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Boxing Day Open Race Report

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Dec 292017
 

Boxing Day Open at Budworth in aid of the RNLI.

Actors advise, “Do not work with animals, children or technology”. Sailors may feel the same, as the internet connection which controls the Race Management System went AWOL at the traditional Budworth Boxing Day Open (probably caused by all the non-sailors sitting at home on their computers!). 
Technology doesn’t deter sailors, and the racing continued with just a delayed start for Race 2.

At 12.00 a good 12 mph breeze blew across the Mere, allowing PRO Mark Philpot to set a course with three good beats, and a long reach. Allowing for 4 laps at around 18 minutes each of this long course, sailors enjoyed blowing the cobwebs off their sloth of Christmas Day!

Racing for a full hour meant that the PYRs were in full play, and the Enterprise of Steve Blackburn (West Lancs) was in fact competing with the Fast handicap RS 200s.  In the end, the RS fought their way to the front, and Martin and Sian Joesbury (Budworth)  took the race, with Jon Chapman and Wendy Martin (Budworth) in second place.

Phil Barnes, now happily rejoined at Budworth as a full member, led the single handers in his Solo, both in elapsed and corrected time. The Junior fleet was in GPs, with Michaela Attfield, crewed by Kate Bottomley leading Rosanna and Simon Joyce home. Rosanna turned the tables in Race 2, fully justifying her request for sponsorship which is to the aid of the RNLI, and taking the Junior prize.

Inland waters are all susceptible to vagaries of wind – three days earlier winds of 50mph were forecast. On the day, it moderated to a safe, but rewarding breeze. However, a complete standstill was forecast, and it materialised in Race 2. The internet was in sympathy with the wind, and froze completely during the start sequence. Rescue teams kept the sailors updated, and a manual override was operated (ie PRO on the jetty with a foghorn).  The goodwill, and happy atmosphere of the whole meeting was to the fore, and everyone accepted the difficulties with equanimity and good humour. Foresight, or happenstance? The PRO shortened course to one lap, and after just one boat, the whole fleet crossed in totally becalmed conditions.

With results of race 1 tucked away with the angels on the internet cloud, and race 2 results in old technology pencil and paper, the winners could be easily identified. The Joesburys’ took the honours ahead of the RS of Chapman and Martin, and the rest of the Joesbury family in 3rd. Steve Blackburn and Ian Ritchie (West Lancs, Enterprise) took the slow handicap prize from Hugh Devereux/Malcolm Bird (Budworth, GP).

Phil Barnes sailed to a first in both races, and Steve Hubbard (Budworth, Solo), shared the second place with Tony Wilcock (Budworth, Laser).

Budworth fame stretches far and wide, and prizes for long distance travellers went to Andy Chapman (Weston SC, Southampton), Isaac Marsh, (Northampton), and Toby Moon/Rachel Wilcock (Royal Corinthian, Burnham-on-Crouch).

As usual, the real winner of this event is the RNLI, with over £300  going to its vital work. Along with Rosanna Joyce’s sponsorship, the RNLI will gain about £500.

Also, as usual, the date for 2018 is already set – it will be the 26th December, Boxing Day!

Mark Philpot (PRO)

Club Open Day – Monday, August 28th – A Fun Day Out

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Aug 232017
 

Budworth Sailing Club is holding an Open Day on Monday, August 28th 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!

 Posted by on 23/08/2017

Firefly Open at Budworth – Race Report

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Jul 232017
 

Budworth Sailing Club welcomed visitors from West Kirby and South Staffs to this year’s Firefly Open, and sailing began in a light and shifting southerly breeze that proved a testing challenge for both locals and visitors alike.

In the first race, the shifts came especially fast and wide, rewarding quick reactions and a constant tactical awareness. After a few laps of intense racing (with much place changing), Keith & Chloe Macaulay (SSSC/CUCC) drew ahead, successfully holding off repeated challenges from the West Kirby boat of Trevor Jenkins & Sally Bromilow. Local sailors Nick & Emily Whelan got the shifts right at the finish, snatching second place.

In race 2, Jenkins/Bromilow led a tightly packed fleet in the early stages, but as the wind strengthened and veered, the Macaulays climbed their way up to the front and held the lead from the pursuing West Kirby boats. A closely fought last beat ended with the Macaulays first, Jon Hayley & Pat Bromilow second, and locals Steve Hayward & Liza Korikova in third.

Race 3 began in the strongest wind of the day – this suited Hugh Smallman & Deborah Love of Budworth, who for the early laps held the lead in the only wooden boat of the fleet. In the end though, it was the Macaulays who sealed their victory with another emphatic first place, untroubled by a wind that shifted and dropped to a zephyr. Hayley/Bromilow came in second, with Smallman/Love third.

With no sign of the wind returning, the fleet abandoned hopes of a fourth race and an early prize-giving was held, with worthy winners Keith and Chloe Macaulay awarded the Budworth Bucket Trophy for the second year running.

Many thanks to the Budworth members who gave their support to the event, with special thanks to Dawn Savell for the delicious lunch, and most of all to PRO Chris Allen for his flawless race management.

Deborah Love,
Firefly Fleet Captain

 Posted by on 23/07/2017

2017 Laser Open: Sunday 2nd July

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Jun 232017
 
2017 Laser Open: Sunday 2nd July

All laser sailors are warmly invited to join us for our Laser Class Grand Prix Northern Event on Sunday 2nd July.
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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!