Credit where credit’s due

Following last weekend’s NWJTT we were pleased to receive the following note of thanks.

Many thanks for putting on a great event on Saturday with such perfect weather conditions. Please pass on my thanks to everyone who was involved in making the day a real success. I heard nothing but compliments from parents during the day….

The icing on the cake was seeing the Vulcan fly down the Lake.

Kind regards

Peter Hadfield

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No help, no sailing…

There are several people otherwise engaged these weekend, including some of our rescue crew, so any willing volunteers would be appreciated to make sure there is sufficient cover to enable racing to continue safely. 

If you are available please email us, or contact Mike Hunter.


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Sunday Sunshine

Despite a  wet and windy forecast, as well as a drizzly morning, Sunday turned out to be a great sailing day. A short postponement was all that was needed for the drizzle to disappear, the strength of the gusts to subside, and a few gaps in the clouds to appear.

Ever positive, OD Preston was raring to get proceedings underway only to find HE had left the OD bag ashore so the rescue crew were tasked with fetching it. It’s funny how they never seem to go flat out when you want them to!

The close reaches, and blustery gusts, were challenging for many (had Kayla’s arms stretched by the end of the race?), and too much for some, but it meant there was great planing conditions. Peter W started his day in a way that was to continue – capsizing, and getting into irons. Alastair may well have kept him good company in the capsizing stakes had he sailed his Vareo, but he took the cautious option and crewed for AJ while Sue preserved her energy for the afternoon pennant race.

With Poppy keen to maintain her lead in the Sandra’s Salver series, OD Preston just sent the fleet down as far as 11 (Surely he could be home by the time the race finished?). With a SW wind, the sailing conditions were as flukey as they come past 7, with sailing flapping and calm conditions occurring within seconds! Mike/Kayla led the fleet home winning with a six min lead on handicap. While retrieving his boat to shore he cooled off with a full immersion after slipping off the foredeck. Kayla was too shocked to ask if it was cold in there!

Fortunately Jim/Poppy’s efforts were worth it as even taking a 3rd place behind Kayla and Sue, Poppy remains in the lead for Sandra’s Salver (Long may it continue!)

BL Series etc – latest
RNLI Pennant
Sandra’s Salver – latest

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North West Junior Travellers Trophy

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club are hosting a round of the RYA North West Junior Travellers Trophy today.

An overcast morning brightened, and the wind strengthened, as the day went on. There were plenty of shifts to challenge the competitors, some capsizes, and much good sailing for many.

A fly past by a Vulcan bomber during the final race was a spectacle that many will never have seen, nor have the opportunity to see again!

Although Windermere School received the travellers prize for entering six boats, Leigh & Lowton had outstanding performances winning all three fleets. Harvey Leigh winning all three Optimist races, Lorcan Knowles winning two races in the Junior fleet, and Gareth Staples-Jones 1st in the final race of the Youth fleet breaking the 3 pt tie with James Chasty from Redesmere.

The prizes were awarded by the Commodore’s wife, Kirstie Somerville, and Lorcan Knowles gave a winner’s speech on behalf of the visitors.

Final results 


Optimist fleet champion Harvey Leigh



Junior fleet champion Lorcan Knowles



Youth fleet champion Gareth Staples-Jones


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Night Jar 9 – Overcast and Slightly Damp.

IMG_0676.JPGThursday evening was muggy with “spits and spots of rain” as the TV forecasters are fond of saying. So there were only eleven starters after Val decided that looking after food (yet again!) was preferable to joining the fleet.

The light wind was South West so, with a start near B, the beat was to 0 with A being the wing mark. This gave a broad kite leg followed by a tighter one.

At the start signal the Lasers of Tony King and Peter Whipp were OCS but they made rapid returns and restarts. On the first lap Joan & Jack led in their GP closely followed Mike’s Streaker although he dropped back on Lap 2 as did the GP of AJ & Sue.

Tasha Todhunter’s Laser was the first boat to finish on 2 Laps followed by the Topper Contest between David Roger and Rosie Hogg.

The wind had by now swung further South meaning that a single tack from B to the port end of the line wasn’t practical any more. Most boats headed on port for the Bates before tacking off. Chris and Karen in the FF wanted to but AJ was close to windward and, by the time he realised that the FF was entitled to room and tacked, Chris had squeezed through virtually head to wind.

After Joan and then Mike, Tony who had recovered well from his recall, was finished on 3 laps. Not so Peter who was bemoaning a performance well below his best.

Positions on the water reflected Results on FH. Tony beat the Solo of David Haselden for the win on PH and he moves into second place in that Series.oves into second place in that Series.

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Yacht Delivery – Inverness to Whitehaven – Sunday 12th July – Friday 17th July 2015

Ocean Youth Trust are now able to offer the last few remaining places on this adult voyage at an amazing reduced cost of £100.

This would count as a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualifying passage from Inverness to Whitehaven, through the Caledonian Canal and down the Scottish and English West Coast.

The cost is inclusive of:
· All food and refreshments whilst on board
· Provision of foul weather kit and personal safety equipment
· Personal insurance whilst taking part

If you want to experience for yourself the thrill of steering a 70ft ocean going yacht, whilst receiving instruction and practical experience then don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity and contact or call our office on 0191 2571212 now.

Ann Arkle
Ocean Youth Trust North
Royal Quays Community Centre
9 Prince Consort Way
North Shields
NE29 6XB

Registered No: 3898088 England Registered Charity No: 1079955

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All the best laid plans…

After a drizzly start, the weather cleared and the day got brighter as the afternoon went on.

Graham, the rostered OD, passed the baton on to William so that he could sail the whole weekend championship series. However, with a couple of mishaps along the way in each race it wasn’t to be his best day’s racing. A good second place was lost when there was a spinnaker malfunction when taking it down at mark 2. The next race he had a poor start which he was unable to recover from.

Simon/Jon were a little too eager at the start of the first race and opted to return even before a signal was sounded. They were also part of what seemed as if it was to be a three way protest when a bank of F15s looked set for a collision course with other fleets. Although Steve and AJ didn’t finalise their protest, Val has submitted one which will be heard on Sunday.

Mike, who was going to assist William (did he forget?), took advantage of the better weather to get back at the tiller of his Laser. However, due to some necessary adjustment of his clew tie down, he started several minutes after son Josh whose start was six mins after Mike’s scheduled start! Peter W went astray when he missed out a mark of the course and retired.

Although it was not too windy, there were a few capsizes to keep the rescue crews awake.

The overnight leaders are Neil/Nick in the F15s, Steve/Ruth in the fast handicap, and Jim in the slow handicap, each with two 1sts, The position in the GPs is much closer with John and Mike/Eric each with four points.

Sunday was windy (you know it’s windy when you can see the tops of the waves looking downwind!), but there was still a good contingent that took to the water. Ian’s race didn’t start off well when his start was delayed trying to sort his furling gear. He made up the 90 secs delay only to forget that he needed to take down his spinnaker at the end of the first run…. Ethan was out with Izzie in the RS200 again, practising capsizing techniques, as was Hugh in his Vareo.
Val/Ken were caught out at the gybe mark, and Ken seemed to be resting on the centreboard while Val swam around a bit… The F15s didn’t capsize, but a couple were flattened in some of the gusts. Jim/Poppy didn’t have any competition in the slow handicap fleet so raced with the bigger boys and, as they didn’t capsize, managed to beat Hugh over the finish line.  The stand in OD’s plan to have two races before lunch was snookered when finishers just headed straight for the shore after finishing (they usually ask what’s planned!).

After lunch the wind seemed to have abated a little, but there were more capsizes, and a feast of protests, interestingly between the same F15s. Decisions as to whether to fly spinnakers proved to be key, especially if they didn’t fill quickly after hoisting, as places were quickly gained or lost depending on whether it was done well. The heavy conditions started to take its toll on the fleet, and only six boats started the final race of the series, of which the two GPs opted to retire at the end of the first beat. Neil/Rory misjudged the start sequence and didn’t notice the rest of the fleet had started for well over 30 secs! Mike/Kayla had taken an early lead, with Simon on his tail. Another lap on, and AJ retired leaving just three F15s to fight it out. The finish proved to be very close with only about a boat length between each boat. Simon finished 1st, with Neil 2nd but Neil touched the mark and rerounded, losing a place to Mike in the process.

After racing a couple of the protests were heard, resulting in Simon being disqualified from race 4. As time was getting on, and various people were going out for dinner, the third protest remains in abeyance to be heard at a later date. (Hopefully no-one noticed one of the protesters, and one of the protest committee, dining at the same venue on Sunday evening!)

Numerous sailors were wilting before the end of the day, and are certain to sleep well tonight.

The overall winners for the weekend were Jim in the Slow handicap, Mike/Eric in the GPs, Steve/Ruth in the Fast handicap, and Neil/Nick/Rory in the F15s (subject to protest).

Final results

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Almost Mid Summer – No evidence at Bass – Night Jar 8

Thursday evening was, yet again, unseasonal with grey skies and a chilly westerly force 3 breeze. Is it really the Summer Solstice this weekend? The OD decided on a figure of eight course for a change. 0-9-B-A was the order of the day for the twelve competing boats.

Alex and Olivia took an early lead in their 200 with Joan and Jack leading the pursuit from the fellow GP’s of Val & Ken and AJ and Sue. Mike’s Streaker was also in the mix. Into the second lap and gaps were extending between most of the boats. The exception being the Toppers of David Roger and Rosie Hogg which were in close company throughout although David eventually got the upper hand.

It was decided to finish the second half of the fleet after 2 laps and Harry in the Aero was first to receive the horn ahead of Jon Anson’s Radial and the 200 of Jeff Tweddle / Mike Siddall. Josh Hunter who had started late in his Topper was finished on one lap.

On lap 3 Alex / Olivia extended their lead with a plane on the broad kite leg into B and they finished ahead of the GP fleet’s lady helms. That plane had swung it their way and they were just classified first on FH ahead of Joan / Jack.

AJ / Sue took the win on PH ahead of Joan /Jack and they move into the series lead. However, Mike retains his prime place in the FH series.

Back ashore, there were appetising smells from the Galley. Also, a number of Bass’ potential Swallows & Amazons film stars recounting their experiences from the selection get-together earlier in the day. We wait to hear the final outcome of which of them will be playing the sailing roles.

Latest results – FH PH

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Topper NW Areas & Laser Open

While other parts of the country were hiding from torrential rain showers, 41 entries in this weekend’s open meeting were praying for some wind, on an overcast Saturday afternoon.

Racing did get underway a little late though the winds were light. As the afternoon went on the wind swung, and faded from time to time. Despite the light winds, Isabel Wallwork hardened up at the start of race 2 and broke her mast! – she clearly doesn’t know her own strength…

With the risk of it disappearing altogether, the OD opted to do try and have three races back to back, but by the time the tailenders had finished race 2 the wind had gone. After a short break, the wind seemed to fill in sufficiently for a final race of the day. The wind was light but enabled the fleets to drift over the line. Within a few minutes the wind started to fill in from the SW and propelled the fleet around the course for an extra lap.

Team Bass mastered the Laser fleet taking the first six places overall. After problems with his outhaul in the first race, Dave Lawson made a great comeback winning the second race, and taking the lead in the final race at the penultimate mark, snatching the trophy from Tony King who had won the first race.


Winner Dave Lawson receiving trophy from Claire Duncan

In the Toppers, West Lancs’ Samuel Cooper held Molly Nixon at bay all afternoon to become overnight leader. The light winds prompted some protests for pumping, and one protest against Joe Baker was upheld removing one of his three first positions.

Laser Open results

Club racing was playing second fiddle, and had to make do with whatever was thrown at them. First of all they started from the opposite side of the Bates, and then they had to sail a course that kept them outside the Laser/Topper racing area – it just happened to hug the shore in the area of least wind. The second race looked very ominous – could they get across the lake to 5 and back to 0 in very light conditions? Reminiscent of Thursday evening sailing perhaps? Six boats were prepared to try, and must have been relieved when the wind filled in from the SW….

On Sunday the wind swung to the NE and freshened to allow some great sailing conditions. Three further races were sailed in the TopperNW areas and Joe Baker continued to out perform the competition, even after returning, being one of two premature starters, he still worked his way back to 2nd. He won the series with four 1sts and a 2nd.

Topper NW Areas final results

Topper NW Area

NW Area Champion Joe Baker receiving trophy from Kirstie Somerville

The club racing was, well, different to say the least. Starting on time was unusual in itself but compounded by catching numerous sailors out. Then when they glanced at the unusually phrased course, it was funny to watch their second glance of disbelief! (For the uninitiated, the black space is read as the word ‘Then’)


How appropriate are OD Simon’s horns?!

Graham/Elaine’s excuse was that they couldn’t get a lift out to their mooring, they did reach the line on time but spent too much time laughing at Mike/Eric not realising they should have started.. Peter Winfindale was out in plenty of time but had a poor start some 90 secs late. Others just didn’t realise that no boats and no flags meant the race was underway! The OD happily left the sailors to determine whether they’d sailed the correct number of laps and course in general

The afternoon race was back to normality (of sorts). The fleet had the lake to themselves, along with a good breeze, and a more usual course.

Joan/Jack Hardie mastered the variety of conditions and challenges (well it was a fleet challenge!) to take the series trophy clear ahead of 2nd placed Ian Hall in his Solo.

Fleet Challenge A Overall results

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Resuscitation Course

A basic resuscitation course for adults is being held in the clubhouse next Saturday 20 June from 10-12am. If you’re interested please let Mike Hunter know so that we have an idea on numbers. 

A similar course for juniors will be held later in the season. 

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