The fourth event in the Waples Wines sponsored Northern Travellers Series has now been completed. Bassenthwaite in the northern lakes was host. The forecast for both days was horrendous with heavy rain and winds gusting at close to 40 mph predicted. This no doubt had an effect on the entry. There were however15 boats entered and all but 1 sailed.
On Saturday the wind was very squally and difficult to read however on Sunday this had moderated a bit and the sky’s were lighter. It was still a stiff sail. In addition to the on the water heroics, competitors were treated to the usual Bass welcome that included the pie and peas supper and an excellent wine and cheese quiz. Who would ever want to eat cheese with mustard seeds in it!!!!
Following this year’s format competitors were treated to two evening presentations . First up was Crewing legend Phil Evans who lead a discussion on spinnaker flying. Remember on a run to run gybe not to pull down the twinning line too far as otherwise it makes the spinny collapse and the helm look useless. There were other gems , but you had to be there. The second talk was from the equally legendary Steve Goacher who explain how best to find the wind and use it. This promoted discussion and guidance on the use of the compass for upwind sailing. Both talks were well received and appreciated.
The overall open result went to the Dovestone duo of Andy McKee and Rich Jones, after removing the 3 teams not eligible for the series the results were a win for Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood of the host club.
The series now moves towards the final event at Burton Sailing club near Derby on the 26th/27th September.
There are 8 boats that so far have completed the qualifying number of Opens (2). Mike Moore and Michaela Sheard head the table on 4 points followed by the Silver boat of Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray on 5 points. Whilst 4 classics have sailed so far none have done 2 events, so there will be opportunities for any of these than go to Burton. The current series positions are attached.