Have you entered?

posted Oct 16, 2017, 6:20 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The RYA Team Racing Championships will be taking place at Spinnaker SC on March 17/18. The Notice of Race and entry form is available if you  Click Here

Unfortunately, the E-mail address, which is published in the notice of race and entry form for the 2018 RYA Team Racing Championship has not been working owing to an incorrect spam setting.

Please will anyone who has written to this address before noon on 16 October resend the email since your email will not have been delivered.  The address is now working so get those entries in.

Thank you

ET RYA Youth & Junior Team Racing

posted Oct 15, 2017, 1:33 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Those of you who followed the event on Facebook will realise that conditions were pretty much perfect for the event. Saturday saw 120 races sailed on both the Youth course (three boat team racing in Fireflies) and on the Junior course (2 boat team racing in Fevas). The HLS system was used to seed 4 Leagues for each category, Gold A  & B and Silver A & B to produce stage 2 of 40 races  which began promptly at 9am Sunday morning and was completed by 12.30. Gold and Silver Semi Finals followed comprised of  the top 3 from A and the winner of B.

The Juniors this pitted Tera Sporticus against Falcons and Norwich School against Buoys and Guls as the Gold Semis. The Junior Silver Semis were Rutland Green against St Swithuns and Rutland Gold against West Kirby Red. Only the last mentioned match required a third race to decide matters the rest going 2:0 to produce a Junior Gold Final of Falcons against Norwich School and a Junior Silver Final of Rutland Green against West Kirby Red.

The Gold final was settled quickly, although Falcons led for most of the second race they were taken by Norwich School on the finish line, so Norwich School (Photo left) took the 2017 ET Junior team Racing Championships. The Silver Final needed a third deciding race as Rutland Green and West Kirby Red slugged it out but it was Rutland Green who came out on top.

In the Youth Competition Gold Semis were West Kirby Red against Winchester and Sevenoaks A against MCS1. These were hard fought semis both going to three races but with West Kirby Red and Sevenoaks A going through to the Gold Final 2:1. Meanwhile, the Youth Silver Semis were Rutland Black against Ardingly and Sevenoaks B against  Tonbridge Black. Rutland Black beat Ardingly 2:0 Tonbridge Black needed a third race to defeat Sevenoaks B and set up an all Black Silver Youth Final.  The silver final saw Tonbridge Black beat Rutland Black 2:0 leaving only the Youth Gold Final to be sailed on the clubhouse course.

In the Youth Gold Final West Kirby took the first race 1,2,5. Second race was a Sevenoaks win, 1,2,5 thanks to some close racing down the run and an incident packed mark 3 rounding which say a W. Kirby boat spinning. In the final deciding race W.Kirby led 1,2 going onto the final beat but a left shift and a finish line conversion saw Sevenoaks finish 2,3,5 and take the 2017 ET Youth Team Racing Championsips (photo right)

For really useful videos of the racing Click Here  For full results Click Here  For still pictures are Click Here

ET Update

posted Oct 14, 2017, 10:40 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 1:52 PM ]

Apologies for the links provided on the previous posting. If you believe the RYA BUSA starts tomorrow!

The links you really need are:-

Twitter is on and  search with #etteams

Facebook with live coverage is at :-
Go to posts or video's for some good stuff!

ET Team Racing

posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:26 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Oxford Sailing Club will play host to 200 young sailors this weekend (14-15 October) as they contend the RYA Youth and Junior Eric Twiname Team Racing Championship titles. 
The annual two day event supported by the Eric Twiname Trust will welcome teams from Junior and Youth Class Associations, Zone, clubs, schools and individuals as sailors commence battle in the two separate events.

The RYA Team Racing Championships is one of the highlights of the RYA’s racing calendar providing the nation’s young sailors with the opportunity to put their racing skills and teamwork to test. For some this will be there first foray in team racing, while for others this will be a fierce encounter as they seek event victory and the all-important Championship title.

Twenty Junior teams will contest in RS Feva’s with two boat team racing on the agenda for the first time. Meanwhile the 20 Youth teams will take to the racecourse in Firefly’s with three boats per team.

Winners of the 2016 Junior event, TeraProdigy, have a change of guard this year with four fresh faces representing the RS Tera Class Association as they look to reclaim the title. The class association will also be represented by Tera Sporticus as both teams will be gunning for a place in the knockouts.

The largest contingents come in the form of three Oakham teams matched by West Kirby’s Red, White and Blue teams. A further six schools will compete against Oakham including Cokethorpe, Elizabeth College, Norwich, Sevenoaks, St Swithuns Walmsley and Winchester College will fight it out for top school team.

Oakham, Elizabeth College, Sevenoaks and Winchester College will also be represented in the Youth division. Last year’s runner ups Sevenoaks will look to hold off competition from the 20 teams on the Firefly course, meanwhile Winchester will look to improve on third place.

With 420 teams taking first and fourth in last year’s edition, the newly formed Let’s Get Nauti comprising of six past and present 420 sailors will be looking for a strong performance.

Known for their home-grown team racing talent, West Kirby Sailing Club will be back in action as they will look to clinch a title last secured by the club in 2015.

The format for the Stage 1 ranking series will see 28 Youth fleet races and 24 Junior fleet races followed by leagues and finally a knockout.

RYA Event Director, Olivia Risk said: “The Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships is a fantastic event for young sailors to get involved in team racing for the first time or for the more experienced to hone their skills.

“With teams entered from clubs, classes and schools, we’re very much looking forward to welcoming the 200 sailors to Farmoor Reservoir for an action packed weekend of team racing.

“A massive thank you for the continued support of the Eric Twiname Trust, without whom an event like this wouldn’t be possible.”

See a full list of entries and the results on the event website and follow the British Youth Sailing Team on Facebook and @RYAYouthRacing on Twitter.

More about the Eric Twiname Trust and to donate

Schools Out.

posted Oct 8, 2017, 10:23 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 11:30 AM ]

This weekend saw the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Midlands Championships taking place at Farmoor Reservoir, while just up the road at Banbury SC the National School Sailing Association were running their Singlehanded Team Racing Championships in Toppers.

The BSDRA event was sailed in Fireflies with 18 teams competing. Stage 1 was concluded  under the HLS system at race 72 with five teams on 7 wins after each sailing 8 races. Rugby emerged ahead of Winchester on points to be first and second, MCS Black and Sherbourne were equal on points, but the tie was broken as they had met, with MCS beating Sherbourne to be 3rd and 4th while OTRA's points score meant that they missed out on the Semi finals and finished 5th.

In the semis, Rugby School beat Sherborne School 2 - 0 and Winchester College beat MCS Black 2 - 0 to set up a Final between Rugby and Winchester while Sherbourne and MCS did a peti-final for third and fourth place. The Peti was over quickly with MCS finishing third, defeating Sherbourne 2 - 0. The Final required a deciding third race to allow Winchester to emerge the winners of the BSDRA Midlands with Rugby in second place. For the full results Click Here

Meanwhile, "Up North" the 22 teams in the NSSA SH Champs had a hard Saturday coping with some of the gusts on Boddington Reseervoir. With eight flights completed some of the smaller sailors were pretty tired. I am sure that this did not prevent them from enjoying the Saturday night 10 pin bowling. Sunday it was pretty light and the race officer had to grab races when he could. By the cut off time eleven rounds had been sailed using the Wilson Swiss League. 

In the Semi Finals Cambridgeshire A beat Derbyshire A 2:0 (despite a dead heat for second place in the first race), while Lancashire B needed a deciding race to beat Watford 2:1. There was no peti-final, so all that remained was the final between Cambridge A and Lancashire B. In race 1 Lancs finished 1,2,6 but lost because their leading boat was OCS and failed to return and start correctly. (impossible to win with 10 points added to your score). Race 2 saw Cambridgeshire put in a classic mark trap at Mark 1 to go int a 1-2, and Lancashire made a right mess of rounding mark 3, with two of their boats taking a turn. Despite this they somehow came back on the final beat to finish 2,3,5 by what must have been inches and force a deciding race.

In the final race Lancashire rounded mark 1 with a commanding lead, which they maintained, despite some unorthodox (and fruitless - but they now realise that you are not allowed to maneuver against a boat on another leg of the course). With a 1-2 at the finish Lancashire B became the NSSA Singlehanded Team Racing Champions for 2017.

To see the Results of Stage 1 Click Here. To see photos by Nigel Click Here Other photos are Here (or will be, I hope)

International Events

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:34 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

This weekend Oct 1st the New York Yacht Club won the Cornerstone Cup in a closely fought event at Queen Mary, wile in Bavaria the latest 2K event was won by the Dutch Team.

The Cornerstone Cup is a biannual competition between the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Thames YC, New York YC and the St Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco. This year it was hosted by the Royal Thames and took the form of 2 boat team racing in their J80's on Queen Mary Reservoir. One interesting feature of the event was the escalator built into the scoring. On the first day race wins counted half a point, second day one point and third day one and a half points.

Day one would have ended with three teams being pretty even except that the Royal Thames had picked up a penalty for a breech of rule 14. By the end of the second day the St Francis YC had moved ahead of the New York Yacht Cluband held a lead.However, when on day 3 they were penalised for furling a jib, which was prohibited under the pairing arrangements, things became interesting. It turned out that St Francis and the NYYC were so close that the winner of the last race (54) would take the trophy.

It was a ding dong match with NYYC achieving a 1-2 on the top reach, only to be caught on the run. Penalties on mark 3 meant that things had to be changed on the final beat and they did - however 50 yards from the finish NYYC gained control and came out the winners.

The Dutch team "Yacht Club Costa Olanda
In Bavaria seven international teams were visiting the Bayerischer Yacht Club at this Oktoberfest weekend for the penultimate 2K event of 2017. Junior Chairman Roman Luyken, who brought the 2K format to the BYC four years ago, opened the regatta on Friday at a traditional white sausage breakfast and welcomed guests from England, Scotland, Italy and the Netherlands.

Bruce Hebbert, 2K Technical Director, explained the changes to the rules and the first race started on time at 10 o'clock. 21 races had to be sailed for a "Round Robin". Although the wind was only Force 2 Bft. , 11 races were sailed into the afternoon. A gala dinner followed taking place at the casino.

On Saturday sailing took place until the early afternoon, with the Dutch and team Rome establishing a lead. Afterwards everyone went to the Munich Oktoberfest ('Wiesn'). Despite a hard evening/night/morning of Oktoberfest the teams all arrived in time for the first race  on Sunday. Some great racing ended with the Dutch team "Yacht Club Costa Olanda" winning the round robin with no losses. Rome had suffered only one loss in the round robins so took to the ring as the finals contender.

Rome showed great speed and took the first race. Race 2 went to the Dutch and then the breeze that was already fickle died. All agreed to wait until 4 to see what would happen... the breeze came back as strong as it had been all day and in a race which turned and turned again the Dutch pulled off the second and crucial win to clinch the event 1-2.

Report by 2K Team Racing Tour Director

Just Published

posted Sep 25, 2017, 7:25 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

The latest UKTRA Standard Sailing Instructions have just been published - make sure you are using the version dated September 2017 at your event. There will be an updated Notice of Race soon.

Also just out, is the Notice of Race and entry form for the 2018 RYA National Team Racing Championships (also known as UKTRA). This year the event is at Spinnaker SC on March 17/18th. To have a look at what is needed and to get your entry in Click Here or look at the UKTRA Champs Page on the menu.

IOCA Random Pairs (North)

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:37 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 8:05 AM ]

Bright Sunshine welcomed the 21 boats to the first Optimist Team Racing event held in the north of England for some time. The idea for the event was encouraged by Alan Williams and Peter Johnson and what a good idea it was.

WKSC a club with Team Racing very close to its heart had an expert event director Chris Riley and PRO Adam Whittle to run the day’s non-stop race action. The briefing for many new to team racing was met with some hesitancy by many competitors and the parents looked really confused, however as soon as racing got underway at 11am it was clear that they got it. Over 50 races were held, with no time to stop for lunch, go, go, go.

At the end of the one day event, local lad George Creasy narrowly defeated Bruno Nicholas (LLSC) for the Cannon Trophy. However the real winners were the other competitors who had spent the day improving their boat handling, their rules knowledge and a days sailing that gave every helm a day to remember, as the first day they had team raced at WKSC.
Next year we expect the event to return to WKSC with a similar format and with the same event team that delivered such a cracking experience.

Looking for . . .

posted Sep 13, 2017, 12:06 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

The RYA is looking for volunteers to join a re-constituted Team Racing Group. There are vacancies for up to four new members, some of whom should be currently active team racers. 

The role of the TRG is to encourage and oversee all aspects of team racing in GBR. Its current focus is on encouraging and supporting grass roots growth (clubs, schools, universities, classes), improving the quality of team racing events, and developing race officials and coaches.

The key areas of expertise required within the TRG are:
Team racing knowledge and experience
Management of team racing resources (boats, volunteers etc)
Team race regatta management
Umpiring and race management

The TRG will normally meet by conference call three times a year; the first meeting of the new Group will be in late October or early November. In addition there will be an annual get-together open to all team racers that will review the Group’s activities and priorities.

For details Click Here

Also the Sheffield Shuffle is looking for Umpires on November 11/12. If you think you can help please contact Henry Mills as soon as possible e-mail is

One boat Team Racing

posted Sep 11, 2017, 8:22 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

This weekend it was the turn of the Women to take to the waters of Portland Harbour to find out who would be the Womens Match Racing Champion. There was good racing on the Saturday and 10 flights of the round robin being completed, much of it broadcast direct on the RYA Match Racing Facebook page

On Sunday, with the breeze building rapidly the  championships was brought to an early finish. Results were taken from the round robins and revealed that the 2017 Champions, by just half a point, are Elizabeth Judson, Caroline Edwards, Karen Oldale and Trudie Fell. Runners up were Octavia Owen, Ruby Riggs, Amber Riggs and Hebe Hemming. Ali Mo, Robyn Fitzgerald, Sophie Taylor and Philippa Benson took third.

For those who are keen to take their Match Racing further and perhaps represent the UK Internationally the RYA have published their criteria for funding and selection. If you are interested have a look at:-

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