Emerging from the series of lockdowns in the North West, Dovestone SC held their first Open meeting for 2 years over the weekend of 18/19th September. The home fleet of 10 boats was joined by visitors from Blackpool and Fleetwood YC and Notts County SC, producing a 13 boat fleet.
Both days saw glorious weather, true shorts and tee shirt sailing in these beautiful surroundings. The forecast was for light conditions on Saturday and possibly even less wind on Sunday. This was not very encouraging however a fitful and light breeze developed on Saturday enabling 3 races to be completed. Wins were recorded for David/Sally McKee, Andrew McKee/Rich Jones and Graham Massey/Lucy Clough. Overnight these boats occupied the first 3 places followed by Rob Mountain/D Gybe in fourth.
The fleet enjoyed the opportunity to socialise in the evening and a fine Lasagne Supper accompanied with a few drinks in preparation for Sunday’s sailing.
Sunday morning the weather was sunny and warm, but the reservoir was glassy smooth. Such was the enthusiasm of the fleet that boats were rigged and after an hour postponement launched into the lightest of breezes. The start was delayed by PRO Mark Rahn waiting for the breeze to build and started in reasonable wind. Unfortunately, the breeze gradually died before many boats completed a lap and the race was sensibly canned by the PRO.
Despite a further wait for wind all hope of racing was abandoned and a paddling race back to the slipway ensued. Whilst it was disappointing that further racing was not possible the sailors were in good spirits having enjoyed messing about in boats in good company and great weather. The overnight results therefore stood, and the event was won by Andrew McKee and Rich Jones.
|1st||4005||Andy McKee/Rich Jones||Dovestone SC/Shotwick||3 pts|
|2nd||4065||David McKee/Sally McKee||Dovestone SC||3 pts|
|3rd||3805||Graham Massey/Lucy Clough||Dovestone SC||5 pts|
|1st Silver||33801||Dave Naylor/Anne Webb||Dovestone SC|
|1st Modern Classic||2681||Nik Lever/Jim Carrigan||Dovestone SC|
|1st Older Classic||496||Rod Rowlands/Alice Morris||Dovestone SC|
Enjoy a days sailing in the picturesque location of Dovestone Reservoir.
The Dovestone Sailing Club Laser Open and the final event of the Northern Area Grand Prix Series, dawned wet and windy, which put off some of the competitors, but 20 boats made it to the start line. Ian Lees (Scammonden) took an early lead in what proved to be a shifty race. He left Ian Jones (Dovestone), Jack Hopkins (Delph), Neil Skellam (Leigh & Lowton), Greg Marshall (West Lancs) and Jonathan Swain (Carsington) battling it out, with plenty of place changing, but they eventually finished in that order.
Race 2 saw Ian Jones taking a definitive lead, but Jack Hopkins went through on the last run, leaving it all down to the last race. The rest of the field were some way back and finished with Graham MacWhirter (UKLA) in 3rd.
Greg Marshall led for the first lap of the final race, but was reeled in by Ian Jones. However a capsize and missed mark for the latter meant it landed up being a close race, but the win went to Ian Jones, with Jack Hopkins a close second. They took first and second overall with Ian Lees 3rd.