Sunday saw a change in the racing format to help raise money for the RNLI at our annual Regatta Day.

Whilst racing got underway, the Madam Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen, along with members of Bolton Lions and members of the Laithwaite family were entertained in the lounge by the Commodore and many of the clubs senior and life members.

Before the final race of the day Jeff Hartley, President of Bolton Lions, Mrs Pam Laithwaite and other members of the Laithwaite family launched the new Sailability access boat they had kindly donated to the Bolton Sailing Club Sailability group with a cheque for £2,500 from the proceeds of “The Bill Laithwaite Memorial Fund”.  Bill Laithwaite, a lifelong member of Bolton Lions, sadly passed away last year and his family and Bolton Lions wished to continue is legacy by helping those with disabilities to enjoy sailing at our club.  The family also donated a trophy for the 1st placed Sailability boat, which will be presented annually on Regatta day.

Prizes for the Regatta were presented by the Madam Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen, to the following:

  • 1st Supernova – Mike Critchley, winning the RNLI Trophy
  • 1st GP14 – Gary Deighan & Dale Knowles
  • 1st Handicap – Andy & Sue Flitcroft in the Graduate
  • 1st Junior – Matthew Knowles sailing his Tera

Jeff Hartley from Bolton Lions and Pam Laithwaite presented prizes for the Sailabilty race to the following:

  • 1st Sailability – Matthew Daly, winning The Bill Laithwaite Memorial Trophy
  • 2nd Sailability – Hannah Shelmerdine, winning the BSC Sailability Trophy

After the prize giving Tom Ridyard MBE from the RNLI announced that the raffle had raised £100 and £130 from the Regatta entries. This totalled a fantastic £230 for the RNLI.

Hopefully a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. With thanks to the OOD, Elizabeth Craig for the delicious catering and all other volunteers.