Budworth’s Boxing Day Bash
The traditional Boxing Day regatta was held in aid of the RNLI, raising £260.72 for the Charity. Equally, traditional visitors joined the home sailors for two races sailed in a brisk south easterly which at times challenged the sailors. This year the wind remained steady to give three short but balanced beats, and a very satisfying planing reach across the mere.
Competition was fierce in the handicap fleet, causing a General Recall in each race, and the winds suited Lasers to the detriment of Solos with a more beneficial handicap. A shorter course, and the wind, suited the Oppies in favour of the Feva and Topper, so that close racing resulted in all flights.
For spectators, the highlight of the day was the capsize of the Feva in front of the Clubhouse, and just five metres from the line. Crew Kate Bottomley gallantly kept her helm Michaela Attfield dry, taking a ducking as the boat righted on the second attempt. Michaela took control sufficiently for the boat to cross the line with Kate acting as a sea anchor, but still in contact with her jib sheet. Everyone’s good spirits and enjoyment thus made the day one of great fun, and great sailing!
As is now quite traditional, Matt Mee and Emma Norris (Burghfield / Red Wharf Bay) took the honours in fast handicap, followed by Kaye Tickle and Alastair Norris (Leigh & Lowton), and Tony Wilcock and Wendy Martin (Budworth), all in RS200. GPs took all three top places in the ‘slow’ handicap: Greg Thomas/Ben Swainson (Southport), Nick and Ellie Devereux, and dad, Hugh Devereux with Malcolm Bird (all Budworth).
Single Handers enjoyed tight racing in both races, with the Lasers of Dave Nicholson (Budworth), Oliver Davenport (Redesmere), Andrew Brown, Budworth and the Solo of Philip Barnes (Budworth) all in contention. With top three places shared at 5 points each over the two races, count back gave the final results in the above order.
Lewis Coop, and Harvey Leigh (both Leigh & Lowton) took the Junior prizes, each winning a first place in the two races. The Feva gallantly took third place!
The real winners are the RNLI, but also all the sailors and spectators who enjoyed a great day’s sailing, plenty to do, and plenty to watch, to make Budworth’s Boxing Day Bash a traditional major event in the North West’s calendar.