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Snipestock 16th – 18th June

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Jun 132017
 

With the sun reaching it’s zenith (as close as it gets in Old Blighty) its time for a bit of Love and Peace at Snipestock 2017

Come down to your club and share a bit of Love & Peace, leave your troubles at home and bring a musical instrument if you can play, hell, even if you are no good but can make a sound.

Details here.

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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.

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.

Sunday Handicap and Main Points racing begins

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Mar 312017
 
Sunday Handicap and Main Points racing begins

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!”

Icebreaker Series Report

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Mar 262017
 
Icebreaker Series Report

The Icebreaker Series reached a conclusion today (Sunday 26th March) with glorious sunshine, warm temperatures and a good wind from the East down the Mere.
The PRO and ARO set 3 good courses from boat starts, covering the length of the water, from I or A down to E or F. The wind at the top of the course also benefited from the recent work on the trees around I and H.

The top scorers were spread across 3 different classes:
First – Dave Nicholson (Laser)
Second – Phil Barnes (Solo)
Third – Martin and Sian Joesbury (RS200)

A total of 33 sailors took part, with 15 qualifying, so a good turnout during a March month that was kind to us, with good wind and good sailing!

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…]

Pursuit Race success!

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Nov 302016
 
Pursuit Race success!

The Pursuit Trophy Race on the 27th November (postponed from October because of lack of wind) was close to suffering the same fate again, the day that the Budworth Pairs had vacated! However, a breeze from the north east was sufficient both races to be run successfully! The wind direction made for a tight course to be sailed with E to C as the first beat.

A ‘remnant’ from the Budworth Pairs, a Firefly was the ‘scratch’ boat, with Solo, GP14, Laser and RS200 following on. Ted Garner in the Solo quickly caught up his handicap of 1 minute 11 seconds to overtake the Firefly, and thereafter a ‘battle royal’ began [read more...]