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Ginger Boats RS200 Northern Tour at Budworth Sailing Club

by Tony Wilcock 17 Oct 2022 11:21 BST 15 October 2022

A strong turnout from Budworth's 16-strong home fleet together with visitors from Bassenthwaite, Leigh & Lowton and Yorkshire Dales made for some exciting and very close racing in the last event of this year's Northern Tour.

Competitors ranging in age from 10 to 70, and boats 296 to 1730, all enjoyed very close racing which is a credit to the friendliness of the 200 fleet and the strength of the boat design. The event comprised 2 pairs of back to back races in a variable strength south westerly breeze.

Race 1 saw several different leaders and plenty of snakes and ladders as the wind built. Jon Chapman & Wendy Martin, Jon & Heather Ward and then Russell and Vicky Page all looked to open up a gap to the marauding fleet but, finding exceptional boat speed, Alistair and Helen Norris sailed through and away from way down the fleet.

Alastair and Helen really showed the way in Race 2 opening up a comfortable lead from Jon and Wendy with much place changing behind. Race 2 also saw "capsize of the day" which went to Chris & Marie Smallwood, a watery interlude in an otherwise solid performance!

Coming ashore for lunch we were greeted with a storm and Force 5 winds, but by the start of Race 3 the PRO was frantically motoring up and down the Mere looking for breeze. Jon and Wendy avoided the masses by starting at the pin end and sailed a brilliant steady race to lead from start to finish. Russell and Vicky pulled through to second with Alistair and Helen in 3rd.

Going into Race 4 victory was still possible for at least 3 boats. Jon and Wendy took an early lead but Alistair and Helen, now fully tuned into Budworth's tricky conditions, found a way through to take the win and victory in the event. The all girls team of Bex Smith and Mhairi Gass, in the club boat 324, belated found their form and took a brilliant 3rd in the final race. Jon and Wendy were 2nd and 2nd overall and Russell and Vicky Page finished 3rd overall.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1509Alistair NorrisLeigh & Lowton SC11‑313
2nd1314Jon ChapmanBudworth Sailing Club‑132125
3rd1419Russell PageBudworth Sailing Club332‑58
4th1606Martin JoesburyBudworth Sailing Club‑754413
5th1730Kevin GeraldBudworth Sailing Club44‑10614
6th1137Tony TaylorBudworth Sailing Club296‑1317
7th296Alistair CoatesBudworth Sailing Club865‑919
8th324Bex SmithBudworth Sailing Club‑14117321
9th1560Jon WardBudworth Sailing Club5811‑1524
10th1068Martin SmithDelph SC978‑1224
11th847Chris SmallwoodBudworth Sailing Club6‑1712826
12th1644Tony WilcockBudworth Sailing Club11‑129727
13th807Phil DavenportBass SC1010‑141030
14th1277Stewart WalkerYorkshire Dales SC12‑14131136
15th1435Hugh SmallmanBudworth Sailing Club1515‑161444
16th1709Ross SouthwellLeigh & Lowton SC171315(DNF)45
17th1478Ben TeagueBudworth Sailing Club1616(DNF)DNC52
18th720David GriceBudworth Sailing Club18(DNF)DNCDNC58
19th1538Matthew LuxtonStaunton Harold SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC60

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