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2021 RYA Women's Team Racing National Championship

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Published 13:16 on 14 Jun 2021

2021 RYA Women's Team Racing National Championship


2021 BUSA Women's Team Racing Championship

12/13 June 2021

Rutland Sailing Club, Royal Yachting Association

Rutland Youth Team Crowned RYA Women's TEAM RACING National Champions

Our own HYDRA youth team of Alice Lucy, Lauren Attwell, Carys Attwell, Freya Pembery, Isabel Leetch and Ellie Hattam took on the Uni girls, and their mums over the weekend and came out National Champions.

This means that Rutland SC are now current RYA Youth Team Racing Champions and RYA Women's Champions.

Rutland HYDRA youth Ladies showed remarkable skills both in speed and tactics to finish the day with a clean sheet, winning all 14 of their races. The Rutland Hydra (aspirational youth) group are training in all disciplines/classes of sailing that they can access and had been able to train at half term in the club fireflies so had come out of the blocks looking fast and did not falter. They had to work very hard to get through, especially in the last race against Oxford Alumni which had a gripping final beat turn around.

We are also proud that we had a second club team taking part made up of a mix of age and experience. Age from the mums- sorry Ladies, and experience from the HYDRA girls.

The event was run by Rutland Sailing Club led by Fiona and Steve Tylecote but supported hugely by a fantastic team of very proficient helpers. It is a great tribute to our club and it's volunteer base that we were able to run this National event entirely with club volunteers except for the 2 external umpires who were brought in to ensure that there was no perceived bias.

Glorious weather conditions greeted the competitors, and with the knowledge that the Sunday forecast was less than perfect the race team were keen to get a lot of sailing in.

Being the first big event held in over a year everyone was grateful just to get on the water and do some racing. With half the sailors sailing at any time, there was plenty of that and at the end of the day all teams had completed 14 races - some were looking a little tired.

Sunday dawned and the light and shifty winds forecast proved to be correct. Little zephyrs crossed the lake but then faded away to nothing. Over the course of an hour the wind came from the full 360 degrees. The club race officers abandoned racing for the day; the sailing school resorted to capsize practice, the wind came one minute from the dam, the next from the Old Hall, and then from West Creek. We all puzzled on shore as to how the start and finish boats never seemed to be in line with the other boats until Ian informed us all about the mud weights out the back good to know!!

The race committee led by PRO Steve Tylecote were keen to race if possible but not at the expense of fair results. With 2 full completed round robins and a clear leader; all forecasts showing little chance of anything meaningful in the next few hours, and all RAF bases scattered around the club all showing wind from different directions the difficult decision to abandon racing was made.

This meant that Rutland HYDRA Youth team of Alice Lucy, Lauren Attwell, Carys Attwell, Freya Pembery, Isabel Leetch and Ellie Hattam were crowned RYA Women's National Champions

A huge thanks must go to the many Rutland Race Team and the visiting Umpires who gave up their weekend to support the event. We hope there will be many more.

Special mention needs to go to Solomon Wilby and Jamie Tylecote (HYDRA members), who gave up their weekend to help lay the course, to support their friends, and to co-ordinate the on the water changeover of teams into boats. Big thanks also to Kata Kemp who stepped in at the last minute to be ON shore Schedule co-ordinator no mean task when the teams are changing out and in in such quick succession. I would also like to pay special thanks to Ian Dooley who was there at 8 each morning to ensure the course was out and ready to go in time for a Bacon Buttie before sailing commenced; to Debbie Wood and Martyn Emberson who manned the start boat throughout; Sarah Kemp ( Slugg don't ask!) who led a very efficient finish boat; Lyn ( Jane's sister!) who co-ordinated the results; Andy McKee chief Umpire and David Wilkins Steve Watson and Natasha de la Fuente who umpired all weekend. Thanks to our own Pete Ashworth ( isn't he everywhere? ) who was there at 8 to man the gate, provided support throughout and even found time to have a play in the play area with his little grandson, and finally to Nick and Caroline in the galley who provided food throughout, and a particularly good Spaghetti Bolognaise on Saturday night.

RYA Women's National Championship

1st Rutland HYDRA (14 wins)

2nd Castaways (11 wins)

3rd Oxford Uni and Alumni (9 wins)

BUSA Champs - results pulled from the main event results

1st Cambridge University ( and 4th overall)

2nd Edinburgh University

3rd Bath Yellow

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