The weather was absolutely glorious throughout the weekend. There was some wind for the sailors and lots of sun for the shore crews to enjoy. Saturday racing saw the climax to a long series of races. The flying Fifteens were out in force with seven boats competiting for the Dawson Trophy. The first race saw some excitement on the start line. Mike Moore pushed Ian Campbell over the start line and also went over himself, which then meant they both had to come back over the start line as everyone else sailed ahead to the first mark. The race was eventually won by David Lancaster (Cockermouth) and Steve Hannah (Great Boughton), with W. Carruthers (Carlisle) and Ian Smith (Harrington) second. Despite the start Ian Campbell (Cockermouth) and Tony Fisher (Carlisle) came in third. The second race saw a change in fortunes with Mike Moore and Jennifer Moore (Wesham) coming first, D Lancaster and Steve Hannah second and William Carruthers and Ian Smith third. This meant the overall results for the series were first Mike Moore, second Ian Campbell and a close third for David Lancaster. The GP14 fleet had six boats competing in the final leg of the Autumn Cup. Both races were eventually dominated by David and Lyn Lawson (Kendal), but Mike Fairlamb (Deanscales) and Mike Cowan (Maryport) were fighting all the way and came second. The GP 14 field included two young sailors, Wendy Lewis (Braithwaite) sailing with her dad Nigel and Richard Hodgkins (Brigham) sailing with Rhowen Bryce (Whitehaven). Both had very good races and were very close on the finish line finishing within a few yards of each other, Wendy Lewis just managing to stay ahead of Richard Hodgkins. The final result for the Autumn Cup was Mike Fairlamb and Mike Cowan first, Ginge and Jose Hodgkins second and Tim Knowles and Philip Hodgkins (Brigham) third.

Sunday was a very warm day and it was appropriate that we should be competing for the Wine Challenge. The sun and wind ensured a great turnout with 21 boats racing for the wine. Wendy Somerville(Carlisle) and Elaine Fairlamb (Deanscales) were the worthy winners with David and Lyn Lawson (Kendal) second. William Carruthers (Carlisle) and Ian Smith (Harrington) were third.

On Thursday night the crews and ladies race was held. A strong fleet took to the water in calm conditions. This was the night the crews helmed and the helms crewed – leading to some fun on the water, ‘starboard’ was called many times as the ‘learner’ helms sailed a great course. The winner of the ladies race was Wendy Lewis (Braithwaite) and the crew’s race was won by Philip Hodgkins (Brigham). Well done to both of these 14 year olds.

 

After a wet morning’s sailing, there was a hint of blue skies for the afternoon’s round the lake pennat race in aid of the RNLI. However, with a westerly force 3 blowing there was every likelihood of some interesting wind shifts after passing through Scarness.

William Carruthers and Alan Smith in a Flying 15 were clear ahead at the first mark and used their own gust machine (or so the Sailing Secretary reckoned) to reach the bottom end of the lake in just 33 minutes, some 8 minutes ahead of the next boat. In their wake they left a mixed bag of fortunes; Miles Middleton in his Flying 15 held a good second position near St Bega’s church to find himself chasing lasers and GP14s by the time he reached the 2nd mark. Similarly, John Sharp worked through to lead the rest of the GP14s for a while.

Having to sail to marks in the shade of the hills resulted in many suffering major unpredictable windshifts on their way back up the lake. William Carruthers after losing some of the advantage gained on the outward leg, managed to regain some ground to finish 9 minutes ahead of Andrew Smith in a laser after 1½ hours sailing.

Overall results were calculated on a personal handicap basis
1st William Carruthers and Alan Smith (FF)
2nd Phil Smith (Laser)
3rd Andrew Smith (Laser)

The morning races concluded some long series. The overall winners are listed below
F15 Blencathra Trophy – William Carruthers and Alan Smith
Laser Dodd Trophy – Andrew Smith
GP14 Mustard Pot – Mike Fairlamb and Mike Cowan

 

Another success for the laser fleet occurred when Mark Somerville won this year’s Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy held at Ullswater. Robin Dawson and Ian McPherson, not far behind, finished 7th and 8th respectively. Well done!

Last weekend saw Lasers, Enterprises and Mirrors converging on the lake for some Open Meetings. In addition, the Enterprises were sailing for their North West Area Championship.

Desperately fluky winds on Saturday and most of Sunday taxed ‘light air’ skills to the limit, the wind only picking up for the last race. Leads changed frequently and there were some nailbiting contests.

Enterprise North West Area champions are Chris and Al Fry from Hallamshire with Nick Miller and Innes Wilkinson from Winsford Flash second. Third were Martin Honnor and Simon Haighton, Hallamshire. The home club took the first five places in the Laser Open with Pete Lawson the winner. Second was Andy Smith and third, Mark Somerville.

With the Mirrors it was the visitors who scored with Gareth Hughes and Neil Evans from Hollingworth coming home ahead of Robert Phillips and Thomas Partington from Hollingworth Lake SC. Third were Iwan and Nia Fletcher from Bass. In this class both Iwan and Nia together with Tim and Rob Smith (7th) were all competing in their first Open.

Photos from the open meeting.


Winner of Mirror open - Gareth Hughes and Keith Evans Overall winner Chris Fry looked on by Vice-Commodore Judith Kirkpatrick

This weekend saw a busy time for sailors on Bassenthwaite Lake. Saturday saw the continuation of the Max Joule Memorial Trophy, a long series of eight races that is nearing its climax. The blustery winds led to exciting racing for all concerned. The first race proved very eventful, the Commodore, Miles Middleton who was leading, lost his crew overboard. Good job Mike Cowan could swim! Miles eventually finished 5th in that race. Hugh Godfrey and Rhonwen Bryce won the race in a GP14. They bravely flew the spinnaker where others didn’t dare for the blustery conditions. Andy Smith on a Laser won the 2nd race – even without the battens in his sail.

After a communal barbecue on Saturday evening a test was set to determine the appropriateness of musical chairs. The continuing competitiveness and enthusiasm of the Commodore to win even off the water left some of those taking part feeling rather sore the following morning! – perhaps the new guidelines were prepared after some similar events elsewhere. This was all followed by some mysterious late night scooter riding which left Andy Smith resting for the rest of the weekend due to his scooter accident.

Sunday and Monday saw Club Championship sailing. The conditions both days ensured very thrilling racing. The Flying Fifteen fleet were competing for the Ullock Mug. Scott Beattie and John Somerville were the clear winners, with William Carruthers and Alan Smith 2nd. The GP14 fleet were competing for the Macmillan cup. There was some thrilling racing in all five races and a close result. Julian and Jane Cruickshank were 1st, with Hugh Godfrey and Rhonwen Bryce 2nd. A notable GP14 finisher on Saturday was Richard Hodgkins who at 12 is the youngest GP14 helm this year. Unfortunately an untimely capsize lead him to retire from the rest of the races. It also meant that his crew for the day Mike Cowan went swimming again.  Don’t worry Mike, Mike Fairlamb will be back soon. The Lasers were competing for the Easter Trophy. Mark Somerville was the clear winner, with Robin Dawson 2nd.

 

 

At Coniston’s laser open the three Bass entrants took pole positions out of a fleet of 14 boats.

Strong winds on Saturday eased, and were more variable, on Sunday. However Scumper mastered all the conditions and, having won the series with four firsts, played with the competition in the final race leaving Robin Dawson and Andy Smith to battle it out for second place.

Final positions 1st Mark Somerville, 2nd Robin Dawson, 3rd Andy Smith – Well done!

World class competition took over the lake for the weekend’s racing. Flying 15 world champions Steve Goacher and Phil Evans made the most of some excellent courses in generally breezy conditions to show the rest of the fleet around the course in all four races. However, in race 3 Steve and Phil had to keep a keen eye on defending champions Andrew Dunning and David Lawson who came back within fighting distance for the second half of the race. Similarly, in race 4 Scott Beattie and John Somerville took advantage of the easing winds to keep Steve and Phil on their toes.

Elsewhere within the fleet there was some close racing throughout all races and it very much depended on who made the least mistakes!

Overall results:

Boat Helm Crew Club 1 2 3 4 Pts
3621 S Goacher P Evans Royal Windemere 1 1 1 1 3
3641 A Dunning D Lawson BASS 3 2 2 5 7
3602 T Crumpton J Mathie Derwent RSC 2 4 3 4 9
3673 S Beattie J Somerville BASS 4 5 4 2 10
3557 N Platt D Potter Bolton & W.Kirby RTD 3 5 3 11
3268 W Carruthers A Smith BASS 5 6 6 6 17
3639 M Lyddon P Wright Bala SC 6 8 8 10 22
3473 M Moore C Moore BASS 7 7 9 9 23
3560 I Campbel T Fisher BASS 11 10 7 8 25
3690 T Kirchin J Haddock Loch Earn 12 9 RTD 7 28
3385 M Middleton M Cowan BASS 10 11 10 11 31
2162 J Arnold M Pearce Ogston SC 9 12 11 13 32
3293 I Preston A Preston BASS 8 14 RTD 12 34
3273 P Burnell P Newton BASS RTD 13 RTD 14 42

Winners Steve Goacher and Phil Evans with Commodore Miles Middleton and his wife Bobby

Further results on results page

After a weekend of blustery conditions, numbers were depleted for the Sunday afternoon pennant traditionally sailed around the lake. The six starters, comprising 3 flying 15s, a laser, a dart and a GP14, were all in close contention until they reached the narrows at Scarness. William Carruthers in his F15, crewed by Commodore Miles Middleton, managed to take the lead at this point in typically shifty conditions made somewhat worse by the frequency and strength of the backing gusts of wind.

The capsize of Neil Garrison and Margaret Trotter in the Dart in Scarness bay helped the GP and Laser decide that it was time to head home! So that left the three F15s.

The winds continued to lift, head, and fade in a generally unpredictable manner and although distances between boats increased and disappeared, the overall order was held until the finish. There were some exciting spinnaker runs on the way back and apart from Bill Wheeler with crew Pete Nuttall mistaking a fishing buoy for a mark of the course leading to them retiring there were no mishaps.

As the race was on fleet handicap the finishing order was the overall result – 1st Willam Carruthers and Miles Middleton; 2nd Mike Moore and Toni Nuttall

 

The GP14 North East areas was held at Derwent Reservoir on 6/7 May. After some very close, competitive racing Bassenthwaite helms Mike Fairlamb and Andrew Greenhalgh both tied on six points after counting four out of five races. Mike Fairlamb and crew Mike Cowan were delighted to receive the Trophy especially as it is the first season that Mike Fairlamb has owned a GP.

 

It was another busy weekend for racers this weekend as the fleet competed for the Celebrity Glass Trophy.

Saturday saw 12 boats out on the lake with some close racing throughout the fleet. A few close calls and a slight collision on the start line all added to the excitement. The winds were being typical Bass. At the back of the fleet, at one point it looked as if Ginge Hodgkins was going to be beaten by his youngest son, Richard, crewed by his brother Philip. Fortunately a change in the wind meant that Ginge came in about a minute before his sons crossed the line. Watch out Dad!

Sunday saw a windless start to the day, but by lunch time the wind had arrived and a small fleet took to the water. The wind filled in and this made for some close racing. Another young face could be seen out on the lake today, Emily Carruthers. This was 8 year old Emily’s second race as a crew in the GP 14. She has discovered the fun of sailing – watch out Dad she will want her own boat next!

The second race was longer with the fleet spreading out as each lap was covered.

Mike Moore had another slight encounter with another flying fifteen at the first buoy – as if there was not enough water for everyone to sail in!

The results were very close and after a recount Mike Fairlamb and Mike Cowen were victorious adding yet another trophy to their collection – well done.

2nd Mike Moore, 3rd Paul Burnell, 4th Ginge Hodgkins, 5th Nigel Lewis.