Start / Stop

posted Nov 2, 2020, 7:26 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The various lockdowns, probably mean no University Team Racing until the new year.

We almost got started with the Twisted Tube - but that was canned on the Friday, with forecasts of 50mph gusts.

However, the RYA were able to run the National Match Racing Finals at Queen Mary SC.  

The competition consisted of two rounds with initially Group 1 and Group 2 then moving on to Gold and Silver Leagues. At the Group stage Ted Blowers looked good, as the only competitor with a 100% record and winner of Group 2. The winner of Group 1 was Robbie King with a 72% record.  Strong winds on Saturday provided a big delay, they were only on the water for around an hour and a half.  

The Gold and Silver stages got very competitive and with no spinnakers winning the start was crucial. Mark Lees put in a good performance in the Silver League to win that with a 100% record. In the Gold league there was a four way tie for second place but the overall winner was Andy Cornah who was only beaten once, (by Christian Hamilton). So it is Andy Cornah who is the 2020 National Match Racing Champion.

Full results are at

Get with it!

posted Sep 28, 2020, 12:42 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Chris Linday says there are still some spaces left for the RYA Online Umpire Course on the 10th October. The purpose of this course is to provide sailors with a background in Team Racing with an opportunity to work towards an RYA Umpire Qualification. This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning more about how on-the-water umpires make decisions, and especially anyone interested in team racing. More information and a sign-up link Click Here

Meanwhile Match Racing continues to prosper with the lineup decided for the 2020 National Match Racing Finals at the end of October. Winners of the Qualifiers can be seen if you Clck Here.

You can see the full results from Qualifiers at

Varsity Match

posted Sep 21, 2020, 11:15 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Saturday saw a rescheduled Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge sailed at Farmoor Reservoir.

Cambridge won the Open event 8:3 and Oxford won the Women's event 4:1 in a brisk and shifty breeze which Farmoor 1 is renowned for. Social distancing was in force for the event and competitors wore masks while racing.

For a full report Click Here

Covid Latest

posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:43 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

With Universities beginning to return BUSA have hosted a webnar on Covid situation. If you want to watch it this is the link:-

The situation is not easy with government advice changing. There will also be the need for Team Racing Organisers to comply with the requirements of their University, Sports Associations and host clubs, so if you are on event organiser you are going to need to do a LOT or research and make sure you have your ducks in line.

At least, we are advised, that there is an exemption to the maximum of 6 gathering with regard to organised sport so there is hope, but it is not going to be easy. We wish organisers the best of luck. 

Remember the RYA Mantra Be considerate and conservative.

US Team Racing Champs Cancelled

posted Aug 22, 2020, 5:36 AM by Nigel Vick

US Sailing and the Bristol Yacht Club (Bristol, RI) have cancelled the 2020 U.S. Team Racing Championship, planned for September 11-13, due to ongoing circumstances caused by the COVID-19 disease. Looking forward, Bristol Yacht Club will host the 2021 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy next summer or fall. Specific dates for this event will be confirmed at a later time.

Become Official!

posted Aug 19, 2020, 6:23 AM by Nigel Vick

Chris Lindsey is really excited to announce that following the success of the RYA Race Officials Academy, the RYA are now looking for our next group to join the Team.

The RYA Race Officials Academy provides an environment to create equitable opportunities for development and promotion of young Race Officials. In turn, striving to increase the number of under 35’s to officiate at World Class and International Events. The Academy provides cross-discipline learning for those of you aspiring to participate in delivering a major event. Through structured training, we encourage you to fast track towards gaining a National qualification within 3 to 4 years.

Prioritising the importance of fun, we aspire to deliver a supportive network through peer group mentoring, coupled with a social atmosphere on and off the water.
To apply to join the RYA Race Officials Academy, you need to be aged between 18-35 years old as of 1st September 2020 and applications will open from 17th August until the 7th September 2020.
Final selection notified by 1st October 2020. If you are chosen to join the RYA Race Officials Academy, your induction weekend will take place at Portland House in Weymouth provisionally on the 27/29th November 2020.

If you have any questions please call Jacqui Roberts RYA Race Officials Development Officer, on 02380 604161/07766 136610 or send her an email

Some Good News

posted Aug 9, 2020, 10:30 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

People are trying to get back to normal as we come out of the lockdown from coronovirus.

The Royal Thames are hoping to get back into action on Queen Mary and have a series of events planned. The Mumm Bucket and Hot Rum will be random pairs events, there is a new Academy Invitational event in September and the Cumberland Cup will see some International competition in May.

The Euro 2K Circuit have just announced that they are returning to Gaeta in Italy next June.

RYA National Team Racing Champs 2021

posted Jul 17, 2020, 7:55 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Jul 17, 2020, 7:58 AM ]

The RYA National Team Racing Championships for the Prince Philip Trophy will take place on the 20th and 21st March 2021 at Spinnaker Sailing Club, near Ringwood.

The event is sailed in Firefly type dinghies and entries are limited to a maximum 24 teams.

Racing will be fully umpired with 12 umpires with four flights of boats being provided.

Supported by most of the elite teams this is excellent preparation for the BUSA Team Racing finals

The Notice of Race will be published in September. Entry will be on-line only.

Virtually more

posted Jun 8, 2020, 5:38 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Jun 28, 2020, 10:52 AM ]

The finals of the BSDRA E Team Racing will be streamed to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch along with live commentary at 4.30 on Tues June 30th , Wed & Thu July 1st and 2nd. To visit their facebook page Click Here
Click Here for the Playlist of previous BSDRA E-sailing 

The results of their series can be seen on KSail 32 Teams are involved, with inter school matches comprising 5 races. There are two divisions and each race takes about five minutes.  Click Here for U19 Division and Click Here for the U17 Summary  If you click on the top title top right you can see recent matches, as well as the result of every match. Also worth checking out is Paul's Racing Rules tutorial online at Unified Learning

Jack Fenwick's Podcast series is now onto it's fourth episode, Number 4 covers Team Racing at Clubs and is the second one looking at Team Racing. Listen at:-
2nd Team Racing Podcast

For those who would like to look at some history we Carol has recently sent us the Yachts and Yachting report on the 1976 Team Racing Championships. Click Here to view. Or there is the video of the 2015 World Team Racing Championships at Rutland

Podcast now Zoom next?

posted May 15, 2020, 10:04 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Jack Fenwick and Arthur Henderson from the RYA have gotten into podcasting and you can listen to the first episode on Team Racing if you:-

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