Mik is seeking contributions to the 2020 edition of Foxy Tales.
You are welcome to write about anything likely to be of interest to the membership; reflections on sailing last year or further in the past, your plans for the coming season, thoughts on how the Club is progressing and, perhaps, what new initiatives you would like to see?
No need to limit pieces to Bass – Let us know what you have been up to when not on the Lake? Out of season or onshore activities? Adverts, quizzes, crosswords, recipes or whatever…….
If at all possible, please send an accompanying photo or even a batch of them!
Going digital has stirred up the enthusiasm of members to get involved with the Newsletter. William has worked wonders in getting past editions loaded to our website, sometimes from thumbed hard copy. If you want to view what’s there click on the Membership tab and select Foxy Tales – Members Magazine. But don’t click on it – instead move right to the Year column and drop down to the one you want to view first. There’s a lot of Club history at your fingertips!
To allow time to compile this year’s edition we would like contributions by 14th February (The easy to remember date!). This year we have the expertise of Paul Allen who is a professional in laying things out digitally. But please send bits and pictures to Mik as the co-ordinator. He would prefer them to be sent in Word as an email attachment – although typed copy and even hand written stuff will do.
The 68th Annual General Meeting held in the Clubhouse on Sunday 1st December 2019
Members agreed the following subscriptions for 2020
Ordinary – £188 increasing from 1st April to £208
Family – £91 increasing from 1st April to £102
Senior £132 increasing from 1st April to £147
Junior – £46 increasing from 1st April to £51
Affiliated – £96 increasing from 1st April to £107
Affiliated Family – £51 increasing from 1st April to £56
Country – £96 increasing from 1st April to £107
Bank Holiday Camping – Tents £22/weekend (£18 if paid in advance by Webcollect) (£44/season)
Bank Holiday Camping – Caravans/CamperVans £30/weekend (£25 if paid in advance by Webcollect) (£60/season)
Naomi Smith was re-elected as Commodore along with the following members on to Council.
Commodore – Naomi Smith
Vice-Commodore – Jon Denwood
Secretary – Pauline Nicholson
Treasurer – Mike Cave
Sailing Secretary – Phil Smith
Rear Commodore –Robin Dawson
Asst Sailing Secretary – Alastair Duncan
Bar – Mike Hunter
Boats & Buoys – Alex Leonard
Galley – Claire Duncan
Grounds & Jetties – Mark Somerville
House – Alan Jones
Membership – Lezli-Ann Pearson
PRO – Mik Chappell
Training – Anthony Woodyer
Safety – Paul/Emily Clark
Social – Joanna Van Lachterop
Flying 15 – Simon Longstaff
GP14 – Mike Fairlamb
Mirror – Mik Chappell
Handicap – Izzy Hunter
Laser – Neil Garrison
Peter Whipp suggested Sunday races in October be run back to back and bar to be open after racing. Rick Peteki gave an update on proposed footpath which has been delayed so nothing to talk about.
It didn’t look too promising just prior to the first race with a W trying to reach f1 and calm water. Did I say westerly? The turbines were blowing from NNE! But the Bass wind soon swung to that direction which gave a start from 0 and a course of 1-B-9-0.
Of the four competitors AJ / Sue and Paul were soon vying for the lead, with James & Jenny’s newly acquired green machine (a pristine GP for those who haven’t seen it) just ahead of Barbara.
With the wind dying the course was shortened to 1 lap which suited all. And so did the abandonment of the after-lunch race. AJ reckoned there was wind down the lake but it would have taken a long paddle to get to it!
A glorious winter style cold morning, with clear blue skies, but a lack of wind was not looking too promising for the day’s racing. The wind filled in enough for the committee boat to take to the water, but it quickly faded, even before the fleet was launched! After a while various boats went out for a sail in some light airs, but the wind never filled in sufficiently for a race, which was later cancelled for the day.
Now that November is here, it is Sunday only racing (isn’t it Mik?!) for the Winter Trophy. There was a cold light wind that picked up slightly over the course of the morning, and light rain to boot!
Eight boats competed, no capsizes, with some close racing and four boats finishing less than 17 secs apart on handicap in the morning race, two of which tied – AJ/Sue and Peter. The wind eased after lunch, and continued to do so throughout the race. Although Peter established an early lead, he lost ground in the calm patches as the wind started to fade and AJ secured 1st place, with Peter 2nd. Shortly after the boats returned to shore, the lake was like a mill pond.
After a wet, night, and a calm morning, the wind freshened as the afternoon went on, and the sun shone, revealing a snow capped Skiddaw as the rain clouds disappeared.
There was a fleet of 11 boats, some suffering mixed fortunes. Steve/John in their GP, headed for wrong marks, and capsized getting their mast in the mud, but righted it and finished the race – all part of the learning curve! Paul had a great start in the 2nd race, but lost the benefit when he, too, capsized. AJ was getting giddy doing turns again, though he seemed to suggest Sue was at fault (I wonder if he still has a crew available for Sunday?…) It was the Solos that fared best with Tony winning both races, Paul 2nd in the first, and Rory 2nd in the last race. Paul wins the series on fleet handicap with AJ/Sue 2nd.
Here’s another video from John of his first October race.
With the clocks going back, perhaps many enjoyed their lie in, and did not fancy a sail as only three helms turned up in the morning, and another couple in the afternoon, for what turned out to be another sunny, but cool, day with a force 1/2. The GPs shared the honours, with AH/Sue winning the morning race, and Joan/Jack in the afternoon.
Overall, Mike/Eric won on fleet handicap, and AJ/Sue on personal handicap.
Saturday was wet and windless, though a light breeze did fill in, there was no enthusiasm to race, so racing was cancelled for the day.
Sunday morning’s attendees all reported wind at Bothel, Keswick, Cockermouth, but there was little sign of any at the club! Various zephyrs came and went, but racing did get underway by noon. The light breeze proved to be very shifty on the ‘compact’ course aimed at keeping the fleet in whatever wind there was.
After lunch the wind strengthened, and without the sun, it felt so much colder, but, at least, the sailors were kept more active to give them a chance at keeping warmer.
Dave/Lynn won both races with Tony 2nd in the morning race (which proved to be more than enough for him), and Mike/Eric 2nd in the afternoon.