Cambridge Blue Triumph at 2023 BUSA Team Racing

(Report taken from the Cambridge Sailing Team Instagram account)

Between the 11th and 13th of April, Cambridge University hosted the annual university team racing championships (BUSA) at Grafham Water.

Two Cambridge teams competed, with Red and Blue both making it to the top eight. Red had had a great few days – beating most of the top teams and comfortably ranking the highest UK second team. A tough quarters against Oxford saw red place 5th overall, but their achievement is huge and well deserved as an amazing team (big things to come next year!)

Blue, despite having a very strong season this year, had a rocky league stage. However the previous days nerves were quelled with a feisty quarters against last years champions Exeter. In the semis, Blue faced Oxford – three tight races coming right down to the line, decided by who could serve their penalty turns first. This meant the final would be between Cambridge blue and the guest Irish team, UCD – a familiar rematch from the Top Gun finals in February.

Five close races saw UCD take the win, however, coming second, Cambridge Blue was overall highest ranking British team – winning BUCS gold! (For the first time since 2016!)

To end the event there was an incredible black tie dinner in Johns, celebrating the excellent achievement of both red and blue and an amazing event overall.

All three teams trained so hard and it definitely paid off – thanks to Imperial, UEA and Oxford for training with us and for all the alumni for coaching and passing on invaluable knowledge.

Further details are available on the BUSA website and Instagram

Several firefly dinghies rounding the leeward mark at BUSA 2023

Firefly sailing upwind at BUSA 2023

The Cambridge Blue Team, winners of BUSA 2023 team racing

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