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.