Rochdale News | Sports News | Success for junior Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club members in national competition

Date published: October 20, 2022

After a few quiet weekends at the lake, this week’s report focuses on club members boating away from home.

Earlier this month, the main activity of the junior members was elsewhere, with impressive results.

Over the first weekend of the month, seven of them joined five young members of Delph Sailing Club, Bolton, to represent the Lancashire Schools Sailing Association in the National Schools Team Racing Championship at the Burton Sailing Club in the East Midlands. This event was sailed in Topper dinghies with teams of three sailors competing against other teams for the most wins.

Lancashire schools were able to field four teams. They had benefited from coaching at the lake from club member John Foster who, in the past, had extensive experience in this different format of racing.

There were 22 teams competing from across the country in a total of 140 races. The highest-rated home side was the Lancashire B side of Jacob Din, Jasper Bramwell and Hector Droungos, all from HLSC, who finished second overall with Navy-related Royal Hospital School the winners. It was a great performance with no previous experience of such an event.

The Lancashire A team of Lauren Marsh and Millie Hayfield (both HLSC) with Ned (Delph) finished 8th with the C team (Delph members) in 15th and the D team of Annabel Hayfield and Jess Marsh (all two HLSC) with Will (Delph) finished 16th and was the best team under 12.

On Saturday October 15, the HLSC juniors were away again, at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club for the final round of the North West Junior Travelers series with excellent results overall. After a series of nine races, with 142 competitors, Jacob Din finished 3rd overall, Millie Hayfield was 8th overall (2nd under 14), Lauren Marsh was 14th overall (8th under 16), Annabel Hayfield was 27th overall ( 6th under 14) and Jess Marsh was 29th overall (6th under 11). These results earned them the overall club team award.

On Sunday at Hollingworth Lake there were three different winners. In a light westerly draft, Jasper Bramwell (Topper) won the first, Nick Brook (Phantom) broke away to win the second race and Richard and Heather Marsh (RS400) won the third race but lost also made the best in the general classification of the day.

Ruth J. Leeds