A bitterly cold day with wind from the NW gusting to 38mph in the hour before the race. Sunshine at times but during the first race a snow storm came through reducing visibility to about half the length of the sailing area. During the lunch break another squall removed 2 merlins from their trollies although they were head to wind. 13 boats started the second race but with the wind building to gusts of 35mph there were many retirements. Congratulations to Andy Davis and Tom Pygall who won the day and the series with an impressive display of heavy weather sailing. - results here - Y&Y report here.
A south / south easterly wind, which blows from the dam to the causeway allowed our guest PRO for Round 3 of the Barrel, Steve Watson, to set a long initial beat for the 52 entrants in a course which used the whole of the sailing area of the full reservoir. It was good to welcome several GPs, a couple of Fireballs and Merlins who were making their first appearance at this seasons Regatta. Congratulations to Mike Senior and Chris White who, in both race came in first - results here - Y & Y report here
Congratulations to Paul & Michelle - winners of the Boxing Day - Ideus Trophy race. Wind not as forecast and it died away slowly throughout the race. However, there was a close finish with several changes of places in the last minutes. The advantage of the pursuit race is that all have the opportunity to sample, at the same time, the delights of the bar - notably the mince pies and specially prepared mulled wine. Race results here
Great turnout of 52 boats for the second round of the 2017/18 Blithfield Barrel, in much more sailable wind conditions than round 1. results here - Y&Y report here
The Blithfield Barrel 2017/18 has started with a windy weekend. results here - Y&Y report here
Congratulations to Bill and Margaret Boyson who have won a 2017 RYA Volunteer Award for Lifetime Commitment.
Mark Abbey won the Wednesday Evening Series in his Laser, 2nd Phil Mason and Jamie Mason (RS400), 3rd Geoff and Noelle Wright (Merlin Rocket)Full results here.
Congratulations to Phil Mason and Jamie Mason in their RS400 who win the Founders Cup for 2017. Full results here.
Dinghies allowed to sail now include those of PN845 or greater (effective 30/05/17)
Phantom Open won by Andy Couch from Leigh & Lowton results here photos here
2017 committee elected Founders cup starts 4th June at 14:00hrs
Laser Open won by Craig Williamson from Carsington results here photos here>
Local legend Gareth Cauldwell and supercrew Jon Gibbons do the host club proud and win the Osprey open. Y&Y report here Full results here
Congratualtions to Paul and Michelle Keeling who won a windy the Winter Series in their RS400 against some tough competition. Check out some of their skills on display in this youtube video!
Blithfield Barrel round 4 provided plenty of wind and exhilarating sailing. Christian Birrell & Tom Pygall won the series in their Merlin Rocket Full results here. Y&Y report here