Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 11 May 2022

There was a good turnout of boats at the Lake on Sunday 8 May to enjoy racing in the sunshine and a south westerly breeze.

The day started with the Spring Pursuit Race where the slowest boats start first in a timed sequence. So, following boats were led by two Juniors in Toppers who were gradually overtaken. Early starters Millie Hayfield and Lauren Marsh in a RS Feva held on well to finish in 4th place, an excellent outcome for them. It was Adam McGovern with young Jasper Bramwell as crew in a GP14 who overtook many others to win. Dave Smith, in a Phantom, held off the challenge of the fastest boat, an RS400 - the last boat to start - sailed by Richard and Heather Marsh, to be runner up.

There were many shifts in the winds to challenge racers and change places in the afternoon racing. The first series race was won comfortably by Richard and Heather Marsh as the wind direction gave plenty of opportunity to maximise their downwind speed. Adam McGovern and Jasper Bramwell got the best of wind shifts to secure second place. Julian Parry and Sally Townend, in a Merlin Rocket had the best results of the four Merlins out, finishing in third place.

Fewer boats started the second race. Here Nick Brook, in a Solo, surprised himself by rounding the first mark in the lead. He held the advantage to win on handicap. Julian Parry and Sally Townend came in second with the Marshs in third place.


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