Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2012

British University Team Racing Championship at Spinnaker - Day 1

by Saskia Lloyd-Gaiger 10 Apr 2019 10:31 BST 9-11 April 2019

Racing under way on Tuesday 9 April for the BUCS Team Racing Championship at Spinnaker Sailing Club, with a great day' tracing and 112 races in the bag.

Stragglers had all arrived by around nine to the carefully chosen soundtracks of their various journeys - volunteers assembled, coffee was desperately sought, boats were rigged and anticipation built as breakfast was eaten in a mess of a hurry before everyone descended on the changing rooms; the boys were jealous of the girls, who have taken over both changing rooms leaving them with a tent. Everyone was impressed by the marquees and refreshment vans - "...should've held the 2012 Olympics here," was a sentiment overheard, funnily enough, from Southampton Green.

All teams rushed to choose the bibs with the letter of their university sadly there aren't enough L's in the alphabet, and Loughborough beat London to it. Slowly the mist that'd been sitting over the lake rose as the first races began. Nobody had any clear favourites to win, but everyone was buzzing and keen to begin, and contrary weather reports from different teams predicted wind building or dying throughout the day, so there was everything yet to unfold.

Races were on track and worked through steadily, and the start boats and Umpires saw few collisions or protests racing was exciting, but all teams were courteous. Everyone wanted a go at piloting the drone being controlled from the pontoon, taking photos and footage of all the racing.

Mid-afternoon saw Edinburgh Blue leading the tables, with Cambridge Blue currently in second place. Edinburgh were pretty chuffed even though they'd just lost their first race by the time their photograph as, table-toppers, was taken, posed on top of a table, of course, "stable at the top of the table, Mabel," was the motto as they fell off their bench and returned to the boats to carry on. "We feel at home because it's raining now!"

Wind slowed throughout the day, but sailors didn't; pace kept up and tables keep changing a fair few teams got a chance to be in the top five, Cambridge Blue overtake Edinburgh briefly at the top of the rankings, who dropped and then climbed back up again, both with six wins by the time racing was called to stop at 112. For full and up-to-date results, please consult the KSail website, events.ksail.co.uk/2019/BUSAFinals/RaceResults.html.

Everyone is still eager as races come to a stop. Nottingham says not being at the top could just be an 'element of surprise tactic' and tomorrow they'll stun everyone, and Bath Black have two win, but are pleased to be here and sum up the feeling "We're not winning, but we love the sailing don't let that be the only quote you get from us." Everything still to come after Day 1, as "Awesome stuff today, everyone...." crackled over walkie talkies across the water and the last boats returned to the shore.

One alumni secretary, reporting to his members worldwide, summed up: "Slick organisation and moderate winds, though they declined during the day, made for an excellent opening of the BUSA 2019 Team Racing Championships."

To be continued...

Related Articles

Exeter Excalibur Team Racing
Held on the first sailable weekend in a long time After five weekends of storms, the first sailable weekend in a long time happily coincided with Exeter University's Exeter Excalibur Team racing event, a popular regatta on the BUSA tour. Posted on 10 Mar
BUSA Wessex Winter Warmer
Royal Lymington YC team tell the story The weekend of the 25/26 January saw a team representing the Royal Lymington YC travel inshore to spinnaker lake to partake in the Wessex Winter Warmer team racing event, an annual regatta organised by Wessex SC of Southampton university. Posted on 28 Jan
Attracting Students
Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC open their doors wide Many people are aware that sailing sometimes loses young adults from the sport at club level as they head off away from home for further education and when they start their careers. Posted on 6 Dec 2019
University of Birmingham's Brummy Boom
200 sailors filled three curry houses before the actual team racing On the weekend of the 15th-17th November, 21 teams descended on Selly Oak for the University of Birmingham's newly rechristened team racing event, The Brummy Boom. The weekend started out with registration and drinks in Selly's finest bars. Posted on 21 Nov 2019
Cambridge versus Oxford Varsity Matches
Cambridge retain all four trophies In a very well run and enjoyable Varsity Match at Aldeburgh YC 3-5 July 2019 in Loch Longs, Cambridge retained all four Varsity Match trophies. Posted on 6 Jul 2019
Old Joe student team racing
Birmingham hosts create a relaxed, fun, social atmosphere Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June, the University of Birmingham hosted their annual Old Joe at South Staffordshire SC. After registration at The Goose, the event kicked off in Birmingham with an enjoyable night out at Circo and Rosie's. Posted on 15 Jun 2019
Student Yachting Championships overall
Exeter Blue wins, and Bristol takes the Trophy Fleet The Inshore Coastal Race was started at 305 degrees, with a 1.1 nm windward first leg. The Race Committee did provide a close spinnaker reach, but noted that no boat chose to hoist. A couple of boats suffered navigational issues with underwater obstacles. Posted on 30 Apr 2019
BUCS Championship Finals overall
The best UK & Irish University teams race at Spinnaker The Finals of the annual Team Racing Championships of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and British University Sailing Association (BUSA) were held at Spinnaker Sailing Club from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 April 2019. Posted on 30 Apr 2019
BUCS Yachting Championships day 1
Edinburgh leads from Southampton Green & Exeter Over 175 student sailors, in 22 teams of eight, representing universities from St Andrews to Plymouth and Swansea to Surrey set off from Port Solent in Sunsail Fast 40s first thing on Monday morning. Posted on 16 Apr 2019
Student Match Racing Championships 2019
Whitfield retains the title on Portland Harbour The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), in conjunction with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), and the British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA), held the Student Match Racing Championship on Portland Harbour. Posted on 14 Apr 2019