Sailing: Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
Date published: 12 December 2019
Photo: Martin Watts
Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
The final Sunday of racing at the lake (8 December) was a sharp contrast to recent days with strong westerly gusts hitting the lake.
Everyone suffered a capsize at some stage. The main survivors, and winner of both races, were Chris Massey and Tom Daniel in a Scorpion. They even flew the spinnaker down hairy legs of the course. In the first race, they were pressed hard by Richard and Heather Marsh in a RS200 and Steve Crook with Evan Parry in a Merlin Rocket.
However, rounding a mark to fly away downwind, the Crook/Parry pairing had a dramatic capsize and eventually decided to call it a day.
Two young sailors were out in a Mirror for the first race and bravely kept going to the finish. They, Hector Droungas and Jacob Din, decided to sail their Topper dinghies in the second race. With increasing strength gusts, they both capsized several times.
Jacob Din however managed to continue to the finish and was rewarded with second place.
Although there will be some activity on the water during this winter period, club racing begins again in March.
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