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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.

NWJTT Results Now Posted

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May 082017
 

The results for the NWJTT Budworth Open 2017 on the 1st May have now been uploaded to the website. They can be found here:NWJTT Results 2017.

The day started overcast, but with a good breeze that blew the clouds away as the day wore on as Budworth hosted some 44 entries on what became a glorious May Bank Holiday Monday.

The well behaved fleets enabled the three scheduled races to be sailed to time, with only a protest to hold up proceedings at the end of the day.

Congratulations to our winners – Tom Brindley from Redesmere in a Laser Radial sailing in the Junior section, David Bromilow from West Kirby in the Optimist section, and Ben Fuller from Elton in a Laser taking the Youth Fleet. Also well done to our Budworth sailors who made it into the prizes too – Emily Page with a 3rd in the Junior Fleet, and Micheala Attfield and Freya Peers with a 2nd and 3rd in the Youth Fleet.

 

 Posted by on 08/05/2017

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.

Saturday afternoon sailing

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Mar 312017
 
Saturday afternoon sailing

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. Hope to see you there!
Mike Davies (Saturday Captain)

Sailing today

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Mar 122017
 
Sailing today

Today, the 12th March, saw our sailing season kick off at Budworth, and the wind was a pleasant F3 Westerly down the lake, the weather was very mild, with only a tiny bit of rain at the start of Race 3. Each of the 3 handicap races had a different course, ably set by the [read more…]

Working Parties

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Feb 082017
 
Working Parties

There was another excellent turnout for the fourth working party of the winter. 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 Steve Hubbard will once again be coordinating the session.

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Happy New Year!

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Dec 312016
 
Happy New Year!

Wishing all our members a very Happy New Year! Here’s to some great sailing in 2017, see you there!!