Students from across the UK assembled in Helensburgh last weekend for the British Universities Fleet Racing Championship.

The highly anticipated event was run at Helensburgh Sailing Club and jointly organised with Strathclyde University Sailing.

A fleet of 59 dinghies competed, with 35 Fireflies and 24 racing on handicap including 17 RS200s.

Saturday's race was cancelled due to a lack of wind, but Sunday saw a fresh and steady north-easterly which rewarded competitors and organisers with four races in one day. 

Helensburgh Advertiser:

Loughborough took top spot in the Fireflies, with Exeter featuring again, in second spot this time, and with East Anglia finishing third.

Helensburgh Advertiser:

Exeter University produced the Handicap class winners in a 420, with Durham second in a Wayfarer and HSC’s Calum Bell (sailing for Strathclyde), with crew Calum Warnock, coming third in his RS200.

Helensburgh Advertiser:

The event was the culmination of months of careful planning by the HSC and Strathclyde committees, with over 40 volunteers from both clubs managing all the operational roles both ashore and afloat.

Father and son James and Jake Miller led the respective organising teams and were complimented on the event’s success.

The event closed in late afternoon and the fleet dispersed to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Liverpool, Warwick, Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and beyond.