Sad News

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of John Dawson at the age of 98, father of rear commodore Robin.

Many longer standing members will know of John who was an active member for many years, both on and off the water.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his widow Beth, Robin, and families at this sad time.

Funeral details will be posted here when arrangements have been finalised.

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Mirror Inland Championship 2019

As the fleet of 17 boats, in which it was great to have so many young sailors, prepared for the Mirror Inland Championship, the lake had numerous calm patches which the forecast didn’t instil confidence in many that they would disappear. However, shortly before the scheduled start the wind did settle and fill the lake.

The first start had three boats OCS, of which only one returned, but other starts were all clear. Although the wind swung rhythmically throughout the afternoon, the beats were maintained and there was some close racing throughout the fleet, with positions in different races being shared across several boats.

With the very light forecast for Sunday at risk of scuppering the day’s racing, the OD was keen to try and have an extra race if the wind held, which it did, but some boats opted out of racing it.

Andy and Lily Smith won race 4, with Luke and Tristan Shaw from Budworth 2nd, to secure the same positions on the overall leaders board overnight, with Phil and Oliver Smith 3rd.

Sunday started with the wind matching the forecast with the lake mirror like, but a few clouds moved in together a NE breeze, and then it disappeared, and came back, and disappeared again! It did fill in again about an hour after the scheduled start time, and stayed to enable racing to get underway. As with Saturday, racing was close, and positions kept changing, even on the final beat. Phil and Oliver held their race lead, but wife, and Commodore, Naomi had a stormer snatching 2nd place from Luke and Tristan by less than a foot (in old money). Although brother Andy and Lily lost out slipping from 3rd to 7th, they maintained their overall lead, though Phil and Luke were in close contention, so there was everything to sail for in a final race.

The start line was reset for the final race, but just before the course was displayed, a breeze filled in from the west. The start was moved and the final race was soon underway in another shifting, force 1-2. Phil led from the windward mark, and maintained it to the finish taking the Inland Championship trophy, with Luke 2nd.

National Inland Champions Phil & Oliver Smith from Bass

2nd overall, with race 1 trophy, Luke and Tristan Shaw from Budworth

3rd overall and winner of races 2 & 3 Andy and Lily Smith from Bass

4th overall, and 1st single hander, Commodore Naomi Smith from Bass

5th overall and 1st Junior, Ed Coady and Sebastian Shilling from Derwent Reservoir

10th overall and 1st youth, (Charlie Exley and) Josh Hunter from Bass

Endeavour trophy for 8 year old Alfie Duncan from Bass for helming all 6 races

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Night Jar 12 – 11 July 19

It was dry but chilly with a NW wind.  The OD set a different course of 1-0-B-4 and 20 boats took the start.  Mark’s RS100 was first down the beat and continued to extend its lead.  Val & Ken’s GP, incognito with a white Kite, were next up followed by James & Jenny’s L2000 having re-rigged from Ullswater and the second GP of Joan & Jack.

Then came a tight contest between the single handers; Rory’s Solo, Paul’s Radial (sailing above the helm’s handicap as usual) and Mike’s Streaker which moved through to be first of the group.

The course was shortened for Barbara’s Radial and the Teras of Matthew and Katia. Also, the Vision of Dave Era / Dave Pearson which had earlier capsized.

Then all headed back for the meal prepared this week by newcomer John Bracegirdle.  

Latest results

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Shifty Saturday

The sunny Saturday started with some junior sail training in variable light airs. It was hoped that a sea breeze would be the saviour and fill in the various flat patches, and steady the swinging breeze.

On setting the course it seemed that the sea breeze was on its way as the fleet headed to the start line, so the start sequence got underway despite a late swing back to the north resulting in a reaching start for most fleets. However, they did have to tack to reach the windward mark, as the alternate breeze filled in again. The twin airs continued to battle it out throughout the afternoon.

Perhaps it was one of the lulls between the airflows that AJ/Sue took advantage of to catch and pass Mike/Eric in the GPs? In the next race, AJ again took the lead when Mike had to do some turns, but Mike pulled back through, and presently leads the series.

A last minute decision to sail scuppered Scumper’s chances in the first race as he started behind the Mirrors & Teras! It was John Reekie in a Solo that won race 1 ahead of Colin May in a Laser. Scumper won race 2 with Stan in a Solo 2nd. Stan leads the series.

In the Slow Handicap fleet, Matthew/Cameron were practising for next weekend’s Mirror Inlands, finishing with a creditable 1st and 3rd to lead the series. Katia and Poppy were in Teras again, and vying for position with Mik in his Mirror. They all ended the day with 6 points, but Poppy’s win split the tie putting her 2nd overall, and Katia 3rd.

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Sunday’s forecast was not at all promising with less wind than Saturday. Fortunately the Bass micro-climate filled the flat patches to get racing underway in another day of sunshine. There were some occasional lighter patches, and various shifts, but that’s fairly normal!

A couple of Mirror crews stepped up to the Handicap fleet with Andy/Lily in a GP, while Phil/Oliver were in a RS200. On handicap Andy took 1st place just 8 secs ahead of Phil, with Ian/Lezli-Ann 3rd. Mik won the Slow Handicap fleet, with Katia 2nd, and John Roberts 3rd.

After lunch there was a pennant race in aid of Calvert Trust. With the light winds the fleet were only sent to mark 10 which took the lead boat more than 30 mins to reach. On the return the wind strengthened, and lifted benefitting the boats further down the fleet one of which was AJ/Sue, sailing Andy’s GP, who broke through to the lead for a while. Ian/Lezli-Ann did regain the lead, but not sufficient to win on handicap, finishing 6th overall. It was to be Mik’s day, taking another win almost 50 secs ahead of AJ, with Rory in a Solo 3rd 14 secs later.

Calvert Trust Pennant results
Sandra’s Salver latest results

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Night Jar 11 – 4 July 19

A drab, light westerly evening started serenely enough, But, when the Thursday evening Bates driver decided to launch the Rib it became highly entertaining as he ended up waist deep in the water! Luckily the combined skills of Ken, Keith, Tog and others were able to get things on a drier footing and racing started albeit around 30 mins late.

 Mike & Eric got a flyer in the Geep with Val & Ken following.  But the latter boat came under pressure from Eric’s FF and James & Jenny’s L2000. There were shouts for mark room which resulted in turns for the L2000.

The Tera and Oppy battles had the Somerville / Reekie boats vying for their lead.

Great to see.  But the chill caught up and your correspondent signed off despite good craik with Wendy & Gail.

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NWJTT/ Topper NW Areas

Another sunny Saturday with a light SE breeze greeted a fleet of 50 boats with helm and crew under 19.

As racing was about to get underway at 1200 hrs the light breeze faded and started to swing through 180 degrees… With hopes of a sea breeze moving in to settle things down, it was noticed that wind was filling in from the SE again, so the course was reset and racing got underway.

Half an hour into the race the wind swung to the SW, and a shadow was cast over mark 1, so the race was shortened, and Tom Brindley from Redesmere took his first of four wins of the day in the NWJTT, with Emily Page from Budworth 1st Topper.

The course was reset again, and the wind freshened for a short while, but then swung more to the NW, and back to the SW again. A sign of things to come? Will Burbridge from Chester was 1st Topper.

After a break, the wind clearly hadn’t settled as the OD set a windward mark, moved to position the leeward mark only to find the wind was blowing from the opposite direction! Fortunately, the SW wind took control again and race 3 was started. As with the previous race, the wind swung between the NW and SW. This time Tom Bates from Ripon was 1st Topper.

After a slight adjustment of the beat, race 4 was underway, but the wind soon eased for the back half of the fleet. With various zephyrs passing through the fleet continued on for another lap after which the race was shortened, before the wind faded altogether. George Colquitt from WKSC was 1st Topper.

Tom Brindley was overnight leader for NWJTT and Emily Page led the Toppers.

Strong winds were forecast for Sunday, but the Bass micro-climate resulted in windy, but sailable, conditions which put off some less experienced sailors.

Unlike Saturday, the stronger winds were more settled in direction so the course just had to be set once! There were numerous capsizes, some notable (an Oppie nosediving), but there were some very determined sailors that tried their best and carried on racing even after various capsizes.

Tom Brindley continued his mastery of the NWJTT fleet winning both races and the winner’s trophy. In the Topper fleet, the conditions suited Tom Bates who took two wins and overall lead in NW Areas.

Topper NW Areas winner Tom Bates from Ripon

NWJTT Winner Tom Brindley from Redesmere

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Night Jar 10 – 27 June 19

A cloudless and very warm day brought virtually all the Thursday regulars to the Club with the intention of cooling down out on the water.  But they found a brisk southerly with the wind rattling rigs.  Some opted to give it a miss with Emma, for one, taking to safety. But there were still over 20 boats on the line upwind of 1 which was followed by a long beat to 8, a run to B and a reach to 1 completing the triangle.

Initially, the line was incredibly biased with Mark reckoning port on port might be an option but the bias went neutral in the countdown.  The Sale Fell effect made the first beat difficult but a gradual swing to SSE and a dropping of wind strength made decision making easier.

Barbara decided to match Mik’s decision making by following astern (not a good practice at the best of times!).  She eventually ended up with a brief capsize and he was able to concentrate on trying to get the better of John’s Pico.

Back at the club Richard had prepared curry and a vegetarian option so no one went hungry.  

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New Member

We are delighted to learn of the birth of Saskia Florence, first born daughter for Alex and Olivia, on 24 June.

We send our best wishes and congratulations to mum and dad, grandma Caroline, and great grandma Beryl, not to forget granduncle Robin, grandaunt Becky, and first cousins Ethan, Erin and Amber!

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Summer Has Arrived

As the nights draw in after the summer solstice, the high pressure left us with clear skies and light variable winds.

The wind did regularly swing from N through to WNW, but the beats remained. Rounding 0 was a challenge as it was partly shaded by the club and shoreline.

Fortunes were mixed at times as a result of the changing wind strengths.

Sunday started with little wind, spinning merrily while members from Keswick reported a good wind down the lake. By the time racing was scheduled to start the wind had filled in and a long beat to 7 was set, with another long run down to 2. The gusts led to some exciting planing conditions, which the F15s thought were a little hairy at times!

Fortuitously, both Neil and Paul were without crews, so they teamed up, taking two 1sts and a 2nd to add to Neil’s two wins from Saturday, to win the Ullock Mug, with Mike/Kayla 2nd and Ian/Lezli-Ann 3rd.

A strong win by AJ/Sue in the GPs in the morning race had him celebrating with a bottle of sparkling wine during the lunch break. Unfortunately it neither boosted his performance, or affected his competition, for the afternoon races, though they were in with a chance of winning the McMillan Cup depending on their result in the final race, Val/Ken took two wins and the trophy.

In the Handicap fleet the wins were spread across several helms with various people only sailing some races. Overall, Banter/Izzy in a RS400 took the honours winning the Grisedale Cup with Rich 2nd, and Ian 3rd, both in Solos.

Four girls in Teras had a good natter as they sailed round on Saturday, and had mixed results between them, but Sunday’s wind proved too much, causing capsizes and retirements. Overall Erin won The Round Table Tankard, with Katia 2nd, and Hannah 3rd.

Ullock Mug etc final results

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Summer Around the Corner

With less than a week until the longest day, it shouldn’t be too surprising that the temperature has improved and the sun is shining. Add a good force 4 from the SW and you have near perfect conditions for Saturday racing.

The fleet was somewhat cautious for the first start with the first boat taking 8 secs to cross the line! The wind freshened as the race progressed, but there were only a couple of capsizes. Fortunes were dependent on which side the the beat was chosen, with the right hand side proving to be more beneficial. On handicap to was to be Ant/Jo in a Vision, on their first outing for a while, that took the honours by just 7 secs from Hugh in a Vareo.

The rain held off, and the wind eased considerably for the next race, and the first four boats finished within 50 secs of each other. This time Val/Ken in their GP took the honours 13 secs ahead of Ant/Jo.

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Sunday was unexpectedly different to Saturday, and the forecast. There seemed to be a permanent threat of rain, and although there were occasional spots of rain, that was to be as bad as it would get. The wind was lighter than expected, and as it swung to and fro around Sale Fell, there were occasional calmer patches to contend with.

In the GPs there was an unexpected contender as AJ had planned to race at Windermere but en route Sue realised her sailing gear was still at Bass! Perhaps his early start might explain why Val/Ken slipped away from him?

In the Handicap fleet Toggle in his Solo took the honours just a few secs ahead of Stan, with Angus/Mike in a F15 3rd.

There was some healthy competition in the Slow Handicap fleet with three Teras in contention. However, Andy/Lily in a Mirror, having sailed an extra lap in lighter winds, won on handicap with Katia 2nd followed by Erin and Poppy.

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The afternoon race was the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pennant, so the fleet were sent as far as mark 11 in a good southerly, unfortunately the swinging wind continued and Sale Fell caused more calm patches to shake up the positions, and slow down proceedings, as it took 80 mins for the first boat, Angus/Mike to return. On Handicap, Val/Ken were 1st, AJ/Sue 2nd, and Angus 3rd.

Jubilee Sailing Trust results

Meanwhile the Teras had a race in the bay – Katia led the way, with Erin 2nd, and Poppy a close 3rd.

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