Competitors taking to boats for quarter-finals of Wilson Trophy

2013 Wilson Trophy
Georgie Corlett
The preliminary rounds have now been completed at the 2013 British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy. 34 teams from as far afield as America, Ireland and across the UK have been battling for quarter-final place qualification since Friday lunchtime.

The sun is shining on West Kirby’s marine lake and all teams have completed 19 races each. Crowds of spectators are now gathering in the grandstand and lining the shore as the top teams prepare to enter the final rounds.

Qualifiers for the quarter-finals include home team favourites and defending Trophy holders, West Kirby Hawks, who have qualified at the top of the league. Team-member Ben Field says: 'We are taking every race at a time and hoping to do our best.'

Also looking to be strong contenders for this year’s win is Royal Forth Hoosiers, who topped the leaderboard overnight, and Wessex Exempt, who have sailed consistently well throughout the weekend to qualify in second place.

Rhode Island Pistols, one of two teams representing USA, are also through, along with Spinnaker Auspicious and Team Itchenor. Grafham Goblins have achieved some solid wins this morning to ensure they are in to the last eight, whilst the final slot went to Royal Thames Yacht Club - one of several teams tied on an equal number of wins, but qualifiers on countback.

The final best-of-five match between the top two teams is scheduled to take place at around 2.30pm this afternoon.

The final match will be sailed in West Kirby Sailing Club’s newest flight of equally matched Firefly dinghies, which sport the distinctive yellow and red branding of event sponsor, DHL. The new flight has brought an extra splash of colour to the marine lake this year, an eye-catching addition West Kirby Sailing Club’s fleet.

Wilson Trophy event co-ordinator, Jamie Marston says: 'The Wilson Trophy has received significant support from a number of sponsors this year, in particular from DHL, which has really enabled the event to continue going from strength to strength. West Kirby Sailing Club is extremely grateful for their support.'

Latest Results Results for races 303 to 323  
Race NumberTeam       Team
323Manchester Purple125-v-346Sheffield Steel
322Staines Steelers256-v-134Liverpool University ST
321MCS123-v-466Itchenor Butterflies
320Durham346-v-125BUSA
319British Sailing Team246-v-135Oxford & Cambridge SS
318Hilbre Highlanders156-v-234Royal Cork YC
317Cambridge126-v-345Rutland Raiders
316New York YC (USA)346-v-125Oxford
315Bristol Barracuda346-v-125Southampton MVCh
314Castaways456-v-123Edinburgh
313Schull Youth234-v-156Howth YC
312RTYC Condors356-v-124West Kirby SC
311RI Pistols (USA)134-v-256Bristol University
310West Kirby Hawks246-v-135Team Itchenor
309RF Hoosiers345-v-126Grafham Grilling Goblins
308Royal Thames256-v-134Wessex Exempt
307Royal St George Knights346-v-125Spinacker Auspicious
306Manchester Purple456-v-123Staines Steelers
305Sheffield Steel345-v-126Itchenor Butterflies
304BUSA145-v-236Liverpool University ST
303Oxford & Cambridge SS146-v-235Durham
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