Curry Night Sunday 29th May

The Hunter family are spending their summer holiday volunteering at a charity school in Delhi. The charity (Asha) we are working for provides education and healthcare for slum families in Delhi and we are hoping to raise enough money to sponsor 2 of the children for a year of accommodation, food and tuition fees…£800 in total.

We are hosting a curry night at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club on Sunday. We would love it if you could join us for the curry. There will be a choice of Chicken or Vegetarian Curry , rice and naan, raita and mango chutney. If you have room for any more or your mouth is on fire there’s ice cream for afters. I’m hoping that in the afternoon some kids (large and small) will join our naan making session.

It would help if people could let us know if they are interested, although you will be able to order at the weekend. If you could drop us a line that would be great. [email protected] We are asking for a donation of around £7.00 for adults, under 12’s £4.00

Mike & Kerri

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Weekend Update

While the club held the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend promoting our beloved sport to all, Andy and Phil were at the GP Inlands at Bala finishing a creditable 4th after lying 8th overnight (perhaps they removed their caps?!). 

Final results 

Meanwhile two club F15s were sailing in the Northern championship at Derwent Reservoir. Simon/Jon again held off Mike/Kayla to finish 6th and 7th respectively in a fleet of 26 boats. 

Final results 

Also, Tony King and Toggle were away at St Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders taking part in the Solo Scottish Championships where there were 37 competing boats. 

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Sun Filled Weekend

Saturday started with another well attended training session. The wind, though patchy initially, filled in from the north west and backed to the west as the afternoon went on.

There was a good mix of boats across the four fleets, together with some close racing. There was a few capsizes, mainly by Ethan getting to grips with his 600, and a couple of groundings by two F15s! The shifting winds turned broad reaches into close reaches and even beats, but it helped test the sailors skills.

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On Sunday, the Bass micro climate again beat the forecast and, though lighter, the wind filled in from the north west, and after a short postponement, racing got underway. The breeze was light and shifty and backed to the west, strengthening slightly in the afternoon for the Albert Bates Retirement Trophy, typically sailed around the lake, but contained in the bay due to the likelihood of the wind fading.

Robbie D/Erin in an RS400 led the fleet across the finish line but, on handicap, Steve/Ruth won in their Merlin ahead of Dave/Lynn and Mike/Eric in GPs.

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Final results Albert Bates Retirement Trophy

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Next weekend we are taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out campaign to get more people on the water, so encourage your friends and colleagues to come down and take part and experience life on the water.

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Night Jar 3

This time we had wind! A constant force 4 Easterly. Alex set a course from 0 of B-1-0 which was deliberately short so he put up 6 laps. What he didn’t reckon on was the speed of the Musto Skiff and lap times of 5 mins! Luckily Val and Izzie were on the Bates to ensure lap recording was accurate.

When we had disentangled the port end mark we had a clean start for the somewhat depleted fleet. AJ and Sue had a good starboard end start and were second to John’s Skiff around B but Sue didn’t fly the kite on the next beam reach and Jim’s Supernova and Tony’s Solo got through, positions on the water which they held to the end.

Considering the wind strength, competitors handled the conditions well although Steve Peck / Simon Smith in the L2000 couldn’t stow the kite at 0 and continued half way to 9 before tacking for the line on lap 2.

Safety crews, of which there were several, were having an easy night until John Roberts’ Pico capsized just before the final mark. He righted it but turtled again just after crossing the line!

Peter and Karen had elected not to sail so that the meal was done to a tee when crews came ashore. Results were rapidly published but your scribe had some reservations about them so see the amended ones as checked by the Sailing Secretary.

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Sad News

bobnhelenWe have just learned of the sudden and unexpected death, albeit after a long fight with cancer, of former member Bob Pitt who was a keen and active member in the 1980s, sailing in the GP fleet with his wife Helen, and they regularly toured on the GP circuit.

Pete and Toni Nuttall recall sailing in the channel on a Moody 36 with Bob and Helen when the engine failed. Pete was suitably impressed by Bob’s skills at sailing the boat safely back into Gosport harbour. Fortunately there are many fond memories we all have. 

Our thoughts and best wishes go to Helen and family.

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RYA North West Junior Traveller Trophy

NWJTT results.

On Saturday 7 May Bassenthwaite hosted a round of the RYA North West Junior Travellers Trophy. Among the 14 sailors there were visitors from as far afield as Leigh & Lowton. The day was much warmer than recently with sun and a nice North Easterly F3. There were plenty of shifts and gusts to challenge the competitors, some capsizes, and much good sailing for many.

Harvey Leigh from Leigh & Lowton with Drew Gibbons were first Juniors, giving an impressive display of asymmetric sailing by winning two races in their RS Feva, and even finished 4th in the first race, despite a lengthy capsize. Special prizes were awarded to Pier Pello, Gee Moss & Walter Keegan from Sedbergh School in a 2000, for last finisher who completed all three races. Josh Hunter from Bassenthwaite was awarded the Endeavour prize for cheerfully singing his way around the course despite numerous capsizes. 1st under 14 sailor and 3rd overall was Theo Stewart in his RS Tera Sport. Top Bassenthwaite performers were Hazel Newport (Cockermouth) 2nd in the Junior Fleet in her Laser 4.7, and Ethan Dawson, 1st in the youth fleet in his laser radial.

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Night Jar 2

The wind was extremely light last Thursday and it was no different for this second round. There were 13 starters and an X-shaped course 0-9-B-A. The starboard pin was alongside the Bates and Mike & Eric’s GP were luffed into the Bates. They completed a penalty turn and this dropped them back a little.

It was John’s Skiff which was first round the windward mark with Jim fairly close astern in his Supernova followed by Mike & Eric. Hazel in her Radial was trying different tactics to the rest of the fleet and it was paying off with her moving ahead of Richard in his Solo and the newly launched GP of Katherine & Glenys.

AJ & Sue retired the GP and Steve Peck and Simon Smith the L2000.

After B, it had become a run to A but John took the asymmetric course to keep the Skiff’s kite filled and lost ground to the pursuing boats which had taken a direct course. Further down the field Josh kept the Safety Crew active by capsizing his Tera but think he just fancied a swim and some capsize practice!

Then it was in to the restaurant where Neil had prepared a choice of menus and large helpings for all.

Results showed that Mike & Eric had won on FH from Jim. Richard followed in third. Tony collected a 3 for his OD role and leads both series. PH produced a tie for the win between Hazel and Richard with Kath & Glenys taking third.

Current Night Jar series results.

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North West Junior Traveller Trophy

On Saturday 7th May, the club will host one of the RYA NWJTT series events. There will be no club racing on Saturday. Please let Lucy Thomas or Mike Hunter know if you are available to help in the galley or on rescue.

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May Day Bank Holiday 2016

IMG_2901IMG_2891There’s a busy weekend ahead as, in addition to club racing, we are holding the RS Tera Northerns and a Catapult open.

Busy is an understatement – a fleet of 35 Teras sailed two races, then club racing took place including a fleet of 10 Catapults, followed by another two races for the Teras. Six hours on the water for the committee boat crew – no mean feat, especially for Herb (though Tog needed a comfort break)!

IMG_2920Although there were shifts (as ever), and Mike/Kayla would say some major shifts that enabled Ian/Lezli-Ann to move from last to 1st in a single leg (while Angus slipped from 1st  to last),fortunately, and amazingly, the general direction remained steady enough to maintain the same start line and beat all afternoon.

IMG_3010There were eight clean starts in the Teras (can’t say the same for the club boats), and some occasional capsizes, but there was some good racing on a dry, but cool afternoon.

Ripon sailors are topping the results overnight with Oliver Kent leading the Tera Pro fleet and Ellie Clark leading the Tera Sport fleet. [Clark and Kent – Superman effect?!]

Two more races were scheduled for Sunday, but gusting winds continued throughout the morning, even after a two hour postponement, so racing was cancelled and Saturday’s results became the final outturn.

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Tera Pro winner Oliver Kent


Tera Sport winner Ellie Clark

Tera final results

After a lay day on Sunday due to strong winds, Monday’s forecast was not promising. However, despite a wet and windy start to the day, the wind eased, the rain stopped, and the sun forced its way through the clouds, so enthusiasm was higher, and racing got underway.

Five Catapults took to the water, and Gareth Ede led the way to win the final race of their open with three straight wins.

Small fleets of handicap and GPs raced for the May Holiday and Lyne Tankard trophies. There were a few capsizes, and Mike Fairlamb retired through gear failure in his Streaker, but they were glad to be back on the water, albeit in shifty and blustery conditions.

Although conditions were still sailable, there was no drive to return to the water after lunch, so the series were concluded with just one race to count, and the honours going to Scumper/Joe in the handicap fleet and Dave/Lynn in the GPs.

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Winner Gareth Ede with Sailing Sec Joe Roberts

Catapult Final results


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Night Jar 1

The chances for racing looked slim with heavy snow falling and even settling on roads leading to the Club. But it stopped before the start time.

Seven boats took to the water – and then the wind dropped! What little there was appeared to be coming from the East and Joan in the Bates set a course from upwind of 0 towards 3 with 1 and 0 following. But a 100 degree shift meant the last minute inclusion of 1 as the windward mark.

So it was a short and starboard biased line. Those at the port end lost out, particularly Mike & Eric when the GP became lodged in a particularly stubborn hole. John’s Skiff was first around the mark and also around A but then it came to a complete stop and was passed by Pete’s Laser.

By this time Owen O’Donnell from South Windermere had retired his Tera with the hope of more wind for the Northerns. Joan had decided that one lap would give a long enough race bearing in mind the conditions.

At 1 Tony’s Solo and Neil’s Radial were also in the mix but, with the wind filling from NE, Tony and John pulled out 20 seconds from Pete with the former taking line honours. Mike & Eric had got through Hazel’s Radial by the time they reached 0 but she was not to be denied and re-passed them on the way up to the line to finish two seconds ahead.

Then it was time for a roast meal cooked by Alan and Sue who had decided a warm oven was preferable to a cold lake!

Results showed Tony had taken the FH win from Pete with these positions being reversed on PH.

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