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Snipe North Western Championships at Budworth Sailing Club

by Matthew Wolstenholme 17 Sep 2018 17:45 BST 15-16 September 2018
Matthew and Peter Wolstenholme win the Snipe North Western Championships at Budworth © BSC

23 Boats took part in the Budworth Snipe Open meeting on the 15th and 16th September. Seven travellers took on the local sailors including Malcolm and Iso Tipler all the way from the Orkney Islands. The first days racing got underway at 1.15 in very shifty and gusty conditions, as the day progressed the wind built from a force two to a three and swung more westerly which settled down the conditions slightly.

Race one saw a very competitive start throughout the fleet, a trend which continued all weekend. Mark & Tracy Antonelli and James Prestwich & Caroline Carwood managed to get to the front in the first few legs and from then on sailed away from the rest of the fleet to take 1st and 2nd respectively. Peter and Myself managed to come out on top of a very tight tussle with Mark & Tracy up the last beat to take the second race win. Race three was a very hotly contested affair with the lead changing on most legs, Eric Paalman & David Leyland sailed very well to win that one.

We were off the water by 4pm that afternoon before meeting for the AGM at 6pm followed by dinner. Huge thank you to the galley team for our meal that evening which was a fantastic three course event. It was also very nice to wake up to a cooked breakfast the next morning. Sundays wind was again a force 2/3 in the morning and like the previous day very blustery and shifty being over the trees from the south.

Race 4 began at 10.30 which Peter and I won after being forced out to the left hand side on the first beat, not what we wanted but in the end it worked allowing us to be first to the windward mark from where we managed to hold our lead to the finish. Race 5 was a very tight battle between, Mark, Phil & Emma Hackney, Ian Gregory & Mike Kerr and ourselves. The lead changed many times although we managed to win in the end after a lucky gust got us back in contention after dropping behind a bit.

We came in for lunch after the mornings racing during which time the wind shifted westerly again and dropped off to a force 1. The Hackney's and Peter & I had a tussle at the front for Race 6. We passed Phil on the first run but he got us back on the second leg and managed to hold onto it till the end as the wind dropped to almost nothing.

The final results were Peter and myself, from Mark & Emma followed my Iain and Callum Marshall, Callum did a great job all weekend being only 6 with Mark bidding for his services in the future. Huge thank you to Budworth SC for hosting and everyone who helped organise the event, the race officers and race team who did a fantastic job in tricky conditions and as mentioned before everyone involved in the galley for the great food all weekend.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
128541Matthew WolstenholmePeter WolstenholmeBough Beech Sailing Club‑3121127
230226Mark AntonelliTracy AntonelliBudworth SC Sailing Club123‑52513
329501Iain MarshallCallum MarshallBlackwater SC Sailing Club535‑94623
429611Sue RobertsSteve RobertsBough Beech Sailing Club45‑1067325
530617Phil HackneyEmma HackneyBudworth Sailing Club‑1191123126
628451Ian GregoryMike KerrBough Beech Sailing Club666‑125730
729164Ian KnightCharlotte KnightShoreham SC Sailing Club10104‑116434
830834Eric PaalmanDavid LeylandBudworth Sailing Club7717.514.5(dnc 24)37
930227James PrestwichCaroline CarwoodBudworth SC Sailing Club211‑134101239
1028276Martin JoesburyAlex JoesburyBudworth SC Sailing Club198838(DNC 24)46
1126996Simon JoyceRosanna JoyceBudworth SC Sailing Club15412‑16131054
1230441David WhittakerJames HughesBudworth Sailing Club91671311(dnc 24)56
1330315Brian GregoryKate BottomleyBough Beech Sailing Club1414910‑181360
1429190Marco BallatoreGarry ThompsonBudworth SC Sailing Club81217159(dnc 24)61
1529834John LoveSteve WilliamsBudworth Sailing Club16‑19157.514.5962
1626374Nigel HarrisonAndrew FullardBudworth SC Sailing Club121314‑1816863
1729538Robin MisterMorgan MisterBudworth SC Sailing Club‑20151614121471
1820690Malcolm TiplerIso TiplerStromness Sailing Club1718(dnf 24)17171180
1929163Bernice HulmeEva Murphy / Ealish GreenBudworth SC Sailing Club‑22201819191591
2030881Roland AntonelliSarah BowleyBudworth Sailing Club13(dnf 24)20dnf 24dnc 24dnc 24105
2129677Katheryn AlexanderDavid AlexanderBudworth SC Sailing Club211719(dnc 24)dnc 24dnc 24105
2228385Geoff ThompsonSteve AstleBudworth SC Sailing Club1821(dnf 24)dnc 24dnc 24dnc 24111
2327106Lloyd RobertAli HumphreyBough Beech Sailing Club(DNC 24)DNC 24dnc 24dnc 24dnc 24dnc 24120

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