Eggseptional weekend

Dave Ovington (Bass Week 2004)After a busy start to the bank holiday weekend, many were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death on Easter Sunday of a long time friend of the club, Dave Ovington. Dave and his family have been to Bass Week for as long as we all care to remember, one of the few holidays he took from his busy boat building business. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

When Emily turned out for the first race of the season in a shortie William was accused of child abuse! – just because William (as well as Andy and Phil Smith) always wears one, was it appropriate for his 13 year old daughter? Ok, the water is still cold, but is anyone really planning on going for a swim in it, I think not.

Indeed, although there were some near misses, no-one has yet claimed the prize for the first capsize of the season.

Bridget, realised that when her son said her drysuit had a leak he meant it! She only found out when she went out for a sail and found she was getting wet (but not her gnatsy gants!), so it was a trip to Nichol End to spend Ginge’s credit card (which he happened to leave there!) – word is he could be getting more than an Easter egg this weekend.

As for the sailing, the turnouts were indeed eggseptional for the start of the season, especially in the handicap fleet which has been strengthened by the arrival of Paul Burnell with an RS400. Visitors from Leigh and Lowton topped up the fleet as well (even though they don’t appear in the results – mean aren’t we?).

Although it was a bit overcast, many sailors turned up for the first race of the season, as did the wind. As many sailors realised that their sailing kit had shrunk during the winter, others sailed in shorts – not a sight everyone welcomed! 18 boats made it to the start line to compete for the Starters prize, although with a good wind blowing it was more a case of who would capsize first. After two good races the first trophy of the season went to Robin Dawson (Cockermouth) and Mike Cowan (Crosby) and everyone was still waiting for the first capsize of the season.

Easter Sunday saw the breeze strengthen for the start of the club championship, and this led to the first capsize of the season by Phil Hodgkins (Brigham) and Jon Sedgwick (Cockermouth). The youngest sailor of the weekend – Katrina Knowles, aged 8 from Brigham took to the water with her dad on Sunday, although the strong breeze meant that she didn’t complete the race.

After a delay on Monday while the wind filled in the racing continued and with positions all to race for strong sailing continued. After four races the Flying Fifteen trophy was won by Mike Moore and Ian Smith (Whitehaven). The GP14 fleet Bass Tankard was won by Dave and Lyn Lawson (Kendal) with Hugh Godfrey and Rhonwen Bryce (Whitehaven) in 2nd place. The handicap fleet was won by the Vice Commodore Steve Hunt and Ruth Critchley with Neil and Judith Currie (Cockermouth ) in 2nd place.

In total 24 boats were on the water over the weekend, and of course, there were some tales to tell.

First there was Andy and Phil Smith who unfortunately holed the hull of their 49er after a slight accident – no it wasn’t wiping out another boat, or trying to leapfrog the pontoon, they just didn’t get the boat lined up on the trailer!

Following in Mike Moore’s footsteps, Sally Roberts wondered why she couldn’t do her drysuit properly until she realised she still had a coat hanger in it!

If you know of any other incidents, don’t forget to let me know as we love to share them with everyone else.

STARTERS PRIZE

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2 Pts
 1   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        1   1   2
 2   13839  H GODFREY     GP           2   2   4
 3    1210  S HUNT        RS400        3   3   6
 4    3473  M MOORE       FF           4   4   8
 5   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP           7   5  12
 6  213142  R HODGKINS    GP           5   8  13
 7   13259  J ROBERTS     GP           9   6  15
 8    1148  N CURRIE      RS400       10   7  17
 9    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK         8   9  17
10   69960  M CHAPPEL     MS          OD DNS  22
11   13238  D NICHOLSON   GP          11  12  23
12     501  J CROSBIE     RS400        6 DNS  25
13     400  T KNOWLES     RS300      DNS  10  29
14    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400      DNS  11  30
15     562  A SMITH       49R        RTD RTD  30
16   13142  M CLAYTON     GP          12 DNS  31
17     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400       13 DNS  32
18   13733  A HODGKINS    GP         RTD DNS  35

                     Points for RTD = 16  14
                     Points for DSQ = 16  14
                     Points for DNS = 19

 2 races to count
FF EASTERLY TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    3473  M MOORE       FF           1   1   1   1   3
 2   92504  J HARDON      FF           2   2   2 DNS   6
 3    2504  K THOMAS      FF         DNS DNS DNS   2  10

                     Points for RTD =  3   3   3   3
                     Points for DSQ =  3   3   3   3
                     Points for DNS =  4

 3 races to count
GP BASS TANKARD

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1   13176  D LAWSON      GP           1   3   1   1   3
 2   13839  H GODFREY     GP           2   2   3   2   6
 3   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        3   1   4 DNS   8
 4   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP           4   4   5 DNS  13
 5   13789  J TELFORD     GP         DNS DNS   2 RTD  16
 6   13259  J ROBERTS     GP           5   5 DNS DNS  20
 7   13238  D NICHOLSON   GP         RTD   6   6 DNS  20
 8   13733  A HODGKINS    GP           6 RTD DNS DNS  24

                     Points for RTD =  8   8   7   4
                     Points for DSQ =  8   8   7   4
                     Points for DNS =  9

 3 races to count
EASTER TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    1210  S HUNT        RS400        1   1   1   3   3
 2    1148  N CURRIE      RS400        2   2   3   2   6
 3     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        5   3   6   7  14
 4    1146  P BURNELL     RS400      DNS   5   8   4  17
 5   20181  M NINNIM      ENT        DNS DNS   2   1  18
 6    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK         3 DNS   4 DNS  22
 7    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400        8 DNS   9   5  22
 8    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX       7   4 DNS DNS  25
 9    9558  P HODGKINS    RS400        4 RTD DNS DNS  25
10     501  J CROSBIE     RS400        6 DNS   7 DNS  28
11     400  T KNOWLES     RS300      DNS DNS  OD DNS  33
12  130338  RiCRITCHLEY   LAS        DNS DNS   5 DNS  33
13     515  E HUNTSTON    BLAZE      DNS DNS DNS   6  34

                     Points for RTD =  9   7  10   8
                     Points for DSQ =  9   7  10   8
                     Points for DNS = 14

 3 races to count

 

 

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