Saturday 24th June saw the annual 12 hour race on the marine lake in Southport, hosted by Southport Sailing Club. The event is a team event for either under 18s or under 20s. Rudyard entered the U20 event with a team of 15 who had a broad range of experience. Unfortunately the boat that the juniors went to great efforts to purchase only a few years earlier was not available because of problems with the centre board. However, we were lucky enough to be able to borrow a boat from the Burnham’s (Thank you Miles) which was a rear main boat (not ideal..).
The weather on the day was initially overcast with southerly winds of > 20 knots – perfect I hear you say! However, it was 8am and our availability of helms & crew were somewhat thin on the ground (Rudyard Sailors Obviously like a Saturday morning lie in!). Therefore It was up to Lucas Barrow, our racing
captain, to lead the way with Matt Harrison and they managed to get us into 12th position after the first 4 laps. We remained between 12th and 15th for the next 30ish laps after which we had our first sinking feeling! After a number of capsizes the curse of the Enterprise (otherwise known as a bathtub!) struck again and we had to be towed back to shore. A quick change of plan followed which allowed us to give all our team members a sail, including one of our youngest sailors, Shay Dawson who managed to achieve one of the best average times for laps completed. Next to follow were two of our more experienced sailors (both previous captains!) sailing their final 12 hour race together … the Enterprise curse struck again and Emma and Alex had to be towed back to shore.
Lucas Barrow commented ‘Thanks to everyone who turned up… Big well done we had some good laps in and some great sailing and crewing all round. Most of all though thanks for Dave for ensuring smooth running. Would not have happened without him… Thanks Dave ?.’
Team Manager David More O’Ferrall said that ‘Unfortunately, on the day, we were unable to enter either the lady helm or the U14 helm race and we finished well down the leaderboard but we did manage to give everyone a sail which will help in future years. Next year we will need to ensure that the boat we plan to use has been tested in advance by the team to ensure that everything is working and everyone arrives in good time. Finally it was good to see Alex and Emma go out with a bang as evidenced by the pictures below!’