Sailors brave wild conditions to compete in solo dinghy open

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Burwain Sailing Club held their annual Solo Dinghy open on Sunday.

With gales and gusts of 35 mph plus forecast, there was some doubt whether sailing would be possible, however 11 visitors arrived undeterred and seven club boats eventually made it out onto the water.

The wind was still very strong when the first race started, and there were plenty of capsizes, but by the end conditions were calmer and there was a very close finish, the race being won by Michael Simms from Carsington Sailing Club with Nick Hornsby from Hollingworth Lake managing to move from sixth to second on the final leg.

The second race started in manageable wind strength but there were still periodic violent gusts leading to further boat breakages. Some sailors who had already changed out of sailing kit after the first race decided to give it another go. The race was won by Innes Armstrong from Burwain sailing a borrowed wooden boat, who managed to pull away from the bunch showing the potential speed of older boats.

There were four possible series winners going into the final race, which saw a five boat leading group swapping places but the eventual race winner was again Simms, who secured overall victory from Andy Tunnicliffe (Royal Windermere YC), Hornsby and Armstrong.