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Winder Boats Solo & Mirror Northern Championships at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

by Bass Press 16 May 04:21 PDT 14-15 May 2022

The combined Solo and Mirror Northern Championship, sponsored by Winder Boats, was blessed with sunshine and better than forecast winds.

Saturday’s force 3 westerly made full use of the bay, with the windward mark near the clubhouse offering spectators a decent view of the full race course. With 23 Solos all vying for positions, the end result was a general recall in race one and the U flag being used to limit the excitement. The breeze was shifty enough to offer some good tactical racing, particularly on the long windward legs with either side offered gains and the middle was less favourable. Consistency was key and the over night leader was Martin Honnor from Ogston SC, counting three 2nds, a point ahead of Innes Armstrong from Burwain, with a 1st and two 3rds.

The 17 Mirrors consisted of a mixed fleet of juniors and parent and child teams. Two new Winder Mirrors were launched on Saturday morning, powered by Impact Sails. Over night it was a Bass and family Smith battle, Phil and Oliver Smith leading with two 1sts and a 2nd, with Andy and Lily Smith 5 points behind. Down in the fleet, there were some good junior performances, with Matthew Summerville and Henry Bullen mixing it with the adults in their first Mirror event. The club BBQ was alight on Saturday evening, with the FA Cup final and later the Eurovision song contest keeping the crowd in the bar varied and confused all at the same time.

Sunday morning started with a short postponement, but soon after the second cup of tea was served the forecast south easterly, Bassenthwaite’s best wind direction, bedded in and increased in strength to a full on force 4-5. Race officer John Denwood made the most of the favourable wind direction with a long windward leg. In the Solos, Ian Hopwood from Nantwich revelled in the strong winds, winning race four. In race five the breeze dropped a little, with fewer white horses and was won by Alex Alcock from Leigh & Lowton. Overall it was Innes Armstrong from Burwain Sailing Club who sailed consistently to claim the win, counting ten points from four races. Just one point behind, Martin Honnor from Ogston SC was 2nd with Alex Alcock from Leigh & Lowton 3rd, counting fourteen points including two 1st places. Of the eight Bass boats sailing, John Reekie’s impudently named ‘Red Shed’ was best, finishing 4th overall.

In the Mirrors, Sunday was a challenge, with some of the younger sailors finding the wind and the waves a bit scary. In race 1, Alex Taylor and Rory Newstead Taylor revelled in the conditions, finishing ahead of the overnight leaders Phil & Oliver Smith, who by counting a 2nd had done enough for the overall win and headed to shore for some well-earned shelter. The fleet was a little depleted in the final race, won by Andy and Lily Smith finished followed by Alex and Rory in 2nd. Overall Phil & Oliver Smith made it back to back wins, winning the Inlands on home waters and now the Northern Championship. Andy and Lily Smith claimed 2nd, finishing on equal points with Alex Taylor and Rory Newstead Taylor in 3rd. There was some notable performances in the Mirror fleet, some young sailors helming their first races whilst others showed good levels of endeavour, nursing older boats through Sundays challenging conditions. Full results can be found here.

Overall Results:


1st 71013Phil SmithOliver SmithBassenthwaite1212DNC6
2nd 71012Andy SmithLily SmithBassenthwaite315318
3rd 70639Alex TaylorRory Newstead TaylorLeigh and Lowton SC283128
4th 70960J KempBlaise KempASC6444315
5th 69820Alex LeonardSaskia LeonardBassenthwaite4385517
6th 70748Phil DavenportOscar /Rory DavenportBassenthwaite910116429
7th 70142Naomi SmithLucy SmithBassenthwaite762DNFDNC33
8thUnder 18s69663George SpenceJasper BramwellRipon SC / Hollingworth Lake SC1012128636
9thUnder 18s69960Matthew SomervilleHenry BullenBassenthwaite599DNCDNF41
10th 70921Fiona SpenceBarnaby KempRipon SC8116DNFDNC43
11thUnder 18s70961Toby KiddCharlie RowellBass SC/ DRSC1215DNF10744
12thUnder 18s70391Henry KirkpatrickCameron SomervilleBassenthwaite1614DNC9847
13th 70608Tim SmithPhoebe SmithBassenthwaiteDNC57DNCDNC48
14th 7241Paul ClarkEvie or William ClarkBassenthwaite1116DNC7DNC52
15th 70899Helen Voisey Ripon131310DNCDNC54
16th 70567Paul & Jude AllenGrace & ReubenBassenthwaite157DNCDNCDNC58
17thUnder 18s70201James ReekieAndrew ReekieBassenthwaite1417DNCDNCDNC67


1st5813Innes ArmstrongBurwain Sailing Club3137310
2nd5880Martin HonnorOgston SC2225DNF11
3rd4529Alex AlcockLeigh and Lowton SC18204114
4th5407John ReekieBassenthwaite44113516
5th5408Tony KingDerwent Reservoir105142219
6th5741Stephen GrahamBurwain SC8368623
7th5899Robin DawsonBassenthwaite61249423
8th6013Steve DenisonYeadon51356824
9th5174David LawsonBassenthwaite1110110930
10th5968Nick HornsbyHollingworth Lake SC12610DNC735
11th5897Ian HopwoodNantwich137171DNF38
12th5073Dave DonaldsonDerwent Reservoir15148.514DNC51.5
13th4715Justine DavenportBurwain Sailing Club161715131054
14th5203Mike CowanBassenthwaite181816111156
15th5109Rory YardleyBassenthwaite14118.5DNCDNC57.5
16th5845Paul AllenBassenthwaite91612DNCDNC61
17th5801Willie ToddLargs Sailing Club79DNCDNCDNC64
18th5312Stuart NorrisShropshire sc17197DNCDNC67
19th5628Colin MatherRipon Sailing Club222321121267
20th5673Neil CurrieBassenthwaite211513DNCDNC73
21st5367Tony DallimoreRipon192118DNFDNC82
22nd4985Kim CantLeigh and Lowton202019DNFDNC83
23rd4232Richard BroughtonBassenthwaite232222DNCDNC91

The next open meeting is the Laser, Streaker and RS Tera open meeting on May 28th. Following shortly after it’s Big Mark's Big Race on Friday 3rd June, a memorial event for our friend and fellow Bass member who sadly passed away last year. Details can be found here.

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