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Ocean Elements 2018

Inaugural RC Laser Race Day at Burwain Sailing Club

by Tony Wilson 2 Aug 2016 13:24 BST 31 July 2016
RC Laser inaugural race day at Burwain © Tony Wilson

Hugo had been to Southport and Fleetwood Sailing Clubs scouting for like minded skippers that could help him out in establishing a new fleet. Burwain Sailing Club, although founded over 50 years ago, was found wanting for a group of boys with their toy boats and transmitters.

The initial invite was about a month ago to a come and try a Laser along with a friendly barbeque, just to test the water. As this really went well, the next step was to organise the very first race day, but would again need a bit of outside influence to make it flow nicely.

Seasoned travelers from West Lan'cs Alan and Skip took along their girls for a trip to Boundary Mill. Mike and Sue, also Tony and Garry from Fleetwood had also decided to travel.

Nestled in a small valley near the old Mill towns of Nelson, Colne and Burnley, is this picturesque little darling that couldn't go a miss if you love beauty. Why stick in your sailing rut when you could drive through places with names like Osbaldtwistle for a relaxing day out.

John Sharman had set a course over the far side of the lake to make the most of the wind direction. He is another fellow member of the Burwain RC Laser club, along with Hugo who was now busy setting up a couple of his spare boats that he was willing to lend out to the interested.

After an introductory briefing we all shuttled over to the far banking along with rigged boats. Eventually after 7 races sailed we retired back for lunch in the great facilitating club house and then a final 3 taking us to about a 2:30 finish.

John Sharman had done most of the winning giving him first place overall. With the 2 discards deducted Mike Parkington had squeezed into second and Garry Benson took third place.

A great day was had by all, and another one to add to the places sailed.

Hugo and John hope to put up more races and plan on having club events on most Sundays... watch this space. Also rumours of a Northern TT later in the year.

By the way, there's a lovely walk way around the lake if your better half just wants to come along for a stroll with the dog.