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Aug 122015

It has been a busy fortnight for Budworth Sailing club members, whilst the club may have seemed quiet at weekends, many of the club have been flying the Budworth flag on the sea. See the event reports below. But before that…

Wednesday night series Finale

The culmination of the highly successful mid week sailing series will come together in a Pursuit Race, Prize Giving and Social on Wednesday 2nd September.

We aim to have one hour pursuit race starting promptly at 7 pm (or organised walk round the mere) followed by a “proper” fish & chip supper which is freshly cooked and provided on club premises, prize giving and social.

Tickets available from behind the galley, bar or directly from Bill Kenyon kenyon_bill@hotmail.com Mob 07831272122

24 hour Race preparation – 12th / 13th September

Again Budworth will be “swarming” all over Southport this year.. With 3 teams in preparation, a number of practice sessions already underway and more planned in the near future, it should be entertaining. (Bill and I are predicting a windy one!) Competition looks stiff this year, but as ever Budworth have a number of un-achieved goals that we will be aiming for.

On site we will have our usual logistics with the club marquee, catering and a welcome for any Budworth member to come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee any time of the day or night! We welcome your support, and I guarantee you will be blown away by the event.

Abersoch Dinghy Week

The week before last saw 20 Budworth boats in Wales for the South Carnarvon Yacht Clubs Abersoch Dinghy week sponsored by Crewsave, winning Budworth acclaim as the largest club fleet at the event.

It was a breezy week from beginning to end, with the first day cancelled due to winds in excess of 30 knots. The week is scheduled as six days of racing finishing on Friday 31st July, with one course of over 10 miles to be sailed each day taking over two hours to complete.

With so many boats and classes the racing was started in 13 flights split over the morning and afternoon, with Budworth represented in no less than 7 flights.

John Waind commented to me on Tuesday night that he hadn’t been so fast in a Solo before and that it all seems more enjoyable in the bar afterwards as the fear recedes.

I am sure we will hear more from the individual sailors over the weeks to come, but to summarise at the end of the week. Budworth’s best performers…

Top slot goes to Annabel Page for winning the Topper fleet. Followed by a 2nd place for sister Emily in the Optimists with 4 race wins over the 8 race series… A Fantastic performance from two great sailors.  The result of talent, good parentage and Budworth’s junior training, probably but not necessarily in that order! More than any of those three it is down to the time on the water these girls have put in over the winter and early spring months.

Not to be out done the adults put in a fine show led by Dave Nicholson with a 2nd overall in the Lasers, Russ and Ali Cormack – 3rd in Fireballs,  Russell  and Vicki Page 4th in the RS200’s, Mark and Tracy Antonelli – 4th in the slow mixed Handicap and Bill Kenyon and Andy Dawson 6th in the RS400’s.

With all those fantastic results the club came 3rd overall in the crewsaver challenge cup.

Well done to all who took part, it sounds like a special time was had by all.

GP14 Nationals – Brixham

Last week saw the Devereux family with Geoff Edwards and Malcom Bird competing in the GP14 Nationals in Brixham in strong and windy conditions again. It was tough sailing going into the lay day with a very windy 20 – 28 knots. Thursday was a day that whatever tack you were on, you wished that you hadn’t just tacked.. (sounds like Budworth in Northerly.) With lighter airs on Friday, we finished the week off a tad sun burnt. Nick and Geoff coming 8th overall and winning silver fleet, whilst Malcolm and I finished a little further down the pecking order!


But it didn’t end there, with Martin and Sian Joesbury sailing the RS200 Nationals again at Abersoch accompanied by former members Matt and Andrea Bromley. I have not had any reports, but great to see the Budworth flag being flown again.


Have you been out and about flying the flag – drop us an email or put a post on the Budworth Facebook  page.


As part of getting people more engaged with the club, we have put together a list of jobs that we could do with getting done.. Some are one off, others are more long term. If you think that you can give some time to help run the club over the next year, then please let us know, either contact me (hugh.devereux@gmail.com) or another committee member to volunteer. The club needs more doers! – What can YOU do to make the club better for all of us?

Fair sailing all..

Hugh Devereux