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A fleet of fifteen Snipes turned out to compete in this year's Howarth Trophy weekend. Sole visitor was Matt Stephenson from Blithfield SC in Staffordshire, a newcomer to the Class. After a week of unsettled weather, Saturday's forecast looked promising - force 2 to 3 westerly ( a good direction for Budworth) with plenty of sunshine. Race 1 got off to a good start but the wind gradually died and light weather skills were taxed to the limit. Mark Antonelli established a lead and successfully held off the opposition to the finish with Eric Paalman and John Love fighting for second place. The start of the second race was delayed until some semblance of wind returned. Yet again, the wind died to the odd zephyr moving randomly around the lake. John managed to ghost round the raft of leading boats and was very gratified to hear the shorten course signal. The wind returned for the last race of the day and skill took over from luck,enabling Mark, Eric and Phil Hackney to battle for the honours.

Sunday's forecast was interesting - force 2 southwesterly (not good) gusting 5 after lunch - and that was what we got. By Sod's Law, gusts arrived from nowhere at the most inconvenient moments. Though no one capsized, several helms thought better of it and pulled their boats out early. Mark mastered the conditions best and posted a trio of firsts to clinch the trophy. At the start of the final race, team Paalman were only one point ahead of team Love so a battle for the runner-up position was inevitable. Both boats were neck and neck at the penultimate mark and a frantic tacking battle ensued up to the finish line. James Prestwich had his moment of glory when he picked up a lifting gust and swept through from 50 yards behind to cross the line just ahead of Eric, then John.

Helm Crew Club Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points Position
Mark Antonelli Anita McSorley Budworth 30226 1 4 1 1 1 1 5 1
Eric Paalman Lynn Paalman Budworth 30834 2 3 2 2 4 3 12 2
John Love Deborah Love Budworth 29834 3 1 8 4 2 4 14 3
James Prestwich Miles Buckley Budworth 30227 5 7 6 3 3 2 19 4
Will Williams Steve Williams Budworth 28276 6 9 4 5 5 DNC 29 5
Matt Stephenson Catherine Stephens Blithfield SC 29977 7 8 12 6 7 6 34 6
Mark Philpott Carole Philpott Budworth 29906 10 11 9 7 6 5 37 7
Phil Hackney Emma Hackney Budworth 30617 4 2 3 DNC DNC DNC 41 8
Pauline Penny Susan Robertson Budworth 29163 11 12 10 10 9 8 48 9
Roland Antonelli Emma Antonelli Budworth 80226 DNF 14 5 DNF 10 7 52 10
Mike Andrews Ted Thompson/Giles Budworth 20023 13 15 14 9 8 9 53 11
David Whittaker Charles Whittaker Budworth 30441 9 5 DSQ 8 DNC DNC 54 12
Nigel Harrison Andrew Fullard Budworth 26734 8 6 11 DNC DNC DNC 57 13
Roger Gardner Paul Gilmour Budworth 29408 12 10 7 DNC DNC DNC 61 14
Jim Corbridge John Corbridge Budworth 28034 14 13 13 DNC DNC DNC 72 15

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