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Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Nantwich & Border Counties Sailing Club

by John Harrison & Dave Turtle 29 Jul 10:07 BST 27 July 2021
Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Nantwich & Border Counties SC © John Harrison

Despite the forecast for almost no wind and a warning that the lake was not completely free of a recent weed invasion, 15 visiting boats from 6 different clubs arrived on Tuesday morning alongside 7 home boats.

The forecast was bang on - very little wind, up and down and veering through 90 degrees. We decided to attempt a start rather than waiting for more wind. Once at the start line the first beat looked to be a tight reach but we got off and the windward mark was made with one tack by most boats. The wind remained light with patches of almost zero and the fleet became split as the wind favoured different boats. The Supernovas were going well but chased by Solos, Streakers, Lasers and a Lightning. As the fleet was so spread out the first boat, Peter Coop in a Supernova, was finished after about 25 minutes with the last boat clocking in at around 50 minutes. Peter just did enough to win on corrected times with Phil Proctor (Solo) and Dave Turtle (Streaker) equal second.

After lunch, with no change in conditions, we attempted the second start. As the boats arrived at the line there was a big shift in direction and a course change considered, however the direction settled and the race got under way. With similar conditions the second race followed the pattern set by the first race with Peter in the Supernova taking line and handicap honours with Jeremy Cooper (Lightning) second and Phil Snewin (Solo) third.

We came ashore for a brew, the sky darkened and the wind finally started to blow but unfortunately the rain came with it. We were having major problems with the engines on the start boat and the safety boat, competitors were notified and agreed to sail at their own risk.

With a change of course the start was strongly contested with 3 boats being OCS at the start. With three decent beats this race was the best of the three despite the rain, although the wind did drop considerably half way through. Peter took his third win with Dave second and Ted Garner (Solo) in third place.

Back on shore Dave and Dave calculated the corrected times and the final positions were:

First: Peter Coop, Supernova, Windsford Flash
Second: Dave Turtle, Streaker, Shotwick Lake
Third: Jeremy Cooper, Lightning, Shotwick Lake

First Double-hander: Dave Thomas and Shan Stapley, Enterprise, Shotwick Lake

Prizes were awarded for the first 4 places and for the first double-hander.

Despite the weather conditions, weed and engine problems the day seemed to be enjoyed by all.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewNameClubR1R2R3Pts
1stSUPERNOVA1168Pete Coop Winsford Flash SC‑1112
2ndSTREAKER1926Dave Turtle Shotwick Lake SC2.5‑524.5
3rdLIGHTNING 368410Jeremy Cooper Shotwick Lake SC‑11246
4thSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth SC‑12437
5thSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester SC63‑79
6thSOLO5286Phil Proctor Chester SC2.58(DNC)10.5
7thLASER/ ILCA 7167543R Goodwin Nantwich47‑811
8thSTREAKER1621Paul Newman Shotwick Lake SC‑176511
9thSUPERNOVA1120Eric Haselden Winsford Flash SC7‑9613
10thENTERPRISE22688Dave ThomasShan StapleyShotwick Lake SC5‑111116
11thCOMET311Steve Bellamy Winsford Flash9‑10918
12thLASER/ ILCA 7198833Ros Benson Winsford Flash SC‑13121022
13thLASER/ ILCA 7198548Maggie Harrison Nantwich818(DNC)26
14thCOMET705Martin Loud Winsford Flash SC1016(DNC)26
15thGP1414040Peter ThomsDawn FrostNantwich14‑171226
16thLASER/ ILCA 7211145Frank Lafferty Winsford Flash‑16131326
17thMIRACLE4116Ellen DinelowPete WilliamsBala‑15151429
18thNational 122345Brian HerringRos StevensonWinsford Flash2014(DNC)34
19thSOLO4965Nigel Wright Nantwich1820(DNC)38
20thGP1413554Dave EdwardsSky RogersNantwich2219(DNC)41
21stSolo1587Pete Thomas Nantwich19(DNC)DNC42
22ndLASER/ ILCA 7195040David Lloyd Nantwich2121(DNC)42

Halfway through our first season, the Border Counties Midweek Series is proving popular with both the competitors and the host clubs. Racing has been friendly and enjoyable making for a great day out with everyone bringing their own refreshments. The next event in the series is at Bala on Tuesday 17th August.

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