Test Drive a RS400

Do you want to try out an RS400 for the first time or know someone who does?

RS Sailing are kindly providing an RS400 DEMO BOAT for 2019 and it’s coming to the North first!!

It will be at Leigh & Lowton SC (LLSC) from 9th Feb so come and try out the boat at LLSC’s legendary Tipsy Icicle Series and come and talk to the other 400 sailors.

Following the Winter Champs at LLSC on 23/24th March, the boat will be winging its way to Bassenthwaite SC for the GNAC on 13/14 April and will be there until 22nd April, after which it will continue on its UK-wide tour.

Contact Dave Exley to book a slot.

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Foxy Tales 2019

It’s that time of year again folks. The time when we ask for contributions to the new edition of Foxy Tales. Last year, saw a record response in terms of the number of contributors and pieces submitted, something we would like to equal or exceed in the coming edition.

So this request is for as much copy, if not more, than last year. So what can I write about this time you might ask? As previously I would suggest; 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?

But don’t limit articles to Bass – Let us know what you have been up to when not on the Lake? Out of season or onshore activities? And we used to have adverts, quizzes, crosswords, recipes or whatever although these have been absent of late. And, if at all possible, please send an accompanying photo or two. As someone once said “A picture is worth a thousand words”!

I admit that I was apprehensive when we went digital but it has definitely stirred up the enthusiasm of members to get involved. 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 contributions are needed by 14th February (we stick with that date as it’s an easy one to remember!). Although Robin will compile digitally, please send bits and pictures to me as the co-ordinator. I would prefer it to be emailed – although typed copy and even hand written stuff will do. But please get it done and send it as soon as you can.

Many thanks,


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2019 is here!

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Merry Christmas!

While there’s no sailing, the club officers are getting into the Christmas spirit

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Swallows and Amazons

You may recall that two, or was it three, years ago several junior members secured the opportunity to put their sailing skills to good use as extras in a remake of a film based on the classic children’s book Swallows and Amazons. Also, past member Peter Lawson brought down, and raced, the two boats during Bass Week.

If you missed it when first aired, there’s another opportunity on Saturday 15 Dec 18 on BBC2 at 1700hrs

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Sad News

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Herb Telford died peacefully on 29 November.

We were pleased that he attended the annual prize giving on Saturday to receive the much deserved Consistency Trophy

Herb has been a big part of the club over the 40 or so years he has been a member, having taken on roles on house committee, bar, vice-Commodore, Commodore and more recently (well for the last 20+ years) official starter. He was the first club member to be bestowed with the RYA’s lifetime commitment award, clearly well deserved.

He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all.

Our thoughts are with Aileen, Lel, John and their families

Herb’s funeral was on Monday 10th December at St Peter’s church, Kells, Whitehaven followed by a cremation at Distington, and a funeral tea at Whitehaven golf club.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu in aid of The Salvation Army

Aileen and family wish to say a big thank you for the wonderful cards and comments received about Herb and thank everyone who attended the funeral. They greatly appreciated it all.

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67th AGM

The 67th Annual General Meeting held in the Clubhouse on Sunday 25th November 2018

Members agreed the following subscriptions for 2019

Ordinary – £185 increasing from 1st April to £205
Family – £90 increasing from 1st April to £100

Senior £130 increasing from 1st April to £145
Junior – £45 increasing from 1st April to £50
Affiliated – £95 increasing from 1st April to £105
Affiliated Family – £50 increasing from 1st April to £55
Country – £95 increasing from 1st April to £105

Bank Holiday Camping – Tents £18/weekend (£42/season)
Bank Holiday Camping – Caravans/CamperVans £25/weekend (£60/season)

Having completed two years in post, Robin Dawson stepped down, and Naomi Smith was 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 – Emma Smith
Boats & Buoys – Alex Leonard
Galley – Claire Kirkpatrick
Grounds & JettiesMark Somerville
HouseAlan Jones
MembershipLezli-Ann Pearson
PRO Mik Chappell
Training Anthony Woodyer
Safety Paul/Emily Clark
Social Joanna Van Lachterop

Fleet Captains
Flying 15 Simon Longstaff
GP14Mike Fairlamb
Mirror Mik Chappell
Handicap Izzy Hunter
Laser Neil Garrison

There were various discussions throughout the meeting regarding the level and cost and challenges associated with rescue cover, and the need for members to undertake their allocated duty.

There has been an approach from a rowing club to make use of the club’s facilities, and the parish council are interested in exploring use of some of our land as part of a pedestrian route linking from Dubwath to Ouse Bridge. Council will consider the requests when better information is to hand.

Robin thanked everyone for all the help he had received during his Commodoreship, wished Naomi well in the role, and closed the meeting at 3.30pm

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Annual Dinner

2018 annual prize giving and dinner dance was held at the Crown Hotel, Wetheral and attended by 90 members and their guests. Commodore Robin Dawson gave a brief resume of the season before presenting the trophies.

Vice Commodore Naomi Smith thanked Robin for his efforts over his two years as Commodore and presented him with a photo






  Flying Fifteen Club Championship
Brackenrigg Cup (1st) Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Anderson Trophy (2nd) Ian Campbell & Lezli-Ann Pearson
  Wheel Trophy (3rd) Neil Currie & Rory Yardley
  Maurice Dalton Memorial Trophy (4th) Angus Corry & Mike Hunter
Lawson Trophy (1st classic) Wendy & John Somerville
  Handicap Club Championship
  Osprey Trophy (1st) Joe Roberts
T.S.B Trophy (2nd) Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
  Eagle Trophy (3rd) Mark Somerville
Kirk Decanter (4th) Alex & Olivia Leonard
  1972 Trophy (1st junior) Ciaran McKettrick
  Arthur Carr Trophy (1st Laser) Joe Roberts
  GP14 Club Championship
Elwyn Banner Mendus Cup (1st) Dave & Lynn Lawson
Philp Prize (2nd) Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
Twiname Prize (3rd) Val & Ken Bell
  Hatrick Prize (4th) Alan Jones & Sue Watson
Beginners Prize Mark & Helen Hunt
  Slow Handicap Club Championship
Mirror Trophy (1st) Phil & Oliver Smith
Bassenthwaite Bell (year 1 progress) Katia Smith
  Excalibur Trophy (1st not Mirror/Topper) Matthew Somerville
  The Kirkpatrick Trophy (1st Topper) Paul Gannon
  Iberia Cup (1st under 16) Josh Hunter
  Flying Fifteen Series Trophies
Blencathra Trophy
Scarness Cup
Dawson Trophy
Morgan Trophy
Flying Enterprise Trophy
Bryson Helms (Fleet B)
Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Easterly Trophy Ian Campbell & Lezli-Ann Pearson
Jak Pot Simon Longstaff & Jon Denwood
  Ullock Mug Neil Currie & Rory Yardley
  Transom Trophy Neil Currie & Rory Yardley
  Denton Trophy (Night Jar) Tim Knowles & Martin Statter
  Handicap Series Trophies
  May Holiday Cup
Grisedale Cup
August Cup
Comet Trophy
Mark Somerville
  Dodd Trophy
Wythop Plate
Skiddaw Trophy
Joe Roberts
    Joe Roberts
  Barf Plate Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
Isel Cup Alex & Olivia Leonard
Spring Holiday Plate (Fleet A) Stan Barton
Foxtail Trophy (Fleet B) Mike Fairlamb
Evening Plate (Night Jar overall winner)   John Reekie
  Easter Holiday Trophy Tony King
  GP14 Series Trophies

Bass Tankard
Aitken Cup
Harney Hetherington Trophy (Fleet A) 
Lyne Tankard
Mustard Pot
Commodores Prize

Dave & Lynn Lawson
    Dave & Lynn Lawson & Ken Bell
Spring Cup (The Jak Plak) Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
  Graham Cup Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
  Night Jar  Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
  McMillan Cup (June Cup) Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
Ross Wear Helm (Fleet B) Val & Ken Bell
  Stables Prize Paul & Vicky Bowmer
  Autumn Cup Nigel Lewis & Glenys Kett
  Slow Handicap Series Trophies
  Reflection Trophy Phil & Oliver Smith
  AB Series Phil & Oliver Smith
  Round Table Tankard Phil & Oliver Smith
  Peel Pot Phil & Oliver Smith
  Windfall Trophy (Fleet A) Mik Chappell
  The Albert Bates Trophy Mik Chappell
  Singlehanded Trophy Mik Chappell
M Series (Night Jar PH winner & 1st Mirror) Katia & Andy Smith
  Red Sails Trophy Jonathan & Henry Bullen
  Image Tankard Phil & Rory Davenport
  Orsova Cup Paul & Emily Clark
  Races & Series for All Classes
October Sat Series FH & PH
October Sun Series FH & PH 
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Dave & Lynn Lawson
  Eric Twiname Trust / Bass Burgee Dave Lawson & Joe Roberts
Banana Stakes Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
  Albert Bates Retirement Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
  Celebrity Glass Trophy Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Starters Prize   Phil & Naomi Smith
  Calvert Trust Pennant Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
  Tinker Trophy Anthony Woodyer & Joanna Van Lachterop
Paul Carruthers Memorial Trophy Joe Roberts
Night Jar under 16 Katia Smith
Ladies Race Val Bell & Rhonwen Bryce
Senior Race Mike Fairlamb & Ken Bell
  Junior Race James Reekie
  2017 Winter Series Personal Handicap Paul Gannon
  2017 Winter Series Fleet Handicap Jim Christie
  Jimmy Lancaster Memorial Trophy Alan Jones & Sue Watson
  RNLI Pennant Paul & Vicky Bowmer
  Max Joule Memorial Trophy Mik Chappell
  Special Prizes
  Sandra’s Salver Michaela Sheard
The Roger Pryde Memorial Trophy Matthew Somerville
Consistency Cup Herb Telford
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Wonders Never Cease

The final racing day of the season started with a light south-easterly in glorious sunshine. The sunshine stayed all day, but the breeze didn’t!

AJ/Sue holding their nerve as they approach the finish

With seven boats racing, the Bates took to the water, for a change, and set a course to mark 8, but soon after the start the wind eased, and then started to fill in lightly from the East. The main two boats in contention were AJ/Sue in their GP, and Peter in a Laser. AJ led from the windward mark, with Peter some way down the fleet, not that it eased AJ’s nerves as the 3rd leg from 4 to 0 had the boats running in the Easterly, rather than the expected reach, and, of course, the wind fills in from the back!

Despite the wind filling in a little, the OD opted to shorten the course at 0, much to AJ’s relief as he managed to hold on to his lead in the race (and the series), with Nigel/Glenys 2nd.

Shortly after the last boat finished, the wind dropped again, with the lake like a mill pond, and it seemed unlikely there would be a further race. However, the wind came back in with gusto minutes before the final decision was about to be made, so the final race was on, though AJ’s lead in the series was unassailable.

The wind behaved itself reasonably well for the sailors to enjoy the final race of the season, which was won by Peter, with Scumper 2nd, and AJ 3rd.

Final results

The AGM is being held in the clubhouse next Sunday 25 November, so come along and have your say!

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Winter Series 3/4

After a lot of recent rain the lake has risen 250mm over the last couple of days. Fortunately the rain held off for Sunday’s racing, though the showers could be seen to the East of the lake.

The OD agreed to another shore based start (phew!) for the fleet of eight boats. The initial southerly swung as the morning race went on causing some biased beats, and the wind easing slightly under Sale Fell. Despite AJ’s concerns that the swinging wind limited his opportunities to fly the spinnaker, he finished 2nd to Steve/Ruth in their Merlin Rocket, with Peter 3rd.

After lunch, the wind had swung to the SW, and freshened during the race causing a couple of capsizes. Steve led the fleet again but Peter, in his Laser, managed to tail him close enough to beat him and win by almost a minute on handicap. AJ was 3rd and leads overall

Latest results

The final racing of the season will take place next Sunday. Why not take part before taking your boat home, or securing it from Winter floods and storms that are bound to affect the boat park during the close season.

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