Ella sails away with title
10:59am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
A GROUP of 20 members from Bolton Sailing Club braved the conditions at the BASS Week at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club from August 3 to 11.
‘Camp Bolton’ was a lively group and entertained friends from other clubs as Bolton SC always do. All the sailors had to deal with a range of different conditions – the first weekend was very stormy.
On Sunday, there was heavy rain and part of camp site flooded. All survived unscathed but wet. There were standard races and pursuit races and exciting finishes.
Pursuit races take place where the slowest boats on handicap set off first, followed by fleets of faster boats depending on their handicap.
If all boats sailed as well as each other then all boats would finish at the same time.
Bolton SC’s best result in the Nairn Pursuit race was fifth out of 107 boats by David Ivins and Lelsey Johnson in their Graduate.
Among the high-placed finishers were: Peter Mackin aged 16, winner of the race for Juniors (age under 20).
He flew round in his RS300, taking second place in the Luffing Cup Fast Handicap fleet.
In the race for the Martini Challenge Trophy he was second to a Merlin Rocket by only one second.
Also impressing was Ella Ditchfield, aged 16, with Greg Thomas, winners of the GP14 fleet of the Cutty Sark Challenge.
David Ivins and Sally Dunne were the winners of the Slow Handicap fleet in the Nat West Cup race. David has sailed for many years and his regular crew were not able to sail in this race so Sally stepped in, marking her 50th birthday in style.
Carl Trinder, aged 13, won his first ever prize at Bass Week coming third in the Topper Fleet in the Martini Challenge Trophy race.