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A Busy Club

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May 282017
 

We kicked off the month with our open day, where we welcomed over 50 members of the public and took them sailing. I am pleased to say that we now have 23 new members from that day and subsequent activities. We have hosted three open meetings and the club racing on weekends and midweek. A busy month… and next month brings more!!

Our first Learn to Sail course of the year finished this week with 10 newly qualified sailors. We finished the course with a short session on a triangle race course, to give an insight to what we do. Congratulations to you all, amazing performance.

Budworth moves from strength to strength, but we can only do that with everyone’s help. I said last month that I spent a lot of time at the club just looking at the beauty of the place. This month, I have spent quite a bit of time with the Adult and Family training team of Steve Wilson and Josh Cooke. These two are now both members of Budworth SC and have been working their butts off teaching our new members.. Firstly a very big thank you to them for their commitment and experience in training. Please make them welcome around the club.

Now it could be your turn, we have a good number of new novice sailors who will be working their way through the Better sailing course, but will be looking for opportunities to sail with others. If you can spare some time to take them out, give them the chance to try different boats, then you and your fleets can reap the rewards and pleasure of encouraging others in what we love. Please speak to me or turn up later on a Monday or Thursday evening to meet our new members.

What’s on (A quick summary)

Saturday handicap 2pm (3 races)
Sunday handicap and fleet racing 12:30pm (4 racees)
Raceboards Tuesday 7pm (2 races)
Wednesday night Handicap 7pm (2 races)
Friday night social sailing 6:00 pm with BBQ when the weathers right! (No races!!!)

We have had several test runs of Fridays already, but everyone is welcome to come and chill at the club on Fridays.

On top of this you will find people on the water on

Sunday mornings – Junior sailing
Monday night – Adult and Family Learn to sail
Thursday evening – Adult and family Better sailing. (Starting 8th June)

Pretty much every day the club is in use.. Remember you are all free to use the club and waters at any time at your own risk. There is still some room on the Better sailing course starting on Thursday 8th June if you are keen to develop your skills.

Report on events

The first of the opens was the RYA North west Junior traveller, this event was a great success with 30 Juniors, 6 Optimists and 3 Youth fleet boats. Budworth was well represented in all 3 fleets and I was pleased to see some in the prizes with Emily Page – 3rd in Juniors, and Michaela Attfield 2nd in the Youths. Thanks to Russell Page and the vast quantity of officials he managed to array for the event, ensuring that the racing was maintained competitive and the results completed well before everyone was changed… (A first!)

The next event was the Sailboard open, with a good turnout, the fleet were blest with another glorious sunny and windy day, and I believe our Rear commodore Pete Wilkinson won the event.

The Topper Open was next up and with a low turnout of 11 boats, the event was none the less competitive with Budworth sailors Ryan Hart and Toby Moore keeping the Budworth end up.

Our first Learn to Sail course of the year finished this week with 10 newly qualified sailors. We finished the course with a short session on a triangle race course, to give an insight to what we do. Congratulations to you all, amazing performance.

Welcome to our new members many of whom have now embarked on the Learn to Sail course on Monday evenings. You are very welcome, and I look forward to seeing and helping you integrate in to the Budworth community.

 

Events

Random Pairs – Bank Holiday Monday 29th May – Team racing in pairs, can be fun and a great way to learn about sailing. If you are new then it is full on, but always fun. Come and have a look and you may get asked to crew a boat.

GP14 Open – 4th June – Calling all GP14’s to our open event. Always a high point for the GP14 Northern bell open circuit.

Snipestock – 16th to 19th June. You’ve heard of Woodstock, well it’s not quite the same, but does involve dressing up as if it was!

Junior 12 hour race at Southport 24th June – We have a trained and drilled Junior team ready to take on the best of the North west at this race for the first time for nearly 10 years. Please come along and support our Juniors.

Laser Open 2nd July – Laser fleet should book this as their day, ensure you get a great turn out and invite your friends from around the Northwest to show some Budworth hospitality.

Summer Social – Commodore’s weekend 8th – 9th July – HOT NEWS…. This year we are returning to a two day format with the Driver trophy on the Saturday (team racing) and some family activities. Followed on the Sunday by the Commodore’s regatta. We will have a range of racing with the special club prizes for Champion helm, Lady helm and many others… But we will also have a couple of fun racing formats aimed at new members and old alike. It won’t be serious and it will be a laugh…

I would like to announce the Commodore’s summer Jive party on Saturday 8th July. We have a Jive band booked and the aim will be include as many as possible with a tuition section for those of us who don’t know how… Followed by a full on Jive session. There will be a meal after sailing prior to the event. Tickets will be released soon on web collect and from the bar soon. This is a family celebration and everyone should feel able to come along and join in.

Welcome to our new members many of whom have now embarked on the Learn to Sail course on Monday evenings. You are very welcome, and I look forward to seeing and helping you integrate in to the Budworth community.

 

And finally

 

I look forward to seeing you all out this weekend.

Cheers

Hugh

Random Pairs Team Racing Event – Open To All Club Members. Bank Holiday Monday

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May 232017
 

This coming Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Random Pairs Team Racing event.

Open to all Club members, this event is specially designed to introduce sailors to the fun and experience of team racing. This event is sailed in the Club Fireflies. For each race entrants are paired up differently and assigned specific boats for each very short race, lasting around 10 minutes (including the pre-start sequence!). Each race consists of four boats, where one pair of boats is racing against the other pair.  

Scoring is simple – last boat loses. So there is no point crossing the finish line if your partner boat is in last position. You have to figure out a way (within the rules of sailing) to slow down your opponents and to get your partner boat through. Of course your opponents are trying to prevent this. Cue some exciting and fun team racing. 

At the end of the race everyone swaps around, and different pairings go out for the next race. There will be lots upon lots of races. The overall winner is the helm and crew with the most number of wins/ fewest losses to their name.

No matter how good you are, or how green you are to team racing, racing is relatively even as over the day the event aims to have a race with every combination of how to make up a team racing, every combination of opponents – in other words at some point you will be sailing with the best person in your team.

Competitors ideally enter as a helm-crew combination, but fret not if you cannot get hold of a crew (or a helm), we will make sure everyone gets lots of sailing in and we will double up if need be to fill in any gaps.

Entry is on the day, although we would appreciate knowing numbers beforehand. Please arrive by 10:30am to help rig the Fireflys. The first race is scheduled for 11am, and racing will continue till 4pm (or we have had enough, whichever is the earlier).

Entries, queries and questions to Russell Page

Team Racing at Budworth, March 2016

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Budworth Topper Open – Saturday 20th May

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May 112017
 

Budworth SC is looking forward to welcoming the NW Topper fleet for the Budworth Topper Open on Saturday 20th May.

Three races are scheduled, with the first race not starting before 11am.

Registration will be open from 9:30, and the briefing will be at 10am.

Pre-entries are via the ITCA (GBR) website here (NB, registration with the ITCA may be required). Entries will be accepted on the day.

Entry fee is £8 if pre-entered, £10 if on the day. All entry fees are payable on the day.

 Posted by on 11/05/2017

NWJTT Results Now Posted

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May 082017
 

The results for the NWJTT Budworth Open 2017 on the 1st May have now been uploaded to the website. They can be found here:NWJTT Results 2017.

The day started overcast, but with a good breeze that blew the clouds away as the day wore on as Budworth hosted some 44 entries on what became a glorious May Bank Holiday Monday.

The well behaved fleets enabled the three scheduled races to be sailed to time, with only a protest to hold up proceedings at the end of the day.

Congratulations to our winners – Tom Brindley from Redesmere in a Laser Radial sailing in the Junior section, David Bromilow from West Kirby in the Optimist section, and Ben Fuller from Elton in a Laser taking the Youth Fleet. Also well done to our Budworth sailors who made it into the prizes too – Emily Page with a 3rd in the Junior Fleet, and Micheala Attfield and Freya Peers with a 2nd and 3rd in the Youth Fleet.

 

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Raceboard Open Event 2017

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May 072017
 

We invite all Raceboard sailors to join us for our Open Event on 13th May 2017.

First race 11:00.

For directions to the club, see the About Us page.

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