London Icicle

Posted by on 21 Feb 2018 in Event Reports, News

28164777_1854525127913768_6150175035827212898_oIt was another successful weekend for EUSC with two teams competing in the Imperial Icicle. After a slight delay setting off (caused by accidentally leaving Clara in Edinburgh, sorry Clara!) we finally made it to London. Saturday was very light but racing got underway in 5knots. Good training for BUCS finals after months of gales in Scotland. Both teams had a great first day, winning 7/8 races each and enjoying the first sail of the year in sunshine. The round robin continued on Sunday morning and both teams made it into the gold league.

The first race in the gold league was arguably the most important of the event: a match between Edinburgh Blue and Edinburgh Green. With a minute to go to the start it looked as though Edinburgh Green would be too early but Edinburgh Blue followed them into the start line and ended up with 2 of their boats pushed over the start. Edinburgh Green held onto their lead to win the race. With one race each to go, both teams had won 2/4 races and both needed to win their final race to be in with a chance of second place. Edinburgh Blue finished their final race in style, spotting a windshift just before the start that their opponents (Exeter) missed and finishing 1-2-3. Edinburgh Green looked like they would lose to an Oxford schools’ team but some impressive tacks up the final beat helped them just snatch a win at the last minute.

That left 3 teams tied for 2nd place. Since Oxford had beaten Edinburgh Green, Edinburgh Green beat Edinburgh Blue and Edinburgh Blue beat Oxford, the tie was broken on points, which left Edinburgh Blue in 2nd, and Edinburgh Green in 4th. Another successful weekend for EUSC! After team photos, victory beer and meeting Hannah’s dog, who had come to watch the sailing (definitely the highlight of the weekend for some people) the teams set off back to Edinburgh. Now we’re looking forward to next weekend when some of the team will be competing in the BUCS ladies finals, whilst the guys enjoy a well-earned rest!28061535_1854525211247093_1935059977229483539_o

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Outstanding Oxford Top Gun

Posted by on 21 Feb 2018 in Event Reports, News


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On 10/11th February an Edinburgh team made the long trip down to Oxford to compete in the annual Top Gun event. The Top Gun is an invitation only event, consisting of the top 8 university teams. The competition this year was Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Imperial, Oxford, Southampton and Trinity College Dublin, and we were keen to see how we would match up against them.

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Saturday morning dawned bright and breezy, and the Edinburgh team surprised everyone by being first at the sailing club. Wins in their first two races against Imperial and Trinity College Dublin gave Edinburgh confidence and they followed it up with a closely fought win against Exeter, last year’s BUSA champions. Highlights included Miles and Pippa’s impressive compression in a 1,5,6 against Bristol, which allowed Hugh and Rachel to sail from 6th to 1st down the run. Unfortunately some questionable starting techniques led to losses against Southampton, Oxford and Cambridge but by the end of the day they were sitting joint 3rd, with just over 50% wins.

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On Saturday evening all the teams were invited to Oxford sailing club’s annual dinner at St Hugh’s College, but mindful of their good results the Edinburgh team decided to call it a night after dinner and didn’t sample the delights of Fever. They were ready and raring to go the next morning, only to find that the start boat had sunk overnight so there was a postponement whilst it was frantically bailed out. The breeze built during the day and by lunchtime it was gusting 30 knots. However, the Edinburgh team sailed well in the heavy weather and continued to win about half their races. Unfortunately a front came through bringing wind and hail and the organisers decided to bring the boats ashore and abandon the final round robin. Edinburgh weren’t able to sail their final two races which left them in 4th overall. They stayed to watch a great final between Cambridge and Southampton, which was won by Cambridge and then set off for the long drive back.

It was a great weekend and the team were pleased with their improvement. As always the event organisation by Oxford sailing club was brilliant. Next stop is the Imperial Icicle next weekend!

 

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SSS2/3

Posted by on 15 Feb 2018 in Event Reports, News

 

Edinburgh University hosted the 2nd sss event in the series, represented by 4 ambitious teams on the 27th-28th of February. The friday night before the racing commenced on the saturday saw visiting and hosting teams take on three sisters then onto shanghai where the Edinburgh girls showed off their incredible dancing skills whilst many made good friends with the visiting teams. Saturday started with wind,wind,wind and everyone hid inside eating Frans legendary toasties, they also cured many hangovers that morning. Racing was cancelled early on and the teams explored Edinburgh and got to witness some of its hidden gems. Aberdeen university stormed the castle whilst Glasgow university bevved. Poor Edinburgh university were worse for the were from the previous night so napped and watched mamma mia. Saturday night started with team dress ups, theme, what I wanted to be when I was younger. The Strathclyde princesses were a sight for sore eyes in Hive where all teams seshed, hard. On sunday we managed to get in a few hours of sailing, we had a good breeze which allowed the race committee to storm through some races. The Edinburgh teams triumphed with its Blue and Green team making it into the top 4. The Edinburgh Puce and White teams held their own in their pools with a few great wins. Yet again Frans toasties were popular even if strathclyde brought their own toastie maker. Great weekend had by all and Edinburgh university Sailing club held an incredible event.

 

The wind continued to play havoc with the third league weekend, leaving some very unhappy sailors land locked all weekend. This meant that while there was no sailing, both Edinburgh Blue and Edinburgh Green made it straight through to BUSA Finals hosted in Glasgow later this year! Keep an eye out to see how their training goes!

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SSS Women’s Championships 2017

Posted by on 20 Nov 2017 in Event Reports, News

This past weekend, the Edinburgh women’s team set off to compete at the SSS Women’s Championships in Aberdeen.

 

After being fed a balanced breakfast of bacon rolls, cake, cookies and tea by FORFAR sailing club it was time to take to the water and begin team racing in breezy conditions. After the first race, we came together and discussed the problems we had encountered. We devised a successful game plan for our 3-minute start sequence and with motivation and moral kept consistently high by Mhari Orr’s “get to know your penguin” warm up, we were set for the next race. With winds howling over the loch we managed to secure some win in the next two races.

 

During the breaks between races our attention was somewhat diverted elsewhere… It was pretty clear that our ladies team were not only artistic on the water (a few necessary spins, ducks and pass backs) but also extremely talented onshore performers. A dance number choreographed by Tilly Bartholomew led to the development of a full on musical number to the lyrics:

 

“Because you know it’s all about that pace, about that pace, no spinning.

Yeah, it’s pretty clear we love the 1,2

And we can luff it, luff it, like we’re supposed to do

We got that boom boom, that all the boys chase

With all the right tacks in all the right places”

(Sung to ‘All about that bass’ – Meghan Trainor)

 

All in all, it was an excellent day of racing that meant we had secured our place in the gold fleet for Sunday.

 

Sunday dawned and we leapt into out boats still sporting the red glitter and face paint from the previous nights ‘exorcist costume’. It was clear that our confidence and friendship as a team had grown significantly over the weekend, and by mid-afternoon we actually started to pull off some fantastic team racing manoeuvres; Sarah Alcock and Anna Protheroe set up some great pass backs whilst crews could be heard communicating with each other over the entire race course and some incredible telepathic skills from Lily meant there were beautiful tacks all round. Special mention goes to ‘crisp’ Clara Zalarbardo for achieving the world’s fastest red flag protest any of the umpires had ever seen at an event!!

There was a noticeable team improvement on the Sunday placing the Edinburgh womens team as 3rd overall. What a fantastic start to this girl can week!

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