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Leigh & Lowton New Year's Day Pursuit 2020

by Richard Catchpole 4 Jan 20:09 GMT 1 January 2020
Leigh & Lowton New Year's Day Pursuit 2020 © Pete Chambers

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.

The forecast was for slowly fading winds during the afternoon, so it always looked likely that the slower boats would benefit. However, in reality, the wind only really faded in the last 15 minutes, so the event proved to be a very competitive affair with the first 8 boats being all of different classes.

Ben and Alex Welfare (LLSC) led the fleet out for their 2 hr 50 min marathon in their Oppies. A couple of young Topper sailors followed with the rest of the fleets hard on their heels. Ben made the most of his clean air early on to put some separation distance between him and the pack behind.

Steve Blackburn (LLSC) in his Streaker and Chris Parker/Chloe Parker (Southport SC) in their Graduate were the main chasers, with Ian Jones (Dovestones SC), Martin Brennan (Hollingworth SC) and Neil Marsden/D Hill (Blackpool & Fleetwood SC) making good ground also.

Of the faster boats the RS400s got the closest, but Dave Exley and son Charlie (LLSC) couldn't make up the remaining distance in the dying breeze, but picked up the 1st Asymmetric prize.

With some nervous glances at his watch around the closing marks, Ben Welfare maintained his lead to the last to win both the Junior Trophy (Chris Leigh Memorial Trophy) and the New Year's Day Overall Trophy.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1Pts
1stOptimist5500Ben Welfare LLSC11
2ndStreaker1942Steve Blackburn LLSC22
3rdGraduate2839Chris ParkerChloe ParkerSouthport Sc33
4thLaser213589Ian Jones Dovestone Sc44
5thSolo5825Martin Brennan Hollingsworth55
6thGP1413654Neil MarsdenD HillBlackpool And Fleetwood66
7thWayfarer10747Louise MckeandNigel HallLLSC77
8thRS 4001460Dave ExleyCharlie ExleyLLSC88
9thRS 4001396Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC99
10thSolo5818Nik James LLSC1010
11thSolo5217Malcolm Waddington LLSC1111
12thLaser213590George Graham Burwain Sc1212
13thGP1414201Hugh DevereuxM BirdBudworth1313
14thPhantom1434Martin Knott Ribble1414
15thRS 2001314Jon ChaphamWendy MartinBudworth Sc1515
16thSolo4884Tom Welz LLSC1616
17thLaser182219Malcolm Marsden Blackpool & Fleetwood1717
18thMerlin Rocket3699Alan RobertsAlex PikesLLSC1818
19thSolo4985Kim Cant LLSC1919
20thSolo5272Dave Kelsall LLSC2020
21stRS 4001257Mark DingsdaleNess EvansLLSC2121
22ndPhantom1414Dave Smith Hollingworth2222
23rdLaser182556Ian Ritchie LLSC2323
24thLaser213074Steve Roberts LLSC2424
25thLaser195987Zena Martin Bolton Sc2525
26thLaser Radial149329Henry Bayliss Rudyard Lake Sc2626
27thLaser2David White LLSC2727
28thLaser194679Mike Baldwin LLSC2828
29thRS 4001318Terry OliverMark AthertonLLSC2929
30thPhantom1429Steve Dawson LLSC3030
31stSolo4943Ewan Kirkbride LLSC3131
32ndLaser141466Lucas Barrow Rudyard Lake Sc3232
33rdDevoti D‑Zero107Ian Lees Scammonden3333
34thTopper48451Daisy Fisher Hollingsworth3434
35thRS 4001461Caroline ExleyJack ExleyLLSC3535
36thLaser1Nick Radesk LLSC3636
37thTopper48583Jasper Bramwell Hollingsworth3737
38thOptimist243Alex Welfare LLSC3838
39thFinn19Mike Banner LLSC3939
40thPhantom1131Mike Barnes LLSC4040
41stRS 200728Adam CatlowM CatlowLLSC4141
42ndLaser214189Andy Fox LLSCDNF44
42ndSolo4556John Andrews LLSCDNF44

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