Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 01 September 2021

After the excitement of meeting Stuart Bithell and the enthusiasm of our juniors, racing at the lake on Sunday was different from normal. The seven juniors out in Toppers were given a separate start, their results were recorded both separately and merged, on handicap, with the other racers.

The north easterly wind offered good conditions but was particularly shifty in the eastern part of the Lake towards the main dam walls.

Jasper Bramwell was the clear winner of the juniors, though he was chased closely at times by Lauren Marsh and Millie Hayfield.

Overall, the day went to the Solos who took the top 3 places. The lead was shared between Andy Carter and Martin Brennan who tied with a first and a second place. In the second race, that situation was broken by Les Bithell and Naz McGuire in a Merlin Rocket who gained the lead and got far ahead thanks to the breeze giving great downwind spinnaker legs across the Lake. Runner-up in that race was Mike Smith in a Solo who got ahead of Brennan at the last mark.

In third place in races one and three was Daisy Fisher in a Laser Radial who, although a junior, opted to race with the older sailors.

When the results were combined, on handicap, junior Jasper Bramwell was placed 7th of the 19 boats racing.

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