Please select your home edition

Enterprise Severnside Series Round 3 at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

by Ian Wakeling 20 May 19:33 BST 15 May 2022

BCYC hosted the third event of the 2022 Severnside Series on 15th May. Six local boats were joined by Richard Leach from Penarth and the widely travelled Paul Young from Midland SC.

The Race Officer set a trapezoidal course which saw places change on every leg in one or more races. Interesting shifts meant plenty of place changes on the beat whilst a few puffs allowed boats to plane over or under other boats on the reaches. Decisions on when to gybe on the run often proved decisive.

Steve Higgs crewed by Grace Williamson led race one until the final leg when Paul Young with Aimee Alsopp managed to plane under him to the leeward end of the finish line. Grace's father crewed by BCYC veteran Bryan Smith were sixth ahead of BCYC Vice Commodore Richard Packer in his newly purchased Enterprise 13187 on its first competitive outing. Richard went on to slowly improve through the day as he learnt the nuances of Enterprise racing.

In race two Ian Wakeling passed Paul Young by gybing early on the final run after numerous place changes throughout the race.

As the afternoon races started so did the rain, but this was quickly forgotten in the intense racing as the wind picked up. Richard Leach with local crew Karl Evans, in his first race for many years, led for a while before being overtaken by Paul and Ian who finished in that order.

In the final race Ian and Natalie got away from Paul who was continually challenged by Steve. Despite a dropping wind and some significant shifts on the last beat Ian remained ahead to win the event based on best result in the last race.

There was close racing throughout the fleet with plenty of place changing and final positions defined by only one point.

Special mention should go to Malcolm Williamson for his efforts to protect his crew from getting wet. As a sudden lull found them about to capsize to windward and both unable to get back off the toe straps, Malcolm gallantly slipped out of the boat allowing Bryan to stay dry and rescue Malcolm.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewSail NoClubR1R2R3R3Pts
1stIan WakelingNatalie Blake21067BCYC‑31214
2ndPaul YoungAimee Alsopp22901Midland SC1‑2124
3rdSteve HiggsGrace Williamson22419BCYC2‑4439
4thRichard LeachKarl Evans23140Penarth YC‑433410
5thRichard PackerLucy Pearce13187BCYC‑765516
6thMike CreesAndy Richman22892BCYC55‑7717
7thMalcolm WilliamsonBryan Smith22216BCYC6‑76618
8thDave WhitmarshJackie Franklin22360BCYC8RDNSDNS 

Related Articles

LLSC S2S Dinghy Race - Sunrise to Sunset
Leigh & Lowton's new long-distance race proves a hit! In the absence of other events running, the sailors at Leigh & Lowton decided the North West needed a long-distance race somewhere in the season. Posted on 24 Jun
Midland Enterprise Open
Conditions were excellent for the Midland Area Double Chine Series event This event the third in the Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine series was held at Midland SC on Sunday 12th June 2022. Conditions were excellent, a warm dry day with a gusty moderate west south-westerly wind. Posted on 22 Jun
2022 Allen Enterprise Masters Championship
A fabulous social and racing weekend at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club Early arrivals on the Friday afternoon pitched tents and took advantage of the fabulous sunshine whist sipping a few cold ones, before a gentle stroll into Axbridge for a steak and beverage at the Lamb. Posted on 20 Jun
Big Mark's Big Race at Bassenthwaite
In aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust This weekend Bassenthwaite Sailing Club shared it's Platinum Jubilee celebration with HRH. A wonderful weekend of activities on and off the water celebrated all the things we love about Bass. Posted on 9 Jun
Tamworth Enterprise Open
Midland Area Double Chine Series round 3 This event, the third in the Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series, was held at Tamworth SC on Saturday 21st May 2022. Five boats including visitors from Nottingham, Midland and Rugby and Daventry sailing clubs competed. Posted on 29 May
Enterprises at Silver Wing
Racing for the Just Jane Trophy The Just Jane Trophy was contested at Silver Wing Sailing Club in Wraysbury, luckily not right under, on this occasion, the flight path to Heathrow Airport. Posted on 25 May
Allen Enterprise Inlands 2022 at Ogston
Great to see the blue sails being hoisted at the club After many attempts, Ogston Sailing Club finally got to host the twice postponed Allen Brothers Enterprise Inland Championships over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Posted on 6 May
Enterprises at Penarth
Big waves put off some from racing The forecast was for heavy winds from the Northeast. Penarth YC faces east and the fetch from Bristol is long enough to produce off-putting waves on the shore. Several crews had already made their minds that it was not for them. Posted on 26 Apr
Enterprise Midland Area Championship
National Circuit event held at Middle Nene Sailing Club This event, the second in the Midland Area Double Chine Series, was also part of the National Circuit Series. Middle Nene Sailing Club in Northamptonshire welcomed visitors from as far as Lyme Regis and Edinburgh over the weekend of 9th /10th April. Posted on 19 Apr
Barnt Green Enterprise Open
Midland Area Double Chine Series round 1 This event the first in the 2022 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series was held at Barnt Green sailing club on Sunday 3rd April. A small fleet took part on a dry but chilly day in the light to moderate winds from roughly from west. Posted on 17 Apr