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Budworth Sailing Club: 25th May 2009

Seven boats entered the Snipe Ladies and Junior event at Budworth Sailing Club. Luckily the forecasted 1mph wind turned out to be 5mph with plenty of Sun. Two Junior Snipe teams, Tom Ditchburn crewed by Alex Sharp and Will Williams crewed by Tom Lancaster, were keen to fight it out between them. The start line was shared with another five ladies Snipe teams so the boys had to negotiate experienced and lesser experienced helms. It soon became apparent that the boys had the upper hand and finished first and second alternatively in every race (five sailed in total). At times they were challenged by Deborah Love (crewed by Chris Campey). Deborah normally sails a Firefly but showed that she has mastered the Snipe and is able to sail at a very competitive level. The other ladies’ teams challenged each other and ensured that there was a good competition going for fourth and fifth place. Two Snipes contained female helms with male crews. Although not being able to qualify the event proved an excellent learning experience for those and hopefully next year they will enter with a qualifying crew. After race four the boys were level pegging with two wins each. The final race would determine the outcome. Until now Will Williams proved to be the better starter whilst Tom Ditchburn had the upper hand in open water benefiting from plenty of practise with Alex Sharp. The last race saw Will Williams leading Tom Ditchburn around the first mark. Tom managed to keep his head cool and Will didn’t cover him on the next beat. Tom rounded ahead of Will and on the reach Tom pulled a lead of about 4 boat lengths that Will couldn’t get back. So Tom Ditchburn & Alex Sharp won the overall and Junior event with Will Williams & Tom Lancaster a worthy second. Deborah Love & Chris Campey came third overall and won the Ladies competition. Sarah Cotton crewed by John Love couldn’t qualify, thus second place went to Pauline Penny & Michelle Ditchburn. One of the races saw 10 year old Charles Whitaker helming. He looked very comfortable and with a bit more practise he should be able to sail next year the whole event.

Thanks go to Snipers who were prepared to lend their priced possessions out to sometimes less, or more, experienced helms. Without this typical spirited Snipe behaviour the event might not be as successful. See you next year.

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName >R1 >R2 >R3 >R4 >R5 >Total >Nett
1st GBR26671 Budworth SC Tom Ditchburn Alex Sharp 0.75 (2.00) 0.75 2.00 0.75 6.25 4.25
2nd GBR28276 Budworth SC Will Williams Tom Lancaster (2.00) 0.75 2.00 0.75 2.00 7.50 5.50
3rd GBR24154 Budworth SC Deborah Love Chris Campey 3.00 3.00 3.00 (4.00) 3.00 16.00 12.00
4th GBR27098 Budworth SC Sarah Cotton John Love 4.00 4.00 4.00 (5.00) 5.00 22.00 17.00
5th GBR29163 Budworth SC Pauline Penny Michelle Ditchburn 5.00 (6.00) 6.00 3.00 4.00 24.00 18.00
6th GBR30441 Budworth SC Jane Whitaker Charles Whitaker (7.00) 5.00 5.00 7.00 7.00 31.00 24.00
7th GBR29538 Budworth SC Debbie Sutcliffe Kate Lewins 6.00 (7.00) 7.00 6.00 6.00 32.00 25.00

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