The British Summer

posted Jul 5, 2018, 11:04 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Last Saturday Burghfield Sailing Club hosted the Thames Valley Challenge, an event designed to introduce youngsters to inter club competition via Team Racing. It looks as if it was a cracking event with good weather. Upper Thames SailingClub emerged as the winners (see photo)

Sunday saw the start of the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Finals at Rutland Sailing Club and they also had a cracking day on the Sunday. However, the British weather took its toll over the next two days with strong winds preventing further progress (I believe they had a couple of races but there was no effective progress)

The evnt was decided on the basis of the races sailed using the HLS System. Sevenoaks School took the Firefly Class winning the Rondar Shield and Whitstable Trophy while MCS were second. Norwich School won the Fevas while RGS Guildford were the most improved school.

For all the results Click Here

Good Sailing

posted Jun 25, 2018, 3:49 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 3:52 AM ]

David Peerless reports on The Army Inter Corps Lagos Trophy held at Thorney Island on Tuesday and Wednesday last week (19/ 20 June) and umpired by David and Tricia Neri. 

Due to operational committees there were only 5 teams and some consisted of novice sailors who had never raced before.  Winds of 8 to 10 knots were ideal and the Tuesday was spent with little team racing while the crews found their feet.  
After a debrief on Tuesday evening the Wednesday racing was much more agressive with some good moves and it was good to see that the experienced helms were very sporting to the novices. 
After two round robins, semis and finals the positions were:  First - Royal Engineers, Second - Royal Artillery, Third - REME

A number of Team Racers were at Torquay for the British Keelboat League Event at the weekend, including a BUSA Team. The Winners were West Hoe SC, Jack Fenwick of Horizons Childrens SC was seconf and BUSA Third. Full results at KSail Photos Videos and details on Facebook For photos Click Here

Summer Begins

posted Jun 13, 2018, 7:28 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Inter-Services Team Racing having been postponed and moved to Bowmoor Sailing Club was slightly short of participants. This meant that we got through the main event between the Navy, Army and Air Force by the end of the first day, Thursday, with the Navy Team of Katrina Juniper, Ben Biggin, Sam Woods, Nat Roach, Emma Barry and Dan Vincent (see photo left) coming out on top and taking the Inter Services Trophy.

Without the usual B Teams it was decided that the second day would be devoted to a Random Pairs event, Race Officer Martin Smethers having found the list of schedules on this website. This ran very successfully with the winner being declared on 75% wins, as a result of the last race.

Photos can be seen if you Click Here

Saturday saw Schools gather for the BSDRA Thames Valley Championships at Maidenhead Sailing Club. Race Officer Paul had a very difficult day with the wind shifting well over 90 degrees on the occasions when it decided to blow. Despite this he managed to run 60 races under the HLS system before going to Semis and Finals.

The Semi Finals were sudden death with Sevenoaks 1 taking on MCS and winning in a very close finish while Sevenoaks 2 were beaten by Rugby 1. Sevenoaks 2 went on to beat MCS in the Peti-Final 2:0

The final was close, needing all three races to get a decision. Rugby looked to have it in the bag as they came into the last beat but their first boat was waiting out on the right of the beat and could not get back when the inevitable 120 degree windshift came through. Their boat in second place did their best but picked up a penalty at the finish giving the Sevenoaks team of Matthew Caiger, Annie Richards, Nick Davies, Edward Salmon, Cossie Lewis and Becky Caiger (photo right) the race and the event.

Meanwhile, up north at South Staffs SC The Old Joe was taking place. They also had trouble with the wind as it seemed to go very light on the Sunday, but they got through over 100 races. My informant thinks that a Birmingham team won with South Staffs SC second but I am still looking for the official results.

Students Wanted

posted Jun 6, 2018, 1:40 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

University sailors are wanted to join a Focus Group on Thursday, 14 June in central London.

BUSA, with the support of the RYA, is looking to review all of the activity and support that it offers to its member clubs and student sailors. To do this we will be running a focus group, hosted by former RYA Director of Racing, John Derbyshire, and RYA Coaching Development Manager, David Mellor. 

Their aims will be to get as much information from you, the student body, as to what you think BUSA should be doing and what resources it should be helping to provide. The day will be based at a location TBC, dependant on responses, in central London and will start at 1330, with the aim to be finished at 1700, so that most attendees should be able to get there and back in a day. 
We are looking to get as wide a viewpoint as possible. This is not just about racing, or cruising, or training, but all of the above and as much more as we can cover. We would like as many different viewpoints as possible in attendance. We may be limited in space so please do not be offended if we can’t accommodate you all. 

It should be noted that this is not just for current USC committee members; anyone involved in any university sailing is welcome to volunteer. It should be noted that BUSA is unable to help with travel costs for this event. 

Please fill in the following if you wish to attend.
The deadline is 12 noon this Friday 8th June. We will confirm invitations asap over the weekend.

It's been very quiet

posted May 25, 2018, 3:48 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Last Saturday was the BSDRA East Kent event, but I have no more information than that. If you know more please get in touch.

What has been happening is that, those Universities which are organised, are getting their events into the calendar. October 27/28 looks to be quite busy with three university events scheduled already, Reading, Plymouth and Glasgow plus the NSSA Singlehanded Champs. Loughborough have the Lemming on December 1/2. 

Don't forget to send us your details or post them on the BUSA Facebook group.

BSDRA Easterns

posted May 17, 2018, 1:52 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

Held at Alton Water and featuring three boat team racing in Fireflies and two boat team racing in Fevas for the younger sailors this looks to have been a successful event, although everyone only got four races.

Congratulations go to Rugby School who won the event, they were tied with MCS on 100% wins at the end of Stage 1 but came out ahead on points. In the Fevas RHS Pink, Oakham Black and Uppingham finished stage 1 on 100% wins with the points placing them in that order. Well done RHS Pink.

Wilson plus

posted May 11, 2018, 11:44 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated May 12, 2018, 1:21 PM ]

Last weekend saw a little event taking place at West Kirby Sailing Club, which provided an opportunity for the winners of the RYA/UKTRA Championships, which was curtailed by snow, to be presented with their trophy. 

The photo on the left shows the West Kirby Hawks Team, winners of this prestigious trophy with club commodore John Burthem (they also won the little event for the fifth time, I understand) You can read all about that via Yachts and Yachting if you Click Here

Best Under 21 team at the little event were Magdalen College School members of the BSDRA. They finished 29th out of the 32 teams. The photo (right) is courtesy of James Unwin.

The Bank Holiday Monday saw the Surrey Spoon taking place, unfortunately, unlike the little event, they were not blessed with such good weather and after some fits of wind it was eventually decided that they could not achieve a result as the wind vanished completely.

Recently completed, is the Royal Thames Cumberland Cup. This bi-ennial 2 boat team racing event between clubs from around the world is held at Queen Mary SC using J80 keelboats. Full details can be seen if you Click Here. Royal Thames appear to be leading on 15 wins followed by New York Yacht Club with 12. They met in a first to three wins Final while Yale Corinthian and Southern YC did a best of three peti-final. I see that the host club, Royal Thames Yacht Club won the final.

Bill Brockbank

posted May 2, 2018, 2:08 PM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated May 4, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

It is with great sadness that we heard that Bill Brockbank had passed away on Sunday April 29th at the age of 75.

Bill was brought up next to the sea at West Kirby and sailed from the age of 11. In 1964 he teamed up with Frank Dye, and sailing his Wayfarer 'Wanderer' from Scotland to the Faroes, then onward to Norway. As he says "180 miles from land the sea 'got a bit lumpy'. Gale force 9 lumpy, with 35 foot waves and cross seas swamping and capsizing the 16 foot dinghy. We broke the mast, lost some of our tools and much of our food, and suffered sundry other distractions". The boat is now in the Falmouth National Maritime Museum. It, and some of the film made at the time (largely of Bill being seasick, as he recalled), featured in their 2006/7 'Endurance and Survival' exhibition. Click Here to see the video.

Despite this, he went on to become a leading dinghy sailor in Fireflies and Merlins for many years. He was a USYRU Associate Judge for four years, and an RYA National Judge and Umpire. Bill always had a sense of humor about umpiring and race officering. He was also supportive of younger umpires (including myself) and a man of his generation. 

He was married 42 years to Val "a tribute to my luck and Val's tolerance" he said, he also credits her with developing his love of Opera. They have two children and two (Canadian) grandchildren.

Sailing will miss him. 

Hoad Shield

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:36 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

The Hoad Shield BSDRA's South East Champs took place on Saturday at Bough Beech SC. The following report oc courtest of Clifton College:-

The first stage of the Hoad Shield concluded with Sevenoaks' first team on top closely followed by RGS green. Next came RHS first's and then RGS red and Tonbridge, both on 9.2 points. However, the two teams met in the last race of the first stage and RGS won 126, qualifying them for the Semi-finals.

In their first race of the Semi-finals, Sevenoaks lost 356 to RHS, but then came back in their next race. They had a 145 at the first mark with RHS putting up a fight on the downwind leg, converting to a 235 for RHS. However, Sevenoaks managed to pull ahead on the last leg, winning with a 145. In the deciding race RHS started with a 126, dropping to a 136 at the first mark, then Sevenoaks converted to 145 at mark two, dropping to a 146 at mark four, then finishing in 126, seeing them to the final.

The RGS Semi-finals saw RGS Green win a 123,  and then a 234, against RGS Red qualifying them for the finals.

In the Petit Finals, RGS red started with a 156, converting to a 136 by the final upwind and winning that race. In the next race they had a 156 at the first mark, but the three RHS boats managed to get through whilst the lead boat was trying to compress the fleet. RHS then won 123. In the deciding race RHS had a 124 at mark one with their last boat slowing down 5 and 6 at marks 3 and 4 but then dropping to fifth on the final beat. RHS won 125 and came third overall.

In the finals RGS green started with  a 345, then Sevenoaks converted to 126 at mark two and held that for most of the race, dropping to 136 before the finish. In the next few race, Sevenoaks had a 124 start and then held that for the whole race, winning the competition.

Winchester won the Feva two boat team racing with RHS in second and Sevenoaks in third.

Welsh Varsity plus

posted Apr 27, 2018, 2:15 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing

A brisk wind greeted sailors from Cardiff and Swansea gathered at Tata Sailing Club for the annual Welsh Varsity Match. The general opinion was that this would be an easy Cardiff win but that was not to be the case.

In the best of 11 race series Swansea opened with a 1, 4, 5 win. Cardiff then came back to even the score and with a further two wins take a good 3:1 lead. However, Swansea got another win to make it 3:2. A quick swim by a Swansea boat on the run gave Cardiff another win with a 1, 3, 5 to make the overall score 5:2. Cardiff needed only one more race to take the win, but Swansea came back with a commanding 1, 2, 3 followed by a 1, 2, 5. Then, when a gybeback at mark 3 produced a tangle between the boats involved, it was Swansea that emerged with the advantage and suddenly the series was tied at 5:5 and we were facing a sudden death final race. 

Unfortunately, it was Cardiff (photo) who came off the line with a solid 1, 2  so we missed out on the excitement of a battle as they sailed away, preserving their lead to finish with a 1, 2, 5 and take the Welsh Varsity Sailing Match 6:5. Both teams then proceeded to Swansea for the rest of the Varsity Matches (Rugby seemed to feature prominently) and no doubt a little partying.

I have had a reminder that the Firefly Nationals are at Abersoch this year from July 28- Aug 3. There is discounted entry for Under 25yr olds and a prize for the first institution boat among many other opportunities to win things. Additional discounts are available until May 1st so get your act together over the weekend. Apart from this being a great social event, a week of fleet sailing is a great way for team racers to improve their boatspeed and you would be surprised how much easier maneuvers become if you have boatspeed. 

Click here for more details.

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