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.

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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.

Final results

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.

Final results

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

For a pleasant change there was a good wind forecast for the whole weekend, over which a club championship series is being held. The day started with some youth sail training. The wind freshened as the afternoon went on, and there were surprisingly few capsizes. Though a notable one was Val and Ken, having been in the lead earlier in the race, if only because they were caught on camera before colliding with the Bates after righting. The Bates seemed to be a risky place to be with Simon/Jon avoiding colliding with it, and then Mike/Kayla, just before the start of the second race.

Was it the lack of recent experience in higher winds that had various crews on the foredeck clearing spinnaker lines at the start of the windward leg? Banter/Emma joined forces in the RS400, but after breaking their spinnaker halyard, they popped ashore after the first race with the intention of being back out for the next one! – it was not to be…

Generally the stronger winds seemed to be shifty, making it hard work, and resulting in obvious relief from numerous crews as they finished the last race of the day.

On Sunday the wind started lighter than expected, but freshened as the day went on. The morning race had two beats, the 2nd one heading to mark A, partially blanketed by Sale Fell (though it wasn’t meant to be), which proved challenging as to how to approach it. Peter thought it was ideally positioned in the worst place possible!

There were a few more capsizes throughout the day, numerous spectacularly fast spinnaker legs, and some good racing. However, it all took its toll on the competitors that reduced in numbers as the day went on, to the stage that there was only one taker for the final race.

AJ was feeling the pressure with Dave crewing and jumped ship (or was he washed overboard?) on one reach! Steve/Ruth realised it was faster without a spinnaker than bearing away on a gust with kite, then beating back up to the next mark as Banter did more than once. Paul was sailing a Topper but struggled to tack at one stage adding more than 7 mins to his lap time (it was wondered whether he was sand bagging waiting for the course to be shortened!)

The overall winners were Simon/Jon in the F15s, Dave/Lynn in the GPs, Steve/Ruth in the handicap fleet, and Phil/Oliver in the Slow Handicap fleet

Final results

It nearly didn’t happen!  Only Bass member Mark Hunt turned in for safety but Neil saved the day giving up his Laser sail to drive the Rib.  They successfully dealt with John capsizing his Solo on the way to the start and a later long inversion of Steve & Simon’s L2000.

There was a good entry of 17 boats for this round despite it being overcast with a threat of rain. The wind was WSW 3-4 and the OD set 0-1-5-4 which was long for a Thursday but ok in the prevailing conditions.

The first leg saw the usual group pull away and continue their lead positions during a short mid-race shower.  But, as the rain stopped so did the wind!  James & Jenny were left with none at 0 and dropped from first to fourth after which they retired to the Clubhouse.  Val & Ken profited most moving up to have a tight battle with Mike & Eric. John and Rory in their Solos were also in the group and Nigel & Glenys’s GP not far astern.

The lack of any usable wind also created a problem for the OD (and for Sazzie / Hazel on food who kept asking when crews would be ashore!).  It was decided to shorten immediately although some boats including Joe Blease’s Radial had drifted across the line before Flag S was hoisted. Richard Hughes’ Radial got three successive hoots – two for shortening and the third for a finish!

More by luck than judgement wind came back and all had finished within the hour.

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of John Dawson at the age of 98, father of rear commodore Robin.

Many longer standing members will know of John who was an active member for many years, both on and off the water.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his widow Beth, Robin, and families at this sad time.

Funeral details will be posted here when arrangements have been finalised.