This biennial competition between the USA (ICSA) and the UK (BUSA) has, since its inception in 1959, involved teams of university student sailors alternately 'touring' the two countries, alternating, every other year..

For information about this year's edition, see 2019 Tour page.

Below the section on Background, there are sections for each Tour for which we hold records.


Background to the Tour:

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada.

The "Hall of Fame" provides information on many of the past Tours.

In 2013, the ICSA team toured the UK and won the series (see details below), putting a stop to several year's of UK wins.

In 2015, the BUSA team toured the USA and got its own back with across-the-board wins.

An ICSA team returned to the UK in August 2017 for the 30th Tour, with BUSA reianing the title with 3 matches to 2.

There are four trophies:

  • Lord John King - Match Race
  • Performance Sailcraft - Laser Team Race
  • British American - 2K
  • Thomas Lipton - 3v3 Team Racing

Main news items and any official documents are published here, but a Facebook event page is created for each Tour.

The documentation is generally listed below, with the most recent posts first.

2019 Tour

This time round, the cChallenge will be taking place in the US, namely throughout New England and the Mid- Atlantic.

The challenge will be approximately 18 days long, where the BUSA team of 8 sailors will start in Boston and work their way down the east coast to DC, competing in 5 trophy events throughout the course of the challenge. The tour will also allow the BUSA team to compete in various ISCA college championships outside of the trophy events.

For information about this year's edition, see 2019 Tour page.
2017 - The 30th - Tour
In 2017 the ICSA-BUSA Tour came to the UK.

GBR Team news was originally posted on the BUSA USA Tour Team Facebook page (mostly reproduced below).
Official documentation and reports are published here.

Invitation to Team Selection 2017
Selection Notice 2017
The British team was selected by a Selection Committee, consisting of Peter Saxton (President), Jack Fenwick (RYA
Representative) and Emily Wiltshire (former BUSA Chair and previous Tour member)

ICSA Team: Charles Lalumiere, Brendan Shanahan, Carolyn Smith, Gabriel Smith, Nic Baird, Edmund Cooper, Chandler Gregoire and Hannah Polster

BUSA Selection Process and Teams
See Invitation to Team Selection 2017 and Selection Notice 2017.
The British team was selected by a Selection Committee, consisting of Peter Saxton (President), Jack Fenwick (RYA
Representative) and Emily Wiltshire (former BUSA Chair and previous Tour member)

BUSA Teams Selected
– the original selection in June provided for some flexibility in the light of availability when the programme of events was finalised for August.

Firefly Team Race: Tarra Gill-Taylor, Scott Wallis, Arthur Henderson, Josh Flack, James Pinder, Tim Gratton, Hollie Marston, Millie Gibbons, Rachel Tilley and Ben Rahemtulla.Laser Team Race: Matt Whitfield. Rachel Tilley, James Pinder, Tim Gratton, Scott Wallis and Tarra Gill-Taylor

Match Race and 2K: Tarra Gill Taylor, Matt Whitfield, James Pinder, Josh Flack, Arthur Henderson, Tim Gratton, Scott Wallis, Hugo Sloper, Hollie Marston, Zak Bermon, Ben Rahemtulla and Millie Gibbons

BUSA Teams - actually competed:

Firefly Team Race 1: Tarra Gill-Taylor, Scott Wallis, Arthur Henderson, Josh Flack, Matt Whitfield and Tim Gratton

Laser Team Race: Tarra Gill-Taylor, Scott Wallis and Matt Whitfield

Match Race: Matt Whitfield, Tim Gratton and Zak Bermon

2K: Tarra Gill Taylor, Arthur Henderson, Tim Gratton, Hugo Sloper, Zak Bermon and Millie Gibbons

Firefly Team Race 2: Tarra Gill-Taylor, Scott Wallis, Arthur Henderson, Hugo Sloper, Matt Whitfield, Tim Gratton, Ben Rahemtulla, Jamie Webb and Millie Gibbons

The following daily reports were posted on BUSA USA Tour Team BUSA Captain, Tim Gratton:

Posted 21-08-17:
"The tour spent the weekend at the RYA Keelboat League Qualifier in Cowes, sailed in J70s. The BUSA team finished
a respectable 4th in stiff competition, while the ICSA teams ended up 3rd and 10th.

"We moved to Weymouth today for a glamour day of training off the Costa del Portland ahead of the Match race and 2K trophy matches. Stay
tuned here for updates!"


"After a long day on the water, BUSA emerge victorious in both the Match Racing and 2K Team Racing.

"The morning saw a strong performance by Matt Whitfield, crewed by Zak Bermon and Tim Gratton, win the Lord John King Trophy 5-1. Good boat speed and handling saw them able to make a number of passes on the last downwind to take the series, after a black flag in the 4th race when they got tangled on the committee boat anchor line.

"The 2K series was very closely contested, with most races coming down to the last moves into the finish. The team of Arthur Henderson, Tim Gratton, Tarra Gill-Taylor, Hugo Sloper, Zak Bermon and Millie Gibbons improved their tactics as the afternoon went on and were able to take
the British American Trophy 4-3.

"The BUSA team have a 2-1 lead in the overall series as the tour moves to Queen Mary tomorrow for the 3v3 laser match."

posted August 23, 2017:
"Despite Matt, Tarra and Scott's best efforts, the ICSA team had the upper hand on boat speed and handling at Queen Mary today,
allowing them to take the Performance Sailcraft Trophy for the 3v3 laser match 4-1.

"This means that the series is tied at 2-2 going into tomorrow's final match - a 3v3 team race in fireflies at Grafham.

August 24, 2017:
"In the deciding match BUSA win 5-2 to take the tour series, retaining the title that was won in the USA 2 years ago.

"Sailed at Grafham in 8-12knts, the team of Hugo Sloper, Arthur Henderson, Tim Gratton, Tarra Gill-Taylor, Scott Wallis, Matt Whitfield, Ben Rahemtulla, Jamie Webb and Millie Gibbons had some tight races, with the 7th race coming down to the final two boat lengths in to the finish.

"Well done and many thanks to everyone that made the tour such a success, be it sailing or one of the many helpers that we have had over the last 7 days. Let the celebrations commence!

The Teams after the final Grafham event (not all GBR team members competed in all events).

2015 Tour

The 29th Tour involved a UK Team touring the USA in September 2015

Post Event News

Full Report with photos

The BUSA USA Tour Team Facebook page created in May 2015 carried news before and during the event. This continues into the 2017 edition.

With the Trophies at the US Naval Academy

Sonars at Boston

Team Racing at Tufts

The 2015 BUSA Team:
Emily Nagel, BUSA Ladies’ Captain (University of Southampton)
Connor Miller, BUSA Men’s Captain (Loughborough University)
Cam Douglas (University of Bristol)
Ben Gratton (University of Oxford)
Tim Gratton (University of Cambridge)
Arthur Henderson (University of Cambridge)
Charlie Makepeace (University of Bristol)
Mike Matthews (Loughborough University)
Matt Reid (Southampton Solent University)
Emily Wiltshire (Cardiff University)

Pre-Tour Press Release

Notice of Selection

2013 Tour

This was the 28th BUSA/ICSA Tour since the challenge started 54 years ago.

Chris Barnard, a member of the 2013 USA Team, made a great Chris Barnard's Blog Reports on their Tour This effectively provides our best report on the whole Tour.
This was downloaded from Chris Barnard’s Website, with many thanks.

Match 3 at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA)

Match 4 at West Kirby SC

Match 3

Match 1 at Oxford SC, Farmoor

The Teams

Match 1 at Oxford SC, Farmoor

More photos may be found in the BUSA Sailing Facebook galleries:
Match 1
Match 2
Match 4 on West Kirby Marine Lake
ICSA and BUSA teams at Weymouth & Portland

The Tour Programme, together with the BUSA (UK) Squad members for each event:
(ICSA (US) Team members are listed beneath)

10th/11th July – Thomas Lipton Trophy: 3 boat Team Racing (Oxford Sailing Club)

Phil Sparks, James Grant, Charlie Makepeace, Cam Douglas, Ben Gratton, Guy Stephens.

Preview Result Photospre-Training at Weymouth.

16th/17th July – British American Trophy: 2K Keelboat Team Racing (RYA Portland House and Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy)

Phil Derry, Nick Wilkinson, Guy Stephens, Ben Gratton, Marianthe Evangelidis, Jack Kilburn.

17th July – Lord John King Trophy: Match Racing (RYA Portland House and Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy)

Nick Wilkinson, Jack Kilburn and Ben Gratton.

Guy Stephens, Phil Derry and Marianthe Evangelidis, .

19th-21st July – West Kirby Invitational: 3 boat Team Racing (West Kirby SC)

Fiona Hampshire, Phil Derry and Guy Stephens, Nick Wilkinson, Ben Gratton, Phil Sparks

23rd/24th July – Performance Sailcraft Trophy: Laser Team Racing (Queen Mary SC)

James Grant, Cam Douglas, Olly Porter

The ICSA team are:
Benjamin Spector
Chris Barnard
Chris Segerblom
Judge Ryan
Mac Mace
Mayumi Roller
Joshua Greenslade

Team Selection Process:

News item: The Search for the BUSA Tour Team Begins


Invitation to Apply

Selection Process

Application Form

Previous Years

The BUSA Tour Foundation (which had been established by some former UK compeitors to help support UK teams) ceased in 2014 (its remaining funds being tranferred to BUSA). Foundation members had established a website - http://www.busatourfoundation.org/halloffame.html - that closed at the same time. This had provided a Tour "Hall of Fame". The attached pdf provides the information that had been downloaded in 2013.

There are several gaps in the Tours recorded, particularly before the Millenium, It would be much appreciated if anyone able to help fill these gaps would contact BUSA@rya.org.ok and BUSAed@gmail.com, so that we can add to what is recorded. It is the intention to add the information for Tours following 2013 shortly.