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November 2015

Oxford Blue take on top teams at one-day event

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Sam Jenkins writes,

Oxford Blue ventured south to Bough Beech on 28th November to join one in a series of one-day events, the brainchild of Oxford alumni John Platts-Mills and Phil Derry.

Attracting a selection of the top club/graduate-level teams in the country, the competition couldn’t really have been much higher. Indeed the only two university teams were Oxford and Cambridge (2nd and 1st at BUSA last year). Any race wins over the day would be commendable! Still, the Oxford sailors were able to secure wins against the (somewhat weakened) West Kirby Hawks, Royal Yacht Squadron, and others.

Conditions were pretty perfect for most of the day, with a dreamy 12-16 knots puffing down the lake for most of the day. This allowed a full day of really close, exciting racing with teams taking it in turns to umpire and run the start/finish boats.

More than anything we were incredibly impressed by the efficiency of the event format, each team managing to sail 12 races in one day which, in the depths of winter, was fab! OUYC are looking to introduce aspects of this format for their upcoming Top Gun invitational event.

Our thanks to John Platts-Mills and Phil Derry for organising and Andy Cornah of Sevenoaks School for hosting the event.

Oxford and Cambridge Sailing Society triumph at the Oxford Magnum for the second year in a row.

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Events Secretary Alistair Macaulay writes:

The Oxford Magnum returned to Farmoor reservoir on the weekend of the 31st October and 1st November. Light winds persisted throughout the weekend, but the race officer and their team of helpers made the most of the wind they did have to get 70 races completed on the Saturday. A further 24 races were completed on the Sunday before the wind dropped too far for the racing to be fair. Teams had been split into Gold, Silver and Bronze leagues for the Sunday racing, and unfortunately the premature end to that day’s racing meant that the results from those leagues could not be counted towards the final event results, so the event results remained as those from the end of Saturday’s racing. All teams had at least 6 races counting towards the final results, and all took part in at least 2 races on the Sunday.

At the end of Saturday both Society and Royal Thames Red were undefeated, with Royal Thames Blue and Cambridge Blue close behind on 7 out of 8 and 6 out of 7 race wins respectively. The first race of Sunday had Society and Royal Thames Red facing off against each other; even with an incomplete Sunday schedule that race could count to separate the two top teams. Society came away with a convincing win to lift the first prize – a magnum of champagne of course! Royal Thames Blue had in fact beaten Society in the racing on Sunday, so with a little more wind the results could have been very different at the top. We would like to thank the umpire team lead by Chief Umpire Bruce Hebbert and Race Officer Jo Lucas for working so hard to run as much high quality racing as possible despite the weather’s best efforts! We would also like to thank Keith Sammons for setting up the website on which all results and schedules were posted and updated throughout the weekend (see www.exiles.org.uk) and Moët and Chandon for sponsoring the prizes.