sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Home teams take advantage in big breeze on day 1 of Wilson Trophy
Home teams take advantage in big breeze on day 1 of Wilson Trophy


'Action from day one'    Georgie Corlett    Click Here to view large photo

Strong breezes were the order of the day at the 2013 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, which began today at 1300hrs on West Kirby’s Marine Lake. Racing on day one of the three-day event concluded at 1700 hrs; with 73 races completed, four of the 34 teams entered were left tied for first place, claiming four out of four wins each.

Three of those four teams are representing the host club, West Kirby Sailing Club; amongst them the defending Trophy champions, West Kirby Hawks, alongside West Kirby Sailing Club Team and Hilbre Highlanders. RF Hoosiers completes the line-up of leaders.

The British Sailing Team, which includes 2012 Olympic silver medallists, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, admit they got off to a shaky start, at this their first team racing event. But after losing their first race to seasoned team racers, Rutland Raiders, they bounced back to win the next three.

Stuart Bithell says: 'Our first race was a baptism of fire! It was very hectic, against a good team. But our results improved after that – we’ve had to become quick learners – and we have really enjoyed it so far.'

Stuart’s dad, Les Bithell, made the journey from Hollingworth Sailing Club to watch today’s action. Les is himself a past winner of the Wilson Trophy, which was first run in 1949. He says: 'It’s great to see some old faces around, and everyone is enjoying themselves as much as ever. The races seem a lot shorter than they used to be!'

Action from day one of the Wilson Trophy -  Georgie Corlett   Click Here to view large photo

RYA Performance Director and Racing Manager John Derbyshire was also at West Kirby today to observe the event. He says: 'The Wilson Trophy is the spiritual home of team racing. This is an incredible event to witness and see first-hand. The organisation is immense. It is not often that you see such a high standard of sailing taking place so close to spectators. It’s really slick, and there is a great atmosphere; not only amongst the competitors but also amongst the organisers and umpires; there’s a real sense of engagement between everyone.'

Teams from New York Yacht Club and Rhode Island have also made the journey to take part in this year’s event, together with three teams from Ireland. At the end of racing today, both American teams and the Irish youth team from Schull found themselves in a good position, having dropped just one race each. Oxford, Royal Thames Yacht Club and two teams from Itchenor Sailing Club also finished the day with three out of four wins, having successfully mastered the high winds of this afternoon.

But with gusts of up to 30 knots, the lively conditions caused challenges for some teams, and there were a number of dramatic capsizes throughout the day. Race officials made the call early on to sail the six-flights of equally-matched Fireflies with cut-down mainsails. Volunteer organisers from West Kirby Sailing Club were quick to react when a few minor breakages occurred, ensuring racing ran almost continuously throughout the afternoon.

Event director, Chris Riley, says: 'Overall we are pleased with how the first day has gone; the racing has run seamlessly. We’ve had great feedback from the competitors so far, everyone is having a ball. Ultimately the windy conditions today favour the heavier crews, but lighter winds are forecast for tomorrow and Sunday, and over the three days the strongest teams will come to the top of the table.'

Action from day one of the Wilson Trophy -  Tim Piper/Juice Photography   Click Here to view large photo

Local university team, Liverpool University, who train regularly at West Kirby Sailing Club, was one of the teams finding the fresh conditions difficult to contend with, having lost all four of their matches today. Team member, Milly Putney, says: 'The conditions are a bit wet and cold but we are having a lovely time and our team has great morale. We have had some really fun races and some very close matches; we beat one of the Olympic sailors earlier – it was just a shame his team-mates were in front of us!'

With lighter winds and sunshine predicted for tomorrow, the organisers are hoping to complete approximately 150 races. With free grandstand seating and live commentary, spectators watching from the lake wall can look forward to another thrilling day of top level team racing action, as over 200 sailors from across the UK, America and Ireland take to the water, with the first starts scheduled for 0800hrs.

Results for races 188 to 208

Race
Number

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

208

British Sailing Team

1

3

6

-v-

2

4

5

Bristol Barracuda

207

Grafham Grilling Goblins

1

2

4

-v-

3

5

6

Team Itchenor

206

RI Pistols (USA)

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

Spinacker Auspicious

205

West Kirby Hawks

1

2

6

-v-

3

4

5

Royal Thames

204

Edinburgh

1

2

5

-v-

3

4

6

Manchester Purple

203

Castaways

4

5

6

-v-

1

2

3

Sheffield Steel

202

Rutland Raiders

2

3

6

-v-

1

4

5

Durham

201

Schull Youth

1

2

4

-v-

3

5

6

Liverpool University ST

200

Staines Steelers

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

MCS

199

Royal Cork YC

1

5

6

-v-

2

3

4

Bristol University

198

Itchenor Butterflies

3

5

6

-v-

1

2

4

Howth YC

197

BUSA

1

2

3

-v-

4

5

6

Oxford & Cambridge SS

196

Royal St George Knights

3

4

6

-v-

1

2

5

New York YC (USA)

195

Oxford

3

5

6

-v-

1

2

4

West Kirby SC

194

Cambridge

1

3

5

-v-

2

4

6

Southampton MVCh

193

Grafham Grilling Goblins

1

2

4

-v-

3

5

6

Bristol Barracuda

192

Wessex Exempt

1

2

3

-v-

4

5

6

RTYC Condors

191

Hilbre Highlanders

1

2

6

-v-

3

4

5

British Sailing Team

190

RF Hoosiers

2

4

6

-v-

1

3

5

Spinacker Auspicious

189

Team Itchenor

1

3

4

-v-

2

5

6

Royal Thames

188

RI Pistols (USA)

1

3

4

-v-

2

5

6

West Kirby Hawks

The online results were last updated : Sat 04 May 13 at 15:58:03 GMT


See full results and a complete line up of teams at Wilson Trophy


by Georgie Corlett

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=109128

2:51 PM Sat 4 May 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World













HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US