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GP14 Masters & Youth Championships

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Oct 292017

Held over the weekend of 28/29th October, a great turnout from both visitors and our own club. The conditions could not have been more different on the two days! Saturday brought the forecast very strong winds,. blowing 20 knots from the Southwest down the length of the lake.

With an excellent turnout of 24 entrants for the Masters Championship and 11 entrants for the Youth Championship, some sailors were a little distracted during the initial briefing as one boat had already ventured out to test Budworth Mere and found the big gusts with severe wind shifts pretty hard going – leading to a couple of capsizes! This certainly gave a few of the sailors pause for thought!

Nonetheless, sailors from Gold Silver and Bronze ventured out, and only a few managed to complete the two races without one (or more!) capsizes. Even the hot-shots took a bath – the difference being that they recovered quickly and sailed back up the fleet!

The PRO Jon Chapman set some good courses on both days with a couple of good beats, runs and a nice reach to end the lap. Two races were completed for both Youth and Masters – the planned 3rd Youth race was held over to the next morning.

The evening brought a well deserved rest for those who had sailed, and all enjoyed the excellent evening meal and entertainment from “Elephant Juice”.

Sunday morning brought sunshine and light winds from the North (mostly!), so different sailing skills were needed! Some big changes in both wind strength and direction saw considerable place changing throughout the fleet, with some gaining/losing 6 places on a single leg!

After racing was complete the bar was open and the final prize giving (slightly delayed by a Youth protect hearing)  also included thanks to the Race officers and team, plus the galley and catering team, who had all worked hard through the weekend – not forgetting our illustrious Commodore (and spouse) who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to ensure all ran smoothly.



Club AGM – Wed. 8th November 7:00pm

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Oct 242017

Please come along to the AGM on Wednesday 8th November at 19:00. Hugh promises that it will be short and to the point, and there are some serious decisions that need to be made at the AGM.
(Members – Agenda and minutes of last meeting are below, please log in to read!)
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 Posted by on 24/10/2017

Real-time weather near BSC

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Oct 212017

This is real-time from a weather station at Barnton (approx 1 miles SW of Budworth Mere) updated every couple of minutes!


GP14 Masters and Youth Open at Budworth

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Oct 142017
B Team start, also a little safe...

GP14 Association Masters and Youth OpenOnline entry is now closed! If you haven’t entered, contact the commodore directly!

Note: The entry fee covers BOTH helm and Crew, light lunch and refreshments during the days and a meal for both on Saturday night,  complete with entertainment from our favourites “Elephant Juice” (Rob Murphy and co) so it is good value for a good event!! 

There are full details on the GP14 Association website: https://www.gp14.org/shop/

Please enter as soon as possible so we can finalise arrangements with our external caterers!

The Masters and Youth Open events are separate events but run over the same weekend.

Even if you are not a Youth* or Master** (see below), you can still join in by crewing for someone who is a “Master”**! 

If you would like to join in, but are short of a boat, a helm or a crew, please email the GP14 Fleet Captain Caroline and she will put you in contact!

Lets have a good home club turnout for this event –  See you there!!



* Youth Championship regatta is open to boats of the GP14 Class that are helmed and crewed by anyone whose 22nd birthday has not been reached by December 31st 2017

** The qualifying age for the Masters category is 40 years. The qualifying age for the Grand Masters is 55 years. The qualifying age for the Great Grand Masters is 65 years. 

Crewing Opportunities 2018

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Oct 132017

Like to Crew in a Snipe?

There are a few helms wanting a crew for the 2018 season.

Successful Helm and crew combinations depend upon availability, ability,  personality and is especially daunting if you are new to the club and don’t know who would be good to consider. Read on……..

What does a Helm look for in a potential crew: race winner, someone to teach how to helm or crew, to encourage into the sport, a specific weight or ability, just be a regular down at the club, travel to occasional events with no cost or shared cost, just a chatty person who likes to get out on the water, the occasional sail on specific days or a regular slot through most of the year? I may have missed out a variable or two.

What does a Crew look for: The mirror of the above.

It can be tricky to find a helm to sail with, there is always the worry that there is discomfort in asking in case they don’t know how to say “yes please” or “no”, their crew may be upset too !

As Snipe Captain I am pretty familiar with those who are looking for a crew now and for next season, so by getting in touch with me we can discuss what you want and who would be a good fit for you.

If you would rather crew in a GP or RS200 then get in touch with the class captain if those fleet, you will find them keen to help.


Crew Coaching

For an overview on all the club coaching visit  http://budworthsc.org.uk/training/

I have been talking about putting on some specific crewing coaching at Budworth for some time, I would like now to know if you are interested?

If so delete the less favoured options below to each point and email your reply to snipe@antonelli.co.uk , I will collate and discuss with those who can support this.


  1. Beginner / improver / club racing / race to win / Olympics
  2. Saturday morning /Sunday morning / mid week evening
  3. Session length:  1 / 2 / 3 hrs
  4. Number of sessions:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
  5. Months preferred:  March / April  / May  / June  / July / Sept / Oct / Nov
  6. Group / 1 to 1
  7. Free / happy to pay
  8. Prefer:  Firefly  /  RS200  /  Snipe  /  GP  /  Laser (trick question)  /  Any class of boat    
 Posted by on 13/10/2017

Solo Open Event

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Oct 012017

Great turnout yesterday for the Budworth Solo Open event, with 22 boats competing. Weather conditions rather indifferent, but all 22 sailed the 2 races out of three (Race 3 abandoned).

Well done all, and thanks to the Race management PRO/ARO, the Rescue and Galley teams.

Full Results are on our Racing/Results page.