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Slightly Better

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:03 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 10:10 AM ]
Yes, the weather was slightly better this weekend. It only rained half the time and the temperature was higher. There was plenty of wind and most people seemed to be on cut-downs or reefed.

The Warwick Turtle at Draycote was won by Magdalen College School, 10 years after they first entered it and won it the first time says their teacher, James Unwin. Some 57 races were sailed on the Saturday and things appeared pretty tight with Swansea Black, Exeter Red, Imperial Blue Oxford White and MCS all having lost only one race. On the Sunday they went to Gold Silver and Bronze leagues and it was from this that the MCS team of Adam Rathmell (captain), George Potter, Lucy Greenwood, and crews are Edmund Corker, Ezra Leake and Cyrus Ledru emerged victorious (Photo is by David Bickerton). Second were Imperial Blue and third Swansea Alumni, 19 teams participated.

At Spinnaker the Wessex Winter Warmer had a field of 18 teams all teams got 12 races before going to leagues. At this stage Birdham Bandits were on top with 11 wins followed by OCSS (Qxford & Cambridge Sailing Society) and SMVC (Southampton) on 10 wins. 
   Things appeared a little different at the end of the leagues with OCSS on top followed by Birdham Bandits, Wessex Exempt and Royal Thames White. This set up semi finals of OCSS v Thames and Birdham v Wessex Exempt. 
OCSS got through to the final 2:0 but it seems to have been a little more difficult for the Bandits as their score was 2:1.  
   In the Final Birdham Bandits managed a 1,2,6 score in the first and third race against OCSS, but OCSS were 1,2,3 in the second race. Nevertheless, Birdham Bandits were the winners, OCSS second. Wessex Exempt came third going 2:1 in the Peti-final.
Full results can be seen at For the official report Click Here  or Photo Album

Meanwhile, at Weymouth eight teams were competing in RYA Winter Match Race 1 as part of the National Match racing series. A full round robin was completed on the Saturday meaning that Sunday began with the Semi Finals between Matthew Greenfield (1st) v Ed Connellan (4th) and Nicholas Wilkinson (2nd) v James Clapham (3rd) The remaining teams sailed a round robin to determine the lower placings. Matthew Greenfield got through to the final 3:1 but the other semi was much more interesting, in flight 13 Clapham had the advantage but failed to keep Wilkinson out of the zone of the finishing mark, and then in Flight 14 his fate was sealed by a spinnaker snag at the leeward mark putting Nicholas Wilkinson into the final 3:1.
Greenfield took the first race of the final but Wilkinson came back putting pre-start penalties on Greenfield and going on to win 3:1 So Nick Wilkinson, and his crew of George Jeorgensen and Giles Oldershaw took first blood and should have an entry to the National Final.
You can follow RYA Match Racing on Facebook Click Here  Photos of WMR 1 are available Here Official Report Here