Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 20 May 2021

Changeable weather made for difficult conditions for sailing at the lake on Sunday 16 May, but it was a good day for a number of junior members to get out on the water.

The afternoon began with the annual Spring Pursuit Race. Boats start in timed sequence with the slowest boats first away and lasts for an hour. It was the turn of two 9-year-olds, Jessica Marsh and Annabelle Hayfield, to lead the way in their Optimist dinghies. Although there was very little wind, they managed to get well away.

It was some time before the Solos and Lasers could start. Martin Brennan (Solo) found enough air to get away and make progress. Some breeze picked up from an easterly direction which brough him into the lead with others of senior sailors making progress. In the end, Brennan won the race, followed by Tom Daniel in a Laser, Dave Smith in a Phantom and Kevin Parry in a Solo.

The two following Spring Series races were sailed in a better, but shifty south east wind. In such conditions, Brennan is hard to beat! Mike Smith was the closest in another Solo and young Jacob Din (Laser) sailed well into third place.

There were fewer boats out for the last race and the results were familiar. Again, the order was Brennan and Mike Smith in Solos, with Dave Smith next in his Phantom.

Over the weekend, two Junior members were at a Topper Training Weekend at Pennine SC where, in a testing Open meeting, 16-year-old Daisy Fisher took first place and 13 years old Jasper Bramwell finished fifth.

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