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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:

Windy day at club

The forecast wind was not quite what they said – certainly 40 mph didn’t seem to appear, and the average was near a force 4. Still for winter it was warm and so worth a trip down. A few photos.

First of Year 2020

The first of the year on 1st Jan 2020 was cool, overcast, but at least there was a light breeze. The wind was swinging a bit so Race Officers Nadina Lincoln and William Jeffcote decided on a double beat with two slightly different beats to allow for any swings. A wise decision as about 5 seconds before the first start the wind swung giving quite  a few early arrivals at the pin end a poor start, but no one was over as a result!

The racing was split fast and slow with a junior and windsurfing start but results amalgamated for the adult fleets. The racing was close and with over 50 boats including 5 juniors and 8 windsurfers it was quite crowded. Competitors came from all over the East Midlands to take part. After the results complied it was the home team of Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart from Notts County in their Fireball who won by a small margin from Nigel & Diane Pepperdine in an RS200 in second Staunton Harold with Jamie Mawson in his RS600 from Notts County third overall. Kevin won the Goeff Parker Memorial trophy and Nigel the Phil Davies Cup. Sarah Mason was first lady helm.

The Juniors saw Sam Grayton win in a Topper with Hayden Moore second and Cillian Dyne third. The Windsurfers saw Guy Sprekley enjoying the racing on his huge sail, so the trophy went to Sue Spreckley with Duncan Monaghan winning the Juniors.

Martin Hart standing in for the Commodore (who is in bed quite ill – we wish him a speedy recovery) thanked all who helped, said that the event had raised £300 split between RNLI and Sailability, and read the results.

Thanks also to those who brought rakes down and helped clear the weed from the edges.

Results First of year overall  – JuniorsWindsurfers (Prov)

Fuddle and Final 2019 race

The final race of 2019 was calm, fairly cool but at least there was shine, and the rain held off. This was followed by a fuddle with lots of food including some wonderful homemade dishes. Thanks to all who came and Martin & Moira for the bar, (and Stephanie and team for washing up).

See everyone on New Years Day I hope (10.30 briefing)

Sun 15 12 19

Another windy Sunday but cold (6’C) as the Frostbite and Oakleaf reach their penultimate day with two handicaps (due to the wind). A few photos. Don’t forget fuddle next weekend 22nd (2pm ish depending on race timings), which means racing is back to back. Bring some food to eat and share.

Good to see Technos out on the water for their Zone training and a visit by the RYA High Performance Manager.

Children’s Christmas party and roast meal

The children’s Christmas party had some great games, food and fun, with Santa making a special appearance for the clubs children and Techno Zone squad (with three from our own club). 

The party was followed by a Pauline roast with most of the zone squad and parents and many windsurfers and a few dinghy sailors who were treated to an excellent meal and an enjoyable evening. A few photos from both events below.

Summer wine Christmas party

Fifty arrived for the Summer Wine Christmas meal, organised by Lindsay and cooke by Pauline. It is a wonderful friendly event with lots of chatter and some good food (and the odd drink or four) we nearly ran out of wine!

Thanks to all who organised, and Pauline and crew for cooking and serving.

Frostbite in the wind

The Frostbite series lived up to its name today, 8’C may sound warm but in the wind it didn’t feel it. The race (only one was run) started in a moderate breeze with some vicious gusts, but it was near the end the wind kicked in with a vengeance at 30 knots or Force 7 gust. About three boats stayed upright.

During the racing I took the little Rigiflex and here are some photos, missed most of the capsizes I am afraid (though those concerned may not be worried!!) well done to all who went out and especially the youngsters with many completing the course in testing conditions.

PS: the wind meter is now up and running again (battery issue)

RS400 Open 2019

Flood warnings, cold weather, and on the morning fog and light winds – nothing seemed to put off the 30 boats that arrived at Notts County Sailing Club on 9/10th November for the RS400 Open, part of the RS400 Northern Championships. Competitors travelled from Shoreham on the south coast, Bassenthwaite, Lochaber, and many other areas in between.

The fog soon cleared, though the wind was calm, obligingly at around noon the wind was light but enough for the windward leeward racing. Three races were held back to back and racing was close and competative, with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon (Oxford SC) taking the first race, and Michael Sims and Mark Lunn taking the next two races to lead after the first day. At least the threatened rain held off, though the water level was much higher than normal as the adjacent brook flowed into the lake.

Then it was a roast and sweet courtesy of Pauline, along with the odd pint/ glass of wine and more as the social got under way.

Sunday saw a little more wind and that rare commodity blue sky and sunshine, lifting the spirits. A race was started at 10am to allow all to come ashore, or hove too to observe two minutes silence in remembrance of the fallen. Soon after 11.02, the course was moved due to a shift and racing was off again with two back to back races.

Micheal Sims and Mark Lunn took a first and a third to establish a clear lead after the discard. with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon scoring thirds and second to finish runner up a point ahead of Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leith and Loughton SC.  Forth was Dave Exley and Izzy Reynolds from Leith and Loughton.


Photos mainly from Sunday below.