Southport 24 hr race
Budworth sailors put in another strong performance at the Southport 24-Hour Race, organised as ever by West Lancs Yacht Club for the 50th consecutive year.
This special anniversary attracted more entries than for many years, with a fleet of 82 boats – GP 14s, Enterprises, Fireflies and Larks – jostling for clear wind on the crowded marine lake. Budworth, kindly sponsored once again by Preston Audi, put together three well-organised teams, involving more than 30 sailors plus several loyal supporters.
The ‘A’ team finished 10th and also picked up the Porter Trophy for sailing the fastest 50th lap, with the ‘B’ team close behind in 13th and the ’C’ team finishing in 59th place.
On shore, the team invited fellow competitors to join them for a Pimms party on Saturday evening to celebrate not only the 50th 24-Hour Race but also Budworth Sailing Club’s 70th anniversary. During the weekend, around 20 other Budworth members dropped by to provide support and watch some of the racing.
While we could all have wished for a bit more wind and a lot less weed, everyone thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this unique, historic event.
Light and variable breeze made for a tricky first days races for the 21 Snipes at Budworth SC in Cheshire. It was new Junior SCIRA members Nick Devereux and Sarah Jarman who kicked off with 2 x consecutive 1sts; Nicks local experience proving its worth. With a couple of clean starts Mark Antonelli & Toby Moore secured the remaining 1st places of the day. With consistent performance from both crews, only 1 series point separated them after day 1.
The Snipe is one of the two fleets that established Budworth SC and this event is part of the clubs great history, now in its 68th year. Mike Andrews sailing with son Giles first sailed it as a crew 50 years ago. Between races he dropped his grandson into Snipe 20023, just so he got an idea of the family tradition.
Day 2 saw bright sunshine with fresh 10 gusting 22 knots with frequent 10 degree shifts. Eric Paalman with David Alexander in the front recovered his form after a shaky first day to post a 1st in race 5. Sue and Steve Roberts enjoying the stronger breeze posted 2nds in race 5 & 6. The Italian representatives Marco Ballatore & Eugenia Vanni struggled with consistency but managed a 2nd place at the last race of each day. But it was Devereux and Jarman who regained their winning form to take 1st in the last three races to secure the overall win with a good margin.
Worldwide the Snipe is a huge class, the UK fleet has maintained good numbers in recent decades with boats as far North as the Orkney fleets, to the South in Essex and Kent. It makes for a big commitment to travel so we were pleased to welcome visitors to this event from Stromness in Orkney and Bough Beech in Kent As well as several Budworth members from the GP fleet spending a weekend with Snipes in the true spirit of Snipes “Serious Sailing Serious Fun”.
Upcoming events in the calendar:
Reminder – Main Points continues and will run until the clocks change on the 30th October – see below.
The scheduled Saturday sailing for 8th October (this Saturday) is cancelled. This is due to the numbers expected for the RS200 open meeting that day.
Pursuit Trophy – Sunday 30th October.
To celebrate the end of the Main Points (and the clocks going back) we have the annual Pursuit Trophy event – two pursuit races starting at 12:00 GMT.
Budworth Pairs (edit)
Entries are now closed for this event. For any enquiries contact Russell Page.
End of Season Prizegiving and Social – 12th November
Join us for this year’s end of season celebration including fireworks, food, and your chance to strut your stuff, show your moves or just dad dance to Albireo, one of the top Ceilidh bands in the North West.
Oh, and we’ll also be handing out the prizes and trophies to this year’s top sailors from across the fleets.
The fun starts with the prize giving at 1800 followed by supper(with a veggie option), fireworks on the lawn and Albireo from 8 till late.
Get your tickets before they sell out
£15 each or £35 for a family of 3 or more.
Sign up on Webcollect at https://webcollect.org.uk/budworth/event/end-of-season-prizegiving-and-social
Well done Tom
Tom Hubbard and the team from Parker Design Consultants, successfully completed their 210 mile ride from London to Northwich, to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.To date they have raised £11,600 with a further £1,500 in Gift Aid and so are well on the way to achieving their target of £21,000.
Tom and the team would like to thank all those who have contributed so far.
The JustGiving webpage will remain open for the next few weeks to receive further donations.
And Finally – AGM – 9th Nov 2016
Please attend if you can. We have some important decisions to be made this year at the AGM. We will be going through the Financial Plan for the next 3-5 years. This is based on the Strategic Plan we put together last year. I will update you closer to the event but we need your help this year to make sure we invest correctly for the clubs future. Please mark your diaries and try your best to attend – we will try and reduce the boredom factor and talk through the stuff that really matters for the future of Budworth.
See you on the water soon.