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Budworth Sailing Club

Budworth again hosted this event which attracted seven boats. Competitors were mainly from Snipe families, several names being well known on the Mirror junior circuit. After a week of strong winds, sunshine and gentle breezes were the order of the day. Wind direction varied from SE to SW, not the best direction for course setting on the mere.

In the first of the four races, Ben Crompton took an early lead, with brother Tom in hot pursuit, followed by Becky Partridge who was able to extract a lively turn of speed from her borrowed 'heritage' Skipper Snipe - much to the envy of it's owner. A flat spot at the windward mark upset the placings with Ben being overtaken by Tom, Becky and Mike Hackney. Geoffrey Edwards was also well in contention but suffered diqualification for an over-adventurous leeward mark rounding tactic.

In Race 2, the wind piped up a bit - enough to cause the only capsize of the day. Mike led the fleet in the early stages but Tom, Ben and latterly Becky overhauled him and held their places to the finish. Race 3 followed a similar pattern with Mike leading on the first lap but, by the finish, succumbing to the faster opposition of Ben, Tom and Becky.

By the final race, the wind had veered round to the south west and a completely new course was set. At the end of the first lap, Mike was yet again up front followed by Ben and Kathryn Halmshaw. However, Becky and Geoffrey steadily moved up from the back of the fleet to finish first and second leaving Mike with third place.

The number of entries and standard of racing in the junior fleet was most encouraging but sadly the ladies in the Class could not be persuaded to compete in any numbers. It has to be said that there was a late entry from a Marcia Ann T Nelly crewed by Pippa Hacknee. The PRO became suspicious and demanded to inspect their credentials at which Hacknee became very agitated and handbagged him. Their entry was refused under rule 69.1

1 GBR27106 Tom Crompton Rob Partridge 4
2 GBR20023 Becky Partridge Elena Bremer 6
3 GBR29677 Ben Crompton Katy Sampson 7
4 GBR29163 Mike Hackney Jenny Martin 10
5 GBR26671 Geoffrey Edwards William Edwards 13
6 GBR29411 Sam Robinson Gordon Robinson 18


1 GBR20023 Becky Partridge Rob Partridge 6
2 GBR20690 Kathryn Halmshaw Emma Town 17

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