BSDRA "East Kent" Team racing Championship, Saturday 30 April 2011.

Sailed in bright sunshine and a consistent 15-18 mph breeze (E) on Westbere lakes, near Canterbury, 14 teams sailed in two mini leagues to qualify for the gold, silver and bronze fleet finals. Races were sailed in two flights of boats provided by King’s Canterbury, one of 420s and a brand new set of fireflies.

League A final order:

Sevenoaks A, Norwich, King’s A, Tonbridge, Rugby, Haileybury, Hurstpierpoint.

League B final order:

Magdalen College School, Uppingham, Ardingly, Wellington, Kent Schools SA, King’s B, Sevenoaks B.

(With special thanks to Haileybury, Tonbridge, King’s B and Wellington for their gracious acceptance of the organiser’s decision not to sail races at the end of the leagues, by which time positions for the fleets had been determined.)

Semi-Finals:

Bronze: Rugby (w) v King’s B; Kent Schools SA (w) v Haileybury.

Silver: Ardingly (w) v King’s A; Wellington (w) v Tonbridge.

Gold: Sevenoaks A (w) v Uppingham; Norwich (w) v MCS.

Finals:

Bronze: Kent Schools SA (w) v Rugby.

Silver: Wellington (w) v Ardingly.

Gold: (best of three races) Norwich (w) v Sevenoaks A.

Altogether we enjoyed good sailing throughout all the afternoon in 52 races and all teams are to be congratulated upon their excellent participation, enthusiasm and keenly contested team racing. Many of the races, including bronze and silver finals, were decided by just one point. Many Congratulations to Norwich School on their fine victory in the first BSDRA championship of the 2011 season.

Richard Maltby

(Race organiser)