Please select your home edition
Edition
Abell Point Marina 728x90 Moor

Spring spells mixed fortunes for the BKA

by Matt Carter on 1 May 2013
BKA sailors on-board J109 Alice RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
There has been a case of mixed fortunes for the British Keelboat Academy so far this spring, with sailors who form part of the RYA and UKSA’s joint keelboat racing initiative overcoming some tough challenges and steep learning curves out on the Solent.

After a very cold couple of spring months, the start of the racing season kicked off with some impressive results. Back in March, the British Keelboat Academy started off with some training weekends alongside the Warsash Spring Series, followed by the RORC Easter Challenge and the Warsash Spring Championships towards the end of April.

The regattas allowed competitors from the BKA to bring together all of their winter training, which included technical training into areas including rules, meteorology and boat maintenance, as well as acting as the perfect opportunity to receive on the water coaching as the young keelboat sailors look to settle into their individual campaigns ahead of the key events this summer.

Seven BKA sailors joined the J109 Alice (Alastair Speare-Cole) managed by Jack Trigger. Competing in the J109 fleet in the Solent, the new team achieved some good results, competing in the BKA Inter-Club Challenge where they finished third overall, IRC, Warsash Spring Series in 11th overall, J109, and the Warsash Spring Championships where the young crew achieved fifth overall, J109. With the entire team only being in their first year of the BKA, the aspiring sailors have learnt a lot in such a short period of time with the crew now looking forward to their next regatta at the RnSYC in May.

The Beneteau 40.7 Mitchellson Interceptor (Stuart and James Wilkie) welcomed three BKA sailors to the team managed by Jonty Cook. The team so far has had a string of good results, starting the season earlier than any other team. After a number of cold weekends and missing a few days due to corporate sailing, the team still managed second overall in IRC 2, in the Warsash Spring Series. After some tough competition, the team posted eight overall in the RORC Easter Challenge and another eight overall in the Warsash Spring Championships.

'Overall it has been a successful start to the season for Mitchellson Interceptor,' said BKA squad sailor Jonty Cook, 20, from Oxford.

'The attitudes towards these events were very pleasing from all sailors on-board, and even though we still aimed to do well, the Spring Series events were treated as more of a training regatta than anything else. With such a strong fleet cross the start line on both weekends of the Series, Interceptor finished eighth, scoring a fourth and a fifth on the final day, our two best results of the Championship. With several more events in the coming months we hope to build on our performance so far to attain more results.'

On board the Ker 40 Magnum 3 (Andrew Pearce) are another four BKA squad sailors for 2013. After a successful 2012 racing season, the team are back and doing well. The team missed out on first place to the TP52 ’5 West’ in the RORC Easter Challenge and again, came second in the Warsash Spring Championships.

Christopher Robson, BKA squad sailor and crew of the Ker 40, added: 'With biting cold weather over the first RORC championship of the season, Magnum 3 put her pre-season training into good use with consistent results. The North Easterly breeze made manoeuvres tricky with cold bodies and freezing hands, however the crew battled on making the best of the bitterly cold conditions. Being top Ker 40 was one of our aims for the weekend, which we achieved, so we were happy with the result.'


With the continued support from the professional team ‘Ran’, the BKA has placed a full crew of 12 BKA sailors on board Farr 45 Kolga (Niklas Zennström) with Pat Jolly as team coach. The team had a number of good individual results, with a couple of bullets including winning a race by more than five minutes on corrected time. Overall, the team was placed second in the Warsash Spring Series, sixth in the RORC Easter Challenge and second in the Warsash Spring Championships.

Four BKA sailors joined the competitive First 40 for 2013, managed by Robbie Southwell. Unfortunately, joining the Warsash Spring Series nearer the end, the team were left in 11th overall, but even with the lack of training, the team still managed fifth in IRC 2 in the RORC Easter Challenge and an impressive first in IRC 2 in the Warsash Spring Championships.

The BKA teams will now be working on consolidating their manoeuvres and achieving consistent results for the remaining season. The sailors are now preparing for the Vice Admirals Cup in May, where the Farr 45 team will be looking to defend the IRC Class 1 trophy from 2012.

Ash Holmes, British Keelboat Academy Head Coach, commented: 'I am very pleased with the progression of the sailors this year. The teams are achieving some good results and learning by their mistakes. I am confident that we are going to have a good year and that many of the squad sailors will go on to race on some great teams in the future.'

For more information about the British Keelboat Academy please visit the BKA website.

Mondo Travel - Americas Cup - 5785Protector - 660 x 82Make Fast Moorings

Related Articles

Etchells Western Australian State Championships – Three peat out West
This was the second year concurrently Swan River Etchells Fleet headed ‘’up the creek’’ to the Royal Perth Yacht Club Saturday was classic Western Australian sunshine on the sparkling Indian Ocean albeit quite light and shifting conditions Axis’ varied from 135 – 150 - 170 around 5 – 8 kts for two lap races between 1.3 – 1.8 nm.
Posted on 14 Mar
Paul Cayard reports from the Sydney Harbor Series and JJ Giltinan
Last summer, my results were pretty bad on the TP52 Phoenix. I was feeling pretty down about it all and looking forward Last summer, my results were pretty bad on the TP52 Phoenix. I was feeling pretty down about it all and looking forward to getting back on a winning path this spring. When the owner sold the boat, that closed the door on redemption, seemingly. Then I got asked to come down to Sydney and race as helmsman on another TP52, for the IRC national championship - Beau Geste out of Hong Kong.
Posted on 6 Mar
Make or break time at 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Despite the rain and winds of 30-35 knots yesterday, a record 226 entries hit the water for Sydney Harbour Regatta Despite the rain and winds of 30-35 knots yesterday, a record 226 entries hit the water for Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour Regatta and do so again today as they vie for victories in the 21 classes taking part.
Posted on 5 Mar
Tough day at Sydney Harbour doesn’t faze 90 year-old Gordon Ingate
The ‘main event’ got underway at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 12th anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta today The ‘main event’ got underway at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 12th anniversary Sydney Harbour Regatta today, when 21 classes and divisions joined the Sydney 38 class, which started its international championship yesterday – and everyone came ashore with a story to tell when big breeze accompanied a big swell on the Harbour.
Posted on 4 Mar
Ikon38 maintains Sydney 38 lead at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Big conditions on Sydney Harbour pulled racing up short by one race today when 30 knots was registered on Sydney Harbour Big conditions on Sydney Harbour pulled racing up short by one race today when 30 knots was registered on Sydney Harbour, but it was water off a duck’s back for Kirwan Robb and his Ikon38 crew, who continue to lead the Sydney 38 OD International Championship at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour Regatta.
Posted on 4 Mar
Internationals among record 226 boats in 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Despite rain, a record 226 entries will set sail in Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 12th Sydney Harbour Regatta this weekend Despite the rain, a record 226 entries will set sail in Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 12th Sydney Harbour Regatta this weekend, rivalling and outnumbering Australia’s largest regattas.
Posted on 4 Mar
UK Flying 15 celebrates 70th anniversary at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone to join them To kick start their 70th Anniversary year the UK Flying Fifteen Association are asking everyone who sails an International Flying Fifteen or keelboat, to join them at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 04-05 March (Alexandra Palace, London), to get the celebrations under way.
Posted on 20 Feb
Brisbane Etchells – Chocolates over boiled lollies anytime
So the original Bert Bryant saying, ‘Gone from Chocolates to Boiled Lollies’, came out of horse racing in the 60s. So the original Bert Bryant saying, ‘Gone from Chocolates to Boiled Lollies’, came out of horse racing in the 60s. It refers to looking good, then ultimately not doing so well. Now in sailing, when you talk about those ever-so-easy-to-eat, chocolate covered, little and skinny liquorice sticks, it means wins. Yep. They’re bullets.
Posted on 19 Feb
Australian Etchells Championships images by Dinghy Fever Photography
Dinghy Fever Photography provided this gallery of images from 2017 Australian Etchells Championships RPAYC. Dinghy Fever Photography provided this gallery of images from 2017 Australian Etchells Championships RPAYC.
Posted on 18 Feb
Class championships to feature at Sydney Harbour Regatta
Battle lines will be drawn when a variety of classes hold their championships at NSW’s largest keelboat event Battle lines will be drawn when a variety of classes hold their championships at NSW’s largest keelboat event, the Sydney Harbour Regatta, to be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club over the weekend of 4-5 March.
Posted on 14 Feb