Exeter’s sailing squad, top l-r: Nick Whitley (2018, Engineering), James Scott (2017, Fine Art), Tiarnan Finney (2017, History), Finlay Drummond (2018, Engineering)
Bottom: Yasmin Bourke (2018, German), April Gilling (2017, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History), Alice O’Neill (2017, Medicine), Anuj Doshi (2017, Maths)
After last year’s sailing Cuppers triumph, captained by James Scott (2017, Fine Art), a squad of eight Exeter undergraduates returned to Farmoor Reservoir this month to defend their title. They formed two teams, with the winning team, Exeter White, captained by Tiarnan Finney (2017, History).
The event brought a diverse set of sailing abilities together, from James and Tiarnan who were recently awarded Blues for representing the Oxford University Sailing Team, to three non-sailors who were pleased to have been given the opportunity to try out the sport in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
April Gilling (2017, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History), a newcomer to the sport, commented: “It was refreshing to take part in a sport where men’s and women’s abilities are considered equal, and to see such a high number of girls there on the day.”
The squad have been invited to participate in Cambridge’s version of Cuppers in June, and look forward to the challenge. Next year Exeter’s sailing team will attempt to go for a hat-trick of Cuppers wins – watch this space!