Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Halloween Howler starts the year- Cambridge sets the pace

by Tony Mapplebeck (BUSA Editor) on 3 Nov 2012
Halloween Howler (Leeds University) Chris Beck
Thirteen British University teams converged on Leeds and West Riding Sailing Club for the first of the season’s student team racing events that will run through to next March. In addition to the strong turnout from northern universities - Lancaster, Newcastle (two teams), Sheffield (two), as well as Leeds Freshers and Leeds Old Boys - teams travelled from as far as the University of West of England (UWE) at Bristol, Cambridge (two) and Nottingham (three).

USCs have had a busy few weeks of the new academic year, recruiting new sailors at Freshers’ Week, ensuring a fun start with a good emphasis on the social side, but getting sailing underway at their nearest sailing club – often a Wednesday afternoon activity with both a steep learning curve for new sailors and the beginning of team race training and team selection for the more experienced.

The effectiveness of this early work was in evidence at West Riding last weekend. Several USCs were commenting on the strong numbers of fresher sailors this year – Nottingham had three teams competing at the Howler, and we are pretty sure that we heard some seasoned team racers commenting positively that Nottingham 1 seemed to have several freshers!


Typically, USCs saw this event as the start a serious season of competition aimed at qualifying for the BUCS/BUSA National Championship next April. With area Qualifiers, together with a further chance to qualify a team through national Playoffs, in February/March, every opportunity will be taken to gain competition experience. And the criteria for a ‘good’ event will include the number of races that can be squeezed in by the Race Committee and the standard of competition.

The other important criteria for a successful weekend will be the social programme laid on by the host USC. Indeed, particularly at this early stage of the year, this may be the primary consideration for some! – it’s all about bonding! The Facebook write-ups after the Howler tell tales of many escapades, in the spirit of Halloween, and most sailors seemed to have the stamina to arrive ready and focussed for action on the water, even if some did look at the lunch laid on by the professional caterers with some caution! It was summed up by Newcastle USCs Media Officer, Chris Woods: 'we made what surely must be Newcastle sailing history by being the first team at the club........cheers for a great weekend, hope you all had as much fun as I think I did!'


This event was wholly run by the University Sailing Club, which is sponsored by AmeriCamp.com and First40Charter.com. A team of fifteen volunteers was led by Commodore, Ali Sims, who acted as OOD. The racing itself was managed by members of the Committee, together with two experienced Umpires. Wakefield Sea Cadets drove additional RIBs they supplied so as to ensure smooth changeovers on the water. Sunny weather and a fair breeze on Saturday set the tone for the event. By the end of sailing on the first day, 45 races of the Round Robin had been sailed. The Cambridge, and two of the Nottingham, teams were heading the leader board on average scores. A further 33 races of the Round Robin were completed on Sunday, before Semi Finals and Finals. Cambridge Pink beat Nottingham 1 in the first of the semis, and Cambridge Blue, the Leeds Old Boys. In the all-Cambridge Final, the Blue team had the edge.

Secretary of UWE SC, Jilly Darling summed up the event: 'Overall it was a really good weekend. The racing was well run and Ali Sims and the rest of Leeds were working so hard to make sure everything ran smoothly! UWE had a great weekend, very competitive and extremely well run racing, as well as the socials to give it that 'uni' feel. Special mention has to go to Ali Sims for putting everything he had into the event.'

Cambridge Captain, Josh Flack explained 'we went to the Howler having done little training so far, but knowing that we have a talented squad. So, we really just wanted to see where we stand, and start to work on the basics of spotting your combination and pulling the conversions. To have both teams do that well was a very encouraging start to the season! We had a little bit of trepidation with the slow start on Saturday morning, but after that we had a great event and whacked through the races. It’s not often that you get close to 20 races in a weekend. So a massive thanks to Ali and all the Leeds gang for that!'.

A great start to the 2012-13 UK university team racing season.



Colligo Marine 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Groupama Race – Between the north and Nouméa
Beau Geste arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. Beau Geste arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. The crew was very pleased about his race. The owner and skipper, Karl Kwok, compared the luxury and unspoilt landscapes from the East coast to Polynesia and the West coast to Cebu island in Philippines.
Posted on 28 Sep
68 yachts line up for the first two races of J70 World Championship
In the second race, conditions ranged from 18-25 knots with choppy seas which left more than one competitor on his side After three days of “non San Francisco” conditions over the wekend-85 degrees with sailors waiting around for wind while complaining of it being to hot in the parking lot-“San Francisco” came back. In the second race of the day, conditions ranged from 18-25 knots with choppy seas which left more than one competitor on his side with the gennaker up.
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted on 28 Sep
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted on 28 Sep
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted on 28 Sep
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
Team France Jeune selects its group for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare From 5 to 9 September, the city of Toulon played host to the second phase of the selection process launched by the Filière d’Excellence Team France (TF Excellence Network). After five days of events, Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau (the French Sailing Federation’s Technical Director) reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare
Posted on 27 Sep