The Starter’s Prize

 Despite a long close season, AJ was not the only person to be making last minute adjustments to his boat (well it was so last minute that he didn’t even get to race).

The forecast for the day was suggested to be death defying but the Bass micro climate came into its own and the winds proved to be temptingly sailable, dry, but cold. However, before racing could commence, the Bates had to be made ready

  • Anchor? Check. Tied on? Check.
  • Mast? Where are the nuts? Bamboo poles will do for the flags. Check
  • Course board (and pole)? Check
  • Course numbers? Check
  • Horn? Fail (no mast). Fog horn? Fail (no canisters). Spare horn? Check (phew)

On the way to set the start an alarm started to sound for the engine. Chief engineer Macpherson was ‘invited ‘ aboard to investigate, and determined that the coolant drain plug was not present and correct. Oops.

Excitement over it was time for the first race. Ethan’s close season sailing put him in good stead for the best start of the seven starters, though Dave And Sarah didn’t prove to be a great challenge after ‘starting’ several minutes late, the wrong side of the committee boat, and subsequently retiring after realising he wasn’t wearing his buoyancy aid!

No real excitement during the race which was won by Mike/Kayla, with Ethan 2nd.

After Kayla had filled the competition with a variety of delicious cakes after lunch, racing was underway again in some stronger winds. Award for the first racing capsize of the season goes to vice commodore Robbie D/Peter W in a RS400, though son Ethan was a close 2nd!

Mike chalked up another 1st, with Chay 2nd in a Laser.

Overall winner was Mike/Kayla, with Ethan 2nd, and Tog in his Solo 3rd.

Final results 

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Laser Coaching

This RYA sponsored one day coaching event is a great opportunity aimed at youth sailors moving from Junior classes such as Toppers, Teras and Oppies into Lasers. It is aimed at those who are keen racers but new to the laser class. It is open to all sailors in NE England .   

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Final Countdown 

With just a week to go, are you ready for the sailing season? What will your priorities be? Getting the boat ready and repairing those control lines that were wearing through last season? Shedding a few more pounds, or buying a larger dry suit that must have shrunk due to lack of use through the close season?

No more excuses, time is almost up. The first race starts on Sunday 29 March at 1130 BST (Yes clocks go forward one hour that morning!)

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Winter Walk

Perhaps the title says it all!

Not all those that started the walk through Dodd Wood made it to the top, here’s those that did!



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Restoration/Repair Project

My Scorpion’s fore deck was damaged when a visiting worker dropped something through it. The insurance would only give me the boat’s market value, which was less than the repair cost.

The boat is in reasonable condition and very enjoyable to sail.
I hope someone (apprentice at a boat yard?) would like to repair/restore this boat.

If so, please come and take it away, on its trailer – with mast, boom, rudder, sails (main, jib & spinnaker).

Robin Le Mare
Laburnum House, The Square
LA11 7QE
01539 532 497


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