Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Hawks battle Hoosiers - High drama on day 2 of Wilson Trophy

by Georgie Corlett on 5 May 2013
2013 Wilson Trophy Georgie Corlett
With 230 races now completed at the 2013 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, it’s been a day of high drama as brisk winds have kept competitors on their toes for the second day of racing at West Kirby Sailing Club.

Home team and current defending Trophy champions, West Kirby Hawks are holding on to the top spot, together with RF Hoosiers (winners of 2010 British Universities Championship as Edinburgh University), with both teams having won 11 of their 13 races at the end of the last completed round. A tense showdown between the two teams saw RF Hoosiers finish the day by taking a 2,3,4 victory on the finish line, but the home team favourites remain quietly confident ahead of tomorrow’s quarter-final cut.

Rhode Island Pistols, one of two teams who have travelled from America to take part, was the only other team to defeat the Hawks, treating the crowds on shore to a dramatic exposé of team racing tactics as they stole victory in the final few tacks to the line. At close of play, Rhode Island Pistols counted nine of 13 wins at the end of the last completed round, leaving them joint-second on the leaderboard, tied with Grafham Goblins and Wessex Exempt.

With the sun shining and the winds strong enough to cause a few capsizes at times, the action came thick and fast as organisers ran nine hours of continuous racing for the 34 competing teams.

MP for Wirral, Esther McVey, was a special guest today at the event today. Commenting on the spectacle, Esther said: 'West Kirby is truly a focal point for world class sailing. I never cease to be amazed at the calibre of sports people that are involved with this event; not only do we have Olympic medallists here this year with the British Sailing Team, but also home-grown world champions.

'It’s fantastic to see so many girls and boys of all ages competing on an equal footing. The Wilson Trophy is a true family event; it’s a real positive and brings people together. The event has been going for 64 years; Wirral people love this event and it’s great that people want to come to the Wirral for this event.'

Ireland’s Royal St George Yacht Club is one of those clubs which boasts a strong tradition of fielding teams for the Wilson Trophy. Speaking about today’s racing, team-member Nick Smyth said: 'With lighter winds than yesterday there has been so much more team racing going on, less survival sailing. All our matches have been close today, the Swiss League effect is really kicking in.'

Thanks to the Swiss League format, close racing has been enjoyed throughout the fleet, with a number of teams vying to ‘time the bounce’ up the leaderboard at the crucial time to make tomorrow’s quarter-final cut.

One such team is Cambridge University; team-member Fiona Hampshire says: 'This is my first Wilson Trophy and I’m really enjoying it. The racing has been really tight; you really have to sail your best, there’s no room for error. The organisation has been brilliant – we think the event should be run twice a year!'

Also competing at the Wilson Trophy for the first time is the British Sailing Team, which includes 2012 Olympic silver medallists, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell. With seven out of 13 wins so far, the duo admit it’s been a 'steep learning curve' but are not discounting the possibility of making the quarter-final cut tomorrow.

The home club’s two other teams also ended the day with seven of 13 wins; Hilbre Highlanders and West Kirby Sailing Club team both feature old hands and new faces, as the more experienced team racers have teamed up with some of the club’s junior members, part of West Kirby Sailing Club’s commitment to training and development.

West Kirby Sailing Club team member, Leo Dixon, is a past winner of the Wilson Trophy. He says: 'We’re learning lots as a team, especially as we had three particularly tough races in a row this afternoon, but overall we’re having a great time and really enjoying the sailing.'

Racing continues tomorrow at 8am, with the quarter-finals expected to begin at approximately 2pm.

In the meantime, competitors, officials, umpires and volunteers from West Kirby Sailing Club are looking forward to tonight’s legendary Wilson Trophy dinner.

Latest Results

Results for races 210 to 230
 

Race
Number

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

230

RTYC Condors

4

5

6

-v-

1

2

3

Bristol University

229

Bristol Barracuda

1

2

5

-v-

3

4

6

BUSA

228

Howth YC

3

4

5

-v-

1

2

6

Oxford

227

Royal St George Knights

1

2

6

-v-

3

4

5

Southampton MVCh

226

New York YC (USA)

4

5

6

-v-

1

2

3

Wessex Exempt

225

RF Hoosiers

2

3

4

-v-

1

5

6

West Kirby Hawks

224

Royal Thames

1

3

5

-v-

2

4

6

West Kirby SC

223

Spinacker Auspicious

1

3

4

-v-

2

5

6

Grafham Grilling Goblins

222

RI Pistols (USA)

2

3

6

-v-

1

4

5

Team Itchenor

221

MCS

1

2

4

-v-

3

5

6

Manchester Purple

220

Liverpool University ST

1

2

5

-v-

3

4

6

Edinburgh

219

Castaways

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

Schull Youth

218

Sheffield Steel

4

5

6

-v-

1

2

3

Durham

217

Royal Cork YC

2

3

4

-v-

1

5

6

Rutland Raiders

216

Itchenor Butterflies

1

2

3

-v-

4

5

6

Staines Steelers

215

Cambridge

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

Bristol University

214

Howth YC

1

2

6

-v-

3

4

5

BUSA

213

Hilbre Highlanders

1

2

5

-v-

3

4

6

Oxford & Cambridge SS

212

New York YC (USA)

4

5

6

-v-

1

2

3

Southampton MVCh

211

Royal St George Knights

3

4

5

-v-

1

2

6

RF Hoosiers

210

RTYC Condors

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

Oxford

The online results were last updated : Sat 04 May 13 at 17:23:12 GMT


http://www.wksc.net/wilsontrophy/results.asp" target="_blank">Full results here
X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearFremantle to Bali Race 660x82

Related Articles

World’s biggest wooden tall ship to kick off 2017 Passage Race
Spectacular British wooden sail ship, the STS Tenacious, will be the official start boat for the 2017 Festival of Sails Spectacular British wooden sail ship, the STS Tenacious, will be the official start boat for the 2017 Festival of Sails’ dramatic opening event, the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race.
Posted on 31 Aug
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted on 31 Aug
The Groupama Race – Safety is top priority!
170 sailors will be on the starting line on the 25th September for a 654 nautical mile race around New Caledonia. 170 sailors will be on the starting line on the 25th September for a 654 nautical mile race around New Caledonia. Running (with the wind behind) in sometimes breathtaking seas, or beating to windward against the swell.
Posted on 31 Aug
The X Factor starring X-Yachts
X-Yachts do indeed have plenty to sing about. X-Yachts do indeed have plenty to sing about. Testament to that is the three-year-old Xp38 on display at the recent Sydney International Boat Show still looked brand new. This was no mooring minder either, but rather a boat that had gone up to Hamilton Island Race Week for each of those years and campaigned hard.
Posted on 31 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - The Week in Video
Catch all the action from Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Bob Killick and the 18ft Skiff video and commentary team If you missed the action from Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Bob Killick and the 18ft Skiff video and commentary team were on hand to record the on the water action from the Week
Posted on 28 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug