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Mere Moments – September is here

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Sep 012017

Upcoming Events

West Lancs Yacht Club 24 hour race at Southport 9th / 10th September– is looming closer. Budworth has 3 boats entered and we have confirmed our 3 boats now. Teams are in training for both A and B teams. Russell Cormack and Bill Kenyon are running the A team. Jon Chapman is organising the B team (Masters) and Caroline Cawood is pulling the C team together. If you want to have a go, then please contact Caroline, it is always good fun and Team Budworth have consistently had a good time and whilst we have never won it….. Grrr.. We have been Masters champs several times and we have won many of the race prizes.

Snipe Open and Northern Champs 16th / 17th September. The Snipe open is always a well supported competition with Snipes travelling from all over the UK to compete on our shifty pond.. Last year saw young upstarts Nick and Sarah steal the trophy, this year Nick is off to Uni…. .. So who will make it this year? It is always good to see a good turnout of our own Snipe’s and I am sure that yet again it will be well supported.

Normal sailing – Saturday and Sunday Summer series ends on the 26th / 27th at Budworth with Main points resuming on the 2nd and 3rd September. So this is a last chance for a few people to qualify for the Summer series. A quick view of the results shows plenty of qualifiers and a good few who just might qualify this weekend.

What’s been a happenin…

The Wednesday night handicap has now finished, leaving us with 11 qualifiers and 60 entries. Of those 60, 32 did 4 or more races with 3 doing 11 and just missing out on qualification.

A total of 391 boats in races and 639 individual people races. That’s pretty good going for a Wednesday evening sailing session by any measure.  In the Laser series 5 qualified from 18 entries.

The handicap series was won by Bill Kenyon with Ali Cormack (most of the time). The Laser series was won by Dave Nicholson.

Special thanks must go to Alison Hubbard and all the Galley helms and crews who have participated in providing the food every week, this make the evenings sailing even better by enabling everyone to get together to compare notes over a beer.


Good to see that Budworth have been putting it out there around the globe again..

This week has seen submissions from Wildwind where reports suggest that there are more Budworth members there than any other nationality!

Nick Devereux and Geoff Edwards have been competing first in the GP14 Nationals at Looe coming 15th overall and then Nick with Sarah Jarman from Lymington have sailed the 29er to 15th in the Nationals at Weymouth before travelling to the Euros here in Quiberon… Still in progress..

Meanwhile Geoff has sailing with Tom Gillard in the Fireball Europeans in Lyme Regis. They have been leading most of the week but took a dip today, resulting in overall 4th.

Sorry if this sounds like Hugh’s mates…. I only know of those people who tell me or share their fun on Facebook, so please let me know when you know of people in the club competing away.

And finally

Last year we organised a series of Thursday evening talks at the club over the winter months which went down very well .
Several people have expressed a wish to see this return again, and so I need someone to organise this. It’s not difficult, just getting a few people from within the club and some from outside the club to come and do a short interactive session or talk. (The more interactive, the more entertaining!). You don’t have to know anything, indeed a keenness to know something new is just as important…

Then it is just a matter of advertising the schedule and getting members to come along. A good split of levels from beginner racing through to more advanced “champions” who more experienced sailors will find interesting would be good.

If you think you would like to have a go at this, then please drop me a line.
Hugh Devereux

Mere Moments – is summer here?

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Aug 082017
New Club GP14s get christened!

New Club GP14s get christened!

A fairly short and to the point newsletter this month, as I prepare to down tools and trek to Looe for the GP14 Nationals. ( Ed.We have two Budworth boats at the GP14 Nationals, see how Hugh/Malcolm and Nick/Geoff are doing! https://www.gp14.org/2017-nationals/)


Racing continues through August with Summer points on Saturdays and Sundays with the Wednesday night handicap through until 23rd August.

Wednesday night finale 30th August– The Wednesday night Finale will see the Pursuit race starting at 7pm with Pizza from a Fire engine after racing. Tickets (£10) for this are on sale from Bill Kenyon at the club this week, please make all our lives easier by committing early. Do not expect to be able to turn up on the night and pay and get food… you WILL be disappointed.

Club Open day and Try Sailing 28th August – We open our doors to visitors again, this time under the RYA Try Sailing banner. This is run by the RYA instructors and enables us to provide a “have a go” session and then sign new members up for courses if they wish to continue. HELP is still needed for this. IF YOU have nothing planned for Bank holiday weekend, then your club would welcome your help. Please don’t be bashful in coming forward.

Southport 24 hour race 9th / 10th September– Is looming closer. Budworth typically has 3 boats entered and we will be aiming for the same again this year. Teams will start being organised this month, so if you are interested please speak with Bill Kenyon, Russell Cormack, Caroline Cawood or John Chapman, and they’ll fill you in on what is happening.


News – Another busy month

Firefly and Laser opens took place during the month, I wasn’t able to make either of these, but the turn outs look good and I am sure the fleets made our visitors welcome. At the Laser open Harry led the home fleet with 3rd position and the Open was won by Ross Williams of Grafham water with George Graham from Burwain in 2nd.

At the Firefly open the win went to Keith and Chloe Macaulay from South Staffs , 2nd to Jon Hayley and Pat Bromilow of West Kirby SC. Nick and Emily Whelan took the club honours with a respectable 3rd.


Commodore’s regatta

The Commodore’s regatta went off with beautiful weather and some shifty winds. With 27 boats competing it was a busy and competitive weekend. Whilst we were waiting for the wind to come in, there was an on water treasure hunt, with both adults and juniors getting enthusiastically involved. Mrs. Hackney can move down a jetty when there is treasure to find… We then kicked off the serious racing with the Ladies race, the wind was still decidedly patchy and it paid to look for where the wind was, rather than just push for the mark. I was proud to see Ellie Devereux lead the way and build enough of a lead to win overall. With Bernice Hulme in 2nd and Emily Page in 3rd.

The Champion Helm was raced over 3 handicap races and it was extremely competitive on the tight start line. With 3 boats over and not returning at the start, this opened up the competition from the outset. Race one was won by Nick Devereux with Tony Taylor with Debbie Sutcliffe in 2nd and Emily Page leading the juniors in 3rd overall. The start line was extended for race 2 and Tony Taylor was still on fire from race 1 and led the race throughout, but Bill Kenyon with Matthew Williams who took the race on handicap. So with two 2nds’ Tony was leading the competition. The 3rd race started aggressively and a general recall was the order of the day. With a 3 minute delay to the start the competitors all prepared again and this time got away cleanly. Right up until the penultimate mark it looked like Bill and Matthew would take the last race, until a cruel wind shift turned the tight reach into a beat as the wind dropped away. Nick managed to take advantage and whipped past him but couldn’t make up the distance to Phil Hackney who was narrowly pipped to first place (4 seconds corrected) by Tony again.

So Tony and Debbie took away the Champion helm and the Okell cup. A well deserved win.

The Saturday evening before was a delightful DIY barbeque with everyone enjoying a very relaxed evening at the club. With thanks to Gill Kenyon for a tremendous collection of salads and dishes to share with everyone.



I gather from those who went that Abersoch dinghy week was very successful again. Notable performances from :

  • Russ and Ali Cormack – Fireball -2nd
  • David Nicholson – Laser Radial – 4th
  • Bill Kenyon and Mark Lund – RS400 – 4th
  • David Whitaker – Snipe  – 4th (narrowly beaten by ex members James and Judith Downes)
  • Mark Cleary – Solo – 10th

And apparently after the stewards enquiry Budworth was the largest club represented.

One day I’ll get to this event!


Welcome to new members

We welcomed another group of new members on our Learn to Sail week during July. This saw 6 people join and learn. Some were so keen that they have already snapped up a GP14.

Welcome to James, Carol and Chris, David and Zoe. There have been a number of other new members as well. Notably Ian Byrne in the Solo fleet and Jacqui Mooney and Alex & Faye Cleaver. Welcome to you all.


Hire of Club Boats

Our new Club GP14’s have also arrived. These were grant funded and sit proudly outside the front of the club. They were officially named as Billy and Bertie Budworth at the Commodores regatta. I have put a book in the Galley now to sign up to hire club boats. Please fill this in whenever you use the boats. The boats are there to be used by new members so please use them, treat them with care so they last, but DO USE THEM….

We now have a Laser, 6 Fireflies, 3 GP14’s and a Snipe, as well as 3 Toppers, a Feva and 6 Oppies as club and training boats.


All that leaves me to say is …. Enjoy your summer holidays in whatever location you find yourself. I look forward to hearing all the stories on your and my return to Budworth in the Autumn.