Date published: 07 April 2022
Photo: Martin Watts
Lake Hollingworth Sailing Club
There was a lot of boating activity over the weekend (April 2-3) as daylight increased and warmer weather brought sunshine. Despite this, there was a cold, blustery wind to contend with.
On Saturday, six Laser sailors had a day of training with three-time Laser Olympic sailor Ali Young. She put the team to the test, on and off the water. The lake looked like a mirror at first, but the wind blew in from the northeast to give quite lively conditions and all but young Daisy Fisher capsized at least once. Daisy put what she learned in Sunday’s race into practice with a few balls.
Over the weekend youngster Jasper Bramwell traveled to the Topper Class Inland Championship at Grafham Water for his first experience of a major national event. In a fleet of 85 young sailors, he had a fantastic weekend, finishing 11th overall. Indeed, the highlight was winning the sixth race, which was excellent.
Martin Brennan was absent in Burwain on Sunday for an open solo event where he finished fifth overall.
Sunday’s club races were dominated by sailors including Daisy Fisher, with several others in colorful Toppers. Mike Smith won the first race because Daisy had made a mistake on the course. After disembarking and entering the clubhouse, she created a moment of amusement when her laser swept down the slipway, in a gust of wind, launched and sailed out of the harbor to be picked up by the safety boat team. Les Bithell launched his new Merlin Rocket with Naz McGuire where ‘starting’ problems led to a capsize in the second race. This gave the advantage to Stuart Bates and Adam McGovern in their Merlin.
After an eventful day, the sailors are impatiently awaiting the regattas on Wednesday evening.