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2023 Border Counties Midweek Sailing Series at Nantwich and Border Counties Sailing Club

by John Harrison 11 Sep 2023 21:04 BST 5 September 2023

Nantwich and Border Counties Sailing Club hosted the penultimate event for the Border Counties Midweek Sailing Series on Tuesday 5th September. The forecast was for light to moderate winds and clear blue Skies and for once the forecast was correct.

There was a strong fleet of 24 boats with 7 home boats competing. Solos and Supernovas were in the majority with Lasers, Comets and Miracles as well as a Mirror and a Topper making up the rest of the fleet.

Following a short briefing the first race got under way at 1100, this start and the following 2 were competitive but well behaved with no boats over the line in any of the races.

Unfortunately it soon became apparent that the weed which had not been too noticeable the previous Sunday had grown quickly with the recent hot weather and was causing some problems.

The first race was won by Pete Coop in his Supernova followed by Phil Snewin in a Solo and Mark Neild in a Laser.

Was it going to be a repeat of last year with a clean sweep by the Supernovas?

After lunch it was apparent that there had been a wind shift and a new course was set. Unfortunately the OOD (also the author of this report) made a mess of things, putting the course back to front and only realised when the boats sailed off in a different direction to what he expected. After abandoning the race and restarting with the course correctly displayed things settled down.

The race was won by Phil Snewin with Pete Chambers in a Comet second and Ted Garner in a Solo third.

After a delay as the slower boats finished the course the third race got under way, this time without the problems of the second race start. It soon became apparent that the conditions were suiting the Solos as the first three boats to finish were all Solos.

After calculating the results the Solo dominance was confirmed with the win going to Phil Snewin, second to Ted Garner and third to home helm Paul Scott, all in Solos.

Prizes were awarded for the first three places as well as the first double hander and the first local boat.

1st Phil Snewin - Solo (Chester SC)
2nd Pete Coop - Supernova (Winsford Flash SC)
3rd Ted Garner - Solo (Budworth SC)
1st Double Hander - Dave Thomas& Shan Stapley - Miracle (Shotwick Lake SC)
1st Junior Nayth Twiggs - Topper (Winsford Flash SC)
1st Home boat - Paul Scott - Solo

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester‑2112
2ndSUPERNOVA1281Pete Coop Winsford1‑545
3rdSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth‑7325
4thCOMET437Pete Chambers Winsford‑8257
5thSOLO5603Paul Scott Nantwich‑6639
6thCOMET815Dave Turtle Shustoke54‑99
7thLASER/ ILCA 7189181Mark Nield Shotwick Lake37‑810
8thSUPERNOVA1296Eric Haselden Winsford4‑101014
9thMIRACLE4103Dave ThomasShan StapleyShotwick Lake‑98715
10thMIRACLE3794Simon DolmanJulie DolmanShotwick Lake14‑18620
11thLASER/ ILCA 733FPhil Whatson Winsford119‑1220
12thGP1413813Peter ThomsDawn FrostNantwich1011‑1421
13thSUPERNOVA406James Stark Winsford1312‑1725
14thSTREAKER2165Alexander Mill Winsford(RET)151126
15thLASER RADIAL198833Ros Benson Winsford Flash‑16131528
16thSOLO5536Richard Wynn Budworth‑18161329
17thLASER/ ILCA 7143105Simon Todd Nantwich1219‑2031
18thLASER RADIAL198548Maggie Harrison Nantwich(RET)141832
19thSUPERNOVA1241Frank Lafferty Winsford1517‑1932
20thTOPPER49191Nayth Twiggs Winsford19‑211635
21stSOLO5062Graham Smith Nantwich17DNF(DNC)41
22ndmirror66521Harry M Nantwich(RET)20RET42
24thNational 123078Pete ThomasR BinnsNantwich(RET)DNCDNC50

It looks as though we will avoid this year's weed problem by holding the event at the start of the 2024 season.

The next and final event in the series is at Winsford on Tuesday October 3rd see the website for more details.

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