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September Update

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Sep 222015

Lots to report this month:

Racing Update

Commodore’s Regatta – fabulous turnout (especially from the juniors) even with the terrible wind. Congrats to:

Jon Chapman and Debbie Sutcliffe – Champion (Helm) & Veteran winner

Emily Page – Junior Champion Helm

Katie Guess and Marie Gass – Budworth Belle

Ealish Green – Junior Budworth Belle

Bill & Andy – Okell Cup

Driver Trophy
– extremely enjoyable event, with a very strong showing from the juniors – all who turned up had a great time. Please watch out for these fun team racing events next year – the more teams the merrier.

1st RS200 Fleet, 2nd Junior Fleet

Tuesday night Raceboard
– everyone went out for a lovely meal at the Cock O Budworth, where we celebrated a great season of strong winds and the usual banter. The Raceboard fleet is growing with new members learning to windsurf & race throughout the season.  Season turnout – 17 with 12 qualifiers.

1st Yours Truly, 2nd Jeff Gorton, 3rd Mike Escreet

Wednesday Night Finale – a lovely finish to a great season, well organised by Bill. Fish & Chips went down well with a great turnout on the night. Handicap – 12 qualifiers, Laser – 6 qualifiers.

Handicap -1st Bill Kenyon GP, 2nd John Waind Solo, 3rd Hugh Devereux GP

Laser -1st Richard Hulme, 2nd Jon Chapman, 3rd Dave Nicholson

Snipe Open
– good wind on the first day, less good on second, but good turnout circa 14-16 over the two days. As usual, a great social gathering with great racing, nice food and fun camping overnight.

1st Mark Antonelli, 2nd Visitor, 3rd Eric Paalman

24 Hour Race
– This was the 49th West Lancs YC 24Hr Race, Sat 12th & Sun 13 Sept 2015. Three Budworth Teams entered; A, B & C. 36 Budworth sailors, 20 plus Budworth visitors attended to help support the teams. Out of 63 Entries:

A Team – 3rd overall (2nd GP14)

B Team – 11th overall (1st Masters)

C Team – 45th overall

A great experience was had by all. Why not have a read of the personal views expressed on the website from some of the first timers at the event – http://budworthsc.org.uk/general-posts/24hour-race-2015-report-and-personal-views/

Also check out the videos just loaded on team changeovers http://budworthsc.org.uk/category/news/

Upcoming reminders:

Resumption of Main Points Series, from now until the clocks change.

End of Main Points, special event – Pursuit racing on Sunday 25th October

Social – Annual Prize giving and Dinner Dance

Exciting news… the Budworth Dinner and Dance tickets are now available!

Due to many requests from members, the dinner dance is back.

On Saturday 14th November, members can celebrate the end of a fantastic season of sailing in style at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford.

For a bargain price you can enjoy arrival drinks followed by a 3 course dinner, and dancing ’til late. The evening will also serve as the seasons prize giving. Dress to impress.

Tickets £30 for members, £30 members’ partners, £42.50 guests.

Tickets can be purchased via Webcollect or from Ali Cormack 07939 275929.

Annual General Meeting – 11th Nov 7.30pm – mark you diaries

This is where we review the past year and the strategic direction of the club, elect new committee members, request our duty dates for 2016 etc. If you want to know what we are trying to achieve and have your say please attend.

The club is reliant on volunteers and we are looking for volunteers in the following committee roles for 2015-2016:

Treasurer – Paul Foden has served us well but has decided to move on. We are looking for someone who can help us keep a strong hand on the financial tiller. We need a person who can understand normal accounting practices and will generally watch over the finances of the club – this is a flag officer role and that person will work closely with the other flag offices and the wider committee.

Social Secretary – Ali, who has also done a great job is moving on, so we are looking for someone to pick up this crucial role. As part of the Strategic plan it was recognised that the social side of the club is critical to attracting new members along with keeping our existing membership happy. If you are interested, let Ali Cormack bscsocsec@budworthsc.org.uk or myself know. She has kindly agreed to assist the person who takes over, for a transition period.

Committee Member – without portfolio – We have a few positions that do not have a specific role. This is an ideal position for a new member who wants to get involved but doesn’t fully understand how the committee works or what role might interest them in the future. They might be asked to help out with one off tasks or possibly, advise and guide as appropriate.

Webcollect assistant – This is not a committee role (don’t need to attend committee meetings) but we need someone who can help administer webcollect. If you have PC skills you will be perfect for the job. This role is quiet most of the year but requires some effort when we are setting up subs for the coming year, normally around this time of the year. Apart from that it is just about setting up event payments through the year, now and then.

I know people lead really busy lives nowadays but it can be very satisfying volunteering. You can make a big difference at the place where you may spend the bulk of your leisure time. Without volunteers the club would grind to a halt, so please volunteer if you can. Let me know if you are interested and we can have a chat when I am next at the club bsccomm@budworthsc.org.uk

See you on the water soon.


24Hour Race 2015 – report and personal views

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Sep 202015

Many of the club sailors joined in the Southport 24 Hour Race and jumped into one of our three GP14’s, for 24 hours continuous sailing racing against a fleet of over 60 boats !

Read on for some personal views of the event from those who took part for the first time, plus the Team Budworth Report!

Laura & Ian Lawton

Having come from a family of sailors and grown up at Budworth sailing club, I slipped through the net and didn’t get involved in the sport until this time last year.

Having grown up, married and moved away, Budworth welcomed myself and my husband as we decided to take up the sport to get more active, see more of my family and make some new friends.

Even though we have only been racing since this spring (Thanks to the lovely atmosphere of the Saturday series), we were asked to compete in the 24hour race in the C team and I must say that we both had a great time!

The sailing was fab, the socialising and team spirit was great, it was lovely to sail along side lots of people I have grown up looking up to. Even though we are new to the sport, we both are proud of what we achieved this weekend, sailing 3 times for around 2hours each time, in varying wind conditions.

I really enjoyed the sail in darkness with all the stars looking down over us (even if the helm wasn’t impressed that I had time to look up!)

We were made up to see that our last time on the water during the event we managed to get Budworth C team coming 12th in the fastest lap after 8am race, no sign of A and B team in the top 20, something we were happy to share with them later on!

We are certainly hooked and excited to take part in next years 50th 24 hour race and would recommend it to anyone!!

Laura and Ian Lawton


Simon & Steve Joyce

We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we entered the 24Hour Race at Southport this year for the very first time. We were not to be disappointed. It was brilliant to see how the 24 Hour manages to combine a social and fun event together with challenging racing. It was a fantastic weekend; there was fun, excitement, many challenges and it was absolutely exhausting! The weather, with gusts of force 5 to 6 and the endurance certainly tested our sailing skills. We didn’t escape unscathed either as we too capsized, but only once!

After being nominated to start the race, it was a challenge from the start. The first leg was a run in a Force 5 and watching one GP drift over the start line upside down concentrated our efforts to try and complete a few clear laps.

There aren’t many opportunities to sail a GP14 in the pitch black at 5am or to see the sheer relief on the faces of the team who finished still in the company of their inflatable crocodile!

Team C’s strategy was to enjoy the sailing, not to be overly concerned about our position and finish with our heads held high. As time went on and our confidence increased, a competitive spirit emerged and it became increasingly important to check our positon before and after we went on the water. There was real sense of elation that whilst that we started 53rd we finished equal 44th. Simon in particular became obsessive about our position relative to Lancaster University for some reason! In case you are wondering Lancaster were 49th.

Seriously though, it was a privilege to be part of ‘Team Budworth’, and whilst A and B teams were focused on their own challenges, all members supported and encouraged their peers. As team C we were certainly grateful for their willingness to provide much needed help and advice. Thanks guys for all your support and for the hospitality we enjoyed in the Budworth Marquee. It was the hard work and camaraderie of the entire Budworth team that made the event so enjoyable.

One final piece of advice – if like me you have one of those annoying cars that beeps if it thinks you are too tired to drive then you might want to turn it off before driving home as it wakes up the passengers!

We have already put next year’s dates into our diaries.


2015 Team Budworth at 24 Hour Race

On Friday 11th September 2015 the forward party for Budworth S.C arrived at Southport and set up their headquarters for the weekend, the envy of all other competitors due to a lot of organising by Bill Kenyon and the team.

Hugh was also hosting the 420 Team which included Budworth members Nick and Ellie Devereux.

A number of the team then retired to the bar and supported fellow club member Rob and his band Elephant Juice who were playing in the Marquee. A good night had by all with some sore heads to start the weekend’s proceedings!!

Morning dawned and the rest of the team members arrived to help get boats prepared and for the 10 o’clock team briefing by Bill Kenyon, A Team captain and “General Manager”. As before Budworth fielded 3 GP 14’s who lined up against 63 teams in total from all over the country, two from as far away as Mounts Bay in Cornwall.

The A Team sponsored by Preston Audi, were 4th last year and second the year before so were after the elusive top spot in 2015

The B Team wanted to retain their Masters trophy from last year but also aimed to get into single figures overall.

The C Team aimed to improve on the previous year’s result but most importantly everyone wanted to enjoy the event

A blustery wind from the South West causing some tricky starting conditions with spinnakers causing some capsizing on the line.

Graham Tinsley and Ben Ditchburn got away well for A team, Jon Chapman and Wendy Martin for the B team and Father and son pairing Simon and Steve Joyce for the C Team.

A team showed they meant business by getting in the top three from the beginning. Unfortunately B team had an infringement on lap 2 so had some catching up to do but after the second pairing of Hugh Deveraux and Malcolm Bird were already clawing their way back to 22nd.

Conditions remained similar for a couple of hours and then the wind started to drop luckily the forecast for heavy rain didn’t materialise and the Budworth tent provided comfort and energy to all participants and friends with continuous tea, soup, flapjacks and Eccles cakes

As daylight faded a squall and some heavy rain arrived. Wendy Martin was heard to say that Tony Taylor/ Katie Guess might as well stay out a little longer. No point in four of us getting wet!!

Gill Kenyon’s sausage casserole provided fuel for the night shift which saw the wind shift around to the South East. These conditions proved tricky as the beat changed to a fetch followed by a tight reach. The GP’s struggled to get past the enterprises or even the odd Firefly but gradually B team moved up the ranks to 15th along with C Team eased into the top 50’s. The A team were always in the top five and when Andy Brown and Ali Cormack came off the water at 12.45am they handed over to Graham and Ben who then stayed on for a mammoth session until 5;15am, followed by Russ Cormack and Geoff Edwards and then Bill Kenyon and Andy Dawson. By now third place was in the bag but they were desperately trying to reel in South Staffs B team the only GP ahead of them. Andy Brown and Ali Cormack were last out but could not quite make up the deficit so finished third , one place better than the previous year and a great result.

The B team had a struggle with the spinnaker halyard all through the night and did well to move up to 12th by the early hours. The Masters trophy was pretty much in the bag with the nearest opponent almost 3 laps behind. Last out of the blocks was Tony Taylor and Katie Guess who sailed brilliantly to get Budworth B to 11th position their best yet.

The C team had a lot of changeovers to give everyone a chance. Despite a few capsizes in the blustery weather all retained their good humour and made a valiant effort all through the night completing 73 laps to reach an admirable 45th position overall.

Overall a great result for all three teams.

Team Budworth would like to thank:

  • Preston Audi for their continued support.
  • Ted Garner and Nigel Waterhouse for lending their boats.
  • Michelle Ditchburn , Gill Kenyon, Alison Hubbard, Ali Cormack, Dominique Guess for the food.
  • Bill Kenyon, Jon Chapman, Caroline Cawood for leadership and organisation.
  • And a big “ thank-you” to all those who came along for support including commodores past and present.
    We’ll be back again next year!!



Team Racing Practice – all members welcome (Juniors too!)

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Sep 022015


Team Racing practice – Saturday 3rd Ocotber, 10am (changed and ready to sail) till lunch time

All members welcome (Juniors too!)

It is an opportunity to learn about and try your hand at some team racing in a safe practice type environment, in the club Fireflys. These are once every month, and have been fantastic fun for those who have come along so far. There is lots of swapping in and out of boats and crews, so don’t worry if you are on your own or have never sailed a Firefly before.

If you intend to come along please let Ali Cormack (details in club handbook or email bscsocsec@budworthsc.org.uk) know so we can plan the morning.

 Posted by on 02/09/2015