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November weekend

It was sunny and busy at the club this weekend (17/18th Nov. First aid on Saturday with Techno windsurfing Zone squad, following on fro last weekends Optimist Zone squad. We have 4 club members in the Techno Zone Squad this year – a great achievement as they only started windsurfing two years ago.

The Frostbite and Autumn series had a great turnout in the cool but sunny conditions, and the clubhouse was busy afterwards.

A few photo from the day.

Ross ryan to get Volunteer award

Delighted to announce Ross will be getting an RYA Volunteer award in mid November, he travels to London (I suspect with Katheryn!) and will no doubt bring his award down to the club after.

The RYA have written this which sums up the award:
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, will present a Notts County Sailing Club sailor with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards next week in recognition of his exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level.

Ross Ryan will receive an an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort,at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony on Friday 16 November.

Having first joined the Hoveringham-based club 10 years ago, Ross has guided Notts County SC through a significant transformation and rejuvenation period, which saw it named Britain’s best sailing club as the 2018 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year in March.

The 57-year-old, who was born in the year the club was formed, instigated an ambitious five-year £250,000 plan to broaden access to sailing by making the club’s facilities and activities even more appealing to all, while also being involved in the renegotiation of a new 30-year club lease to enable Notts County to sail for 12 months of the year and inspiring the club’s awesome team of volunteers.

In addition, Ross led as Notts County joined the national RYA OnBoard and Sailability programmes, to help more local youngsters and disabled people discover the wider benefits of getting afloat, while helping to rejuvenate its junior Saturday Club, which saw the number of kids sailing regularly increase by 125% and a big upturn in family members. More than 1,200 people are now members at Notts County SC with the club on safe, solid foundations.

Ross said: “I’m honoured to have led the club through this period of major investment and change. Supported by a strong Executive Team and in response to membership feedback, we have turned a good club into a great family friendly sailing club in the heart of the Midlands.

“I was born into a sailing family with a mother and father who both sailed Finn dinghies at National level. I started at 10 and it’s brought me a lifelong enjoyment of the freedom and funyou gain being on the water with family and friends, and hundreds of special moments, both sailing inland in dinghies and competing in big yacht races such as the Fastnet Race and the Round The Island Race.

“When I found out I’d won this award I was absolutely delighted and really grateful that the passion and commitment the whole family put into the club has been recognised. I’m accepting it on behalf of Kathryn, Amy, Molly, Oliver and my sister Deb, who have all made sacrifices in our lives to serve the club. It’s truly fabulous to be recognised in this way.”

Having held a number of other key positions, Ross is currently the club’s Treasurer and as well as driving its efforts to open up sailing for all, he has taken on the role of Fleet Captain of the club’s RS400 racing class, helping to put Notts County on the national and regional scene.

The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs’ of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft. The winners were selected by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. 

Flying 15 Open 2018

The Notts County Sailing Club Flying 15 open took place at the weekend. The event is part of the Northern circuit sponsored by Waples wines. There were 21 entries with visitors from Dovestone, Northampton, Ripon, Draycott, Bassenthwaite, Notts County and Datchet amongst others.

John Marshall the Race Officer got the racing off to a clean start about 15 minutes late and two races where held back to back, then there was a break and a final race of the day, followed by a Pauline Roast and Sweet in the evening. The weather was cold, between 4 and 6’C, quite a shock when it was 22’c only 2 weeks ago and though the wind averaged 12 knots it peaked at 20 knots.(force 4 to 5), and Andy McKee revelled in the conditions with crew Rich Jones, winning every race on Saturday often by a good margin they were followed by Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton who were second after three races and Andy & Tom Goddard  from Dovestone third.  The first Notts County boat being Jeremy Arnold, with Paul Ogden and Ross Ryan following on equal points. Will Gardner would almost certainly be higher if he hadn’t decided it wasn’t cold enough out of the water and promptly broached near the camera (this sounds familiar) and unfortunately fell in, see photos! (sorry Will it was to good not to go in – hope you have warmed up.

Sunday was a little more tame, with sunshine and a good breeze for the first race where David McKee and his son Andy were close together throughout the race, David in his new boat launched that morning won by a narrow margin, and his son Andy won the final race. The second race was a little more lively at the start as a storm came through, swinging the wind, then the wind reduced to a light breeze, only for another storm shower to come through as the race ended. Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton were third in the final race, giving them second overall and Mike Preston and Paul Reid from SFYC were third overall after some consistent results.


1stAndy McKee and Rich Jones, Dovestone SC
2ndChis & Marion Bowen, Northampton SC
3rdMike Preston and Paul Reid, SFYV
4thJeremy Arnold and Andy Stewart, Notts County SC
5thAndy & Tom Goddard, Dovestone.

Some Photos below:


Scorpion open 2018

The Scorpion meeting started with a bang, well several actually as three masts (I believe) went in the first and only race. It was warm nearly 22’C and windy 35 knots (force 8) not long before the start but gusting 30 knots in the race (force 7). Few were foolhardy or good enough to venture out and safety was kept busy (hence lack of photos!). William Jeffcote the race officer decided that was enough carnage for one day, so racing was sensibly abandoned. Chris Massey and Hannah Edge from Hollingworth won with Tom Jeffcote and Tim Hartley from Hollowell (and ex Notts County – Nadina & Williams son) second, the first Notts County boat was Nigel Potter and Alex Piggot in fifth.

Nadina Lincoln put on a rules quiz and the windsurfers enjoyed the conditions and the evening saw a Pauline Roast.

Sunday was wet, and 10’C cooler, by wet it was solid rain all three races which were held back to back. the wind was light but nearly all the 20 entrants sailed. Nigel Potter won the first race then it was Andy mcKee and Steve Graham (Northampton SC) who took the final two races to win the meeting overall. Tom Jeffcote and Tim Hartley were second in the final two races giving them second overall and Nigel Potter was third, meaning he was a point behind, so it was close. Nadina Lincoln was first lady and Chloe Willars first Junior (in a borrowed boat).

Photos from the weekend Results


Windsurfing 13th Oct 18

As Lincolnshire broke Mid October temperature records, we were not far behind and it was windy – seriously windy with a gust off 44 knots, but regularly force 7 to 8. A good number of windsurfers got down early and had time out in summer suits (except Dean in a drysuit – ask him !) in the gusty challenging conditions, but it was so warm falling in was almost pleasure.

A few photos from the day.

Rs 400 Northern Series at Notts County 2018

The RS400 Northern Series had its final event at the club over 22/23rd September. The high winds predicted thankfully didn’t appear, but where replaced with much calmer conditions, and the first cold spell for some time, not only that it rained!

This didn’t stop over 30 boats entering, some travelling from afar. The first race was held in  alight breeze, and Nadina Lincoln set a beat, reach then windward leeward course. After a general recall the fleet set off and had a good hour long race before lunch.

After lunch it was two back to back races in a fading wind, and rain. Most where happy to get under  shot shower and have a cup of tea and doughnut before the evening meal, the odd pint and a good social.

Sunday saw light winds for the first race, but at least the sun come up taking the chill off the day.

Photos below, as always contact the website if larger images needed, you are welcome to share for personal use, please mention the club. A short video of Saturday  Results 

yachts and yachting report


September winds

The windsurfers have been making good use of the high winds over the last two days. On Wednesday there were force 8 gusts, making it difficult to do anything on the smallest kit, except Cameron who was looping and looking in control. But the best wipe out was Steve Thompson (see photos), more predicted later in week.

Solo open 2018

Notts County Sailing Club Dinghy Rope and Noble Marine Solo Open

Early September saw the Notts County SC Dinghy Rope and Noble Marine Solo open with an excellent turnout of 27 sailors, many from the Midlands, but also Yorkshire, Budworth.

Whilst it was cooler than recently there was a brisk wind, which rose to force 5 gusts in the afternoon, giving some great, if a little wet sailing. Inevitably there where a few spills, especially on the downwind leg, and even some of the top sailors made mistakes.

Racing was close and competitive and only a few points separated the top five by lunch.

The morning started with a variable 8-10 knot wind and Martin Honor (Ogston and Philip Barnes won a race.

A significant wind shift cut short the race officers Nadina Lincoln and William Jeffcote’s lunch, the course was reset and the third race started on time. Chris Brown won the next two races giving him the overall open meeting, a few points ahead of veteran Martin Honor. Philip Barnes was third. First Notts County Sailor and first Grand Master (over 60) was Paul Ogden, and first Septimus (over 70) was John Webster from Carsington.

The prizegiving took place in the club house with prizes from Dinghy Rope and Noble Marine.

Results  yachts and yachting report

Photos below, larger versions available email 


August Relay Race

August Bank Holiday Monday saw our traditional 6-hour relay race. Although the emphasis is on fun and participation there is still a trophy to be won. This year we had 26 entrants some of whom had only raced a little so we had to split the juniors up to give the adults a chance.

The conditions were a reasonable temperature (around 15-19 C) but with gusty conditions which saw a fair few capsizes. The course was a five-buoy box course but just to mix things up in the afternoon at the sound of a claxon the course changed from anti-clockwise to clockwise.

The race started with the usual Le Mans style dash down the bank and this year the boats were all club Topazes which made things more even – or so you would have thought! Neil and Alex Chadbourn soon carved out an impressive lead for the Notts County Flyers.

The morning racing continued to be close with all teams completing the mandatory 9 changes and even completing the team lap – ie all the team in the boat at the same time – Topazes are sure rugged even when submarining.

Procedings were brought to an abrupt halt at lunchtime when strong gusts led to a number of breakages including a mast and a tiller extension. A quick stop for repairs courtesy of the elves, a quick BBQ-while-you-wait, and things were soon underway again.

By 4pm everyone was thoroughly exhausted, and the results were eagerly awaited. Huge thanks to Debra Pennington as Race Officer and Scorer with Mandy Davie as Chief Assistant.

So, to the results the captains were juniors:
1st: Notts County Flyers: Led by Sam, with Mike Grayton, Neil Chadburn, Chloe Grayton, Alex, Lucy
2nd: T – Rex: led by Tobias, with Tim Miles -Haylor, John Davie, Jo Ritchie Tansy, Matt
Joint 3rd: Jammy Juniors: led by Georgia, with Isabel, Eloise, Samantha, Phil Dyne, Viv Weston, Elsie
Joint 3rd: Charlies Angles led by Charles (Bosuns son), with Cilian, Ade Jones (Commodore) Jo Riddell, Glyn Ritchie, James Beaumont

Look forward to seeing everyone next year – Adrian Jones


Red arrows fly over the lake

Today we were treated with a full Red Arrows display at Syerston, and the view from the balcony was pretty special. Thanks for heads up from Debra Pennington. 

It was in honour of the air cadets (see BBC EM today for a report) but about 40 club members including some on the water had a grandstand view.

A few photos from the 25 minute display.