Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

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.

BIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82Sailutions - RutgersonNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May