SPRING SPLASH  2023
A total of  SIX  rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count.   The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.  
 

Round 1
Now that the Covid threat has greatly diminished we have finally resumed the four seasonal series and as we are now into Spring, it seems logical to start the Spring Series but with a handicap system which will assist the less experienced and hopefully encourage new sailors to compete with the more experienced skippers.

Despite the foul weather conditions, six yachts competed in Round 1 of this yearís competition. George Younger got off to a good start by winning the first race ahead of Paul. Peter Guest came in third place ahead of Stuart Axon and Brian Joyce.

The following race saw Roger Crates come into the fleet and he won this and the following two races, demonstrating the skills that have seen  him well placed in the Northern Region league table for last season and flying the flag for BMBS. Paul managed to win Race 5 but Roger claimed the sixth and won the maximum points for the day, ahead of George and Paul.

Report by Paul Beardshaw B.M.B.S. Yacht Captain

Round 2

A gloriously sunny spring day saw Round 2 of the 2023 Spring Splash take place at the lake in light, but sailable winds. A triangular course was set from between Buoys 5 and 6 across the lake to Buoy 3 then on to Buoy 8 and back to 5 for two laps with the usual finish at 8. The five skippers set off, and Paul Beardshaw got off to a strong start by winning the first three races ahead of Roger Monks in Races 1 and 3 and George Younger in Race 2. Meanwhile Brian Joyce was struggling but his fortunes turned after Stuart Axon ran aground in Race 3 leaving Brian in fourth place. By this time his accumulated handicap became a huge benefit and he managed wins in Races 4 and 5. VAR confirms that he DID complete two laps! Well done Brian. Congratulations also to Stuart Axon who recovered well to win the final race.

The honours for the day went to Paul Beardshaw with Roger Monks finishing in the second spot and Brian Joyce third.

Itís early days yet, and the handicaps are already having quite an effect. Letís hope for many more sunny days like today.

Report by Paul Beardshaw B.M.B.S. Yacht Captain

Round 3

Five skippers enjoyed a good breeze and fine weather for Round 3 of this yearís Spring Splash. A figure of eight course was set from Buoy 7, diagonally across the lake to Buoy 3 then down to Buoy 1 and diagonally to Buoy 5 and returning to Buoy 7 again. After two full laps the finish was at Buoy 8 as normal.

Paul got off to another strong start by winning the first race closely followed by George and Stuart. The first two places were reversed in Race 2 with Stuart again finishing third. Roger seemed to be struggling and changed to the larger set of sails to match the rest of the fleet. This had an immediate effect and he won Race 3. Race 4 saw George win again, but none of the others could overtake Brian Joyce who finished 2nd. Stuart had to retire from the race with a rudder problem and was getting dizzy in the centre of the lake. The last two races were shared by Roger and George and Stuart recovered to finish 2nd in the last race.

As a result, George won maximum points for the day. Paul was second in the round and Roger Monks was third. He scored the same points as Stuart but was placed ahead of him by the count back system.

Report by Paul Beardshaw B.M.B.S. Yacht Captain

Round 5

Just five skippers took part in Round 5 of the 2023 Spring Splash and a bright but rather cool afternoon.

There was a decent breeze which resulted in some good racing between the fleet.

Sadly, Roger Monks was again suffering battery connectivity problems and couldnít compete at all.

After setting a figure of eight course around buoys 7,3,1,5 and back to Buoy 7 for a second lap but finishing from Buoy 1 to the usual finish at Buoy 8, Paul Beardshaw got off to a flying start but in the wrong direction! Fortunately for him, everyone else followed and Paul recovered to win Race 1 ahead of Roger Crates and George (whatís your second name?) Younger. Race 2 was a repeat with Stuart Axon and Peter Guest exchanging 4th and 5th places. Race 3 saw a complete change of fortunes. Paul missed a couple of Buoys and ended up in the last place. Peter Guest won the race ahead of Roger Crates and Stuart Axon. Well done Peter but your prize for winning was a ten second handicap in the next race. George Younger won the fifth race ahead of Peter and Stuart. The last two races were shared between Paul and Roger in 1st and 2nd places. Peter finished 3rd in both leaving George and Stuart to share 4th and 5th places. The handicaps worked well today enabling some close finishes and a good dayís racing.

The clear winner for the day was Roger Crates with Paul Beardshaw in 2nd.

Peter Guest finished in an excellent 3rd place ahead of George and Stuart.

As a by- note, if Paul who sails number yacht 97 reads this, would he please forward his surname to either Paul Beardshaw or John Foster so he can be included, and see his name up in lights! Thank you.

Report by Paul Beardshaw B.M.B.S. Yacht Captain

Round 6

It was a beautiful sunny and warm day for Round 6 of this yearís Spring Splash.

It was lovely to welcome old and new members to the competition.

Race 1 got underway with Roger Crates once again showing his fine form and winning just ahead of Paul Beardshaw. Derek Frank announced his return by coming third ahead of Stuart Axon and returning member Peter Walkinshaw . In the second race , Roger Crates and Paul came 1st and 2nd again with Peter Walkinshaw in third. Roger Crates won races 3 and 4. Paul and Peter took the 2nd and 3rd places alternately. Peter Walkinshaw won Race 5 but Roger returned to his winning ways and won races 6 and 7 which ensured that he was skipper of the day with Paul Beardshaw in second place. Peter Walkinshaw was third just ahead of Brian Joyce. There are still a few rounds left to climb up the league as the best four results count in the final tally. Roger Crates deservedly looks to be in a commanding position but the fat lady isn't singing yet and no doubt several placing changes will occur before the end of June.

Report by Paul Beardshaw B.M.B.S. Yacht Captain

  Spring Splash 2023   Part 1
   
  Rounds in Series 6      
  No. Best Scores 4      
                BEST 4 TOTAL POINTS
    POINTS IN ROUND
POSITION SKIPPER 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Roger Crates 100     100 100 100 400
2 Paul Beardshaw 80 100 90   90 90 370
3 George Younger 90 70 100 90 70   350
4 Stuart Axon 60 60 70 80 60 40 270
5 Brian Joyce 50 80 60     60 250
6 Roger Monks   90 80 70     240
7 Peter Guest 70       80   150
8 Peter Walkinshaw           80 80
9 Derek Frank           70 70
10 George Gibbs           50 50
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