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Entry opens for RYA/BUSA Women's Team Racing Championship

by Will Carson, RYA 21 Apr 11:19 BST 12-13 June 2021
RYA and BUSA Women's Team Racing Championships © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Entry is now live for the RYA and BUSA Women's Team Racing Championships at Rutland Sailing Club over the weekend of 12-13th June 2021.

Rutland SC, host of the 2015 Team Racing World Championships, is looking forward to welcoming teams from across the UK for one of the biggest team racing events of the year.

The rescheduled RYA and BUSA Women's Team Racing Championship will see teams of six sailors who identify as female racing in flights of Fireflies.

Teams are invited to represent their club, locale or sailing organisation in the RYA Women's Team Racing National Championship. University or higher education teams may also compete for the BUSA Women's Team Racing Championship.

Competitors will be battling it out to see if anyone can take either or both titles after Oxford University were crowned double champions in 2019.

Online entry is now open and the deadline for teams to enter is Tuesday 1st June 23:59. Entry is limited to 18 teams and competitors are urged to enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Local organiser Fiona Tylecote said: "Rutland Sailing Club are delighted to be hosting the RYA/BUSA Women's Team Racing Championship. There are normally lots of university teams who enter, long may that continue, and we are also keen to see club, class and school teams.

"Lots of girls' teams raced at university back in the day and it is always brilliant to see them back out on the water at this event, and there must be some top teams within classes such as 420, 29er, RS200 and Laser, and of course the Firefly.

"Rutland SC attended the rather windy event that had to be abandoned last year at West Kirby and it was fantastic to see the groups of girls just having a great time on and off the water."

Fiona said Rutland SC hoped to enter two teams this year - its youth Hydra team alongside the Menopausal Mums - adding: "It is a fantastic event and the chance to be part of an all-girl team, an unusual opportunity in the sailing world. Yes we like to take on the boys but sometimes it's fun doing our own thing."

Rutland SC hopes the camp site opposite the club will be open in time for the event and there will be catering providing a take-away service.

Team racing is back on course for a successful 2021 on the water following a year of Covid-19 restrictions and cancelled championships.

BUSA Team Racing Officer, Jamie Webb, said: "We are looking forward to seeing our female sailors back out on the water at the women's championship!"

For further details see the Notice of Race or enter here.

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