24 hour race

The Southport 24 hour race is being held on 13/14 September and we hope to put a team together that includes junior/youth crews sailing with more experienced helms in an Enterprise. This is a different approach but believe it is a great opportunity for many, young and old, to experience this prestigious event.

If you’re available, and interested, let us know (Facebook or email) so that arrangements can be firmed up, hopefully by the weekend

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Belated Bank Holiday Weekend Series

Despite a forecast with 30mph gusts, 15 boats took to the water and enjoyed some exciting racing in gusty, and shifty, conditions for the start of another weekend series.

Simon/Jon led the way in the F15s in both races, with Ian/Lezli-Ann keeping Mike/Kayla at bay in the first race and vice versa in the second.

Similarly Dave/Lynn won both GP races. AJ/Sue recovered from a prolonged capsize on the first beat of the first race and sailed on to finish 2nd. Val/Ken were Dave’s only competition in the 2nd race.

Robbie D/Izzie took two wins in the Handicap fleet with Alistair Richards 2nd in his Laser and Trevor 3rd in his Dart in each race.

As forecast, Sunday’s winds were significantly lighter, and although the day was sunnier there was no sea breeze to pep things up through the afternoon.

The wind direction backed a little after the line was set for the morning race and, surprisingly, did not veer back again. However, conditions throughout the course continued to be shifty. Dave/Lynn and Simon/Jon bagged another win strengthening their leads, while Ian Hall in his Solo beat Robbie D/Izzie, and Mik beat Pam in the Mirrors/Toppers.

Gary/Lottie in a F15 seemed to have a personal battle with AJ/Peter (Lottie’s dad) and fought hard to stay ahead (Sorry I can’t remember if they succeeded!)

After lunch a further two races were scheduled. The F15s continued their over eager starting and Neil/Judith were recalled, while Mike/Kayla’s conscience got the better of them and they started to return too! Although this did Mike no favours, he did work his way back up the fleet to win, but Simon couldn’t be beaten and didn’t sail the final race in which Neil/Judith claimed their first win of the weekend.

Joan/Jack took an early lead in their GP, but Dave worked to gain another win, and the series trophy. Val/Ken won the final race.

In the Mirrors, Pam led both afternoon races but Mik managed to take the lead for the final race and win the series. Hazel secured two 3rds to finish on equal points with Jenny, but the tie was split in Hazel’s favour, and she finished 3rd overall.

Although Robbie D had to make do with a day of 2nds, when combined with his 1sts from Saturday, he had a clear overall lead ahead of Alastair in a Laser.

Final results

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Night Jar 15

Another blustery evening with a Force 4 Southerly wind and choppy water which put a few people off. Others took their time in deciding to launch which delayed the start for a while. Will need to be on time on the next two Thursdays or we will be finishing in the dark.

The course was 0-8-A-B which could have been better as it gave a slow reach in the lee of Sale Fell and ended with a quirky second beat into 8. Never mind, there was more than enough wind on the A-B leg!

Dave and Lynn took the lead of the eleven boat fleet followed by John Crosbie in his 400. Gary had not taken the FF out in such heavy conditions and was struggling, so he & Kayla headed ashore. And John was caught out on the exposed and gusty third leg and ended up with a fair length of his mast embedded in the mud. In fact there were numerous capsizes and the two safety boats were continuously at work standing by and assisting.

Hazel, Lottie and David in the three Toppers had taken a considerable time to negotiate the Sale Fell wind shadow and, with the wind strengthening further, they were finished in that order at the end of lap 1 having endured 25 minutes of hard racing.

At their finish at the end of lap 2 it was the GP’s of David & Lynn, Val & Ken and AJ & Sue ahead of the Radials of Paul, Peter and Nigel. And that was also the finishing order on Fleet Handicap.

AJ & Sue took another win on Personal Handicap and are virtually assured of winning the Series. Peter was an excellent second and there were, somewhat incredulously, identical corrected times for third place between Val & Ken and Paul.

Latest results FH PH

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Delivery Crew Inverness – North Shields

From Sunday 7th September to Wednesday 10th September STV James Cook will be sailing back from Inverness to North Shields.

There are seven places on board James Cook which we would like to offer to anyone wishing to join the delivery crew on this voyage.

The cost of the voyage is free other than a small donation of £30 towards the cost of food but anyone wishing to sail would have to make their own way to Inverness to join the boat.

This is an ideal opportunity for those wishing to sail a big boat also the voyage would qualify as a 60mile passage for those doing their RYA qualifications.

For more details and to secure your place please e-mail Ann or Rob at admin@oytnorth.org.uk or telephone our office on 0191 2571212

Thank You

Ann Arkle
Ocean Youth Trust North
Royal Quays Community Centre
9 Prince Consort Way
North Shields
NE29 6XB
Office: 0191 257 1212

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Sailing Away

Izzie and Harry arriving for a voyage on training ship James Cook.

Proud mum received some communication ‘having great time, don’t text me!…’

Day 2

Harry and Izzie are now in Campletown having left Whitehaven last night. This is not the first such trip as a group of young people from the club went to Scotland in the distant past (in the 1980s?) to sail a boat called Taikoo. Could have been some of the member’s children who are now elevated to be members who are now parents of young people.

You can access to voyage on http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/ enter James Cook Sailing Vessel.
More from http://www.sailjamescook.com/about/james-cook/follow-james-cook

OYT North have planned to have a boat jumble stall at Whitehaven Marina on Saturday the 30th August where there will be people more than willing to talk about the alternative sailing for younger people. We are also looking for sailing equipment donations to sell for funds to support local young people on future voyages. Nothing is too small if we can make a few shillings.
Contact Andy Sugden ullock643@gmail.com or even bring it along on the day. Sure there must be some of those children’s lifejackets in the garage or even a few dozen screws or shackles that others may be able to use.

Better still if you are in a corporate position we are always looking for sponsors for what has been a proven 50 year track record in sail training and has had a place in Cumbria for some time. James Cook attended the Official Whitehaven Sea Lock Opening Ceremony when local young people from our schools and companies sailed it to the event. It has even sailed around the world with young people on board.

James Cook will then be back in Whitehaven Harbour on the 30 August if want to have a look as it prepares for the turn around when she heads for the North East Coast via the Caledonian Canal. On board will be another connection from the club.

Anyone wishing to know more can catch me at the club or make contact direct.

It has been regrettably the best kept secret in sailing.


Andy Sugden – the one with the bump on the head at Bass Week and now to be seen wearing a bump cap!

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After the visitors left on Sunday, there was a great atmosphere for the rounders match and people of all ages and from clubs up and down the country had a great time with refreshments being served it was a great way to end the day.


Should Tog be concentrating on maintenance of the ‘square’?

Bank holiday Monday was a poor forecast of high, gusty winds, with showers mixed in and despite the sun shining, the southerly wind and waves resulted in minimal interest in racing, but four Lasers, and a couple of F15s led the way by preparing to go out, and several others followed.

Just before the start the wind swung through 60deg to the East just in time to ensure the windward /leeward course wasn’t two reaches! While Toggle led the Asymmetric fleet, Dave/Lynn in their GP led the MJM fleet, including the F15s for almost half the race! The wind shifts were substantial, and the gusts significant, giving opportunities to gain substantial ground, but causing a few capsizes too.

The afternoon pennant race only had two takers, both F15s. AJ took the left side of the beat and was trouncing Mike/Sally until he rounded the windward mark the wrong way (perhaps he’d taken too much notice of Greg Wells in the F15 Northerns…). Once in the lead, Mike wasn’t going to give it up, and he opened up the gap to win the Eric Twiname Trust pennant.

Skiddaw Cup latest results
Dodd Trophy latest results
MJM/Asymmetric Cup latest results
Eric Twiname Trust pennant

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Flying Fifteen Northern Championships 23-24 August 2014

We are hosting this prestigious event on Saturday and Sunday of the August weekend. It was great to have a total of 35 entries.

With a forecast of next to no wind on Sunday, the OD forewarned sailors that he would try to get four races in on Saturday. A slight delay before the first race, but it got underway in a nice breeze and promptly faded for 5 mins! As ever, the cream rise to the top with Steve Goacher taking the lead and winning the first race.

All were a bit too eager for the second race so there was a general recall. After a second general recall, the black flag came into force, and everyone behaved well getting the race underway in strengthening, but still shifting, winds. Another win for Goacher.

However he didn’t have all his own way in race 3, being 10th to windward mark, working through to 5th off wind, and clinching water,and 1st position at the leeward mark before the final leg of the shortened course.

Goacher took the lead in the fourth race from the windward mark and continued to pull away. With potentially one final race on Sunday Goacher had already won the championship.

As for everyone else, there was mixed fortunes with many ups and downs, various bumps and near misses, several threats of protests, and many weary sailors after a challenging days sailing.

They were all ready for the Waples wine tasting together with a slither of cheese, and it turned out to be a boisterous, fun evening.

Sunday was a beautiful day with a poor wind forecast. After a postponement, despite major wind swings the OD was able to get a final race underway. The wind continued to swing, and eased from time to time, but it was another race for Goacher to demonstrate his ability to work through to the front of the fleet and secure his fifth win of the championship – a clean sweep!


Championship winner Steve Goacher with wife Sheila

Final results
Waples wine results

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Night Jar 14

The Night Jar series resumed on a wet and windy day which was enough to put anyone off sailing. But, as the Webmaster often says, Bass has its own micro-climate and it was down to a force 3 westerly and almost sunny by the race start.

The OD chose a course with two beats. With the start boat just upwind of B, the course was 0-2-1-B. Twelve boats took to the water although Kath & Glenys had the rudder come off their GP on the way out and were extremely late starting.

At the front of the fleet the GP’s of AJ & Sue and Val & Ken were involved in a close battle and were being shadowed by Mike in his Streaker and Neil in the Radial. By the end of the second lap Val had pulled out a reasonable lead and, with the wind dropping, Lottie in her father’s Radial and Harry’s Topper took the shortened course flag.

Kath & Glenys worked hard to make up for the time lost, passing fellow GP helm Mike Cave, Jon Anson’s Radial and finally Paul’s Clark’s Radial when he tacked for the line and they continued to finish at the port end. Toggle & Joan finished third on the water to the two lead GP’s, their Asymmetric 200 seeming to loose out when going inshore to gybe on the long run to 2.

Fleet Handicap results showed Val & Ken ahead of AJ & Sue with Mike’s Streaker third. On Personal Handicap it was AJ / Sue ahead of Richard Broughton’s Solo and Neil’s Radial.

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Nights Closing In

With the darker nights creeping in, a reminder that the Night Jar start times have moved forward to 7pm. This isn’t so that AJ can finish earlier and prepare the evening meal as, this week, Neil will be cooking a curry to warm you all up.

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GP14 Worlds

Well done and congratulations to Bass members that attended the GP Worlds in Strangford Lough

14th – Dave/Lynn Lawson
16th – Adam Parry/Phil Hodgkins
36th – Paul Bowmer/Mike Fairlamb
51st – John Riley/Nigel Lewis
67th – Val/Ken Bell

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