Welcome to HLSC

HLSC welcomes complete beginners to experienced sailors. Dinghy sailing takes place on a 117 acre reservoir set in the foothills of the Pennines in Littleborough near Rochdale and is easily accessible; just 10 minutes from the M62, junction 21.

HLSC is run by its members for its members with a great family atmosphere, has good fleet racing, is committed to training & developing sailing skills and is an accredited RYA Training Centre.

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August Handicap Series – results after four Sundays

During the five Sundays in August we are running a mini handicap series with prizes for the leading three boats.  Races 1, 2 and 3 will all have MASS STARTS with the first race starting at 1.12pm.  Here are the results after the first four Sundays i.e. up to Sunday 23rd August.  

Please note that firstly the discards have been factored in and secondly points have been awarded for the duty teams (it was decided to increase to points slightly compared to those awarded for the fleet trophies):

Sailed: 11, Discards: 3, To count: 8, Rating system: PY, Entries: 34, Scoring system: Appendix A

Class PY SailNo HelmName CrewName Total Nett R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11
Merlin Rocker 985 3630 Bruce Mager Craig Jowett 152 47 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 7 9 6 5 2 6 DO 6 DO 6 DO
Solo 1140 4876 Oliver Whitehead 154 49 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 3 1 3 1 35 DNC 2 2 2
Solo 1140 3834 Kevin Parry 153 69 10 9 6 12 (14) 13 8 7 4 DNF (35 DNC) (35 DNC)
Laser Radial 1135 178491 Will Smith 175 70 7 6 5 15 12 12 7 6 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC)
Solo 1140 5529 Nick Hornsby 184 79 3 1 2 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 1 1 1
Solo 1140 4734 Graham Booth 184 79 9 7 10 DNS 9 21 DNF 16 DNS 3 4 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC)
Solo 1140 4474 Dave Smith 198 93 4 5 4 13 10 10 (35 DNC) 12 DNF (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3596 Martin Watts Rene Watts 210 105 5 2 10 DNS 6 DO 6 DO 6 DO (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC
GP14 1130 14063 Martin Brennan 219 114 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 1 3 2 2 1 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 4282 Michael Smith 230 125 2 4 3 5 6 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Laser Peco 1330 Rana Din 240 135 6 DO 6 DO 6 DO 8 4 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
GP14 1130 13746 Graham Knox 245 140 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 6 8 9 6 DO 6 DO 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
GP14 1130 13873 Michael Butler Steve Caladine 285 180 1 3 1 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
GP14 1130 13060 Richard Mason Joanna Dobbs 286 181 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 13 14 6 8 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 3414 Andy Taylor 289 184 12 11 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 12 DNF 9 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Laser 4.7 1195 181313 Adam Din 304 199 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 10 7 7 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Fireball 970 15095 David Winder Matt Calvert 306 201 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 4 21 DNF 1 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3557 Guy Winder Tom Murphy 306 201 8 8 10 DNF (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3735 Julian Parry Becka Jones 308 203 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 2 21 DNF 5 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 4509 Richard Blackburn 321 216 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 19 DSQ 11 11 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 4509 Gerald Whitehead 322 217 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 4 3 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3615 Stuart Bates Andrew Hilton 324 219 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 5 4 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3670 Gerald Whitehead 324 219 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 14 15 15 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 3170 Harry Daniel 332 227 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 12 DNF 5 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
GP14 1130 11469 John Mellor Jude Pollard 332 227 6 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 11 (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Merlin Rocket 985 3414 Ian Laing 332 227 (35 DNC) 10 7 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 4924 Mike Fitzpatrick 336 231 (35 DNC) 13 DNF 8 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 4281 Johnnie Walker 336 231 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 9 12 DNF 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Mirror 1385 27576 Peter Bramwell 347 242 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 16 16 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Mirror 1385 61312 Brian Small 349 244 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 17 17 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Laser 1091 196385 Charley Steele 352 247 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 2 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Solo 1140 5163 David Hughes 358 253 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 8 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
MIrror 1385 58625 Robbie Cwik 361 256 11 (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC
Laser 1091 35553 Neil Campbell 363 258 13 DNS (35 DNC) (35 DNC) (35 DNC) 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC

 

 

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Southport 24 Hour Race

GP @ 24 Hour RaceFancy getting involved with this year’s 24 Hour Race at Southport on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September?  Any member who would like to take part in this year’s 24 Hour Race please let us know by signing up on the list near the bar door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sailing News!

19th August 2015
by Graham Knox

Eleven boats took to the water on a miserable wet evening but, at least, there was a southerly wind blowing to give decent racing. While Oliver Whitehead soon took command of the Solos, ahead of our Scorpion Championship crew Chris Massey, there was a close battle between the two Merlins. Gerald Whitehead, with David Thompson, tried to cover Tom Murphy, with Guy Winder crewing, but Tom got through downwind on the penultimate leg to claim first. The Laser results were unusual as Gary Butler failed to pass through the line on the second lap and returned to correct it leaving Richard Whitehill to victory!

Merlin Rocket- 1.T Murphy/G Winder 2.G Whitehead/D Thompson
GP14- 1. M Brennan/S Miles 2. R Mason/J-A Dobbs
Solo- 1. O Whitehead 2. C Massey 3.D Hughes
Laser- 1. R Whitehill 2. G Butler

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16th August 2015
by Graham Knox

It is sometimes the racers who are challenged when sailing on the Lake, but on Sunday it was also the team organising the racing who were challenged. Where was the wind coming from? It kept filling in from different directions and had periods of flat calm. In such circumstances the long experience of Martin Brennan and Richard Long, in a GP14, found the best way round the course with a second place in the first race and a win in the second one. Oliver Whitehead had got away in his Solo in the first one but did not sail the second race. Graham Booth, also in a Solo, had the patience to cope with the wind and had a third and fourth places. Bruce Mager’s Merlin, with Craig Jowett, got away in the second race to finish runner-up. No one was keen to sail a third race and the Lake soon put on a glass-like sheen.

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12th August 2015
by Graham Knox

Another lovely summery evening but would there be any wind? Boats drifted out while the Race Team tried to find where the light air was coming from. At the start, it was apparent that something was arriving from the Rakewood end of the Lake and it gradually filled in. Although there were ‘flat spots’, the set 3 lap course was sailed. Oliver Whitehead showed his light weather expertise, as did Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles. Others tried super-lightweight crews which helped to keep boats moving. The Laser results were again unchanged!

Merlin Rocket- 1.B Mager/R Richards 2.G Whitehead/Angela
GP14- 1. M Brennan/S Miles 2.J Mellor/J Mellor 3.G Knox/E Coffey
Solo- 1. O Whitehead 2.N Hornsby 3.D Hughes
Laser- 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.J Maguire

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9th August 2015
by Graham Knox

Conditions for racing at the Lake on Sunday were ideal, though the wind did vary in direction. The results on the handicap basis produced some surprising outcomes. Martin Brennan and Richard Long, in a GP14, were the clear winners on the day, with Oliver Whitehead’s Solo following close after. David Winder and Matt Calvert, sailing a Fireball (practising for a World Championship) were in great form too, with a race win. Charley Steel, in a Laser, was the runner-up in the second race with Rana Din in a Pico fourth. Both had the benefit of a better placed start than much of the fleet. At the other end of the finishers, Peter Bramwell took his sons Jasper (age 7) and Xavier (age 5) to experience the fun of sailing in a Mirror.
Results:

Race 1: 1.GP14, M Brennan/R Long 2.Merlin, J Parry/R Jones 3.Solo, O Whitehead
Race 2: 1.Solo, O Whitehead 2.Laser, C Steel 3.GP14, M Brennan/R Long
Race 3: 1.Fireball, D Winder/M Calvert 2.GP14, M Brennan/R Long 3.Solo,O Whitehead

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5th August 2015
by Graham Knox

It had been a breezy day, but the Lake looked too calm for the evening and it would be one of those ‘ghosting’ evenings. Perhaps it was the lure of a lasange and garlic bread after racing that lured 20 boats out. After moving marks to try and keep the race in a limited area, a light southerly filled in (and brought some rain) to keep boats moving. Nick Brook shot away from the other Solos on the first leg. Bruce Mager and Ryan Richards took the the lead in the Merlin Rockets.

Merlin Rocket- 1.B Mager/R Richards 2.M & R Watts 3.S Crook/C Steel
GP14- 1. N Hornsby/H Daniel 2.J Mellor/J Dobbs
Solo- 1. N Brook 2.D Hughes 3.R Simpson
Laser- 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.J Maguire

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2nd August 2015
by Graham Knox

With the Championship season in full swing and some club members away, the usual racing format is changed this month. The different classes start together and race on handicap. This produced some interesting changes in the results. Mike Butler and Steve Caladine in a GP14 proved worthy winners on the day despite the competition of several Solos, particularly Nick Hornsby who won the second race.The southerly wind direction was not helpful to course setting on the Lake but at least the wind held for the afternoon.

Over the weekend, 13-year old Adam Din was competing in the National Schools Sailing Championship at Rutland Water where he did well finishing 7th out of 40 Lasers (4.7 rig).

Results:

Race 1: 1.GP14, M Butler/S Caladine 2.Solo, M Smith 3.Solo, N Hornsby
Race 2: 1.Solo, N Hornsby 2.Merlin Rocket, M & R Watts 3.GP14, M Butler/S Caladine
Race 3: 1.GP14, M Butler/S Caladine 2.Solo,N Hornsby 3.Solo,M Smith

Overall: 1.GP14, M Butler/S Caladine 2.Solo,N Hornsby 3.Solo, M Smith

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Wednesday 29th July 2015
by Graham Knox

Another good evening for sailing though the wind off the Lake Bank shore was shifty. The approaches to marks such as H, G and A needed fine judgement. In the Solos, Olver Whitehead got away early to lead while Nick Brook had to work his way through to second and then found Dave Hughes had a good lift into G mark but on the final lap at G, the wind dropped and Nick was able to ghost past and take runner-up spot. Graham got together with one of his past crews, Dave Smith to show a clean ‘pair of heels’ to the other GP14s. It did not go Steve Crook and Sally Townend’s way in the Merlins.

Merlin Rocket- 1.B Mager/R Richards 2.G Winder/T Murphy 3.S Crook/S Townend
GP14- 1. G Knox/D Smith 2.R Mason/N Thomason
Solo- 1. O Whitehead 2.N Brook 3.D Hughes
Laser- 1.G Butler 2.W Smith 3.J Maguire
Mirror- 1.B Small

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26th July 2015
by Graham Knox

Around the country, there were reports of sailing events cancelled on Sunday but, at the Lake, it was calm when racing was due to begin. The light wind was very unsettled. After the first race, the east wind blew quite strongly to give some hard racing for those up to it. The Solos were the most numerous with 3 different race winners. Nigel Davey won the first race, second to Oliver Whitehead in the next one and to Dave Smith in the third. Coming back to the harbour was too exciting and he capsized unceremoniously. Brian Small and Richard Mason did battle in the red-sailed Mirror dinghies. Matt Mee and Emma Norris visited the Club with their RS200 and showed again why they are chief contenders for their forthcoming National Championship.
Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1. B Mager/H Daniel 2.G Whitehead/Angela
Race 2: 1. G Whitehead/Angela

GP14-
Races 1 & 2: 1.G Knox/C Broadbent

Solo-
Race 1: 1.N Davey 2.D Smith
Race 2: 1.O Whitehead 2.N Davey 3.D Smith
Race 3: 1.D Smith 2. N Davey

Laser-
Races 1 & 2: 1.W Smith

Mirror-
Race 1:1.B Small
Race 2: 1.R Mason 2.B Small
Race 3: 1.R Mason

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Wednesday 22nd July 2015
by Graham Knox

Another fine evening for a sail, although there were some dramatic shifts around G mark and ‘flat spots’. It was a good turnout as well. There was ‘nip and tuck’ racing between Nick Brook and Chris Massey in the Solos. Nick held the lead for most of the race finding the best streams of wind, though Dave Hughes intervened at one time. Andy Wake was third at the first mark but fell back after that. The GP14 results were never in doubt. Gerald Whitehead and Dave Thompson were in second place at the first mark to Steve Crook and Sally Townend but Bruce Mager and Harry Daniel found the way through as did Guy Winder and Tom Murphy. Brian Small enjoyed another race in his Mirror.

Merlin Rocket- 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.B Mager/H Daniel 3.G Winder/T Murphy
GP14- 1. M Brennan/S Miles 2.M Butler/S Caladine 3.J Mellor/R Hodgson
Solo- 1. N Brook 2.C Massey 3.D Hughes
Laser- 1.C Bower
Mirror- 1.B Small

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19th July 2015
by Graham Knox

It seems strange that so often this year Sundays have suffered strong gusty winds that deter some sailors from setting out. Solo sailors are made of sterner stuff and were out enjoying it. The first race saw some confusion in rounding a mark at the Rakewood end of the Lake. The leaders took the mark on their port side, though it had been set to starboard (right-hand). Dave Smith knew the correct way and sailed into an unassailable lead while others corrected their mistake. In the second race, it was Dave who set off to the wrong mark and Chris Massey on strong form led that race and the third one. The other classes decided not to sail the third race. Although not formally racing, David Winder and Matt Calvert shot round the Lake on a Fireball, with Matt on the trapeze, planing fast.
Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Races 1 & 2: 1.S Crook/S Towenend 2.B Mager/C Jowett

GP14-
Races 1 & 2: 1.J Mellor/R Mason

Solo-
Race 1: 1.D Smith 2.C Massey 3.D Hughes
Race 2: 1.C Massey 2.N Brook 3.D Smith
Race 3: 1.C Massey 2.D Smith 3.G Whitehead

Laser-
Race 1: 1.W Smith 2.E Parry

Pico-
Race 1: 1.A Din/W Rowland

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15th July 2015
by Graham Knox

A pleasant evening sail where the wind held, although light and shifty. It was dieing fast as I got there! Brian Small has taken to setting out in his Mirror; it is good to see the red sails out. David Hughes ‘snuck’ past Nick Brook in the closing stages for the Solos.
Merlin Rocket- 1.L Bithell/L Webster 2.B Mager/R Richards 3.G Winder/H Daniel
GP14- 1. M Brennan/S Miles
Solo- 1. O Whitehead 2.D Hughes 3.N Brook
Laser- 1.R Whitehill 2.J Maguire
Mirror- 1.B Small

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12th July 2015
by Graham Knox

With several of the Club’s Merlin Rocket sailors away over the past week at Salcombe, Martin and Rene Watts were the lone representatives on Sunday. Having sailed one race, Martin tested his skills by crewing for Graham Knox in a GP14 and racing in a Solo for the third race. Mike Butler and Steve Caladine led the way in GP14s for the first 2 races. Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles had to wait for the third race to be sure of winning. Nick Brook had no trouble in leading the Solo fleet. Will Smith and Adam Din vied for success in the Lasers. All agreed that the conditions had given them a hard days racing with the strong gusts and shifting winds.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.M & R Watts

GP14-
Race 1: 1.M Butler/S Caladine 2.M Brennan/S Miles
Race 2: 1.M Butler/S Caladine 2.M Brennan/S Miles 3.G Knox/M Watts
Race 3: 1.M Brennan/S Miles 2.M Butler/S Caladine 3.G Knox/M Whitehead

Solo-
Races 1 & 3: 1.N Brook 2.D Smith 3.G Whitehead
Race 2: 1.N Brook 2.G Whitehead 3.D Smith

Laser-
Race 1: 1.W Smith
Race 2: 1.W Smith 2.A Din
Race 3: 1.A Din

Mirror-
Race 1: 1.B Small
Race 2: 1.B Small 2.R Cwik
Race 3: 1.P & J Bramwell

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4th/5th July 2015
by Graham Knox

Thirty-four Solo sailors raced around the Lake over the weekend for their Northern Championship. Visitors came from 9 Clubs to enjoy racing here. It was very breezy for the first race on Saturday and there were fast planing reaches and several capsizes! Conditions eased for the Sunday races.

The early leader of the first race came to grief on the second lap but recovered well to finish second. However it was Innes Armstrong from Burwain who took the bullet, and three more, to win the six race series convincingly. Martin Honnor from Ogston was a steady performer in the runner-up spot overall while local sailors filled the next four places. Chris Massey and Oliver Whitehead were closely matched in the results followed by Nick Hornsby and Martin Brennan.

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27th/28th June 2015
by Graham Knox

Saturday was a long day for some of the Club’s young sailors. 8 of them (all but one under 18 years) competed at Southport on the Marine Lake in the 12 Hour Race. Sailing in relays for an hour or more the team finished 13th out of 24 teams. This included stints at the helm by two 12 year-olds and a girl helm.

They were therefore among the youngest teams sailing in the breezy conditions with hot sunshine. Two more of the Club’s under 14 sailors were racing at Bassenthwaite Lake in the North West Junior Travellers series where William Rowland finished an excellent third place, ahead of Adam Din in fourth place. Both are highly placed in the overall series of 10 events.

It was too windy on Sunday for most sailors, all 4 of the Solos retired from the first race. Three of them managed the third race. Otherwise, it was Steve Crook and Sally Townend in a Merlin Rocket showed how to cope.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Races 1 & 3: 1.S Crook/S Townend
Race 2: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2. S Bates/A Hilton

Solo-
Race 2: 1.D Hughes
Race 3: 1.D Hughes 2.G Whitehead 3.K Parry

Here is 5 of the team of 8 which took part in the 24 hour race!

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