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Twisted Tube Pre Event Report

 The Twisted TUBE 2016

Random Pairs, Bring Your Own Boat Team Racing

Saturday 12th November 2016


Saturday the 12th November marks the start of the Team Racing Season at Spinnaker Club with the annual Twisted Tube team racing event. This is a fantastic competition that combines a friendly and informal ethos with competitive, good run team racing.

The format is two boat team racing event with a twist; instead of entering as a team, competitors enter as a boat and then get randomly allocated a different team mate and opposition for each race. This means your team mate in one race could be your opponent in another, it is a great way to get to know other sailors and to improve your team racing skills as you must quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of the races.
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Wessex Winter Warmer 2016

Wessex Winter Warmer 2016 – Report

The 13th and 14th February 2016 saw the return of Wessex Sailing Club’s (Southampton University) Wessex Winter Warmer. 18 of the UK’s top teams including 13 university teams headed to Spinnaker Sailing Club for some high level racing.

Jamie Diamond provided some great drone footage of the weekend – See here for footage

Day one saw 108 races completed after a prompt start and very few stoppages thanks to 4 flights of boats enabling rolling starts. Each team managed to complete 12 races of the round robin with the Birdham Bandits leading the way (12/12) closely followed by Society and BYOB (11/12). Exeter Black were leading the way out of the university teams in 5th place (9/12). Despite the day starting rather damp, it eventually dried out and with 15-18kts of wind all day, we flew through the races,
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Spinnaker SC Team best performing crew on Day 2 of Etchells Invitational Cup in Cowes

Spinnaker SC Team best performing crew on Day 2 of Etchells Invitational Cup in Cowes

Report by Rupert Holmes

Cowes, UK, August 3, 2015 – The second day of the Etchells Invitational Regatta for the Gertrude Cup saw the Spinnaker Sailing Club’s team led by Matt Reid post the day’s best result among the 16 teams from around the world.

It was a day of intense competition, including an incredibly tight finish in the second race that saw the four leading boats cross the line in just three seconds. After a tight contest right round the course, running into the finish three teams – Anthony O’Leary, Robert O’Leary and Julia Bailey’s entry from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Tom Carruthers of San Diego Yacht Club and Jean-Claude Strong of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron – were very tightly bunched.

Meanwhile Reid, and his crew of Jamie Diamond, Izzy Welch and Graham Sunderland, was a few lengths to leeward and powering towards the line at a higher angle to the wind. All four boats were overlapped at the finish, with Reid holding a two-metre advantage over the Irish boat, while Carruthers and Strong finished just moments later.

“On the first day we were slow to adapt to the boat we had and didn’t have our heads out of the boat enough, but today we were stronger strategically,” Sunderland says. “Our starts were also much better today than yesterday and our manoeuvres were all good,” adds Reid, “including gybe sets that opened up more options at the start of the downwind legs. With the wind more in the south-west it also felt easier to call which side of the course would pay, especially when we could see that other good local sailors were making the same decisions.

“For us the most challenging part today was maintaining our lead in the race we won, as the fleet was split right across the course, which made it really hard to defend our position. Looking ahead, we already have two big scores to discard, so the challenge will be to maintain consistency.” The team is currently in fifth place overall, just three points adrift of third place.

With a discard having kicked in following the completion of six races, Mark Thornburrow’s team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club remain overall leaders in this high-scoring series, despite a disastrous first race in which they languished near the back of the fleet. A fourth place and two thirds saw Tom Carruthers’ San Diego Yacht Club team, crewed by double Etchells world champion Andrew “Dog” Palfrey and Chris Busch, leap four places up the leaderboard to take second place overall. Meanwhile Jeanne-Claude Strong of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron slipped one place to third overall, having scored 6, 4, 15.

Many thanks go to the events five main sponsors Zhik, Spinlock, David Heritage Racing Yachts, Shepards Wharf Marina and Edward S Fort, OBE, as well as to the Royal Thames and Royal London Yacht Clubs.

Photography Copyright Notice: Emma Louise Wyn Jones Photography

For high resolution images please contact Emma Jones, ELWJ Photography: elwjphotography

Ladies Team Racing Nationals 2015


This coming weekend (14-15th March 2015) the RYA Ladies Team Racing National Championships will be played out at Spinnaker Club, the home of team racing in Southern England. Hosted jointly by Spinnaker Club & Wessex Sailing Club (Southampton Uni), the event also incorporates the Championship for the BUSA (British University Sailing Association) Ladies Team Racing Title. Fifteen of the twenty teams will be representing BUSA affiliated University Sailing Clubs.

The 2015 edition sees the event return to Spinnaker Club after being hosted away from the club, for the first time, in 2014. Changing the event to a touring fixture, visiting venues such as legendary Wilson Trophy sailing waters at West Kirby Sailing Club (the 2014 host club) has had a positive effect on the competition. This year’s entry is the largest ever recorded and has teams the length and breadth of the country converging at Blashford Lake to battle for the titles. Teams stretch from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow in the north.

Amongst the teams hoping to clinch the RYA title is Society, the team of Oxbridge Alumni is led by three time champion Claire Lasko. Commenting on the upcoming competition Claire said “The Ladies Nationals is really special event; probably my favourite team racing event of the year….. I really hope we can take the title”. Standing in the way of Society will be amongst others the locals; Spinnaker Club. The team is captained by Marianthe Evangelidis, who has won the RYA Open Team Racing Championships with the formidable Spinnaker Auspicious multiple times. Marianthe is keen to deliver silverware to the host club: “We are hoping that our local knowledge will give us the edge this weekend, the team is really up for it and wants to do the club proud – we’ve never managed to win the open championship on home waters, so it would be great to win the ladies at Spinnaker!” Katie Restall, another member of Spinnaker Team adds “of course we want to win – the ladies is a great event and hotly contested by many teams.”

The 2014 championship was won by Birmingham University. Birmingham has entered another strong team into the event this year and again Amy Yeoman will be leading the team. Standing in their way will be a plethora of well drilled university teams including a team from event co-hosts, Wessex Sailing Club, sailing under the banner of Southampton University. Wessex Ladies’ Captain, Hannah Tilley, says “we really want to do as well as we can, the whole club is behind the event both in terms of fielding the best possible team and helping to run the event with Spinnaker”.

Along with helping to organise the on the water activities, Wessex Sailing Club, will also be hosting and entertaining most of the competitors on the Saturday night, with a Black Tie Ball at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Emily Nagel, BUSA Ladies’ Captain and Commodore of Wessex Sailing Club is excited; “I can’t wait – we have an action packed weekend ahead of us. The sailing programme will be excellent and we have managed to fill the Royal Southampton to capacity!”

The 120 female competitors will sail close to two hundred, short & intense, 3 versus 3 head to head races over the weekend. The busy schedule has meant that the Race Committee has reissued the Notice of Race and brought has forward the briefing to 0930 on Saturday 14th March. It is hoped that with racing will start as soon as possible after the briefing. The new Notice of Race (Version V4) can be downloaded from the event website at

Sailing will be run close to the shore in colour matched fireflies and should be a good spectacle for all. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Spinnaker Club, but for those unable to watch the action from the shore, the event will be easy to follow online. Live Results, schedules and a blog will be available through the event website The event will also be widely covered on socail media with a live and interactive Twitter run by Wessex Sailing Club @WessexSC and Spinnaker TeamRacing @SpinnyTR. To join the conversation , please use the #Ladiestr15.