finish line where they could take their penalty around the finish mark and taken the final win and with it retain their 2018 title.

Report courtesy of Jack Fenwick The RYA Match Racing Facebook site has the livestreamed Finals  For photos Click Here

Welsh Varsity 2019

posted Apr 4, 2019, 12:56 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Cardiff Bay was the venue for the annual Welsh Varsity Match between Cardiff and Swansea University. The welcome was great but the weather not with rain, hail and a wind shifting over ninety degrees.
Cardiff dominated the first to 6 wins event winning the first three races, Swansea managed a win in race four but Cardiff continued to dominate the starts and took the next three races to win the event with a scoreline of 6:1.
Celebrations were due to take place but, unfortunately, the event was a week before most of the inter-varsity events (as the Team Racing Finals are next week) so perhaps will not be as exuberant as usual.

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