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

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.

Sunday Sunshine

After a miserably wet Saturday, the clouds parted for some Sunday sunshine, and force 3 from the SW.

A failure to closely watch the flags had only Paul Gannon on the handicap fleet start line, with other stragglers some minutes behind! There were several capsizes, and a couple of subsequent retirements. On handicap Paul came a close 2nd to Rich Critchley in a Solo. Despite not knowing the course, and almost being misguided by Neil, Rich won the afternoon race as well with Hugh 2nd. Neil had been lying 2nd to Hugh, but rounded mark A incorrectly, trying to call Hugh back. It was only when Tim said he should have rounded it to port that he returned, and then capsized, losing two places in the process! Ethan capsized his RS100 with his kite up which he struggled to release the halyard. When he did eventually right the boat, he was shattered and called it a day.

After being OCS at the GP Scottish championships last weekend, AJ was somewhat more cautious when it came to the GP start being a couple of minutes late! He did get it right after lunch but still finished up with two 3rds behind Mike/Eric and Val/Ken.

Katia was in a Tera, with dad Andy in a Mirror guiding her round the course. Despite capsizing, she recovered her boat, carried on to finish, and earning a well deserved 1st place. In the afternoon she came 2nd to John in a Pico, but she presently leads the series.

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Laser/Solo/Streaker Open

The longer term forecast for this one day open was wet and windy which put off several competitors. However, our Bass micro climate defied the forecast in terms of wind strength at least which, generally, was a pleasant force 2-3. The light rain was persistent through the morning race though eased as the afternoon went on.

Racing was delayed when the first signal was as relentless as the rain! Disconnecting the switch from the horn didn’t help.. Some air horns were brought to the rescue along with the bar bell, and a whistle just in case.

When racing started, the winds seemed to be freshening, but it was not to be. They did fluctuate, and swing back and forth, from time to time, but it led to some exciting, close racing that continued throughout the day. There were a small number of capsizes, not that anyone ended up any wetter than they were already!

A three race series, with two results to count, meant that the competition carried through to the final race that would determine overall winners. Indeed, the final result was determined following two protests.

Streaker Winner Mike Fairlamb

Solo winner John Reekie

Laser winner Tim Keighley

Night Jar

Good weather on Thursday resulted in 19 sailors taking to the water for the 7 pm race in the Night Jar Series. Mark Somerville won on fleet handicap and James and Jenny MacGregor won on personal handicap.

The overall series leaders remain as John Reekie and young Matthew Somerville.

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Fleet Challenge A 2019

While the south of the country basked in some summer sunshine, Bassenthwaite was not quite so fortunate, as it was overcast and threatening rain showers all afternoon. Sailing wise, there was a pleasant force 2/3 to keep the boats moving. Zefer in a Laser led both races on the water, but was always trying to shake off Joan/Jack in a GP. They each won a race on a fleet handicap basis, but with this series being calculated on a personal handicap basis, the honours for both races went to the ever improving Paul Gannon in a Laser Radial. Jonathan/Henry in their RS200 finished 2nd in the first race, and Ian in a Solo 2nd in the second race.

Sunday’s wind strength was enough to discourage the various helms that turned up, so racing was cancelled. That didn’t stop Steve going for a sail up to mark 11 (Ruth was somewhat less enthusiastic!)

Final results

For any member that knew Alan Nicholson, we have just learned that his widow Jean died on Tuesday. Her funeral is being held in Guildford on Tuesday 11th June.

Night Jar 6

With rain falling all day it was inevitable that numbers would be down.  And we got seven starters.

The medium wind was off the clubhouse so the course was broadly similar to last week.  John’s Solo took an immediate lead on the water which he was not to lose despite a brief capsize.  Neil and Nigel in Radials followed.  Paul’s Topper was the final 3 lap finisher and, probably, will have done ok?

Matthew’s Tera was the first to be shortened and, after the Ent’s retirement, Cameron’s Oppy was the only other finisher on 2 laps although he had a mega moment coming up to the line and only his skill and agility prevented a turtle.

Then back in for Barbara’s tasty meal.

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Whit Bank Holiday 2019

The weekend started with this year’s Push the Boat Out open day which was well attended by approx 100 visitors, and gave many of them the opportunity to take to the water in the best of the day’s weather.

There were events running throughout the day including mini olympics, hula hooping, and rock painting.

Racing took place in the afternoon. Although the wind backed through the afternoon, the beats were maintained but there were various light areas to test helms.

In the F15s, Mike/Kayla and Neil/Judith each had a 1st and 2nd. Dave/Lynn took two wins from Val/Ken in the GPs. The Handicap fleet had wins for Zefer in a Laser and Scumper in RS100, though Stan in his Solo split the pair in the last race.

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Sunday was overcast, showery, some of which were heavy, with a force 4-5 and occasional strong squalls passing through. Crews seemed reluctant to venture out, but 15 boats made it to the start, though some did capsize on their way out. There were several capsizes throughout the day, and combined with the windy conditions, numbers sailing declined as the day went on.

It was good to see three juniors racing, for one race at least. Hannah turtled her Tera soon after the start, but once up again, she battled on to complete the race which was won by Andy/Lily in their Mirror, and leads the series. Mike/Kayla won the 1st race, but Simon/Jon turned out for the afternoon races, and won them both. With three races to count, Mike is the overnight leader.

Dave/Lynn took another couple of wins, but Mike/Ken as their only competition capsizing in the second race, there were no takers in the final race of the day. In the Handicap fleet, Bean/Na won the 1st race in their RS200 but didn’t race after lunch. Scumper and Zefer opted to have a blast in Lasers rather than their RS400. Joe, with a Radial rig, leads the series with a 1st and two 2nds, from Scumper with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The wind eased by Monday morning for the final two races, and fortunately the forecast rain held off.

There was a strong fleet of Mirrors and Teras again, and they enjoyed some competitive racing (especially between the Smith brothers) with Bean/Oliver taking the honours. Bean didn’t race the final race which was won by Andy/Lily who won the Orsova Cup.

Dave/Lynn had new competition with Val/Ken who took an early lead but slipped back again so Dave/Lynn secured two more wins and the Commodore’s Prize.

No Flying 15s raced so Mike kept the lead and won the Mellor Mug.

In the Handicap fleet, the final race had three boats OCS but Izzy, who was helming for a change, didn’t return, or get a finish horn. In the freshening wind, Banter had Oscar crewing in place of Izzy, but survived without capsizing, not that the same can be said for Zefer who had a brief capsize on the final lap. Scumper and Zefer were again vying for positions, each winning a race. Zefer had another 2nd, and Scumper a 3rd, winning Zefer the Isel Cup.

Final Mellor Mug results


Night Jar 5

It was a superb evening with a cloudless sky.  But the west wind was a little chilly and stronger than of late.  Several crews who had signed on thought better of going out but there were still seventeen starters to tackle the 0-9-B-4 course.

The line was starboard biased and James & Jenny’s 2000 got stuffed the wrong side of the Bates by Tog who was then first up the beat.  In the GPs Val & Ken were well up and ahead of Mike & Eric but later dropped back, Val doubtless thinking more about food as she was the evening’s chef!  Harry in his Aero went for a couple of brief swims.

With its large kite it didn’t take the 2000 long to move back to the front of the fleet and get engaged in a battle for the lead on the water with John’s Solo and Eric / Remy in the FF.

Matthew’s Tera was the first finisher on 2 laps although Paul’s Topper beat him on PH this week.

Night Jar latest results

Shifty Saturday

Saturday started with some more junior sailing practice, followed by the final two races in the Asymmetric Cup and MJM series.

With a light SW breeze, a simple windward/leeward course was set (despite there being only one asymmetric boat sailing). All was well until the start of the second lap when there was a major shift to the NW which refused to swing back so the fleet enjoyed numerous points of sailing on a two leg course!

The start line was repositioned to suit the NW wind for the next race but started backing to the W even through the start sequence, such that some boats struggled to cross the line on starboard, and two GPs were caught OCS of which only AJ returned. A triangular course helped reintroduce a one sided beat into the course, but with the wind easing the race was kept short.

Steve/Ruth in a Merlin, and John in a Solo, shared the honours each getting a 1st and 2nd on handicap. Zefer in a Laser took 3rd in the final race to tie on points with Steve/Ruth, but counting two 1sts meant the tie was broken in Zefer’s favour.

MJM Final results

Sunday started overcast with a light SW breeze, though the shifts were not as drastic as Saturday. As the day went on the wind freshened, as well as warmed up, and the sun came out.

There was a capsize at a gybe mark in each race, and Steve’s main halyard gave way in the afternoon race leading to his retirement, but not much else of note. Mike/Kayla won both F15 races ahead of Angus/Mike. There was only one race for the GPs which was won by Joan/Jack with AJ/Sue 2nd. Steve won the morning Handicap race from newly married Rich Critchley in a Solo, with Stan in a Solo taking 1st place fromPaul in a Laser in the afternoon race.

BL series latest results

Next Saturday we are hosting PTBO which is an RYA inspired event to promote sailing and sailing clubs. We need volunteers to make this event a success. Huge thanks to those of you already signed up to help. Lots of people staying very quiet but don’t be afraid to lend a hand. The club runs on volunteers’ efforts.