University of Sheffield 5-2 Sheffield Hallam University
(Best of 9 Races)
It was a fine bright day at the Pennine Sailing Club on Saturday, and the winds were blowing away, as were Hallam’s chances of Varsity victory after the University of Sheffield Sailing Team took a dominant 5-2 victory.
The tone for the day was set even before the first race got underway, as on their way to the start line the first Hallam pair of Ben Wardle and Ryan Richards saw their boat capsize. They were unable to defeat the University pair of Anna Lucas-Clements and Millie Little, who dominated from start to finish to open the scoring.
The second of the three single boat match races was a much tighter affair, but the Black and Gold boat was once again successful. Henry Mills and Kate Ledgard were able to overturn a large deficit as they approached the final mark before overtaking the Hallam boat of Charlie Fitzgerald and Holly Norman on the race back downwind towards the line.
Hallam finally got on the board in the final match race after a controversial rerun. After an incorrectly issued flag in the original race, which had been won by the Uni pairing of Tom Mitchell and Holly Overton, it was decided that the race should be rerun. An equally tactical affair was this time won by the team in Maroon, with Matt Nolan and Amy Smith crossing the line first.
With a 2-1 lead, the Sailing event moved into Team Racing. In this version of the sport, all six boats were out on course, with the best aggregated positions taking victory in that race. With the Varsity event being a race to five wins, the University of Sheffield took a 4-1 lead with back to back wins, both of which included 1,2 finishes. Whilst Hallam replied in the third of the team races, they were simply banging their heads against a hard brick wall, and when Uni Of took a dominant 1,2,3 in Race 4, another Varsity point was ensured for the defending four times Champions.
At the end of the day, there were mass celebrations for the University of Sheffield. Meanwhile, it seems that Hallam have only hit yet more stormy waters.