After a last minute crew change due to illness James, Jo and Miles headed down to Weymouth to compete in BUCS Match Racing. After an overnight stop at Miles’ parents in Winchester and a quick hour in the boat on Friday to familiarise ourselves we were chucked into the racing.
We had a good first day with Weybizia living up to its name with sun and 10 knots and two wins out of five. We were only win away from automatic qualification to the quarter-finals and given that the crew had never competively match raced before, we were pretty happy with the day. The second day brought the repercharge and very light winds in Weymouth Harbour. Unfortunately, Edinburgh lost the first race of the day as Birmingham got the better of us in the pre-start. However, we bounced back with two wins against Swansea and Cambridge which meant it was looking like it would come down to a straight shoot-out between St Andrews and ourselves to see who would get the last quarter-final spot. Unfortunately, the wind was less keen on this idea and the repercharge was cut short meaning we were left to race against Strath to see who would get 11th.
The wind was back on day 3 and after a good start Edinburgh lead around the top mark. However, a bit of a dodgy kite drop meant Edinburgh were not in control up the second beat and Miles decided to see whether he could push the rules to max. Our dial down to around 150 degrees (only 90 is allowed) was deemed illegal and our resulting spins led us to giving the lead to Strath. Sadly they held on to win the race and leave us in 12th position. Not a bad result for an inexperienced crew and our first time in the competition and we will back next year hoping to improve on our result.