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Cyclops Marine 2023 November - LEADERBOARD

University of Strathclyde Sailing Club compete in 2023 Sailing Champions League

by Peter Ward 27 Mar 2023 22:37 BST
University of Strathclyde Sailing Club compete in first 2023 event in the Sailing Champions League © Prow Group / Sailing Champions League

The University of Strathclyde Sailing Club competed with twelve teams from eleven countries in Vilamoura, Portugal last week in the first event of the 2023 Sailing Champions League (SCL).

The team, which qualified for the SCL by finishing second in last years British Keelboat League (BKL) final, completed 18 races in fantastic sailing conditions (8-16 knots) and temperatures of 23 degrees which saw the team sporting sun hats, quite a contrast to their wintery training sessions back home.

The temperature change didn't affect the overall winners who represented the Esbo Segelforening club from Finland (winners of the SCL Final in 2021) who won 13 of their 18 races. French team, Sport Nautique et Plaisance du Havre and Austrian team Burgenlandischer Yachtclub finished in second and third places respectively with 6 and 8 wins each.

The Strathclyde team of Jake Miller, Calum Bell, Tony Fitzgerald, Laura Young and Rowan Edwards, worked hard over the four days of racing in choppy conditions. After a day of practice sailing, four J70 keelboats were used in each of the 18 races which saw all teams racing against each other in all four boats over the event.

By race 6 and with finishes in third and fourth places, it was clear to our Strathclyde team that they were up against some really strong teams, but in race 7 they took their first win and followed it up with a second win in race 8 against teams that were all ranked higher than them. Now they were getting the boat dialled in.

Competition on the water was strong, and there were very small margins between the teams in every race as they crossed the finishing line. Using a low points scoring system Strathclyde finished in tenth place overall and just missed out by a handful of points in making it through to the Sailing Champions League Final.

Well done team!

Next up, a team from the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club are on their way to compete in the next leg of the SCL in Berlin.

2024 could be your club's turn to represent British clubs in the Sailing Champions League!

Follow the lead set by Strathclyde Uni SC and enter your team in the next British Keelboat League event. The first two teams in each BKL event will gain an entry to the BKL final where they will be in with a chance of winning a place in the 2024 SCL.

Enter the next BKL event, at Marconi SC.

Results of Qualifier in Vilamoura:

1. ESP 26 points
2. SNPH 39 points
3. BYC 39 points
4. SSAV 41 points
5. WSVA 40 points
6. BS 40 points
7. YCPB 50 points
8. YCB 52 points
9. ASK 52 points
10. USSC 53 points
11. AS 55 points
12. HSC 63 points

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