BUSA Inland Championships 2009 (& BUCS Fleet racing part ii)

After a long week of team racing, more students arrived to take part in the BUSA Inland Championships at DWSC at the weekend. This year the event was hosted by Brunel University, the 2008 team winners.

Racing kicked off at Queen Mother Reservoir, in what must have been perfect sailing conditions, sunshine and a decent bit of wind. Over 30 boats took part this year, from 12 different universities providing a good fleet. Seven races were completed in total; despite a slightly delayed start on the second day (was everyone a little hung over?).

Congratulations were given to everyone for taking part, and the umpire and organization team who have been on site since the start of the BUSA Team Racing finals. This year the BUSA Inlands team prize was awarded to Exeter university with their top 3 boats gaining 1st, 3rd and 6th place, and thus the lowest average score. A special mention must go to 29er sailors, James Rusden and Rob Partridge of Exeter, who came 1st in all 7 races and were awarded the BUSA Inland Champions for 2009.

Due to the lack of races that took place at the BUCS Fleet Racing back in November at WPNSA, those who competed with the same helm, crew and class of boat, were also up for BUCS awards in the Laser 2 and Handicap fleet.

Piers Arnold and Emmanuel Koechert, from Brunel University were once again awarded the BUCS Fleet Racing laser II Cup for a second year running, and Toby Ayre, from Bath University in his Laser Radial winning the BUCS Fleet Racing Handicap Accolade.

Well done to all who took part!

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