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Mar 15

The Big Lash, 14th-15th March

Both York black and York Gold made their way down to West Kirby on the 14th-15th March 2015 for the biggest sailing event with the word big in it, ‘The Big Lash’. The event was a joint venture by both Manchester and Liverpool university sailing club. Manchester organised the racing at the famous team racing club, West Kirby, while Liverpool focussed on the equally important social aspect of the visit.
More than twenty other teams from universities, sailing clubs and sailing schools competed over the two day tournament. The winds on the Saturday were unfortunately light but the organisational skills of West Kirby meant that all the planned races went ahead, finishing just in time for the rugby.
York black sailed well during the Saturday, making it into the bronze fleet for the next day. York Gold put up a good fight throughout the day, incorporating the tactics learnt in training into good use against Sheffield Hallam, getting them a win and allowing them entry into the blue fleet the next day.
The wind on Sunday picked up, meaning fast paced races throughout the day. This suited York blacks sailing style whom impressively won every single race in their entire fleet, therefore finishing first in the bronze fleet. York Gold also picked up the pace improving on both their starts and their tactics. This lead to a deserved win against Bangor University to finish the day on a high.
The York sailing teams would like to thank both Manchester and Liverpool University sailing club for organising a great event and all the West Kirby staff and officials who helped keep the weekend running smoothly.