Enterprise Open at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
By Paul Gimson on 11 Jun10 June 2012
After a week of storms and rain, four visiting Enterprises arrived at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club to find the full lake looking like a Mirror, reflecting the far bank in perfect symmetry. Needless to say there was a lot of umming and ahhing about whether to unpack the boats, (John Berry took no chances and signed up for lunch before registering). Eventually occasional ripples could be seen on the water and someone made a move towards a buckle on a cover, this started a rush and before you could say ‘Jack Holt' the visitors joined the 6 Rudyard boats and the Open began.
After some indecision by the wind as to whether it was blowing and if so in which direction a course was set and the first race was under way. Alan Johnson crewed by Paula Fisher lead round the windward mark closely followed by Mark Lunn & Steve Blackburn. These two battled it out to the end with Johnson defending well to take first place. A little further back there was a great battle for 3rd 4th and 5th between the two visitors Mike Cossey & Christine Barron, John Berry & David Jones and the Rudyard boat of Micheal Jacot & Emma Smith. Eventually finishing Berry 3rd, Jacot 4th and Cossey 5th.
For the start of Race 2 the wind momentarily filled in. This time Lunn took the lead, he was constantly challenged by Johnson but held on for the win. A little puff of wind then brought the rest of the fleet home. After a splendid lunch the wind still showed little sign of playing ball so a short windward leeward course was set. Again it was Lunn and Johnson at the front matching each other tack for tack with Lunn again first over the line to take First Place Overall. Johnson was 2nd and Cossey with two 3rd places taking 3rd.
Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 55 Mark Lunn Steve Blackburn West Lancs -2 1 1 2
2nd 19876 Alan Johnson Paula Asher Southport 1 -2 2 3
3rd 22823 Mike Cossey Christine Barron Sutton -5 3 3 6
4th 21983 John Berry David Jones Etherow 3 -4 4 7
5th 15942 Michael Jacot Emma Smith Rudyard 4 -5 5 9
6th 21145 David Burnham Margaret Burnham Rudyard -6 6 6 12
7th 22903 Patricia Ordsmith Bradley Clark Rudyard -7 7 7 14
8th 16365 Toby Sanderson Grace Nugent Rudyard 8 -9 8 16
9th 20543 Arthur Wilson Mary Wilson Rudyard 9 8 (DNF) 17
10th 2207 Megan Smith Amy Sanderson Rudyard 10 10 (DNC) 20