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Firefly Open at Budworth – Race Report

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Jul 232017
 

Budworth Sailing Club welcomed visitors from West Kirby and South Staffs to this year’s Firefly Open, and sailing began in a light and shifting southerly breeze that proved a testing challenge for both locals and visitors alike.

In the first race, the shifts came especially fast and wide, rewarding quick reactions and a constant tactical awareness. After a few laps of intense racing (with much place changing), Keith & Chloe Macaulay (SSSC/CUCC) drew ahead, successfully holding off repeated challenges from the West Kirby boat of Trevor Jenkins & Sally Bromilow. Local sailors Nick & Emily Whelan got the shifts right at the finish, snatching second place.

In race 2, Jenkins/Bromilow led a tightly packed fleet in the early stages, but as the wind strengthened and veered, the Macaulays climbed their way up to the front and held the lead from the pursuing West Kirby boats. A closely fought last beat ended with the Macaulays first, Jon Hayley & Pat Bromilow second, and locals Steve Hayward & Liza Korikova in third.

Race 3 began in the strongest wind of the day – this suited Hugh Smallman & Deborah Love of Budworth, who for the early laps held the lead in the only wooden boat of the fleet. In the end though, it was the Macaulays who sealed their victory with another emphatic first place, untroubled by a wind that shifted and dropped to a zephyr. Hayley/Bromilow came in second, with Smallman/Love third.

With no sign of the wind returning, the fleet abandoned hopes of a fourth race and an early prize-giving was held, with worthy winners Keith and Chloe Macaulay awarded the Budworth Bucket Trophy for the second year running.

Many thanks to the Budworth members who gave their support to the event, with special thanks to Dawn Savell for the delicious lunch, and most of all to PRO Chris Allen for his flawless race management.

Deborah Love,
Firefly Fleet Captain

 Posted by on 23/07/2017

Snipestock 16th – 18th June

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Jun 132017
 

With the sun reaching it’s zenith (as close as it gets in Old Blighty) its time for a bit of Love and Peace at Snipestock 2017

Come down to your club and share a bit of Love & Peace, leave your troubles at home and bring a musical instrument if you can play, hell, even if you are no good but can make a sound.

Details here.

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 Posted by on 13/06/2017

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.

 Posted by on 07/05/2017

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.

Working Parties

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Feb 082017
 

There was another excellent turnout for the fourth working party of the winter. Many thanks to all those who attended including Alison Hutton who helped me to coordinate the session and Danielle Attfield and Alison Hubbard who provided lunch.

Good progress has been made with all the jobs on the list and we now need to concentrate on finishing off and getting the club ready for the start of sailing on the 12th March.

The next working party will be on Sunday March 5th starting at 9:30. Alison Hutton and l will once again be coordinating the session.

Thanks

Steve Hubbard

 Posted by on 08/02/2017

End of Season Prizegiving

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Oct 212016
 

End of Season Prizegiving – 12th November

Prizegiving starts at 18:00 and continues with supper and a bonfire on the front lawn.

Then 8 till late there will be a ceilidh dance with one of the top ceilidh bands in the North West: Albireo. The band’s repertoire draws on English, Irish, Scottish and American traditions, along self-penned tunes and others from further afield.

Tickets £15 each or £35 for family of three or more, available from the Galley or WebCollect.

 Posted by on 21/10/2016