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RS200 Northern Tour Open at Budworth Sailing Club

by Tony Wilcock 19 Oct 17:19 BST 16 October 2021
RS200 Northern Tour at Budworth © Terry Moores

A strong turnout from Budworth's fifteen strong home fleet together with visitors from Beaver, Burwain and Yorkshire Dales made for some exciting and very close racing in the last event of this year's Northern Tour.

The event comprised 2 pairs of back-to-back races in a light and tricky southerly breeze.

In Race 1 Alastair Coates and Bex Smith in "RipSaw" took an early lead which they held to the finish with Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst pulling up through the fleet, as they tuned into the local lightwind conditions, to finish 2nd.

In Race 2 Alastair and Bex escaped again with Jon Chapman and Wendy Martin in hot pursuit. Whilst they got away and had their own personal contest, which I'm sure was very enjoyable, for the rest of the fleet in was mega snakes and ladders with significant and unpredictable wind shifts both upwind and downwind really testing one's resolve and patience.

In Race 3 the PRO unfurled the "U" flag as the preparatory signal which resulted in a couple of boats, including Alastair and Bex, who actually finished 1st on the water, achieving an OCS! Jon and Wendy took the race win followed by Tony Taylor and Debbie Sutcliffe.

So, Race 4 was nicely set up for a head-to-head between Alastair and Bex and Jon and Wendy and that's how it played out from the gun. After a cautious start from Alastair (newly acquired knowledge on the "U" flag) Jon and Wendy took an early lead only to be eventually caught by Alastair and Bex. Although Jon and Wendy were able to regain the lead and round the penultimate mark in the lead they were overhauled by the mighty "RipSaw", cutting a fine line, on the final beat to the finish.

Congratulations to Alastair and Bex, Jon and Wendy 2nd and Ollie and Esther 3rd.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st296Alistair CoatesBex SmithBudworth SC11(OCS)13
2nd1314Jon ChapmanWendy MartinBudworth SC‑42125
3rd1700Ollie GrovesEsther ParkhurstBeaver SC2‑5338
4th1137Tony TaylorDebbie SutcliffeBudworth SC‑842713
5th1606Martin JoesburySian JoesburyBudworth SC53‑7513
6th1419Russell PageVicky PageBudworth SC‑965415
7th1068Martin SmithBarbara SmithYorkshire Dales SC‑1279622
8th1003Innes ArmstrongJustine DavenportBurwain SC‑1088824
9th1644Tony WilcockMhairi GassBudworth SC6‑1210925
10th978Alex CleaverOlivia SmithBudworth SC‑111141126
11th847Chris SmallwoodMarie SmallwoodBudworth SC79‑111026
12th1560Jon WardHeather WardBudworth SC‑131061228
13th990Luke ShawMarie ShawBudworth SC3(DNF)DNCDNC33
14th1435Hugh SmallmanDianne OwenBudworth SC1413(OCS)1340

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