Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Endure

British Keelboat Academy Inter Club Challenge Cup - Victory for Poole

by Lindsey Bell on 16 Apr 2013
British Keelboat Academy Inter Club Challenge Cup 2013 Ash Holmes / BKA http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/bka/Pages/BritishKeelboatAcademy.aspx
A team of young sailors from Poole Yacht Club has emerged victorious in this weekend’s inaugural British Keelboat Academy Inter Club Challenge Cup (Saturday 13 April).

The event was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, on behalf of the British Keelboat Academy, and aimed to get more young sailors out racing on yachts to increase the engagement of sailors, clubs and boat owners in the opportunities which the BKA is able to offer to support the development of young sailors.


Poole Yacht Club’s winning team consisted of Jim Macgregor’s Elan 40 ‘Flair IV’ and the J80 ‘Last Chance’. The combined total scores of both boats in the three races held was 13 points, which was enough to hold off the challenge of the team from RORC – comprising Peter Morton’s Corby 33 ‘Salvo’ and Nick Haigh’s ‘Jai Deux Amour’ – on 18 points.
Some 80 young sailors took part in the event, all demonstrating great skill on the water to handle their boats in gusty conditions, with driving rain later in the day and the continuing unseasonably cold weather not making things any easier.

Many of the sailors were new to this size of boats and were using this event as part of making the transition into keelboat racing. On some boats, the sailors were supported by more experienced older sailors on board, whilst several boats had been entrusted to a complete crew under the age of 25 – great testament to the skill of these young sailors.

Jim Macgregor, from Poole Yacht Club, made his boat available to the winning team but did not himself sail on board for the event, instead entrusting it to the young crew led by skipper Tim Lees.


Macgregor summed up the event from their perspective: 'It was the first time many of the Team had sailed a keelboat outside of Poole, so to visit the Solent and keep Teams from RORC, The Royal Yacht Squadron and The Royal Southern Yacht Club behind them was particularly satisfying and will have given their self-confidence a huge boost, further bolstering their enthusiasm to do more.

'The tough conditions encountered in getting the team boats from Poole to The Solent and back just added to the character building experience of the event. Bonding was further built by the youngsters being empowered to organise and run the campaign themselves, under the watchful eye of Chris Doe who, at 26, was by far the eldest of the 27 sailors (average age under 19). Suffice to say the rest of the club was right behind the Team with support whenever it was needed, including on the water back up from another Elan.'

Macgregor concluded: 'There can be no doubt that Poole YC’s win and the networking experienced will have given them a whole new view on their future sailing plans and a will to apply for a position in the British Keelboat Academy.'


After sailing, all participants were able to hear from an experienced panel about the opportunities at the top level of yacht racing. Current BKA squad member James French, himself only 20, talked about the his experience skippering the British team at the recent Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trials and, particularly, the benefit of the experience and training he had received as part of the British Keelboat Academy.

Luke McCarthy, British Keelboat Academy Head Coach, commented: 'It was great to see so many young sailors out on the water and all sailing their boats really well in some tough conditions.

'I am sure that many will go on to be really successful keelboat sailors, and we look forward to welcoming lots of them to the BKA in future. Thanks to all those involved with making this first event such a success.'








Overall results:

Teams

1st Poole Yacht Club 13 points
2nd Royal Ocean Racing Club 18 points
3rd Royal Southern Yacht Club 30 points
4th Royal Yacht Squadron 30 points

Individual
IRC

1st Flair IV Jim Macgregor 4 points
2nd Induljence Adam Munday 6 points
3rd Alice Alastair Speare Cole 9 points

J80
1st Seafire Bruno van Dyke 5 points
2nd Jai Deux Amours Nick Haigh 7 points
3rd Last Chance Chris Doe 9 points

For full results, click British Keelboat Academy website

Wildwind 2016 660x82North Sails Fast T Clewring J-class

Related Articles

J/111 Garmin World Championship less than a week away
Championship is less than a week away, fourteen teams from seven different countries will be taking part. Forming a truly international fleet, the teams come from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Racing on tight Solent courses the fleet will enjoy a five day racing programme and a lively social schedule, organised at the Island Sailing Club in the heart of Cowes.
Posted on 26 Jul
Entry open for Hamble Classics Regatta
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble is hosting and managing the racing for the inaugural regatta In addition to Classic Yachts of pre-1971 design, the International Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Spirit of Tradition yachts plus Old Gaffers and Dayboats, organisers are delighted to announce a class for all Sparkman and Stephens-designed Nautor Swans.
Posted on 26 Jul
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
Panerai British Classic Week comes to a spectacular conclusion
With the sailing complete it was time for the crews to don their finery and enjoy the last big party of the regatta The only class winner still to be decided was Class four where John Mulcahy’s 1961 Kim Holman Stella Estrella held a narrow three-point lead over Jonathan and Scilla Dyke’s 1938 Robert Clark Bermudan sloop Cereste.
Posted on 25 Jul
Anatoliy Loginov wins the Gazprom Dragon European Championship
The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in the first ten days of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice race The only day that saw one race was the first when with five minutes left to day’s cancellation the jury decided to send the fleet to race and they gained a perfect race under perfect conditions.
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Oiling the wheels
The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The MedCup was hosted four times by the marina between 2005 and 2008 and 2016 is now the second time that the 52 Super Series will race out on the Bay of Palma based from Puerto Portals Marina.
Posted on 24 Jul
The Coupe Virginie Heriot went to RUS27 of Anatoliy Loginov
The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in the first decade of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice regatta 2016 Gazprom Dragon Europeans - The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in the first decade of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice regatta for dozen of early birds that arrived at the Europeans venue to train. The competition was won by Loginov and it seemed like the shape of things to come.
Posted on 24 Jul
Panerai British Classic Week - Whooper in action on Day 5
The fifth day of Panerai British Classic Week produced some interesting weather, some challenging racing The fifth day of Panerai British Classic Week produced some interesting weather, some challenging racing and confirmed of the overall winner in several classes.
Posted on 22 Jul
Hornbaek ready to welcome the Dragon Gold Cup fleet
Hornbaek Boat Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club and Hellerup Sailing Club are ready and raring to go for Dragon Gold Cup. Hornbaek Boat Club, the Royal Danish Yacht Club and Hellerup Sailing Club are ready and raring to go as the time approaches for this year’s Dragon Gold Cup. As the clubs put the finishing touches to the late-August event, preliminary entries count 13 countries with a large number of Dragon class stars due to visit the Nordic Rivera, 45 kms north of the Danish capital.
Posted on 21 Jul
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – All bets are off for these final 24 hours
Class40 fleet entered the English Channel this morning, and the leading group is so tightly packed that all bets are off The Class40 fleet entered the English Channel this morning, and the leading group is so tightly packed that all bets are off as to the sporting outcome of this ninth edition presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis.
Posted on 21 Jul