2017 Sailing News

Wednesday 19th April 
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.

Wednesdays after 4

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Sunday 16th April 

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.

Frostbite after 23 races

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Wednesday 12th April

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 

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

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 
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 

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 

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  

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

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.