This weekend saw the BUSA Team Qualifiers take place at Spinnaker SC.
With little wind and a frozen over lake, the qualifiers became a very slow but still intense event. Once the wind picked up (a little bit), the boats were launched and some great racing was to be had. Brunel’s first team showed a great consistent performance even with the adverse weather conditions. Note to self-next time call for “room to tack due to iceberg”.
In the evening we were lucky enough to be hosted by Bournemouth sailing club, they showed how they also could party into the night with the only small down side that we had to leave for an early start for the next morning’s racing. This was made less painful by Bournemouth’s Fi Edwards good morning bacon butties.
The second day started with some very fast paced racing; often the warning signal was sounded before leaving the shore. Again Brunel managed consistent performance and we ended the day on a high with a 1, 2, and 6 with Andrew Jack demonstrating an impressive performance at slowing down the Bournemouth team on mark 3.
Overall the weekend was enjoyed by all and still demonstrates the close friendships that we have in the club. It is sad to say that unfortunately this was one of our racers last BUSA event; James Thomas will be graduating at the end of this year and moving onto pastures new.
“It can be taken from the weekends racing that despite the lack of wind, freezing temperatures, Icebergs, enough alcohol to defrost a lake, and some close racing, Brunel are a force to be reckoned with. It is with great misery that that will be my last BUSA sailing event with Brunel, what a great 5 years! Thank you team!” Good luck in the future TJ!
By Daniella Barnett & James Thomas
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