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HANSA National 2018

The HANSA nationals for Sailability sailors, who have some form of ‘disability’, or perhaps I should say lots of ability. Whilst many were in wheelchairs, on sticks, or many other ‘disabilities’ they lack none of the spirit, and certainly enjoy sailing to the full. I do wonder if I would be so determined to get on the water in that situation – I hope so.

We had 29 boats entering in the 4 classes of Access keelboats (303 one and two person, 2.3 and Liberty), more than at the last few years championships, probably due to our central position, and it was warm, though the wind was not overly friendly switching directions and strength throughout the afternoons racing. David Snutch, the race officer, did not have an easy job. Weed was also an issue, it is unfortunate as until a week ago the lake was weed free. The safety crews cleared as much as they could find before racing and during racing safety boats were having to spend time clearing weed off competitors keels and rudders.

Saturday started late as the wind didn’t start to fill in till around 11, and then fitfully, however by 12pm a race was under way, and after lunch the two afternoon races were back to back, in light winds, sometimes disappearing to a calm. The course was moved to avoid the worst of the weed, and fewer competitors were caught.

The final day started close to the correct time once the wind settled, and there was a gentle to moderate wind to finish the event. Results were calculated and prizes given out.

Thanks to all the club members (about 30 or so) who helped on shore parties, including winching, launching and general support. On the water there were the safety boats out, mainly on weed removal and bouy moving duty. Finally of course there was the long suffering race team, who had a difficult job in the variable conditions.

Below are photos from David Eberlin, visitors if you want larger copies email the website. The Prizegiving photos from Viv Weston.

Yachts and Yachting report

Results  –  Video from Hansa Nationals

Saturday 7th July 18

Another busy day at the club, hot, fairly windless and warm. Saturday club had a good turnout with all the club boats in use, many having to double up due to numbers. Lots of smiling happy faces coming off the water.

The Race Coaching saw 5 coaches (Tim, Rebecca, Paul, Kevin and Amy) taking two groups out, the junior/youth group in Toppers and Oppose and the more senior group (including a 72 year old) starting on racing in a variety of craft, many single handed… and yes the capsizes were deliberate!

Here are a few photos including a group shot of the race coaching participants and coaches.

Hansa – details

We have the HANSA Nationals at the club over the three days of 13/14/15th July, so racing is later on 15th.

2018 Hansa Class National Championships and International Open Event

Program of races
Friday 13th July :  14.00 – 16.00
Saturday 14th July: 11.00 – 16.00

Sunday 15th July : 10.30 – 12.30
Lunch for competitors  13.30 
HCAUK  Prize giving   14.30

Information sheets, entry forms and NOR are all on the HANSA Association site on this link

Laser open 2018

Notts County Sailing Club’s Laser open attracted a large turnout with 38 competitors in the sunshine and light to moderate winds, apart from being a little shifty when it swung to come over the hill it was a great days sailing.

The first race got under way at 11am with race Officer James Logan setting a long beat and reach and run to the leeward mark off the clubhouse, giving spectators a good view. There was a break for lunch then two back to back races.

Entries were from 9 clubs from all over the Midlands, though the home club contingent were out in force.

The three races saw different winners and so it was constancy that counted, and Stuanton Harolds Craig and Paul Williamson showed how it should be done with a first and second to count. Richard Mason from Notts County was third in every race to giving him third overall. He was followed by Simon Stonehouse from Rutland and Joe Scurrah from Carsington.

The racing finished with prizegiving in the clubhouse, and some tired, possibly slightly red but happy competitors.

Results – Yachts & Yachting report 

Video from drone of some of the racing

Celebration of Club of Year

As most will know the club won the prestigious RYA/ Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year in March thanks to everyones vote and having a great club. The award has allowed us to access TV, radio and generally publicise sailing and our club locally, courses have been full and membership is increasing. The club is even more active with nearly 60 at Saturday Club this weekend.

The celebration was largely organised by Jo Ritchie ably assisted by husband Glyn, thanks to all their hard work along with the social team the evening was a great success, We had perfect weather a cooling breeze and warmth and sunshine. George Stanton and band provided some great music, and Pauline must have spent most of the week getting the food together, and what a wonderful spread.

A toast was held and the President cut the cake which Karen Ferrar and no doubt Paul Brown had a part to play. Adrian thanked the whole club, as he said, there was no single person  or group that should be singled out, everyone makes this a highly successful and friendly club.

Below are some photos from the night (someone even caught me)

Honda Rib Midland finals

Neil looking as though he is in a RIB timekeeping

Our Honda RIB Challenge has been taking place on Mondays over the last couple of months under Neil’s watchful eye, thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time to introduce youngsters to safe power boating.

The two finalists Poppy & Guy made it to the Midlands finals on Saturday 23rd June at Staunton Harold SC, where as usual we were made very welcome. Neil was a timer in the Honda car.

Poppy had a very good run, coming second by only 10 seconds (and by my reckoning about 4th in the older group), whilst Guy was 5th (due to a mistake) you could see the level of training that had gone into both our entrants… so next year maybe the finals!

Well done all.

Sam smiling after his run

Poppy concentrating on the slalom

Topper midlands 2018

Thirty five toppers entered The Midlands Topper Championships that took place at Notts County Sailing Club on 23 June. Two days of racing were planned, however, the forecast suggested that there would be a light-ish breeze on Saturday and no breeze at all on Sunday. The Midlands Topper Traveller series has been plagued by the severe lack of breeze, sometimes, nothing at all, and the BBC weather man who cheerfully predicted on Thursday evening that Sunday would be a perfect, sunny, summers day, with little or no wind, was unfortunately absolutely correct in his forecast.

We were lucky, however, to have Ken Twemlow as our RO again this year and he battled the testing conditions to get five races off on Saturday. The racing was close and in these races four sailors, Greg Cornes, Kate Robertson, Will Thomas and Ben Paling scored first places.  In at least two races, massive shifts left half of the fleet flying and the other half floundering, experience, it would appear, counted for naught, if you were in the wrong place you were stuck, whilst the lucky few made massive gains.

For some of the sailors this was their first opportunity to sample fleet racing in larger numbers than perhaps they are used to and some were pleasantly surprised by how well they did. Charlie Hopkinson, from Notts County SC, was first under 13 (in 8th place overall) and a special mention must go to Libby Weston, who won the Endeavour prize, having recently started to learn to sail over the road at the new Notts. Scouts Adventure activity centre, and in a borrowed club boat, took to the water for her first race, only the sixth time in a boat.

On Sunday Ken decided that the weather gods might be smiling on everyone else, but not on the sailors and racing was quickly abandoned. By that time the competitors had gone on strike and most were already de-rigging!

Greg Cornes, of Chase SC and RYA Intermediate Squad, continued his fantastic 2018 winning streak, having already won the Midland Traveller Series with two events to go, picked up a clear first place, and has now been crowned Midlands Topper Champion for 2018, a worthy and very popular winner. Ben Paling from Notts County SC sailing a fantastic series, picked up three particularly good results in the shifty winds and squeezed into second place on final race countback, pipping Kate Robertson, from Swarkestone SC, into third place.

Thanks to Anne-Marie Thomas for the report and results

Footnote from editor: Congratulations to our club sailors with some great results, Ben Pailing 2nd, William Thomas 6th, Charlie Hopkinson 8th (first under 13), Sam Grayton 17th, Raife Piggott 19th, 27th to 35th were from the club, so a great turnout and well done all. Good to see the Desorghers (ex Notts County) down as well.

Link to short video

Sunday 17th June 18

Some good sailing weather today, a few shots, both from the traditional camera and a drone (thanks to Syerston Air Traffic Control) of Sunday sailing, with a course an small lake and racing on the main lake.

Some video footage – A bit jerky in places

Windsurf open 2018 and Saturday Activity

Amongst the Saturday Club, beginners course on 16th June we had the windsurf open. The club was its usual busy self with Pauline managing to cope well.

The Windsurf Open run with Seavets attracted 20 entries, including 5 juniors on Technos. The wind was kind with a good force 3 to 4 most of the day so John Parr’s reaching course was ideal with some exciting reaches and a good beat. There were 7 visitors from all over the north of the country.

The Unlimited fleet saw Guy Sprekley from Notts County & Tim Colles from Bartley battle it out, the results don’t show how close it was with Guy getting three firsts. Ian Pilkington was third and Oliver Bednell forth. The 7.5 fleet saw half the entries, the oldest sailor being Russ Towns who came firth. The head of the fleet however saw some excellent close racing between Mike Playle from Hollowell and Mick Steer from Carsington, Mike prevailed. Tony Goodwin was third and Derick Hall forth.

In the Juniors Duncan Monaghan had it all his own way with a string of firsts, his brother Linus was second and Charlotte Taylor third, Nieve Bear forth and Molly Sprekley firth.

After the prize giving there was a roast dinner cooked by Pauline, with a pint or two consumed by many of those present.


Photos of the days activities