All the boats were measured and checked against the Stollery big rig template, with all of them passing, most easily some after a few minor tweaks, the day started with light but freshening winds, with most skippers opting for their largest rigs. David Wilkinson soon got into his stride winning the first two races and maintaining this form through out the event coming first in half the races. Scott Wallis with his Ranger was consistent never coming lower than 4th, Peter Jackson was the top Ice skipper coming 3rd by one point from Scott, these three were the class of the assembled skippers taking all the wins and rarely finishing outside the top three.
Nigel Rudd and Martin Dale were 4th and 5th respectively although they were rarely close together on the water they finished within a point of each other, but for momentary lapses of concentration and subsequent loss of boat control they would have made it across the line first.
Many thanks go the Paul Risdale for all his help with equipment and the setting up of the event, unfortunately he once again struggled with his Wice although first impressions were that it would go well.
Peter Shepherd sailed a Henderson 1299 with a large area Una rig and was happy with his days sailing coming in 4th in three races. New to footy racing Adam Cowley also sailed a Henderson 1299 and managed some creditable results despite his lack of experience.
The wind freshened throughout the day, the course set was most interesting making every race competitive , apart from one boat failure all the combatants finished every race with no positions on the water being given, which shows how close the racing was.
The Bassett Lowke Model Boating Lake being situated in the middle of the public Abington Park meant that the boats on the water attracted many spectators throughout the day, arousing much interest amongst the public, those staying to the end being with rewarded by many skippers handing over their transmitters so that they could try sailing the yachts.
Thank you to all who helped and who attended, our Officer of the Day Peter Jackson for all his efforts, I think everyone will agree that with the fair weather, the close racing and the well organised event a most enjoyable time was had by all.
Finally thanks go to Northampton Borough Council who kindly granted permission for us to use the lake, hopefully we will be able to do it all again next year.
The trophies were awarded by Martin Dale, Retired Chairman of WPMBC
|Bassett Lowke Footy Open|
|15th September 2012||Race||Discards||Final|
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