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

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Apr 232017
 

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!

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.

Boxing Day Open meeting for RNLI

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Dec 282016
 

Budworth Boxing Day Open meeting for RNLI

Boxing Day traditions are easily discarded -when a blustery westerly blows at around 40 mph.
The forecast deterred some, but thirty hardy souls took to the water in their boats for the Boxing Day Open. A steady, but twisting wind tested the qualities of all sailors, and everyone was able to end their day with the cobwebs blown out, and exercise removed the excesses of turkey and stuffing!
From the start a long, but equal, beat allowed some sizable gaps to appear. Sometimes the sheer strength of the wind overpowered all but the strongest and heaviest. The subsequent run and next beat was followed by a good planing reach, before a gybe mark caused many casualties. While many succeeded, the three flights of single handed, handicap and Juniors were now split in half. Just nine boats survived to end race 1.
John Hayes (GP 14) with a very light crew of 16 year old Poppy James, showed how weight was not the answer – and in the single handers, 21 year old Isaac Marsh, tore away from his pursuers.

University student Isaac, is currently on work placement with Pinnell and Bax, and is clearly gaining great experience with them, for he held his Streaker balanced and trimmed, while he just ‘streaked’; away from the rest.

 

 

 

In Race 2, with no less wind, and the same course, just 8 boats ventured out, all finishing. The Handicap proved a battle ground with Nick Devereux, crewed by Geoff Edwards in commanding position.

They would have been in contention, had they not achieved an almost perfect ‘head over heels’ capsize in race 1.
Brothers Andrew and Stuart Brown provided spectator interest in their RS200 by capsizing 3 times in quick succession, and yet still finishing creditably. Winner of Race 1, John Hayes, followed closely behind, but the PYR difference of 84 gave him the prize.
Ian Brookes and Phil Barnes in Solos were close behind Isaac Marsh for half a lap, when suddenly the Streaker lived up to its reputation -Isaac taking the third lap with many minutes to spare.

 

 

A beautiful day ensured that everyone enjoyed themselves on, and off the water. While some sailors found conditions cold, they felt inspired by the early morning Boxing Day swim by the Warrington Dolphins, who share the water.

Visitor and home numbers were down on previous years, yet the Regatta was viewed as highly successful, and the beneficiaries being not only the RNLI, whose crews go out in all weathers, but also sailors, organisers and spectators who enjoyed a superb Boxing Day.

Mark Philpot

Autumn Open Series

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Nov 302016
 
Autumn Open Series

Our Autumn Open series is now underway, and runs each Sunday until 18th December. Visitors sailing one of our adopted classes are invited to join us for this series. Any queries, please email Russell, our race secretary.

Budworth Laser Open Event – 3rd July 2016

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Jun 292016
 
Budworth Laser Open Event - 3rd July 2016

The Laser open at Budworth attracted an excellent turn-out in great conditions. The wind was variable but offered opportunity for big gains and losses when you least expected them.

Congratulations to Charlotte Greenhalgh from LLSC who won with a string of 3 bullets, with George Graham from Burwain in second and Ross Crook heading up the Budworth entries in third.

Photos from the Laser Open can be found at Peter Cull’s website

Peter Cull’s website

GP14 Open Event 2016

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May 132016
 
GP14 Open Event 2016

We invite all GP14 sailors to join us for our Open Event on 5th June. A great chance to compete in a bigger fleet! First start is 11:00, with registration open from 09:30. For directions to the club, see the About Us page. Notice of Race and Entry form, click here: BSC GP14 Open 2016 [read more…]

Open Day Sat. 7th May 2016

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Apr 222016
 
Open Day Sat. 7th May 2016

from 10:30 on Saturday 7th May 2016.

Come and join us!

We invite all who think they would like to take up sailing, join our club, or just want to see our super club facilities and picturesque lake.
Visitors can go for a sail with [read more...]