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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Cameron Trophy 2017

Posted by on 9 Nov 2017 in Event Reports, News

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This past weekend, a team from Edinburgh University sailing club participated in the Cameron Trophy, a training event designed to get more sailors involved in student yachting in Scotland.

 

Getting up bright and early on Saturday, we headed to Port Edgar Marina in Queensferry for the event, where we got ready and were briefed by some familiar faces, including former EUSC sailor Ross Malloy, and current EUSC team racer and Cameron Trophy event-coordinator Brendan Lynch. After releasing the warps, we were off, and sailed under the bridge to Queensferry bay, where we began with a morning of training followed by some of the first races in the afternoon. As most of us were new to racing in 707s there was a learning curve for everyone, and as well as most of us trying out new positions in the boat that we had to get used to, we also faced some tough competition from the other Scottish teams, such as the University of the Highlands and Islands, who made the tactical choice to field a team almost entirely composed of Strathclyde sailors.IMG_1934

 

In the first race we competed in our outhaul broke, and replacing it with our reefing line and a sail tie meant that we were a DNF. In the second race we improved significantly, jumping up to third place and by the third race we had achieved second place and things were looking up. Some tactical issues, fluctuating wind conditions and strong tide meant that the final race of the first day was also a DNF, but we finished on high spirits and were satisfied that over the course of the day we did learn a lot. As the sun set we packed our boat away, took most of the other teams we were hosting back to our flats, and then onto a chilled out curry social followed by a flat party hosted by one of EUSC’s sailors and then a night out at Potterow.

On the Sunday, we got changed, were briefed and after some last minute crew changes and some questionable chat from Miles about what his farts smelt like, were back out on the water. For the morning session we sailed back to Queensferry bay, where we spent the morning doing some tacking drills and practicing hoisting and dropping our spinnaker, which was something we had wanted to improve on from the Saturday.IMG_1932

Finally, it was time to race again. While in the first race we finished fifth out of sixth, our training paid off, and we then proceeded to get third place and two second place finishes towards the end of the day, despite the wind almost completely dying while we were racing, conveniently only picking up again once the racing was over. Overall over the weekend we finished fourth, and the first prize went to the University of the Highlands and Islands, but we had fun and learnt a lot, and I think all of us are now very keen to get involved with more yacht racing in future.IMG_1935

 

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Glasgow Grouse 2017!

Posted by on 9 Nov 2017 in Event Reports, News

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Edinburgh Green and Blue started as they mean to go on, getting truly binned on Friday. The famous Grouse Ceilidh was taken more seriously than the team racing, and a lit time was had by all.

 

The teams were greeted by hangover curing conditions on Saturday, with the breeze howling through Bardowie Loch.

 

Edinburgh Blue smashed all 5 of their races on Saturday winning all 5, despite the challenging conditions. Worth special mention was the Captains stunning mark 3 trap, in which he caused the two opposition boats to capsize, while Lames Jogan and the Fresher sailed into a comfortable 1,2,3.

 

Edinburgh Green, also dominated in their two races on Saturday winning both and setting up an exciting Sunday.

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On Saturday evening, having just about recovered from the night before, the teams dressed up as Phobias. Edinburgh Blue dressed up as clowns, which was truly terrifying and attractive at the same time; with Lames looking particularly sexy in his pair of booty hugging white leggings. Edinburgh White were clearly up for some action at viper, dressing provocatively in fishnets – Brendan wore them best it must be said, woof !!

 

Sunday dawned and any prospects of racing looked dim. The breeze was patchy and light, however, the quality race team from Glasgow managed somehow to complete the round robin. Edinburgh Green again performed excellently, winning their remaining 3 races in gold league. Edinburgh Blue took advantage of an empty schedule on Sunday, to make a well-earned trip to Maccies; which for many was the highlight of the weekend.23000401_1901281726563583_4672941211560888635_o

 

By winning their respective leagues both teams made the quarter finals, which, due to the lack of wind, were raced in a best of 1 format. Edinburgh Blue raced Edinburgh Import in a close fought battle, unfortunately the opposition won with a 1,3,6, just clinching the race on the final beat. Edinburgh White were also beaten by Strath in their Semi – losing 3,4,6; despite some quality team racing calls coming from Brendan.

 

A great weekend was had by all and despite failing to win their quarter finals both teams learnt huge amounts in their first event of the season. We now move on to SS1 this weekend.

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Scottish Student Sailing League #2

Posted by on 7 Feb 2017 in Event Reports

Once again, the magnificent members of the Edinburgh University Sailing Team found themselves embarking upon a journey of adventure and self-discovery, in Glasgow. Bags were packed refreshments purchased, and transport boarded.

 After a Friday of wild dancing, Saturday morning dawned to the sound of twenty four sailors eager for a day of sailing. Food was foraged, and the teams found themselves gazing onto a glassy loch. After much delay and only a couple of wind dances, racing started and by the end of the day a round had been completed.

A-Team, led by James Archibald Logan, performed like the well-oiled machine that they are. Winning the majority of their races in the Platinum Fleet only finishing third after the frustrating math of a three-way-tie-breaker. Their only loss to Glasgow A involved a powerboat driving though the race course. Their last race against Strath A was a stressful affair involving the conversion of a 2-4-5 into a 2-3-5 at mark four and over the course of the last beat, to narrowly carry the race.

The B-Team crushed all before them! (With the exception of Aberdeen A) Brendan Teddy Lynch and Naomi Tiffany Fallows sailed predictably aggressively. Calum Finlayson and Charles Reginald Williamson proved invaluable in holding out opposition boats on the beat. Jenny Kate Dinwoodie engaged in some of the most excruciatingly polite team racing SSS has ever seen. The end of racing found B-Team sitting second in Gold Fleet.

Led by Edward Dowes the Great, and Patrick Bard; C-Team completely fudged it. Sophie Goodrich did her best to Titanic her firefly off the pontoon, thankfully the boat was patched with tape and managed to finish the day. C-Team – despite their impressively complicated system of code-words – finished the day in Silver Fleet. Ever defiant, C-Team left the loch vowing to win the social.

 Under the leadership of the Cian Ryan the D-Team sailed outstandingly. The team made up almost entirely of team racing rookies won four of their five races. This placed them second in Silver Fleet. The D’s day culminated in a tense final race, in which they converted a 1-5-6 into 1-4-5  following a very tense tacking battle on the final beat.

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The sun rose on Sunday and our intrepid sailors were once again greeted by frost, and a loch made of glass. The wind this day did not fill in. However, Sunday was not a total write off as many members of teams enjoyed ‘a lovely country walk’ or a ‘muddy tromp around a field.’ Perspective is everything. Recoveries were made, awards handed out, and all teams returned to Edinburgh triumphant.

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SunSail Series Final

Posted by on 16 Nov 2016 in Event Reports, News

On the 12th of November EUSC Yachting sent a new team all the way south to Southampton to compete in the SunSail series final which the 2016 BUCS yachting team had won entry for earlier in the year.

After arriving in the land of the ‘down south’ people very early of Saturday morning and had a quick 6 hours sleep they were ready to roll heading down to the boats to get sorted for the days racing. Along with our team of 7 EUSC sailors we were joined by 2 professional sailors to help us learn fast and race well with a new team that had not worked together before. Robbie and Pete were both very useful and taught us lots which helped our boat handling come together very quickly.

We arrived at the race area with a strong 20+ knots of wind blowing from the South East, however even in the time leading up to the 1st race the trend was that the wind was dying very rapidly. In the 1st race the tactician on board may have slightly missread the tide (in one of the most tidal venues in the world) and as a result of this the team crosses the start line about 1 boat length behind the rest of the fleet which immediately put us in a firefighting position looking for quick escapes to tack out and find a clean lane. Following a very shifty beat we managed to gain back several places to 8th. As the race progressed the wind continued to die and by the final beat we had 2 or even 3 people on the leeward rail to try and keep the heal on the boat! Despite the team sailing well we struggled to fight back to a great position due to the dying wind and a lack of boat speed.

Race 2 had a better start and were powering out to the left hand side of the course and most things were looking pretty sweet in a top 5 position then taking the long tack in to the mark we realised we were going really slow compared to other boats which was being made worse by the dying wind and increasing the speed differences between us and other boats. Half way down the 1st run someone chirped up with, I think the water tanks are still full (900kg of water)! So we had to run down and open all of the taps and empty out all of the water.

After the finish of race 2 the wind properly died and racing was abandoned leaving the team feeling a bit disheartened that we had forgotten to check the water tanks.

On the Sunday after a lovely evening in the quaint town of Hamble with everyone in bed nice and early ready for a full day of training on Sunday we headed out with the main focus for the training to be on boat handling. We had a great day in the sun and plenty of breeze working on our crew work and manoeuvres.

Overall we had a great weekend unfortunately not getting the result we came for due to a rookie error and some non-obliging wind but still learned lots and had plenty of fun ready for out next challenge.

We would also like to give a special thanks to Suzy’s mum for providing massive quantities of amazing food for us to enjoy over the weekend.

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Scottish Student Sailing League #1

Posted by on 15 Nov 2016 in Event Reports, News

On the weekend if the 12th/13th November, EUSC hosted the first Scottish Student Sailing League weekend at Lochore Meadows.

21 university sailing teams from across Scotland arrived on Saturday morning to battle it out and, in spite of some (many) minor wheel malfunctions, the boats were on the water and ready to race by 10am!

Changeable winds made for tricky sailing, with both the teams and the race committee having to constantly adjust to the flakey conditions. However, the race committee persevered and managed to get through 80 races before the wind finally gave up on us. After a hard day’s sailing, we all scuttled home to get ready for the team debrief.

At the end of the first day Edinburgh Blue were celebrating 6 wins with only one loss to the sneaky Strathclyde A, Edinburgh Green and White managed to average above a 50% win rate, and Edinburgh Puce pulled off a dazzling comeback in the afternoon after a slow start.

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Before we knew it, day two was upon us and the teams were back at Lochore bright and early and ready to race. Unfortunately, the wind had other ideas and the teams got their first glimpse of what a lazy Sunday might be like (ignoring the fact that they’d been up at 6am to get to the club) while they waited for it to arrive.

Once the wind decided to sheepishly make an appearance, we launched straight back into racing and managed to complete the remaining 69 races of the round robin before it snuck back off.

With the racing complete, it was the moment we had all been waiting for; the results! Edinburgh Blue came 2nd in their pool and won a place in the prestigious Platinum league, Edinburgh Green and White secured their places in Gold, and Edinburgh Puce sailed well but were unfortunately capped at Silver due to pesky rules about team changes.

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All in all, the teams raced well and made the best of changeable and tricky conditions. Thanks must be given to the Race Committee, umpires and all of the helpers, who made the event possible, and to Leanne Fischler for the photos!

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