I am constantly in wonder at the beauty of Budworth, we take so much for granted. This month we have had the pleasure to watch the Swans raise their family of 7 signets, which could regularly be spotted around the Jetties or in far flung parts of the Mere while racing was in progress. The young Coot decided to nest on the Snipe Jetty and despite much disturbance managed to keep her nest and 6 eggs there for a good week or two, sadly she seems to have been beaten by the strong breeze. One Friday evening I sailed a firefly over to the Marbury side and spent a very pleasant half an hour silently gliding by the roosting ducks, coots and moorhens on the far side.
Take time to go looking, you’ll be amazed.
We welcome a good number of new members this month, swelling our numbers. If you have just joined, welcome to the club, if I haven’t met you yet, then please introduce yourselves to me when you are at the club.
The Month’s Highlights
This month saw a small group compete in the Random pairs, boosted by one team from Manchester Uni who showed us how it should be done, it was a pleasurable day jumping in and out of boats for short races…
Budworth GP14 Open
Budworth then hosted the GP14 open, a good turnout of 13 local boats were joined by 3 visitors. A full race report has been posted on Facebook and the web site, but it was good to have a GP14 open with sunshine, decent wind and enjoyable company. The event was won by Mark Platt and Malcolm Marsden from Bolton Sailing club, with Bill Kenyon and Matthew Williams 2nd
The following weekend the club went hippy and the Snipes hosted their annual Snipestock event, this relaxed weekend starts on a Friday night with Barbeques, volleyball, gentle sailing and an eclectic mix of live music that included the guitars of Rob Murphy and James Cawood and the soothing tones of the squeeze box (Accordion) played by Anais Morel. Fireworks brightened the evening sky and the rumours of moderate drinking are of course correct.
Southport Junior 12 Hour race
The final highlight of the month was the Southport Junior 12 hour race. This extract is from Michaela’s race report. Congratulations to the team on their success. The club should be proud of being represented by such a talented and well mannered and disciplined team.
The race began at 8:00am. Budworth had a strong start putting them in a good position to quickly overtake the Enterprises. However, there was close sailing with the first few boats constantly changing positions. Throughout the race there were a number spot prizes including the fastest lap sailed at midday which was won by Budworth.
During the day the wind gradually built, further challenging Budworth to keep the boat flat but favouring the teams with more weight in the boat. Upwind proved challenging but gains were made on downwind legs as the Budworth sailors were generally lighter than the other teams. The sailors were constantly motivated by the rest of the team on shore who were enthusiastically cheering for them. The race ended at 8pm with Southport Sailing Club winning the race, Royal Windermere Yacht club in second place and Budworth Sailing Club in a very respectable third place. Team members were Charlie Whittaker, Matthew Williams, Ryan Hart, Michaela Attfield, Kate Bottomley, Arianna Nerici and Nick Devereux. I am sure you will join in congratulating them all on their performance. The team especially wanted to thank Bill Kenyon (Manager) and the training team Geoff Edwards, John Waind, Russ and Ali Cormack and Ted Garner and all their parents.
Up coming events.
Laser Open – 2nd July. (Tomorrow) We welcome all comers from the Laser fleet from the north west to compete at our open meeting. Racing starts at 11am. There won’t be any fleet racing tomorrow.
Driver Trophy – 8th July Interfleet team racing.. Each fleet is invited to put forward a team of 6 sailors to compete against other fleets in the Fireflies. The Driver trophy in the past was a major part of the club’s year, and it would be good to revive this tradition again.
Summer social We have decided that, weather permitting we will host a bring your own Barbeque at the club in the evening, this is in lieu of the Jive night that unfortunately had to be cancelled.
Commodores Regatta – 9th July – The day will kick off at 11am. It will include some serious racing as well as some fun races. The provisional program is as follows.
11:00 – Junior on water treasure hunt.
Juniors and adult teams
12:30 – Ladies race – Lady’ helms only
13:30 – Ice cream dash
14:00 – Champion Helm – 3 x 30 min races – back to back
(Incorporating the Veteran’s prize as well)
17:00 – Close
Format for Champion Helm will be a series of 3 short handicap races sailed in any club class of boat.
Firefly open – 15th July (Saturday)
The Firefly open is held on the 15th July. With 6 club firefly’s it would be good to see as many out competing with the regular firefly fleet.
Start of the Summer series (16th July)
The first half of our main points is drawing to a close and the summer points will start on July 16th (Sunday). Same format, just come along and join in…
Adult training We are planning options for a mid to late July training courses for adults as either a week long (day time) and / or evenings sessions.
If you have an interest in this as either Better sailing or Learn to Sail, then please email email@example.com stating your preference for daytime or evening sessions.
Finally – request for further assistance. I had several people email me suggesting that the Jive night had not been advertised well enough, that may have been the case. We clearly have need of a social secretary or someone who can help out with marketing and communications. If you can help and make your club more successful, then please step up to the mark…
Look forward to seeing you on the water or in the bar!