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Double USA Gold

posted 28 Jul 2015, 09:49 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 28 Jul 2015, 10:29 ]

The 2015 Team Racing World Championship came to a close today with a dominant USA team heading home with two Division titles.

Race officials made the decision on day three to finish the regatta a day ahead of schedule which made for an action packed finale of round-robin, semi finals and finals.

In a hotly contested Open Division, it was USA1 who streaked ahead of the competition to finish in top spot and take home the Gold.

Finishing top of the Gold League earlier in the day, World Champions GBR1 had first choice of semi final opponents and choose USA3. They would regret the decision as they                                                                                            lost 3-2 to the Americans who advanced into the final.

That choice left USA1 and GBR2 to contest the other semi final, and it was again the Americans who picked up their game to advance 3-0 to set up an all USA final, and would leave Great Britain to fight it out for bronze.

USA1 turned a 3-0 semi final win into a 3-0 final win, as they beat their compatriots to the title of ISAF Team Racing World Champions with a perfect record in the knockout stages.

Impressed by both the organisation and the result, USA's Justin Law said, "We were very happy to be here at this fantastic venue. I have a little previous experience here, and to see the opportunities for Disability Sailing through Sailability was great for the sport.

"The organisers were amazing getting everything done on time, and I am just thankful our results could cap a great regatta for us. We couldn't have asked for a better event all-round."

Rounding out the podium were GBR1 who won the battle of the Brits 2-1 in the bronze medal match up.


The Youth Division was also won by a deserved USA team as USA Y1 dominated the field to win Gold.

Heading straight into the final thanks to topping the round-robin stage, USA Y1 had the luxury of watching who their opponents would be from GBR Y1 and GBR Y3.

GBR Y3 won the petit final 3-2 to advance leaving GBR Y1 with the bronze medal.

Again showing their dominance, USA Y1 scored a 3-0 win to take Gold and match the efforts of their Open Division team mates, ensuring the teams from the USA leave the regatta with both Divisional titles.




Overall - USA victorious

posted 24 Jul 2015, 10:48 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 24 Jul 2015, 10:49 ]

By Mike Haigh

The USA open and youth teams both took gold after an action packed final day at the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championships at Rutland Water on Thursday 23 July.

Some 107 races were run on the day following an early morning decision to complete the event a day early due to a poor weather forecast for Friday, as 18 teams from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan and USA, plus an ASAF (Asian Sailing Federation) team comprising Indian, Malaysian and Hong Kong sailors battled it out.

After three days of very close racing in which every team sailed 34 races in Stage 1, the three GBR teams and the three USA teams, which between them almost had a monopoly on the top places, progressed into the Gold League for Stage 2 on Thursday. A difference of just six wins covered all six teams.

Bermuda, Ireland and Australia 1 also went through to the Gold League, a great result for Bermuda, who's Captain Emily Nagel learnt to sail at nearby Oakham School, competing in its first ever team racing World championship. The remaining nine teams progressed into the Silver League

Thursday saw a double round robin in the morning for the Gold and Silver leagues, followed by the youth teams stage and finals, and rounded off with the open teams semi-finals and finals.

Racing remained extremely close in the Gold League. GBR1 reigning World Champions the West Kirby Hawks, and USA1, Ladies and Gentlemen of the USA, tied on seven wins, with the Hawks taking top slot on a tie break. GBR 2, The Royal Forth Hoosiers, took third, just ahead of USA 3, Days of Thunder, GBR 3, BYOB (Bristol Young and Old Boys from Bristol University Alumni) and USA 2, Team Shred.

In the Silver League the youth (under 19) teams gave the open teams a hard time. Top youth team USA Y1, Milton Academy, headed the league with seven wins. There was nothing to separate the next three, with GBR Y1, Magdalen College School, Japan 1 and Australia 2 tying on five, the tie break resulting in the order Japan, Australia 2 and GBR Y1.

In the youth stage (for youth teams only) USA Y1 took top honours with seven wins out of eight races, followed by GBR Y3, West Kirby Sailing Club on five wins, and GBR Y1 and GBR Y2, Sevenoaks School both on four, GBR Y1 taking third slot on the tie break.

GBR Y3 then beat GBR Y1 3-2 in a second/third place playoff to secure GBR Y3 a place in the youth final against USA Y1, and the bronze medals for GBR Y1

USA Y1 took the youth final gold honours with a 3-0 win over silver GBR Y3.

Robert Barron, stand-in coach for USA Y1 and father of team member Peter Barron, said: "One of our team members couldn't make it so we brought in Paige Dunlevy, who had never team raced in a dinghy a week ago. Team member Eli Burnes, who's twin brother Henry is also in the team, put this into motion six months ago as part of an 18 months programme at Milton Academy, San Francisco, aimed at retaining the national team racing title in America. Today they lost no races – it's brilliant."

Charlie Hibben, the team's youngest helm, added: "Back home we're not used to being congratulated by other teams on the win – here all the other youth teams approached us, shook our hands, gave us a hug – I want to come back here and sail again."

Back at the racing, in the open competition semi-final USA 3 beat GBR 1 3-2 and USA 1 beat GBR 2 3-0.

The bronze medal was decided in favour of GBR 1 when they beat GBR 2 2-1 in the petit final.

Finally after some 107 races over nearly 12 hours of racing on Thursday, and 420 races in the whole event, with the light fading and the wind dropping the USA teams were victorious in the open final, with gold for USA 1 after a 3-0 victory over silver medallists USA 3.

USA 1 team captain Tyler Sinks said: "We really appreciate what everyone's done here for the sport. The whole field was extremely competitive and we're proud to share the podium with you guys (USA 3 and GBR 1). And congratulations to the USA youth team on their World Championship."

Throughout the event the race office was, considering the pressure, an oasis of relative calm. Gill Wilkins, one of the many volunteers who spent long hours there, said: "The event has gone fantastically well. The whole team has worked really well together, officials and volunteers. I have been impressed with the wonderful team spirit amongst the sailors, who have been a pleasure to be around. It has been a huge honour for us at Rutland Sailing Club to hold this event."

There were thanks all round at prize giving, and event director David Wilkins spoke of the organization involved, including having a RIB full of spares moored near the finish line to keep the hard pressed dinghies serviceable!

Jon Napier, ISAF technical delegate said: "ISAF would like to thank Rutland Sailing Club for the fantastic job they have done in organising and running the Championship to such a high standard. Enjoyable and exciting as team racing is, organising and delivering it at international level has its challenges and Rutland has more than met those.

"We would especially like to thank all the volunteers and club members who have given up the free time to get the event ready, look after the teams and generally keep the machine working as we have progressed through the days."

Principal sponsors of the event were The Royal Yachting Association, Rondar Raceboats (providing two flights of Firefly dinghies), Allen Brothers (British manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware), Oakley (sunglasses) and Rooster (chandlery).

Other sponsors included: Old Pulteney, Harken, Zhik, Gill Marine, Selden, Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Redwings Lodge, Berridge Taxis, Sevenoaks School, West Kirby Sailing Club, Anglian Water and Rutland Tourism. Additional flights of boats are being loaned by Oakham, Oundle and Uppingham Schools and Rutland Sailing Club.

Day 3 - USA & GBR battle at the top

posted 24 Jul 2015, 10:41 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 24 Jul 2015, 10:51 ]

By Mike Haigh

On the third day of the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championships at Rutland Water, it was the teams from Great Britain and USA who were fighting it out at the top of the leaderboard.

Some 18 teams from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan and USA, plus an ASAF (Asian Sailing Federation) team comprising Indian, Malaysian and Hong Kong sailors are competing.

After 237 races out of the five day, 504 race event reigning World champions West Kirby Hawks were tying with team Ladies and Gentlemen of the USA, both on 24 wins.

Andy Cornah of the Hawks said: "We had a pretty windy day yesterday and it's lighter today, so it's good to have a variety of conditions. We've been pretty rusty but feel like we are steadily cranking it up. With a bad forecast for Friday it looks like the event may all hinge on tomorrow so a big day of potentially gold league racing and knockouts."

Right behind the top two with 23 wins were current UK national champions the Royal Forth Hoosiers, and on 21 wins BYOB (Bristol Young and Old Boys from Bristol University Alumni). The British teams were slugging it out for the second and third slots with the USA teams Team Shread and Days of Thunder on 23 and 20 wins.

Next down the leaderboard was Ireland on 16 wins very closely followed by Bermuda on 15. It is Bermuda's first time at a Team Racing World Championships and they are living up to the pre-event words of team captain Emily Nagel when she said: "We are eager to show the world that Bermudians can hold their own not only in fleet racing but team racing as well."

Emily added today: "This is a fantastic event. I am really excited to be here with the Bermuda Team, especially as Bermuda has never entered before.

It is great to be back here at Rutland Sailing Club, where I learnt to team race with Oakham School. The sailing conditions are great, the racing very competitive, and we are hoping to make Bermuda proud."

The leading youth (under 19) teams were GBR Y1 on 12 wins and USA Y1 on 10 wins. Magdalen College School, Oxford, Sevenoaks School, Kent and West Kirby Sailing Club on the Wirral make up the three British youth teams.

All the teams will not only be looking to move up in the standings as the regatta continues, but also move ahead of their compatriots for bragging rights.

Event director David Wilkins said: "Tuesday saw some challenging conditions, and gusts of up to 30 knots kept everyone on their toes. But another 100+ races were completed to keep the programme on schedule. The teams relaxed yesterday evening with a tour around Rutland Water, including a visit to the Osprey sanctuary in the evening on the 'Rutland Belle'."

Jon Napier, ISAF technical delegate added: "We've been making great progress through the Championship so far and a big thank you goes to all the volunteers and officials for the long hours they have spent on and off the water. The racing is close and the Championship is still wide open as we move into the Gold and Silver Leagues tomorrow."

Principal sponsors of the event are The Royal Yachting Association, Rondar Raceboats (providing two flights of Firefly dinghies), Allen Brothers (British manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware), Oakley (sunglasses) and Rooster (chandlery).

Other sponsors include: Old Pulteney, Harken, Zhik, Gill Marine, Selden, Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Redwings Lodge, Berridge Taxis, Sevenoaks School, West Kirby Sailing Club, Anglian Water and Rutland Tourism. Additional flights of boats are being loaned by Oakham, Oundle and Uppingham Schools and Rutland Sailing Club.

Day 1 - Royal visit & close racing

posted 24 Jul 2015, 10:36 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 24 Jul 2015, 11:00 ]

By Mike Haigh

Sailing teams from around the World joined battle on the first day of the 2015 ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Team Racing World Championship at Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Water on 20 July.

Some 18 teams from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan and USA, plus an ASAF (Asian Sailing Federation) team comprising Indian, Malaysian and Hong Kong sailors are competing.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, visited the event and attended a reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Rutland Sailability, which provides sailing for disabled people of all ages, in her capacity as Patron of the RYA Foundation.

On arrival Her Royal Highness was presented to Richard Langford, OBE, chairman of RYA Foundation, Martin Sutcliffe, Rutland Sailability chairman, Rutland Sailing Club commodore Nick Clarke, club manager Hugh Neill, and championship event director David Wilkins. David then explained the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championships from race control in the John Merricks Training Centre.

Following lunch Her Royal Highness chatted with championship competitors including the GBR 1 and the Japanese under 19 teams, then was taken out in the spectator boat by Rutland SC head coxswain Dick Richardson for a close up view of the action in the team racing, and to see a sail past by Rutland Sailability. Finally Her Royal Highness visited the clubhouse for a reception where she was introduced to members of Rutland Sailability.

Event director and former Olympic sailor David Wilkins said of the opening day's events: "We've really had a fantastic day here. The racing has been very close between the top half dozen teams.

"The Royal visit was very enjoyable. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal spent over an hour out on a boat. She was very interested in our Sailability fleet as there is such a wide variety from training to performance boats.

"She was very knowledgeable, having done a lot of sailing, and was fascinated with the team racing and picked up the format very quickly. You get some amazing things going on around the course marks and I would encourage anyone to come down and watch the racing."

Francine Counsell, a twice British Universities Sailing Association team racing national champion, and now in the Bermudian team, said: "It's good to see so many teams here at Rutland and great to have such a wide range of countries including Bermuda's first time at a Team Racing World Championships."

"We are eager to show the world that Bermudians can hold their own not only in fleet racing but team racing as well," added team captain Emily Nagel, the 2014 International University Sports Federation women's match racing World Champion. "We have all been busy training in earnest anticipation of the event in which Bermuda has never been represented before."

Rutland Sailability chairman Martin Sutcliffe said: "The Royal visit was absolutely wonderful. We had a fantastic day. Her Royal Highness reviewed the Sailability fleet and we had a very good technical discussion about how we'd re-rigged the boat she had named for us at the London Boat Show, and whilst watching the team racing she called to one competitor to advise him of a rigging problem. At the Sailability reception she spoke to every single person in the room – absolutely marvellous. We had a great day which people will remember for a very, very long time."

The ISAF Grade 1 event is the pinnacle of international dinghy team racing. Races are very short at around 12 minutes and can be action packed and spectacular.

The top sailors competing are often World and national dinghy champions in their own right. Many have sailed for university and collegiate teams and have already represented their countries at international level.

More than 100 races took place on day one, and after 99 races the British GBR 1 team West Kirby Hawks, who are the current World Champions, were tying with USA 1 on 11 race wins, closely followed on 10 wins each by GBR 2 and GBR 3, and USA 3 on nine wins. The top youth teams were USA Y1 on five wins and GBR Y1 on four.

The competition has Open and Under 19 divisions and the top three teams in each section will be awarded ISAF championship medals.

The GBR 2 team is the Royal Forth Hoosiers, who are the reigning UK National Champions, and the GBR 3 team is from Bristol University.

Magdalen College School, Oxford, Sevenoaks School, Kent and West Kirby Sailing Club on the Wirral make up the British Youth (under 19) teams.

Principal sponsors of the event are The Royal Yachting Association, Rondar Raceboats (providing two flights of Firefly dinghies), Allen Brothers (British manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware), Oakley (sunglasses) and Rooster (chandlery).

Other sponsors include: Old Pulteney, Harken, Zhik, Gill Marine, Selden, Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Redwings Lodge, Berridge Taxis, Sevenoaks School, West Kirby Sailing Club, Anglian Water and Rutland Tourism. Additional flights of boats are being loaned by Oakham, Oundle and Uppingham Schools and Rutland Sailing Club.

A 'Virtual 2015 ISAF Team Racing Championship', hosted by SailX, will also be run in conjunction with the real event.

Live video coverage of the racing will be available on YouTube along with GPS tracking provided by SailRacer.

For breaking news and race results, follow Twitter @ISAFupdates and @Rutland2015. Use Twitter hashtag #TRWC to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Championship open

posted 19 Jul 2015, 15:15 by rutland teamracing


The 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship is officially declared open.

Sailing Instructions

posted 19 Jul 2015, 07:52 by rutland teamracing

The Sailing Instructions are now posted on the  ISAF website.

Final preparations

posted 18 Jul 2015, 15:24 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 18 Jul 2015, 15:50 ]

Most of the teams have now arrived at Rutland and spent the day on the water practicing and helping to rig the new fleet of Rondar Fireflies. Preparations are proceeding well for the Competitors' briefing, which starts at 1800 tomorrow, and the Opening Ceremony, which commences at 1900. The Sailing Instructions have now been issued. 

Virtual Team Racing Championship

posted 18 Jul 2015, 04:16 by rutland teamracing

The following teams are currently entered in the SailX 'Virtual' 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship, which is going to be running at the same time as the 'real' event. Racing starts today.


This is the schedule:




Sevenoaks line up

posted 15 Jul 2015, 22:45 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 18 Jul 2015, 00:28 ]

Old Sennockians (Sevenoaks School alumni) will be very well represented at the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship at Rutland Sailing Club 19-24 July. The school is competing as the GBR2 U19 team and sailing master, Andy Cornah, will be racing in the GBR1 Open Team, the 'West Kirby Hawks' with Dom Johnson (OS 1997) and Ben Field (OS 2000). The Hawks are the reigning World Champions from Schull 2011. The GBR 1 U19 team will be from Magdalen School, Oxford but their sailing master is James Unwin (OS 1996). Mike Steele (OS 1973) has come out of retirement to sail for the Australian AUS 3 team, Greg Eaton (OS 1989) will be one of the umpires and it is reported that Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (OS 1972) will be unable accompanying his wife, the Princess Royal, who will be visiting the Championship in her capacity as President of the Royal Yachting Association. 

Combined Asian team

posted 11 Jul 2015, 07:43 by rutland teamracing   [ updated 11 Jul 2015, 07:47 ]


We are pleased to report that there will be an ASAF (Asian Sailing Federation) team, comprising: Indian; Malaysian; Hong Kong and Japanese sailors, competing in the World Championship.

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