Four Cambridge teams were in action at events during 26/27 January 2019, Blue and Black teams at the Wessex Warmer (Spinnaker SC, Ringwood) and Purple and Beige teams at the Warwick Turtle (Draycote Water).
At the Turtle, six round were completed on Saturday, but there was no further racing on the Sunday, leaving Cambridge Purple winners on points, ahead of two teams from rivals Imperial College. Congratulations to Purple!
Meanwhile, Francis from Cambridge Beige comments:
Overall the day went as well as I could have hoped (aside from some embarking capsizes!). As you would expect, given we are a new team, half of our races were lost 4,5,6 to better teams (mostly at the start). But the other half of our races were competitive, and we did a fair amount of Team Racing! In our most exiting race (thanks to some incredible 2 boat mark traps by Niels) we managed to slow the race down down to almost rescue a very large 5,6 gap. By the final beat we were in a close 2,3,6 but unfortunately could not make the final conversion happen. We are looking forward to watching some more experienced teams as we help out at Qualifiers and the Cam Cup before our next event – the Imperial Icicle.
At the Warmer, plenty of races were sailed, in a two-stage format. Cambridge Blue made the Gold Fleet, but lost two nail-biting races on the Sunday. They finished 6th overall, winning 8/14 races, just behind arch-rivals Exeter on a tie-break. Cambridge Black made the Silver Fleet after 6 wins on Saturday, going on to win both their races on Sunday.
Cambridge captain Paris Thomas comments on the Warmer:
It was a pretty windy event with very very gusty, shifty conditions. We got in 12 races per team on the Saturday, which was very impressive race organisation. Unfortunately Sunday was a bit too windy and so the group stages were abandoned early on and the event went straight to semi finals. Black won 8 of their 14 races and learned a lot about team racing in gusty, shifty conditions – good preparation for Qualifiers next weekend!