Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 30 June 2021

An open meeting for the Solo class attracted 20 boats to Hollingworth Lake on Sunday 27 June. The winner, Adam Froggatt, came from Chase Sailing Club in the West Midlands with others from the Lake District, Yorkshire, Shropshire and more local clubs.

In breezy conditions, there were a number of capsizes and the safety team were well occupied.

The first race was marred by a shift in wind direction that made the windward legs one sided and the downwind ones a lottery. Adam Froggatt worked his way through from a poor start to win, followed by Steve Denison and Ian Hopwood who were too busy vieing for the lead to cover each other.

The second race again saw Froggatt at the front, but he was passed by Martin Brennan, who was able to use his local knowledge to win. Two sailors from Burwain had improved results with Stephen Graham taking third ahead of Innes Armstrong.

The final race had a change of course with better legs to windward and the wind changing from strong to flat calm and back again. These conditions seemed to suit Ian Hopwood, from Nantwich, who won and Matt Sharman, from Leigh & Lowton, with Froggatt in third place.

Overall, it was a clear win for Froggatt who coped well with varying conditions. Ian Hopwood took the runner-up spot and Martin Brennan, with a solid performance, finished in third place.

Away from home, Daisy Fisher and Jasper Bramwell were competing at Grafham Water in the Topper Inland Championship. With 99 boats competing, their results were impressive. Daisy (16 years old) finished 15th overall and Jasper (13 years old) did very well at 36th overall in his first national event.

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