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September again, time for Snipes to have a little time on their own on the lake.

As James summed up these last few weekends of sailing at Budworth – perfect conditions for the prevailing competitors!

The afternoon started with the sun out and the clubhouse bedecked in pink to befit the occasion.

The wind was gentle to begin with – may be to encourage the ladies who ventured out, especially those who don’t get an opportunity to helm a Snipe very often. Of course Pauline and Michelle are accustomed to all Budworth weather conditions and foreign seas can throw at them even Southport’s.

My helm for the day the ‘combat ready’ Kathryn, getting last minute technique tips from Mark before the racing – to which she confessed it was like a light bulb moment and helped her greatly, though towards the end of the 4 races she had to admit to relapsing a little to her old habits, even so the chant ‘feeding the fishes’ rang out in the boat for the majority of tacks.

By race 2 the wind had strengthened though the sun still shined. Mark joined the ladies on part of the course in Kathryn and Dave’s kayak with Freya getting a good view of her mum in action, before she nodded off (Freya not Tracy) with the lulling of the mere in the background. Kathryn had showed me how to use her racing watch which I duly forgot by the time we were sailing. But this time somehow we were ‘in sync’ and lined up perfectly – so we crossed the line in joint first place and managed to keep at the front most of the way round… we were enjoying the feeling so much we didn’t realize it was the last lap and at the ‘boat-H ‘ mark Eric shouted “you may want to tack now Kathryn!” .. Just too late for us to make up the gap and we watched as Ali and Katie, pretty in their wings and tutus, crossed the line first.

The next race the clouds came over and ‘the’ wind picked up again, Tracy unfortunately called it a day, so Mark became Caroline Cawood’s crew. Bernice also had to leave so ‘Jeanette’ Prestwich was free to sail out of the competition, anyway ‘her hair’ had gone the way of Robin’s plate and joined the fishes.

The last race the sun made an appearance again, though it wasn’t shining on us this time as we sped towards the line with still 30 seconds to go, having to tack away meant we were behind the remaining 2 boats. This distance was exacerbated by the jib sheet coming loose and Kathryn cursing Dave (but ultimately too many ropes and knots!). We hastily rectified it with another 3 rudimentary knots! Trying to catch up on the last downwind leg we just enjoyed the early autumnal sun on the mere and the beautifully bedecked boats of yellow (P&M) crossing the line 2nd and pink (Ali & Katie) in 1st and that’s how the results ended. We were chuffed with our prizes for fancy dress, for making the most of daughter’s face paint and our husband’s army history /outdoor passion!

I think we all had an enjoyable afternoon with great organization, atmosphere, costumes and boats bedazzled and delicious cream teas to finish.

September again, time for Snipes to have a little time on their own on the lake.

As James summed up these last few weekends of sailing at Budworth – perfect conditions for the prevailing competitors!

The afternoon started with the sun out and the clubhouse bedecked in pink to befit the occasion.

The wind was gentle to begin with – may be to encourage the ladies who ventured out, especially those who don’t get an opportunity to helm a Snipe very often. Of course Pauline and Michelle are accustomed to all Budworth weather conditions and foreign seas can throw at them even Southport’s.

My helm for the day the ‘combat ready’ Kathryn, getting last minute technique tips from Mark before the racing – to which she confessed it was like a light bulb moment and helped her greatly, though towards the end of the 4 races she had to admit to relapsing a little to her old habits, even so the chant ‘feeding the fishes’ rang out in the boat for the majority of tacks.

By race 2 the wind had strengthened though the sun still shined. Mark joined the ladies on part of the course in Kathryn and Dave’s kayak with Freya getting a good view of her mum in action, before she nodded off (Freya not Tracy) with the lulling of the mere in the background. Kathryn had showed me how to use her racing watch which I duly forgot by the time we were sailing. But this time somehow we were ‘in sync’ and lined up perfectly – so we crossed the line in joint first place and managed to keep at the front most of the way round… we were enjoying the feeling so much we didn’t realize it was the last lap and at the ‘boat-H ‘ mark Eric shouted “you may want to tack now Kathryn!” .. Just too late for us to make up the gap and we watched as Ali and Katie, pretty in their wings and tutus, crossed the line first.

The next race the clouds came over and ‘the’ wind picked up again, Tracy unfortunately called it a day, so Mark became Caroline Cawood’s crew. Bernice also had to leave so ‘Jeanette’ Prestwich was free to sail out of the competition, anyway ‘her hair’ had gone the way of Robin’s plate and joined the fishes.

The last race the sun made an appearance again, though it wasn’t shining on us this time as we sped towards the line with still 30 seconds to go, having to tack away meant we were behind the remaining 2 boats. This distance was exacerbated by the jib sheet coming loose and Kathryn cursing Dave (but ultimately too many ropes and knots!). We hastily rectified it with another 3 rudimentary knots! Trying to catch up on the last downwind leg we just enjoyed the early autumnal sun on the mere and the beautifully bedecked boats of yellow (P&M) crossing the line 2nd and pink (Ali & Katie) in 1st and that’s how the results ended. We were chuffed with our prizes for fancy dress, for making the most of daughter’s face paint and our husband’s army history /outdoor passion!

I think we all had an enjoyable afternoon with great organization, atmosphere, costumes and boats bedazzled and delicious cream teas to finish.

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