Rain, Rain Go Away

Heavy rainfall, and strong winds, are forecast for Wednesday 22 Nov. The lake has risen 300mm in the last 24 hours, so will no doubt rise to affect the lakeside berths. If your boat is still there consider getting it in to higher ground

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Another Season Closes

Despite a small contingent vying for the opportunity to race to secure the first trophy for next year’s prize giving, there was no wind, and as it had not appeared after a short postponement, racing was cancelled bringing the season’s racing to a close.

The results for last week’s racing were calculated and showed that Jim Christie had won the Winter Trophy on fleet handicap with Mike Fairlamb 2nd, and Paul Gannon on a personal handicap basis with Jim 2nd.

Winter Series final results

The prize giving is being held at Hundith Hill on Saturday, and the AGM will be held in the clubhouse at 2pm on Sunday. Come along and have your say!

With the season atva close, don’t put off coming down to take your boat away, or make sure it is positioned above typical flood levels and securely tied down against potential winter storms.

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Dave and Pauline Nicholson are being honoured with a prestigious award for their outstanding contributions as volunteers with Bassenthwaite Sailing Club and will receive the award from the President of the RYA, HRH The Princess Royal later this month.

Dave says “We were absolutely stunned when we were told of the RYA Volunteer Award, because our work at the club is just a labour of love. There must be many others in the club more deserving”. The citation says they have put in ‘an unparalleled level of effort into ensuring the success of BSC’.

Two weeks before he became Commodore in 2009, Dave heard that the town of Cockermouth was being devastated by floods so with his daughter (and GP14 crew) Sarah he set off to the sailing club to collect one of the safety boats to help in rescues. He found the main road blocked off by police but managed to work his way by back roads to the club – only to find the lake had risen 4 metres and the sheds containing the safety boats under water themselves. Dave and Sarah donned dry suits and swam from the main entrance across to the clubhouse, which stands on higher ground, to do what they could to lessen the effects.

As chairman of the Grounds and Jetties Committee, much of the clean-up work fell to Dave and his team of volunteers. He had personal experience of recovery from flooding after his own home had suffered previously. He introduced a remediation plan for the club and his hard work and attention to detail led to successful applications for flood recovery grants as well as dealing with insurance matters.

In 2015 he was to face a repeat experience when Storm Desmond devastated the area with its floods.

Serving as Vice Commodore, Commodore and Rear Commodore over a period of six years,  Dave has overseen the famous Bass Week Regatta and many other club activities.

Pauline has seerved as the club’s Hon Secretary for 11 years, supporting the work of five Commodores and overseeing Bass Week.

She has managed two National School Sailing Association regattas and numerous major championships held at the club. She has also served as the club’s Safeguarding Officer for the past seven years.

By Richard Hemingway

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Sun Soaked Sunday

On Saturday evening we celebrated bonfire night with a large bonfire and great array of fireworks, complete with hot drinks and hot dogs.

Sunday’s forecast was for some gusty winds, but it started off mirror-like and slowly filled in with a cold NW wind, which was pleasantly counteracted by a sun-filled sky throughout the day.

After losing so many days sailing recently, and with only three days racing left, sailors were keen to get back on the water, and we had a complement of 11 boats. Paul in a Laser had a flying port on port start, and kept ahead of Neil’s Laser for two full laps. Mike/Eric in a GP won the first race ahead of Mike/Kayla in a F15 with Jim in his Supernova 3rd.

After lunch, some holes in the wind bunched the fleet up a little, and although Mike/Kayla finished 1st on the water ahead of Banter/Jonathan in a 400, on handicap Jim took the honours, with Mike/Eric 2nd.

Latest results

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Annual Dinner Dance and Prize Giving

Strictly and X Factor are back on TV, the nights are drawing in, Christmas countdowns keep popping up on my Facebook, it must be time to start thinking about the Annual Dinner Dance!

This years event will be held at Hundith Hill Hotel, on Saturday 25th November, tickets are only £30pp with a discounted rate of £20 for 12-17 year olds. Ellie and Hannah are very excited to be allowed to go, and it solves the annual problem of arranging babysitters!! I remember going to my first dinner dance at The Castle Inn when I was about 14, mum has a photo somewhere!!

The menu and prices have been added to webcollect to make booking and payments easier, I have been asked to give final numbers by the 14th, so would be grateful if you could get your orders in earlier rather than later!

Dress code as normal is Fancy Frocks and Black Tie, so don’t forget gentlemen to make sure it still fits and it’s still clean!!! (That last message should be directed at my husband!!)

Last year’s event was fabulous, I have vague memories of JD leading a sing song between courses, let’s make this year even more memorable!!

Thank you, Andrea xx


Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
Finished with crème Fraîche


Trio of Sautéed Mushrooms
Flamed with brandy finished with double cream and fresh herbs on garlic toasted ciabatta


Duo of Chilled Melon
With a sweet ginger and lime syrup with cassis sorbet


Duck and Pork Terrine
With Cranberries and pistachios, house chutney and dressed leaves



Succulent Roast Topside of Local Beef
Served with a rich roast gravy, Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream


Traditional Butter Basted Roast Eden Valley Turkey
Served with sage and onion seasoning, roast gravy, bread sauce and chipolata sausage


Pan Seared Fillet of Sea Bass
On a roasted fennel and orange salad with a fresh green herb dressing


Roasted Pepper and Potato Haggerty
Topped and gratinated with mozzarella cheese and horse chestnuts with a vegetable and mushroom jus


Traditional Christmas Pudding
Served with lashings of creamy rum sauce


Passion Fruit and Lemon Meringue Roulade
With fresh strawberries


Chocolate and Orange Tart
With double cream


Crème Brûlée
With shortbread biscuit and mulled berries

Coffee & Mince Pies

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Shunned again

Yet another day without racing.  Not the weather’s fault this time with less wind strength and gusting than forecast – although the forecast itself may have put some people off.

There was plenty of Safety and the OD was ready but, with only one competitor, there was no chance of racing so it was abandoned.  Shunty and Izzie then launched to get in some practice with their dual kite pole configuration.

Maybe tomorrow?

Saturday series final results


They say that “tomorrow never comes”.  But this one did with a clear blue sky and a constant Northerly wind.  Yes, it was chilly – but what do you expect if you sail in late October?

There were eight boats on the water with crews scratching their heads over Banter’s first course 2-4-9-1-S.  With two beats and 2 laps it was a long course.  Mike & Eric finishing first on the water took 53 minutes and half the fleet took 70 minutes plus.

John found the Pico a handful after moving to the Laser and lost a lot of time going head to wind.

The second race had a simpler course of 1-A-0-B.  But, as B had been repositioned into the 9,S,O complex there was again some head scratching.  Bob needed shouts from Mik to stop him heading across the Lake to find it where it usually sits.

James Thomas from Sedbergh School was helming Hazel’s new 200 which they christened with a capsize!

Final results Sunday series

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Blown Away by Brian

A poor forecast on a damp Saturday afternoon, and the threat from Storm Brian, all resulted in no contenders, despite the conditions being sailable.

Despite the risk is that Sunday’s conditions would be worse, Brian was on his way and left some good sailing conditions, but no one was tempted so racing was cancelled and the six rescue and race management team had another early finish.

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Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need

A small but select group took part in our ramble on Sunday afternoon up a very windy Sale Fell. Many thanks to the Flying Fifteen sailors and Club Members who have kindly donated towards this important charity. We have raised £210 to date. There is still time to contribute if you would like to via this web link..


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Flying Fifteen Team Racing

A mirror like morning lake was not reflecting the longer term forecast, but the wind quickly filled in for the 18 boats racing in the annual Viking Trophy which is awarded to the best performing team of three. However, the wind quickly filled in to provide some great racing conditions, though a squall during the first start made everyone wonder how many races we would manage to get in.

The squall did pass through, but the base wind level remained force 4. The gusts flattened one or two boats, and consequently shredded a spinnaker! No one chanced flying a spinnaker on the reaches, not that there was a need to, but they were flown on the runs, with some spectacular planing conditions.

The first two races were led by Simon Longstaff/Jon Denwood and Neil Currie/Rory Yardley, but Steve Goacher/Tim Harper quietly pulled through to win both races, and he led the final race from the start, with Mark Somerville/Mike Cowan securing a good 2nd place. Not surprisingly, Steve’s team are overnight leaders.

As can be seen, Sally thoroughly enjoyed herself, and never gave a thought to her panda eyes!

Would the winds be kind so we can get the two remaining races in? No chance! If Steve Goacher says it’s windy, is anyone going to challenge him?! So the overnight results stand, despite Simon Longstaff trying to manipulate an alternate resolution…

FF Team Racing Team Scores 2017
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
Best and the Worst 12 11 18 41
The Committee 20 17 16 53
The Octonauts 21 23 18 62
King’s Team 29 34 31 94
The Old Codgers 45 42 44 131
Tower Boys 44 47 45 136

After packing up their boats, there was an early prize giving in which everyone was a winner. In a close run contest, Ian Preston would have been awarded the Grotty Potty for having his boat pre-launched (well the tide came in to almost have it floating), but he was disqualified by not entering, so Athol King antics of falling out of his boat four times put him in pole position ahead of Mike Moore who was knocked out of the boat, hung on by a leg and holding the tiller, but struggled to pull his head out of the water!

Athol awarded with Grotty Potty

Steve does it in his sleep!

Ian Preston got another mention from his friends at Blackpool and Fleetwood for failing to provide the breakfast bacon baps they had travelled all this way to enjoy!

In support of Countryfile’s nationwide ramble for Children in Need, all the sailors sponsored Jon Denwood who has gone for a ramble around Sale Fell with Neil Currie. Contact him if you want to sponsor his efforts.

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