Night Jar 3

It was a bright evening with a chilly F3 westerly wind.  The OD chose 0-A-3 as the course and fifteen crews started on a heavily port biased line.  John Reekie’s Solo led at the windward mark ahead of Ian/Mike in the Fifteen.  Next up were John Riley/Tim Knowles making a welcome appearance in their FF.

Ethan was soon through into the lead in his 100 but Joe was somewhat further back than usual and claimed to have been struggling with varying wind strengths. The slower boats were shortened after two laps, Bob being first to finish in the Radial and then Katia who was in a Club Mirror as her own was being repaired following last week’s major capsize.  They were followed by Paul’s Topper. Then came those on three laps led by Ethan and Ian/Mike.

Surprisingly many of the lead boats headed for the port pin and Val & Ken were the first to spot that a tack over the line was the quicker option.  Rory did this in style capsizing next to the Bates but fortunately not damaging his rig.

Then back for a lavish meal which chef Neil had seemingly been preparing for hours

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Push The Boat Out

This Saturday 12th May 2018 we are encouraging newcomers to get on the water. Visitors can try out single handed sailing dinghies, double handed boats, kayak, rowing boat, keel boat … all free.

They will be able to park in our ample grounds, have a picnic, go for a stroll, buy snacks and drinks, and admire the glorious views over Bassenthwaite Lake and surrounding mountains.

Encourage your friends and colleagues to come down and join in where they will be able to talk to club officials to find out what we offer, and what it will cost. Also, they will find out that we offer tuition to adults and youths over 8 years on learning to sail, as well as powerboat courses to adults and teenagers, and first aid courses.

All in all we need members’ help, to encourage new interest by inviting friends/colleagues, and by being around to act as ambassadors for the club.

We are looking for as much new interest and help as possible.

We hope you’ll be a part of it.

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May Bank Holiday

Who would believe a sunny bank holiday weekend?

When the morning mist shifted on Saturday it revealed a warm sunny day.  The wind was forecast to be Southerly but it swung between northwest and southwest being light and with many holes. The Handicap Fleet had a general recall and boats from all fleets, including the visiting Catapults, were switching positions dependent on the number of holes they encountered.

The OD decided to move the Bates after race 1 to try to find more constant wind which caused a significant delay. At his restart Mik became confused by the many sound signals the Bates’ novice driver was issuing and went OCS and later, Mike & Eric found a further hole and came to a dead stop letting Val & Ken through albeit briefly.

On Sunday morning, as with Saturday, the wind struggled to settle from a given direction, and there were some calmer patches between the shifting winds. The sea breeze helped settle things down in the afternoon, and the stronger winds gave some good planing conditions. In addition to several premature starters, there were various capsizes throughout the afternoon; Paul Bowmer in a GP was washed out of his boat causing a Chinese gybe as he held on to the main, and an inevitable capsize followed. Ian/Lezli-Ann in a F15 got a gust of wind as they passed The Bates which they narrowly missed as they struggled to bear away. Another gust had two Catapults rapidly catching Simon/Jon in a F15 as they were about to round a leeward mark. One took water to round, but the other couldn’t fully bear away and finished up astride the F15! Simon ended up on the Catapult to enable a separation.

With three races, two of which were in the stronger winds, there were many sailors ready to top up their energy with the pie and pea supper before taking part in a race night.

A sunny bank holiday Monday delivered more of the same. A short wait in the morning allowed the wind to settle in from the north, only to swing to the west early in the race. As a result the beat became very one sided, and there were some wind shadows around mark 1. The initial light winds put off a few sailors who opted to enjoy the sunshine on shore. The wind then filled in from the south west with some gusto, and it remained for the rest of the day as it was reinforced by the sea breeze. Simon/Jon avoided further incidents with the Catapult with which they had a close encounter on Sunday, to break back through to the lead, win the race, and secure the Jak Pot trophy, leaving Mike/Kayla and Ian/Lezli-Ann to battle it our for 2nd overall in the final race.

Although the variable morning race conditions suited Mike/Eric in their GP, enabling them to take first place, Dave/Lynn had the series in the bag with their 2nd place, but still raced the final race to win the Lyne Tankard with a clean sweep of four 1sts.

Ian Hall in his Solo took advantage of the morning conditions to take a win on handicap, but it was Scumper in his RS100 that took the May Holiday trophy with 9 points ahead of Steve/Ruth in their Merlin.

Bean and Oliver won the MT fleet trophy with four wins, while Jonathan/Henry were 2nd overall.

Final results

After 6 mixed and challenging races, the visiting Catapult fleet had a new winner in Dave Terry, with Gareth Ede 2nd overall.

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Night Jar 2

The stand in Bates helm realised tonight that the Bates drifts if you don’t let out a lot of rope for the anchor….

With the winds heavier than forecast it looked to be an exciting race. The OD had opted for a course of 0-A-4-1 to give some reaches and try out the new buoy for A. Paul Gannon was planning his topper up and down the start line and looked set to start on time. Unfortunately he had a capsize but undeterred started 5 and a half minutes late.

Alex and Olivia were first to the windward mark in their RS200 closely followed by Joe Roberts in his full rig Laser. It was difficult to get a clear view from the Bates to 0 because Andy Smith and Katya had capsized their mirror and broke the centreboard trying to right it.

After 3 laps, several capsizes and a few retirements the OD shortened the course. Paul Gannon headed back in after rounding 4 on the last lap and Joe Roberts was cursing himself for not using his radial.

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Great North Asymmetric Challenge 2018

There was a great turnout of more than 30 boats for this year’s GNAC. The sun was shining with a cool wind blowing from the north east which proved to be frustratingly changeable throughout the afternoon.

The wind was reasonably well behaved for the first race, though there were opportunities to gain from the timing of the shifts and the gusts passing over the course. The conditions suited the RS400s most of all which took the first four positions, led by Barrie Thornton and Nick Hunt from Scaling Dam.

Despite adjusting the beat for race 2, the wind shifted further early on the first leg to the extent that the race was abandoned before the fleet reached the leeward gate. That was the start of the nightmare for the OD, trying to determine the likely mean position for a beat in the constantly swinging wind. A new line was set (a couple of times) before racing started again, but there were still advantages of being in the right place at the right time to gain from the shifts, and variations in wind strength. The race was won by Chris Pickles and Mark Lunn from Delph in their RS400 .

During the scheduled break for tea, the wind seemed to be easing as it swung further to the south east. However, another two races were sailed in conditions that were generally better than earlier, and had a greater mix of fleets at the front with race 3 being won by Peter Lawson and Guy Wheeler from Killington Lake in a Laser 2000, and race 4 by Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger from Windermere School in a 29er.

Overnight positions had just 2.5 pts between the first four boats being led by Paul and Jude Allen in their RS400 from Bassenthwaite

Sunday started with more sun and the wind back from the North West. The OD gave the fleet a few minutes leeway before starting race 5 but some stragglers were pleased that there was a general recall! In a repeat of Saturday the wind swung more to the east creating a very one sided beat, and the need to shorten the race after 20 mins.

The beat was reset for race 6, and a freshening of the breeze just before the start resulted in three being OCS. The gusts caught some out causing them to capsize. Also there was one beating helm who narrowly avoided being skewered by a reaching RS200 in a port/starboard incident.

There were two final races held after lunch break, which started in lighter airs, but just like the rest of the weekend, nothing remained consistent for too long. The shifts, gusts, and lulls continued to give some challenging and exciting racing.

Paul and Jude Allen were OCS in the final race, but when the final results were calculated they had sufficient points in the bag to maintain their overnight lead and win the Great North Asymmetric Challenge 2018!

Photographs from throughout the weekend taken by Peter Makin can be seen at

Winners Paul and Jude Allen

Final results

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Night Jar 1

It was cold out there. Very cold! Especially for Joe who capsized early in the first beat.  Thought of retiring?But No – I’m the Sailing Secretary and must show them who’s who!

It was John Reekie who led the fifteen starters at the windward mark. But his Solo was not a match for the Ethan’s 100 or Alex & Olivia’s 200 and he dropped back into mid field.  Ethan pulled away at the front but Ian /Mike Hunter in the FF had an ongoing battle with the Leonards for next up on the water.

After two laps Bob said I’ve had enough – think that’s what he said!  So the OD shortened.  Then came Katia Smith in her Mirror with father as novice crew – an impressive result with various boats behind in what was, probably, her first full race as a helm.

Of the three lap finishers the revelations were newcomers James & Jenny Macgregor in an L2000 who were fifth on the water.  And Hazel & James in the 200 who were next up deserve a mention!

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Patience is a virtue

Saturday started with a warm southerly that promised some great sailing conditions. Banter was keen to start in the narrows at Scarness and race down the lake, although his wish was not granted, a course was set taking the fleets up to mark 7.
By the time the race was started (the OD was waiting for Josh and Poppy to get launched), the wind was easing a little as it swung, and then came from multiple directions (well it did where the committee boat was moored).

After a slowish 1st lap the race was curtailed with the hope of getting another race within a more settled area of wind. Banter/Rob in a RS400 finished first on the water, then cooled off by diving into the lake as they headed ashore waiting for the rest of the fleet to finish.

Eventually the wind did settle down, generally but from the north west, and most boats opted to give it a go. The first beat had the fleet opting for separate sides of the beat which led to some unexpected leaders at the windward mark! After 30 mins the wind faded for a while but came back enabling most boats to finish in a fair breeze. Who would benefit from the lulls in the wind as some boats sailed more laps than others?

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Sunday started with a force 3-4 south westerly, but much more overcast and cooled than Saturday. With open meetings on elsewhere for GPs and F15s, their fleets were depleted resulting in just one handicap race of 12 boats. The gusty conditions did cause some capsizes, and a few retirements, but it was Steve/Ruth that took the fleet around one leeward mark the wrong way, and another four boats followed! Ian/Tim in their F15 was the first to round it correctly, and four boats turned to re-round it, but not all of them unwound their mistake – one notable sailor being Sailing Secretary Zefer! This led to a few more retirements. Steve’s unconvincing ‘story’ was that he had a problem with a spinnaker pole and rounded the mark wrongly by mistake, so went ashore to fix it.

Of the three finishers, Ian/Tim won ahead of Mike in his Streaker, with Banter/Rob 3rd.

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The afternoon race was a in aid of the Calvert Trust, and with the SW wind it turned out to be a true penance, with the down draughts from Sale Fell causing calm patches, gusts, and shifting winds. Stave/Ruth did break away in their Merlin, only to lose ground, then regain sufficient to win on handicap from Dave/Lynn. The 90 min race in such conditions will ensure many sleep well tonight!

Calvert Trust Pennant results

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Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for The ONE Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Week 2018.

The Bass Week team have been hard at work for many months to ensure that this years regatta will provide both members and visitors with yet another excellent event.

The racing programme will follow the usual format of 17 races – these being a mixture between small series, one off races and all fleet pursuits for dinghies with a PY in the range 847-1432.

This year also sees the introduction of “The Dragon Force Derby” for those of you with DF65 model yachts. This event should hopefully prove to be a popular addition for both the participants and spectators!

We have a full social programme planned with a very varied selection of evening events. So there should be something to suit everyone. More information will be given on arrival at Bass Week 2018 regarding the additional daytime and evening activities on offer.

We are very pleased to have Alfies Outside Caterers as part of the Bass Week team this year. They will be providing hot/cold meals, drinks and snacks throughout the racing days. The menus they have produced sound fantastic so they should keep us all very well fed and watered throughout the regatta. As usual there will be a welcome evening meal on Friday 3rd August which is a pre-bookable meal via your online entry.

If you have any food allergies or intolerances please could you let us know via [email protected] or comment via your online entry form, as the caterers are very keen to ensure that they can provide a service for everyone.

The Bass SC bar will be well stocked, and staffed throughout the week, and the introduction of a card payment system should make life easier when you run out of cash!

Our grounds team have worked hard throughout the winter and will continue to do so throughout the summer in the run up to Bass Week 2018. This will ensure that the club site is at its best for your arrival. We have already made several improvements to the site based on feedback from last year.

We hope to see many old friends returning for Bass Week 2018 and also many new faces. If you have any questions regarding the event or entry please contact us via [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you all in August. Happy Sailing.

Naomi Smith (Vice Commodore) and the Bass Week team.

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Eric Twiname Trust Pennant

Sunday started with gusting southerly winds which led to some exciting and spectacular spinnaker legs. There were some occasional capsizes as the gusts increased.

The heavier winds suited Mike/Kayla who took an early lead in the F15s and maintained it to the end. Zefer took a good win in his Laser over Steve/Ruth in their Merlin. No real need to confirm that Dave/Lynn won in the GPs again, as did Bean/Oliver in the Slow Handicap fleet!

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With white horses building through the Scarness narrows over lunch, and the rain moving in, it was surprising that 11 boats were ‘keen’ to race around the lake in aid of the Eric Twiname Trust Pennant. In fact, the wind eased considerably so the 3 mile long beat was not as arduous as it might have been. Certainly there were some mixed fortunes as the fleet progressed down the lake, with the F15s taking the lead. By the time they got back to the northern bay, Scumper/Alastair were leading in a RS400, but with Mike/Kayla on their tail, they wouldn’t be taking the honours which went to Dave/Lynn, beating Mike by 36 secs on handicap.

Eric Twiname Trust final results

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No April Showers Today!

The forecast southerly struggled to come to fruition. Sale Fell seemed to dominate whatever breeze might be available as there were many shadows and the wind came and went from numerous directions.

A fleet of 18 boats made the most of the occasional flurries of wind in the first race, but the outlook was bleak and the race shortened after the second beat.

15 boats were prepared to have another race, and, fortunately, the southerly bedded in. The course was kept small just in case the wind faded again.

Bean/Oliver won the first race, and Zefer the second, while Mik sailed consistently to take two 2nds on handicap and currently leads the series

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A few Bass sailors went to Ullswater YC for the 200 Northern tour. Usual fluky conditions on Saturday, very frustrating with the Commodore deciding to chuck his toys out of the pram and go home and watch the Grand national instead of doing race 3!

Sunday nice F3-4 and 4 races scheduled were sailed, even by the Commodore who finished as best Bass boat in 5th overall.

Overall results

Meanwhile congratulations go to the new Mr and Mrs Hunt on their wedding. They popped to the club for some scenic photos for their memorable day

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