All Tied Up

We are considering purchasing a small stock of club ties, subject to there being sufficient interest.

Similarly, a suggestion has been put forward for ladies neck scarves. Would you be interested?

If you would like to purchase one, email us, or add your name to a post on our Facebook page

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Flying 15 Team Racing

With little wind during the morning, it seemed promising for some good sailing conditions for the 17 strong fleet of Flying 15s when the wind filled in from the south, despite the forecast being from the north east.

With mark 7 nowhere to be seen, should the OD send the fleet to mark 10 or 8? Taking the cautious option, mark 8 was set as the windward mark, and the start sequence began. A last minute shift made it difficult for the fleet to cross the line on starboard, so everyone had a clean start, though fleet captain Simon and Jon’s tack on to port was badly timed as they tried to squeeze through a non-existent gap… Jon Mathie and Olivia, a F15 virgin, led round the windward mark and the following leg, but not surprisingly, Steve Goacher strolled through the ranks to take the lead as the wind eased. With the wind on the eastern shore disappearing, the OD opted to shorten the course at the end of the lap. Just as well mark 10 wasn’t the windward mark!

With the wind filling in from the forecast NE, the start line was moved to suit the new direction, but the wind faded altogether and the fleet came ashore for a cuppa. An hour later the wind came back from the NE with gusto, so it was back to the water for two further races, along with club racing. It was Neil Currie and Rory Yardley that took the honours in the 2nd race, and a few places back, Simon took the opportunity to implement some team racing by hanging back to sit on John Mathie up the final beat while team mate Robin Dawson secured 4th, with Simon 5th.

The wind held for the final race of the day, though backing slightly, the beat was one sided. Simon led from the windward through to the finish, with John and Olivia 2nd.

Sunday welcomed everyone with a stronger wind from the NE again. Various boats had spinnaker problems from trawling to not being able to take them down! Steve Goacher was back on form taking two wins, but kept looking back with the thought of helping his team mates come to the fore, but there was no obvious action taking place. Same couldn’t be said for Simon who again tried to slow opponents to let a team mate gain a place, however it didn’t work today as he tried to hold back Nigel Tullett, but Simon kept hold of his deserved 2nd place. Simon was over the line in the final race, so was neither use nor ornament, finishing 7th. Although, Nigel pulled through to 2nd in the final race ahead of Mike and Kayla, it wasn’t enough to bring the Goacher Gang to the fore, and it was The Committee from Bass that won the team racing event.

Last year’s Grotty Potty winner was so distraught that he wasn’t present to receive it, nominated himself to win it this year, not that AJ’s performance was sufficiently sparkling to warrant him nominating anyone else!

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FF Team Racing Team Scores – Overall
1 The Committee 27 17 18 13 18 93
2 Goacher Gang 21 26 23 17 18 105
3 No Discount 13 23 25 27 25 113
4 Bassturds 24 21 24 22 26 117
5 Take no Prisioners 38 33 43 43 31 188
6 Bass Bumblers 43 44 34 45 40 206

Only two club boats raced in the morning, and Val/Ken’s win secured them the FH trophy. They threw caution to the wind and sailed after lunch, with Mike and Kayla joining in, as if they hadn’t raced enough in the morning, for the final race of the Autumn series. Mike won on FH but it didn’t affect Val’s 1st overall, but Val’s win on PH in the last race secured her the PH trophy as well!

Club racing overall results.

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Annual Dinner Dance

As heralded by Andrea, it’s time to book your tickets for the The Annual Prizegiving Dinner Dance at The North Lakes Hotel on Saturday 26 November using this link

For those that have pre-booked accommodation with us, we will add the accommodation to your order after you have ordered (so that we know how you are proposing to pay)

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Rescue Saturday 22 October 

We have no rescue cover for next Saturday so please get in touch if you can help.

No rescue, no sailing…

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Another Sunny Saturday

The sun was shining again, and some sailors were surprised that there was a southerly to boot! 16 boats set off in great conditions but halfway through the first lap the wind eased as it swung slowly to the SW. Sailors had to decide which side of the beat would get the wind first. As the wind from the south came back in, boats took the 90 degree header, and waited for the strength to increase again. Those that were on the right hand side of the course lost out most. Although Neil and Judith led the fleet across the line, it was Dave and Lynn that won on both FH and PH basis, with Neil 2nd on FH and Joan and Jack 2nd on PH.

The wind was more consistent from the south for the 2nd race, and the beat somewhat one sided. Joan and Jack trawled their spinnaker and headed home early. Mike and Kayla fought their way past Neil, but it was to be Dave and Lynn that took another win.

Sunday morning was wet and windy, with white horses due to the wind funnelling through the Scarness narrows. No-one really wanted to put their head above the parapet to say they were definitely going sailing. Eventually the three GP sailors went out to assess the weather and gave it a cautious thumbs up. If they had waited another minute it might have been a definite thumbs down as one of the wicked squalls passed through!

With the Bates out of operation, a shore start meant the race management team were protected from the weather (but not the swarm of blue bottles) in the race office. The gusty conditions led to discretion being the better part of valor especially regarding flying spinnakers! Mike and Kayla won on FH by the briefest of margins ahead of Dave and Lynn, and Val won the PH race.

Over lunch the wind continued to abate and the sun was out yet again for the afternoon race. With Dave taking 1st place on FH, and Mike/Eric 2nd, Mike/Kayla had to make do with 3rd.

Having opted not to sail, Joan and Jack’s lead in each series has diminished, but they do still lead.

Latest results

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Sad News

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Angie Campbell, a long standing member of our club.

Angie’s funeral is to be held at 12 Noon on Monday 17 October at Distington crematorium. Family flowers only, any donations to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Our thoughts are with husband Ian, children Neil and Claire, and their families at this sad time. 

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Sunny Saturday

With clear, sunny skies and a mirror-like lake again in the morning, conditions didn’t look too promising for racing, but a NE breeze filled in and ten boats took to the water. Val/Ken got away with a port on port start, but it was Mike/Kayla that took an early lead which they strengthened as the race went on. Their main competitors were from the GPs with Joan/Jack challenging, and breaking past Val/Ken a couple of times as the wind strength varied throughout the race. Joan won on both FH and PH.

Val was a little premature for the second start and had to duck the line and gybe round before starting. Mike led the fleet again, but Joan beat him on handicap by 9 secs, and she won on PH as well.

Joan leads both series at present, with Val 2nd and Alan 3rd.

Sunday was sunny as well, but the wind was more fickle. After prevaricating about having an early lunch some wind appeared so a line was set. The closer the fleet got to the line, the more the wind faded! Once there, most seemed prepared to drift around the course (well they all started). The race was shortened at the first mark, and Joe was first to finish, winning on FH and PH basis. Jim crossed the line next in his Supernova, but was beaten by Ian in his Solo.

Unexpectedly the wind filled in over lunch enabling a good race to finish the day in which Joan chalked up another win strengthening her lead in the series.

Final results

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Autumn Showers and Sunshine

Another month, another series. After a mirror like lake in the morning the wind filled in from the NE to allow racing to get underway for the mixed fleet of 10 boats. The wind did ease for a while but Joan/Jack mastered the conditions leading the fleet across the line and winning on FH and PH basis with Val/Ken 2nd on FH.

In the 2nd race the wind swung more to the East, and the rain moved in. It was Peter Whipp in his Laser that led the fleet to the finish line, but with Val/Ken close on his tail they won on FH and PH basis with Peter 2nd on FH.

Overnight positions have Val/Ken leading the FH series with Joan/Jack 2nd, and the reverse order for the PH series.

The day ended dry and the lake returned to being mirror like!

In the conclusion of the Lakeland and Border Laser Grand Prix series at Derwent Reservoir(?), Neil Garrison finished 3rd overall and Hazel Newport was First Lady overall.

Is this for the DragonForce fleet?

Sunday was a beautiful day, with lots of sunshine, but not the best racing day. The wind filled in patchily from the South but kept coming and going. If the fleet had been ready to start on time their sailing ‘window’ might have been better. As it was the wind eased after the start, then freshened towards the end of the first lap so the OD let them carry on, and the wind eased again… It did fill in from various directions, but it wasn’t the best racing conditions. Ethan Dawson sailed with Ellie in a RS200, taking the lead on the 2nd lap to win on FH and PH basis with Joan and Jack 2nd, who presently lead both series.

The afternoon race was cancelled due to no wind, but a few of the DragonForce fleet were being test driven in the light airs. It seems that pumping the sails works on them too, so beware!!

Latest results

Meanwhile the non-sailors were running – Stephen Kirkpatrick in the Keilder Marathon, and Alastair Duncan in the Cumbrian run.

Congratulations go to Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins who sailed their new GP in the Midland Championships at Chelmarsh SC, winning overall with three bullets and a 4th. It looks like their other races were cancelled due to no wind too.

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Final Weekend Series

Wild, but warm, winds whipped up some large waves, spindrift and lots of white horses which faded as the day went on, but not sufficiently to tempt more than one boat to race, therefore, racing was cancelled.

Throughout the weekend, theSupBikeRun event is being based at the club and Saturday was a practice day, especially for those new to paddle boarding. The event itself will be run tomorrow, and hopefully there’ll be some lighter winds, more suitable for racing.

Indeed, Sunday brought much better sailing weather, but boats were not rushing on to the water, so there was some silent suffering when the OD started the races on time even though not all the boats were at the start line, and those that were hadn’t watched the flags to see what was happening! As the first race was drawing to a close, the winds freshened leading to some exciting sailing conditions for the rest of the day, together with numerous capsizes. Scumper/Zefer had capsized at the end of the first race which resulted in Zefer head butting the boom, and sporting a painful lump on his forehead over lunch! Another capsize in the next race  lost then some vital seconds dropping them back to 2nd place behind Peter Whipp in a Laser Radial. Scumper won the final race and the Comet Trophy.

The F15s only sailed the first race, so Mike/Kayla’s win won them the series with Tim Chittenden 2nd.

AJ had his chief coach, aka Dave Lawson, crewing for two races and secured two wins. Even with having to count a DNS, his points were equal with Val/Ken, but the tie was split in AJ’s favour winning him the Stables Prize.

Final results

All racing for this year’s club championship are now complete so the championship will be calculated and displayed here shortly.

The SupBikeRun event went well with over 160 entrants, and could tempt a few club members to take part in the future.

Also, following the recent open day, there has been an influx of new members keen to start sailing who took advantage of this weekend’s training. Although conditions were too windy to get them on the water yesterday, they all took to the water today and some had an unexpected capsize drill! Ah the joys of sailing…

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