Budworth Open & NW Championship

Budworth, UK, September 15, 2019

Report by Mark Antonelli

In the heart of rural Cheshire, Budworth Sailing Club hosted the SCIRA NW Championship where 22 competitors from the far Northern isles of Orkney to the southern corners of Devon & Kent.

Having won the first race, locals Mark and Tracy Antonelli in race two having gained an 80 boat length lead had it whittled away by Peter Wolstenholme and Sian Baird ending in a scrap for the line separated by a few centimetres. The 10 knots breeze held for the third race when Eric and daughter Eve Paalman stuck out form the start with hot on their transom Ian and daughter Charlotte Knight, the rest of the fleet lay in their wake as the two crews extended their lead to just short of a country mile by the finish.

Day two: The rain and flat calm dried up and filled in with 7knot by the start of the first of the day (race 4). Matthew Wolstenholme with Lloyd Roberts found their form leading to the finish from Richard and daughter Bonnie Marshall. The pressure built nicely to a more interesting 14 knots. After three winners from four races, it was Ian Gregory with first time Snipe crew George Holbrook who gained the lead on the final run as they benefited from a cheeky band of pressure that bypassed the three vying Snipes for the front. Antonellis took an ill-conceived tack having rounded the final mark in second let though the Paalmans as well as Ian and son Callum Marshall who pipped them for third on the line.

Wolstenholme & Roberts fuelled with Northern Pies for lunch popped out of the port end of the line of race 6 into higher pressure making the first mark in the lead which they held the whole race with the Paalmans marking up a consecutive second place.

Clean away at the second start the final race, Richard and Bonnie took an early lead that they held to the finish as the breeze of the day dropped steadily to a gentle 6 knots. Antonellis in fifth headed for pressure on the right of the final beat whilst those ahead went left. The final throw of the dice fell in favour of Antonelli who pulled up three places to take second but fell short by one point to the overall winners Wolstenholme / Roberts.

More than half of the crews were family partnerships which is a great characteristic of the Snipe fleet in the UK.

Sail No. Helm Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Discard Total Points Position
28541 Matthew Wolstenholme Lloyd Roberts Bough Beach SC 4 9 3 1 7 1 4 29 9 20 1
30226 Mark Antonelli Tracy Antonelli Budworth SC 1 1 9 4 4 10 2 31 10 21 2
29970 Richard Marshall Bonnie Marshall Blackwater YC 5 3 5 2 6 6 1 28 6 22 3
30757 Peter Wolstenhome Sian Baird Bough Beach SC 2 2 4 5 5 DNF 5 23 24 -1 5
30834 Eric Paalman Eve Paalman Budworth SC 6 6 1 7 2 2 9 33 9 24 4
29164 Ian Knight Charlotte Knight Budworth SC 9 7 2 3 15 5 13 54 15 39 6
30617 Phil Hackney Emma Hackney Budworth SC 8 4 8 8 14 4 14 60 14 46 7
28451 Ian Gregory George Holbrook Bough Beach SC 13 10 19 9 1 8 6 66 19 47 8
30227 James Prestwich Miles Buckley Budworth SC 3 8 10 12 9 7 12 61 12 49 10
30315 Brian Gregory Diana Gregory Bough Beach SC 10 18 16 11 11 14 7 87 18 53 14
26734 Nigel Harrison Andrew Fullard Budworth SC 7 12 14 13 8 3 18 75 18 57 11
29501 Iain Marshall Callum Marshall Blackwater YC DNC DNC 7 6 3 15 3 34 24 10 9
28276 Will Williams Steve Williams Budworth SC 12 5 11 15 10 9 15 77 15 62 12
29611 Sue Roberts Steve Roberts Bough Beach SC 11 13 6 10 12 16 DNF 68 24 44 13
28385 Liz Pike Thomas Pike Teign Corinthian 14 24 15 14 16 12 8 103 24 79 15
29677 Katheryn Alexander David Alexander Budworth SC 17 19 21 16 13 11 16 113 21 92 16
30774 Malcolm Tipler Iso Tipler Stromness SC 16 16 17 20 19 17 10 115 20 95 17
29538 Robin Mister Gary Thompson Budworth SC 18 20 13 18 17 20 11 117 20 97 18
29190 Bernice Hulme James Alexander Budworth SC 19 15 17 17 21 18 19 126 21 105 20
26996 Ross Baird Matthew Baid Budworth SC 20 14 18 19 20 19 17 127 20 107 21
30881 Roland Antonelli Pauline Penny Budworth SC 15 11 12 dnc dnc dnc dnc 38 24 14 19
29834 Dave Leyland Mark Williams Budworth SC 24 21 20 21 18 21 20 145 21 124 22
30441 David Whittaker Will Ainscough Budworth SC 24 17 24 dnc dnc dnc dnc 65 24 41 23

 

Mark Antonelli

Photo courtesy of Jo Prestwich

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