British University Sailing Association Team Racing Championships 2014/2015 – Event Report
Following UCC’s recent success in winning the Irish University Sailing Association Intervarsity Championships, UCC1 were kindly invited to partake in the British University Sailing Association Team Racing Championships as the only Irish representative to compete against the 28 best university team racing teams in the United Kingdom. The event was held from the 9th til the 11th of April in Notts County Sailing Club, in Nottingham, England.
6 members of UCCSC traveled in order to compete in a two day qualification series and one day of finals. The UCC team were kind enough to bring along the recent favorable conditions that have been gracing Ireland, and the first two days of racing were sailed in glorious sunshine and lights winds, with things picking up considerably for some heavy weather sailing on the final day.
Following a highly competitive 17 round qualification series, UCCSC found themselves ranked in 4th position and were drawn against Loughborough Sailing Club in the quarter finals. Following a hard fought best-of-three quarter final, UCCSC were beaten 2-1 by an extremely strong and on form Scottish side, who went on to finish in third place and take home 6 well deserved bronze medals. Therefore, UCCSC finished the event in a very respectable fifth position.The final came down to a best-of-five series between Oxford and Cambridge, with Cambridge coming out on top and heading back home with the coveted title of BUSA Champions.
On behalf of UCCSC I would like to thank the British University Sailing Association for allowing us to partake in this prestigious event, the 27 other university teams for being so friendly and accommodating, and for providing such fantastic competition over the three days. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the UCC Sports Office for their continual support in our endeavors over the past year.
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