Budworth Laser Open 27th June 2021
Published 21:19 on 30 Jun 2021A light but steady wind (10mph +) from the East/N East made the Laser open a compeGGve but fun day out for all. 30 Boats entered and it was especially nice to see visitors from Dovestone, Carsington and Leigh & Lowton who sailed well managing to secure many of the top places.
The race team led my Steve Hayward introduced everyone to the U Flag at the briefing which gave everyone notice of his intentions based on the large fleet and the 'keen' sailors attending. As it happened, he didn't need it and all races went with the gun and not one recall was required, which was a great achievement.
Steve set a long line at the bottom of the lake for race 1 which was set square with perhaps a slight bias at the port end which was perfect for a fleet of this size. There were two long beats and two downwind legs which was perfect for Laser sailing. There was a battle at the front between the visitors and Alistair Coates from Budworth who managed to win ahead of experienced Master's sailor Ian Jones, from Dovestone. The second race was sailed back to back and this time Joe Scurrah from Carsington took the win followed by Alistair.
Everyone came in for a much needed break and lunch where stories of the ups and downs of the first two races were told.
For the afternoon races, the line was still very well set by Steve and the competitors were struggling to figure out which end held the bias. It was great to see everyone able to start cleanly in such a large fleet. Alistair managed to secure another win with Ian in 2nd. The last race was a classic Budworth race with a large shift which meant the left was suddenly even more favoured than before. Alistair was caught out by this but managed to crawl his way back up the fleet to 2nd following Ian. Various Budworth sailors got in amongst the visitors in each race but Alistair was the consistent achiever by the end and thoroughly deserved the win. The bar opened for drinks on the lawn afterwards and more talk was had about the ups and downs!
What made the day special though was seeing so many other fleets represented and having fun. The RS Fleet begged and borrowed boats to get out and were well represented and it was nice to see the Solo fleet getting in boats as well. However the best part of the day was seeing the 'better sailors' venturing out in a very competitive fleet. They gave it a go and weren't intimidated by the event.
They had fun and were recognised in the prize giving.
Congratulations to all the winners and special thanks to Chris Allen for organising the event, Steve
Hayward - PRO, Hugh Smallman ARO and the Firefly team who ran a very clean event.
Results can be found here