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March 16 17 th

Another windy weekend, with quite a few spills and the DI course continuing.

Busy weekend in March

It was a tad windy at the club Saturday 9th March, so the powerboat 2 course certainly got their moneywort, and the Dinghy Instructor course taking Stratos out in a 33 knot breeze was interesting, one video linked below shows a capsize (and recovery) – and I think Tim was a little surprised to see me nearly controlling the newly refurbished Stratos. Finally Dean got out his new foil, and has probably been practising in secret – either way he was going well.

Tim Cripps took quite  a few photos and video (windsurfers D Eberlin)
Jake, Glyn, David Stratos sailing
David , Jake, Glyn Instructor Course
John, Chloe
Chloe Instructor Course
Instructors Course the capsize!

Some photos of the courses and windsurfers out on Saturday and Sunday, including the smirf team

Awards Dinner in aid of Cobble sails

The Awards dinner in aid of Cobble Sails saw a great evening, with around 90 club members enjoying an excellent meal at the Nottinghamshire Country Club near Cotgrave on 23rd feb 2019.

At the dinner a tremendous £328.15 was raised on the night thanks to club members generosity (plus Vat from evening), which means we can keep the boats going for another 20 years or so (we think that’s how long the sails have lasted, and they are a great boat for Chernobyl, the summer winers and for junior courses if its blowing to hard for toppers etc.)

Thanks to Tim Cripps for some great photos of the evening, with lots of smiling faces. Unfortunately no one took a photo of Tim who also won a trophy.

A synopsis of Adrian Jones, the Commodore’s speech: He started by observing how we had returned to Nottinghamshire Golf Course and Country Club and thanked them and the staff for another wonderful meal. He also commented that the University and been busy team racing again that day so a certain symmetry continues. He then thanked all those who had made the evening a success yet again but particularly Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Jo Ritchie, Philippa Logan and Viv Weston. He made special thanks to Gill Threokritoff for all the Junior Scrolls and John Marshall for all the handwritten place-settings. He then asked members to remember and toast those members and friends who are no longer with us.

He then reflected on what a great year it had been for the club. It started last March with the award of the RYA Club of the Year. An award that was based on the huge diversity of helpers and members we have from all ages and backgrounds. He then reflected on the successful HANSA national event last summer when the club really pulled together to welcome sailors with disability from all over the country. He then reminded members of the huge amount of sailing and training that goes on throughout the year.

However, he reminded the club that we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, and he highlighted the fact that the club needs to keep moving forward and he highlighted that we can always use more volunteers. Indeed, Push the Boat Out, our open day, returns on the 11th May and it would be good to get as many volunteers and guests down on that day as we can. Finally, he highlighted the success of many of our young sailors, many of whom were down in Weymouth for National Training and couldn’t be with us on the night. However, he was particularly pleased that this activity had in part resulted in the Club being awarded Recognition as a British Youth Sailing Club. The speech finished with a reminder that it was our treasurer Ross Ryan’s birthday and closed with a birthday cake (his favourite coffee and walnut) and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

Special mention to our Endeavour trophy winners which are awarded by the sailing committee for dedication, improvement and overall contribution to sailing and the club:
The Jack North Trophy for Windsurfing,  Duncan Monaghan,
The Starboard Trophy for Junior and Youth Sailing, William Thomas
The George Boote Trophy, Phil Dyne

Congratulations to them and everyone who won.

The winners are in the Annual Yearbook which will be at the club next weekend (or before).

Below are Tim’s photos:

Snakebite 2019

The annual snakebite team event, organised The Nottingham University Sailing Club saw 23 teams, nearly 140 people plus judges and helpers. Pauline was kept very busy.

The day started misty, with a slight breeze which completely disappeared about 30 minutes before the start, it was an hour or so before it settled and came back, and the sunshine came out. By the afternoon it was T shirt weather, in February, and the wind meant the course was bitterly just off the clubhouse, making some great spectating.

With the late start and promise of little wind on Sunday it was decided to go all out till the wind died at about 4.45pm and get as many races in as possible 84 in total.

Sunday was unfortunately foggy and calm and racing was called off after lunch.

Here are a few photos from Saturday along with a link to a video some from the drone showing some interesting racing.

Club walk 2019

The annual club walk attracted about 30 people, many staying on (or just coming) for Pauline roast. Great to se son many down ready for the new season in two weeks time.



County Cooler

The first day of the County Cooler was a little windy, well till about 2pm. Gusts of 39 knots (force 8) were recorded, and at a second briefing the competitors and race officer decided to abandon and try and get 4 races in on Sunday, which is forecast to be much quieter.

That didn’t stop windsurfers young and old(er) going out and enjoying the wind, so here are a few photos from today.

Forty craft entered, 36 dinghies and 4 windsurfers, with the windsurfers fielding the largest junior fleet. 

Sunday was a little wet to start with, but soon dried out, part from the squall in the forth race. Ross Ryan the race officer got off to an early start and managed to fit five handicap races in, three before lunch two after.

Next event in two weeks the Ogston Woolley jumper (23/24th Feb)

Yachts and Yachting report 

A short video from the day


Laser Masters

The club is holding the prestigious Laser Masters on 23/24th March. Richard Mason is heading the team, and up to 100 boats are expected. Contact Richard on 

Location of club. We have a large clubhouse with a great stretch of water. Our racing teams have a great reputation, and in 2018 we were RYA / Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year.

Camping is available (but no power or chemical toilet disposal) and the club has an excellent caterer and bar. 

There is  meal and talk in the evening (see poster) please pre book the meal rather than wait till the day and find there is no space, payment on the day, and please let us know by the 20th March if you can or can’t make it. Email to book.

Thanks to the sponsors for prizes and support, entry is on the laser site, the nor is also on this site

Laser masters poster

First of Year Race 2019

Notts County Sailing Clubs traditional First of the Year took place on 1stJanuary 2019, with all proceeds going to the RNLI, competitors were asked to donate what they wished, and £550 was raised on the day.

Nearly sixty boats entered, including windsurfers and 14 juniors. Competitors were mainly from midlands clubs, with travellers from Stuanton Harold, Carsington, Rudyard, Burton, Attenborough.

The wind was predicted to shift from South West to North East during the day, and of course it was halfway through at the start time, so William Jeffcote had to realign the course twice, luckily it wasn’t too cold, though temperature dropped during the day especially when the sun went in.

The fast fleet saw Kevin Hope & Andy Stewart in a Fireball win with Jamie Mawson in an RS600 second and Pete Gray in a Scorpion third. However consistency paid off and a win by Peter Gray and Rich Pepperdine in the final race saw them win the event and the Goeff Parker Trophy. The slow handicap saw Joe Scurrah stamp his authority on the fleet in both races, winning the Phil Davies Memorial Trophy with Tim Cripps and Amy Clay coming in second with a second and third, in third place was Phil Kilburn.

The Junior start saw Sam Grayton win with Hayden Moore second. The ten strong windsurfers saw Guy Sprekley take an easy victory with two firsts followed by junior Duncan Monaghan coming in second from Ian Pilkington.

After much deliberation as the results were put together prizegiving was held. Results and photos below.

Short Video from Day

Results DinghyWindsurfer

Fuddle 2018

The final races of 2018 have taken place, results are up.

It was calm today but the frostbite has thrown up a good variety of conditions. Some photos from the Fuddle below, next event is New Years day – Happy Christmas everyone.