Team Racing at Spinnaker
Spinnaker has been a premier team racing club in the south of England for many years with the Spinnaker All Stars and New Forest Pirates dominating national events and medalling at successive Team Racing World Championships over the years. g for Steve Tylecote at the 2005 team racing worlds and at the 2007 Endeavour which they won.
We are keen to organise and encourage team racing activity and training at the club. When the wind makes it through the trees the lake is ideal for team racing, and we encourage as many of you as possible to come and get involved. The team racing worlds has an under 19 division and is a great sport for younger people to get involved with. Not only is team racing perfect practise for your fleet racing skills of starting, rule knowledge and boat handling, it also has a great team feel and is a lot fun. We are really keen to help train a Spinnaker Youth Team so if you are interested and want to be involved get in touch with Tom Clay, or come and speak to us next time we are down training.
Spinnaker is home to Southampton University Sailing Club, whose mixed and ladies teams regularly feature in the top 4 in the country. Other affiliated groups include Canford School who always do well at the schools championships.
Spinnaker has it's own fleet of quality matched boats for team racing which are available for members to use.
What is Team Racing?
For those new to this area of the sport, races are between two teams, and the winning team is the one with the lower total points score in the race (with 1 point for first, 2 for second and so on). Each helm can improve their team's position during a race either by overtaking one of the opposition's boats (which for most of us is quite hard) or, far more simply, by slowing down one of the opposition's boats so that a team mate can overtake. A team racing event comprises a number of short races (typically only 10 to 12 minutes long) with carefully thought out courses to maximise the opportunities for team tactics.
The most common form of team racing is with teams of three boats. Two-boat team racing, where the team with the boat in last place loses is quite popular and is tactically simpler and useful as an introduction to the sport. Individual random two-boat team racing where you are allocated a partner at random for each race is fun and sociable.
Why do team racing?
Apart from being fun, team racing is an ideal way to sharpen up boat handling skills, close quarter tactics and rules awareness that will win you place after place in tight fleet races, particularly at marks and up that final beat to the finish line.
Ben Ainsle was taught Olympic Gold medal winning team racing tactics by Spinnaker's Steve Tylecote at a training session before that Sydney Olympic cliff hanger.
Team racing has its own circuit of competitions (largely in the winter months when the usual open circuit for class fleet races is all but dead) where many of the events even provide the boats for you to sail, so there is no trailing your craft across the countryside.
Team racing is the main University sailing sport and our younger sailors who go on to University will have the advantage of being front runners to represent their college. The University sailing scene is fast, furious and fun. Many Spinnaker youngsters have been selected as captain of their University Team
Last updated 17:30 on 29 January 2020