Academy Team at the President's Cup

Apr 27, 2021
On 17 April, the Royal Southern Academy and Younger Members were pleased to accept the invitation to race in the Royal Thames Yacht Club President’s Cup. This invitational regatta for the Younger Members of invited yacht clubs takes the form of short course fleet racing in J/80 keelboats, held at Queen Mary Reservoir.
The Royal Southern entry of Jack Neale, Will Tahourdin and Olly and Sam Love enjoyed sporting racing in the variable and shifty conditions typical of inland sailing. Close competition was the order of the day with the fleet being separated by very small margins in the 25 minute windward-leeward races. As would be expected of an invitational regatta with competitors drawn from the RYS, RTYC and as far afield as the Yacht Club Argentino (amongst others), racing was very tight with good (yet friendly) use being made of the protest flag in many of the close and exciting mark roundings.
Despite the light and variable conditions, the Royal Thames race team were successful in completing the full schedule of six, very enjoyable races. This was particularly impressive given the need for all races to be completed and teams ashore in order to observe the national minute of silence marking the funeral of HRH Prince Philip. Fittingly, given the late Duke’s strong ties with the three yacht clubs, the podium positions in the regatta were filled by the teams from the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and our own team from the Royal Southern, in that order.
Our thanks go to the Royal Thames Race Team and their Younger Members Committee for organising a great day of racing in the spring sunshine. We look forward to extending to them a similar invitation to our events later in the year.
Jack Neale

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