The Student Yachting World Cup, organized in La Rochelle, France, ended on 2 November, with the victory of the Swiss team from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
During most of the week, the teams enjoyed perfect weather conditions, with a big sun and 15 to 20 knots of wind. The International Jury, very professional, orchestrated 14 races, of the windward-leeward type as well as beautiful coastal races, bringing the teams to the four corners of the Antioche bay.
During the opening ceremony, held on Friday 26 October at the City Hall of La Rochelle, where Mr DILLENBOURG, deputy mayor in charge of sports, welcomed the competitors, the flags were handed over, and Trinity College from Ireland put the cup back into play.
The races began on Sunday 28 October, leaving from Minimes Harbour. Unfortunately, the lack of wind didn't allow the competitors to finish the day with a coastal race. At the end of the first day, Scotland was in the lead.
On the second day, there was a strong wind and big sea, which allowed other teams to show their skills and Portugal took the lead. On Tuesday, a night race tested the crews' resistance to a long day of sailing. At this point, even after they were disqualified for an early start, the Swiss team overtook the lead, which they would not give away during the rest of the week.
On Wednesday, the Irish from Cork Institute of Technology showed off their skills with two victories won with a long lead on their followers. This allowed them to rank second, before the Portuguese. The following day, three windward-leeward race with a lot of wind caused some material damage, forcing Ireland to withdraw from one race, and thus losing their chance of overtaking the Swiss. The last day only allowed for separating the draws, such as the USA and Turkey, ranking respectively seventh and eighth, out of 15 teams.
We would like to thank the teams for their good mood, during parties where sailors from all over the world got to know each other better. The crews' dinner, where each crew brings a specialty from its home country, was greatly appreciated. The Portuguese won the prize for the best partying team, and Trinity College managed, through strong applauding, to win the elections of Mr and Miss SYWOC for two of its crewmembers.
1. Switzerland, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
2. Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology
3. Portugal, Escola Nautica Infante Dom Henrique
4. England, Southampton Solent University
5. Scotland, Strathclyde University
6. Ireland, Trinity College (defender)
Student Yachting World Cup - www.sywoc.org