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Saturday 11th November
Budworth Sailing Club’s Annual Prizegiving and End of Season Social
Start – 7pm for quiz and games (there is a small entry fee for the quiz per team)
Annual Prize Giving – 7:45pm
Nibbles available (no meal)
Be there or miss out!
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.
This is real-time from a weather station at Barnton (approx 1 miles SW of Budworth Mere) updated every couple of minutes!
GP14 Association Masters and Youth Open – Online 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.
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.
After sailing through the night, the team positions are A team 3rd, B team 20th and C team 36th. Congratulations to the A team, who have won the Midnight Cup! (fastest lap after midnight).
A special mentio must go to our key supporters, including Chris Allen as our 24 hour manager, Assisted overnight by Katie, our chef Jake who has kept the water boiling, the teatime soup and casserole hot, and is currently doing a brilliant job with morning breakfast bacon/ sausage baps to keep us all fuelled to the end!
Conditions remained quiet overnight, with a F2, occasionally F3, mostly S or SW.
This morning the wind has surprised us all by switching to the East, so offshore, which is very unusual for Southport. We were all expecting it to build this morning, but now anything could happen!