Academy Win RYA Match Racing Qualifier


The last weekend in January (Jan 23/24) saw the first of the RYA Winter Match Race Series, which is part of the qualification for BUSA Match Racing in April. A full programme of racing was possible with a full round robin, semis, a final & petit final. 
A Royal Thames Academy Team consisting of Claire Lasko, Honor Fell, Becky Cross and Fiona Hampshire had an extremely successful weekend emerging unbeaten from the round robin and defeating Al Hinds 2:0 in the Semis. Bruno Van Dyke finished the round robin in second place and faced Tom Low in the semi's. He had a more difficult task but came through 2:1, helped by Tom catching the Committee Boat anchor line.
In the Final, RTYC Claire continued her winning form to win 2:0, although it was close. On the final run Claire had to take Bruno out to the right of the finish line in order to ensure finishing ahead. Meanwhile in the petit Tom Low was beating Al Hinds also 2:0.
The final order was therefore:- Claire Lasko and RTYC Academy 1st, Bruno Van Dyke 2nd Tom Low 3rd, Al Hinds 4th, Oliver Grogono 5th, while Octavia Owens, Santiago Sampaio and Arthur Bruce were all tied in 6th place.