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February Commodore's newsletter

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Published 20:11 on 21 Feb 2022

Dear Member,

A storm will be named when it is deemed able to have a "substantial" impact on the UK or Ireland.It will be no surprise then that this Newsletter reports on recent unprecedented weather events spanning 3 storms: Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.

Working through Dudley

Many thanks go to all who already attended one or more of the winter working parties. Little would we have guessed that Dudley would provide additional challenges, with tree branches down, mud everywhere and torrential rain rendering outside work difficult. Despite this, many people soldiered on to complete those activities that prevailing conditions allowed. However, your continued help to clean up after the recent storms and make final preparations for the resumption of sailing in 2022 would be greatly appreciated. Our last two working parties will be on 27th Feb and 6th March between 9am and 1pm. Jobs will be allocated on the day by our property manager Steve Hubbard. The galley will be open for hot drinks and complimentary lunch..

Sailing the Eunice Jetstream

Budworth Sailing Club was chosen to the host the RYA / Busa National Women's 'Team Racing' Championship for 2022. A massive big thank you to the army of Budworth volunteers who came together prior to the event and then worked together to support the RYA organising team. Our member volunteers managed to pull out all the stops to put on a first class event despite the gales of Eunice brought to us by the Jetstream.

Eleven teams, comprising six ladies each, travelled from all over the country over the weekend of 19/20th February to compete at Budworth.They sailed sixty six races on the Saturday and another twenty five on the Sunday before the decision was taken to call it a day around midday as the wind topped 42 mph. First overall was Rutland Sailing Club, second Cambridge Blue, third Leigh and Lowton. Budworth Red came away with first in the sliver fleet. A full set of the results can be found at

Congratulations to all the competitors who showed a mastery of both sailing skills and rules observance in such extreme conditions and to all the member volunteers for their hard work in supporting the RYA race team throughout this event.

Sunshine amid Franklin's Showers

Budworth's Ladies no longer need to fight their way out of entrapment by wet shower curtains every time the changing room door opens. Many months ago, a number of ladies enquired regarding the possibility to upgrade the old polyester shower curtains. By the time Franklin had blown itself out, work inside the clubhouse had meant the ladies showers had been upgraded with the addition of fully hinged, half doors to match the existing changing room doors.

Which, What, When ?

Due back from the printers in the next couple of weeks, the 2022 member's handbook will be with you imminently. I am indebted to Mark Philpot for the tireless hours of work that goes into its compilation. This pocket sized handbook contains a huge amount of information relating to the running of the club, Sailing programme, Socials, Open's, Committee members, Training, Fleets, Duties, Contact details and a whole lot more. Please take the time to sit down and read it.Keep it close to answer all those last minute questions.

Breaking the Ice

With storms, snow and hail these past weeks, it is no surprise that Budworth starts the 2022 sailing season on Sunday 13th March with the three week 'Ice Breaker' series. Three races per day, for 3 weeks, the series is only nine races in total. First race starts at 13:30. One half of races sailed are to count to your series score, the lowest and remaining half of your scores become discarded.

Strictly come Sailing

Never mind Strictly come Dancing with the professionals, your committee has arranged an exciting new event for the club this year: 'Strictly Come Sailing'.On Saturday 26th March, sailing novices and better sailors are being offered a fantastic opportunity to sail with a number of our club's highly experienced sailors. This event offers you a chance to improve your skills and confidence on the water in a variety of different boat classes, teaming up with one of our own skilled members to show you the ropes. Trying out different types of dinghy may be something you've wanted to do but haven't had the opportunity or confidence to try. This event will facilitate the way for you. Afterwards, the club will host a Strictly come Sailing Supper, comprising a Burger, salad and fries (there is also a veggie option) served in the bar where you will be encouraged to swap notes and compare your scores and raise your 10 paddle for your days experiences. Please pre book and pay for your supper @ £6 / head via the club website.

Tip Top Training

Our spring weekend and weekday evening 'Learn to sail' course schedules are now available and can be viewed on the calendar section on the club website. To make bookings, and for more details and or email the training team at:


This coming weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February, the Annual Y&Y Dinghy Show is being held, for the first time ever, at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre rather than the usual Alexandra Palace venue. As usual, it is a great opportunity to learn about up-coming news and announcements in the dinghy world. Members of the club are encouraged to car share wherever possible. More details are on:

Thank you all


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