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Mere Moments – is summer here?

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Aug 082017
New Club GP14s get christened!

New Club GP14s get christened!

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/)


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.


Commodore’s regatta

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.



Mere Moments – July

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Jul 062017

I am constantly in wonder at the beauty of Budworth, we take so much for granted. This month we have had the pleasure to watch the Swans raise their family of 7 signets, which could regularly be spotted around the Jetties or in far flung parts of the Mere while racing was in progress. The young Coot decided to nest on the Snipe Jetty and despite much disturbance managed to keep her nest and 6 eggs there for a good week or two, sadly she seems to have been beaten by the strong breeze. One Friday evening I sailed a firefly over to the Marbury side and spent a very pleasant half an hour silently gliding by the roosting ducks, coots and moorhens on the far side.

Take time to go looking, you’ll be amazed.

We welcome a good number of new members this month, swelling our numbers. If you have just joined, welcome to the club, if I haven’t met you yet, then please introduce yourselves to me when you are at the club.


The Month’s Highlights


Random Pairs

This month saw a small group compete in the Random pairs, boosted by one team from Manchester Uni who showed us how it should be done, it was a pleasurable day jumping in and out of boats for short races…


Budworth GP14 Open

Budworth then hosted the GP14 open, a good turnout of 13 local boats were joined by 3 visitors. A full race report has been posted on Facebook and the web site, but it was good to have a GP14 open with sunshine, decent wind and enjoyable company. The event was won by Mark Platt and Malcolm Marsden from Bolton Sailing club, with Bill Kenyon and Matthew Williams 2nd



The following weekend the club went hippy and the Snipes hosted their annual Snipestock event, this relaxed weekend starts on a Friday night with Barbeques, volleyball, gentle sailing and an eclectic mix of live music that included the guitars of Rob Murphy and James Cawood and the soothing tones of the squeeze box (Accordion) played by Anais Morel. Fireworks brightened the evening sky and the rumours of moderate drinking are of course correct.


Southport Junior 12 Hour race

The final highlight of the month was the Southport Junior 12 hour race. This extract is from Michaela’s race report. Congratulations to the team on their success. The club should be proud of being represented by such a talented and well mannered and disciplined team.

The race began at 8:00am. Budworth had a strong start putting them in a good position to quickly overtake the Enterprises.  However, there was close sailing with the first few boats constantly changing positions. Throughout the race there were a number spot prizes including the fastest lap sailed at midday which was won by Budworth.

During the day the wind gradually built, further challenging Budworth to keep the boat flat but favouring the teams with more weight in the boat.  Upwind proved challenging but gains were made on downwind legs as the Budworth sailors were generally lighter than the other teams. The sailors were constantly motivated by the rest of the team on shore who were enthusiastically cheering for them.  The race ended at 8pm with Southport Sailing Club winning the race, Royal Windermere Yacht club in second place and Budworth Sailing Club in a very respectable third place.  Team members were Charlie Whittaker, Matthew Williams, Ryan Hart, Michaela Attfield, Kate Bottomley, Arianna Nerici and Nick Devereux. I am sure you will join in congratulating them all on their performance. The team especially wanted to thank Bill Kenyon (Manager) and the training team Geoff Edwards, John Waind, Russ and Ali Cormack and Ted Garner and all their parents.

Up coming events.

Laser Open – 2nd July. (Tomorrow) We welcome all comers from the Laser fleet from the north west to compete at our open meeting. Racing starts at 11am. There won’t be any fleet racing tomorrow.

Driver Trophy – 8th July  Interfleet team racing.. Each fleet is invited to put forward a team of 6 sailors to compete against other fleets in the Fireflies. The Driver trophy in the past was a major part of the club’s year, and it would be good to revive this tradition again.

Summer social We have decided that, weather permitting we will host a bring your own Barbeque at the club in the evening, this is in lieu of the Jive night that unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Commodores Regatta – 9th July – The day will kick off at 11am. It will include some serious racing as well as some fun races. The provisional program is as follows.

            11:00               –           Junior on water treasure hunt.

                                                Juniors and adult teams

            12:30               –           Ladies race – Lady’ helms only

            13:30               –           Ice cream dash

            14:00               –           Champion Helm – 3 x 30 min races – back to back

                                                (Incorporating the Veteran’s prize as well)

            17:00               –           Close

Format for Champion Helm will be a series of 3 short handicap races sailed in any club class of boat.

Firefly open – 15th July (Saturday)

The Firefly open is held on the 15th July. With 6 club firefly’s it would be good to see as many out competing with the regular firefly fleet.

Start of the Summer series (16th July)

The first half of our main points is drawing to a close and the summer points will start on July 16th (Sunday). Same format, just come along and join in…

Adult training  We are planning options for a mid to late July training courses for adults as either a week long (day time) and / or evenings sessions.

If you have an interest in this as either Better sailing or Learn to Sail, then please email bsctraining@budworthsc.org.uk stating your preference for daytime or evening sessions. 


Finally – request for further assistance. I had several people email me suggesting that the Jive night had not been advertised well enough, that may have been the case. We clearly have need of a social secretary or someone who can help out with marketing and communications. If you can help and make your club more successful, then please step up to the mark…


Look forward to seeing you on the water or in the bar!




Wednesday Night Sailing Video

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Jul 062017

Beautiful Wednesday night at Budworth Sailing Club. There could have been more wind, but otherwise glorious conditions on our picturesque lake,

See the drone video footage shot by Danny Chapman on U-Tube, click here

2017 Laser Open Report

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Jul 052017

Another successful Laser Open on 2nd July saw 17 lasers competing, including visitors from Burwain and Grafham Water who showed the local club sailors how it should be done!

The full results can be seen below and on our Racing/Results page here  (select “Laser Open”).

1st Prize  Ross Williams,  Grafham Water

2nd Prize George Graham,  Burwain S.C

3rd Prize Harry Brown, Budworth S.C

Budworth at the Southport Junior 12 Hour Race

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Jun 282017

On Saturday 24th June a team of seven Budworth sailors ranging in age from 13 to 18 took part in Southport Sailing Club’s annual Junior 12 hour race. This was Budworth’s first entry in the race since 2008 and was the first time that any of the sailors had competed in the race under the Budworth burgee.

Thanks to Michaela  Attfield for the excellent event report with pictures! Do read it here: 12 hour 2017 report


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.