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2017 Laser Open: Sunday 2nd July

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Jun 232017

All laser sailors are warmly invited to join us for our Laser Class Grand Prix Northern Event on Sunday 2nd July.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Bernice Hulme, Laser Fleet Captain

Budworth GP14 Open

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Jun 072017

On Sunday 4th June, thirteen club boats offered a warm welcome to three visitors to the 2017 Budworth Sailing Club GP14 Open, part of the GP14 Northern Bell Circuit. The day offered bright and sunny conditions with moderate wind from the clubs preferred Westerly direction, all be it that the winds wildly fluctuated, both in strength and direction throughout the day.

Russell and Ali Cormack ran the on-water race management, and set two separate beats within one lap, some dead runs and some three sail reaches back the length of the mere. Close attention was paid to keeping the course fair, but of course being Budworth the shifts proved either kind or frustrating, depending on where you were on the racecourse.

With the first race underway it was Mark Platt, crewed by Malcolm Marsden, from Bolton SC who led from the outset. Climbing through the pack was Bill Kenyon from Budworth ably crewed by his thirteen year old new crew Mathew Williams. By the end of the first lap Platt and Marsden had a distinct lead.  However a significant drop in wind speed in the latter stages of the race played into the hands of some of those behind and as they all caught up. As Platt rounded the penultimate mark he momentarily lost momentum and Kenyon seized his chance to take the winning place.

After an excellent lunch provided Budworth’s galley ladies, the PRO called the fleet back out.  A significant wind shift forced the AP to be hoisted. Although the re-set second race start line was crowded, the cream quickly rose to the top and Platt went into the distance again. This time though, husband and wife team, Chris and Julie Waddington also from Bolton, showed a turn of pace to keep the rest of the fleet on their heel’s.  By the end of the race, it was Budworth’s commodore, Hugh Devereux crewed by Malcom Bird who came home with a very credible third.

With a three race format of which two would count, it was Platt with a first and second, Kenyon with a first and the Waddington’s with a second in the bag.  The days racing was thus wide open going into the final race of the day.

The third race followed a short tea break, and the whole fleet was eager to get out to the start line. Yet again the start line was again very crowded and the slightly eager fleet incurred a recall. This time it was the Waddington’s who got the better of the fleet with a huge lead for the entire race, closely followed by Matt Birks and Alan Jones from North Staffs SC and John Chapman and Wendy Martin from Budworth. Once again, it was Platt who found the wind with a huge turn of speed from well back in the pack.  He chased down the leaders and with only several boat lengths to spare, pipped the Waddington’s to the finish line only to learn later that the Waddington’s had been OCS from the start!

This all resulted with an overall win for Platt with a second for Kenyon and a third to Birks.Further down the fleet, Geoff Edwards crewed by Ellie Devereux finished a very credible eighth place to take silver whilst Simon and Steve Joyce in twelfth place picked up bronze.

First lady helm went to Julie Waddington whilst Debbie Goldsmith and Gina Brownsword picked up an award for competing in their first ever open event.

Mark Platt thanked the race committee, rescue cover, galley and club for an excellent well run event despite the varying conditions and looked forward to next year’s event.

A Busy Club

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May 282017

We kicked off the month with our open day, where we welcomed over 50 members of the public and took them sailing. I am pleased to say that we now have 23 new members from that day and subsequent activities. We have hosted three open meetings and the club racing on weekends and midweek. A busy month… and next month brings more!!

Our first Learn to Sail course of the year finished this week with 10 newly qualified sailors. We finished the course with a short session on a triangle race course, to give an insight to what we do. Congratulations to you all, amazing performance.

Budworth moves from strength to strength, but we can only do that with everyone’s help. I said last month that I spent a lot of time at the club just looking at the beauty of the place. This month, I have spent quite a bit of time with the Adult and Family training team of Steve Wilson and Josh Cooke. These two are now both members of Budworth SC and have been working their butts off teaching our new members.. Firstly a very big thank you to them for their commitment and experience in training. Please make them welcome around the club.

Now it could be your turn, we have a good number of new novice sailors who will be working their way through the Better sailing course, but will be looking for opportunities to sail with others. If you can spare some time to take them out, give them the chance to try different boats, then you and your fleets can reap the rewards and pleasure of encouraging others in what we love. Please speak to me or turn up later on a Monday or Thursday evening to meet our new members.

What’s on (A quick summary)

Saturday handicap 2pm (3 races)
Sunday handicap and fleet racing 12:30pm (4 racees)
Raceboards Tuesday 7pm (2 races)
Wednesday night Handicap 7pm (2 races)
Friday night social sailing 6:00 pm with BBQ when the weathers right! (No races!!!)

We have had several test runs of Fridays already, but everyone is welcome to come and chill at the club on Fridays.

On top of this you will find people on the water on

Sunday mornings – Junior sailing
Monday night – Adult and Family Learn to sail
Thursday evening – Adult and family Better sailing. (Starting 8th June)

Pretty much every day the club is in use.. Remember you are all free to use the club and waters at any time at your own risk. There is still some room on the Better sailing course starting on Thursday 8th June if you are keen to develop your skills.

Report on events

The first of the opens was the RYA North west Junior traveller, this event was a great success with 30 Juniors, 6 Optimists and 3 Youth fleet boats. Budworth was well represented in all 3 fleets and I was pleased to see some in the prizes with Emily Page – 3rd in Juniors, and Michaela Attfield 2nd in the Youths. Thanks to Russell Page and the vast quantity of officials he managed to array for the event, ensuring that the racing was maintained competitive and the results completed well before everyone was changed… (A first!)

The next event was the Sailboard open, with a good turnout, the fleet were blest with another glorious sunny and windy day, and I believe our Rear commodore Pete Wilkinson won the event.

The Topper Open was next up and with a low turnout of 11 boats, the event was none the less competitive with Budworth sailors Ryan Hart and Toby Moore keeping the Budworth end up.

Our first Learn to Sail course of the year finished this week with 10 newly qualified sailors. We finished the course with a short session on a triangle race course, to give an insight to what we do. Congratulations to you all, amazing performance.

Welcome to our new members many of whom have now embarked on the Learn to Sail course on Monday evenings. You are very welcome, and I look forward to seeing and helping you integrate in to the Budworth community.



Random Pairs – Bank Holiday Monday 29th May – Team racing in pairs, can be fun and a great way to learn about sailing. If you are new then it is full on, but always fun. Come and have a look and you may get asked to crew a boat.

GP14 Open – 4th June – Calling all GP14’s to our open event. Always a high point for the GP14 Northern bell open circuit.

Snipestock – 16th to 19th June. You’ve heard of Woodstock, well it’s not quite the same, but does involve dressing up as if it was!

Junior 12 hour race at Southport 24th June – We have a trained and drilled Junior team ready to take on the best of the North west at this race for the first time for nearly 10 years. Please come along and support our Juniors.

Laser Open 2nd July – Laser fleet should book this as their day, ensure you get a great turn out and invite your friends from around the Northwest to show some Budworth hospitality.

Summer Social – Commodore’s weekend 8th – 9th July – HOT NEWS…. This year we are returning to a two day format with the Driver trophy on the Saturday (team racing) and some family activities. Followed on the Sunday by the Commodore’s regatta. We will have a range of racing with the special club prizes for Champion helm, Lady helm and many others… But we will also have a couple of fun racing formats aimed at new members and old alike. It won’t be serious and it will be a laugh…

I would like to announce the Commodore’s summer Jive party on Saturday 8th July. We have a Jive band booked and the aim will be include as many as possible with a tuition section for those of us who don’t know how… Followed by a full on Jive session. There will be a meal after sailing prior to the event. Tickets will be released soon on web collect and from the bar soon. This is a family celebration and everyone should feel able to come along and join in.

Welcome to our new members many of whom have now embarked on the Learn to Sail course on Monday evenings. You are very welcome, and I look forward to seeing and helping you integrate in to the Budworth community.


And finally


I look forward to seeing you all out this weekend.



Club Open Day – Sat. May 6th – A Fun Day Out

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Apr 232017

Budworth Sailing Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday May 6th 2017 – If you are interested in sailing this is a great chance to come and visit the club to find out more. If you have never sailed before it might be just the right time to see what we offer – and that includes training for all skill levels. If you are a sailor already, come and visit us, we have great facilities and a super lake to sail on!
For more information, see the “About Us” page on this website!

Main Points – Changes to the Starting Sequence

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Apr 012017

The starting sequence for Main Points has changed for 2017.  




The sequence will be as follows:

  1. Lasers & Juniors
  2. RS200s & Fireflys (Fireballs)
  3. Snipes
  4. GP14s
  5. Solos


Russell is trying to decrease the numbers of starts to give more racing time.

There will be a manual calculation of handicap results between Juniors in Toppers and Juniors in Laser Radials while also allowing Juniors in Laser Radials to compete in the Laser fleet. Russell has promised that the situation will be monitored closely, and in the event of issues the start sequence can be altered in the RMS to accommodate alternative start sequences and amended through a change to the sailing instructions posted in the clubhouse.

Saturday afternoon sailing

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Mar 312017

Saturday afternoon sailing in April is on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th and it is all about fun, learning and relaxed competition.

It’s the same format every week. There are three races with the first one starting at 2.00.  There will be a helpful briefing before the first race from a trainer or an experienced sailor. When appropriate there may also be on-the-water and between-race advice.

If you can launch, tack and get back to the jetty you’re ready for Saturday afternoon sailing. If you’re worried about gybing but not bothered about winning you can always tack instead. If this all sounds like gobbledegook you might want to book some training.

All of the races will be competitive. Whilst rules will be observed the more experienced sailors will be encouraged to help and nurture those less experienced.

… and if you have any suggestions, gripes or comments don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope to see you on Saturdays.

Mike Davies
Saturday Captain

Sunday Handicap and Main Points racing begins

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Mar 312017

The Sunday Handicap (12:30pm) and Main Points (13:45pm approx) series both start this Sunday, 2nd April, so even if you have not yet ventured out this year, then this weekend is the time to get yourself (and your boat!) down to the club and enjoy some sailing!

All sailors, please note carefully: The Main Points start sequence has changed for 2017!!

See details here

The weather forecast is looking  pretty good, so jump in the boat, and then join us in the bar afterwards to tell how it was for you! – “You know it makes sense!”