Winter Newsletter – February 2017

Cambridge made a brilliant and determined start to their 2017 BUSA campaign with all 3 teams making it through to the finals during the Midlands Qualifiers event held at Grafham on 4/5 February. To add insult to injury, the Cambridge teams finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall! Congratulations to all 18 sailors – a report and gallery of photographs is on the website. Also many thanks to the team of helpers, commanded by Event Director Bryan Ormond (Pembroke 2012) and PRO Tim Palmer (St Catharines 2011), who made the event such a success for all the 17 teams participating.

March Drinks Party

Put Thursday 16 March in your diary for the annual joint drinks party with the OUYC, starting at 6:00pm in the Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71-77 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5HD. Tickets are £21 – send your remittance to: Mr A R Butler, Sort Code: 09-06-40, Account: 10165317, Reference: your initial and surname. Please also email Anthony Butler, so that he knows who is coming. Alternatively, send your cheque to him at 19 Hendons Way, Holyport, MAIDENHEAD SL6 2LF. Guests are welcome, but numbers are limited by the capacity of the room, so the evening will work on a first-come-first-served basis for bookings.

Our speaker for the evening will be Brendan Hall, who led the ‘Spirit of Australia’ crew to overall victory in the Clipper 2009-10 Race, when aged just 28. Following the win, Brendan wrote the book ‘Team Spirit’, based on insights from the race. His presentation will be a fascinating exploration into how to prepare for a demanding ocean race using skills learned from people management and leadership rather than just sailing and seamanship.

A final and irresistible attraction will be freely-available Salcombe Gin. Howard Davies (St Annes, Oxford, 1995) has set up a gin distillery in Salcombe and will be bringing along his gin for you to sample. I look forward to welcoming you at the O&C Club that evening.

125th Anniversary Celebrations

It is planned to run random pairs team racing at Grafham during the day of the 125th Anniversary Dinner (Saturday 21st April 2018). The dinner will take place in a Cambridge college that evening. Put the date in your diary now and be sure to book college accommodation in good time.

Because we are celebrating 125 years of Sailing, 60 years of Ladies Varsity Matches, and 40 years of Windsurfing at Cambridge in 2018, we are aiming to fill some significant gaps in our records. The History page of the website has been re-designed to index all the information we have gathered. Please go and take a look!

Additional contributions are welcome – the ‘Office Lens’ mobile app makes it a doddle to take ‘squared up’ photos of any rectangular item such as a document or an old photograph. Then you can email the result to me for inclusion in the history.

Best wishes for a good season’s sailing in 2017,

Anthony Butler
Alumni Administrator

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