Northern Championships 2017

October 30, 2017

Heron Northern Championships at Huddersfield Sailing Club Sunday 24th September 2017

 

 

At 10.00am weather conditions looked to be set fair for a good days sailing, with some sun and a gentle breeze. An hour later, just before the start of the first race, as seems to be the norm for the Huddersfield event, the wind had picked up and become quite frisky. At least the small water at Huddersfield was back to normal from the previous year, when it had been lowered in an attempt to eradicate the problem caused by an invasive weed. 

 

There was a good turnout, with 12 boats in total. The six visiting boats having travelled from Welton (3), Yeadon (1), plus two long distance travellers, one from Cambridge, and then one from Bewl on the Kent Sussex border. Surely Jo Mayes and Amanda Conrad deserve a prize for dedication and enthusiasm in travelling so far, by my calculation, over 500 miles.  Four boats were sailed double-handed and there were two all female crews, with over a third of the competitors being female. It is very encouraging that people are prepared to travel such distances and it would seem to prove that holding the Yeadon and Huddersfield Opens on the same weekend is a good idea.

 

The first race got underway in which Andrew Molyneux from the home club beat Dave Butler and crew, with Stan Lubner third and Andrew O’Connor fourth. The gusty wind caused some problems for helms with nine finishing the course. Two capsizes ended the race early for two of the home boats. Unfortunately, the resulting broken centre board ended Roger Stephenson’s day. There was also one retirement

 

After lunch the fleet had reduced to 10 boats, and with similar conditions to the morning race, helms had still to be on their toes to stay upright. Once again Andrew Molyneux led from the start with Dave Butler a close second. Tony Dufton was third with Andrew O’Connor a consistent fourth place.

 

With no sign of the wind decreasing, but after a welcome rest, only six boats decided to contest the final race. Andrew Molyneux’s masterclass continued, as in the two previous races he crossed the start line first and won the race by over four minutes. Tony Dufton was in a comfortable second position, until fairly early in the second lap, he unfortunately sailed the wrong course and had to go a long way back to unwind. This allowed Andrew O’Connor to take second place with Ruth Murgatroyd and her father in third position.

 

Photographs of the action can be found on the Huddersfield SC website in the Gallery Section

 

A tricky days sailing was completed with the presentation of the trophies. Despite the conditions I think an enjoyable time was had by all in a friendly atmosphere. We can only hope for slightly better conditions in 2018.

 

Andrew O’Connor

Heron 10079

 

 

 

Results Heron Northern Championships, Huddersfield SC Sunday 24th September

 

Race 1                                      Club                                         Position                        Sail No

 

Andrew Molyneux                      Huddersfield                             1                      2111

Dave Butler & Emma Clixby       Welton                                      2                      10340                          

S Lubner                                   Welton                                      3                      10341

Andrew O'Connor                      Huddersfield                             4                      10079

Jim Robison                             Huddersfield                             5                      10317

S Abbott                                   Welton                                      6                      10312

Tony Dufton                              Yeadon                                     7                      108

Ruth & Peter Murgatroyd           Unattached                               8                      9400

Rebecca Tellez &                       Huddersfield                             9                      1712

Rachael Lockley

Jo Mayes & Amanda Conrad      Bewl                                         Retd                 10343

Mac Pimblett                             Huddersfield                             DNF                 10095

Roger Stephenson                    Huddersfield                             DNF                 9866

 

 

Race 2

 

Andrew Molyneux                      Huddersfield                             1                      2111

Dave Butler & Emma Clixby       Welton                                      2                      10340                          

Tony Dufton                              Yeadon                                     3                      108

Andrew O'Connor                      Huddersfield                             4                      10079

S Abbott                                   Welton                                      5                      10312

Jim Robison                             Huddersfield                             6                      10317

Ruth & Peter Murgatroyd           Unattached                               7                      9400

Rachael Lockley &                     Huddersfield                             8                      1712

Rebecca Tellez

Mac Pimblett                             Huddersfield                             Rtd                   10095

 

Race 3

 

Andrew Molyneux                      Huddersfield                             1                      2111

Andrew O'Connor                      Huddersfield                             2                      10079

Ruth & Peter Murgatroyd           Unattached                               3                      9400

Tony Dufton                              Yeadon                                     4                      108

Jim Robison                             Huddersfield                             5                      10317

Rachael Lockley &                     Huddersfield                             Rtd                   1712

Rebecca Tellez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall positions                                                                                              

 

Andrew Molyneux                      Huddersfield                             1                      2111

Dave Butler & Emma Clixby       Welton                                     2                      10340

Andrew O'Connor                      Huddersfield                             3                      10079

Tony Dufton                              Yeadon                                     4                      108

Ruth & Peter Murgatroyd           Unattached                               5                      9400                

Jim Robison                             Huddersfield                             6                      10317

S Abbott                                   Welton                                      7                      10312              

S Lubner                                   Welton                                      8                      10341

Rachael Lockley &                     Huddersfield                             9                      1712

Rebecca Tellez

Jo Mayes & Amanda Conrad      Bewl                                         10                     10343

Mac Pimblett                             Huddersfield                             10                     10095

Roger Stephenson                    Huddersfield                             10                     9866

           

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