Please select your home edition
Edition app (top)
Product Feature
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

Marlow Ropes Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club - Day 6

by Richard Catchpole 12 Feb 2019 09:52 GMT 10 February 2019

After weeks of no wind, too much wind and ice had curtailed racing in the Marlow series the weather gods were finally kind(ish) as competitors were treated to 16-26 knots of breeze straight down the lake for 3 consecutive races.

It was hairy conditions for all and there were thrills and spills aplenty across the day with 68 boats in the first race but only 30 making the final start line of the day. The OOD team and rescue had plenty of work to do as the asymmetric fleet were lapping in 8 minutes and mast tips were touching the water on many occasions!

The 25-strong Laser fleet, full of talented sailors, was first away. Garry Knott (Pennine) showed the fleet a clean pair of heels in the first race, followed by Tim Keighley (West Riding) and Graham McWhirter (UKLA). Having preserved her brand new sail in Race 1 by coming in after one lap, Charlotte Greenhalgh (LLSC) came in on fire to take the bullet in Race 2 from Ollie Blackburn (LLSC) and Garry. Garry resumed his position at the front in Race 3, this time George Graham (LLSC) and Charlotte. A good mix of results and great racing.

In the Handicap fleet, the lead was tightly contested with only seconds splitting some of the finishers. Mark Platt (Bolton) got the first, while the ever improving Julia West/Joe Hartigan (LLSC) got the bit between their teeth in the last two to take the bullets, leaving them first on the series leaderboard. Andy Flitcroft (Bolton) notched up a couple of podium positions and Steve Blackburn (LLSC) couldn't quite get his nose in front on the day but was consistently in the top 3.

Both Bill Kenyon/Ben Swainson (Budworth) and Steve Dawson/Tash de la Fuente (LLSC) had good starts to lead the fleet at the first mark, but experience told in the taxing conditions and the re-established team of Dave Exley/Nigel Hall (LLSC) gave a masterclass in the testing conditions. While they could not be caught in any of the races, they were some good battles behind with Chris Pickles/Matt Sharman (Delph) and Richard Catchpole/Gary Coop sharing the spoils in 2nds and 3rds. Some great survival instinct and tactical awareness were needed to make the best of the conditions.

Philip Barnes (Budworth) dominated the proceedings in the Solo fleet with a clean sweep on the day in conditions clearly to his liking. Dave Tunnicliffe (RYA) was next best placed with a couple of 2nds and Nik James (LLSC) held on to 2nd place in the overall standings with a couple of podium positions. Many of the sailors decided enough was enough after the first race, with Andy Fox (LLSC) and Martin Brennan (Hollingworth) taking home a podium position each to get them on their way for the series.

The juniors had a great day on the water with half a dozen venturing onto the water in what became very difficult conditions. The third race became a non-counter as only one Topper made it to the start line. Noe Peckham (LLSC) came out of the blocks fast with a great display of windy weather sailing to take two bullets from John Bridgeman (LLSC). Daisy Fisher (Hollingworth) claimed two 3rds to put her in the mix overall.

What a great way to finally get this series properly under way! With 3 races per day and an earlier start time of 11.30 now scheduled through the rest of the series, many of the missed races should be caught up, look forward to some great action in the coming weeks.

Many thanks to Gerard van den Hoek who provided some great photos of the day.

Series results to date can be found at

Related Articles

Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle week 5
Competitors surprised to find no wind on arrival Although a westerly Force 4 had been predicted all week, upon arrival at the club competitors were surprised to find there was no wind. Posted on 6 Feb
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle week 4
70 boats return to race after previous weekend was lost Over 70 boats took part in Week 4 of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club, after racing never got off the ground last week due to lack of wind. Posted on 29 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 2
Turnout increases with 80 boats out on the water The number of competitors increased for the second Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. The forecast of moderate winds down the flash must have got the 80 boats out of bed in the morning. Posted on 15 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Junior Winter Regatta 2020
40 entries from right across the North of England & Wales The ever-popular Junior Winter Regatta at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club drew in 40 entries from right across the North of England & Wales for a fabulous day of junior racing on January 11th 2020. Posted on 13 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 1
70 entries make for some great competition 70 entries for the first Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club made for some great competition across all the fleets. Posted on 8 Jan
Leigh & Lowton New Year's Day Pursuit 2020
Very light and fickle forecast doesn't stop over 40 competitors A very light and fickle forecast didn't stop over 40 competitors fending off hangovers to take part in the 2020 New Year's Day Race at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. Posted on 4 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Winter Series 2020
Starting on New Year's Day The ever popular Leigh & Lowton Winter Series kicks off with its New Year's Day Pursuit Race on January 1st. The first start time (for Optimists) is 12.40pm with the other fleets following on, so it's a leisurely start time after New Year's Eve. Posted on 25 Dec 2019
Leigh & Lowton Revett Series overall
Closely fought with all fleets finalising series results only on the last day This year 51 boats took part in the Leigh & Lowton Revett Series - five Sundays from early November to early December. This was despite a very challenging series with no weather with the "normal" range of wind conditions throughout the series. Posted on 10 Dec 2019
Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race at Leigh & Lowton
Drifting conditions The bonfire smoke had clearly affected the weather conditions as competitors arrived to find the Flash completely engulfed in fog and no wind. Posted on 6 Nov 2019
RS200 Northern Tour at Leigh & Lowton
Penultimate event of the 2019 Northern Tour The penultimate event of the 2019 Northern Tour was held at Leigh and Lowton. After looking like there would be no racing due to a lack of any wind at all, with some boats packing up ready to go home, a light, shifty and puffy wind filled in. Posted on 9 Sep 2019