Please select your home edition
Edition app (top)

Marlow Ropes Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club - Day 7

by Richard Catchpole 18 Feb 15:33 GMT 17 February 2019

Three good races in sparkling warm conditions gave the 60+ competitors for the week 7 of the Marlow Tipsy Icicle plenty to smile about.

A tricky cross-wind and some very keen starters gave the OOD Peter Baldwin and his team some headaches getting the fleets away. 9 knots, gusting 14 in the first race gave occasional planning conditions and while the breeze faded to 7 gusting 10 later in the day. With may boats on the lake and no windward-leeway course possible it was congested at times, making keeping clear wind ever so important.

The strong Laser fleet were too quick off the mark in the first and last races of the day with a general recall and finally a black flag start to keep everything on track. Garry Knott (Pennine) once again commanded the fleet, notching up two bullets while Paul Heath (LLSC) rolled back the years to take the last race. Also very consistent all day and remarkable against the full rigs was the (unhandicapped) Laser Radial of Oliver Blackburn, clearly enjoying the shifting winds. Patrick Hamilton (Burwain) and Tim Keithley (West Riding) picked up a podium position each to keep themselves in the mix overall.

The Handicap/Solo fleets were off on the second start and good turnout of 22 boats resulted in general recalls in races 1 & 2. Once under way, Mark Platt (Bolton) was the best scorer of the day with 2 bullets and a 3rd. Close in his wake was the Streaker of Steve Blackburn (LLSC), while Gareth Williams (LLSC) turned on the turbo in his Aero in Race 1 to take that one, followed by a 2,3. Points are tight at the top and this fleet might go all the way to the wire.

Phil Barnes (Budworth) continues to lead the Solos and has a good lead in the series after 7 races, consistently at the front. Only Tony Sampson (SCYC) was able to knock him off his stride in the last race of the day. The other podium spots were scattered through the fleet between David Tunnicliffe (RYA), Steve Ferrington (West Kirby), Stuart van den Hoek (LLSC) and Alan Catto (LLSC).

With their windward-leeward plans set aside for the day, the asymmetric fleet settled for round-the-cans racing. The top 4 were very close all day and Caroline Exley/Andy Dawson (LLSC) also tried hard to get in on the act too. Chris Pickles/Mark Lunn (Delph) took the first after overhauling Dave Exley/Nigel Hall (LLSC) with the spinning Richard Catchpole/Gary Coop (LLSC) dropping to 3rd. In the second the RS200 of Louise McKeand/Cathy Partington (LLSC) split up the 400 party of Pickles/Lunn and Catchpole/Coop while in the 3rd race Catchpole/Coop got clean away with Exley/Hall pulling through to 2nd and McKeand/Partington picking up another podium position.

The junior fleet was small but competitive with 3 Toppers battling it out. Daisy Fisher (Hollingworth) now leads the series after 3 straight wins this week. Megan Greaves (Elton) and Mary-Ann Beacock (Coniston) were in hot pursuit but couldn't get close enough. With other Toppers, Teras and Optimists returning from squad weekends next week we are set for plenty more good racing in the series.

The Marlow Tipsy Icicle Series continues next week, still at the earlier start time of 11.30am with 3 races planned to make up the lost races earlier in the series.

Series results to date can be found at

Related Articles

RS Tera Northern Travellers at Leigh & Lowton
Fantastic consistency from Jac Bailey in the Sport fleet The first of the 2019 RS Tera North Traveller Series was held together with the North Feva Open at Leigh & Lowton SC. A total of 24 boats took to the water over the weekend in changeable conditions. Posted on 18 May
RS400 Winter Championship at Leigh & Lowton
An awesome turnout of 26 boats There was an awesome turnout of 26 boats at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club near Manchester for the RS400 Rope4Boats and Rooster Winter Championship over the weekend of 23/24th March. Posted on 25 Mar
RS400 Winter Championship preview
At Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club this weekend - discount ends today! The RS400s are kicking off their season with the Winter Championship at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club this weekend (23/24th March). It is the first event on the Rooster National Tour and also the first event in the Rope4Boats Northern Tour. Posted on 21 Mar
Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 11
Series finale sees a hard but satisfying day's sailing After the howling gales of the previous week caused racing to be abandoned, sailors attending the final day of the Marlow Tipsy Icicle Series were treated to a hard but satisfying days sailing to finish with. Gusts of 30 knots were recorded. Posted on 19 Mar
Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 9
Unpredictable weather conditions keep competitors guessing Sailors were surprised to be drifting around the lake for the first race of the day when the predicted southerly wind died away to practically nothing after a couple of starts had got away. Posted on 7 Mar
Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 8
Mist clears to bring light zephyrs The warm southerly winds continue to track across the country with spring conditions once again greeting the 50+ strong fleet for the LLSC Marlow Tipsy Icicle Series. Dry suits were discarded as competitors sweltered in this Northern tropical heat. Posted on 25 Feb
Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 6
Competitors treated to 16-26 knots of breeze straight down the lake 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. Posted on 12 Feb
Marlow Ropes Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle day 3
On the water after two weeks of cancelled racing After two weeks of cancelled racing, due to either too much or too little wind, we eventually managed to get the series started but unfortunately due to the fickle wind we only managed one race. Posted on 21 Jan
Try an RS400 in 2019
Going to the North of England first Do you want to try out an RS400 for the first time or know someone who does? RS Sailing are kindly providing an RS400 Demo Boat for 2019 and it's going to be in the North of England first. Posted on 14 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Junior Winter Regatta 2019
46 entries a great turnout in the strong winds 46 entries for the 2019 Junior Winter Regatta at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club was a great turnout considering the strong winds forecast for the day. Posted on 14 Jan