Itchenor SC Tops British Sailing League 2017
In early September, the Royal Yachting Association & the Royal Thames Yacht Club hosted the finale for the British Sailing League on the Solent for the top qualifying 18 teams from across the United Kingdom. The regatta was modeled after the European J/70 Sailing Leagues, like the Deutsche Segel-Bundesliga. It was an inter-club fleet racing competition in supplied J/70s run by the RYA and the RTYC. The format was simple: 15-minute races with umpires on the water to adjudicate, regional qualifiers and a UK finale with the top club being awarded a place in the 2018 Sailing Champions League. Winning the event was the Itchenor Sailing Club. The team was comprised of Alex Irwin, George Yeoman, Andy Shaw and Ben Saxton. They sailed a nearly perfect regatta, compiling a high-point average of 7.81 points over 16 races sailed out of a possible “perfect 8.” Second place was taken by a comfortable margin by the RORC 2 Team with 111 points and a 6.94 race average for the regatta. The bronze medal was a fight between three teams, ultimately settling the top five on the leaderboard. The three teams were Wessex Sailing Club, Cambridge University SC and Queen Mary SC. In the end, after 16 races, they all scored 97 points total, for an average of 6.06 for the regatta. In the tie-breaker, Wessex SC took the bronze, followed by Cambridge USC in fourth and Queen Mary SC in fifth position. For more information on the Royal Yachting Association and UK Sailing Leagues, visit http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/keelboat-racing/Pages/british-keelboat-league.aspx.