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SAILING - Varsity 2013 Mixed Team Match Report

Cambridge won the Yule Oldham Cup for mixed team racing 4-1½ and Oxford won the O&CSS 75th Anniversary Plate for Ladies two-boat team racing 4-3 at the annual Varsity Match held at Aldeburgh YC 3-5 July 2013 in Loch Long class keel boats. Both events are decided on the first team to win four races.

The match was one of the best of recent years on both the sailing and social fronts. In the main (mixed) competition, the Cambridge team had a slight edge, but Oxford fought hard to the end, with all the boats crossing the finish line within a few seconds of each other in the sixth deciding race. The ladies competition went to a nail-biting seventh race, with Oxford overturning an apparently safe Cambridge 1, 2 at the final rounding mark to win the race and retain the trophy for the fifth year in succession.

A convivial dinner took place in the Club on the Friday evening, attended by Cambridge alumni from across the years 1945 to 2001. A full report of the match and gallery of photographs is on the O&CSS website.

Many thanks to Anthony Butler for this report.