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Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Bala Sailing Club

by David Turtle 21 Aug 14:31 BST 17 August 2021

Twenty-six boats arrived at Llyn Tegid early Tuesday morning to be greeted by overcast skies and a cool brisk breeze blowing straight down the length of the lake. However, even the typical mountain weather could do nothing to dampen the spirits of the sailors keen to sample one of the very best sailing venues in the area.

Fortunately, the weather gradually improved throughout the day and there was a great atmosphere with so many boats accompanied by a few supporters who had come along to encourage their clubs. This was enhanced by the very warm welcome extended by Bala Sailing Club and the enthusiasm of the race team.

The fleet comprised nineteen visitors and seven home boats sailing fifteen different classes ranging from a Topper (PYR 1365) to an A Class catamaran (PYR 690). It was also encouraging to see the younger sailors competing alongside the more mature sailors (no ages given!).

Race Officer Ken Hull and his team set some excellent courses that were adjusted for each race as the wind veered from a steady south-westerly blowing straight down the lake to a shiftier north-westerly coming over the hills. Safety crews were kept busy (and spectators entertained) as several boats were caught out on the downwind legs by sudden gusts and the infamous Bala "chop" that builds up over such a long stretch of water.

Two newcomers to the series, Daniel Partington (Bala) and Glyn Purnell (Leigh and Lowton), in their Laser Radials soon mastered the conditions and between them won all three races taking first and second positions overall. Third overall was Peter Coop (Winsford Flash) in his Supernova who was always in the top three and consolidates his spot at the top of the series leaderboard.

Shotwick Lake boats took the next three positions with Jeremy (Lightning), Dave and Huw (Miracle) and Paul (Streaker). Just half a point adrift in seventh was the Solo of Phil Snewin from Chester who moves up to second on the overall leaderboard.

A great day on the water was rounded off by prize-giving in the clubhouse and the offer of hosting a similar event next year. We'll definitely take them up on that!

The next event in the series is at Shotwick on 7th September. Don't forget your masthead buoyancy!

Please look at bordercountiesmidweeksailing.wordpress.com for more information or send us an email to if you have questions.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stLASER RADIAL182220Daniel Partington Bala11‑42
2ndLASER RADIAL210047Glyn Purnell Leigh & Lowton2‑313
3rdSUPERNOVA1168Pete Coop Winsford Flash‑3224
4thLIGHTNING 368410Jeremy Cooper Shotwick Lake5‑738
5thMIRACLE3794Dave TurtleZara/Huw JonesShotwick Lake46‑1110
6thSTREAKER1621Paul Newman Shotwick Lake‑74711
7thSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester6‑95.511.5
8thRS 100 8.4360Andy Todd Bala‑205813
9thA CLASSIC CATAMARAN54Steve Pooley Bala8‑105.513.5
10thSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth118(RET)19
11thRS AERO 51595Jeanette Davies Shotwick Lake10‑19919
12thGP1413813Peter ThomsDawn FrostNantwich911(RET)20
13thSUPERNOVA1041Steve Vandersteen Winsford Flash‑16121022
14thCOMET311Steve Bellamy Winsford Flash12‑141224
15thLASER RADIAL8Jim Young Shotwick Lake1413(DNC)27
16thCOMET877Charlotte Coop Winsford Flash(DNF)151328
17thFUSION177Neil Wallace Shotwick / Bala1316(DNC)29
18thRS AERO 51509Chloe Patrick Bala15‑181429
19thSOLO4505Dave Grube Bala‑17171633
20thLASER/ ILCA 7211145Frank Lafferty Winsford Flash‑21211536
21stENTERPRISE22688Dave ThomasShan StapleyShotwick Lake18‑241937
22ndCOMET705Martin Loud Winsford Flash(DNF)201838
23rdSOLO3636Ben Beachnll Llyn Brenig(DNF)221739
24thMIRACLE4116Ellen DinelowPete WilliamsBala1923(DNC)42
25thTOPPER45356Rachel Burrows Bala2225(DNC)47
26thSUPERNOVA1120Eric Haselden Winsford FlashDNFDNS(DNC)54

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