BUCS/BUSA Team Racing Qualifiers were held in four regions of the UK over the weekend of 6/7th March. Oxford Blue dominated the South Central BUCS/BUSA Team Racing Qualifiers at Spinnaker Sailing Club, scoring 11 wins in 12 races to take first place.
The weekend saw rough sailing conditions as Storm Imogen approached the Southern UK, with postponements and breakages across the board and racing cancelled altogether at the Western Qualifiers. Despite gusty winds that occasionally reached 50 knots on Saturday, the race committee at Spinnaker decided to go ahead with racing in storm sails and managed an impressive number of starts on the first day of racing. Oxford maintained a clean sheet throughout the day, together with a Southampton team and a Surrey team who also performed well in strong winds. Conditions were gentler on Sunday morning, allowing each team to sail 12 races overall at the event. Oxford Blue cemented their victory on Sunday, losing only their final race against Southampton Solent Black.
The final score left Oxford Blue in first place after beating Southampton Blue on the water, although both scored 11/12 wins and average points of 8.00. Southampton Black finished in 3rd place with 10/12 wins and average points of 8.08.
The Oxford Green and Yellow teams were less fortunate in the face of tough draws and challenging conditions, ultimately missing out on qualifying for the Finals. Nevertheless, both teams look forward to a busy season of team racing and successful BUSA campaigns in future years.