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First University League Weekend 15-16 November
After all the early Saturday morning training sessions the first Scottish Student Sailing League weekend was upon us. My university (Strathclyde) were the hosts and the racing was held at Bardowie Loch.
Six universities took part in this event and the start of Saturday was spent racing to decide what teams would be in what league. The teams were split into 3 pools with every team from 2 universities in each pool. Then with the results from the pools individual teams are split into the leagues which were Super Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
There were 3 teams from my university (Strathclyde) and I was in the Strath White team. The Thursday evening before the weekend was spent making “team kit” to wear at all events and the fancy dress costumes for Saturday night. Our team kit consisted of white rash vests with the words “Strath White” plus our name on the back and a bow tie with buttons on the front spray painted with black car paint. It was the best team kit there but the amount of car paint fumes we breathed probably wasn’t too good for our health! The fancy dress theme was mythical creatures so we all went as phoenixs which consisted of red top (with wings stitched on), leggings, face paint and a mask with feathers. It is safe to say that we got a few looks walking through Glasgow!
Anyway back to the sailing. On the Saturday the wind was perfect for team racing with about 7-10 knots. In our pool we were racing against 2 other Strathclyde teams and 3 Aberdeen teams. We won every race in our pool except one. All the Strathclyde teams had the same number of wins so there was a 3 way tie for who would get into the super gold. Luckily our team came out on top and we got into the Super Gold league! In the afternoon we got through 2 races in the new league winning one and very narrowly losing one by inches but it was good racing. We just need to work a bit more on our upwind speed in the next training sessions.
We arrived at Bardowie on the Sunday to welcome no wind and thick fog. After 4 and a half hours of waiting some wind filled in and the teams due to race were sent out. Unfortunately it died again and only one race managed to go ahead.
Overall this was a great weekend with great racing and memories. I am looking forward to the next league weekend in February. I was also down in England this weekend for the Angel of the North team racing event so will get a blog up about that soon.
Thanks for reading,
Strathclyde White Team