14 March 2016: RYA National Team Racing Championship Birdham Bandits WIN Prince Philip Trophy
Published 14:23 on 19 Mar 2016
Birdham Bandits, entered as an Itchenor SC team, swept the board to win this prestigious trophy without losing a race. The first day at Bough Beech SC produced only sunshine and a total absence of wind enabling competitors and officials to enjoy the rugby, but the second day produced perfect team racing conditions. After an 0830 first race start, 124 races were sailed with a shifty, gusty and cold northerly wind. In the seeded qualifying stage, the Bandits finished every race with a 1 and 2 position to move easily into the 8 team gold league. Here only the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society team got within one place of beating the Bandits. The Royal Thames Blue team lost only to the Bandits and these two then contested a 'first to two wins' final which the Bandits won conclusively.
Birdham Bandits (see photo)
George Yeoman, Sam Littlejohn and Tim Saxton; crewed by Sophie Ormsby, Toby Lewis and Poppy Maxwell, plus a few others as Tim's regular crew was unavaliable at the last minute.
Other teams with ISC representation were
Royal Thames Blue (Arthur Henderson and other ex-Cambridge team) who were runners-up to the Bandits
SSCM (Olly Sloper) 2nd in the silver league
Southampton Red (Mary Henderson) 4th in the silver league
Itchenor (Rob Struckett, Rob Gullan and Andy Shaw) 5th in the silver league
My apologies to anyone I have missed.
A further report is at www.teamracing.org and full results are at http://www.events.ksail.co.uk/2016/uktra/index.html
Last updated 16:24 on 5 August 2021