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NWJTT @ Budworth Bank Holiday Monday 1st May

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Apr 262017
 

Calling all Juniors – on Monday 1st May the North West Junior Traveller series comes to Budworth.

This is an event where the emphasis is on participation and fun – so come on out in whatever you can lay your hands on. There will be Budworth coaches in the rescue ribs to provide advice and help to younger and less experienced sailors as they go round the course.

First start at 11am, 3 races scheduled, 2 to count. Briefing at 10:30am.

Categories for Youth (handicap), Junior (handicap), and Optimist.

Pre entry via the NWJTT webpage here for £8. Entry is available on the day for £10.

This is one of the biggest junior events in the club’s calendar – come along and join in.

 Posted by on 26/04/2017

Club Open Day – Sat. May 6th – A Fun Day Out

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Apr 232017
 

Budworth Sailing Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday May 6th 2017 – If you are interested in sailing this is a great chance to come and visit the club to find out more. If you have never sailed before it might be just the right time to see what we offer – and that includes training for all skill levels. If you are a sailor already, come and visit us, we have great facilities and a super lake to sail on!
For more information, see the “About Us” page on this website!

Raceboarding on a pond any good?

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Apr 052017
 

Budworth Sailing Club is located in Cheshire. We sail on a small pond about 1km long and 1/2 km wide and is partially surrounded by trees. It doesn’t sound much of a windsurfers paradise but if you ignore the lack of surf and tide it is brilliant for tactical raceboarding and having fun. The boards we use are mainly Mistrals (equips and race), Fanatic (Megacat), and quite a few Starboard (Phantoms).  The maximum sail size we allow is 7.5m to keep the competition fair and open to all ages and sizes.  Clothing is your own choice and various fashions are sported depending upon temperature almost showing neoprene throughout the decades.

Tuesday evening the lake is ours to sail on. There are plenty of permanent buoys on the water so the race officer can set a competitive course making the most of the wind direction. With the lake being quite small compared to open water there are plenty of tactical decisions to be made and your mark rounding will improve in no time due to the multitude you have to round in a typical race.  Two races are sailed starting at 7pm and finishing at about 9pm, followed by a pleasant après raceboard chat at the local pub.  

Besides Tuesdays’ racing we also have our own start on a Saturday afternoon where three races can be sailed.  The water is then shared with a few dinghy sailors who also race the same course. Mark rounding can sometimes be interesting but the relaxed atmosphere by those who stand up rudderless and those sitting down with a tiller, ensures all ends well amicable. 

Last year year we increased our raceboard fleet by about 20% by holding Raceboard taster sessions. A few dedicated raceboarders got together and managed to get a few old training boards, a dry rotating training rig, and a few bright orange training sails.  Altogether we can get 5 boards rigged out with a variety sail sizes ranging  from 3.5m to 4.5m.  Twice weekly for one Month we provided one experienced raceboarder to two new boarders tuition. This worked well and the ‘one to one’ tuition ensured that within a Month most could sail up and down the lake without falling in too much or having to be recovered from the far bank.  Once bitten by the boarding bug they scoured Ebay and not before long 6 of them joined us on a Tuesday evenings.  The new learners just did a basic triangle (some of them followed us around the ‘proper’ course already) and were ‘racing’ each other.  The success is in my opinion down to ‘one to ‘one’ tuition at the required level, cheap relaxed training sessions (£6 per evening £24 max for the Month), and the enthusiasm of fellow Budworth boarders.

At Budworth we are a strict fleet racing club and it was good to see that the raceboard fleet has the highest average turnout for a Main points series.  The adopted ‘Queen Mary’ scoring system ensures that turn out as well as sailing well is rewarded and the competition goes to the last day of sailing.  The series runs from mid April to September and with an average turnout of about 8, a maximum of 18 boards on one occasion, is the proof that it can’t be that bad raceboarding on a small pond.  

In the area on a Tuesday? 

Come and join us for a session (we can provide the odd raceboard and rig. Please contact the fleet captain for further info on raceboarding at Budworth.

Main Points – Changes to the Starting Sequence

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Apr 012017
 

The starting sequence for Main Points has changed for 2017.  

 

 

 

The sequence will be as follows:

  1. Lasers & Juniors
  2. RS200s & Fireflys (Fireballs)
  3. Snipes
  4. GP14s
  5. Solos

 

Russell is trying to decrease the numbers of starts to give more racing time.

There will be a manual calculation of handicap results between Juniors in Toppers and Juniors in Laser Radials while also allowing Juniors in Laser Radials to compete in the Laser fleet. Russell has promised that the situation will be monitored closely, and in the event of issues the start sequence can be altered in the RMS to accommodate alternative start sequences and amended through a change to the sailing instructions posted in the clubhouse.