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March 2015

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.