On the weekend of 22nd and 23rd February, the RYA & BUSA Ladies’ Team Racing Nationals 2014 took place at West Kirby SC, a place synonymous with Team Racing. With an increased entry of 16 teams, there was a noticeably greater geographical spread this year, including teams from Glasgow, Plymouth and Swansea, as well as two non-University teams, the experienced Rutland Raiders and the youthful locals, West Kirby.

The event was won by the University of Birmingham, which was declared both RYA and BUSA Champions. This followed an 80% round robin and a tie-breaker with the Bristol 1. They were followed by Cambridge Blue in 3rd and BUSA Ladies 4th. The young, non-university team from West Kirby did their Club’s reputation proud to be 5th. The importance of the event and the appreciation of the sailors is evident from their reports, stories and comments.

BUSA Ladies’ Captain, Sarah Moulder sent in a great report…….and then there was a veritable deluge of further sailors’ contributions. Not had an event like it! We even received a full length verse story. It was evidently a fun event, competitive, well run, entertaining, much appreciated. And the contributions add up to an eloquent explanation of why the event is an important one in the RYA and BUSA Calendar.

Please take time to read the Report with photos

Thanks to all the contributors, all the competitors, the Race Committee, Umpires, the Club volunteers, West Kirby SC, and perhaps especially those who were responsible for preparing and serving the Championship Dinner, as well as to thiose who led the sailor-entertainment.

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