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The Snipe Class celebrated its 75th anniversary this weekend with a special Friday afternoon of racing to coincide with the NW Championship held at Budworth SC. The Fridays racing focussed on the “serious fun” part of the Snipe motto whilst the “serious sailing” was left for the main event.

The wind was light and from the south west, which is not the best direction for the lake. The windward legs were quite short but tested all the crews as there were large shifts to take advantage of. The race committee made the most of the lake and set good courses throughout the weekend.

All of the races were closely fought and the positions changed frequently in the shifty conditions. In most races the winner was still not decided until the very last moments of the race. The close competition was seen through out the fleet during the whole of the weekend. There were many personal battles to be seen with lots of close tactical racing which the Snipe is renowned for.

However the top of the fleet was dominated by Mark Antonelli and Susan Robertson, Iain and Richard Marshall, Alan Williams and Liz Crouch and Bill Kenyon and Ben Ditchburn, who were making a guest appearance from the local GP14 fleet.

The overall winner was not decided until the last race. Local junior sailor Will Williams crewed by his dad Steve, had a great start and lead the top sailors for a good part of the race. However, they were eventually overhauled by Alan and Liz and Iain and Richard, who eventually finished 1st and 2nd in the race. Mark and Susan were unlucky on some shifts and never quite got back in the running in the last race, making Alan and Liz the regatta winners.

Howarth Trophy

RankHelm NameCrew NameSail No.R1R2R3R4R5R6Total Net
1st Alan Williams Liz Crouch 30316 5 0.75 0.75 0.75 2 0.75 5
2nd Mark Antonelli Susan Robertson 30226 0.75 2 2 3 0.75 25 RTD 8.5
3rd Iain Marshall Richard Marshall 29501 2 4 27 RTD 2 5 2 15
4th Bill Kenyon Ben Ditchburn 26671 6 3 4 4 4 3 18
5th Phil Hackney Emma Hackney 30441 9 8 6 5 6 5 30
6th Eric Paalman Tom Ditchburn 29538 3 6 5 12 11 6 31
7th Ian Knight Peter Reeves 29164 12 5 3 10 10 9 37
8th John Love Debra Love 27098 7 13 7 11 9 7 41
9th Brian Gregory Alex Sharp 30315 4 14 8 19 3 12 41
10th Stuart Totten Jill Totten 29970 18 11 12 8 7 4 42
11th Ali Cormack Caroline Fox 29163 8 12 13 6 14 10 49
12th Ian Gregory Cecile Munoz 28451 24 7 14 14 8 8 51
13th Will Williams Stephen Williams 21746 10 15 11 17 19 11 64
14th Kath Alexander Lynn Paalman 29677 17 10 20 7 12 18 64
15th Roland Antonelli   Pauline Penny 29794 16 9 16 16 18 13 70
16th David Alexander Frances Alexander 29676 14 27 RTD 15 13 13 15 70
17th Mark Philpot Carole Philpot 26996 11 22 9 23 16 14 72
18th Nigel Harrison Andrew Fullard 26734 13 17 27 RTD 15 15 17 77
19th Sue Roberts Andrew Wibroe 29611 20 21 27 RTD 9 17 16 83
20th Jim Corbridge John Corbridge 28034 19 19 10 18 20 20 86
21st Rob Ditchburn Michelle Ditchburn 29411 22 20 17 20 21 23 100
22nd Roger Gardner Paul Gilmore 28639 23 16 22 22 25 RTD 21 104
23rd Malcolm Tipler Miles Buckley 24704 25 23 21 25 RTD 22 19 110
24th Peter Wibroe Caroline Murdoch 29408 26 24 23 21 23 22 113
25th Ross Crook Claudia Lewins   15 18 27 RTD 28 DNS 28 DNS 28 DNS 116
26th Steve Sharp Nichola Sharp 25225 21 28 19 28 DNS 28 DNS 28 DNS 124

75th Anniverary Race

RankHelm NameCrew Name  R1R2R3Total
1st Mark Antonelli     Susan Robertson 1 5 7 18.5
2nd Bill Kenyon Ben Ditchburn 6 1 3 24
3rd Phil Hackney Emma Hackney 3 2 1 28
4th Eric Paalman Tom Ditchburn 2 4 2 28
5th Ian Knight Peter Reeves 4 3 5 39
6th Will Williams Stephen Williams 8 6 4 65
7th Roland Antonelli   Pauline Penny 5 7 6 68
8th Roger Gardner Paul Gilmore 7 9 8 108
9th Malcolm Tipler Miles Buckley 9 8 9 111

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