A fairly short and to the point newsletter this month, as I prepare to down tools and trek to Looe for the GP14 Nationals. ( Ed.We have two Budworth boats at the GP14 Nationals, see how Hugh/Malcolm and Nick/Geoff are doing! https://www.gp14.org/2017-nationals/)
UP COMING EVENTS
Racing continues through August with Summer points on Saturdays and Sundays with the Wednesday night handicap through until 23rd August.
Wednesday night finale 30th August– The Wednesday night Finale will see the Pursuit race starting at 7pm with Pizza from a Fire engine after racing. Tickets (£10) for this are on sale from Bill Kenyon at the club this week, please make all our lives easier by committing early. Do not expect to be able to turn up on the night and pay and get food… you WILL be disappointed.
Club Open day and Try Sailing 28th August – We open our doors to visitors again, this time under the RYA Try Sailing banner. This is run by the RYA instructors and enables us to provide a “have a go” session and then sign new members up for courses if they wish to continue. HELP is still needed for this. IF YOU have nothing planned for Bank holiday weekend, then your club would welcome your help. Please don’t be bashful in coming forward.
Southport 24 hour race 9th / 10th September– Is looming closer. Budworth typically has 3 boats entered and we will be aiming for the same again this year. Teams will start being organised this month, so if you are interested please speak with Bill Kenyon, Russell Cormack, Caroline Cawood or John Chapman, and they’ll fill you in on what is happening.
News – Another busy month
Firefly and Laser opens took place during the month, I wasn’t able to make either of these, but the turn outs look good and I am sure the fleets made our visitors welcome. At the Laser open Harry led the home fleet with 3rd position and the Open was won by Ross Williams of Grafham water with George Graham from Burwain in 2nd.
At the Firefly open the win went to Keith and Chloe Macaulay from South Staffs , 2nd to Jon Hayley and Pat Bromilow of West Kirby SC. Nick and Emily Whelan took the club honours with a respectable 3rd.
The Commodore’s regatta went off with beautiful weather and some shifty winds. With 27 boats competing it was a busy and competitive weekend. Whilst we were waiting for the wind to come in, there was an on water treasure hunt, with both adults and juniors getting enthusiastically involved. Mrs. Hackney can move down a jetty when there is treasure to find… We then kicked off the serious racing with the Ladies race, the wind was still decidedly patchy and it paid to look for where the wind was, rather than just push for the mark. I was proud to see Ellie Devereux lead the way and build enough of a lead to win overall. With Bernice Hulme in 2nd and Emily Page in 3rd.
The Champion Helm was raced over 3 handicap races and it was extremely competitive on the tight start line. With 3 boats over and not returning at the start, this opened up the competition from the outset. Race one was won by Nick Devereux with Tony Taylor with Debbie Sutcliffe in 2nd and Emily Page leading the juniors in 3rd overall. The start line was extended for race 2 and Tony Taylor was still on fire from race 1 and led the race throughout, but Bill Kenyon with Matthew Williams who took the race on handicap. So with two 2nds’ Tony was leading the competition. The 3rd race started aggressively and a general recall was the order of the day. With a 3 minute delay to the start the competitors all prepared again and this time got away cleanly. Right up until the penultimate mark it looked like Bill and Matthew would take the last race, until a cruel wind shift turned the tight reach into a beat as the wind dropped away. Nick managed to take advantage and whipped past him but couldn’t make up the distance to Phil Hackney who was narrowly pipped to first place (4 seconds corrected) by Tony again.
So Tony and Debbie took away the Champion helm and the Okell cup. A well deserved win.
The Saturday evening before was a delightful DIY barbeque with everyone enjoying a very relaxed evening at the club. With thanks to Gill Kenyon for a tremendous collection of salads and dishes to share with everyone.
I gather from those who went that Abersoch dinghy week was very successful again. Notable performances from :
- Russ and Ali Cormack – Fireball -2nd
- David Nicholson – Laser Radial – 4th
- Bill Kenyon and Mark Lund – RS400 – 4th
- David Whitaker – Snipe – 4th (narrowly beaten by ex members James and Judith Downes)
- Mark Cleary – Solo – 10th
And apparently after the stewards enquiry Budworth was the largest club represented.
One day I’ll get to this event!
Welcome to new members
We welcomed another group of new members on our Learn to Sail week during July. This saw 6 people join and learn. Some were so keen that they have already snapped up a GP14.
Welcome to James, Carol and Chris, David and Zoe. There have been a number of other new members as well. Notably Ian Byrne in the Solo fleet and Jacqui Mooney and Alex & Faye Cleaver. Welcome to you all.
Hire of Club Boats
Our new Club GP14’s have also arrived. These were grant funded and sit proudly outside the front of the club. They were officially named as Billy and Bertie Budworth at the Commodores regatta. I have put a book in the Galley now to sign up to hire club boats. Please fill this in whenever you use the boats. The boats are there to be used by new members so please use them, treat them with care so they last, but DO USE THEM….
We now have a Laser, 6 Fireflies, 3 GP14’s and a Snipe, as well as 3 Toppers, a Feva and 6 Oppies as club and training boats.
All that leaves me to say is …. Enjoy your summer holidays in whatever location you find yourself. I look forward to hearing all the stories on your and my return to Budworth in the Autumn.