SAILING: A LARGE number of Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club members were determined to sail despite testing conditions on Tuesday.
In a traditional pursuit race, the fastest boats set off last and crept through the fleet. Phil Snewin in a Laser was particularly successful and found wind when none existed for the other sailors. On his tail was Mark Nield in an Enterprise, helped by having Lewis Kneale as a light crew.
Wally and Francis Riley and Tim and Jackie Finch fought their private duel, as did Mike Neale and Hamish Collin in Lasers. At the end of an hour's sailing, the winner was Snewin followed by Nield and Colin Mcnae third in a Topper.
On Sunday in a slightly more consistent but still light wind, John Pryer in an Enterprise and his daughter Abigail were first away with John Edwards in a Comet on their tail. The pair pulled ahead of the rest of the fleet and while Edwards managed to pull into the lead briefly at the end of the first lap, he then lost it to Pryer.
The wind picked up and Reg Binnersley in a GB Moth was even planing on the down-river run but was unable to catch the leaders. The final positions were Pryer and Edwards, followed by Binnersley.
In the second race, Edwards won to finish in front of Binnersley and Colin McNae third-placed in a Topper. nA light breeze coming from all directions made life hard-going for the sailors at Gresford Flash on Sunday.
In the first race of the afternoon, all the competitors got off to a fine start with the exception of Enterprise duo Harry and Mary Bainbridge, who were a little late getting to the start line.
But the Bainbridges refused to give up and they raced through the competition to finish third.
Zara and David Turtle in their Mirror held their own among the bigger boats to come home second.
Steve Price and Australian crew member Pieta Wilson won the race by two minutes.
And the pair went on to win the second race, leading from start to finish.
Rodney Evans and Charlie Jones in their GP were second, with the Bainbridges third again.
And they thought they'd done even better in race number three, as they led all the way.
But once the handicap was applied, the honours went to the Turtles, with the Bainbridges second and Evans and Jones third. nA steady breeze blew from the north-east last Wednesday evening for the 50-minute Individual Handicap race.
Jessica Young, with her dad Jim as crew, was the first to set off in their Mirror-class boat, and she led up to the last marker buoy.
But she was pipped by Mary and Helen Bainbridge in their Enterprise at the finish line.
David Turtle, who had a huge 17-minute handicap, came home third in his Solo.
A good duel went on all through the race between the GPs of Evans and Alan Rogerson, which ended with Evans taking fourth.