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GP14 Northern Bell Open at Royal Windermere Yacht Club

by Ian Bertram 25 Jul 21:06 BST 11 July 2021

With the best forecast of wind for the week before and the week after, 13 boats rigged and waited for the wind to appear. There was a good turnout of 8 home boats and 3 boats visiting from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, one from Burwain Sailing Club and one from Budworth Sailing Club.

After a one hour postponement the boats launched into a light southerly breeze and sailed to the course area in the south lake. Three races were sailed back-to-back using all of the wind available, with everyone enjoying the offer of a tow back in after the last race.

First race sponsored by Impact Marine sails was sailed in an increasing light breeze which saw the teams of Andy Smith and Phil Hodgson battling with Robert Richardson and Steven Wilson for 1st and 2nd followed by John and Jack Telford and then Richard Thompson with Alex Nield.

Second race of the day sponsored by Maiden Maine boat sales and chandlery enjoyed the most wind of the day with Andy and Phil winning comfortably, Robert and steven sailing through the fleet to finish second the Telford father and son team third followed by Hugh Devereux with Malcolm Bird.

Third and final race for the Steve Goacher Gale Force Ale was sailed in a decreasing wind which just managed to stay about until the end of the race. Andy and Phil had done enough but the other places were up for grabs. The Telford's had to win to get second. Robert and Steven made sure of second overall by winning. Followed Hugh and Malcolm who jumped the Telford to third overall by Andy and Phil being third in the last race and the Telford's 4th.

Congratulation to Andy and Phil from Bassenthwaite sailing club in winning the event. Top Windermere boat Robert and Steven Wilson were second overall. Hugh and Malcolm were third overall from Budworth Sailing Club.

The second Windermere boat was Richard Thompson with Alex Nield. The third Windermere boat and sixth overall were Jonathon Nagle with his eight year old son Sebastian crewing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubNB R1NB R2NB R3Pts
1st14261Andy SmithPhil HodgkinsBassenthwaite11‑32
2nd13161Robert RichardsonSteven WilsonRWYC‑2213
3rd14201Hugh DevereuxMalcolm BirdBudworth SC‑7426
4th14206John TelfordJack TelfordBassenthwaite33‑46
5th13537Richard ThompsonAlex NeildRWYC4‑9711
6th14Jonathan NagleSebastian NagleRWYC‑106511
7th13371John PawsonLisa KnaggsRWYC6‑7612
8th14062Alan JonesSue WatsonBassenthwaite‑125813
9th13447Tom PartridgeSteve AnsonBurwain SC58‑1013
10th13509John RichardsonJames AstonRWYC8‑12917
11th13464Judith GoreMolly GoreRWYC910‑1119
12th13531Nigel HutchinsonJulian ClarkeRWYC1111‑1222
13th14022Paul AstonClare AstonRWYC‑1313DNS26

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