Royal Thames Academy finish second at Ravenna 2K Team Racing


Royal Thames Academy finish second at Ravenna 2K Team Racing
A team of Royal Thames Academicians finished second at the inaugural Ravenna stop of the European 2K circuit, held from the Circolo Velico Ravennate on Italy’s beautiful Northern Adriatic coast, and only narrowly losing out in the final to an experienced team from the host club.
Racing began on Friday morning in beautiful sunshine and a shifty force 3, with RTYC jumping out of the blocks quickly, winning their first three races against Bayerischer Yacht Club (Germany), Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the hosts from Ravenna. A narrow loss to the current tour champions, DMTRA (Netherlands) tempered the Academy progress slightly, but they were well placed, in third, at the end of racing.
Light winds were forecast for Saturday, but by 10 30am a gentle breeze was blowing across the course. After suffering an unfortunate loss in the first race of the day, RTYC began to hit their stride, winning all of their subsequent races, including the scalps of tour veterans Serpentine (GBR) and DMTRA, and heading the tables on tiebreak going into the final day.
After (mostly) shaking off the after-effects of a delicious dinner, held in the piazzas of Ravenna old town, the Academy needed a win in the crunch race against the Dutch to secure their spot in the final. They seemed to be in a bit of trouble on the second beat, but a perfectly timed lock at the second windward mark trapped one Dutch boat, giving RTYC control that they never relinquished, and propelling them into the final against the host club.
The Academy did not get off to a good start in the final, with one boat locked out at the committee boat end, and the other returning from OCS at the start gun. 1-0 to the Italians. The second race was much more competitive, with RTYC controlling one Italian boat of the left side of the first beat. The crucial moves, however, played out at the second windward mark, where the host Captain used his experience in the Tom28 keelboats to escape a mark trap, and give his team a 2-0 victory.
Despite the defeat, the Academy team were pleased with their performance, and will be looking to go one better at future stops on the 2K tour. Thanks go to all the volunteers and to 2K Tour Organiser Bruce Hebbert for putting on an excellent event.
1st           Circolo Velico Ravennate (ITA)
2nd         Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR)
3rd               Dutch Team & Match Race Association (NED)
Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy:
Josh Flack (c)
Arthur Henderson
Charlie Makepeace
Lilly Carlisle
Ian Cook
Nick Cooney
Francine Counsell
Emily Wiltshire