Cheshire Constabulary Regattas & Results
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Cheshire Constabulary Regatta,
Race One got away on time using the Outer & Inner Marks for the start line and heading for Buoy '8'. From there a 'lead boat' guided the fleet on reaches down the lake via '7', '6', '1', '5', '2', '3' and back through the Inner/Outer marks. The fastest handicap boat, the Phantom, sailed by Ken Daniels took the lead early closely followed by Ian Ingram, this time sailing a Laser recently acquired. In the fairly light conditions from a SSW direction, the wind would gust, change direction then drop, making the beats a lottery and it paid to stay to the centre of the lake when tacking up-wind.
Behind the two leaders, Dick Sivers struggled to keep up, giving Rob Allen with a Laser Radial a chance to get closer. The Avon boats, with Jeff Hines helming the RS Vision and Malcolm Dykes helming a Comet Trio followed, with Rose Broad in the second Comet Trio close on their heels. Bob Lowrie and Jeff Stratford had given up there usual sail together in the RS Vision; Bob struggling with a Laser whilst Jeff sat it out safely in a Topper. Jim Shaw (Pico) slowly got away from Pete Highway in the second Pico but positions remained something of a lottery throughout the race with the wind coming from one angle, then another, so that tacking decisions become something amounting to guesswork. Meanwhile Daniels and Ingram forged ahead with Ingram winning the race by some 18 seconds on corrected time.
After lunch provided free as part of the entrance fee, Race Two - and the wind had increased only slightly. A slight alteration to the start line comprising the Outer & Middle marks only with the first beat to a Buoy 'X' placed near '8' but slightly towards the middle of the lake, then after '6', a simple figure of eight to include Buoys '2' & '5' and back through the Inner/Outer marks. That is not to say that the conditions were any easier and the odd capsize was liable to take place by gybe marks at '6' and '2'. With Daniels having a poor start, Ingram got away to be well ahead of the rest of the fleet with Sivers second and Hines third. Daniels eventually got ahead whilst Sivers slowly fell away by the end of the race. The RS Vision with Jeff Hines & Steve Butler had an excellent race to record their best result whilst Ingram having momentarily capsized, was fighting to keep up with Daniels. Nevertheless, Ingram was again the winner by just 8 seconds on corrected time.
For Race Three the wind had hardly changed and the expected increase never arrived. Nevertheless, bodies were getting tired vying with the conditions which although were never above F2, remained somewhat difficult to contend with. The odd gusts made for pleasant planing but on the beats a quick alteration in strength and direction was liable to tip a boat at the wrong moment resulting in a scramble to recover. Bob Lowrie, who had arrived bearing bruises from a bit of Laser practice beforehand, found himself overboard whilst Rose Broad in the Comet Trio managed to injure her hand and was forced to come ashore early. Again Daniels and Ingram fought it out ahead of the rest with Ingram overtaking Daniels at one point. By the finish it was three firsts in a row for Ingram. As in previous races, the slower handicap boats - the Topper and the Picos - did a lap less and Jim Shaw found himself with his best result of the day, 4th.
Prizes were presented on behalf of the Acting Chief Constable by Det Supt Richard Strachan who is Vice Chairman of the Cheshire Constabulary Sailing Section. He also thanked the Avon & Somerset for their strength in numbers which had done so much to make the regatta successful.
PC Rob Allen
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Previous trophy winners
|1991||S. Hawkey - Cheshire||
|1992||G. Smith - W. Yorks|
|1993||N.A.J. Haggitt - W. Mercia|
|1994||N.A.J. Haggitt - W. Mercia|
|1995||A.V. Critchley/C. Jolley - Lancs|
|1996||A.V. Critchley/A. Cuddon - Lancs|
|1997||R. & A. Jenkinson - G.M.P.|
|1998||P. Heath - G.M.P.|
|1999||A.V.Critchley/W. Booth - Lancs|
|2000||S. Jenkins - Metro|
|2001||Not competed for|
|2002||Not competed for|
|2003||Ian Ingram - West Mids.|
|2004||Stuart Jenkins - Metro|
|2005||Alex Piggott - Nottinghamshire|
|2006||Graham Cook - Metro|
|2007||Ian Ingram - West Midlands|
|2008||Ian Ingram - West Midlands|