….it is now!
…the 2013 Lightning368 Grand Prix traveller series that is!
As most of you know, MPSC’s ‘Lightning368′ fleet has been out in force on the traveller circuit this year and, following the ‘Rum & Mince Pies’ event at West Oxfordshire SC a couple of weekends ago, this years series is now at an end – with a super set of results for Manor Park.
Overall we had 61 competitors taking part across 12 events. Bryan Westley topped the MPSC boats in 10th with Lee Bratley just one point adrift of Bryan in 11th. Tony Hodson had a fantastic debut year on the circuit to finish 17th with Emma Dodd rounding off the Manor Park ‘regulars’ in 20th (and 4th lady).
In addition to this motley bunch, several others took part in other sporadic events to also appear on the scoreboard: Alex Shaw (35th), Ash Burton (39th), Chris Gasson (44th), Andy Meek (51st) and David Simmons (58th).
A fine showing I think you’ll agree and, with the Lightnings returning for the class’ Northern Championships next June there’s plenty of time for our fleet to get out there for some practice!
It’s been a fun year for the regular travellers, with adventures aplenty – ask Bryan to re-enact his ‘Up River’ experience….and watch as the cold sweat returns!
Well done to our LN fleet and, hopefully, we’ll all be back for 2014.
So, as if Paul Moughtin-Leay’s success in the Topper 4.7 hasn’t been enough reason to celebrate this year, now we have more great news about Krishan Bhogal.
Krish has attended several Topper events – both racing and training – during the latter part of this season and has succeeded in being selected as one of the first winners of the inaugural ‘John Merricks Sailing Trust’ scheme to help promising young sailors develop and progress in the sport.
Krishan began learning to sail at Manor Park just two-and-a-half years ago and was selected to win a brand-new, race rigged Topper dinghy from almost 100 applicants after competing in the RYA West Zone Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club, near Rugby in September.
It’s an amazing achievement and one that all at Manor Park are extremely proud of.
The John Merrick Sailing Trust was set up following the untimely and tragic death of Britain’s 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merrick in 1997. At just 26 years of age, John had many more years of sailing ahead of him and was always keen to help other, younger sailors along their way in the sport. The trust has gone on to provide support and help to sailors such as 2012 Olympic silver medallist Stuart Bithell, 49-er Olympic hopeful Dylan Fletcher, RS:X youth world champion Izzy Hamilton and 2012 European Ladies 470 Champion Sophie Weguelin.
This award will allow Krish to take part in Topper events and training all around the country, an amazing opportunity.
So, give a huge congratulations to both Krishan and Paul as they take the name of Manor Park around the UK and beyond. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the guys out at the Olympics some day soon!
Well done guys
Friday socials – now that the nights are getting longer we are re-starting the Friday socials which will run over the winter. The plan is to use the second Friday in the month so the dates are:
November – 8th (THIS Friday)
December – 14th
January – 10th
February – 7th (1st Friday but stops it clashing with Valentine’s Day, unless you want to be romantic at the club )
March – 14th
April – 11th
This is a chance to use the club over the colder months, keeping in contact with friends and getting to know other members. Bring nibbles and any alcoholic drinks. You could even bring supper, maybe from the local chippy. Emma has promised that she will bring cake to the first Friday.