Oxford Take 15th Cam Cup – March 2015

Oxford Blue proved worthy winners of the 15th Cam Cup, held at Grafham on 28 Feb / 1 Mar 2015, not dropping a single race of the 12 they sailed. Durham 1 slipped into the Silver Medal position by winning their 13th race, on Sunday morning, and Cambridge Blue took Bronze – all from an entry of 17 teams. A detailed results table follows the gallery of photographs below.

Conditions were breezy on Saturday, but the incomparable race officer duo of Jo Lucas and Keith Sammons went into overdrive and, with the assistance of a strong umpiring and support team, no less that 102 races were run – a record for a single day at Grafham. In spite of the day of energetic sailing, competitors were more than ready for the excellent formal dinner that evening, and for the Downing bar and clubbing activities that followed.

Sunday dawned bright, sunny, and windy, but sailable. During the first set of races, however, the wind built up to overpowering strength and racing had to be halted – with only two boats failing to finish and get ashore unassisted. With the wind still at gale force strength at 12:00hrs, and reasonable conditions not likely to arrive until late afternoon, further racing was abandoned and overall outcomes decided on the round robin results.

A big ‘thank you’ goes to Oxford and Magdalene College School for the loan of boats, to the race team of Jo and Keith, to the Umpires listed below, to Amanda Hebbert in her time-honoured role of Finisher, and to a good many nameless Cambridge students who helped out over the two days to ensure an excellent and memorable event.

Bruce Hebbert, Martin Claasen, George Ehlers, Ed Fryer, David Lees, Nick Rusbridge, Jonathan Turnbull.

Explore the gallery of photographs below by clicking on the thumbnail that interests you. Use the ‘Leave a Reply’ function at the bottom of the page to submit any comments you wish to make.

Results after 105 races. Tie for 3rd was broken in favour of Cambridge as they beat SSCM. Tie for 11th was broken in favour of Bristol 2 on the basis of average points. The three-way tie for 13th was ordered Nottingham Pink, London White, and Nottingham White on the basis of points in the races they sailed against each other.

1Oxford Blue121287
2Durham 11311106
3Cambridge Blue121096
4SSCM (ex Bristol)1210108
5Royal Thames Red1310-108
7Bristol 1138117
8Cambridge Yellow127124
9Durham 2126135
10London Purple125148
11Bristol 2123146
12Oxford Green123152
13Nottingham Pink133154
14London White133167
15Nottingham White133168
16Southampton Blue122145

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