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Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club

by Richard Catchpole 6 Nov 2018 20:25 GMT 4 November 2018
Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race at Leigh & Lowton © Gerard van den Hoek

Andy Dawson was the clear winner of a very tight finish to the Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club on Sunday. All the top six finishers were within 50 metres of each other at the finish, making the OOD split them carefully; difficult when asymmetrics are sailing a different direction to the rest of the fleet downwind!

A force 2 saw the groups of youngsters come off the start line well with a strong Topper fleet and two Teras. The Lasers and Solos had a particularly good battle for the lead in changeable conditions as the race developed.

Meanwhile the asymmetric and other handicap boats started the chase down from the back. The race went to plan for the OOD with some good beats and downwind legs until the wind decided to switch 40 degrees to the East against the forecast, resulting in tighter reaches and one-sided beats for the last couple of laps.

After a good tussle throughout the afternoon, it was Nat Pritchard-Jones (LLSC) who took first junior honours and the Guy Fawkes Plate, with Thomas Link (LLSC) in close attendance. Leah Fidling (Chester/LLSC) and Noe Peckham (LLSC) weren't far behind and the juniors did well to compete with the faster boats for so long in difficult conditions.

Towards the end at the front of the fleet the Lasers of Andy Dawson (LLSC), Greg Marshall (West Lancs) and Ollie Blackburn (LLSC) battled it out with the Solos of Nik James (LLSC) and Malcolm Waddington (LLSC). Greg made a course correction error that cost him dear, while the Asymmetric fleet charge was lead by Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop (LLSC), after overhauling Chris Pickles and Mark Lunn (Delph). Julia Bowden was first lady in eighth place in a GP14 with Joe Hartigan.

Andy just held off the fast approaching RS400 of Richard and Gary in a dying breeze to take the event and the Guy Fawkes Stakes Trophy with Greg having to settle for third place on the podium. Andy and Nat were worthy winners of this annual event.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1
1stLaser165217Andy Dawson LLSC1
2ndRS 4001396Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC2
3rdLaser213613Greg Marshall West Lancs3
4thLaser Radial206876Oliver Blackburn LLSC4
5thSolo5818Nik James LLSC5
6thSolo5217Malcolm Waddington LLSC6
7thRS 4001283Chris PicklesMark LunnDelph7
8thGP1414047J BowdenJo HardiganLLSC8
9thRS 2001068Martin SmithBarbara Smith 9
10thRS 2001033Gareth WilliamsJen WilliamsLLSC10
11thLaser82556Glyn Purnell LLSC11
12thRS 4001453Stuart HalmanAnna WalshLLSC12
13thRS 2001551Cathy PartingtonLouise MckeandLLSC13
14thLaser194679Mike Baldwin LLSC14
15thRS 200432Mark HardyJohn BridgemanLLSC15
16thSolo5272Dave Kelsall LLSC16
17thSolo5350Chris Helsby LLSC17
18thRS Tera Pro2835Nat Pritchard Jones LLSC18
19thTopper48252Thomas Link LLSC19
20thSolo4139Ross Southwell LLSC20
21stRS 4001347Mark DingsdaleVanessa EvansLLSC21
22ndLaser Radial213074Steve Roberts  22
23rdLaser164513Steve Lloyd LLSC23
24thTopper48261Leah Filding LLSC24
25thTopper46023Noé Peckham LLSC25
26thPhantom1229Steve Norris LLSC26
27thRS Tera Sport2353John Bridgeman LLSC27
28thPhantom1131Mike Barnes LLSC28
29thPhantom1414Dave Smith  29
30thStreaker1653Jim Shield LLSC30
31stRS 4001091Stuart BelfieldColin BeltonLLSC31
32ndLaser173576Anton Fields LLSC32
33rdRS 4001306Julian MecklenburghC MecklenburgLLSC33
34thTopper 4.228491Elena Mecklenburgh LLSC34
35thDevoti D‑Zero228Ian Taylor LLSC35
36thTopper47743Jade Yarwood LLSC36
37thTopper46654Tom Saunders LLSC37
38thLaser Radial133398Paul Pritchard LLSC38
39thLaser Radial3Nick Radesk LLSC39
40thRS 400819Vince HusseySean RatcliffeLLSC40
41stWayfarer10397Phil WishartE GriffithsLLSC41
42ndRS Aero 71299Richard Woodward LLSC42
43rdTopper47075Courtney Yarwood LLSC43
44thRS 400828Christopher WilliamsMartin SpencerLLSCDNF
44thAlbacore6844Tim Coleman LLSCDSQ

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