Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 08 July 2021

Sailors did not enjoy the best of conditions for racing at Hollingworth Lake on Sunday 4 July. Six boats turned up on the day for the Summer Pursuit Race, which started in dry weather with a light wind.

That did not hold and when the rain came, the wind died and it was drifting conditions.

Martin Brennan in his Solo is an expert in light airs and was the comfortable winner, ahead of Andy Wake, also in a Solo, and Chris Massey with Tom Daniel in a Scorpion. They were unable to take advantage of the speed generated by a large spinnaker.

These boats turned out again for another race with similar results. Racing in heavy rain and little wind is not the fun that sailors enjoy!

There was much else going on for sailors over the weekend. At Ullswater, the annual Lord Birkett Trophy Race (who is credited with saving the water from becoming a reservoir in 1962) was held. In a turnout of 155 boats, Richard and Heather Marsh in a RS400 finished 13th.

At the prize-giving for Topper sailors in the North, Daisy Fisher came away with many trophies at the conclusion of a series of events. She is the travellers winner in both the North West and North East and area champion for the North East.

A number of the club’s Merlin Rocket sailors are now away on their annual pilgrimage to Salcombe for a week where they are already having an impact in the results.

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