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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Flying Fifteen Northern Championships 23-24 August 2014

We are hosting this prestigious event on the Saturday and Sunday of the August PH weekend. As this weekend is also expected to be popular with members, club racing has been planned for other fleets as well. To do this we need to staff two committee boats – sufficient volunteers have kindly stood forward to make this happen. Thank you

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GP14 Worlds

Following high winds and a prolonged squall in Strangford Lough, where the GP14 Worlds are being held this week, a major incident was declared when approx 50 boats capsized and the rescue facilities were inundated.

We are pleased to advise that all Bass members who are taking part in the event are safe and well.

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Bass Week

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Sultry Summer Sailing

20140726-185836-68316398.jpgTog is pleased with the new grass (though it doesn’t stop growing). He just needs a tent now…

Weather wise the sunny conditions continued and the southerly breeze freshened unexpectedly over lunchtime but AJ was worried it would disappear before racing started. Despite a slight lull, the sea breeze kicked in leading to some fantastic sailing conditions – how often do you get the fleet sporting tans in T shirts and shorts, in blustery capsize conditions, without a wet suit or balaclava in sight?!

There were several capsizes throughout the afternoon, and some spectacular. Rescue driver Chris was busier in the first race than he had been during all of Abersoch week, and included righting a GP without getting more than his ankles wet! Fortunately he didn’t have to attempt the same on JD’s Laser…

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Sunday’s weather was a different kettle of fish. It started with some drizzle, and it was cooler, such that there were no T shirts and shorts to be seen. With lighter winds there were fewer capsizes, but various other mistakes for sailors to overcome.Mike/Kayla had a poor first lap but pulled back to 2nd place behind Neil/Rory by the finish. In the Mirrors, Pam and Mik had a port starboard incident to learn from, but there was no protest, and Pam went on to win.

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After lunch, a heavy rain shower meant the committee boat were not going to wait around, and started the sequence before all boats were on the start line. Indeed, some only made it minute or so after the race started, including Neil who was first on the water (He claimed he hadn’t heard the first sound signal). As ever, a race around the lake is rarely won on the start line. Graham/Elaine were first to Mark 12 but Mike/Kayla took the lead by 13. With Neil taking the middle line back up the lake he passed Grahm and Mike and held the lead to the finish, though Dave/Lynn put in a good performance to win on handicap by more than two mins (Perhaps Neil should have practised his start procedure!?)

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Glorious Evening for a Sail

A superb turnout of 25 participants in the Ladies, Seniors, Juniors and Crews race were met with wall to wall sunshine and a true South Westerly force 3 wind. The OD, Jonathan Anson, decided there was no need to move the Committee Boat from its mooring and set a line with a beat to 8 followed by a broad reach to A another reach to 1 and a tight reach back to 0 which was moved close to the flying fifteen moorings.

Sue Watson in a GP got the best start at the starboard end, showing crew Alan how it should be done. The front of the fleet was then contested by Julie Rolle in a fifteen, Neil Garrison in his Laser, Jack Hardie in the 200 and Mike Fairlamb sailing his Streaker. Pam and Mik were having a good race in the Mirrors until Mik’s mainsheet wrapped around mark A when gybing causing him to capsize and retire. The faster boats sailed 3 laps and the slower boats 2, all were finished within 1 hour and retired to the clubhouse for an excellent meal.

After the results were processed Mike Fairlamb won overall and was 1st senior, Sue Watson finished a magnificent 2nd overall and was first lady, or was she a crew, Ken Bell finished 5th and was first crew and Hazel Newport just pipped Harry Binns to claim the junior prize. All agreed it was a great evenngs sailing and dining.

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Stormy Saturday

Well, stormy Saturday was the forecast, lightning, torrential rain. What did we get? Overcast, with bright spells and a few showers passing through, oh and no wind! Well the wind did fill in about 3.30, just after most of the select group of sailors that did turn up (not being put off by the forecast) decided they wouldn’t wait for wind any longer (or were they just in the mood for an ice cream?)

Sunday’s forecast meant the day should remain dry and sunny, though the wind could be a challenge unless a sea breeze pops in to save the weekend series!

The day started overcast with just flurries of breeze across part of the lake, and it looked like a tall order to get four races of the weekend series in. The OD found the shifting wind direction challenging. During the start sequence of the first race the wind swung through 90 deg resulting in some reaching starts. The Mirrors/Toppers were so disorientated that all bar one had to return after starting. The second and third races suffered from some large shifts as well.

By the final race of the day, the skies had cleared and a sea breeze steadied and enhanced the wind for the best sail of the day.

The shifty winds helped spread the positions in some fleets (the top four F15s each had 5pts after the first two races), and with no discards there was little room for mistakes. Mike/Kayla were disqualified after an incident with a Topper which went to protest, dropping them to 4th overall behind winners Neil/Rory, and Graham/Elaine 2nd

Dave/Lynn had a clean sweep with four 1sts on the GPs, with John/Nigel 2nd. Mike F opted to go Streaking this weekend and ran off with 1st overall, well ahead of Banter and Tog. In the Mirrors Mik was back on form winning 3 races, and Pam the 4th and final race. They finished 1st and 2nd overall respectively

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