Cambridge Make Their Mark at Wilson Trophy – May 2018

Cambridge Blue (actually the Cambridge 2nd team) finished 13th out of 32 entries in the Wilson trophy held at West Kirby 4-6th May 2018. They were top university and beat several fancied alumni and foreign teams such as Wessex Exempt and The Kiwis – as well as a combined BUSA (British Universities) Team. Cambridge Purple, the third Cambridge team, finished 30th – but learned many useful lessons for next year’s competitions.

A Cambridge Alumni team, sailing under the flag of the Oxford & Cambridge SS, reached the quarter finals but lost out there to Yale Corinthians 1-2. West Kirby Hawks beat the US team ‘Days of Thunder’ from the International Yacht and Athletic Club, Newport, Rhode Island in the final, so taking the 69th Wilson Trophy. This was a carbon copy of the 2016 result.
The Wilson Trophy is probably the premier team racing event in the world, with its own website, Facebook and Twitter pages. This year 4 US teams, 2 Irish teams, and 1 New Zealand team participated in the competition. Next year, the 70th Anniversary, is planned to be even bigger and better!

Photo of Cambridge Blue team at Wilson Trophy
Cambridge Blue: (Back) Michael Smith, Anna Prescott, Ollie Jagger (Front) Jamie Webb, Karen Thomas, Paris Thomas

Photo of Cambridge Purple team at Wilson Trophy
Cambridge Purple: Greg Sale, Jules Welham, Holly MacAskill, Freddie Scott, Alex Smallwood, Hugh Tomkins

Photo of BUSA team at Wilson Trophy
BUSA: (Back) Robbie King (C), Crispin Beaumont (Soton), Matt Whitfield (Soton) (Front) Matt Viney (Soton), Freya Darnton (Swansea), George Hopes (C)

Cambridge Blue (Mainly Black)
Anna Prescott (Capt) and Karen Thomas
Paris Thomas and Ollie Jagger
Jamie Webb and Michael Smith
Cambridge Purple
Greg Sale (Capt) and Jules Welham
Alex Smallwood and Hugh Tomkins
Holly MacAskill and Freddie Scott
Robbie King and George Hopes sailed for the BUSA team.

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