Balne Moor MBC Winter Series 24th January 2016

Having attracted a fleet of 16 boats for the first event in this new Series, hopes were high for this second event and nobody was disappointed.

22 skippers turned out and were rewarded with kind temperatures, a dry day and a pleasant breeze at Askern Lake.

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To start the day, John Tushingham kindly delivered a Masterclass at the lake side, giving everyone some special insights into tuning the DragonForce for best results and several skippers commented on how helpful this had been, getting instant performance improvements.

When boats got on the water, this resulted in some very close racing – for second place with – guess who leading the way most of the time – he’s not National Champ for nothing!

The Lakeside Cafe proved once again to be an invaluable part of the facilities at Askern, serving an excellent lunch of stew and dumplings to those who had booked the meal deal during the lunch break in a day of 14 races.

John Tush took a clear overall win with John Sharman a good second and Chris More from the Wykeham club third.

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After two events in this five event series, the overall positions are very interesting

1st John Tushingham (Keighley)

2nd John Sharman (Keighley)

3rd Chris More (Wykeham)

4th Geoff Quinn (Leeds & Bradford)

5th Jo Sharpe (Balne Moor)

However, with the John Tush away for at least the next event and John Sharman off touring Europe (in Hetty the Hymer) for the rest of the series, everything is still to play for.

Huge thanks to Cliff Jefferies for sterling work as OD and Paul Rudkin slaving over the results.

The next event will be on 7th February and we’re looking forward to another day of close racing at DN6 0JB.

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