British Summer Time

Well it’s hard to believe after recent weather that British Summer Time starts next Sunday 25 March, which happens to be the same day that the 2018 sailing season starts!

So hopefully the Winter maintenance is complete, your sailing gear has been washed from the last time you used it, and your wetsuit hasn’t shrunk…

So don’t forget, put your clocks one hour forward on Sunday or you’ll be late for the first race which starts at 11.30(ish)!

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Working Party

In order to get the Club ship shape for the start of the season we have arranged a working party on 17 – 18 March.

Starting 10am till 4pm each day. If you are available for a few hours on either or both days please pop down and help out. It’s imperative that we get the grounds cleaned up before we start bringing boats on to site. There will also be plenty to do on the house, bar and boats and buoys.

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Sad News

It is with great sadness that the club has to announce the passing of one of it’s longest serving members. Caroline Lawson had been a member of the club from the early 60’s and the family have sailed at the club ever since. Carol passed away after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

The funeral took place on Monday 12th March at 1130am at St Mary’s Church, Maryport, followed by burial at Maryport cemetery. Family flowers only, donations to Maryport Inshore Rescue.

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The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Bassenthwaite’s Mirror Fleet

In my role of Press & PR officer at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club I have been collecting the Newsletters from years gone by.   We started out producing an annual publication in 1995 and gave it the title of Foxy Tales. This came from the Club’s fox emblem which, in turn, stemmed from the Club being in the close vicinity of the birthplace of the legendary fox hunter John Peel .   You will have heard of the ditty; Do you ken John Peel with his coat so grey….. I feel sure.

Anyway, the aim is to get all the annual editions online on the Website. There will then be a permanent ongoing record of who did what at the Club both on, and off the water.

Virtually every edition contains an article on each of the Club’s dedicated fleets which, for many years have included the Mirrors. So, using these articles, and the data in the Club Handbook, it was possible to trace the fortunes of the Fleet.

In the mid to late nineties the Mirror Fleet consisted of around twenty seven boats. One even won the Nationals, Phil & Tim Smith taking the title at Hartlepool in 1999. We never reached such dizzying heights again although we had an active fourteen boat fleet for the ten years from 2000 to 2009. By the later date there had been a progressive switch from family manned, and crewed boats to single handers.

The Club then invested in three good Trident GRP boats for training and to encourage families to race in the Mirror Fleet. But interest was declining in favour of the myriad RS variants. By 2013 we only had seven boats in the fleet in addition to the ones owned by the Club and, as few were racing at the same time, it was decided to merge the Mirror and Topper Fleets the following year.   This left a variety of slower boats such as the Picos plus a Hartley and a Splash following far behind the other handicap Fleet boats. So a new Slow Handicap Fleet immerged in 2016 consisting of all boats with a PY of 1250 or greater.

This new Fleet is still with us but, by the end of last season it included just three random boats and fifteen Mirrors! And five more Mirrors have already been bought for the 2018 season. The turnaround is due to more, and more, parents deciding to use the Mirror to teach their youngsters to sail and race.   And these aren’t any old Mirrors! Many are Winder GRPs with sail numbers well above 70000.

And we, again, have national champions in the fleet with Sandy & Douglas Simpson having joined Bass last year. Even they are finding the Club competition extremely challenging!

Mik Chappell   (Eclipse 69960)

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Duty Roster

Every Club expects its members to do their fair share of duties.

With the sailing programme complete duties for OD and safety have been allocated and uploaded to Dutyman.

Please check your inbox for an email from Dutyman, and review the duties that you have been allocated to make sure you are presently available to undertake them. If not, please use the links provided in the Dutyman letter to try and arrange a suitable swap with another member. It is your responsibility to find a replacement, not the Sailing Secretary, or Webmaster.

Thank you for your co-operation with this

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Data Privacy Policy

In preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May 2018 we have prepared a Data Privacy Policy.

All members are required to confirm having read the policy which is to be acknowledged by the lead admin member for each membership family group on the WebCollect administration portal used by the sailing club. Members have the opportunity to withdraw permission to publish photos on the website or address details in the annual members’ handbook by ticking the relevant boxes on their WebCollect membership details and advising the membership secretary accordingly.

Please login to your WebCollect account to confirm that you are aware of, and have read, the policy. If unsure how to proceed, please use these instructions to help you complete the process.

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Happy New Year!

With very best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2018 sailing season from everyone at Bass

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Gone but not forgotten

Great article by the BBC which includes an item on former Commodore and Trustee Mike Denwood

Click here

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Christmas Party

On Sunday 17 December there was a tea party for children young and old, with games, and carol singing. Santa Claus popped in to say hello, arriving by water

Santa even brought an elf along (who didn’t seem best pleased that his mate Rwl backed out!)

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66th AGM

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

dsc_1045Commodore – 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 & JettiesMike Cowan
HouseAlan Jones
MembershipJon 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.

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