May Bank Holiday Weekend 2023

Due to poor conditions on Saturday racing was cancelled for the day. As is typical, a gentle breeze filled in soon after the cancellation was announced!

Matt/Oliver took the honours in their RS200, with Dave/Lynn in a GP 2nd, and Chris/Laura in a RS200 third.

Paul Carruthers Memorial Trophy final results

Sunday’s racing was scheduled to start at 1030, but the lighter than forecast wind delayed matters for just over 30 minutes. The first club race was the Paul Carruthers Memorial Trophy postponed from Saturday. The wind was light and variable but sufficient to keep the fleets moving.

The wind freshened on the final beat, and it looked promising that the forecast winds were coming in, but it was necessary to wait until after the lunch break for that to happen.

The higher winds after lunch led to some great spinnaker legs, hairy gybes, with numerous capsizes, and some challenging shifts to test the sailors.

After three races the overnight leaders were Robbie D/Ian in the F15s, Cam in the Handicap fleet, Dave/Lynn in the GPs, and Phil/Oliver in the Mirrors (results for club members in the Mirror Northerns count towards this championship series).

Phil/Oliver led the Mirror Northerns too, with Will/Isabelle Crocker being highest placed visitors 2nd.

Gareth Ede was overnight leader in the Catapults

Monday’s wind was less blustery, but just as shifty. The Mirrors and Catapults had an earlier start planned to get their final races in before lunch. However, with echoes of scenes from Jaws, the committee boat was at anchor preparing for the start when it started being towed backwards! Was it a whale, shark, or a submarine? No, one of the rescue boats moving a mark dragged its mooring across the committee boat’s anchor warp! A few minutes later the lines were disentangled, and the start line reset.

Another win by Phil/Oliver Smith from Bass secured their overall lead to win the Northern area Championship. Angus/Isla Armstrong from West Kirby finished 2nd overall, with Will/Isabelle Crocker from Welton 3rd, equal on points, but losing out on countback.

Mirror Northern Areas final results

More consistent sailing by Gareth Ede earned him 1st overall ahead of John Terry 2nd, and George Evans 3rd. At the prize giving Gareth thanked the club on behalf of the visitors for an enjoyable weekend.

Catapult TT final results

After the prize giving, the club sailors went out for their final race of the weekend series. The sun broke through, and the wind settled to offer champagne sailing conditions at the end of a busy weekend’s sailing.

Neil/Rory took another win to secure the Jak Pot trophy for F15s, with Robbie D/Ian 2nd.

Matt/Oliver won the May Holiday Trophy in the handicap fleet, with Scumper in RS100 2nd, and Chris/Laura in RS200 3rd

Val/Ken won the final race, but it was Dave/Lynn that won the Lyne Tankard for GPs, with Val/Ken 2nd, and James/Jenny 3rd.

A couple of wins by Alex/Saskia in a Mirror won them the Peel Pot, with Phil/Oliver 2nd, and Andy/Izzy/Olivia 3rd.

Jak Pot final results