Author: Richard Catchpole

Prizegiving and Xmas social

Over 100 members turned out for the Prizegiving and Xmas social despite the risk of being snowed in.  In the end the snow held off and a good time was had by all.  The night started with the prizegiving with Mark Dingsdale and Vanessa Evans deservedly picking up the Club Champions Trophy in their first full season together in their RS400.  Brian Sprague dominated the Solo fleet to take Solo Club Champion and Lorcan Knowles picked up the Junior Champion...

LLSC Revett Series – the Final Weekend

Leigh & Lowton SC – Revett – Races 9 & 10 The final day’s racing in the Leigh & Lowton Revett Series on Sunday 10th December was impacted by a rough forecast of snow, sleet and high winds which discouraged competitors from making the trip to the club. In the end, the competitors that braved the weather enjoyed a great days sailing, with 5-8 knots and a flurry of snow on the finish line of the last race. The race...

Blue Sky Day for Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race

A healthy 50 competitors made it to the start line for the annual Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race hosted by Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club on Sunday 5th November.  After the heavy rainfall overnight, the competitors watched the clouds clear and blue sky emerge along with an 6-10 knot breeze down the lake.  The OOD Howard Green and team set a great course with 3 good beats in each lap and a variety of off-wind legs to cater for all classes. The Optimist of Ben Welfare...

Prizegiving Buffet and Xmas Party

90 signed up to go already, only 30 places left for our Prizegiving and Xmas Party!! Following on from last year’s successful bash and in recognition of another very successful year at the club we have (including free buffet): Prizegiving Buffet and Christmas Party at LLSC on Saturday 9th December, 6:30 for 7:00, kids welcome Bar open from 6:30pm Prize giving from 7:00pm until ~8:00pm Sit down Buffet is free but must be booked in advance through webcollect or at the galley for numbers, see...

Junior Training 2016 – all events now live!!

With spring just around the corner it’s time to forget the wetsuits and drysuits and go sailing in the sunshine!  The junior training programme is as packed as ever with the usual mix of Friday nights, Camps and Events.  Book early to avoid disappointment…. Friday night training is just around the corner starting on 15th April through to end July – an hour to hour and half session on the water starting at 7.00pm and followed by food each Friday Sign...

LLSC Club Prizegiving – Harry Budd & Roger Taylor remembered

The LLSC prizegiving was no ordinary affair this year with 2 new trophies on display commemorating two of the founders of the combined Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club.  Harry Budd and Roger Taylor were the main driving forces behind the merger of the separate clubs of Leigh Sailing Club and Lowton Sailing Club.  It seems unbelievable now that these 2 clubs shared the same stretch of water with their clubhouses only a couple of hundred yards apart (with Manchester University playing...

Revett Series 2015 – Week 2 – Fruity!!

2015 Revett Open series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club – Week 2 – Races 3 & 4 Another weekend and another ‘fresh to frightening’ forecast that kept the numbers down as this week only 26 boats dared to venture out for a blast (and a swim) around Pennington Flash. After the usual pre-sail chatter about the expected wind strength, and while watching the dark wind gusts from the south west fly out across the water at increasingly more regular...

Lewis Coop picks up more trophies than he can carry at Guy Fawkes Pursuit

After Doomsday predictions from the weathermen, sailors arrived for the rescheduled (due to no wind) Guy Fawkes Pursuit race with a little trepidation; the weather clearly put a few off with only a lower than normal 25 turning out.  Seeing 25-30 knots plus rain blowing through an hour before the start everyone expected a full-on day’s racing. But behind that squall there was a huge lull and the OOD Howard Green had to be on his toes to relay the course 3 times...

Entries for the UK’s biggest club winter program are open!

The Guy Fawkes Pursuit, Revett Series (Pre-Xmas), New Year’s Day Pursuit and the famous Tipsy Icicle Series (post Xmas) constitute some of the best winter racing you can find in the UK.  Hosted by Leigh & Lowton SC, you can enter for all 4 events and qualify to be in the running for the title of Winter Champion 2015/16, or you can pick one or two events to enter to keep you active in the winter. With professional OOD team Peter & Judith...

Topper and Optimist Zone Indicators – Double Home Wins for LLSC, Sam Cooper clinches NW Topper Series

Over 50 Northern Topper and Optimist competitors were welcomed by Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club for the Topper Traveller (doubling up as Zone indicator) and Optimist Zone training. Unfortunately the wind was not as cooperative as indicated in the forecast and racing was eventually postponed until after 2pm, allowing competitors to indulge in some training from Luke Shaw, the famous LLSC home cooking, canoeing and swimming before lunch in the sunshine!  2 races were held in wind between 1-6 knots and a large...