Southport 2004

Some Quotes from Southport 2004 

Not the overall performance that we had hoped for but I would like to thank everyone involved with this year's event. The wind was a little unkind to us in the ferocity of the gusts (some of this is caused by the re-development of this part of Southport, disturbing the wind). It is quite clear that sailing Enterprises in strong & gusty conditions is an art form that was well demonstrated by Paul Young & Alison who I think were the only pairing in our team who did not capsize - well done; I clearly need more training in taming the unbalanced nature of these boats which resulted in two or three years worth of capsizes in as many hours! It was however a fabulous sail & would not have missed it.

At the time of retiring from the event (worn out helms & probably crews though the crews are harder than us mere helms) we had raised our game to a creditable 38th.

There were some very good performances by all & Smithy & Scotty who provide quite a powerhouse revelled in the conditions. There was much to think about & hindsight is a wonderfull thing & I would like to arrange a meeting with all who took part in the Southport event along with anyone who is interested in taking part next year, things to discuss like boat preparation, objective of the club, how many teams, type of boat, number in teams etc. At this meeting I would like to go through the same sort of approach for the Top Club event.

Paul Levers & Nigel Spurr finished 16th. overall in Pauls GP14  (sailing for Lee-on-sea). Well Done!

Southport 2004 photos

Richard Dee

I think it was due to the fact that everyone got cheesed off not to say completely knackered trying to keep the boat afloat that prompted our retirement in Southport.

With a F4/5 gusting even harder, boats were falling over just about everywhere, not just at the jibe mark. This however made for a great spectator sport - not just watching the flipovers but also spotting the broken booms and torn rigging.

Terry and I spent 20 minutes trying to get sailing again after our capsize which was caused largely by trying to avoid other upturned boats! It was then like trying to sail a 'jacuzi' around the lake it took so long to get the water out of the Enterprise.

Nevertheless, it's a great event. Great food, beer and atmosphere. Perhaps next year we could throw some more people at it, especially helms and maybe another boat or two!?

Paul Leather
Bar Duty
Kevin Hopkins
Galley
Stuart Jones
Race Officer
Rob Kennaugh
Asst. Race Officer
Lauren Upton
Asst. Safety
James Guy
Safety Boat Driver
Douglas Bridger
Bar Duty
Nick Taylor
Bar Duty
Julian Harms
Galley
Angela Daniels
Race Officer
Keith Garrett
Asst. Race Officer
Trevor Pearson
Asst. Safety
Safety Boat Driver
Stephen Nicholson
Bar Duty
Stuart Jones

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday Feb 16, 2019
    Wind
    10 knots, SSW
    Gust
    22 knots
    Temp
    12°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office

  • Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
    Wind
    14 knots, SW
    Gust
    25 knots
    Temp
    11°C
    Conditions
    Cloudy

    — Met Office