Alumni Christmas Newsletter – November 2018

The Michaelmas Term has sped by with good team racing and RYA Training activity. See the photo below of five successful trainees with their Level 1 certificates. Another five are expected to earn their certificates in the coming term. Congratulations to Holly MacAskill on getting all this organised.

While weather conditions were not ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing during most of the term, the windsurfers managed to squeeze in a couple of sessions at Grafham, following successful Taster sessions.

Team Racing

The main focus of team racing has been training for all four teams. Blue got to the semi finals of the Oxford Magnum, Exeter being the only other university to do so. Purple just missed out on the semi finals at the Brummie Bender due to a three-way tie break. Details of these events, attended also by Black and Beige, are on this website.

Windsurfing Trip

Plans are now well underway for the Cambridge-Oxford-Imperial trip to Fuerteventura 23rd – 30th of March 2019. This is a great opportunity for alumni of all levels to join with students and improve their windsurfing skills in the sunny Canary Islands under the instruction of world-class coaches from GetWindsurfing. If you are interested in joining the trip then get in touch!

Match Racing

Match racing is back on the programme again and it is hoped to revive the Match Racing Varsity Match at Aldeburgh in the coming year. The intention is that it should take place just before the Mixed and Ladies Varsity Matches.

James Pinder (Robinson alumnus, Captain 2016/17), Jemima Lawson (St Catharines), George Hopes (Corpus Christi alumnus, Commodore 2016/17) and Jamie Webb (Caius, Commodore 2017/18) have formed a match racing team competing on the European and World circuits.

Highlights so far include representing GBR at both the Youth and Open European championships, competing at the Governor’s Cup in Newport Harbour, California, and reaching a ranking of 54th in the world. (See photo above for team in the lead at Newport, 2017.)

The team have received some alumni sponsorship already and are looking for further support to help them compete across the 2019 season. Please contact James Pinder for more details if you would like to contribute to this very worthwhile and challenging endeavour.

AGM and Christmas Dinner

The formal AGM took place in the Hawks Club on 28 November, followed by the team racing Christmas Dinner. All the current senior officers and committee were re-elected unopposed. Some photographs of the event are on this website.

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