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Midsummer’s Day

An early start for the youth team racing at the Southport Junior 12 Hour race being managed by principal trainer Alex in an Enterprise that is holding together with some shackles and a bit of ‘bodging’ for a snapped shackle.

If conditions there were anything similar to the club, they will probably sleep soundly on the trip back home, as a gusty force 4 put some off, and tested a select group of sailors that all raced in the handicap fleet.

The testing conditions caused a few capsizes, and Dave Lawson to hit his head on his tiller! Dave was leading but headed to the wrong mark on a reach from 3, and he slipped back to 3rd on the water, and on handicap, behind Joe and Peter both in Laser Radials. Only five of the nine starters finished, and Dave/Lynn called it a day at that stage. The remaining four boats battled through the conditions, with Joe gaining a clear lead against Peter, which was lost after a spectacular capsize at one of the gybe marks, so Peter took the lead through to the finish, with Joe 2nd.

Well done to newcomer Jo, surviving another two races without mishap, and finishing the day with a smile on her face.

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Sunday started sunny and less windy than forecast, still no takers in the F15 fleet. With no competition in the slow handicap fleet Sandy and Douglas Simpson sailed their Mirror in the main handicap fleet securing a 1st ahead of James Moore in his Radial. 

The afternoon race was the RNLI pennant, but the course only took the fleet to mark 10, not that there weren’t any downdraughts to contend with! Banter Phil took his Skiff out in its second race, but too many capsizes had him chasing the fleet before he finally retired. Dave/Lynn generally led the fleet, though Rory/Eleanor in their F15 did get passed for a while before they had temporary gear failure. Overall it was the GPs that took the honours, with Dave 1st and Mike/Eric 2nd 

Eleanor leads Sandra’s Salver for the best female crew in the pennant races. 

BL latest results 

RNLI Pennant 

Sandra’s Salver latest

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Ullock Mug Weekend Series

The glorious weather has returned to offer what must have been the best sailing day of the season so far, with blue skies and 20C SW winds. 18 boats raced in shifty (nothing new there), and sometimes gusty conditions.

The F15s had some good racing with Ian/Lezliann getting to grips with a new cut genoa that took a couple of laps to set correctly up the beats to get the edge over Tim/Ian and take the win. In the second race, Ian pushed his luck claiming water at mark 4 and ended up doing a couple of turns, then had to fight back to successfully take the lead and win the race.

There was mixed fortunes in the GPs with a relatively close finish in the first race, won by Val/Ken, with Mike/Eric 2nd. Not sure what happened in the second race, but the boats were considerably more spread out, with Mike winning, and Alan/Sue 2nd.

Beginner Jo was keen to get a sail, and unexpectedly ended up racing in two races with Robbie D in the handicap fleet. To her surprise, there were no bumps, capsizes, or broaches! However, she did experience a general recall in the first race, somewhat unusual in club racing. Scumper was in his RS 100 and won on the water and on handicap, though in the second race Peter Whipp in a Laser was a very close 2nd by just 5 secs. Steve/Ruth took 2nd in thd te first race.

Sunday started off with the micro climate that is Bass doing its own thing. Westerly breeze at Bothel, north easterly on the lake, when it filled in. When the course was being set, the lake was sporting a northerly, but soon after some of the fleet rounded the windward mark, but gusts started from the west, and later continued to back to the SW! With no competition in the slow handicap fleet, Bean with Oliver raced with the handicap fleet and was only just pipped to the windward mark by Scumper! The excitement proved too much for Oliver and they subsequently retired. With the beat having disappeared following the windshift, and three races to get in, a shortish race seemed appropriate with the expectation of the wind bedding in over lunch.

The SW breeze, though somewhat shifty, held for the next two races, and it was strong enough for some good close, and spinnaker, reaches. Mike and Eric took 3 wins to win the McMillan Cup in the GPs, while Ian/Lezliann used a first and a second to win the Ullock Mug, with Neil, and a guest appearance from wife Judith, won the other two races in the F15.

Wins in the handicap fleet were shared between Ian Hall, Scumper, and Zefer, with Scumper winning the Grisedale Cup and Zefer 2nd.

Final results

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For Sale – RS Vareo – Sale Number 302


Hull in very good condition.
Full size main sail well used but still in good condition.
Reduced size storm sail in excellent condition.
Spinnaker has seen better days.
Foils in good condition (including foil bags).
Aluminium & carbon tiller extensions.
Trolley (no road base).
Good top cover (has been professionally repaired).

Open to offers around £1,950.

Available to view at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, Cumbria.

Stephen Kirkpatrick, 07823 328471, [email protected]

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Votes of Thanks

Despite the weather bringing the racing to an abrupt halt, we had a successful, if somewhat busy, weekend that was appreciated by the competitors and their fleet co-ordinators.

Many thanks to you and all of your team for your hard work, both before and during the weekend, which made the event a success despite the limited amount of sailing possible. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved.

I have already had several messages from people saying how much they enjoyed the weekend.

The format of the weekend with several events worked well and is one we would like to repeat.

Peter Hadfield (NWJTT Coordinator)


On behalf of the Toppers can you pass on our thanks to everyone who helped including the Red Seal guys for a great weekend despite the wind.  

I thought the club had plenty of rescue cover manned by people who knew what they were doing and sorted out what could have been a difficult situation very well. 

The format of getting several junior fleets together to have a junior weekend is a great idea.  

Well done Bass.

Mark & Tom Platt


Thanks for holding the RS Tera Northern championships. Shame about the heavy wind but that couldn’t be helped.

Thank you and I hope you’ll be up for hosting the RS Tera Northern Championship next year. 

I also spoke to 2 NWJTT/Feva/Topper parents who gave high praise and said they loved the 2-day format as it allowed them to travel from Loch Lomond and the Midlands and make a weekend of it. Peter and Mark were also very complimentary of the weekend and it was clear to see the kids got a lot out of it not just on the water. I think the 2-day format boosted attendance because it plays to our strengths (location and hospitality) and our weakness (a long journey for some).

Sarah Armstrong (RS Tera North Coordinator)

Thank you to everyone who was able to spare some time to make it happen, and help its successful outcome.

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Bass Week in the Azores

In celebration of his birthday (we think), Jon treated a crowd in the Azores to some Bass Week style partying. If they want to join us they’ll need to book tonight for the biggest discounts!


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Tera Northerns, NWJTT, Topper and Mirror Open 2017

Training officer Alex to the rescue!


With 65 boats in six fleets over racing over two courses, plenty of wind from the SE, and some rain to boot, it was certain to be a busy weekend. Fortunately the morning rain had stopped, and the wind eased, by the time the ODs took to the water to set the courses. As soon as they were ready, the competitors were allowed to launch, and the wind increased(!) with a few boats capsizing before racing commenced.

The wind did ease, but it constantly swung through 20-30 degrees, seemingly around different sides of Sale Fell, leading to different biases on the beat at different times. There was good, consistent sailing by many, with only a few retirements.

The wind shifted more to the SW just as the 2nd race started, but this time it didn’t swing back again, instead the fleets had to contend with brief squalls passing through. As the race continued, the squalls were more prolonged and caused various capsizes so the OD opted to shorten the course slightly early while conditions were still suitable. As the boats were finishing conditions continued to deteriorate and rescue crews worked hard taking sailors from numerous capsized boats which were recovered later.

After a short break once all were ashore, with no sign of an early abatement in the conditions, it was decided to postpone further racing until Sunday.

After a windy night, the conditions on Sunday remained too strong to consider racing, even after an hour’s postponement, so the outstanding races were cancelled.

A great selection of photos taken by John Spittle throughout Saturday’s racing are available to be viewed and purchased on the following website

NWJTT winner Lorcan Knowles

Tera Pro winner Theo Stewart

Tera Sport winner Oliver Rayner

Mirror winners Ian and Hannah Preston




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Sunny Saturday

A sunny afternoon with good winds had 15 boats on the water across three fleets, and they all had clean starts. There were a few boats that capsized and subsequently retired, though others soldiered on and will no doubt sleep well after the day’s exertions!

Val/Ken had some good racing with Mike/Eric in the GPs, but they lost out on the final beat in the first race when they were caught port and starboard by Mike. They didn’t make the same mistake in the next race, finishing with a good lead.

Sandy/Douglas had two straight wins from Mik in the Mirrors. It was the single handers of Tony in a Solo, and Peter in a Laser that each had a win in the handicap fleet.

None of the day’s results affected the overall leaders in the series

Latest results

Sunday started much more overcast but the sun came out in the end. There were good winds again but very few takers. 

Val/Ken had some gear problems but managed to hold off Alan/Sue, while in the Handicap fleet Peter in his Laser beat Mike in a Streaker by a good margin. 

BL etc latest results 

The afternoon race was the Albert Bates Retirement pennant. However the course kept the fleet in the northern bay with the small potential for typical flukey airs as the course had one beat to mark 8 in the shade of Sale Fell. 

Rory/Eleanor won on handicap in a F15, with Alan and birthday girl Sue 2nd having been forced to tack off from Val/Ken on to a better tack!

The race counts towards Sandra’s Salver for female crews, and Eleanor’s 1st puts her into the lead

Albert Bates Memorial Trophy 

Sandra’s Salver

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Night Jar 6

The wind was stronger than on previous Thursdays and southerly which meant it was blowing around Sale Fell. At least the rain was patchy and light. The course was 9-A-1-3 giving two runs with a tight reach in between. There were fifteen starters most of whom picked up the line’s port bias.

John & Hazel in the Merlin established a slight lead on the water but they were hauled in by Tim & Martin’s FF which had started late, the two boats switching positions several times and finishing ten seconds apart.

Val was the lead GP coming into the Leeward mark for the first time but then there was drama – not of Ms Rydal’s making this time! Val had seen a swimmer close ahead and spun the boat violently to port to avoid contact. In doing so, she nearly dumped Ken overboard. Ches and James on Safety had seen the swimmers and did a great job in guiding them away from impact with the following boats.

This incident let Mike & Eric through, but Joan & Jack couldn’t capitalise on it as they were not enjoying the heavier conditions and subsequently retired. As usual Tony’s Solo was in the GP mix and ahead of AJ & Sue.

It was a fairly long race with four laps and, as the reach tightened to a fetch, so the Lasers moved up, particularly Neil in Radial and Peter with a trapezing lottie in the L2

Then it was covers on and settle down to AJ’s meal.

Latest results 

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Friends of Dubwath Silver Meadows AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for The Friends of Dubwath Silver Meadows has been arranged for Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 7.00 pm at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.
Tea/coffee and cake will be available
Everyone welcome
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