By: Chris Spalding
The Keighley leg of the Northern District Winter series drew 18 competitors from the North of England who braved the cold weather conditions to enjoy a days sailing at probably the highest club in the country. The day started off in promising conditions with a steady North Westerly top suit wind.
John Tushingham grabbed an early lead sailing his Departure winning the first 3 races in freshening wind conditions with Martin Hallums sailing an Arrival and Dave Hollom sailing another Departure following closely behind.
John Taylor sailing his newly built Rubix for the first time also enjoyed considerable success before having to retire due to equipment failure no doubt due to a complete lack of shakedown time.
By race 4 all competitors had changed down to second suit which they were only to keep on for a further two races before opting for 3rd suit.
A tasty lunch of the Yorkshire delicacy of pie and peas was enjoyed in the club house during which the wind stopped increasing but freezing mist appeared blowing across the lake.
In the stronger wind conditions surprisingly the performance of the britpops and V8s improved with David Burke and Mick Dunn getting better results. However John Tushingham and Martin Hallums continued to finish in the top for places and with this consistency John and blowing Martin came 1st and 2ndwith scores of 16 and 25 after 11 races.
The race team consisted of; Damian Ackroyd, Tommy Mills, Leo Marygold and Brian Warburton who put on a enjoyable and smoothly run event.