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Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race is a howler!

Leigh & Lowton SC restarted their annual Guy Fawkes Pursuit Race on Sunday 7th November, having had to cancel last year for COVID lockdown reasons.  The forecast for the day was for a squally one with gusts of up to 30 knots – the reality did not disappoint.  Many resisted the temptation to go afloat and of those that didn’t, some were back ashore without troubling the start line, due to breakages or big swims! The juniors were not deterred...

RS400 Demo Boat – Winter 2021/22

Are you or someone you know thinking of joining the RS400 Class? If so, come and find out why this class remains so popular, over 25 years after it was launched, with great turnouts at Nationals and regional events and a 50-boat National Championships. Our RS Class Association demo boat is available throughout the Winter at Leigh & Lowton SC. So far this year at least 4 pairs have joined the fleet, following demo sails.  Could you be next?  Who...

LLSC Optimist Open and North West Optimist Championships

It was great to see 17 boats from all over the north region arrive at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club for the North West Optimist Championships. Light winds and shifty conditions meant it was tricky sailing, and the race officer did well to get 4 races in. In the first race large shifts meant there were lots of gains to be made, with many place changes throughout. Jacob Bennett (Glossop) came out on top, Ben Welfare (LLSC) came second and Lochlyn Grant (LLSC/WKSC) took third.  In the...

Regatta Weekend 2021 – Howard Green wins gold!

It was a Regatta Weekend like no other, with no visitors and no big party on Saturday night, but club members enjoyed some friendly competition despite it all. The Saturday proved to be very light and tricky. Martin Spencer (D-One) and Tim Coleman (single-handed Albacore) proved best at adapting to the conditions in the adult handicap fleet. A 1st and 2nd apiece meant the day going to Martin on the last race win. Meanwhile, the junior fleet was a family...

Leigh & Lowton launch Junior/Youth Long Distance Team Event – Saturday 26th June

LLSC are pleased to announce the arrangements for a one-off event in 2021 – a long distance Junior/Youth Event with restricted entries to comply with COVID, following the understandable cancellation of the annual Southport 12hr race. This is intended as an interim event to promote junior/youth sailing in the region and bridge the gap to the next 12hr race. We hope clubs will be enthused to come and join us for what promises to be a great and safe day...

LLSC crowns its new Club Champions

3 days before the start of Lockdown 2, Leigh & Lowton were able to conclude their 2020 Trophy Days and anoint their Club Champions (virtually of course!).  The Trophy Days had first been postponed due to Lockdown 1 and then the format changed to 4 weekends in September and October, 2 races with no discards for each one, with 5 races to count towards the Club Champion trophy.  It proved to be a lively series with a nail-biting final weekend...

Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Update – 7th October 2020 MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT, IN THE ABSENCE OF SAFETY COVER, THEY SHOULD NOT LAUNCH IN WINDS ABOVE 15 KNOTS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF THE RESCUE SERVICES BEING CALLED OUT, FRONT LINE STAFF BEING PLACED AT RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION AND THE CLUB’S REPUTATION BEING DAMAGED FOR BREACHING RYA GUIDANCE “do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI or emergency services” A phased return to sailing has been adopted by LLSC since Wednesday...

Southport 24hr VR Race – Our Teams did us proud

In the absence of the real 24hr Race (cancelled due to COVID restrictions), West Lancs ran a replacement event on line through the night using the VR system which became popular at clubs during lockdown in April and May. We entered both Adult and Youth teams into the event. Most of the event was held remotely due to restrictions but we did put on a screen at the club so people could drop by and see some of the racing....

Autumn/Winter Sailing

Over recent months we have seen our membership numbers grow at LLSC, and we are still seeing very high demand from club members for racing and our Sunday series are at full capacity (Covid restrictions mean we’re limited to 50 boats). In light of this, the Guy Fawkes Pursuit and Revett series in November and December 2020 will be for club members only. A decision regarding the New Year’s Day Pursuit and 2021 Tipsy Icicle series will be made by...

Solo Club Racing Championships

We’re all getting used to the strange environment we find ourselves in during “lockdown” and now “release from lockdown”. The Solo fleet is no exception, but they made the most of technology to have Sailracer host a National Championships of sorts through their App. With each competitor using their phone to track their every move, the races were tracked and compared across the country to take into account various factors to come up with a winner. Over 100 entries were...