Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 24 June 2022

The wind on Sunday 19 June played tricks for sailors at Hollingworth Lake. For the first race, a light and variable wind from the north west came off the Lakebank shore.

There was no clear leader at first for a few legs and then Martin and Rene Watts in a Merlin Rocket got away to lead which they held to the finish. However, on handicap, Martin Brennan (Solo) was the winner with Nick Brook, also in a Solo, runner up and Richard Mason with Nicola Thomason (GP14) in third place and the Watts’ back in fourth place.

Just as the second race was being prepared, the wind showed signs of a more northerly change. So the course and starting area were moved. On the second lap, the wind died away with occasional signs of filling in around the shore in various directions. The Watts were again out in front but Martin Brennan found a way to keep going and win on handicap. Several boats retired leaving Richard Blackburn and Kevin Parry, both in Solos, to keep going and finish in that order.

With the lake sometimes looking glassy, there was no third race.

Over the weekend, the RYA Northern Regional Championship was held on Ullswater. Five of the club’s young sailors scored excellent results all sailing in Toppers. Jasper Bramwell was second overall out of 25 boats, with 3 race wins to be leading boy. Millie Hayfield finished 10th. The others were sailing in a separate fleet with a smaller sail which was won by Annabel Hayfield with Xavier Bramwell second and Annabelle Bramwell in fourth place.

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