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Exeter University Sailing Club as the winner of the Sunsail University Club Championship 2017

10 May 2017

Sunsail are pleased to announce Exeter University Sailing Club as the winner of the Sunsail University Club Championship 2017, securing the grand prize of a choice of Sunsail sailing holiday to either Turkey or the British Virgin Islands.

A closely fought contest was decided on aggregate by results at this month’s BUCS/BUSA University Sailing Championships. With Exeter coming out on top in both the Team Racing and Match Racing competitions and fourth in the yachting nationals for a total of 288 points.

Southampton University were a close second with 276.5 points, while Strathclyde were third with a total of 213.5 points at the end of all three events.

The first event was the Team Racing Championships, hosted by the University of Manchester at West Kirby Sailing Club in the Wirral.  28 teams gathered from across the country having qualified from regional qualifiers or playoffs from 96 teams in total.  Cambridge Blue dominated the preliminary stages of the event, however  convincingly beaten in the final by Exeter Black in the Final 3-1.  Cambridge Purple and Black finished third and fourth respectively. 

The following week saw the Yachting championships take place on Sunsail’s match racing fleet of Beneteau F40s at Port Solent and Gunwharf Quays.  After 3 days of racing in a qualifying series the top three teams all had a chance to win the top prize.  After the final 2 races in windy conditions, Durham came out on top, closely followed by Southampton Blue,  Strathclyde Blue and Exeter.

The final event was the Match Racing Championships in Weymouth, hosted at RYA Portland House.  Over three days of close racing saw Exeter rise through the repechage after a disappointing round robin, before finding form and sealing the deal, in the quarters, semi’s and finals.  In second place were Bath, followed by Cardiff and Warwick.

The winners have been contacted by Sunsail are looking forward to helping them plan their well-deserved prize.

Sunsail would like to thank all of the competitors and their respective university, BUSA, BUCs and the RYA for accommodating Sunsail in administering our sponsorship of the series and supporting the next generation of UK sailing talent.

About Sunsail

Founded in 1974, Sunsail is the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, delivering great value sailing holidays with a cutting-edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds worldwide.

Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 25 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Yacht Ownership, Team Building and Events.

In the UK, Sunsail operates the largest fleet of matched yachts available for charter, operates one of the largest and most successful sailing schools in the country and stages a host of leading sailing events for individuals and businesses.  

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Founded in 1974, Sunsail is the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, delivering great value sailing holidays with a cutting-edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds worldwide.

Sunsail offers a wide choice of sailing holidays with over 800 yachts in 25 locations worldwide. Alongside Yacht Charter and Flotilla Sailing holidays, Sunsail also offer Sailing Schools, Yacht Ownership, Team Building and Events.

We offer holidays and sailing activities to suit sailors and non-sailors alike. So whether you're looking to sit back, G&T in hand on a crewed yacht letting the skipper do all the work for you, or experience the thrill of gliding along the waves in one of the world's largest sailing regattas.

Experience or no experience, anything is possible with Sunsail. The world is made up of 70% water and Sunsail provide holiday makers with the opportunity to experience the best bits, with 100% fun!

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