Well done

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:59 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Congratulations to Octavia Owen, Ali Mo, Sophie Taylor and all of the skippers and sailors at the Marlow Ropes Women's Match Racing Championship.

Following a complete double round robin it went to Semis and then Finals. In the peti final,  Sophie Taylor took third place from Rhiannon Massey 2:0 while the Final turned interesting.

Octavia took the first match but evened the score with Ali Morish by gybing onto port in front of her when 50yards from the finish. In the third race Ali was leading in to the finish when Octacia got an overlap, and Ali broached out. In the fourth race Ali got a pre-start penalty but got ahead and dumped it on the second beat. She then held Octavia out past the layline for the last mark and was leading in when her spinnaker decided it would rather be a fishing net, bringing the boat to a grinding halt and giving the event to Octavia. An unfortunate end to a really close fought final. 
There's some really nice video on the RYA Match Racing Facebook page and Click here for results  Spaces are available for Qualifier 2 of the National Match Race Series being held at Queen Mary on Oct 20/21. 

Due to a lack of interest the Eurosaf Open European Team Racing Championship Under 23 in Campione del Garda from the 4th to the 7th of October 2018 has been cancelled.

It's the Autumn

posted Sep 4, 2018, 1:59 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Well, the meteorological autumn anyway.

Not much movement in Team Racing. The recent 2K event in Santander was won by the Royal Thames, who beat Serpentine on the tie break. To see details Click Here. The Youth Match Racing in Weymouth saw Matt Whitfield retain his title as National Youth Match Race Champion. See Facebook for photos etc. The Womens Match Racing this coming weekend (Sept 8/9) still has a couple of spaces left if you fancy giving that a go and can get a crew together - same link.

The Oxford Magnum has had a change of dates and will now be on November 3/4. Birmingham, London and Swansea have been pushing their events on Facebook - get your entries in. 

It's the Summer

posted Jul 29, 2018, 5:22 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Not much is happening.

A few Universities have begun promoting their events, Brummy Bender, Oxford Magnum and London 6 Pack are a few.

Entries for the ET Team Racing at Oxford on October 14/15 are now open Click Here for details

The RYA have announced they will be holding a CPD conference for Judges and Umpires on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019, at World Sailing HQ in Paddington, London. This will provide an opportunity for both current and future officials to meet, and share their skills and experience, as well as a chance to catch-up on the latest news and changes.

The conference is over two days, with sessions and workshops covering new developments and best practice in Judging and Umpiring.  They hope to cover sessions for Umpires on day 1 and Judges on day 2.   All current Judges and Umpires are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Race Official. For those who are already qualified, this conference will meet the 'conference attendance' requirement for Judges and Umpires renewal applications.

If this is of interest to you, please email and save the date!

The British Summer

posted Jul 5, 2018, 11:04 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Last Saturday Burghfield Sailing Club hosted the Thames Valley Challenge, an event designed to introduce youngsters to inter club competition via Team Racing. It looks as if it was a cracking event with good weather. Upper Thames SailingClub emerged as the winners (see photo)

Sunday saw the start of the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Finals at Rutland Sailing Club and they also had a cracking day on the Sunday. However, the British weather took its toll over the next two days with strong winds preventing further progress (I believe they had a couple of races but there was no effective progress)

The evnt was decided on the basis of the races sailed using the HLS System. Sevenoaks School took the Firefly Class winning the Rondar Shield and Whitstable Trophy while MCS were second. Norwich School won the Fevas while RGS Guildford were the most improved school.

For all the results Click Here

Good Sailing

posted Jun 25, 2018, 3:49 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 3:52 AM ]

David Peerless reports on The Army Inter Corps Lagos Trophy held at Thorney Island on Tuesday and Wednesday last week (19/ 20 June) and umpired by David and Tricia Neri. 

Due to operational committees there were only 5 teams and some consisted of novice sailors who had never raced before.  Winds of 8 to 10 knots were ideal and the Tuesday was spent with little team racing while the crews found their feet.  
After a debrief on Tuesday evening the Wednesday racing was much more agressive with some good moves and it was good to see that the experienced helms were very sporting to the novices. 
After two round robins, semis and finals the positions were:  First - Royal Engineers, Second - Royal Artillery, Third - REME

A number of Team Racers were at Torquay for the British Keelboat League Event at the weekend, including a BUSA Team. The Winners were West Hoe SC, Jack Fenwick of Horizons Childrens SC was seconf and BUSA Third. Full results at KSail Photos Videos and details on Facebook For photos Click Here

Summer Begins

posted Jun 13, 2018, 7:28 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Inter-Services Team Racing having been postponed and moved to Bowmoor Sailing Club was slightly short of participants. This meant that we got through the main event between the Navy, Army and Air Force by the end of the first day, Thursday, with the Navy Team of Katrina Juniper, Ben Biggin, Sam Woods, Nat Roach, Emma Barry and Dan Vincent (see photo left) coming out on top and taking the Inter Services Trophy.

Without the usual B Teams it was decided that the second day would be devoted to a Random Pairs event, Race Officer Martin Smethers having found the list of schedules on this website. This ran very successfully with the winner being declared on 75% wins, as a result of the last race.

Photos can be seen if you Click Here

Saturday saw Schools gather for the BSDRA Thames Valley Championships at Maidenhead Sailing Club. Race Officer Paul had a very difficult day with the wind shifting well over 90 degrees on the occasions when it decided to blow. Despite this he managed to run 60 races under the HLS system before going to Semis and Finals.

The Semi Finals were sudden death with Sevenoaks 1 taking on MCS and winning in a very close finish while Sevenoaks 2 were beaten by Rugby 1. Sevenoaks 2 went on to beat MCS in the Peti-Final 2:0

The final was close, needing all three races to get a decision. Rugby looked to have it in the bag as they came into the last beat but their first boat was waiting out on the right of the beat and could not get back when the inevitable 120 degree windshift came through. Their boat in second place did their best but picked up a penalty at the finish giving the Sevenoaks team of Matthew Caiger, Annie Richards, Nick Davies, Edward Salmon, Cossie Lewis and Becky Caiger (photo right) the race and the event.

Meanwhile, up north at South Staffs SC The Old Joe was taking place. They also had trouble with the wind as it seemed to go very light on the Sunday, but they got through over 100 races. My informant thinks that a Birmingham team won with South Staffs SC second but I am still looking for the official results.

Students Wanted

posted Jun 6, 2018, 1:40 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

University sailors are wanted to join a Focus Group on Thursday, 14 June in central London.

BUSA, with the support of the RYA, is looking to review all of the activity and support that it offers to its member clubs and student sailors. To do this we will be running a focus group, hosted by former RYA Director of Racing, John Derbyshire, and RYA Coaching Development Manager, David Mellor. 

Their aims will be to get as much information from you, the student body, as to what you think BUSA should be doing and what resources it should be helping to provide. The day will be based at a location TBC, dependant on responses, in central London and will start at 1330, with the aim to be finished at 1700, so that most attendees should be able to get there and back in a day. 
We are looking to get as wide a viewpoint as possible. This is not just about racing, or cruising, or training, but all of the above and as much more as we can cover. We would like as many different viewpoints as possible in attendance. We may be limited in space so please do not be offended if we can’t accommodate you all. 

It should be noted that this is not just for current USC committee members; anyone involved in any university sailing is welcome to volunteer. It should be noted that BUSA is unable to help with travel costs for this event. 

Please fill in the following if you wish to attend.
The deadline is 12 noon this Friday 8th June. We will confirm invitations asap over the weekend.

It's been very quiet

posted May 25, 2018, 3:48 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Last Saturday was the BSDRA East Kent event, but I have no more information than that. If you know more please get in touch.

What has been happening is that, those Universities which are organised, are getting their events into the calendar. October 27/28 looks to be quite busy with three university events scheduled already, Reading, Plymouth and Glasgow plus the NSSA Singlehanded Champs. Loughborough have the Lemming on December 1/2. 

Don't forget to send us your details or post them on the BUSA Facebook group.

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.

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