69th Wilson Trophy – 10 teams now entered, including one team from the USA, Ireland and one team from New Zealand…

10 teams have now entered the 69th Wilson Trophy, including last years winners the Birdham Bandits, as well as SMVC and Wessex Exempt Sailing Club.

From the USA, Days of Thunder, runners up at the 2016 Wilson Trophy. From Ireland, we welcome once again a team from Royal St George Y.C. and from New Zealand we welcome team “The Kiwis” from Kerikeri Cruising Club, led by Reuben Corbett, New Zealand Open Team Racing Champion.

The latest entry comes from team “Edinburgh Express”, who have competed in 7 Wilson Trophy and are previous winners of BUSA, Angel of the North and in 2017 BSDRA.

 

 

Wilson Trophy 2018 – 4th, 5th & 6th of May.

69th Wilson Trophy.
After an outstanding event this year, with some of the closest racing ever recorded, the entry for the  69th Wilson Trophy is now open.

Plans are also well under way for the 70th Wilson, which will held between the 9th/12th of May 2019,  with the possibility of a GBR/USA challenge match on the opening day. This will be one to remember, in the true tradition of WKSC. As well as the closely fought team racing on the water, there will be events ashore for everyone to enjoy, including  American and Irish themed evenings open to everyone, competitors and club members alike. Can we live up to the parties during the 1995 Worlds at WKSC ? It has got to be worth a try. It will be a great way to thank our visitors from Ireland and the USA, both long standing supporters of the event, and we already have had very positive feedback from both countries about this next landmark in the history of the Wilson Trophy.

2017 Blueoak Estates Wilson Trophy at West Kirby Sailing Club – Report by Andrew Cornah

by Andrew Cornah on 23 May 2017

Fabulous sailing conditions on Sunday at the 68th Wilson Trophy © Alan Jenkins

The Blueoak Estates Wilson Trophy, held at West Kirby Sailing Club, is widely regarded as the premier dinghy team racing event in the world, as well as being recognised as the British Open Team Racing Championship.

The 68th edition, held over the 5th/7th May, was considered by all involved to be one of the best ever. 30 teams, including three from the US and one from Ireland, competed in a Swiss League round robin format for the first stage, which would see the top 8 teams progress to the knockout stages in front of the grandstand on Sunday afternoon.

Friday and Saturday were not the usual West Kirby conditions with the wind instead coming off the land and producing some very challenging and shifty conditions. Saturday night saw the formidable Wilson dinner take place with this year’s guest speaker, Ben Saxton, swapping Olympic catamarans for the thrills and spills of Firefly team racing. GJW Direct presented their annual Outstanding Achievement award to umpire Richard Thompson for his long term support of the Wilson and his services to team racing, including his Chairmanship of the UK Team Racing Association.

Sunday really delivered – the wind filled in from the north and with sun all day (it’s always sunny in West Kirby) it really was champagne sailing. Stage one finished after an incredible 330 races with each team racing 22 times. The competitiveness of all teams really showed with just 3 race wins separating the team in 6th with the team in 25th place in the Swiss league.

This is when the magic of the Wilson really kicks in; the sailors who haven’t made it through to the quarter finals line the grandstand and the shore, with live commentary on the races that are taking place just meters away on the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ that is West Kirby marine lake. The knockout stages produced some amazing races; in quarter final 1, number 1 seeds Birdham Bandits defeated Northern Clydes, a team which included Olympic silver medallists Luke Patience and Stu Bithell; Royal Thames Blue saw off SMVC, Wessex Exempt dispatched the remaining American team ‘Days of Thunder’ and defending champions West Kirby Hawks narrowly overcame traditional rivals Spinnaker. In the semi- finals Birdham kept up their momentum defeating 2013 winners Wessex Exempt in 2 straight races. The 2nd semi pitched local favourites and four time winners West Kirby Hawks against a young Royal Thames Blue team who had impressed everyone over the event. Over the best of 3 it was the youngsters who prevailed over experience, showing great boat speed and team work to win 2-1.

The final was, as Wilson finals often are, epic and went the full distance of 5 races with the Birdham Bandits, representing Itchenor Sailing Club who were winners of the first ever Wilson way back in 1949, coming from 2-1 down to claim the much coveted Wilson Trophy. The Birdham Bandits sailors were: George Yeoman, Tim Saxton, Sam Littlejohn, Holly Scott, Toby Lewis & Sophie Ormsby.

The under 21 trophy was won by Old Waynfleet representing Oxford Sailing Club.

As the teams of club volunteers and visiting umpires relaxed with some well-earned refreshments, conversation soon turned to the plans for the 70th Wilson which will soon be here in 2019. It will be difficult to beat an event like this year’s Wilson but the dream is to make the 70th an epic celebration of the event, the sailors past and present and team racing in general. WKSC would welcome ideas on how to make the 70th Wilson really special.

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First round draw

1 BLACK 1, 2, 3 WIRRAL WADERS v NORTHERN MONKEYS PINK 4, 5, 6
2 GREY 7, 8, 9 GEORGE JUNIORS v MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY D. BLUE 10, 11, 12
3 RED 13, 14, 15 RUTLAND RAIDERS v CAMBRIDGE BLACK YELLOW 16, 17, 18
4 ORANGE 19, 20, 21 BIRDHAM BANDITS v THE USUAL SUSPECTS LT. BLUE 22, 23, 24
5 WHITE / BLACK 119, 120, 121 SPINNAKER v TEAM TROUBLE WHITE / PINK 123, 124, 125
6 BLACK 1, 2, 3 OLD WAYNFLETES v ROYAL THAMES BLUE PINK 4, 5, 6
7 GREY 7, 8, 9 BUSA v DAYS OF THUNDER D. BLUE 10, 11, 12
8 RED 13, 14, 15 WEST KIRBY SAILING CLUB v EDINBURGH EXPORT YELLOW 16, 17, 18
9 ORANGE 19, 20, 21 WESSEX EXEMPT v SWANSEA GREEN LT. BLUE 22, 23, 24
10 WHITE / BLACK 119, 120, 121 WEST KIRBY HAWKS v NORTHERN CLYDES WHITE / PINK 123, 124, 125
11 BLACK 1, 2, 3 SOTOLENT v CAMBRIDGE BLUE PINK 4, 5, 6
12 GREY 7, 8, 9 ROYAL THAMES WHITE v HILBRE HIGHLANDERS D. BLUE 10, 11, 12
13 RED 13, 14, 15 SMVC v THAMES EXILE YELLOW 16, 17, 18
14 ORANGE 19, 20, 21 CAMBRIDGE PURPLE v OXFORD UNIVERSITY LT. BLUE 22, 23, 24
15 WHITE / BLACK 119, 120, 121 SOCIETY v ROYAL FORTH HOOSIERS WHITE / PINK 123, 124, 125

 

Briefing Notes, UKTRA Prizes and Parental Declaration

The Briefing Notes have now been posted for you to read and your attention is drawn to paragraphs 4 and more importantly 6 on umpires and umpiring.
The parental declaration form is also available.

Para 4 is repeated below:
UKTRA Prizes
The RYA UK Team racing Championship was to be held at WKSC earlier this year and was cancelled due to bad weather. As no suitable alternative date can be found in the calendar which would be fair to all the entrants, the RYA, through UKTRA has decided that the prizes which would have been awarded should go to the top two UK teams at the 2017 Wilson Trophy.
The Prince Philip Trophy will not be awarded.