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The Weekend After

posted Mar 12, 2018, 6:06 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 7:08 AM ]
Life returned to normal after the "Beast from The East" caused all Team Racing to be cancelled. BUSA sorted out the problems caused by the loss of the Playoffs and  Exeter, Manchester and the Irish, all had successful events. 

The Exeter Excalibur saw some interesting racing, as squally conditions forced cutdowns for some of Saturday and all of Sunday. Despite this 147 races were completed using the HLS system.

Best of three semis saw first placed Cardiff take on fourth placed Southampton Blue while second placed Exeter Alumni were pitted against NWA. While Exeter Alimni made quick work of NWA going through 2:0 Cardiff were less fortunate requiring a decider and then having a mark trap at Mark 3 go bad on them, setting up a final between Exeter Alumni and NWA.

The final and peti finals were something of an anti-climax, both being settled in two races and both as a result of relatively secure 1,2's being established early in the races. The final result was Winners, The Exeter Alumni team of Scott Wallis, Carys Randeria/Nellie Gannon, Tarra Gill-Taylor, Annabelle Orme, Laurence Carter and Lily Carter, second Southampton Blue, third NWA and fourth Cardiff Black.

Full results are available at  Photos are Here For Official Report Click Here

The Big Lash, Manchester's event sailed at West Kirby was also happening and Jenny and Torrin report that they had an absolutely smashing weekend but are knackered now! Thanks to them for the following lowdown:-

Saturday morning dawned bright and breezy at WKSC for the 21 teams entered for the Big Lash. At the halfway point, there were 4 teams on 100% wins: Manc Old Boys, Edinburgh Import, Newcastle White & Newcastle Red.

As the periods of gusty weather increased, a decision was made to change to cut down sails involving a momentous effort from both teams and helpers in order to sort out the 24 boats. Racing continued until late afternoon, finishing the round robin after 92 races, with each team having sailed 8 or 9 races. At the top of the leaderboard was Newcastle Red on 8 from 8, and Marx Trap, Edinburgh Import, Newcastle White and London White all on 7 from 8.

Sunday brought light, shifty winds to West Kirby Marine Lake, with a bit of sunshine breaking through the clouds. Racing in 3 leagues of 7 teams started shortly after 9:30. Multiple course changes due to large wind shifts were handled with supreme efficiency by the course manager and umpire team.

After 63 races to complete the leagues, we moved into semis with Edinburgh Import (winners of Gold league) vs London Purple (the Silver Surfer) and Newcastle Red vs London White.

Edinburgh Import won 2 from 2 with a 1-2-5 and a 2-3-4. The second semi went to a deciding race with London White finally clinching victory with a 1-2-6, 3-4-5, and 1-2-3.

A closely fought final between Edinburgh Import and London White ensued, with Edinburgh managing to convert marginal combinations into a strong 1-3-4 and 1-2-6 to take the final with a race to spare.

To read the Official report Click Here

With BUSA Team Racing Playoffs being abandoned my understanding is that they have decided to take two more teams from each of the Qualifiers and a second Irish Team. This will mean a slight increase in the number of teams participating, although it may not, if teams don't get their act together and enter by Thursday's deadline.

There was a Team Racing event in Ireland as well, and it finished in time for the prizegiving on Saturday Night. It was The Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity Team Racing Championships held at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare.

The round robin series consisting of one hundred and thirty seven races followed by twenty eight quarter final races were all completed on the first two days. On the final day's racing twenty three races were run to complete the semi finals and finals. Twenty eight teams representing eight Irish universities, two Scottish universities and one hundred and sixty eight competitors in total took part. Conditions on the final day were excellent for racing with a light to moderate westerly breeze.

Overall winners lifting the IUSA Plate were University College Cork 1. NUIG Galway, co-hosting with UCC for the first time reached the semi-finals in their fleet. Universities represented were National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Cork (UCC), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCU), Queens University Belfast (QUB), Stratclyde University (SU), Scottish Student Sailing (SSS).