Yet another No Show. Again wild south westerly gusts were to blame. A few turned up but no one wanted to launch. The OD didn’t even bother to hoist flags – just told all it was off!
Blue skies, southerly wind, temperature in the mid 20s – champagne sailing conditions no less, surely it can’t really be a bank holiday?
The junior were having more fun on the water with relay races, and Pirate netball (not sure what that entails, other than it was described as carnage by one mum!).
The following photos from team Brotherton demonstrate what sailing is all about with fun on the water. Will there be any Olympic hopefuls amongst them?
Racing for the weekend started with two races in the Dawson Trophy long Series. The good weather had tempted Graham and Alan on to the water in a F15, and they held a commanding lead only to round the final mark of their first lap the wrong way (was it really by accident that they were told it should be rounded to starboard?). Unfortunately they did not unwind their mistake, they made it worse by rounding it the wrong way again, and consequently opted to retire just before finishing the race in the lead. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, they led the next race as well, and won it.
The wind held throughout the afternoon for the 30+ boats, across the four fleets, racing which was followed by an afternoon tea with a vast selection of cakes.
Sunday’s racing started in similar conditions to Saturday with a good southerly that tempted the OD to send the fleets down the lake to mark 15, with a windward/leeward course which proved to have one of the steadiest winds for a long time. Emily kept shouting she couldn’t sail to 15, but she proved herself wrong by so doing!
During the next race after lunch, the wind faded rapidly which made sailors uncomfortably hot in the heat of the day with no comforting breeze. The wind did seem to be returning, and a new course was set for the final race of the day but, with seconds to go before the sequence began, the sea breeze came in with gusto, so the line and course was reset, hopefully allowing the misery of the second race to be quickly forgotten.
After racing the Commodore had a drinks party to thank everyone that had helped make Bass Week a great success, and it coincided with her parents’, David and Barbara Darling, 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to all!
Monday morning was foggy and grey with little sign of the forecast F1 from SW. As the start time approached, the AP was raised, but there was a hint of some wind filling in so the OD went on the water to investigate. Soon after the decision was made that racing was good to go and the fleets soon joined the OD on the water. As ever, the wind was shifty, but it did ease and prolonged the final lap for the later finishers.
After lunch there was some apathy towards venturing out again, but the OD went out, set a line only for the wind to shift, then disappear, but, with 20+ boats milling around, the OD just waited to see if anything would fill in. The sea breeze did its bit, and racing was soon underway, though when the F15s started there was no wind at the 2nd mark A. Fortunately as the lead boat edged towards A, the wind followed them, then strengthened, and held through to the finish, complete with mega shifts to contend with.
The overall winners were:
– F15 Flying Free Trophy – Simon/Jon
– Handicap August Trophy – Steve/Ruth
– GP Dave/Lynn
– Slow Handicap Mirror Mug – John
Fantastic day today at the club. As a prelude to the long bank holiday weekend, 16 young sailors took part in Race Training with Curtis Mearns from the RYA. A further 16 youngsters enjoyed “Sail and Splash” with fun and games on the water.
Photos of the onshore “decision making” games with Curtis.
The forecast said Gusting 40. It wasn’t that extreme but heavy nevertheless. The OD said there would be a race if members wanted one but the trouble was that people could not make up their minds! Except a couple of newer members who were advised that launching was, perhaps, not a good idea. So eventually N over A was hoisted.
A number of crews turned up at the Club hoping that Bass’s winds would be less extreme than around their homes. But conditions on the Lake were still marginal for racing. The Sailing Secretary who was the OD consulted all before deciding to cancel racing for the day.
It was probably due to crews wanting to escape from Jon’s boat-moving work party but we got twelve enthusiastic entrants for Night Jar 14. And two were over enthusiastic going OCS and being recalled! Mind you, that didn’t stop them moving back to the front of the fleet by the second leg.
But the wind was all over the place – enough at A where the Bates was anchored but virtually nothing from 0 around 1 and up to B. Andy / Phil had had enough after one lap but John in the Solo and Mike & Eric continued to crawl their way around.
Richard Hughes in his elderly Radial was the first to be shortened after one 30 minute lap. He had put in a stormer (relatively speaking) and was 8 minutes up on Bob’s Full Rig and over 10 on the fellow Radials of Alan Singleton, John Bracegirdle and Barbara Thompson.
Katia’s Tera and James’ Oppy looked as though they were in with a chance on PH at least. But, although they looked painfully slow, the wind picked up marginally for the back markers and those on 2 laps took the leading results. That didn’t stop Mike & Eric accepting a tow back – for the first time in a long while they said!
There was no food for the first Thursday this year. So thanks are due to Andy and a hungry Katia for staying on to produce the results.
After the sweltering temperatures earlier in the week, nature decided it was time to water the gardens with persistent rain/drizzle, and Bass was no exception. With a lack of wind, the lake looked grey, idyllic, but not particularly suitable racing conditions for the weekend’s fleet challenge series.
As the scheduled start time approached, several crews prepared their boats despite little sign of any wind. The OD took to the water and was pleasantly surprised that there was more wind than the rippling waters suggested, and certainly enough for a race. In case the wind faded again a tight, triangular course was set, then the wind backed to the west, so the course was reversed, and racing got underway. The wind later veered to the NW, losing the beat so the race was shortened, the course reversed again and next race sequence began, only for the almost inevitable backer to the W to kick in again. A brief postponement while the course was reversed again and the final race of the day was underway.
The results for the day were consistent with Paul/Vicky in a GP taking two 1sts, Steve in a Solo two 2nds, and Mike in a Streaker two 3rds!
If Saturday was the wet day, Sunday proved to be the windless one, as there was hardly a ripple on the lake around the start time for the morning race. Prospective competitors sat and waited before deciding it was time for an early lunch. Soon after some ripples appeared and the Bates went out with a threat that, if wind was found, there would be seven minutes to the start – postponement down and commence sequence. This got crews moving!
But it wasn’t long before the OD was heading back ashore and raising flag N. By this point it had become rather warm so most returned to the grass or the tables to soak up the heat.
Banter, having forgotten to take down the flags, swam out to the Bates to lower them! So the overnight results stand, with the trophy going to Paul/Vicky Bowmer.
At least it meant more time for those who were down to move boats not entered for Bass Week into the back field.
With a black sky and thunder & lightning there was doubt as to whether the race would be held. But the storm missed Bass and twelve boats lined up for the start.
Sue & Alan picked up the port bias and were first away. Glenys & Nigel were not so lucky and capsized on the line. Some wag reckoned they needed to cool off on the hottest day of the year!
Mike’s Streaker was first round the windward mark with Peter’s Laser just astern, the helm wishing for a bit more wind. Then it was Sue / Alan and Ken / Val with Mike’s Solo close astern. Further back was John in his Pico hanging out as if is life (or stability at least) depended on it!
James and Andrew Reekie in their Oppys were shortened first and then Dave Eva’s Vision, Robert Hedges’ Ent and Barbara Thompson’s Laser all in close company.
After which back in for the meal which was, again, prepared by James & Jenny.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Eddie Ramsden on 23 July. Eddie and his wife have been regular visitors to the club over many years, and more recently became members. He was heavily involved with the RYA and regularly brought his expertise into play at club events. He will be sadly missed.
It goes without saying that the family are all desperately sad at this time but take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace.
Our thoughts are with his widow Jean, daughter Judith, and the rest of Eddie’s family at this sad time.
A funeral Service will be held for Eddie at 2.45pm on Wednesday, August 14th 2019, at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton DH9 9JP.
Family flowers only please. If you would like to give a donation in lieu of flowers then the family would appreciate it if it could go to Macmillan Cancer Support or Marie Curie