It is with great excitement that we announce that the CUYC Yacht Racing Team has won the inaugural 'International Top University Regatta'! The event was held during the Qingdao International Sailing Week from August 11–15th at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao, China. The boats supplied were a Swedish designed Chinese built Fareast 28R, which has recently received one-design status.
Riding on the successful defeat of Oxford in our annual Varsity Match in April, Charlotte Petter, Tom Weatherby, Nina Luckmann, VC Alex Randall, and Laurence Orchard were set to attend the regatta. However, owing to a last minute change of events, the two-time BUSA Champion Arthur Henderson secured a visa and thus the new team was complete.
The ‘International Top University Regatta’ (ITUR) itself attracted top sailors from a range of universities from all over the world. Universities attending from the UK included Cambridge, Oxford, and Imperial College London. European competitors included the United Universities of Amsterdam and Lomonosov Moscow State University. North America was represented by the University of California, Berkley and Australia was represented by the University of Melbourne. The competition’s Asian competitors included our hosts from Qingdao University of Science and Technology, as well as Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The team tied for points with Melbourne, but Cambridge emerged victorious owing to their three 1st place finishes vis-à-vis Melbourne's two. The team was elated that they had significantly outperformed the two other British universities present - Oxford came in 5th place with 27 points, and Imperial College London came in 6th place with 31 points.
Racing officers Nina Luckmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Péter Juhász (email@example.com) are currently recruiting keen sailors of all abilities for the Autumn 2017 training schedule, the Varsity Firsts boat and international regattas such as ITUR, and two other exciting opportunities in St. Petersburg and Istanbul in Summer 2018. Any club member interested in trying racing should contact the Race Officers to pre-register interest.