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Solo Open Event

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Oct 012017
 

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.

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/)

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.

 

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.

 

Abersoch

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.

Finally…

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.

Cheers

Hugh 
(Commodore)

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

 

Snipestock

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!

Cheers

 

Hugh 

Budworth at the Southport Junior 12 Hour Race

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Jun 282017
 
Budworth at the Southport Junior 12 Hour Race

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 [read more…]

A Busy Club

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May 282017
 
A Busy Club

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 [read more…]

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

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Apr 232017
 
Club Open Day - Sat. May 6th - A Fun Day Out

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!

Just one week left!

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Mar 212017
 
Just one week left!

Our March “Icebreaker Series” finishes next Sunday!. With only five races to qualify and 3 races still to come, several sailors can easily qualify for this short opening series of the next season!
In April we start our full sailing programme with a busy sailing and racing schedule – check out the events calendar and look at the upcoming events on the right-hand sidebar. Let’s get some fresh air and great sailing this season! If you are less experienced or just want some advice on any aspect of sailing or racing, just ask! There are plenty of sailors who will be happy to help you 🙂
And finally, if you have changed your boat since last season, please let me know (email Chris Hearn) so that I can update our computer race system with your new details and make life easy for you!