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Sailing team triumph at BUCS championships

In the first BUCS event of the year, the sailing team made the short trip across to Draycote Water reservoir, near to Leamington Spa, to compete at the BUCS fleet racing championships.  The two day race event happens once every academic year in November and this year consisted of 130 individual competing boats from universities from across the UK.  Heading into the event Southampton University, who have won team gold at the competition the last two years, were seen as the main competition.

Over the two day event, the winds were very strong. This meant that the sailing took place in very challenging conditions, for both the sailors and the boats! After the first day in the team competition, it was tight at the top between Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton. On day two, the team really kicked on and there were fantastic results from all our sailors to consolidate the gold medal.

A men’s ‘team’ consists of 3 boats and in the Firefly fleet there were 62 competing boats, with UoB Sailing’s boats being structured as follows:

  • Giles Kuzyk (5th year Dentist & Sports Scholar) and George Zavos (3rd Year Sport Science) – both also won an individual Silver medal
  • Niall Houston (3rd year Materials Science) and Cameron Massey (2nd Year Mathematics) – both also won an individual Bronze medal
  • Adam Stone (3rd year Mechanical Engineering)  and Toby Sanderson ( Hydrogeology Masters) – 4th overall

All the boys put in outstanding performances to  achieve 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions in the fleet. The overall result from the competition is especially impressive considering in 2017 and 2016 the team finished 4th and 8th respectively.

The entire team have worked extremely hard for this achievement and have put countless hours into UoB Sailing club. They train every Sunday and go to non-BUCS events hosted by universities all around the UK to be best prepared for the main competitions, travelling to Leeds last weekend and preparing for a trip to Bristol next month. This is in preparation for the next set of BUCS sailing fixtures in the new year, where the team will hope to build on this great weekend. Look out for the Sailing club’s results at the BUCS Midland Qualifiers (2nd and 3rd February) and the BUCS Finals (9th -11th of April).


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