OUYC Captain of Sailing Ed Scallan writes:
The Cam Cup this year saw both Oxford Blue and Green competing, with Blue hoping to go one further after finishing runners up for the two previous years. Racing got underway early on Saturday morning at Grafham Sailing Club in full rigs with shifty conditions. Gusts were frequent, and occasionally strong enough to hint at the need for storm sails later in the weekend.
Blue continued their recent good form of winning the Top Gun the previous weekend, rapidly progressing to 6 wins from 6. Then came crunch match against Cambridge Blue, the only other team on 100% wins. Quick conversions on the first beat along with text book pair balancing saw Oxford with a 1-2 at mark 1. Strong race management saw the race finishing as 1-2-6. Durham 1 and RTYC Red were still close behind on the overall results having just dropped 1 race each; a loss to either team would open the doors for a tiebreak to decide the round robin. Oxford Blue’s final 3 races of the day were against Royal Thames, Durham and SSCM: after some close starts, the team held their nerve negotiated the final 3 races to remain undefeated after 12 races and finish Saturday in 1st position.
Oxford Green (comprised mostly of Freshers) held their own against strong teams, producing some exciting racing and gaining good experience for BUSA Finals in a month’s time. The team were unfortunate to just get 3 wins for their efforts throughout the day, but gave several much more experienced teams a good scare, the highlight was giving Josh Flack spins.
The evening saw pre-dinner drinks at the Hawks Club before heading to the Cambridge City Hotel for CUCrC’s annual dinner for a very enjoyable evening. Sunday morning at Grafham was met with strong winds and an ominous forecast. Racing was started with cut-downs, but only 3 races were able to be completed before gale force winds took hold of the reservoir. Results were declared from the (almost finished) round robin, with Oxford Blue being crowned winners of the CamCup!
Huge thanks goes to Cambridge, all the helpers, the race office and the umpires for organising a well polished event.