Author: Richard Catchpole

Sunshine & Shifts for the Revett Series Opener

The first Sunday of the Revett winter series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club brought a light drizzle for the early risers, but sunshine for the rest of the day. The OOD Dave Exley and his team overcame some testing conditions to set true upwind legs and the 50 competitors were rewarded with some excellent, if shifty, racing in a 5-12 knot S/SW breeze. First out of the blocks (with not a general recall in sight) were the Laser fleet....

Tense finish to Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race

Andy Dawson was the clear winner of a very tight finish to the Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club on Sunday November 3rd.  All the top 6 finishers were within 50 metres of each other at the finish, making the OOD split them carefully; difficult when asymmetrics are sailing a different direction to the rest of the fleet downwind! A force 2 saw the groups of youngsters come off the start line well with a strong...

Harvey Leigh wins Laser 4.7 Inlands

The breezy conditions at Laser Inlands at Rutland were to Harvey’s liking.  At times the conditions were marginal for racing and he and Scott Forbes (Loch Lomond) battled it out at the front, head and shoulders above the rest of the fleet.  Needing to win the last race to win the event, Harvey finished first with Scott trailing behind in 5th which was enough to clinch it!  A great result and just rewards for the effort he’s put in over...

Great conditions for the NWJTT series final 2018 event

Well done to the all the 18 entries from the Leigh & Lowton juniors for making the event a spectacular success.  In particular, congratulations to Ben Welfare for winning the Oppie event and the series and Thomas Link for his 4th in the Handicap, winning the 1st U14 prize.  In the handicap series results Lorcan Knowles finished 2nd and Noe Peckham 8th. Forecast was for 11 knots with 19 knots gusts northerly from XC, 13knots with 22 knot gusts from...

Blowing “old boots” at the Endeavour Trophy

Lorcan Knowles, a long standing junior member at the club, qualified for the Endeavour “Champion of Champions Trophy” this year by winning the Laser 4.7 Nationals hosted at Plymouth.  The event takes place these days in RS200s at Burnham-on Crouch with all the National Champions from fleets with 50+ competitors invited to take part, a very prestigious event. The RS200 is an unfamiliar boat for Lorcan and he had got practice and tips beforehand with club members and his chosen...

Marlow LLSC Winter Series now open for online entries

….sponsors New Years’ Day Pursuit and Tipsy Icicle Series for 2019 – entries now open This year we welcome Marlow’s sponsorship of our winter series, one of the UK’s premier dinghy racing series with over 60 boats competing each weekend. Entries are now open, and as usual you can enter for individual events, series or for the whole of the winter through our online booking system below.  Club members, please do not enter, it is part of your membership. https://webcollect.org.uk/llsc/event/winter-2018-2019...

Excellent performance for LLSC Juniors at 2018 RYA BYS Championships

Well done to all those juniors and parents who travelled up to Ullswater last weekend for the RYA BYS Championships.  This is the annual area championships (Zone Champs as was) for experienced and novice sailors alike with the onboard fleets introduced to coach youngsters alongside the racing fleets.  Blue skies greeted the competitors from all over the North of England, plus plenty of wind which made it testing for the newer sailors! An excellent time was had by all, thanks...

Successful Junior Camps in 2018

Junior sailing has always been a key activity at LLSC, but the last two year in particular has seen a fantastic surge in popularity for Friday nights, juniors holiday camps and the Southport 12hr race.  See some of the pictures below to see how over 30 youngsters enjoyed themselves at the Summer Camp in August.  Thanks to all the coaching staff that makes all these junior activities possible and for all the parents that are stepping up to help in...

Prizegiving and Xmas Party tickets on sale – Saturday 1st December

Tickets have been released for the annual Leigh & Lowton Xmas Party.  Prizegiving (including junior race days trophies) will start at 7,00pm prompt with drinks before from 6.30pm, followed by a buffet dinner and music/entertainment.  Adults £3/head and U16 eat free.  Tickets already selling fast so don’t wait too long…..ticket available on webcollect through link below https://webcollect.org.uk/llsc/event/prizegiving-buffet-and-christmas-party-1

Solo, Enterprise and Streaker Open

A great turnout of 54 boats made the trip to Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club for the 2018 Solo, Enterprise and Streaker Open. The light winds forecast came in mid-morning to set up what looked like a good day’s sailing. In the event the wind proved a little more fickle with 4-8 knots coming through and fluctuating through the day. The OOD Mike Baldwin tussled with changing winds to set the fleets off with a little delay, with the 30...