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Entries are now open for The ONE Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Week 2018.

The Bass Week team have been hard at work for many months to ensure that this years regatta will provide both members and visitors with yet another excellent event.

The racing programme will follow the usual format of 17 races – these being a mixture between small series, one off races and all fleet pursuits for dinghies with a PY in the range 847-1432.

This year also sees the introduction of “The Dragon Force Derby” for those of you with DF65 model yachts. This event should hopefully prove to be a popular addition for both the participants and spectators!

We have a full social programme planned with a very varied selection of evening events. So there should be something to suit everyone. More information will be given on arrival at Bass Week 2018 regarding the additional daytime and evening activities on offer.

We are very pleased to have Alfies Outside Caterers as part of the Bass Week team this year. They will be providing hot/cold meals, drinks and snacks throughout the racing days. The menus they have produced sound fantastic so they should keep us all very well fed and watered throughout the regatta. As usual there will be a welcome evening meal on Friday 3rd August which is a pre-bookable meal via your online entry.

If you have any food allergies or intolerances please could you let us know via [email protected] or comment via your online entry form, as the caterers are very keen to ensure that they can provide a service for everyone.

The Bass SC bar will be well stocked, and staffed throughout the week, and the introduction of a card payment system should make life easier when you run out of cash!

Our grounds team have worked hard throughout the winter and will continue to do so throughout the summer in the run up to Bass Week 2018. This will ensure that the club site is at its best for your arrival. We have already made several improvements to the site based on feedback from last year.

We hope to see many old friends returning for Bass Week 2018 and also many new faces. If you have any questions regarding the event or entry please contact us via [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you all in August. Happy Sailing.

Naomi Smith (Vice Commodore) and the Bass Week team.

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Eric Twiname Trust Pennant

Sunday started with gusting southerly winds which led to some exciting and spectacular spinnaker legs. There were some occasional capsizes as the gusts increased.

The heavier winds suited Mike/Kayla who took an early lead in the F15s and maintained it to the end. Zefer took a good win in his Laser over Steve/Ruth in their Merlin. No real need to confirm that Dave/Lynn won in the GPs again, as did Bean/Oliver in the Slow Handicap fleet!

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With white horses building through the Scarness narrows over lunch, and the rain moving in, it was surprising that 11 boats were ‘keen’ to race around the lake in aid of the Eric Twiname Trust Pennant. In fact, the wind eased considerably so the 3 mile long beat was not as arduous as it might have been. Certainly there were some mixed fortunes as the fleet progressed down the lake, with the F15s taking the lead. By the time they got back to the northern bay, Scumper/Alastair were leading in a RS400, but with Mike/Kayla on their tail, they wouldn’t be taking the honours which went to Dave/Lynn, beating Mike by 36 secs on handicap.

Eric Twiname Trust final results

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No April Showers Today!

The forecast southerly struggled to come to fruition. Sale Fell seemed to dominate whatever breeze might be available as there were many shadows and the wind came and went from numerous directions.

A fleet of 18 boats made the most of the occasional flurries of wind in the first race, but the outlook was bleak and the race shortened after the second beat.

15 boats were prepared to have another race, and, fortunately, the southerly bedded in. The course was kept small just in case the wind faded again.

Bean/Oliver won the first race, and Zefer the second, while Mik sailed consistently to take two 2nds on handicap and currently leads the series

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A few Bass sailors went to Ullswater YC for the 200 Northern tour. Usual fluky conditions on Saturday, very frustrating with the Commodore deciding to chuck his toys out of the pram and go home and watch the Grand national instead of doing race 3!

Sunday nice F3-4 and 4 races scheduled were sailed, even by the Commodore who finished as best Bass boat in 5th overall.

Overall results

Meanwhile congratulations go to the new Mr and Mrs Hunt on their wedding. They popped to the club for some scenic photos for their memorable day

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Feeling Sociable?

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Dampened Enthusiasm

Some light airs on a wet afternoon were just enough to tempt four boats to the water for the next race in the long MG series. The official starter, aka Herb, opted to have a shore start to minimise exposure to the rain showers.

The handicap fleet comprised Dave L in a Laser and Mike F in his Streaker, and they have a keen, clean start. AJ/Sue and Nigel/Glenys in the GPs also had a clear start, though it wasn’t quite as keen!

The light airs lasted long enough to complete the first lap, just, so the race was shortened and a show of hands (or lack of them), brought racing to the end for the day.

Dave took the honours in the Handicap fleet, and AJ in the GPs.

MG Series Latest results

Sunday started with a light southerly, though with the wind forecast to come from the SW the OD fully expected the wind to swing around Sale Fell and cause some light patches until the true wind settled in.

There was a good turnout of 21 boats over all four fleets, and although the wind was swinging, with some holes, most boats were on the second lap before the wind disappeared. Various zephyrs teased the boats along the course which was shortened 2/3rds around the second lap. Bean/Oliver noticed where the course was being shortened without losing too much ground as they were heading for the wrong mark, but it would be another half hour before Mik finished. Dave/Lyn won the GPs, and Ian/Lezli-Ann regained the lead to win in the F15s. Zefer in his Laser won the Handicap fleet 30secs ahead of Robin/Erin in a RS200.

The wind didn’t look at all promising during the lunch break, but suddenly filled in from the North so the committee boat went out to set a start as the wind started to swing to the NW. The wind held, but continued to swing more to the West (no, not the first sea breeze of the season!).

There were only two fleets racing; Dave/Lynn won in the GPs and Alex/Olivia took their first win of the season in the Handicap fleet ahead of Mike F in a Solo, whose crewed had jumped ship over lunch due to the lack of wind.

BL Series latest results

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Easter Holiday

An Easter easterly helped reduce air temperatures for sailors and campers alike. Fortunately the forecast gusty winds on Saturday eased late morning to encourage a few more boats to race.

Banter/Tim were out in a RS400 and powered through the start line a few seconds early to claim the first individual recall of the season! At the next start AJ/Sue had nowhere to squeeze through as they approached the line but they unsuccessfully tried to duck Mike’s stern with which they collided and had to do the first sets of penalty turns of the season.

The wind was shifty, and the gusts did increase through the afternoon, resulting in a few capsizes. Oliver Smith was well wrapped up with three sets of joggers, but it wasn’t enough to keep him warm enough to continue through the full race so dad Phil opted for an early retirement.

At the end of the afternoon Dave/Lynn lead the GP Spring Cup with two 1sts, Zefer leads the Handicap Barf Trophy with a 2nd and a 1st, and Sandy/Douglas the Slow Handicap Red Sails Trophy, also with two 1sts.

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The evening entertainment started off with a bring and eat meal for the kids followed by a film, all to be repeated for the adults later

Sunday started busily with an Easter egg hunt, and there were plenty of successful finds

The temperature was only 5C but felt so much warmer than Saturday, and the winds, still from the East were not quite as gusty as Saturday, though there were plenty of shifts  about to catch out helms on the beats.

After three races, all to count, some consistent sailing puts Ian/Lezli-Ann in the lead for the F15s, Dave/Lynn lead the GPs with two 1sts, and a bit of a mash-up in the handicap fleet has Tony King leading with 13pts and new member Stan Barton just a point behind (did Stan give a position away when he forgot about the leeward mark as he head for the finish?). Only one race has been sailed in the slow handicap, but it is led by Banter/Oscar.

The annual egg dump competition was as strongly contested as ever. Fortunately, or otherwise, this year no kids made it to the final only to be intimidated and have their egg cracked by nasty adults. Peter Winfindale was up against Wendy Somerville in the final, but he was no match for the canny Scot who took the honours!

The forecast for Monday was not good, and a wet morning with a blustery easterly was not sufficient to entice anyone to race, so racing was cancelled, and campers dodged the showers to pack up and leave after the long weekend.

Weekend series final results

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Sad News

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of long term member Jim Christie who sailed regularly with grand daughter Poppy.

Jim’s funeral service was held at Carlisle Crematorium on Monday 9th April 2018

Our thoughts are with his wife Ann, grand daughter Poppy, and the rest of Jim’s family at this sad time.

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And They’re Off!

With the arrival of British Summer Time the sun was shining again, but there was no wind on the lake! However, the wind soon filled in from the west for some great sailing conditions to start the 2018 season.

Despite having had four months to prepare it seems that some people weren’t quite ready. John Reekie got his boat ready only to realise his rudder was still at home, so he didn’t make the first start. Mike and Kayla weren’t quite ready either, so they had the morning off finalising the boat.

14 boats did make it to the start line for some challenging racing in a two race series competing for the Starter’s Prize. While Steve and Ruth found the beats shifty and unpredictable, Scumper was disappointed to find that the wind died on him every time he rounded the windward mark! Steve and Ruth took a big enough lead to win the morning race with second going to Bean and Naomi who sailed most consistently, taking winning position in the afternoon, and the series trophy. With a 4th and a 2nd, Zefer finished 2nd overall, with Steve 3rd.

Neil Garrison took the honours in terms of being the first to capsize this season, but he wasn’t to be the only one. Bob Gate took a long dip before the start of the second race, and despite the benefit of a wet suit a long hot shower was on the cards. Finally Jim and granddaughter Poppy had to demonstrate their swimming skills!

New members James and Jennie Macgregor had gear failure that resulted in their main slipping down during the first race, so they had to make an early exit.

Despite the frustrations for some, a good start to the season. Here’s to a good one!

Final results

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British Summer Time

Well it’s hard to believe after recent weather that British Summer Time starts next Sunday 25 March, which happens to be the same day that the 2018 sailing season starts!

So hopefully the Winter maintenance is complete, your sailing gear has been washed from the last time you used it, and your wetsuit hasn’t shrunk…

So don’t forget, put your clocks one hour forward on Sunday or you’ll be late for the first race which starts at 11.30(ish)!

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Working Party

In order to get the Club ship shape for the start of the season we have arranged a working party on 17 – 18 March.

Starting 10am till 4pm each day. If you are available for a few hours on either or both days please pop down and help out. It’s imperative that we get the grounds cleaned up before we start bringing boats on to site. There will also be plenty to do on the house, bar and boats and buoys.

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