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Bala Long Distance Weekend

by John Hunter 29 Jun 2017 09:09 BST 24-25 June 2017

Catamarans dominated the first day of Bala's long distance weekend. The format for this annual event is a handicap race on the Saturday and a pursuit race on the Sunday and the 15mph conditions on Saturday turned out to be perfect for the big cats.

The leading cat a Nacra 20 Carbon did five laps of the windward leeward course in just under 3 hours covering 44 miles, and they recorded 19 knots upwind at times, not a bad performance!

The 22 boats all started together at the NE end of the lake & headed off to a windward mark approx. two & a half miles away. They then enjoyed a two & a half mile run back to the leeward mark & then repeated the process as many times as they could, before boats started to be finished after approximately 3 hours.

Peter & James Findley of Bala Catamaran Club (BCC) led from start to finish in the Nacra 20 Carbon, managing 5 laps, followed by Mike Cleaver & Charlotte Pearson from BCC in a F18 Cat, then Dave Walker & Chris also from BCC in a Nacra 20 Cat.

The first dinghy was Dan Partington in fourth place from Bala SC in his RS Vareo, then Mike Allan from BSC in a Devoti D ONE.

Conditions were a little lighter for Sunday's persuit race, set at two & a half hours, & with a course around the cans, with lots of tight reaches, it this time favored the dinghy's. Bala's Mike Allan in a Devoti D ONE, took the win, with last years winner an Osprey sailed by Alec Mamwell & Arthur Butler from Coniston in second, then an RS400 sailed by Stuart Halman & Anna Walsh from Leigh & Lowton in third.

The overall winner of the Tegid Trophy for the 2 day event was Mike Allan in the Devotti D ONE, Then Alec Mamwell & Arthur Butler in the Osprey, then Stuart Halman & Anna Walsh in the RS400.

Overall Results:

PosSat / SunHelmCrewClassSail NoClubPYSaturdaySundayPts
1stSat / SunMike ALLEN DEVOTI D ONE11Bala SC953516
2ndSat / SunAlec MAMWELLArthur BUTLEROSPREY1350Coniston935628
3rdSat / SunStuart HALMANAnna WALSHRS 4001453Leigh & Lowton9428311
4thSat / SunMike CLEAVERCharlotte PEARSONF 18 CAT750Bala CC69321214
5thSat / SunMiles THOMASRhys CHANDLERFIREBALL14800Dovey YC / Bala SC95910515
6thSat / SunKen HULLSteve CHANDLER / Steve WILLIAMSSB203548Bala SC91112618
7thSatMiles JAMESJustine MASONMERLIN‑ROCKET3783Pwllheli SC98118725
8thSat / SunJohn HICKMAN SHADOW X CAT75Bala CC750161329
10thSatDave WALKERChrisNACRA 20 CAT1070Bala CC6523DNC35
11thSunMartin CLIFT BLAZE662Bala SC1023DNC436
12thSatDan PARTINGTON RS VAREO133Bala SC10854DNC36
13thSat / SunJohn HAYWOODSarah HAYWOOD200022239Bala SC11077DNC39
15thSunPaul WELSH SOLUTION434Bala SC1087DNC941
16thSatTony HARPERMark DEMPSEYK6114None9059DNC41
17thSunSam GILL LASER185960Bala SC1097DNC1042
18thSunGeraint THOMASMath THOMASWAYFARER8238Bala SC1102DNC1143
19thSat / SunEdward WALKER LASER RADIAL199073Bala SC113911DNC43
20thSatNeil REIDEdward REIDRS 2001105Coombs SC104713DNC45
21stSatPete BARLOWMartin SAVAKERMERLIN‑ROCKET3519Manor Park SC98114DNC46
22ndSat / SunRichard ALLEN K122Bala SC106815DNC47
23rdSatMike KNEALEKath SIMPSONK6124Chester SC90517DNC49
24thSatPhil GRIFFINDaniel GRIFFIN470848Chelmarsh SC97319DNC51
25thSatDavid MORRICEAlasdair MORRISYW DAYBOAT625Greensforge SC120020DNC52
26thSatIan HUNT RS VAREO223None108521DNC53
28thSatMike DAVIDSON BLAZE664Rhosniegre SC1023DNCDNC64
28thSat / SunAlan WILLIAMSTom WILLIAMSSB203193Bala SC911DNCDNC64
28thSatAndy JONESGez JONESRS 2001005ex Bala SC1047DNCDNC64

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