What a great weekend we have all had at the open meetings. Light and testing winds both Saturday and Sunday at Leigh and Lowton. Sixteen RS200’s and fifteen RS400’s competed, from all over the country. Furthest travelled was Russell and June Collister from the Isle of Man and James and Anne Gardner form Hayling Island.
Entries also from Notts County and Scaling Dam. Thanks to everyone for making the effort to come along.
The sailing finished after the first race on Saturday due to the disappearing wind so we opened the bar early and watched the rugby. We had a delicious home cooked meal and pudding made by our renowned cooks Anne and Helen. You will not get better food at any other club in the country. The cakes are to die for. Later, Rob the DJ came along to entertain us playing all our requests so no one had any excuse not to dance. We partied on down to celebrate Paul’s umpteenth birthday.
Anyway, never mind the social what about the sailing results:- Hamish Gledhill and Simon Dowse stormed the first RS400 race in the light and shifty conditions. They were very pleased not to be beaten by any girls! They came second overall. Birthday boy Paul Allen and little bruv Mike then won two races in a shifty light winds on Sunday on for his birthday treat ( we had to let him cos it was his birthday ), and then went on to win the event - happy birthday Paul what a great birthday present – not bad for two outrageous hung-over boys. Wayne and Deb Fletcher missed the first race due to being sickly but they stormed into third place overall on Sunday. Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman, new to the 400 fleet came a very respectable fourth overall.
In the last race they were seen dead last and fought valiantly through the fleet up to fifth. All lady crew Louise Mckeand and Cathy Partington abandoned the rs200 fleet to sail with the big boys in the 400’s. Our claim to fame was getting to the first mark first in the second race. The pressure went straight to legs and turned them to jelly. We were attacked by multiple bogies from port and starboard at the second leeward mark but managed to finish an immensely pleasing fourth in that race ( peaked too early though – all downhill after that ! ). The rs200 fleet had very close and competitive racing. Rob and Becky Partridge won two races and won overall. Mike Saul and Meg Fletcher came a close second winning two races and Tony Taylor and Sarah Tyson won race 4 and came third overall. Martin Smith and Barbara Smith not only came fourth but also won title of ‘dancing queen‘ for the most enthusiastic dancer. Thank you to our superb race team for the slick race turn over.
Thanks again to all the competitors for making the event so much fun.
RS400 Fleet Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
|1st||RS 400||1395||LLSC||Paul Allen||Mike Allen||939||2.0||1.0||(6.0)||1.0||3.0||13.0||7.0|
|2nd||RS 400||1014||West Riding||Hamish Gledhill||Simon Dowse||939||1.0||(6.0)||3.0||4.0||2.0||16.0||10.0|
|3rd||RS 400||1029||Scaling Dam SC||Wayne Fletcher||Deb Fletcher||939||(16.0 DNC)||5.0||5.0||2.0||1.0||29.0||13.0|
|4th||RS 400||1144||Delph||Chris Pickles||Matt Sharman||939||5.0||2.0||1.0||(6.0)||5.0||19.0||13.0|
|5th||RS 400||1186||LLSC||Dave Exley||Nigel Hall||939||3.0||(9.0)||2.0||5.0||4.0||23.0||14.0|
|6th||RS 400||1298||LLSC||Martin Parker||Liam Parker||939||4.0||3.0||4.0||3.0||(6.0)||20.0||14.0|
|7th||RS 400||1191||LLSC||Louise McKeand||Cathy Partington||939||6.0||4.0||8.0||(9.0)||7.0||34.0||25.0|
|8th||RS 400||1216||LLSC||Caroline Exley||Mark Atherton||939||7.0||7.0||7.0||8.0||(10.0)||39.0||29.0|
|9th||RS 400||725||Budworth||Bill Kenyon||Ben Ditchburn||939||(9.0)||8.0||9.0||7.0||9.0||42.0||33.0|
|10th||RS 400||1091||LLSC||Stuart Belf6ield||Cath Belfield||939||8.0||(12.0)||12.0||11.0||8.0||51.0||39.0|
|11th||RS 400||1322||Notts County||Ross Ryan||Louise Clayton||939||10.0||10.0||11.0||10.0||(12.0)||53.0||41.0|
|12th||RS 400||1313||Scaling Dam SC||Peter Snowden||Aaron White||939||11.0||11.0||(13.0)||12.0||13.0||60.0||47.0|
|13th||RS 400||1155||Blackpool & Fleetwod YC||Nick Holt||Derek Hill||939||(16.0 DNC)||15.0 OCS||10.0||13.0||11.0||65.0||49.0|
|14th||RS 400||1001||Bolton SC||Richard Craig||Zena Martin||939||13.0||13.0||14.0||(16.0 DNC)||16.0 DNC||72.0||56.0|
|15th||RS 400||1392||Hayling Island||James Gardner||Anne Gardner||939||12.0||(16.0 DNC)||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||76.0||60.0|