Please select your home edition
Ocean Elements 2018

Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club Regatta Weekend

by Richard Catchpole 19 Jun 2019 09:40 BST 15-16 June 2019

A weekend of family fun and entertainment!

The wind gods had decreed that this was going to be no sunshine-fest but the weather held out enough to allow glimpses of sunshine amongst the showers and fine Saturday night.

Saturday consisted of a family fun day with kids entertained by instructors Lindsay, Will and Tash with duck races, relays, paddling and plenty of splashing around - no one really cared that it was raining.

The adults meanwhile enjoyed some light wind racing at the other end of the lake. On the water Chris Williams and Martin Spencer built up a clear lead but this proved not to be enough, as the RS200s of Graeme/Hannah Bristow and Alistair/Tom Coates worked their way into the top 3 along with the Enterprise of David Southwell and Michelle Raines. The windshifts were testing the race committee and after a reset on the course and a couple of OCS calls the fleets were off again, this time in a more fickle breeze. Alistair/Tom proved too good this time and Neil Catto also hit the front of the fleet in his Solo, followed by the RS400 of Mark Dingsdale and Gary Coop. With the wind shifting through 120 degrees and dropping the OOD decided enough was enough and the fleet didn't seem too disappointed!

The most important race if the weekend, the Bottle Boat Race, took place before the BBQ with all kinds of crafts constructed by the competitors. The drifting conditions suited the high-profile rigs and the clear winner this year was the "Black Pearl" of Freddie Woods/Ollie Blackburn. Of the others, Jack/Charlie Exley were next with Coutney Yarwood coming in 3rd place.

Saturday night produced a wonderful sunset over the flash and Sunday dawned equally inviting, with a F2-3 southerly forecast with sunshine. The OOD Cathy Partington and team set some great courses in the shift across-lake wind conditions.

Over 40 competitors took to the water in 4 fleets. The Laser fleet were off first, dominated all day by Stuart Belfield (LLSC), with Ty Burrows (LLSC) being the best of the rest in 2nd place.

The Handicap fleet was hotly contested and 6 boats had podium positions during the day. The most consistent was Louise McKeand and Nigel Hall (LLSC) who won the last race to take the title; Chris Bows (LLSC) in his Phantom was on equal points but just pipped into 2nd while Nick Turpin (LLSC) secured 3rd spot with 2 podium finishes in his Devoti D-Zero.

The tightest finish of all was reserved for the Asymmetric fleet where the RS400 of Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop (LLSC) won each of the last 2 races by one second on corrected time from Alistair Coates and Tom/Edie Coates (LLSC), unbelievable after 50 minutes of racing. 3rd place was mopped up by Caroline/Dave Exley in their RS400.

The juniors were the biggest fleet and were dominated by Ben Welfare (LLSC) in his Optimist in the light and shifting conditions. John Bridgeman (LLSC) was consistent in his Tera in the top 3 all day to pick up 2nd place, just pipping Lean Kadioelu (West Kirby) on count-back.

A great weekend had by all.

Overall Results:


PosClassSail NoPYHelmCrewR1R2Pts
1stRS 2002961040Alistair CoatesTom Coates314
2ndSolo55521154Neil Catto 527
3rdRS 400828938Christopher WilliamsMartin Spencer46.510.5
4thWayfarer107471102Louise MckeandNigel Hall7411
5thAlbacore68441037Tim ColemanJ Sankey6511
6thRS 20015511040Graeme BristowHannah Bristow11112
7thEnterprise207541117Dave SouthwellMichelle Raines21214
8thRS 4001257938Mark DingsdaleGary Coope14317
9thRS 4001467938Paul RidgwayBronwyn Ridgway101020
10thRS 4001461938Caroline ExleyCharlie Exley81321
11thRS 2004981040Oliver BlackburnFreddie Wood156.521.5
12thSolo52721154Dave Kelsall 111526
13thSolo53501154Chris Helsby 121426
14thDevoti D‑one112948Stuart Halman 18927
15thLaser1946791083Mike Baldwin 91827
16thEnterprise219831117Ian NixonAudrey Nixon131730
17thSolo45561154Tom Welz DNC833
18thRS 4001306938Julian MecklenburghC Mecklenburg201636
19thEnterprise198761117Ty BurrowsDave Lowe191938
20thSolution4561102Martin Tubb 16DNF41
21stLaser2139661083Nick Radesk 212041
22nd29ER2292909Sian TalbotMaddi Bristow17DSQ42
23rdFireball12699952Stuart Van Den HoekKerry Van Den Hoek222244
24thPhantom11311016Mike Barnes DNC2146


Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoPYHelmCrewR1R2R3Pts
Asymmetric Fleet
1stRS 4001396938Richard CatchpoleGary Coop‑2112
2ndRS 2002961040Alistair CoatesTom/Evie Coates1‑223
3rdRS 4001461938Caroline ExleyDave Exley33(DNC)6
4thRS 4001453938Stuart HalmanAnna Walsh4‑648
5thRS 4001467938Paul RidgwayBronwyn Ridgway‑6459
6thRS 2004981040Oliver BlackburnFreddie Wood8‑9311
7thRS 2004321040Mark HardyJohn Bridgeman‑95611
8thRS 4001257938Mark DingsdaleTash5‑7712
9thRS 400828938Christopher WilliamsTom Leckie7‑8815
Handicap Fleet
1stWayfarer107471102Louise MckeandNigel Hall3‑414
2ndPhantom14381016Chris Bows 13(DNF)4
3rdSolo45561154Tom Welz (DNC)145
4thDevoti D‑Zero1341029Nick Turpin 2‑635
5thSolo53501154Chris Helsby ‑5527
6thSolo58181154Nik James ‑6268
7thBlaze8301029Mark Cuthbert 4‑859
8thSolo52721154Dave Kelsall ‑77714
9thGP14141931127T JenkinsJ Green8‑9816
10thPhantom11311016Mike Barnes (DNC)10919
11thRS Aero 712991059Richard Woodward 911(DNC)20
12thRS 300308971George Williams 1012(DNC)22
13thFireball12699952Stuart Van Den HoekKerry Van Den Hoek11DNF(DNC)25
14thSolo58071154Alan Catto DNF(DNC)DNC28
Junior Fleet
1stOptimist52431645Ben Welfare ‑1112
2ndRS Tera Sport23531438John Bridgeman Jnr 2‑324
3rdOptimist56711645Leon Kadioelu ‑9235
4thRS Tera Pro28351359Nat Pritchard Jones 34‑57
5thTopper284911343Elena Mecklenburgh 56‑711
6thTopper461621343Elise Busby 65‑1011
7thTopper445731343Morgan Busby 4‑8812
8thOptimist44031645Isobel Sandon ‑1010414
9thTopper334661343Lewis Bacon (DNF)7916
10thRS Tera Sport19931438Tom Pritchard Jones 79‑1116
11thOptimist56731645Oscar Sandon 11‑12617
12thOptimist60131645Lochlyn Grant 8(DNC)1321
13thTopper71343Austin Busby ‑13111223
14thOptimist2431645Alex Welfare 1213(DNC)25
15thTopper453801343Thomas Link ‑14141428
16thTopper61343Paul Roberts ‑15151530
Laser Fleet
1stLaser2135801083Stuart Belfield ‑1112
2ndLaser2124571083Ty Burrows 3‑436
3rdLaser Radial1431111128Claudi Mecklenburgh (DNC)527
4thLaser 4.7421205Steve Slayen ‑5257
5thLaser2159111083Colin Belton ‑4347
6thLaser Radial1205111128C Yarwood 2(DNF)DNC10
7thLaser1400421083Chris Robert ‑66612

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