Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 15 July 2021

The best turnout so far this year enjoyed racing in a light southerly wind at the lake on Sunday 11 July. An alternative attraction later in the day had not deterred sailors from getting out on the water.

The current dry spell has caused low water levels in the lake making for difficulties sailing out of the harbour.

There was a great range of boats out from the little Optimist dinghies for juniors to the fast RS400 double-hander with its asymmetric spinnaker.

Richard and Heather Marsh in the RS400 got away well in the first race and repeated that in the last one, though there were fewer starters in that one. Otherwise, it was a familiar battle between Solos and GP14s for the best places.

After a slow start in the first race, Mike Smith (Solo) won the second race and took a third place in the last race of the day. Nick Brook (Solo) too had a poor start to the first race but, with two runner-up places to follow, came third overall on the day. Kevin Parry had his best result in the first race as leading Solo sailor in fourth place. Colin Knott and Richard Long in a GP14 got together again and took second place in the first race and third in the next one.

It was not an easy day for our younger sailors to shine but Jasper Bramwell (Topper) was third in the first race and fourth in the third one. Jessica Marsh and Annabel Hayfield in Optimists successfully completed two races.

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