At the 66th AGM on 26 November 2017 the new council, headed by Commodore Robin Dawson, were elected to serve for the next 12 months comprising
Commodore – Robin Dawson
Vice-Commodore – Naomi Smith
Secretary – Joan Cowan
Treasurer – TBC
Sailing Secretary – Joe Roberts
Rear Commodore –Mark Somerville
Asst Sailing Secretary – Alastair Duncan
Bar – Emma Smith
Boats & Buoys – Alex Leonard
Galley – Claire Kirkpatrick
Grounds & Jetties – Mike Cowan
House – Alan Jones
Membership – Jon Denwood
PRO – Mik Chappell
Training – Anthony Woodyer
Safety – Paul & Emily Clark
Social – Joanna Van Lachterop
The 2018 membership fees will be as follows:
Ordinary member fees will be £180.00
Family member fees will be £85.00
Junior member fees will be £44.00
Senior member fees will be £125.00
Affiliated member fees will be £90.00
Affiliated Family member fees will be £44.00
Country member fees will be £90.00
The launch fee, payable to the LDNPA, will be £31.00.
Heavy rainfall, and strong winds, are forecast for Wednesday 22 Nov. The lake has risen 300mm in the last 24 hours, so will no doubt rise to affect the lakeside berths. If your boat is still there consider getting it in to higher ground
Despite a small contingent vying for the opportunity to race to secure the first trophy for next year’s prize giving, there was no wind, and as it had not appeared after a short postponement, racing was cancelled bringing the season’s racing to a close.
The results for last week’s racing were calculated and showed that Jim Christie had won the Winter Trophy on fleet handicap with Mike Fairlamb 2nd, and Paul Gannon on a personal handicap basis with Jim 2nd.
Winter Series final results
The prize giving is being held at Hundith Hill on Saturday, and the AGM will be held in the clubhouse at 2pm on Sunday. Come along and have your say!
With the season atva close, don’t put off coming down to take your boat away, or make sure it is positioned above typical flood levels and securely tied down against potential winter storms.
Dave and Pauline Nicholson are being honoured with a prestigious award for their outstanding contributions as volunteers with Bassenthwaite Sailing Club and will receive the award from the President of the RYA, HRH The Princess Royal later this month.
Dave says “We were absolutely stunned when we were told of the RYA Volunteer Award, because our work at the club is just a labour of love. There must be many others in the club more deserving”. The citation says they have put in ‘an unparalleled level of effort into ensuring the success of BSC’.
Two weeks before he became Commodore in 2009, Dave heard that the town of Cockermouth was being devastated by floods so with his daughter (and GP14 crew) Sarah he set off to the sailing club to collect one of the safety boats to help in rescues. He found the main road blocked off by police but managed to work his way by back roads to the club – only to find the lake had risen 4 metres and the sheds containing the safety boats under water themselves. Dave and Sarah donned dry suits and swam from the main entrance across to the clubhouse, which stands on higher ground, to do what they could to lessen the effects.
As chairman of the Grounds and Jetties Committee, much of the clean-up work fell to Dave and his team of volunteers. He had personal experience of recovery from flooding after his own home had suffered previously. He introduced a remediation plan for the club and his hard work and attention to detail led to successful applications for ﬂood recovery grants as well as dealing with insurance matters.
In 2015 he was to face a repeat experience when Storm Desmond devastated the area with its floods.
Serving as Vice Commodore, Commodore and Rear Commodore over a period of six years, Dave has overseen the famous Bass Week Regatta and many other club activities.
Pauline has seerved as the club’s Hon Secretary for 11 years, supporting the work of five Commodores and overseeing Bass Week.
She has managed two National School Sailing Association regattas and numerous major championships held at the club. She has also served as the club’s Safeguarding Officer for the past seven years.
By Richard Hemingway
On Saturday evening we celebrated bonfire night with a large bonfire and great array of fireworks, complete with hot drinks and hot dogs.
Sunday’s forecast was for some gusty winds, but it started off mirror-like and slowly filled in with a cold NW wind, which was pleasantly counteracted by a sun-filled sky throughout the day.
After losing so many days sailing recently, and with only three days racing left, sailors were keen to get back on the water, and we had a complement of 11 boats. Paul in a Laser had a flying port on port start, and kept ahead of Neil’s Laser for two full laps. Mike/Eric in a GP won the first race ahead of Mike/Kayla in a F15 with Jim in his Supernova 3rd.
After lunch, some holes in the wind bunched the fleet up a little, and although Mike/Kayla finished 1st on the water ahead of Banter/Jonathan in a 400, on handicap Jim took the honours, with Mike/Eric 2nd.
Yet another day without racing. Not the weather’s fault this time with less wind strength and gusting than forecast – although the forecast itself may have put some people off.
There was plenty of Safety and the OD was ready but, with only one competitor, there was no chance of racing so it was abandoned. Shunty and Izzie then launched to get in some practice with their dual kite pole configuration.
Saturday series final results
They say that “tomorrow never comes”. But this one did with a clear blue sky and a constant Northerly wind. Yes, it was chilly – but what do you expect if you sail in late October?
There were eight boats on the water with crews scratching their heads over Banter’s first course 2-4-9-1-S. With two beats and 2 laps it was a long course. Mike & Eric finishing first on the water took 53 minutes and half the fleet took 70 minutes plus.
John found the Pico a handful after moving to the Laser and lost a lot of time going head to wind.
The second race had a simpler course of 1-A-0-B. But, as B had been repositioned into the 9,S,O complex there was again some head scratching. Bob needed shouts from Mik to stop him heading across the Lake to find it where it usually sits.
James Thomas from Sedbergh School was helming Hazel’s new 200 which they christened with a capsize!
Final results Sunday series