Rio by the Lake Spring regatta report

Notts County Spring Regatta chose its theme on the up and coming Olympics with Rio by the Lake providing decorations, Cocktail inspiration and the like. The Spring Regatta is a family affair with camping, and lots of activity for children and adults alike, along with a good dose of racing.

We were fortunate enough to be sponsored by P & B, RS, Sailing, Musto, Morton Boats, Gill, Noble Marine insurance, Allen & H & B Clark, all providing prizes for the various cups and activities, thanks to all of them.

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The fun starts with a BBQ on Friday, and racing commences on the results/regatta/Graduate Nationals 2016.htmSaturday late morning 180 signed up and there were 67 boats on the water.

We were joined this year by 18 Graduates who held their National Championships at Notts County Sailing Club over the weekend. (Y & Y reports – Saturday Sunday, Final report ) Results. Video from graduates.  They had their own start and some close and exciting racing along with joining in the socials and fun events. The Graduates had visitors from Kent, North West, North East and from all over the country, and enjoyed her visit, thanking Notts County SC for their hostpitality.

In addition athere was the Commodore’s Cup (Handicap racing), Class racing, and the Regatta Cup (Novice racing)

There were a nearly 30 juniors taking part on the water and there were 10 in the junior start (though quite a few were also racing in the main fleets.)

The Reggatta Cup is for Juniors and first time helms – not pot hunters! This year saw a record turnout with 29 competing, some racing for the first time, it was won by Janet & John Glendening.

Finally there was Team racing, using boats kindly loaned by the University of Nottingham who are based at Notts County SC. This again was popular with lots of junior crews, particularly sons and daughters experiencing some good team racing at times, the youngest competitor being five years old.

The more light hearted competitions, saw a boat race, children painting competition, tug of war (won by juniors) and charity duck race which raised a fantastic £225 for the Willow Foundation.

Saturday was a bit calm and lucky, with the wind shifting, dropping and moving all the time, the hard working race officers just had to try and hit the average wind direction. Sunday saw more wind and steadier conditions, it was a little cooler but more enjoyable sailing. Mondays racing saw some spells of quite windy weather, with  number of spills, planing at times and some fun conditions.

Prize giving took place late afternoon and Paulene the caterer was thanked along with race officer, safety crews and of course the sponsors, whop provided prizes P & B, RS, Sailing, Musto, Morton Boats, Gill, Noble Marine insurance, Allen & H & B Clark.

Results – Commodores CupCommodores Cup juniorJunior classScorpion classMenagerieRegatta Cup – RS400Laser

Video from graduates.

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