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January is done

posted Jan 27, 2020, 4:29 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Feb 20, 2020, 4:04 AM ]
The last weekend in January was pretty busy with the Wessex Winter Warmer, Warwick Turtle and Brunel Badger as university events plus the Royal Hospital School hosting the Suffolk Shiver.

Some of the best teams in the country were at Spinnaker SC for the Wessex Winter Warmer which provided some excellent closely fought racing.
108 HLS races on the Saturday meant that four leagues were possible on the Sunday followed by semis and a final. 
Both Semis went 2:0 with Exeter Blue and Cambridge Blue going down to Birdham Bandits and OCSS. The battle for third place needed three races with Cambridge Blue coming out on top. The final was settled in two very close and hard fought races with the Birdham bandit team of Tim Saxton, Holly Mcarthur, Owain Matthews, Toby Lewis, George Yeoman and Sophie Yeoman (Pictured with Matt receiving their prize) beating the Oxford & Cambridge Society Team.

Meanwhile, there were twenty one teams at Draycote battling for the Warwick Turtle. Steve Watson reports that they managed 84 races plus a knock out with light winds on Saturdays and much rain on Sunday. In first place were the Warwick Old Boys (TWATS) followed by Exeter Red and Durham Purple in third place. The photo shows the winning team with organiser Suzanne.

My contact at The Brunel Badger (Oliver Di Bartolo) tells me that they had seven teams and with two flights of boats there was no need for a final knock out stage. He says that Reading Red came out on top with Datchet second and Brunel Alumni third. The official report tells me that they managed 26 races on Sat and 16 on Sunday before the wind became too much. Photos by Phoebe Jones can be seen if you Click Here

Royal Hospital School hosted the Suffolk Shiver 2020 at Alton Water in Suffolk. Five under 19 teams completed three full round robins under grey skies with a force 2-3 breeze. After racing 12 races each the standings at the end of stage 1 were as follows: Rutland Red – 12 wins, Royal Hospital School – 9 wins, Sevenoaks School – 6 wins, RGS Guildford – 2 wins, Rutland Green – 1 win

The event moved on to a final between Rutland Red and Royal Hospital School and a petit final between Sevenoaks School and RGS Guildford. Both ties were the first to two wins. Sevenoaks School continued their dominance over RGS Guildofrd, winning the petit final 2 – 0 to finish third overall.

In the final, Royal Hospital School bucked the trend of the round robin by winning the first race with a 1, 2, 3 combination following an umpire’s call at a very congested windward mark that decided the race. Rutland Red composed themselves well to win the second race with 1, 2, 6 to send the final to a deciding race.

In the deciding race it was nip and tuck the whole way around the course with all six boats racing hard and some excellent team racing on display. The result came down to the wire, being settled within a few boat lengths of the finish line as Royal Hospital School came through to win 1, 2, 3 despite every effort of the Rutland team who fought hard all the way to the line.

Final standings were 1st Royal Hospital School, 2nd Rutland Red, 3rd Sevenoaks School, 4th RGS Guildford, 5th Rutland Green

Thank you to Ed Sibson for the report