Trinity teams sail to victory in Grand Canal Dock showdown

sportBANNERThe annual Sailing Colours competition was won by Trinity this Saturday at Grand Canal Dock, where the weather was ideal for sailing with a strong easterly breeze and lots of sunshine.

TCD6 and UCD6 took to the water first in a best of five head-to-head. UCD secured a win with three races won to two.

Then it was TCD5’s turn to take on UCD5, where Trinity secured a great victory with a 3-0 win.

Due to time constraints, the competition then moved on to best of three racing, with UCD4 beat TCD4 with a 2-0 victory. Next the third teams took to the water and managed to win their first two races securing another win for Trinity. TCD2 vs. UCD2 saw the racing return to best of five, which TCD2 won with a 3-1 score.

The next two sets of races were the traditional alumni and ladies’ races. UCD Alumni beat TCD 2-0 in a best of three and UCD Ladies beat TCD Ladies with a 1, 2, 3 in a single race. The last racing of the day would be the decider of the winner of Colours 2015 when the two first teams raced against each other. TCD1 won the first race with a 1, 3, 6, following it up with a 1, 2, 5 finish in the second race. UCD fought back in the third race, securing a win with a 1, 2, 6. Everything was very tense as the teams crossed the start line for the next race. Trinity managed to start with an outstanding 1, 2, 3, finishing with a 1, 2, 4 securing the title for the second year in a row of Colours’ winners.

There were plenty of spectators gathered on the quays to watch the day’s racing and listen to music from Nick Nowlan and Chris Raymond. The annual Sailing Colours competition traditionally takes place in Dun Laoghaire harbour, but after the success of last year’s match – which took place on the River Liffey – Trinity decided to take the event to a new location.

Photo: Trinity Sailing