Final Championship Series

Some blustery conditions on Saturday morning eased to leave near champagne racing conditions in the (slightly) warmer weather with sunny intervals. Today’s racing is for the final weekend series of the championship season, but as the winners have already been determined, numbers on the water were lighter than usual.

Dave Lawson led Val Bell in both GP races, but they shared their crews with Ladies v Gents in the second race.

Steve/Ruth led the handicap fleet in the first race taking 1st on handicap with Jim/Poppy 2nd. In the next race, Steve took the lead but failed to notice that nobody was following him up the 2nd beat because the course had changed! By the time he realised three boats had got away, and he finished 4th with Scumper 1st and Jim taking another 2nd. Bob had similar problems following the course after the one he’d written down had been scuffed off.

In the slow handicap fleet, Mik in his Mirror won the first race, but in the next race there was a dead heat with Paul in a Topper.

Sunday stayed dry with another mild southerly breeze, but it didn’t encourage any more on to the water. With no GPs sailing, the Stables Prize goes to Saturday’s overnight leader Dave and Lynn Lawson, who opted to try their hand in the handicap fleet and give Scumper a run for his money, which they did very successfully as he was unable to break far enough ahead, and they won race 3 on handicap. Joanie had had enough sailing for the weekend, so Tog retreated to the Solo only for the gooseneck to break soon after starting.

After lunch the wind eased slightly, but results on handicap were consistent with a finishing order of Scumper, Dave, and Tog. The trophy goes to Scumper, with Tog (aided by Joanie) 2nd and Dave/Lynn 3rd.

Paul Gannon won races 3 and 4 with John Roberts 2nd. Although the positions were reversed in the final race, Paul had sufficient good results to win the trophy.

Final results

Congratulations go out to Vice Commodore Naomi Smith and husband Phil on the birth of their daughter Lucy, a brother for Oliver.

Congratulations go to another Smith, Naomi’s brother in law Andy after his stirling performance with Phil Hodgkins at Derwent Reservoir over the weekend winning all races to win the GP14 Northern championship!

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Paul Carruthers’ Memorial Trophy

As if we didn’t realise it, we can never rely on the forecast at Bass. Though there was a good breeze at the start, it was shifting and not consistent in strength, but blowing from the north gave the OD the opportunity start at 0, and then head ashore before the non forecast shower moved in! However the use of mark N, which had been tucked away in Dubwath bay, to avoid a hook finish caused a barrage of questions for OD AJ so a lead boat guided the fleet around the course (not that they were sure where N was!)

Neil/Judith in their F15 quickly took a clear lead, which was to be eroded away in the changing wind conditions resulting in Paul/Vicki in a GP being on their tail at the finish, and taking the win on handicap, with Joan/Jack 2nd. The next race started in a light breeze that soon faded. This time Joan/Jack mastered their favourite conditions and took the lead from Paul/Vicki followed by Neil/Judith. On handicap, Joan was 1st and Paul 2nd, so they were both on equal points and with the tie being split on the best position in the last race, the trophy goes to Joan/Jack.

Final results

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Bart’s Bash

Despite a poor pre=registration for this year’s Bart’s Bash there was a turnout of 13 boats in the light northerly airs. There were numerous threats of rain, but it was limited to a few spits and spots. Steve/Izzy in a Merlin led both races but on handicap Tony King in a Solo that beat them by just a few secs each time. Paul Bowmer took a 3rd in the first race, and Jim/Poppy 3rd in the second race.

Final results

Overall Bart’s Bash standings

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Lake Level

With the water level already at the top of the slipways, and 25mm of rain, topped up with high winds, forecast through to midnight Wednesday, it’s worth considering about the safety of your boat if it’s berthed on the foreshore. The lake is certain to rise over the next couple of days but it’s impossible to say by how much.

If you get a chance, check and consider moving your boat this evening.

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Tinker Trophy

While we have a team away at the 24 hour race we have our annual visit from the Tinker Association for one of the rallies, and we hold an all fleet handicap series with nine boats taking part on another sunny Saturday. At lunchtime the winds seemed to be very light but they filled in sufficiently for a good afternoon’s racing during which there were no capsizes, or exciting tales to tell!

Hugh led both races in his Vareo, followed by Joe in his Laser, which were their positions on on corrected time as well, while Ian in a Solo took 3rd in the first race and AJ/Sue in a GP 3rd in the second one.

With a low pressure moving in, Sunday’s forecast was looking somewhat gusty, but as Bass has its own micro climate we were lucky and got more racing in.

The Tinkers led the way and demonstrated that conditions were suitable though, for a long while, AJ and Sue had no competition and were wondering what they should do with their their unexpected spare time. However the overnight leaders did appear so Sue had to sail but was able to postpone her ironing for a few more hours!

Sensibly AJ opted to race in his F15 and was able to avoid capsizing, but his competition were not so lucky, each suffering several capsizes over the two races. Joe had less critical timing of his capsizes and secured two wins, and the weekend series trophy.

Final results

The Tinkers had a total of six races with the overall winner being Malcolm Ellwood, just for a change, with Stewart Warden 2nd.

Winner Malcolm Ellwood with trophy presented by Poppy Christie

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Night Jar 17

To quote TS Elliot the Night Jar series “ended with a whimper”. It was very wet, it was windy and nobody really wanted to go through the routine of rigging and launching.

John & Hazel said they might if they had someone to sail against.  But when newly qualified driver Harry arrived at the Club in his Mini and said he could be tempted to go out, they had second thoughts.

A fair number of others turned up just for the food and Sarah and Neil didn’t disappoint with their large helpings of Pizza.

So the Night Jar Fleet handicap awards go to Mike & Eric from Tony, Val & Ken and Neil.  The Personal handicap leading places are the same with the exception that Val & Ken move above Tony.

Final results

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SOAKED – The New Play by Emma Rydal

Rosehill Theatre and La’al Marra Productions presents the premier of Soaked on Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm followed by a post show discussion. Soaked is the new play by acclaimed local writer and actress Emma Rydal and the first play co-produced by Rosehill Theatre after the £2.7m redevelopment of the venue. Soaked will then tour Cumbria and Manchester in the Autumn.

It’s Wine O Clock! When do you stop? Imogen and Rich don’t care if the glass is half full or half empty, as long there is wine in it that’s what’s important. That’s how they unwind, how they party, how they deal with the stresses of life; young children, high powered jobs. But after twenty years of drinking to excess, Imogen is having second thoughts. She’s tired of waking up with an unexplained bruise, tired of beating herself up when she’s drunk too much, tired of being tired, but is it enough? When life has become so intertwined with the powerful nectar is it easy to break away, or do relationships start to unravel? Perhaps a wake-up call is all she needs?

Filled with humour and drama Soaked seeks to unnerve.

Emma Rydal who lives locally is a writer and actress who has had a successful career in theatre, television and radio. She burst onto the British film scene in 1999 with the BAFTA winning Brit flick East is East and has had a sustained a successful career ever since. Most recently Emma has been seen as regular ‘Celia’ in Sky One’s Stella.

Emma Rydal’s skill of finding comedy in the banal and everyday has been described as rather like a young Victoria Wood. Her first play True chronicled the relationship of a volatile mother/daughter relationship through the decades. It was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award and won The Audience Award for Best Production and an Equity Award at Manchester’s 24.7 Theatre Festival in 2011.

Soaked – the showcase already had favourable reviews and has received funding from the Arts Council England and Cumbria County Council. The play is directed by Peter McQueen, stalwart of the Theatre by the Lake. He has also toured with his one-man shows ‘Old Herbaceous’ and ‘The Professor of Adventure’. The cast for Soaked comprises Emma Rydal, Toby Gaffney and Madeleine Joseph. Original score by local composer Nick Smith from Issi Noho and set and costume design by Emma Bayliss from Whitehaven.

Tickets are priced at £15 ● £8 U26 and are available at or on 01946 692422

It was a really great show, can’t wait to find out what happens next. I found it increasingly uncomfortable to watch as it felt disturbingly familiar.
Elaine Wise – showcase audience

Soaked full tour:
Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
Saturday 30 September 7.30pm
(with post performance discussion ● ● 01946 692422

Kings Arms Theatre, Manchester Friday 6-7 October 7.30pm

Gregson Centre, Lancaster Wednesday 11 October 7.30pm 01524 849959

Coronation Hall, Ulverston Friday 13 October 7.30pm ● 01229 587140

Village Hall, Torpenhow Saturday 14 October 7.30pm 016973 71514

The Beggars Theatre, Millom Thursday 19 October 7.30pm

John Peel Theatre, Wigton Friday 20 October 7.30pm

Threlkeld Village Hall Friday 27 October 7.30pm

Soaked has received recognition from alcohol support group Soberistas on the issues that are raised in the production.

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Bart’s Bash

Bassenthwaite is taking part in the Global Sailing Event ‘Barts Bash’ at 2.30pm on Saturday 16th September 2017.  I am sure you are all aware of the events history which is now in its 4th year and is the largest sailing event in the World. The Andrew Simpson Foundation raises funds to support sailing as shown below.

What we do

Our fundamental ethos is to facilitate a wider participation in sailing, and to optimise the benefits that the sport can deliver to young people and ultimately to society at large. Importantly, we seek to be as inclusive as possible by encouraging participation to children and young people from all backgrounds, and catering for a range of physical and educational abilities.

How to take part

All members are encouraged to take part in the Bassenthwaite Bart’s Bash Race, it’s about having fun and raising some funds for a worthwhile cause. You also have the opportunity to compete against thousands of other sailors worldwide. Details of how to sign up are on the following link where you can also make a donation to the charity.

Let’s try and get as many boats on the water as we can, all are welcome.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.


Jon Denwood

Membership Secretary

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Bass Week Photos

Time is running out to buy any photos of Bass Week as the website will close in a couple of weeks.

View/buy your photos at

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September Sunshine

So the meteorologists think it’s now Autumn, just as well they didn’t tell the weather! A windless, sunny morning filled in for the afternoon racing, though with the wind from the SSW it couldn’t settle as to which side of Sale Fell to come from. Though a little shifty in the first race, the wind was so much less predictable in the second one with 45 degree shifts between boats just a few lengths apart. Ian/Lezliann in their F15 benefitted from one such shift helping them break away from Neil/Judith, though the continued shift almost turned a reach into a beat that threatened to rob Ian of his lead, but he held on until the about 5 boat lengths from the finish when he had to tack off and gave Neil the commanding position that won him the race. However, Ian/Lezliann had done well enough to win the Dawson Trophy.

The middle segment of the second race, despite the course being out of the shadow of Sale Fell, had the most unexpected shifts and hollow spots. Joan/Jack revel in such conditions and took the lead, but Dave/Lynn fought back taking their 2nd win of the day, and the Autumn Cup.

In the handicap fleet Steve/Ruth won both races in a Merlin Rocket, ahead of Jim in his Supernova in the 1st race, and Toggle/Joanie in their RS200 in the 2nd. Steve’s wins were just enough for him to win the Skiddaw Trophy from Joe.

No racing in the Mirror fleet so the MT Trophy goes to Jonathan/Henry.

The sun continued throughout Saturday afternoon.

Final DW results

Wind and rain was the forecast for Sunday, and it was partly correct with a good southerly, a heavy swell and some white horses. Again, there weren’t many that turned up to sail, but conditions did not put them off. There was a bit of hanging around waiting for Tog who had been delayed rodding drains! During that wait, the effects of Sale Fell were felt as far down as mark 3 with down draughts, flat spots and major shifts, and the race started on a tight fetch, though it did revert to a beat closer to windward mark 6. The Lasers had plenty of capsize practice, and both subsequently retired. Indeed Paul capsized so much he was eventually taken into the rescue boat, while AJ jumped aboard to sail the boat back to shore. It wasn’t long before he capsized too!

Toggle had gear failure on the start of his final lap and retired, leaving just three finishers, led by Stave/Ruth in a Merlin, then Dave/Lynn in a GP, positions which they held on handicap. Being the final race of the series, the results did not affect the overall results with Mike Fairlamb winning the Dodd Cup. The Blencathra Trophy for F15s was won by Ian/Lezliann, Mustard Pot for GPs won by AJ/Sue, and Mirror AB Cup by Bean/Oliver.

Final results BL etc

Although having enjoyed the challenges of the morning race, there was no enthusiasm for another race so it was another early finish. Despite the forecast, the rain contained itself to just a few spits and spots.

Though there’s one weekend series to go, finalising two series has shown that the Club Champions for this year have already been determined. Congratulations go to:

Flying 15s – Ian Campbell/Lezliann Pearson
Handicap – Mark Somerville
GP14s – Dave/Lynn Lawson
Mirrors – Phil/Oliver Smith

Latest Championship positions

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