Student Yachting World Cup 2000Scotland's Strathclyde University won the Student Yachting World Cup 2000 which finished in Toulon, France, Friday 3rd November.
The Southampton Institute Skandia Student Sailing Team, representing England, were pipped at the post by Scotland's Strathclyde University, after some exciting racing on day five. Thirteen countries competed in the competition which saw only three days sailing, after bad weather stopped any racing on days two and three. Scotland led the competition from day one after the English and Portuguese boats were disqualified from one race following a collision.
By the end of Thursday, however, after winning two races and coming third in two more, the Institute had risen to equal first with Scotland. But some excellent sailing by the Scottish students on Friday took them into first position with England second, followed by Ireland (University College of Dublin) third.
The five-person Southampton Institute team qualified for the World Cup after winning the Student Yachting Nationals over Easter this year. The crew, sailing in a Melges 24, was skippered by Gerd-Jan (John) Poortman, from Holland, who was part of last year's victorious Admiral's Cup Dutch team. Other crew members are: Lymington's Jonathan (Pom) Green, Gabri Olivo from Italy, Ollie Frost from London and Lou Carter from Worthing.
Team coach/manager was former maritime studies student Scott Dawson, from Ashton-in-Makerfield. The Southampton Institute team was sponsored by Skandia Life. Other sponsors were the Royal Yachting Association, Southampton Institute Students' Union and Henri Lloyd.