Alpha Lake, Cliffe, North Kent, United Kingdom, October 15, 2017

by Richard Lambert (from Yachts and Yachting)

61 years of sailing and windsurfing at Blue Circle Sailing Club came to an end on Sunday. The club, based at Alpha Lake in Cliffe, North Kent was forced to close because the landlord, Brett Aggregates decided not to renew the lease and instead use the site for an 'ecological enhancement' which will reduce the 140 acre facility to 1 metre depth. The lake will be part-filled with spoil taken from industrial projects. Once completed, the site will be handed over to the RSPB to extend their neighbouring nature reserve.

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Budworth, UK, September 16-17, 2017

(Photo courtesy of SCIRA UK)

Junior Nationals

1. Matthew & Nicolas Wolstenholme, 6

2. Will Maguire & Matthew Chedd, 10

3. Charlie Whitaker & Rosanna Joice, 12

4. Edward & Anna Johnstone, 20

Budworth Open & NW Championship

1. Mark & Tracy Antonelli, 6

2. Peter Wolstenholme & Mike Kerr, 20

3. Phil & Emma Hackney, 26

4. Sue & Steve Roberts, 26

5. James Prestwich & Miles Buckley, 28

... full results ...


by Sue Roberts

It was 9.15am in Santiago de la Ribera 2016. We'd left the Europeans after party still in full swing at 4.30am that morning but knew we had to be up to sort out our chartered Snipe to make sure all was in order.

Upon reaching the yacht club we came upon two slightly weary Norwegian Snipe sailors and we stopped for a chat. It was Steffen Skjønberg and Maria Ohrn. They were on their way to see friends much further north in Spain but since they had partied all night, needed some recovery time. We helped them load their boat onto a trailer and whilst doing so, Steffen talked fondly about our UK Nationals being once again held in Orkney in 2017. He was adamant he was going to sail his Snipe from Norway to Orkney across the North Sea and join us! Maria was not so keen and made it clear this would be a solo voyage! I was concerned for his safety and asked if he would have a safety boat with him to which he replied "No, as I would end up having to rescue them!" He said he would sell his Snipe in Orkney after the event (for a very good price I might add) although it would not be coming with a trolley or trailer!!


UK Nationals

Monday, 14 August 2017 20:58

Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, August 14, 2017. Final results after 7 races (2 discards)

(Photo courtesy of Snipe Class UK)

1. Alan Williams & Liz Pike, 7

2.Peter Wolstenholme & Jenna Gibson, 8

3. Iain Marshall & Matthew Wolstenholme, 14

4. Maxim Romain & Lloyd Roberts, 17

5. Richard Marshall & Debbie Marshall, 20

... full results and photo gallery ...

South Eastern Championship

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:25

Blackwater Sailing Club, UK, July 8-9, 2017

1. Guy Welch & Alison Welch, 9

2. Alan Williams & Liz Pike, 13

3. Matthew Wolstenholme & Peter Wolstenholme, 14

4. Mark Antonelli & Tracy Antonelli, 16

5. Ian Gregory & Mike Ker, 20

... full results ...


Interclub Competition in Orkney

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 07:24

Orkney, Scotland, July 13, 2017.

by Isobel Tipler

The annual Inter Club competition between Holm SC and Stromness SC in Orkney was held in Stromness yesterday evening. We had a really good turnout of thirteen boats, six from Holm and seven from Stromness but the last Stromness boat to finish in the first race was excluded from the results for both races to make it a fair six boats each. Pity the wind did not turn up but on the other hand the Hamnavoe ferry did.

In the end it was a win for Stromness SC by 62 points to 94 points.

... full results ...

Stone Snipe Open

Monday, 19 June 2017 21:33

Stone, UK, June 17-18, 2017. Results after 2 races

(Photo courtesy of Sue Roberts)

1. Matthew Wolstenholme & Peter Wolstenholme, 4

2. Guy Welch & Allison Welch, 5

3. Ian Gregory & Mike Ker, 6

... full results ...

Bough Beech Open - Final

Sunday, 21 May 2017 18:27

Bough Beech, May 21, 2017. Results after 7 races (2 discards)

(Photo courtesy of Snipe UK)

1. Peter Wolstenholme & Eugenia Vanni, 7

2. Alan Williams & LIz Pike, 10

3. Ian Gregory & Mike Ker, 11

4. Andy Gibson & Carol Gibson, 18

5. Mathew Wolstenholme & Guy Marks, 23

... full results and photos ...

Bough Beech Open - Day 1

Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:44

Bough Beech, UK, May 20, 2017. Results after 4 races (1 discard)

1. Alan Williams & Liz Pike, 4

2. Peter Wolstenholme & Eugenia Vanni, 4

3. Ian Gregory & Mike Ker, 11

4. Andy Gibson & Carol Gibson, 12

5. Barry Wolfenden & Paul Grace, 13

... full results and videos ...

Broadstairs Open

Monday, 24 April 2017 18:44

Broadstairs, April 22-23, 2017. Results after 6 races (1 discard)

(Photo courtesy of Andy Gibson)

1. Alan Williams & Liz Pike, 8

2. Ian Gregory & MIke Ker, 9

3. Matthew Wolstenholme & Patrick Sarsfield, 12

4. Ian Marshall & Lloyd Roberts, 13

5. Richard Marshall & Debbie Marshall, 14

Report by Iain Marshall

Broadstairs Sailing Club welcomed the Snipe Class for their first open of 2017 and despite the forecast of heavy rain and no wind, upon arrival, the microclimate of the east Kent coastline greeted the fleet with brilliant sunshine but sadly still a lack of wind.