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  This weekend sees the start of the SWA race series at Cardiff. The wind is looking good and all the some of the SWA's top sailors are looking to put in a good performance.

 

Last year SWA-Team member and light wind specialist Sam Stevens walked away with the overall title and Southampton with the university prize. Other top sailors to look out for this year are Jimbo Bullied from Exeter and Bob Shelmerdine from Southampton. With his IMCO background JImbo should do very well in all conditions on the SWA one design kit. Bob proved last year that when it blows hard he's the man, taking a spectacular victory at Cambridge.

This year the series will consist of 4 events:

 

Cardiff 5th - 6th November
Nottingham 25th - 27th November
Liverpool 3rd - 5th March
Southampton 17th - 19th March

 

The scoring system this year has changed a little to allow intermediate sailors' results to count towards the overall university competition. So now the top 3 sailors in either advanced or intermediate divisions will count for your university. the results will be posted after the event so you can log in and see how you and your uni are doing in the series.

The freestyle series kicked off in style at Aussie Kiss with Southampton's Dave Dawson taking a memorable victory. In the absence of Adam Cropper this year the fleet should be much more open. The SWA-Team riders will be wanting to improve on their performances at Aussie Kiss where some of them struggled in the light winds. The results are already up on the results page and with 4 more events to go the competition is still wide open.

This year is the first year the SWA has run speed sailing and it is hoped that we can get some better times than were recorded at Aussie Kiss where Bob Shelmerdine recorded 9 knots. If the conditions are good Bob must still be favourite to get the best speed. But with so many new faces on the SWA scene who know what might happen. Its all building up to an exiting event at Cardiff.....