It 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!