Racing is underway for the Cadet’s Night Jar race. Congratulations to Henry taking an early lead from Cameron

The big boys (and girls?) will be racing at 8pm

We intend to join the herd (no mention of immunity!) and join sailing clubs up and down the country who are moving to virtual racing on the popular platform,

The plan is to run a test race on Thursday evening starting at 8pm (kids hopefully tucked up in bed), and then over the bank holiday weekend run a 12 race series with 4 races on Sat/Sun/Mon also starting at 8pm (9 to count). Races normally last 8ish minutes. So far I have found the game works best in Google Chrome, however others tell me it also works as a download from the app store on phones and tablets. I recommend you complete the learn to sail course before hitting the start line!

The RYA are encouraging club participation and have published an extensive guide here. If that’s all too much then just create an account and get ‘on’ the water! When creating an account and choosing a username, please make it obvious who you are so we know who to award the prizes to.

The game can be a bit glitchy, if you can’t log in or join a race, please try again. If you intend to join in please email me  so I can gauge numbers. The maximum is 20 boats in any one race, if we have more than 20 I will set up multiple races. When a race finishes we will roll straight into another until 4 are complete. To access private races you have to enter a join code. This will be ‘bass2020’. Check below to see video instructions. Following racing we will post results on the club website along with some high action shots!

Hope you are all well and hope to see you virtually on Thursday evening, don’t forget to email me to sign on!


Due to the current situation the club council have taken the difficult decision to cancel all club events, racing, training and activities until 30/04/20. A further decision will be made then based on the situation and guidance.

PLEASE NOTE: The club grounds are out of bounds. Please do not visit the site. Thank you.

It is with sadness that we have learned of the recent death of founder member Val Rickerby. Val’s husband Ieuan Banner Mendus was instrumental in the creation of the club.

Following Ieuan’s death whilst racing on the lake with Val crewing, she continued her sailing, winning the club championship on at least two occasions. She has maintained her association with the club, and has been an honorary member for many years.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

Various past Commodores with founder member Val Rickerby at the Diamond Jubilee celebration dinner in 2012

Despite the wet and wild weather over the past few weeks, the rain stopped for the club winter walk this weekend. A few animals spotted on the way, and a couple of arrows dodged walking through Wythop woods.

All rounded off by a wonderful fish and chip lunch at the clubhouse

With the sailing programme for the 2020 season finalised, duties have been uploaded to Dutyman, and members notified.

Please check duties that you may have been allocated for your current known availability. If you know that you won’t be available on an allocated date, please use Dutyman to find a suitable swap sooner rather later as it should be so much easier with plenty of notice!

This year’s guided winter walk will be a 3 mile circular route from Beck Wythop Car park. Participants need to be ready to set off from the car park at 11.00am.

Due to the fact that there are very few car parking spaces at this car park, we are suggesting that people meet first at the club house from 10.00am and organise car shares if possible. We will be leaving the clubhouse at 10.40am. The walk is suitable for all ages, but not for Pushchairs.

Following the walk, there will be a Fish & Chip lunch at the clubhouse. Please note that this will have to be preordered via WebCollect. Jo will be picking up the order from The Kingfisher, in Keswick, and will bring it all back to the clubhouse for everyone. Lunch will be served about 1.30pm.

Please can everyone submit their orders by Thursday 20th February via WebCollect. Choices and prices are all available to view now. If you don’t fancy the walk, everyone is still welcome to come for the lunch but, you need to pre-order.

Any questions, please ask. Look forward to seeing everyone soon. Jo

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.

Many thanks

Wishing members and visitors, old and new, a very happy New Year and best wishes for the 2020 sailing season!

Following the annual prize giving dinner dance at The Castle Inn, here are the various winners with their prizes. Photos courtesy of Stephen Kirkpatrick

Prize Winners 2019
Flying Fifteen Series
Scarness Cup Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Easterly Trophy Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Jak Pot Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Transom Trophy Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Flying Free Trophy Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Blencathra Trophy Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Morgan Trophy Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Mellor Mug Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Dawson Trophy Angus Corry & Mike Hunter
Flying Enterprise Trophy Ian Campbell & Lezli-Ann Pearson
Ullock Mug Neil Currie & Rory Yardley
Denton Trophy (Night Jar) Eric Guillois & Remy Alnet
Handicap Series
August Cup Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
Wythop Plate Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
Barf Plate Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
Foxtail Trophy (Fleet B) Steve Hunt
Dodd Trophy Stan Barton
Skiddaw Trophy Stan Barton
Grisedale Cup Phil Davenport & Izzie Hunter
Comet Trophy Phil Davenport & Izzie Hunter
May Holiday Cup Robin & Erin Dawson
Easter Holiday Trophy Hugh Godfrey
Isel Cup Joe Roberts
Spring Holiday Plate (Fleet A) Paul Gannon
Evening Plate (Night Jar) John Reekie
GP14 Series
Bass Tankard Dave & Lynn Lawson
Aitken Cup Dave & Lynn Lawson
Lyne Tankard Dave & Lynn Lawson
Commodores Prize Dave & Lynn Lawson
Spring Cup (The Jak Plak) Dave & Lynn Lawson
Graham Cup Dave & Lynn Lawson
Autumn Cup Dave & Lynn Lawson
Mustard Pot Val & Ken Bell
Stables Prize Val & Ken Bell
McMillan Cup (June Cup) Val & Ken Bell
Night Jar Val & Ken Bell
Ross Wear Helm (Fleet B) Paul & Vicky Bowmer
Harney Hetherington Trophy (Fleet A) Joan & Jack Hardie
Slow Handicap Series
Peel Pot Andy & Lily Smith
Singlehanded Trophy Andy & Lily Smith
Image Tankard Andy & Lily Smith
Orsova Cup Andy & Lily Smith
Reflection Trophy Phil & Oliver Smith
Red Sails Trophy Phil & Oliver Smith
The Albert Bates Trophy Mik Chappell
Kirk Helmsman Trophy (Fleet B) Mik Chappell
Mirror Mug Jon Roberts
AB Series Katia Smith
Round Table Tankard Erin Dawson
M Series (Night Jar) Matthew Somerville
All Classes
Eric Twiname Trust/Bass Burgee Dave & Lynn Lawson
Albert Bates Retirement Dave & Lynn Lawson
Autumn Sun Series FH Mike Fairlamb & Eric Smith
Autumn Sun Series PH Alan Jones & Sue Watson
2018 Winter Series Personal Handicap Alan Jones & Sue Watson
2018 Winter Series Fleet Handicap Alan Jones & Sue Watson
Max Joule Memorial Trophy Joe Roberts
Starters Prize Phil & Naomi Smith
Paul Carruthers Memorial Trophy Mark Somerville & Joe Roberts
Jubilee Sailing Trust Val & Ken Bell
Banana Stakes Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
Celebrity Glass Trophy Mike Cowan
Calvert Trust Pennant Mik Chappell
Tinker Trophy Paul Gannon
Autumn Sat Series FH Paul Gannon
Autumn Sat Series PH Paul Gannon
Night Jar under 16 Matthew Somerville
Crews Race Sue Watson
Senior Race Mike Fairlamb
Ladies Race Barbara Thompson
Junior Race James Reekie
Flying Fifteen Championship
Brackenrigg Cup Simon Longstaff & Jonathan Denwood
Anderson Trophy Mike Moore & Michaela Sheard
Wheel Trophy Angus Corry & Mike Hunter
Maurice Dalton Memorial Trophy Ian Campbell & Lezli-Ann Pearson
Lawson Trophy Angus Corry & Mike Hunter
Handicap Championship
Osprey Trophy Steve Hunt & Ruth Critchley
T.S.B Trophy Stan Barton
Eagle Trophy Phil Davenport & Izzie Hunter
Kirk Decanter Paul Gannon
Arthur Carr Trophy Paul Gannon
1972 Trophy Mike Cave
GP14 Championship
Elwyn Banner Mendus Cup Dave & Lynn Lawson
Philp Prize Val & Ken Bell
Twiname Prize Alan Jones & Sue Watson
Hatrick Prize Mark & Helen Hunt
Slow Handicap, Mirror & Topper Championship
Mirror Trophy Andy & Lily Smith
Excalibur Trophy Mik Chappell
The Kirkpatrick Trophy Paul Gannon
Iberia Cup Josh Hunter
Bassenthwaite Bell Hannah Preston
Special Prizes
Sandra's Salver Sue Watson
The Roger Pryde Memorial Trophy Alfie Duncan
Consistency Cup Mik Chappell
Herb Telford Starter’s Prize Erin Dawson