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North West Senior Travellers at Southport SC

by Dave Woodhead on 27 Apr 2012
North West Senior Travellers 2012 at Southport SC Dave Woodhead
North West Senior Travellers 2012 took place at the second attempt in brilliant sunshine and light winds on Tuesday 24th April at Southport Sailing Club.

The first attempt a week earlier had been abandoned as the anemometer had been recording gusts of over 30 knots. On that occasion the GOM (grumpy old men – you have to born before 1962 to take part) had elected to watch the waves with a cup of tea from inside the clubhouse. (yes, you can get waves on Southport marine lake) A good decision, as a week later the lake was suitable for a Southport tourist brochure photo. Mind you some of the GOM were heard to mutter, 'could do with a bit more wind!'

With wind across the lake the course by necessity had to have short beats and long reaches. In the first race Tony Critchley from Bolton sailing club shot off to lead in his Supernova. It was just a question of whether anybody in the chasing pack could beat him on handicap. It was always going to be close and when the results were worked out he had managed to beat Dave Woodhead's Solo (Elton SC) by one second! Third place went to another Solo, John Cronshaw from Delph SC. In another remarkable result Tony Halliwell's Streaker (West Lancs YC) and Dave Eccles' Solo (Leigh and Lowton) tied on corrected time to share fourth position. A good mix, with three classes and five clubs represented in the first five boats.

In the second race Tony Critchley blew his chances by being over the line and having to return round the ends, giving Dave Woodhead a lap and half before Tony could catch him. This time there was no doubt as Dave took first place and Dave Eccles took second with Tony third. John Cronshaw was fourth and Tony Halliwell fifth. A pattern was emerging.

It was all to sail for in the third race which began like a repeat of the first one, with Tony Critchley shooting off to an early lead. Meanwhile Dave Woodhead got caught up in a bit of traffic for the first lap allowing Tony to cruise off into the distance. Dave eventually cleared the pack and tried to minimise Tony's early gain. Dave Eccles again showed good speed to be a comfortable third on the water, with John Cronshaw and Tony Halliwell also emerging from the chasing fleet. At the finish no one could be clear who had won and it was only at the prize giving that it was revealed that Dave Woodhead had pipped Tony Critchley on corrected time.

First two handed boat was Geoff McLardy and Dave Wood from Elton SC in an Enterprise in seventh place following on from the first five and Gary Catterall in sixth (Solo – Delph SC) Special mention should also be made of our 70 plus sailors, William Birch (Mirror) and Tony Leeson (Laser eps) both form Southport Sailing Club. See full results below.
Due to the re arranged date turnout for this meeting was down on normal but a bumper turnout is expected for the next meeting at Delph SC on Tuesday the 8th May.

Overall Results

Pos

Class

Sail No

Helm

Crew

Club

PY

R1

R2

R3

Pts

1st

Solo

5040

Dave Woodhead

 

Elton SC

1150

-2

1

1

2

2nd

Supernova

525

Tony Critchley

 

Bolton SC

1068

1

-3

2

3

3rd

Solo

5261

Dave Eccles

 

Leigh and Lowton SC

1150

-4.5

2

3

5

4th

Solo

5162

John Cronshaw

 

Delph SC

1150

3

4

-5

7

5th

Streaker

1630

Tony Halliwell

 

West Lancs YC

1162

4.5

-5

4

8.5

6th

Solo

5144

Gary Catterall

 

Delph SC

1150

6

-7

6

12

7th

Enterprise

20400

G McLardy

D Wood

Elton SC

1117

-7

6

7

13

8th

Mirror S/H

67474

W Birch

 

Southport SC

1365

8

8

-12

16

9th

RS Vareo

297

Paul Salmon

 

Elton SC

1045

-10

10

8

18

10th

GP14

13806

P Norton

A Gray

Southport SC

1127

-11

9

9.5

18.5

11th

Laser EPS

245

T Leeson

 

Southport SC

1024

9

-13

9.5

18.5

12th

RS 200

1357

R Paul

K Roberts

Bolton SC

1057

-12

11

11

22

13th

RS Vareo

388

I Butler

 

Southport SC

1045

-14

12

14

26

14th

RS Vareo

504

E A James

 

Southport SC

1045

13

-14

13

26


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