At Coniston’s laser open the three Bass entrants took pole positions out of a fleet of 14 boats.

Strong winds on Saturday eased, and were more variable, on Sunday. However Scumper mastered all the conditions and, having won the series with four firsts, played with the competition in the final race leaving Robin Dawson and Andy Smith to battle it out for second place.

Final positions 1st Mark Somerville, 2nd Robin Dawson, 3rd Andy Smith – Well done!

World class competition took over the lake for the weekend’s racing. Flying 15 world champions Steve Goacher and Phil Evans made the most of some excellent courses in generally breezy conditions to show the rest of the fleet around the course in all four races. However, in race 3 Steve and Phil had to keep a keen eye on defending champions Andrew Dunning and David Lawson who came back within fighting distance for the second half of the race. Similarly, in race 4 Scott Beattie and John Somerville took advantage of the easing winds to keep Steve and Phil on their toes.

Elsewhere within the fleet there was some close racing throughout all races and it very much depended on who made the least mistakes!

Overall results:

Boat Helm Crew Club 1 2 3 4 Pts
3621 S Goacher P Evans Royal Windemere 1 1 1 1 3
3641 A Dunning D Lawson BASS 3 2 2 5 7
3602 T Crumpton J Mathie Derwent RSC 2 4 3 4 9
3673 S Beattie J Somerville BASS 4 5 4 2 10
3557 N Platt D Potter Bolton & W.Kirby RTD 3 5 3 11
3268 W Carruthers A Smith BASS 5 6 6 6 17
3639 M Lyddon P Wright Bala SC 6 8 8 10 22
3473 M Moore C Moore BASS 7 7 9 9 23
3560 I Campbel T Fisher BASS 11 10 7 8 25
3690 T Kirchin J Haddock Loch Earn 12 9 RTD 7 28
3385 M Middleton M Cowan BASS 10 11 10 11 31
2162 J Arnold M Pearce Ogston SC 9 12 11 13 32
3293 I Preston A Preston BASS 8 14 RTD 12 34
3273 P Burnell P Newton BASS RTD 13 RTD 14 42

Winners Steve Goacher and Phil Evans with Commodore Miles Middleton and his wife Bobby

Further results on results page

After a weekend of blustery conditions, numbers were depleted for the Sunday afternoon pennant traditionally sailed around the lake. The six starters, comprising 3 flying 15s, a laser, a dart and a GP14, were all in close contention until they reached the narrows at Scarness. William Carruthers in his F15, crewed by Commodore Miles Middleton, managed to take the lead at this point in typically shifty conditions made somewhat worse by the frequency and strength of the backing gusts of wind.

The capsize of Neil Garrison and Margaret Trotter in the Dart in Scarness bay helped the GP and Laser decide that it was time to head home! So that left the three F15s.

The winds continued to lift, head, and fade in a generally unpredictable manner and although distances between boats increased and disappeared, the overall order was held until the finish. There were some exciting spinnaker runs on the way back and apart from Bill Wheeler with crew Pete Nuttall mistaking a fishing buoy for a mark of the course leading to them retiring there were no mishaps.

As the race was on fleet handicap the finishing order was the overall result – 1st Willam Carruthers and Miles Middleton; 2nd Mike Moore and Toni Nuttall

 

The GP14 North East areas was held at Derwent Reservoir on 6/7 May. After some very close, competitive racing Bassenthwaite helms Mike Fairlamb and Andrew Greenhalgh both tied on six points after counting four out of five races. Mike Fairlamb and crew Mike Cowan were delighted to receive the Trophy especially as it is the first season that Mike Fairlamb has owned a GP.

 

It was another busy weekend for racers this weekend as the fleet competed for the Celebrity Glass Trophy.

Saturday saw 12 boats out on the lake with some close racing throughout the fleet. A few close calls and a slight collision on the start line all added to the excitement. The winds were being typical Bass. At the back of the fleet, at one point it looked as if Ginge Hodgkins was going to be beaten by his youngest son, Richard, crewed by his brother Philip. Fortunately a change in the wind meant that Ginge came in about a minute before his sons crossed the line. Watch out Dad!

Sunday saw a windless start to the day, but by lunch time the wind had arrived and a small fleet took to the water. The wind filled in and this made for some close racing. Another young face could be seen out on the lake today, Emily Carruthers. This was 8 year old Emily’s second race as a crew in the GP 14. She has discovered the fun of sailing – watch out Dad she will want her own boat next!

The second race was longer with the fleet spreading out as each lap was covered.

Mike Moore had another slight encounter with another flying fifteen at the first buoy – as if there was not enough water for everyone to sail in!

The results were very close and after a recount Mike Fairlamb and Mike Cowen were victorious adding yet another trophy to their collection – well done.

2nd Mike Moore, 3rd Paul Burnell, 4th Ginge Hodgkins, 5th Nigel Lewis.

A testing set of winds were offered to the formidable teams over the weekend. Overnight leaders were Cheat Seekers and they continued to hold their position, though only just, in the heavier winds that increased throughout Sunday’s racing. In the final reckoning Windermere’s Cheat Seekers beat Bassenthwaite’s Where’s Scott Gone by just one point! Well done one and all.

The Grotty Potty was awarded by last year’s winner, Terry Crumpton, to John Somerville for a triple backward somersault though other contenders included Commodore William Carruthers for a display of his inability to readily manoeuvre away from the jetty (in front of a crowd of onlooking helms) and Steve Goacher for almost capsizing.

R1

R2

R3

R4

Pts

Cheat

3621 S Goacher

1

2

1

1

Seekers

3557 C Ducker

4

1

7

6

72

1

3574 N Tullett

12

16

12

9

Where’s

3673 S Beattie

18

9

8

3

Scott

3593 N Currie

5

3

2

7

73

2

Gone

3641 A Dunning

8

5

3

2

Fairies

3636 J Hardisty

7

8

5

11

on the

3293 T Wills

14

15

10

10

98

3

Tree

3638 H Green

3

4

6

5

3332 W Somerville

9

6

18

19

WWC

3560 I Campbell

6

14

13

19

151

4

3268 W Carruthers

11

12

11

13

Back

3285 T Lee

20

10

14

16

to the

3587 R Donaldson

10

22

17

15

152

5

Future

3602 T Crumpton

13

7

4

4

3385 M Middleton

21

19

20

18

B Brigade

3684 N Platt

2

22

22

19

186

6

3639 M Lyddon

15

11

9

8

3646 H Simpson

17

13

15

14

Capt Blue

3451 I Cameron

19

18

19

18

194

7

3666 J Gerard

16

17

16

12

 

 

 Listings

Last weekend the 17/18th October saw the final weekend series that counted towards the Club Championship. Cold, blustery weather on Saturday was not to the liking of the Flying 15s and they stayed on shore and watched the GPs and Lasers cope with varying weather conditions that at the end of the afternoon left a covering of snow on Skiddaw.

No sailing for the Flying  15s meant that William Carruthers, who had to win all 5 races over the weekend to win the championship, would be second to Scott Beattie. Neil Currie, who braved the elements on Saturday along with world champion Steve Goacher but only to do some tuning sessions in preparation for the next World Championships to be held in Esperance, Australia next February, finished third overall.

The Flying 15s sailed all three races on Sunday to settle a closely fought battle. After two races Mike Moore and William Carruthers each had a 1st and a 3rd, and Graham Kirkpatrick had two 2nds resulting in everything being on the last race. Graham Kirkpatrick took an early lead and left Mike and William to battle it out. Spinnaker problems for Mike enabled William to pass and chase Graham. Although it seemed the race was over when the shorten course signal was sounded, Graham mistook which leg of the course he was on and headed for the clubhouse. This allowed William, crewed by Graham’s daughter Andrea, to take the lead and win the weekend series! Mike, with a 1st and a 2nd finished 2nd and Graham 3rd overall.

Club Championship

Flying Fifteen:

Brackenrigg Trophy Scott Beattie John Somerville
Anderson Trophy William Carruthers Andrea Kirkpatrick
Wheel Trophy Neil Currie Ian Preston
Maurice Dalton Trophy Mike Moore Antonia Nuttall
Handicap Championship David Lancaster Steve Hannah
Lawson Trophy William Carruthers Andrea Kirkpatrick

Laser:

Arthur Carr Trophy Mark Somerville
T.S.B Trophy Andrew Thomas
Handicap Championship Matthew Fairlamb

GP14:

Elwyn Banner Mendus Cup Andrew Greenhalgh Duncan Greenhalgh
Philp Prize Don Mitchell Mike Cowan
Twiname Prize Mike Fairlamb Tim Knowles
Handicap Championship Rod Coy Frank Wainwright
Hatrick Prize Val Bell Ken Bell
Kirkpatrick Prize Andrew Greenhalgh
Beginners Prize Ian Clarke

Mirror:

Club Championship Phil Smith Robyn Still
Excalibur Trophy Andrew Fletcher Nia Fletcher
Handicap Championship Mary Snape
Iberia Cup James Still Victoria Still
Bassenthwaite Bell Not awarded

Flying Fifteens :

Blencathra Trophy William Carruthers Silkworm
A T Cup William Carruthers Silkworm
Morgan Trophy William Carruthers Silkworm
Bassenthwaite Burgee William Carruthers Silkworm
Flying Enterprise William Carruthers Silkworm
Transom Trophy William Carruthers Silkworm
Ullock Mug Scott Beattie Ffartoomuch
Jack Pot Scott Beattie Ffartoomuch
Easterly Trophy Scott Beattie Ffartoomuch
Mellor Mug Scott Beattie Ffartoomuch
Dawson Trophy Scott Beattie Ffartoomuch
Auditors Trophy Neil Currie The Last Resort
Flying Free Trophy Neil Currie The Last Resort
Scarness Cup Neil Currie The Last Resort
Jimmy Lancaster Memorial Neil Currie The Last Resort
C.S.S.A Trophy Jim Christie Ffireblade
KGVFS Jim Christie Ffireblade
Denton Trophy Jim Christie Ffireblade
Bryson Helm Trophy John Somerville Ffartoomuch
Celebrity Glass Trophy Dave Lancaster Ratcatcher
RNLI Pennant Keith Thomas
Winter Series 1997 Ian Campbell Too Long in the Toof

Lasers :

Dodd Trophy Mark Somerville
Barf Trophy Mark Somerville
Easter Holiday Trophy Mark Somerville
May Holiday Trophy Mark Somerville
Isel Cup Mark Somerville
Grisedale Cup Mark Somerville
Skiddaw Trophy Mark Somerville
Comet Trophy Mark Somerville
Foxtail Trophy Andrew Thomas Model T
A T Cup Andrew Thomas Model T
Evening Plate Andrew Thomas Model T
Spring Holiday Trophy Joe Roberts
Ladies Prize Victoria Bloss

GP14s :

Bass Tankard Andrew Greenhalgh Shirl
A T Cup Andrew Greenhalgh Shirl
Ross Wear Helm Andrew Greenhalgh Shirl
Commodores Prize Andrew Greenhalgh Shirl
Stables Prize Andrew Greenhalgh Shirl
McMillan Cup John Telford Life
Aitken Cup John Telford Life
Harney Hetherington Rod Coy
Personal Handicap Rod Coy
Autumn Cup Margaret Trotter New Era
Knockout Trophy Margaret Trotter New Era
Spring Cup Mike Fairlamb Screamer
Bowes Sinclair Trophy Mike Fairlamb Screamer
Banana Stakes Don Mitchell Men Behaving Badly
October Series Don Mitchell Men Behaving Badly
Mustard Pot John Riley Boo
Lyne Tankard Wyn Roberts Millie
Graham Cup Hugh Godfrey Spindrift
Night Jar Mike Turner Smoove

Mirrors :

Reflection Trophy Phil Smith
Red Sails Trophy Phil Smith
Peel Pot Phil Smith
Round Table Tankard Phil Smith
AB Series Phil Smith
A T Cup Phil Smith
Bates Series Phil Smith
Personal Handicap Alistair Fletcher Green Banana
Windfall Trophy Alistair Fletcher Green Banana
Knockout Trophy Alistair Fletcher Green Banana
M. Series Mike Fairlamb Red Dwarf
Tinker Trophy Mike Fairlamb Red Dwarf
Orsova Cup Not Awarded
Kirk Helmsman Anthony Still Abacas

Handicap Fleet :

Saturday Series Not Awarded
Sunday Series R Still
Roger Pryde Memorial Joe Roberts
Consistency Trophy John Sinclair

10th/11th October

Last weekend the 10/11th October, Bassenthwaite Sailing Club hosted a Flying Fifteen team racing event. Racing was held as a series of four races over the two days, each result being added together to generate the teams score and determine overall positions.

An Italian evening was arranged for Saturday night, so there may have been some people on auto-pilot on Sunday! Sunday lunch was included in the entry fee.

Bassenthwaite was host to a total of 21 boats, divided into seven teams of three, with visiting teams from Derwent Reservoir, Loch Earn in Scotland, and Bala lake in Wales. Friendly competitiveness was the order of the weekend, without a single protest being made between crews. Weather conditions were fairly consistent, with overcast skies occasionally giving way to heavy showers, and winds NW Force 3 gusting to Force 5 at times.Race 1 on Saturday was led most of the way by Neil Currie, but he was overtaken on the final lap by Howard Green, with Graham Kirkpatrick a close third.

Race 2 was totally dominated by Neil Platt, a new sailor to the Flying Fifteen fleet, normally seen at the helm of GP14s. Second was Dave Gebhard, also a new face in the fleet, from Derwent, and third Bass sailor Scott Beattie.

Race 3 on Sunday was the windiest of the weekend, with some very strong gusts during the first lap; unfortunately this led both to serious gear failure on Neil Platt’s boat and also to the dismasting of William Carruthers boat. William was very philosophical about the breakage and he expects to be afloat again very soon. The race was won by Terry Crumpton of Derwent, with Scott Beattie second, and Neil Currie third.

Race 4 was won by Neil Currie with a clear margin, followed by Howard Green second and John Hardisty third.

Overall team results:

  1. Bassenthwaite 1
  2. Derwent 1
  3. Derwent 2
  4. Bassenthwaite 2
  5. Bala
  6. Loch Earn

The results for the 10th Viking Team Racing Trophy

R1

R2

R3

R4

Pts

3503 S Beattie

9

3

2

4

The Turds 3641 A Dunning

8

4

4

5

57

1

Bassenthwaite 3621 N Currie

2

12

3

1

3636 J Hardisty

14

6

5

3

Toss Pots 3602 T Crumpton

10

13

1

6

95

2

Derwent Reservoir 3590 D Gebhard

16

2

11

8

3509 S Robinson

6

8

8

14

Gladiators 3587 R Donaldson

5

7

16

16

119

3

Derwent Reservoir 3285 T Lee

11

10

9

9

Past it 3588 G Kirkpatrick

3

17

14

13

Past & 3560 I Campbell

15

9

13

11

153

4

Present (Bass) 3268 W Carruthers

4

11

22

21

3639 M Lyddon

13

19

18

12

Bala’rinas 3477 A Tullet

20

5

10

15

163

5

Bala 3366 N Platt

7

1

22

21

3606 I Laidlaw

12

14

7

7

Bravehearts 3646 H Simpson

18

18

12

10

163

6

Loch Earn 3418 J Gerard

17

16

15

17

3638 H Green

1

15

6

2

No Name 3237 S Thomson

19

20

17

18

179

7

3381 M Macmillan

21

21

19

20

 

The infamous grotty potty was in great contention again. Would it be awarded to Phil Evans for forgetting to return it? Perhaps, it would go to Mike Lyddon for flying his spinnaker up the first beat of race 3! No, it went to Terry Crumpton for abandoning ship on the way to the start – his interim grotty potty was awarded in the form of a ‘Castaway’…..