Annual Prizegiving Prizes

The Annual Prizegiving takes place on Saturday 28th November which may seem some time away but will soon be upon us. To assist in preparation for the event can all members who have club prizes please ensure they are returned to the Committee Room, engraved and polished before Saturday 31st October. This will allow a full audit of prizes and their condition to take place before the Prizegiving. 

Thank you

Jon Denwood

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Flying Fifteen Team Racing 17th & 18th October 2015

A reminder to all Flying Fifteen Sailors the Annual Team Racing is almost upon us. Who can forget last years memorable event, broken masts, ripped sails & helms getting catapulted from their boats. We will be taking entries on the day but it would assist greatly if you could let me know if you intend taking part by email to First race on Saturday will be at 1300hrs and Sunday at 1030hrs. 

Jon Denwood

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October High

A brilliant finish to September and start of October is all due to a high pressure system, and a consequential lack of wind, which was not even strong enough to turn the nearby turbines, or blow away the mist which had been lingering all morning, so the likelihood of sailing was low. A small puff of wind caused ripples across the lake briefly, but they soon faded, and racing was abandoned for the day shortly afterwards.

imageSunday’s forecast was not a lot better, but it may have suited team Bass (comprising Commodore, rear commodore, bar chair, lady commodore, social secretary, youth squad co-ordinator and assistant, past social secretary) who are all took part in the Cumbrian Run!

On arrival at the club, sailors were pleasantly surprised by a light, southerly breeze, albeit somewhat cooler than recent days. Ten boats  sailed what was to be the first race in the October series. Banter in his RS100 led the fleet, and was lucky to take the wind around the course with him because shortly after the start of the first race wind from the SW enabled Sale Fell to cast a shadow on part of the course, but as he approached the shadow it was pushed away by the slightly stronger southerly. It was to be the GPs, led by Mike/Eric, that took all three pole positions, with Banter 4th on fleet handicap. Dave Lawson’s lower than usual position was due to offering some coaching to Pete Winfindale.

Though the wind strength varied throughout the day, it held for the afternoon race, but there were some major shifts to contend with which, of course, could prove to be beneficial if on the right side of the shift. Despite their best efforts, Joan/Jack were unable to stay ahead of Mike/Eric who went on to win the race on fleet handicap and take a 3 pt lead in the series. Joan leads the personal handicap series, with Banter 2nd.

Latest results FH PH

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Youth Squad invade Ullswater 

Several members of the Youth Squad took the opportunity to attend the RYA Youth North Zone Championships over the weekend, as it was being held so close to home at Ullswater Yacht Club.

Hazel Newport, David Rodgers & Poppy Gannon were sailing in the Topper fleet, Harry Binns & Izzie Hunter in the RS Feva Fleet, Josh Hunter and Sam Macey in the Regatta Fleet.

Although, the weather was amazing for the weekend’s camping, it was a sad note for the sailing. On Saturday the squad waited all day but the winds never came, so at 4.30pm it was declared no racing was going to take place. 

Sunday started to look the same but the organisers were more hopeful and sent the fleets out at 10am only to abandon racing at 11am and bring them all back in. Then the winds came and while most sailors were enjoying a relaxing lunch, note David, the racing was set to start and everyone was quickly back on the water.

The wind held while the fleets managed to sail 3 races but it was not very strong and proved to be very challenging for some.

However, a good weekend was had both on and off the water. Hazel Newport sailed really well in the Topper Zone fleet, finishing 3rd girl and 7th overall in the Topper fleet out of 29 competitors. She was really pleased as last year she came 23 out of 28!! Also, Josh Hunter managed to bring home a medal by finishing 3rd in the Regatta Fleet in his RS Tera. 

Well done all. 

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Championships are finalised

After the final championship weekend series of the series, the championship tables have been updated and can be viewed on the following link

Club Championship 2015

Congratulations to this year’s champions are

Flying 15s – Neil Currie & Rory Yardley
Fast Handicap – Robin Dawson & Phil Davenport (Pipping Commodore Mark Somerville at the post!)
GP14s – Dave & Lynn Lawson
Slow Handicap – Jim, Poppy & James Christie

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Championship weekend series

For various reasons there weren’t many takers for the latest weekend series, but those that did turn out were keen to take to the water once there was the hint of sufficient breeze to blow away the mirror like conditions. So when a light northerly filled in the OD took to the water and the sailors followed.

The wind swung a couple of times while waiting for the fleet to get to the start line, so a simplified triangular course was set, which seemed to be the most manageable option for the conditions.

Fortunately the general wind direction remained from the north, but the strength was much more variable. Joan/Jack took the leeward mark a little bit too close and had to do a turn losing significant ground on Dave/Lynn who went on to win.

John Roberts managed to lasso the staff on mark A, so after untangling himself he too had to do a turn. Jim C led and won the slow handicap fleet, with Mik 2nd.

In the fast handicap fleet, Robbie D/Banter won with Alex/Olivia 2nd

Before all had finished the wind dropped to drifting conditions and all hopes of another race faded.

It was unlikely that Sunday’s conditions would enable four races to be sailed, but it did look promising as the day started with a warm, light southerly.

With a plan to get two races in before lunch, the courses were plain and short, even though Robbie D wanted longer legs (an eternal wish for him some might say!)

The wind did ease as the second race went on, and finally died over lunch. Scumper and Hugh each had a first in the fast handicap, while Jim C and Barbara each had a first in the slow handicap fleet, and Dave/Lynn took two more firsts in the GP fleet.

With no obvious sign of the wind filling in, afternoon racing was abandoned. As is the norm, the wind did fill in, though not really strong enough to race in.

Trophies go to Dave/Lynn in the GPs, Robbie D in the fast handicap, and Jim C the slow handicap fleet.

Final results 

Other sailing events over the weekend had good representation from Bass members with Andy and Rob Smith finishing 2nd at the GP Northern Championships at Derwent Reservoir, while Hazel Newport came 7th at the RYA Zone Championship, and Josh Hunter came 3rd overall in the regatta for Toppers, Teras and Oppies at Ullswater. Meanwhile Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard came fourth of 17 at the Burton open meeting. The results meant that they were tied on points for the Waples Wine Northern travellers series but came second on countback.

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Fun Weekend and Bart’s Bash 2015

What a weekend it was, most arrived on Friday afternoon/evening with caravans, motor homes and tents ready for a fun packed couple of days. Friday evening saw the clubhouse full of sailors watching the Rugby World Cup Opening ceremony and match on the big screen, a number continued late into the night celebrating England’s victory against Fiji. As a result several were quite subdued on Saturday morning but the glorious weather soon got them livened up.

Early Saturday afternoon saw the on water activities commence which consisted  of 4 teams of 10 aged 5 to 60+ compete firstly in a relay race in Toppers, the rules of racing were totally disregarded, numerous forced capsizes and sinkings were encountered. The next leg of this unusual Triathalon was a paddle board race followed by an open water swim. Again a lot of skulduggery was apparent. The whole event was enjoyed by all including the numerous spectators and adjudicators, who won, who cares. After a quick shower and tea and cake which was sold to raise runds for Macmillan Cancer Support everyone met in the freshly cut back field for a game of rounders. The game lasted the best part of 2 hours and was won by the team that batted first as the light was fading by the end. Saturday evening was spent in the clubhouse with a bring and eat buffet which was excellent followed by a game of bingo.

Sunday morning whilst not quite as sunny was dry and a reasonable Westerly wind was blowing for our Barts Bash Race, bacon, egg and black pudding butties were eaten in preparation. 35 boats took to the water and sailed the course, there were a few capsizes and tales to tell. The faster boats sailed 5 laps the slower boats 2 and others 3 & 4. When the club results were computed Alex & Olivia  in a RS 200 were declared winners from Dave & Lynn in a GP14 and Commodore Mark in a RS100. £244 was raised for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Everyone returned to shore for lunch and to reflect on an excellent weekend, caravans etc were packed up and we all went home.

Bart’s Bash results Bass Version  Bart’s Version

Check out the course

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Bass at the 24 hour Race 2015

An intrepid team of sailors and supporters set off in atrocious conditions on Saturday morning to take part in the 49th sailing of the West Lancs Yacht Clubs aka. Southport 24 hour race. Fortunately on arrival the torrential rain has passed by and the sun shone and wind blew. For the second year in succession we were sailing an Enterprise kindly loaned by Mark Ninnim.

The race started at 1200hrs and we were in the second flight as a result of our excellent 11th place last year. The wind was blowing a good force 4 from the SW which meant the start was on a broad reach. Mark and Emma made a good safe start and sailed consistently well in testing conditions until 1500hrs, our position at this time was 17th out of the 64 entries. They were replaced by Alex and Izzie who had an exciting time including two capsizes at the Gybe mark.

There were numerous boats capsizing and a number being towed back to base. At about 1630 Rob replaced Izzie as crew as the conditions demanded more ballast and at 1800hrs Ethan and Alex2 took over in gentler conditions. They sailed steadily maintaining our position until 2000hrs when Neil and Hazel, sailing her first Southport took over, conditions were now much lighter and our position was varying between 22nd and 16th throughout the race.

Mark and Emma did a second stint between 2200 and midnight followed by Alex and Harry who finished a creditable 5th in the midnight race. At 0130hrs Harry did a swallow dive into the lake and Izzie stepped aboard to crew, winds were blowing a force one gusting two and it was cold but dry.

At 0300hrs Ethan and Alex2 were sent out for the graveyard shift and despite Ethan’s pleas for leniency were not replaced until 0600hrs by Neil and Hazel who sailed until just after 0800hrs when a tired Alex and cold Rob went out for their final stint. Mark and Emma, who had slept at Chez Preston and were refreshed, then sailed to the finish in bright sunshine.

 After the results were finalised we were 16th overall and 4th Enterprise which was an excellent performance from a fabulous team of sailors who were fine representatives of Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

Jon Denwood

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all-day Flying 15 Team Racing 2015 @ Bassenthwaite SC
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