Southampton Solent’s Nick Blevin and crew retain the title of BUSA Student Yachting Champions 2008.

Full report to follow, but a very cold and fun week was had by all.  Thanks go to Jim for his fantastic coaching skills, John Burgoine and the Race committee and Sunsail for a great event.

AGM minutes will be publish by the 2nd April.


Provisional results below.



Another cold day on the water for all, turning the results upside down. 

Now leading the charge for the championship are Southampton Solents’ Sam Pearson and Southamptons’ Ian Dobson. 

Race 6 is the all important ‘Long Inshore race’, which teams must count in their results, so it will be interesting to see the results.

Updated results are below.


With 32 teams on the water today in a bitterly cold North-Easterly wind, the first 2 races of the BUSA Student Yachting Nationals took place.

The opening day of racing saw fierce starts and close racing.

Currently leading the charge for the title of BUSA Yachting Champions 2008 are Southampton Solent 2, skippered by Nick Belvins.  They are closely followed by teams from Durham 1 and Edinburgh. 

Henry Foster, Skipper of Durham 1 and Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme Squad sailor commented,

“The racing was pretty shifty, but we sailed sensible and conservative races and had a good day on the water.  Our practice, sailing in the Sunsail Race Series over the weekend, gave us a good advantage over the other universities racing today.”

With three more races scheduled tomorrow, the places at the top of the leader board will become ever closer.

Results will be posted here, each evening.


Press Release: 2008 BUSA Student Yachting Championships

Hosted by Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club

16th-20th March 2008



More than 250 students will be heading to Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club this weekend (16-20 March) as the British Universities Sailing Associations (BUSA) Student Yachting Championships returns to Port Solent after a three year break for 2008.

Thirty two teams will battle it out over four days with eight races on tight Solent courses, including one long inshore race, testing their abilities to the max.  Teams of eight crew, representing universities from all over Great Britain in identical Sunsail Sunfast 37s is sure to result in close racing and hugely competitive mark roundings.

Defending champions Southampton Solent will be hoping to retain the title they won in 2007 and head off to the Student Yachting World Cup in October, however they will face stiff competition from city rivals Southampton University, who have a wealth of talented sailors in their teams. 

Several Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme Squad sailors will also attending the event, looking to bring back essential British Universities Sports Association points for their university. Programme sailors include Ally Ruthven (Edinburgh), Chris Dorey (Plymouth Blue), Josh Rumbol and Sally Olsen (Southampton 2), Jack Hunter (Southampton 3), Jez Fowke (Exeter), Tom Smedley (Skippering Cambridge 1), Henry Foster and Adam Wallace (Durham 1).

BUSA President, Jim Saltonstall, will be on hand at the event, delivering an unmissable daily debrief at the end of each day.

The BUSA Committee and Sunsail wish all the competitors good luck for the event, and will look forward to seeing the results .

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