Many of the club sailors joined in the Southport 24 Hour Race and jumped into one of our three GP14’s, for 24 hours continuous sailing racing against a fleet of over 60 boats !
Read on for some personal views of the event from those who took part for the first time, plus the Team Budworth Report!
Laura & Ian Lawton
Having come from a family of sailors and grown up at Budworth sailing club, I slipped through the net and didn’t get involved in the sport until this time last year.
Having grown up, married and moved away, Budworth welcomed myself and my husband as we decided to take up the sport to get more active, see more of my family and make some new friends.
Even though we have only been racing since this spring (Thanks to the lovely atmosphere of the Saturday series), we were asked to compete in the 24hour race in the C team and I must say that we both had a great time!
The sailing was fab, the socialising and team spirit was great, it was lovely to sail along side lots of people I have grown up looking up to. Even though we are new to the sport, we both are proud of what we achieved this weekend, sailing 3 times for around 2hours each time, in varying wind conditions.
I really enjoyed the sail in darkness with all the stars looking down over us (even if the helm wasn’t impressed that I had time to look up!)
We were made up to see that our last time on the water during the event we managed to get Budworth C team coming 12th in the fastest lap after 8am race, no sign of A and B team in the top 20, something we were happy to share with them later on!
We are certainly hooked and excited to take part in next years 50th 24 hour race and would recommend it to anyone!!
Laura and Ian Lawton
Simon & Steve Joyce
We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we entered the 24Hour Race at Southport this year for the very first time. We were not to be disappointed. It was brilliant to see how the 24 Hour manages to combine a social and fun event together with challenging racing. It was a fantastic weekend; there was fun, excitement, many challenges and it was absolutely exhausting! The weather, with gusts of force 5 to 6 and the endurance certainly tested our sailing skills. We didn’t escape unscathed either as we too capsized, but only once!
After being nominated to start the race, it was a challenge from the start. The first leg was a run in a Force 5 and watching one GP drift over the start line upside down concentrated our efforts to try and complete a few clear laps.
There aren’t many opportunities to sail a GP14 in the pitch black at 5am or to see the sheer relief on the faces of the team who finished still in the company of their inflatable crocodile!
Team C’s strategy was to enjoy the sailing, not to be overly concerned about our position and finish with our heads held high. As time went on and our confidence increased, a competitive spirit emerged and it became increasingly important to check our positon before and after we went on the water. There was real sense of elation that whilst that we started 53rd we finished equal 44th. Simon in particular became obsessive about our position relative to Lancaster University for some reason! In case you are wondering Lancaster were 49th.
Seriously though, it was a privilege to be part of ‘Team Budworth’, and whilst A and B teams were focused on their own challenges, all members supported and encouraged their peers. As team C we were certainly grateful for their willingness to provide much needed help and advice. Thanks guys for all your support and for the hospitality we enjoyed in the Budworth Marquee. It was the hard work and camaraderie of the entire Budworth team that made the event so enjoyable.
One final piece of advice – if like me you have one of those annoying cars that beeps if it thinks you are too tired to drive then you might want to turn it off before driving home as it wakes up the passengers!
We have already put next year’s dates into our diaries.
2015 Team Budworth at 24 Hour Race
On Friday 11th September 2015 the forward party for Budworth S.C arrived at Southport and set up their headquarters for the weekend, the envy of all other competitors due to a lot of organising by Bill Kenyon and the team.
Hugh was also hosting the 420 Team which included Budworth members Nick and Ellie Devereux.
A number of the team then retired to the bar and supported fellow club member Rob and his band Elephant Juice who were playing in the Marquee. A good night had by all with some sore heads to start the weekend’s proceedings!!
Morning dawned and the rest of the team members arrived to help get boats prepared and for the 10 o’clock team briefing by Bill Kenyon, A Team captain and “General Manager”. As before Budworth fielded 3 GP 14’s who lined up against 63 teams in total from all over the country, two from as far away as Mounts Bay in Cornwall.
The A Team sponsored by Preston Audi, were 4th last year and second the year before so were after the elusive top spot in 2015
The B Team wanted to retain their Masters trophy from last year but also aimed to get into single figures overall.
The C Team aimed to improve on the previous year’s result but most importantly everyone wanted to enjoy the event
A blustery wind from the South West causing some tricky starting conditions with spinnakers causing some capsizing on the line.
Graham Tinsley and Ben Ditchburn got away well for A team, Jon Chapman and Wendy Martin for the B team and Father and son pairing Simon and Steve Joyce for the C Team.
A team showed they meant business by getting in the top three from the beginning. Unfortunately B team had an infringement on lap 2 so had some catching up to do but after the second pairing of Hugh Deveraux and Malcolm Bird were already clawing their way back to 22nd.
Conditions remained similar for a couple of hours and then the wind started to drop luckily the forecast for heavy rain didn’t materialise and the Budworth tent provided comfort and energy to all participants and friends with continuous tea, soup, flapjacks and Eccles cakes
As daylight faded a squall and some heavy rain arrived. Wendy Martin was heard to say that Tony Taylor/ Katie Guess might as well stay out a little longer. No point in four of us getting wet!!
Gill Kenyon’s sausage casserole provided fuel for the night shift which saw the wind shift around to the South East. These conditions proved tricky as the beat changed to a fetch followed by a tight reach. The GP’s struggled to get past the enterprises or even the odd Firefly but gradually B team moved up the ranks to 15th along with C Team eased into the top 50’s. The A team were always in the top five and when Andy Brown and Ali Cormack came off the water at 12.45am they handed over to Graham and Ben who then stayed on for a mammoth session until 5;15am, followed by Russ Cormack and Geoff Edwards and then Bill Kenyon and Andy Dawson. By now third place was in the bag but they were desperately trying to reel in South Staffs B team the only GP ahead of them. Andy Brown and Ali Cormack were last out but could not quite make up the deficit so finished third , one place better than the previous year and a great result.
The B team had a struggle with the spinnaker halyard all through the night and did well to move up to 12th by the early hours. The Masters trophy was pretty much in the bag with the nearest opponent almost 3 laps behind. Last out of the blocks was Tony Taylor and Katie Guess who sailed brilliantly to get Budworth B to 11th position their best yet.
The C team had a lot of changeovers to give everyone a chance. Despite a few capsizes in the blustery weather all retained their good humour and made a valiant effort all through the night completing 73 laps to reach an admirable 45th position overall.
Overall a great result for all three teams.
Team Budworth would like to thank:
- Preston Audi for their continued support.
- Ted Garner and Nigel Waterhouse for lending their boats.
- Michelle Ditchburn , Gill Kenyon, Alison Hubbard, Ali Cormack, Dominique Guess for the food.
- Bill Kenyon, Jon Chapman, Caroline Cawood for leadership and organisation.
- And a big “ thank-you” to all those who came along for support including commodores past and present.
We’ll be back again next year!!