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Budworth SC held it’s Snipe Open Meeting over the weekend of the 18/19th September. The fleet of 22 included visiting boats from Blue Circle, Shoreham & Blackwater SC’s who bravely ventured north of Watford to experience the joys of northern pond sailing.

Three races were sailed on Saturday, the first two in a reasonable force 2 -3 breeze and the third in what eventually became a drift. Wins were shared between Phil & Emma Hackney, Steve & Alison Hubbard and Mark Antonelli crewed by Anita McSorley. Other notable performances included James Prestwich, 2nd in race 1 and Ian Knight & Debbie Marshall who led for much of race 2 eventually finishing 2nd despite having forgotten to write the course down!

The overnight lead was held by the Phil/Emma on 6 points with the Steve/Alison & Mark/Anita level on 10 points. The fleet enjoyed an excellent meal in the clubhouse on Saturday night prepared by Fleet Captain Pauline Penny, Michelle Ditchburn & Alison Hubbard followed by various team games including the building of replica Snipes.

A delayed start on Sunday morning allowed time for the wind to fill in and heads to clear! In Race 4teve & Alison established a significant early lead which they held to the finish despite Mark & Anita closing the gap to a boat length by the finish. In Race 5 it was Mark & Anita’s turn to establish and protect an early lead. The chasing pack included Roger Gardiner, Geoff Edwards & Rob Ditchburn with Geoff and Rob eventually taking 2nd & 3rd respectively.

With one race left to sail, the Phil/Emma, Steve/ Alison and Mark/Anita all had a chance to win the event. After a general recall the fleet started at the second attempt and it was the Steve & Alison who led at the windward mark and proceeded to build a lead downwind. For two laps, things were looking good for a Hubbard victory, but eventually the pressure from the closing pack forced a couple of poor decisions on the downwind leg which allowed Mark & Anita through into the lead which they held to take the race and the event.

Victory speech: Mark Antonelli paid tribute to the excellent race management team led by Steve Hayward and the hard work of many others which contributed to an enjoyable weekend for all who took part.

Helm Crew Club Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points Position
Mark Antonellli Anita McSorley Budworth 30226 4 5 1 2 1 1 9 1
Phil Hackney Emma Hackney Budworth 30617 1 3 2 3 OCS 4 13 2
Steve Hubbard Alison Hubbard Budworth 26671 3 1 6 1 4 7 15 3
Eric Paalman Chris Newson Budworth 30834 5 6 14 4 6 3 24 4
Ian Knight Debbie Marshall Shoreham 29164 6 2 4 8 7 6 25 5
Graham Hoy Hannah Parker Blackwater 29677 8 4 3 9 5 11 29 6
Geoff Edwards Becky Partridge Budworth 26996 9 9 10 16 2 2 32 7
Roland Antonelli Sarah Cotton Budworth 80226 11 7 8 6 12 9 41 8
David Whitaker Jane Whittaker Budworth 30441 7 DNF 7 10 14 8 46 9
Rob Ditchburn Michelle Ditchburn Budworth 29411 15 13 5 17 3 17 53 10
James Prestwich Lucy Bolton Budworth 30227 2 10 16 11 17 DNF 56 11
Nigel Harrison Andrew Fullard Budworth 26734 10 14 15 14 10 15 63 12
Jim Corbridge John/Sam Corbridge Budworth 28034 16 12 12 7 16 16 63 13
Richard Lambert Peter Tipler Budworth 20557 12 15 18 5 19 14 64 14
Mike Andrews Paul Andrews Budworth 20023 18 18 13 20 8 13 70 15
Pauline Penny Susan Robertson Budworth 29163 13 16 9 15 18 18 71 16
Rodger Gardner JOrdan Lydiate Budworth 28639 17 17 19 18 9 10 71 17
Steve Sharp Nicola Sharp Budworth 25225 DNC DNC DNC 13 13 5 73 18
Stephen Johnstone Myles Johnstone Budworth 29970 DNF 8 17 19 11   75 19
Roger Barnes Catherine Kelham Budworth 29538 14 11 11 DNC DNC DNC 78 20
Steve Kelham Catherine Kelham Budworth 27098 DNC DNC DNC 12 15 12 81 21

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