2017 Sailing News

Saturday & Sunday 17th/18th June 2017
There was a glorious weekend of sailing at the Lake. On Saturday, 89 young sailors took part in a 6 hour relay race. They were part of 14 teams from neighbouring Clubs within the RYA OnBoard scheme. The wind was variable and some struggled to keep their boats moving as they found ‘flat’ spots. In the end, the local Club team of Will Smith, Adam Din and Evan Parry were the winners, while a second Club team finished third overall.

6 Hour Race results
Club racing on Sunday also had similar wind conditions, variable in strength and direction. The Solos won the first race led by Martin Brennan with Nick Brook in second. The Merlin Rockets took control of the second race with a battle for the lead between Steve Crook with Sally Townend, Julian and Evan Parry and Stuart Bates with Andrew Hilton finishing in that order. For the third race, Chris Massey in his RS300 was able to get in front, but finished third on handicap while Martin Brennan again won, with Julian and Evan Parry runners up.

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Wednesday 14th June 2017
With 21 boats out to enjoy a southerly wind that held, more or less, for 2 races, this was an excellent evening. However, it would be little surprise that Richard and Lauren Marsh, (RS200) again took the wins. Otherwise the spoils were split between the Merlins and GP14s. The Lasers were led by a visiting Laser staff member, John Leach.
The start of the second race, smartly arranged, caught out a few boats never to recover their first race places!
Adam McGovern, in his new GP14, with Steve Mason came second in the second race, but third overall as the Merlins, led by Steve Crook and Sally Townend had the better first race results. Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles upheld the GP14s in the first race with a fourth place and later said farewell to Sophia as she moves south to Dorset.

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Laser Open Meeting – Sunday 11th June 2017  

The blustery wind on Sunday, with the added benefit of sunshine, provided great conditions for the Laser Class Open Meeting at the Club. Eight visitors from Clubs in the North West joined eight locals. With the wind in the south west full use was made of the Lake. Long upwind legs were followed by fast planing reaches and exciting mark rounding with several capsizes. In the end, local sailor Richard Marsh (in a borrowed boat) gave a master-class in boat handling winning the first and second races, and coming second in the third one. Malcolm Marsden, from Fleetwood, won the last race to claim second place overall.

The full results can be found on the 2017 Open Meetings page of our website.  Please click here to view the results

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Wednesday 7th June 2017

After what had been a stormy day by the time Wednesday’s first race started the wind strength had lessened but there was still ‘plenty of it’ to enable us to run to two quick back-to-back races. In both races with the start line being near to Café Point and the first mark being F the first beat was critical if you wanted to get yourself well placed. In the first race the Marshs in their RS200, Chris Massey in his RS300 and Nick Brook in his Solo all had good first legs which set them up to finish in the top three with Nick taking the honours followed by Chris in second place and Richard & Lauren Marsh in third. There was a quick turnaround between races, which caught out a few sailors, and that race was over the same two lap course. This time the Marshs won with Chris again in second and Martin Brennan & Sophia Miles in their GP14 were third. Evan Parry sailed well to finish in 4th spot.

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Sunday 4th June 2017 

Sunday’s racing in sunshine and a variable strength westerly wind was the right ingredient for Richard and young Lauren Marsh to win the first and second races. The lead on the water was always taken by Julian, and son Evan, Parry in a Merlin Rocket but they proved to be steadily in 5th place on handicap. Second and third places were fought between Martin Brennan with Steve Caladine in a GP14 and Nick Brook in a Solo finishing overall in that order. 16 boats set out for the second race though Guy Winder’s capsize with Harry Daniel meant a non-finish result. The start had been a little confused with Chris Massey taking evasive action where, in a RS300, a capsize is easily achieved. He recovered well to finish fourth. The final race saw Les Burns and Richard Hodgson sailing steadily to a third place finish.

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Wednesday 31st May 2017
Surprises continue on Wednesday evenings when the handicap results are completed. With 19 boats out and a modest south-westerly wind, a Club line start was appropriate. In the first race, there was some congestion around the first mark but Chris Massey (RS300) was away with Julian and Evan Parry (MR). Andy Carter and Dave Fisher (GP14) also had a good track into the mark. Stuart Bates, with daughter Amelia crewing, had the light weight team to do well in the Merlins too. In the end of the 2 lap race, it was David Hughes, in a Mirror, who came out on top in the results. However it was the Parry’s who had the best results of the evening. The wind had started to ease for the second race and occasionally almost died on the long downwind legs. The Parry’s got clean away this time, unthreatened by Chris Massey. Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles (GP14) were better placed this time and finished second, ahead of Adam Din in a Laser. Coming in fourth was Ron Simpson (Solo) venturing out on a suitable evening.This time it was the Parry team that took the win.

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Sunday 28th May 2017
There were many people watching the start of racing on Sunday, as it was near the cafe point. They may have wondered about the time sequence for the start on a line between the launch and a buoy. The holiday weekend may have accounted for just 14 boats out, including some of our younger members. There were 3 different classes of boat winning the races in a very shifty wind of variable strength. Chris Massey in his odd-looking RS300 was never able to get far enough in front to win, despite its speed so he counted a second and a third. Martin Brennan and Steve Caladine in a GP14 won the first race and then had a couple of second places. Andy Carter proved that a Topper may be much slower on the water but its handicap meant that he won the second race and came third in the third race. The Merlin Rockets found it hard to challenge for the lead until the final race which was won by Bruce Mager and Craig Jowett.

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Wednesday 24th May 2017
There was a bit more wind than might have been expected off the Lake Bank shore and 2 races were scheduled. 17 boats out made for a competitive start line and those that got away round the first mark would get well away. Chris Massey in his RS300 looked to have a good early lead but was unable to hold off Steve Crook and Sally Townend in the Merlin, or Richard and Lauren Marsh (RS200) who won on handicap, with the Merlin second. Evan Parry, in his Laser 4.7 came in third on hadicap ahead of Chris Massey, in the 2 lap race. A quick turnaround and the second race again depended on getting round the first mark clear ahead. The wind decided to cease as the first lap progressed and the course was shortened at a mark. This produced some strange results as the Merlins were all unfinished and the Marshs again won with Chris Massey now second, and Gary Butler (Laser) in third ahead of Andrew Wake in fourth. Some others struggled to finish as any wind evaporated.

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Sunday 21st May 2017 
It was another active day at the Lake with members giving visitors a taste of sailing under the Royal Yachting Association’s Push the Boat Out initiative, in the morning. Conditions were excellent with sunshine and a good breeze.
In the afternoon, the usual racing was held with 6 Merlin Rockets dominating the racing results. They had particularly close tactical racing. Steve Crook and Sally Townend were the overall winners for the day taking the first and third race wins. David Winder, and son Oliver, took the second race and then changed crew to other son, Joseph, for the third race. Nick Brook, in a Solo, was always challenging but the speed of the Merlins with spinnakers flying downwind gave them an advantage. A couple of GP14s were also out, filling the lower places with Kevin Parry in his Topaz enjoying the day too.

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Wednesday 17th May 2017

Another Wednesday night with a light air when a few looked at the water and decided not to race, though 11 boats did get out. The race provided a surprise in the results. Andy Carter chose a Topper to sail and won on handicap. Skills acquired many years ago as a champion Topper sailor gave him the edge as he put Richard and Lauren Marsh in their RS200 into second place. Adam McGovern chose a Laser for third place as he prepares for his honeymoon. So, again, despite the intention to have 2 back-to-back races on Wednesdays, only one race could be sailed.

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Sunday 14th May 2017

We had a great day’s racing at the combined GP14 and Scorpion Open on Sunday 14th May.  In the GP14 fleet Adam McGovern and Chris Robinson teamed up after 8 years of sailing apart to take the Open Meeting with 3 race wins.  In the Scorpion fleet the team of Andy McKee and Chris Massey sailed well in the mixed conditions to win with 2 race wins and a second.  Well done to all who took part.

The full results can be found on the 2017 Open Meetings page of our website.  Please click here to view the results

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Wednesday, 10th May 2017
In complete contrast to the previous week the question was ‘will there be enough wind for racing?’
The race team searched and settled on a simple course based on a westerly airstream. The wind was indeed patchy and fickle. Of the 11 boats that ventured out, Richard and Lauren Marsh in the RS200 shot away round the first mark and always found enough wind to hold a good lead. In the chasing pack, potential alternative winners varied. It was on the third lap that fortunes changed when, approaching the windward mark, Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles in a GP14 were overtaken by a group of boats finding some fresh air. Holding inside place at the mark, Andy Wake in his Solo led away and claimed second place overall, followed by Graham Booth, also Solo. Martin Brennan held on to fourth place while Chris Massey, sailing a Laser, had had to contend with Evan Parry sailing in his RS300 and sometimes going faster.

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Sunday 7th May 2017
Sunshine and a good breeze were supplied for racing at the Lake. In the first race however the wind could be fickle and disappear then return strongly. The Merlin Rockets were well suited to the conditions but Nick Heginbotham, and daughter Lucy, had a magic moment when they rounded a mark, found a gust, and, spinnaker flying, zoomed away, leaving others in a flat patch. It was Steve Crook and Sally Townend’s turn in the second race, while the Heginbothams’ good fortune continued in the third race. Needless to say these boats were the winners on the day. However Nick Brook, on good form, in a Solo was in close contention with a second and third places (having come 3rd in an open event on Saturday). Martin Brennan borrowed a Streaker and with 3rd and 5th places showed his wide ability to come 5th overall, ahead of Ste Mason in a Laser, who gained a 2nd place in the third race.

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Wednesday 3rd May 2017
The Hollingworth ‘hoolie’ blew all day with strong sunshine. However, as evening prepared with clouds, the wind moderated enough to encourage 14 boats to set out to race. With a reduced duty team, a line start was needed and a single race sailed. With fast downwind legs Steve Crook and Sally Townend were soon into an unassailable lead and won the handicap. Conditions also suited Nick Brook in his Solo, who had battled with a couple of GP14s to become second overall. Martin Brennan and Steve Caladine had to wait for the final lap to overtake Andy Carter and Nick Hornsby and claim third place and leading GP14. The course may not have suited the RS200 of Richard and Lauren Marsh who finished fourth. Of the few capsizes, Evan Parry showed that he could get up and carry on quickly.

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Sunday 30th April  2017  –  A very windy day rounded off the Frostbite Trophy  

The GP14 fleet dominated the racing on Sunday on a very windy afternoon.  Some great racing especially in race 2 with all three GP14s trading places throughout.  It’s was great to welcome back Matt Mee and Chris Robinson who visited for the weekend and managed to take 3 race wins with Martin Brennan and Steve Caladine coming in second and Adam McGovern and Ellie Davies in third place overall.  Well done to all who managed in the strong winds, the spectators were treated to watching some fast and furious racing.

Sunday rounded off the Frostbite Trophy that covered the first two months of the season.  The overall spoils went to Martin Brennan’s GP14, that was crewed mainly by Steve Caladine, with Steve Crook & Sally Townend in their Merlin Rocket in second with Kevin Parry in third.

Frostbite Series - Overall

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Saturday 29th April 2017 – North West Junior Travellers Trophy

It was great to see a total of 49 youth and junior sailors in 41 different boats out on the water and enjoying themselves sailing in what was round 2 (of 10) of this year’s North West Junior Travellers Trophy.  The full results can be found on the 2017 Open Meetings page of our website.  Please click here to view the results

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Wednesday 26th April 2017

On Wednesday evening it was difficult to work out which was dropping quicker, the wind strength or the air temperature. However Nick Brook kept his Solo moving best to notch up his first Wednesday win of the season.

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Sunday 23rd April 2017
A great day to be sailing at the Lake, sun & wind
Perfect conditions greeted Club members at the Lake on Sunday for what proved to be a busy day commencing at 10.30am. The conditions suited sailing in all its forms starting with the first meeting of the Junior Fun Club. This initial get together was run by Rhiann Bramwell with her army of helpers, especially the parents. With parents helping in rigging the boats, 2 Toppers and 4 Oppies, the eight Junior members were quickly on the water and enjoying the calm conditions. The ages ran from 5 to 11 years old. The sailing and fun took place near TS Palatine. With the enthusiasm of the Junior members and continued support of parents this will, surely, become a fixture at HLSC.
In slightly more breeze 14 dinghies took to the water for the Spring Pursuit Race. The race was 50 minutes long with boats starting on their PY Rating. This resulted in one of the last boats to start, winning, namely Merlin Rocket 3596 helmed by Martin Watts, crewed by Renee Watts. They were pressed all the way by Chris Massey in his RS300.
The final two races of the day took place in more breeze, certainly with regard to the first one. The wind increased plus varied in strength and direction giving testing conditions especially for some of the newer sailors. 14 boats took to the water in the first race but had been reduced to six by Race 2. These two races were closely fought for with only 10 seconds in both races between first and second place. The GP 14063 of Martin Brennan crewed by Steve Caladine proved to be the fastest on handicap taking pole position in both races.
It was good to see Jasper Bramwell crewing in an RS200.

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Wednesday 19th April 2017
After a crowded start line the south westerly breeze meant the 12 boats out racing had a relatively short first beat to F mark to try to get themselves sorted out. After that the race began to settle down and the lightish breeze favoured the RS200 and Merlins who steadily pulled away from the other classes. So by the end of the two lap race the Marsh family in their RS200 had their first Wednesday evening win, followed by the Merlin of Steve Crook & Sally Townend with the newlyweds, Adam & Sam McGovern, in their GP14 in third place.

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Sunday 16th April 2017

It was a miserable drizzly day with a light wind that would not encourage sailors. In the first race, 7 boats set out to race with Martin Brennan in a Solo the comfortable winner, ahead of Chris Massey’s RS300. In third place was Adam Din, with Rana crewing, in a Club GP14. Graham Booth (Solo) came fourth and decided it was too cold to do any more races. Jasper Bramwell (Topper 4.2) tried, but did not manage to finish. The second race results were similar, except that Kevin Parry in his Topaz finished fourth and Jasper Bramwell did well to collect a fifth place in the single lap race (for the slower boats).
Four boats raced in the last one and again Martin Brennan beat Chris Massey on handicap, by a smaller margin after a better windward leg. Dave Smith (Solo) came in ahead of Kevin Parry.
So, overall it was again Martin Brennan winner for the day, ahead of Chris Massey, followed by Adam and Rana Din. The tie between Dave Smith and Kevin Parry (on points) went in Dave’s favour.

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Wednesday 12th April 2017

The late afternoon sunshine brought a good breeze off the Lake Bank. Chris Massey went out and enjoyed some exciting reaches in the RS300 before the race start. However, the wind had some flat spots and some found them after the start. There were narrow streaks of wind too. Of course the lead was fought between the RS200 of Richard and Heather Marsh and the RS300, with Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles in the GP14 ready to take advantage. On the second lap, Adam McGovern and Steve Mason closed up on Martin Brennan but were never able to break through. So, despite a run-away lead on the water by the RS300 and the RS200 not far behind, the winner again was Martin Brennan with Adam McGovern in runner-up place. Richard and Heather Marsh held third place on handicap. Other boats suffered the usual dieing breeze of a Wednesday evening.

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Sunday 9th April 2017

Despite the sunshine, there was some strength in gusts to catch out the unwary racing on Sunday. The handicap racing proves that the fastest boats do not necessarily win! Consistency still counts and so winning the first and second races gave Steve Crook and Heather Marsh in a Merlin Rocket the best results for the day, though finishing third in the third race. Martin Brennan and Andy Carter, in a GP14, were next best with a couple of runner-up spots and a win in the third race. Chris Massey in his RS300 single-hander was always challenging and came third overall on the day ahead of the RS200 of Richard and Lauren Marsh. Surprise of the day came with a second place in race 3 for Rana Din in a Laser Pico.

On Saturday, in a Junior Travellers event at Elton, in Bury, Adam Din was a convincing winner with young brother Jacob doing well too.

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Wednesday 6th April 2017

Wednesday was a challenging evening of racing in light westerly winds. However the GP14 of Martin Brennan / Sophia Miles managed to hold off the challenge of Richard & Lauren Marsh in their RS200 for the win. Third was the Merlin of Start Bates with Steve Caladine crewing for him.

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Sunday  2nd April  2017
Sunday was again blessed with sunshine and a light but fickle westerly air. This brought out the largest fleet of boats to enjoy the racing. The results again showed a mixture of success. The faster Merlin Rockets have to lead by a considerable margin which Stuart Bates and Tom Daniel managed for the first race. The second race was won by Andy and Elmarie Carter in a GP14, while Oliver Whitehead in a Solo won the third one. Overall, Stuart Bates and Tom Daniel had the best outcome on the day.

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Wednesday 29th March 2017

A wet and breezy evening started this summer’s Wednesday Evening Series, although it hardly felt like summer. 11 boats took to the water in dismal and wet conditions but with a decent southerly wind. As the wind held throughout the race then everyone just about finished before we ran out of light! After some close racing it was a 1st and 2nd for the GP14 sailors, Martin Brennan/Sophia Miles and Adam McGovern/Sam Barker. 3rd was Ste Mason in a Laser.

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Sunday 26th March: 
On Mother’s Day son Evan beats his Mum on the waterLast Sunday we had perfect weather conditions; a warm spring day, sunny with a NE wind which was decent in strength i.e. helm & crew both sitting out but not manic. Those who were out enjoyed some competitive racing with three different race winners, each from three different classes. However the standout performance of the day was from 14 year old Evan Parry racing in his Laser 4.7 who won the first race by the comfortable margin of 52 seconds on corrected time. Whilst on the water the various classes appeared spread out when the results were produced it was indeed confirmed that it had been excellent competitive day’s racing. If you look at the scored points for all the three races (i.e. no discards) Adam McGovern with Ellie Davies won the day with 5 points (1st in the third race & 2nds) followed by Evan in his Laser 4.7 with 8 points (a 1st, a 3rd & a 4th) and Steve Crook & Sally Townend in their Merlin had 9 points (with a 1st in the second race, a 2nd and a 6th!). So on Mother’s Day son Evan beat his Mum Sally.So after 12 (out of a possible 26) races for the Frostbite Trophy, Steve Crook leads the way with nett 15 points, followed by Martin Brennan with 18 points and Bruce Mager is in third place.

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Sunday 19th March 2017

Sunday’s incessant rain did not deter the keenest (and most competitive) sailors. The wind was not as strong as forecast and offered great racing conditions. The only problem was that the leading boats in the first and second races had a different course in their minds to the one that was set. So, in the first race all, except one, set off to round a mark that was not shown in the course. This gave a huge advantage to David Smith in his Solo who had it right. However Steve Crook and Sally Townend in their Merlin Rocket gained enough speed to finish in the lead while Smith was handicapped near the finish when his boom broke. In the second race, all except Martin Brennan and Steve Caladine in a GP14 rounded a downwind mark incorrectly and so were obliged to retire, giving the win to Brennan. All went better in the third race which Brennan won on handicap despite the speed of Crook haring away. Richard and Heather Marsh in the RS200 sailed steadily for a couple of third places.
So, at this stage, Steve Crook and Martin Brennan are tied on points. This makes it a Merlin and GP14 battle for overall lead, with the RS200 very close behind.

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Sunday 12th March  2017

It was the Merlin Rockets turn to show other racers the way round the Lake on Sunday. Conditions were better than expected with sunshine to start with, before light rain and a shift in the westerly wind. Steve Crook and Sally Townend led the way round in the first and third races, but Richard Marsh and young Lauren, in a RS200, liked the second race which suited their asymetric spinnaker. Over the 2 Sundays, they still lead the results. On the day, Stuart Bates and Andy Hilton, in a Merlin, were close with a couple of second places giving them third place overall, ahead of another Merlin with Bruce Mager and Craig Jowett close behind. Colin Knott and Richard Long got their GP14 ready for the last race where they came third after applying the handicap.
The results for the Frostbite Series will be covering the Sundays in March and April so, at this stage, it is too early to tell likely winners.

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Sunday 5th March 2017

Ten boats set out for the opening races of the season at the Lake. This was made up of 8 different classes of dinghy, some new to the Lake. Although others may have found the day wet and miserable, sailors were pleased to get out on the water again.
In the best wind of the day, Tom Daniel and Jane Clayton in a Merlin Rocket won the first race. The second race better suited the RS200 of Richard Marsh and young daughter Lauren. The third race was shortened as the wind dropped and changed direction. Adam McGovern in a Laser was well placed to secure the victory.
As racing is now based on a handicap system, the overall results for the day, gave the Merlin Rocket victory followed by the RS200. Consistency by Martin Brennan and Andrew Brook in a GP14 put them in third place overall, ahead of the Laser of Adam McGovern and the unusual looking single-handed RS300 of Chris Massey in fifth place.