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Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Shotwick Lake

by Dave Turtle 8 Sep 2021 15:13 BST 7 September 2021

Competitors arriving at Shotwick Lake on Tuesday morning were treated to a warm welcome and glorious sunshine more akin to the Mediterranean than to North Wales. The icing on the cake was a decent breeze that was to last all day and temperatures that approached 30 degrees in the afternoon.

The fleet comprised eleven visitors, including seven from Winsford, and nine home boats sailing ten different classes. Many of the first-time visitors commented on the delightful location and open stretch of water especially as it appears on the map to be so close to the industrial park.

Race team Ron King and Huw Jones set some excellent courses throughout the day and opted for two back-to-back races in the morning and one race after a leisurely lunch. The safety crew, Paul and Gordon, had a surprisingly busy day considering nobody needed rescuing, and instead put their efforts into moving rafts of weed that had drifted onto the race course at the far end of the lake.

Racing was close throughout the fleet with plenty of place changes as fortunes changed in the gusty south-easterly breeze. The starts and clear air were particularly important.

After the two morning races Pete Coop (Supernova, Winsford) and Ted Graner (Solo, Budworth) both had a first and second. Dave Turtle (Streaker, Shotwick) and Phil Snewin (Solo, Chester) both had a third place so everything was set for a thrilling final race.

Some boats were a little too keen at the start of the last race including Pete Coop who had to return. However, this did not slow him down enough and he did well to fight his way through the fleet to claim overall victory from Ted by just a few seconds. Dave and Kieran (Solo, Shotwick) were equal third which was sufficient to move Kieran up to fourth overall.

First double-handed boat was Mark Nield and his dad making a guest-appearance in his Enterprise.

A great day on the water was rounded off by prize-giving outside of the clubhouse, nobody seemed in a hurry to go home! Overall winner Peter Coop thanked everybody at Shotwick for making it such a success with a special mention to the Les who was always on-hand to help launch and recover the boats.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stSUPERNOVA1168Pete Coop Winsford Flash1212
2ndSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth2123
3rdSTREAKER1926Dave Turtle Shotwick Lake343.56.5
4thSOLO4463Kieran Lewis Shotwick Lake463.57.5
5thSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester5378
6thSTREAKER1621Paul Newman Shotwick Lake9.55510
7thSUPERNOVA1120Eric Haselden Winsford Flash77613
8thENTERPRISE22620Mark NieldDadShotwick Lake6101016
9thLIGHTNING 368257Duncan Cheshire Winsford Flash811816
10thSUPERNOVA519Pete Chambers Winsford Flash9.58917
11thCOMET311Steve Bellamy Winsford Flash1791120
12thLIGHTNING 368331Mark Heaton Shotwick Lake11121623
13thRS AERO 71595Jeanette Davies Shotwick Lake13171225
14thLASER RADIAL8Jim Young Shotwick Lake12131325
15thENTERPRISE22688Dave ThomasDav TurtleShotwick Lake16141428
16thLASER/ ILCA 7211145Frank Lafferty Winsford Flash14151929
17thSOLO3636Ben Beachell Llyn Brenig15181530
18thMIRACLE4116Ellen DinelowPete WilliamsBala19161834
19thMIRACLE3520Simon DolmanJulie DolmanShotwick Lake20191736
20thCOMET47Brian Herring Winsford Flash18DNFDNC39

The final event in the series is at Winsford on 21st September so why not join us? Check visit bordercountiesmidweeksailing.wordpress.com for more information.

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