Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October – Merlin Rocket Open Meeting
The weekend is planned to be a five race series with the first race, of the three scheduled races, on the Saturday starting no earlier than 1.00pm.
Only the races on Saturday 28th October count towards the Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller competition. The races on both Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October count towards the Hollingworth Lake SC Merlin Rocket Open Meeting (the Felucca Trophy).
All the details about this Open Meeting can be found on the Notice Of Race which can be viewed by clicking here: NOR – HLSC Merlin Rocket Open 2017
Saturday 7th October – Solo Open Meeting
Report by Dave Smith
Eight visitors from 6 clubs joined 11 home boats to compete in our Solo Open Meeting on Saturday 7 October. However, the real business of the day was to determine which of 3 helms, Steve Graham (Burwain), Steve Denison (Hollingworth) and Martin Honnor (Ogston) would win the Solo Northern Series overall.
The late change of date for the event, caused by a half marathon and road closures around the lake, prevented Graham from attending due to a clash with his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebrations so it was a 2 horse race between Denison & Honnor. Whoever beat the other would take the series title.
Competitors arrived to a lake shrouded in low grey cloud, light rain and blustery Force 3-4 winds from the south west, not the best of directions for Hollingworth Lake. Race Officer Steve Crook and his team started race 1 bang on time at 11 o’clock. On the first lap the wind direction became more westerly which made the second beat rather one sided so the race team moved the position of the second windward mark for subsequent laps. First blood was taken by Honnor who led the race from start to finish, albeit pushed hard by Denison in second place. Ian Hopwood (Nantwich) completed the podium in third.
After a hearty lunch, race 2 got underway at 12.50. This time, Innes Armstrong (Burwain) spoilt the party by taking the win from Honnor & Denison in that order. Race 3 was sailed back to back. Julian Parry & Tom Daniel (both Hollingworth) started to leeward of the pack and drove out of the start line, taking advantage of more wind and clear air, sailing hard left up to Café Point where they picked up the usual port shift to round the windward mark in strong positions. Honnor worked his way to the front of the fleet, only to relinquish his lead to Parry on the final beat. A great result for Parry sailing a borrowed 14 year old boat in such a competitive fleet. Armstrong took third from Denison who could only make fourth.
So it was that Martin Honnor took the open meeting win in impressive style and with it the Solo Northern Series.
Tuesday 4th July – North West Senior Travellers Series
On Tuesday 4th July we welcomed 19 visitors who all took part in our ‘leg’ of the RYA North West Senior Travellers Series. After a delayed start of about half an hour whilst we waited for the forecast wind to arrive the 20 boats then enjoyed some close racing in a reasonable breeze (plus some rain!). Well done to Andy Flitcroft from Bolton, in his Supernova, on taking the win having had two firsts. Here are the full results:
Sunday 11th June – Laser Open Meeting
Sunday 11th June saw 16 sailors come along to our Laser Open Meeting on a day of brisk winds and, as a result, plenty of thrills and spills. The event was dominated by HLSC’s Richard Marsh, back in a Laser after a few years away, who won with two firsts and a second followed by Malcolm Marsden and Graham Macwhirter who were only separated by Malcolm’s first in the last race. Here are the full results:
Sunday 14th May – GP14 / Scorpion Open Meeting
Hollingworth Lake SC held a combined Northern Bell series GP14 Open Scorpion Open on Sunday 14th May. Although the Club does not have any Scorpions, it has one member who is well known in that fleet as a crew, so all boats were visitors enjoying a change of scene.
With a good day’s forecast, boats set out little noticing a dark cloud in the west. The Scorpions got away at the start and some 5 minutes later the GP14s started as the rogue cloud became blacker and the wind increased. The Scorpions were on the downwind leg by now, while the GPs were battered by the wind and hail that followed on the first beat and continued on the first downwind leg. The younger (and fitter) sailors coped readily. So Andy McKee and Chris Massey stormed away in the Scorpions, and Adam McGovern and Chris Robinson took the GP lead. These two boats were to take the honours for the day. As the sun returned, the wind became more variable and shifty.
After a good lunch, two races were sailed back-to-back. At first, the wind became more north westerly, it strengthened to give excellent racing conditions. There was no change to the lead in either fleet but the second and third places were contested. In the final race, Steve Walker and Jerry Hannabuss in the Scorpions got the best of the start and never surrendered the lead to Andy McKee. In the GPs, Martin Brennan and Richard Long had the lead for much of the race, gradually succumbing to Adam McGovern on the last lap.
Saturday 29th April – North West Junior Travellers Trophy
Saturday 29th April saw a total of 49 youth and junior sailors in 41 different boats sailing in what was round 2 of 10 of this year’s North West Junior Travellers Trophy. Some photos of the days sailing can be found here http://www.hlsc.org.uk/nw-junior-travellers-2017/
Here are the results:
The relevant Notice Of Race for all these Open Meetings will appear here as the date of the Open Meeting draws nearer. We will also post the results and a report about the event here after the Open Meeting.
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