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Ladies 'of all ages' Day, June 4

Ladies 'of all ages' Day, June 4


Cruiser ladies champion Val Cutting
Wind conditions were northerly, light and variable with two races for the fleet of 12 dinghies and one for the 6 cruisers. The fleets elected to race very different courses, the cruisers sailing a destination race half the length of the lake, from the club on the North-eastern shore to Pooley Bridge, then to a buoy opposite Howtown and back, and the dinghies two short courses ‘round the cans’ in the North basin of the lake.

Despite the light airs, competition was fierce for both fleets in the tricky variable winds. For the cruisers, it was snakes and ladders on the downwind leg as the intermittent wind kept bringing the fleet together with lead changes all the way. Val Cutting in a Hunter Ranger crewed by Andy and Derek Cutting built up a good lead on the upwind leg to the clubhouse finish and won a clear victory on handicap.

Also taking part in the cruiser race was 13-year-old Olivia Holmes, crewed by her grandad Paul O’Hara and Fran Lee in a Beneteau. It was her first race as a skipper and the teenager, who is a pupil at Titus Salt School, Bradford, was racing as part of her bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Olivia recently completed the Ullswater Experience introduction to sailing event at the club.

After two races in the dinghies, Sue Harding sailing a Vago, crewed by Fiona Gibson, of Brampton, near Carlisle, took the honours on handicap with Megan Thornley, crewed by her father John in second and Karen Smith in a Laser making the best of the tricky wind to beat Marion Began and Claire Neilsen into third overall. A special mention should go to Laia Priestley, the youngest entrant at just four years old, crewed by dad Graham in a Topper, who finished a very respectable 6th in the dinghy fleet.

A delighted ladies champion Fiona Gibson said: “Sue and I were very excited to have won the ladies dinghy race yesterday. It was only our second time on the water in the Vago this season so we were pleased that we kept it upright. It was a beautiful sunny blue sky Ullswater day, the winds were quirky, light then nothing.

“Sue is lovely to crew for, calm and unflappable even in our sticky moments, but very competitive like me, always keeping an eye on starting and finishing well. I think it was our first win so I’m  looking forward to the next. We are going on the Ullswater ‘Ladies who Launch’ tour on Saturday. Five of us from the club are going to Lesbos for a Neilson Beach holiday, Anne, Julie, Sally, Sue and I. I am sure there will stories to tell after that.”


Posted on 07 June 2016 (Archive on 05 July 2016)
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