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E sailing – Virtual Regatta

Through the RYA the club has a VIP pass which allows us we think to set up races. We will put these here so check back, also they will be on Facebook, we will probably use a key for these so only club members can access it. We will put them on here to start with, but if we get others in will sort on a secured area.

A short explanation video and the RYA race on 1/4/20 some Olympic Sailors on here!

3/4/20 I rang RYA as we could log into one part of the site but not the other, it turns out lots of clubs have done the same, there is a chat room and the racing and you have to get validation on both!!! Anyway, the RYA will send a list tonight, but it may not be up and running for the weekend. You can still however practise and enter open racing on the site. Once the voucher is up we can organise racing – some starters ill be required.

Weed control Statement


Following the issues with weed in 2019 much research has now been undertaken to confirm the weed type and to establish the most appropriate methods of control at NCSC. Sources of information include the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Dr J.R Newman (an expert in this field), and several sailing clubs experiencing similar problems with weed.

The predominant weed type has been confirmed as Elodea Nuttallii, (Nuttall’s pondweed) with possibly a small proportion of Elodea Canadensis (Canadian Waterweed). Both these weed types are classed as alien invasive species.


Elodea Nuttallii can grow in water up to 4.5 meters deep and over-winters as shoots lying on the lake bed; these shoots start to regenerate new side shoots as the lake temperature reaches 6-8°C.

The side shoots grow rapidly towards the surface without branching to reach the water surface to get sufficient light for photosynthesis. Once close to the surface these primary runners began to produce more shoots to form a canopy structure to maximise the absorption of light energy. Under favourable conditions, E. nuttallii forms a densely branched canopy during mid-late summer, and this canopy easily detaches to form dense, free-floating mats. (Does anybody recognise this!!!)? During the late autumn and winter these floating mats break up and sink to the lake bed for the cycle to repeat; or are blown to the lee shore.


Varying methods of control have been considered and those most appropriate to employ at NCSC include, club members will need to volunteer to ensure this is done:-

  • Harrowing of the lake bed during late Winter / early Spring in areas known to support the growth of weed; – this disturbs the overwintering stems and growth shoots and delays by up to 6-8 weeks the formation of shoots rising to the surface. This then limits the period available for the growth spreading at or just below the surface, hence reducing the overall biomass.
  • Cutting of weed at the lake bed in late spring / early summer to remove rising stems before the period when they reach the surface and expand aggressively to form a floating mat. The collection of a limited amount of cut weed will be required.
  • The introduction of liquid blue dye to inhibit photosynthesis and reduce weed growth
  • The regular collection of any floating weed that appears in late summer / autumn
  • The removal of weed blown to a lee shore


In addition to the research the following actions have been executed to date and will continue as appropriate:-

  • In December 2019 the NCSC Exec Committee approved the purchase of liquid blue that is more expensive but significantly easier to apply than the powdered blue dye as used in recent years. There is also a perception that this liquid dye as used initially by the club was more effective.
  • A temperature data logger has been placed in the lake and data down loaded on a regular basis. This enables us to make sure that the initial dose of liquid dye is applied before the lake temperature exceeds 6°C on a regular/permanent basis and weed growth is accelerated
  • The lake overflow has been checked on a regular basis and cleared of debris as necessary to ensure that the lake level drops as quickly as possible to enable the blue dye to be applied without significant loss via the overflow.
  • In January 2020 working parties removed substantial amounts of last year’s weed that had blown on to the lee shore.
  • A diving team has made a part survey of the lake bed, but reported poor visibility and little weed in the areas surveyed
  • A chain harrow has been assembled and towed behind red safety in February and March in areas around and between buoys seven, eight, nine and ten together with the rib moorings, all areas of recognised weed growth. More harrowing is still required see Volunteering below.
  • The fabrication of a V shaped weed cutting blade, similar to that used by other clubs and aquatic contractors, has been commissioned. The blade has now been fabricated and successfully trialled ready for use late Spring / early Summer.
  • An underwater camera with remote video screen and recording facility has been purchased to monitor the weed growth on the bed of the lake, the effect of harrowing, and the rate and density of weed growth during the season. The camera has now been trialled and footage recorded of overwintering shoots / early season growth.
  • Fifty percent of the initial blue dye dose was applied in February, unfortunately the latest flooding will have diminished its effect, but the increased turbidity of the flood water will have had a similar effect of reducing light penetration. A futher dose was applied on March 14.


 As the year progresses the following is planned:-

  • To continue harrowing the lake bed during March and April
  • To continue monitoring the lake temperature
  • To apply the third stage of the initial blue dye dosage. NB this can’t be done until the lake level drops to below the lip of the overflow control weir.
  • To take bi-weekly samples of the lake water to monitor the degradation of the blue dye due to sunlight and dilution.
  • To apply top up doses of blue dye as required on a monthly basis from now until the end of August
  • To undertake monitoring of weed growth using the underwater camera so that harrowing and later weed cutting at the lake bed can be targeted.
  • To undertake surface monitoring of weed growth.
  • A lake map will be posted in the club house for members to record sighting of weed growth.
  • The purchase of purpose designed light weight weed rakes for collection of cut / floating weed.
  • A survey of the lake depth to help confirm the lake volume for the dosing of dye  and establish all areas of a depth of 4.5m and below which have a potential for supporting the growth of weed

VOLUNTEERING – Your Club Needs YOU  

To implement the ongoing proposed weed control we need a band of willing volunteers. Martin Hart as vice commodore will be managing and co-ordinating these activities. A schedule of weed work party activities will be posted, but please make offers of assistance to , advising which activities you can to assist with, and your typical availability. A sign-up sheet will also be posted on the club notice board.


Whilst the above proposals to be managed and executed by club volunteers are aimed at limiting weed growth to the extent that it does not significantly affect our sailing activities as in previous years there are NO guarantees.

With this in mind quotations have been obtained for the hire of specialist weed cutting boats and/or aquatic contractors to undertake weed clearance in the late summer- however this is an expensive option which we hope will be avoided if sufficient active involvement is received from club members.

Finally many thanks to all those that have assisted to date.   Martin Hart – Vice Commodore.    March 2020

Weed Control Statement for Web and Notice Board 15 March 2020 -1 (pdf version of above)

Sat 14th March

Busy at the club today, plenty turning up to the work party, washing windows, clearing debris and bushes and generally tidying up. Thanks the club grounds look much better.

There were also two instructor courses, an Assistant Instructor course led by George Stanton and a Dinghy Instructor led by Howard Nelson, great to see so many volunteers wanting to put more back into the sport.

Youth squad had started with Martin Gunn and Phil One leading a team, with many young squad sailors and instructors teaching youngsters to race.

A few photos (sorry about the ones I missed – I did do the odd bit of helping contrary to the Bosuns comments!!)

Easter Monday Charity Race

An Easter charity race event will be held on Monday 13th April. A light hearted day of racing in fun formats will take place with the bar open and food available. All proceeds will go to the Commodores chosen  charity, Sailability. All are welcome! 

More information to follow but below is a link to last years event.

Last year was an enjoyable not to serious race day with plenty out on the water. See report


Flooding and Club Walk

Sun 23rd Feb : Road completely clear but bumpy on corner, we will probably need to wait till all this rain has dropped before repairing fully. The containers and all boats etc are clear of the water, and levels have dropped to a little higher than the November water level, you can see from second photo how much they have dropped since Thursday.

The Exec meet tomorrow so there may be more news after that or in Newsletter later this week.

Sat 22nd Feb: The Bosun has reported the access road is now clear. The Vice Commodore is advising that people do not sail, there are no toilets/ showers and there will be underwater objects (posts etc) not visible there may also be floating debris from the flooding, in addition pontoons are inaccessible.

Afternoon on 20th – water still dropping.
James suggested I take the drone down, so here area a few photos, the water has dropped quite a bit. Causway Dyke has grown a little!


Feb 20th: The water has gone down since yesterday, and whilst the access road and corner have water on them it is passable with care. Most containers are now above water. The toilets are unusable at present as the cesspit is full of water. 

Water levels gone down (see debris to left) passable with care.

Feb 19th: As many will know the club has been cut off by flooding, it has come over the road and up to the containers. The River Trent is well down now so hopefully the water will disperse. We will keep this page updated on access etc.

Please not the toilets will not be usable at present, providing we can access this will be checked over the weekend.

The Club walk has been cancelled along with the meal due to this and the possible lack of access. The walk will also be across potentially flooded and very muddy fields.

The road in on 19th Feb (Wednesday)

The container and small lake. Tim Cripps has checked boats all safe.

Work party Feb 2020

Thanks to the great, hardworking and resilient volunteers who turned out today to take on a big list of jobs, from deep cleaning loos and changing rooms to the more fresh air, of which there was plenty as Denis blew through, with tasks of harrowing, dye application and scrub clearing. A big impact which we will all enjoy for the season ahead.
Of course there is always plenty to do and the March 14 Saturday is another’s opportunity for you to get involved.
Thanks again to the 30 or so folks who gave up their time today. Thanks also to Pauline for bacon/sausage cobs and Kathryn for sorting lunch.
A few photos 

Wild Sunday 9th Feb 20

The forecast was for gusts of 50-60 mph and at the club it was entirely believable especially when a hail squall came through. White out at 50 meters!

Four windsurfers went out Dean (of course), Steve, Alastair & Kyle. Most of us watched – it was too much, as the wind whipped the spray off the waves.

A few photos from Sunady

Snakebite 2020

The University of Nottingham Snakebite had almost perfect conditions for most of Saturday 8th February. Around 140 visitors in teams from all over the country took part with teams of 6 in the 24 fireflies. The judging saw 7 judges in four ribs, dispensing near instant decisions when things got a little too close. 

As a result of the slick organisation from The University Sailing Club, K Sail and all the helpers 96 races were run. Results from K sail

Sunday saw 60-80mph gusts forecast and so the day was abandoned as being to dangerous, even at the end of Saturday the racing was curtailed as the wind rose. Photos from Sunday.

A few photos from the day

Pondlife on Saturday

The University of Nottingham Windsurfing Club held the National (SWA) Pondlife event on 1/2 February. The 143 participants were there to enjoy windsurfing, the competition and social life, travelling from Swansea, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and many other Universities around the country. Boardwise supported the event with demo kit and the racing equipment. Red Bull provided some cans of energy drink to keep the cold away… or if nothing else provide some energy.

The Saturday saw some high winds with vicious gusts, probably 6/7 judging by the water, keeping the safety team busy, meanwhile the small lake saw the beginners have a go.

There were around bundled entered and Pauline provided cobs, whilst music played on the balcony, providing a festive atmosphere. Though it wasn’t all free sailing there was a slalom and team race held, in spite of the winds. Sunday was alot lighter and freestyle, Intermediate and beginners racing a held after a late start.

A few photos below (including some club windsurfers who were also out enjoying the wind)

County Cooler 2020

The County Cooler had  cool start but a good turnout with over forty boats hitting the water for a prompt 11.30 start. Race Officer Paul Reynolds had  race before lunch then two back to back after.

The County Cooler is part of a three venue mini series in the East Midlands, with Ogston on 8/9th February and a final at Staunton Harold on 22/23rd February. Last Year the series attracted over eighty entries and the good start at Notts County means there may be even more. Clubs from all over the Midlands took part, including Notts County, Ogston, Staunton, Northampton, Girton, Burton, Attenborough, Nottingham, Combs and Welton, it was great to see so many travelling.

The fleet was split into two a fast and slow start, with the results combined and there was a double beat to allow for the wind swinging. The wind on Saturday was light and competition was close throughout the fleet.

The first day saw Martin Honner from Ogston take two firsts, with Andy McKee and Steve Graham in a scorpion take a first and second. Garry Knott in a laser from Ogston and Jake Willars in a Solo along with his sister Chloe Willars and John Tailby in a Scorpion, both from Notts County all had thirds, so it was close at the top.

Sunday was lighter still and more of a drift round in cold conditions, still the sun was shining, which made a change from the recent rain. Andy KcKee won the first race with Martin Honner second, Ian Firth third. The final race saw Martin Honner win, giving him the overall title, Andy Mckee scored a forth to come second and Garry Knott a second to come third overall.

The first under 19 was Chloe Willars with John Tailby (3rd o/a) the first junior was Victoria Theaker from Combs SC in a Byte, followed by Harden Moore in a Topper from Notts County.


yachts and yachting report

Elsewhere on the lake the Topper Zone squad was busy training, which depleted the junior fleet.


Photos from Saturday below: