Southampton University have today made history by taking both the Ladies and mixed titles of British Universities Team Racing Champions.
Hosted by Southampton University and held at Spinnaker Sailing Club in Hampshire, the three-day event is the pinnacle of British University sailing and the culmination of a series of qualification regattas around the country. 24 mixed teams and 10 ladies teams congregated on Wednesday, sailing in seven individual flights of identical Fireflies, and by lunchtime today, it was down to the final four.
In the men's first to three final, Southampton first team of Ben Field, Andy Cornah and Paul Campbell-James, crewed by Tom Foster, Kate Fairclough and Toni Corlett faced an emerging Oxford team. With a point to prove, and unbeaten up to this stage in the event, Southampton won the first two races with a 1,2,4 and 1,2,3 scoreline, proving to be incredibly dominant. They took the final race again with a vital 1,2 scoreline and with it the national title, their unbeaten record intact.
Commenting on their apparent dominance of university sailing this year, Paul Campbell-James said, "It felt good to come away from the event without dropping a race, and with winning the BUSA match racing last weekend, there's only one more to go to clinch the treble."
Starting on Tuesday, the majority of Southampton's Team Racing Squad goes to Portsmouth to compete in the Student Yachting Championship, the winner of which will represent British Universities at the student Yachting World Cup in France.
The ladies event was a much closer affair, Southampton Ladies first team, helmed by Karen Greenland, Katie Archer and H Brown, with Liz Peacock, Rosie Geyman and Katie Haighton, faltered earlier in the event, but eventually made it to the final, where they faced a talented Bristol team who won the first race in a close battle, 1, 4, 5. Southampton fought back in the second and third races and claimed 1, 2 victories in the second and third races.
Full results will be posted here as soon as they become available.