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Cambridge Blue Triumph at the 2016 Top Gun Trophy

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Cambridge University took the trophy after seeing off a strong challenge from Cardiff all weekend.
The Moet & Chandon Oxford University Invitational Trophy, the Top Gun, involved eight of the best University teams from around the country. Thanks to favourable conditions and great support from OUYC volunteers three full round robins were completed over the two days, with semi-finals and a nail biting four race final to finish.


Results were incredibly close after two round robins on the first day, with both Cambridge Blue and Cardiff tied on 11 out of 14 wins, then four chasing teams within two wins of one another. A strong Sunday for Cambridge saw them pull ahead in time for the semis, with Cardiff Exeter and Loughborough completing the line-up.
The Saturday evening saw the OUYC annual dinner, held this year at the Cherwell Boathouse. The event was a great success and it was lovely to bring together both sides of the club along with many old members and other University teams.
OUYC would like to thank all the Umpires and on the water helpers whose dedication and hard work allowed the three rounds to get finished in time for a full set of semis and finals.

Oxford Blue Win BUCS/BUSA Qualifiers

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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.

OUYC at the Student Yachting World Cup

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12107111_927340157346267_8568239032670884906_nIn October the OUYC yacht race squad competed in the Student Yachting World Cup. The event was attended by several countries from around the world. The team placed 8th overall and had a fantastic time whilst in La Baule. The event comprised of 5 day’s of racing and a bustling social scene. The full report can be found here

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.

Calms Beset Generations Event

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By Anthony Butler

Calms greatly restricted sailing at the 27th Generations Event held at Farmoor on Saturday 3rd October 2015. With one team of the 11 competing not getting on the water at all, no result could be declared when racing was stopped at around 2pm. The rest of the day was spent in watching the World Cup rugby, and some 65 people attended the most convivial and enjoyable dinner that evening at Kellogg College in Oxford.

Participating Teams: Joint1960s; Oxf70s; Camb70s; Oxf90s; Camb90s; Oxf00s (Mini); Oxf00s (Cooper); Oxf10s; Camb10s; Oxf Current; and Camb Current.

Read the full article on the OCSS website.

Oxford Blue take Cam Cup in stormy conditions

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Oxford Blue and Green enjoyed a great weekend in Cambridge, with close racing, a spectacular dinner and (most importantly) plenty of Tab-shoeing!

The victorious Oxford Blue finally get their hands on the Cam Cup

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.

Oxford Blue triumph at Top Gun Trophy

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A hard-fought battle between Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities saw Oxford Blue edge victory in a thrilling weekend of racing at Farmoor Reservoir
The Oxford University Invitational Trophy, the Top Gun, involved eight of the best University teams from around the country. Thanks to the first rate management of OUYC’s Meli Besse three full round robins were completed over the two days, the third round managed to finish just as some of the biggest squalls most of the competitors had ever seen at Farmoor swept across the lake.

The results were remarkably close given that each team completed 21 races. Oxford Blue were first, pipping Cambridge blue to the post by half a race win, Durham were third. The Saturday evening saw the OUYC annual dinner, held this year at St Hilda’s College. The event was a great success and it was lovely to bring together both sides of the club along with many old members and other University teams.

 

OUYC would like to thank all the Umpires whose dedication, and lack of lunch break, allowed the three rounds to get finished before the worst of the weather hit. It was a particularly cold weekend and everyone on the water running the racing did a brilliant job!

Successful Start to 2015 for OUYC

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The OUYC dinghy squad has made a brilliant start to 2015 across the board. At the BUSA South Central Qualifiers a full round robin was completed and two Oxford Teams (Blue and Green) progressed directly to the finals. Oxford Yellow was unlucky to miss out on a spot this year but completed some close, exciting racing! The weekend was an excellent warm up for the Finals and was run brilliantly by Southampton University and Spinnaker Sailing Club.

Oxford Blue then competed in the Wessex Winter Warmer where an extremely strong field meant exciting racing across the weekend. The team finished 2nd best University team and enjoyed some brilliant races against the newly selected GBR teams for the Team Racing World Championships.

Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society take Oxford Magnum Trophy

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The Oxford and Cambridge Sailing Society team were victorious at the Oxford Magnum in challenging conditions

Rear Commodore Lottie Rapson writes:

The weekend of the 19th-30th November saw the return of the prestigious Oxford Magnum to Farmoor reservoir. This year we were very pleased to welcome the Doshisha University Yacht Club team, travelling all the way from Japan to compete as part of the 11th triennial exchange between our two universities. The Saturday saw extremely light winds but thanks to the determination of the race officers and competitors every team completed two races. Sunday morning brought wind but also fog meaning that racing could not begin until nearly midday. Thanks to the determination and efficiency of Oxford helpers and the race officers over 80 races were completed on what turned out to be a perfect afternoon of sun and moderate winds.

 

Every team got in some great racing with Society emerging the winners on eight wins from eight races, closely followed by West Kirby Hawks in second and Cambridge University in third. The victorious team, comprising largely of recent Oxford alumni, gratefully received their prize – a magnum of champagne. We would like to thank the umpire team lead by Chief Umpire Greg Eaton, Race Officers Keith Sammons and Jo Lucas and OUYC Events Secretary Méli Besse for working so hard to run as much high quality racing as possible despite the weather’s best efforts!