The Finals of the annual Team Racing Championships of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and British University Sailing Association (BUSA) were held at Spinnaker Sailing Club from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 April 2019.
This was the culmination of an academic year’s selection, training and competition. In February, the largest team racing event, probably worldwide, was simultaneously held over five venues across the UK. 540 sailors, in over some 90 university teams, competed in Qualifiers. Four of these covered English and Welsh universities, at four venues: Derwent Water, Grafham, Spinnaker and Chew Valley. In Scotland the event was the third in a series of ‘League’ weekends held between December and February at Bardowie Loch and on the Tay (planned events at Forfar having been iced up – inside and outside!).
From these five events, 20 teams qualified direct to the Finals. A further fifteen teams went forward to Playoffs, held on Derwent Water, to find a further seven teams to go forward to the Finals. The 28th team invited to Finals is the winning team from the Irish Intervarsities, held in March. The story of the qualifiers this year was covered in a Finals Preview – see link listed below.
This year the Finals were organised directly by BUSA with support from Spinnaker, but with the incredible support of an army of volunteers, this year from all over the country, many accompanying their teams. Tribute was paid to the BUSA Technical Delegates, Emily Robertson and Chris Lindsay, for their massive commitment, over many months.
See the full report, with photos.
Placings, with allocation of BUCS points:
University College Dublin
St Andrews Pink
For full results see KSail, provided by Keith Sammons.
See the official BUSA Championship page for all Notices and documentation.
See News coverage:
Finals Preview and for Saskia Lloyd-Gaiger's daily reports: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3.
The event was very fully covered on the BUCS Team Racing Championship 2019 Facebook event page - @BUCStrChamps2019 – including photos and videos - and on Twitter - @BUSAsailing.
Photographs by Andrew Donald, Francis Treherne-Pollock, Tom Martin and Hugh Tomkins may be found on BUSA Sailing Facebook group.
BUSA Media official Facebook page:- @BUSAMedia