Category Archives: 2018

County Cooler February 2018

The second Notts County Cooler over 24/15th Feb 2018 lived up to its name in no uncertain terms, top temperature with wind-chill was probably 3 or 4 ‘C however 45 hardy sailors braved the temperature for some good racing. The mini Midlands series sees a weekend of racing at Staunton Harold , the Staunton Blaster with around 30 boats (and one at Notts County in February as a ’warm up’ to the season. The blaster was reported at Staunton Blaster report.

It was great to see not only the usual suspects but plenty of other visitors come to enjoy the weekend, with visitors from Staunton Harold, Ogston, Rotherham & Girton, SC.

The wind was a little variable at times but gusted to 18 knots on Saturday and Sunday averaging force 3 to 4 much of the time. The cold water was an incentive not to capsize and few did. I think the safety and race crew drew the short straw as it was very cold when not moving around.

Both days saw 4 youngsters in the water on toppers and Oppies, a great effort.

Saturday started at 11am after a briefing, with a cold easterly and a race before lunch, then two back to back after lunch. Sunday saw a pursuit race with a handicap held back to back to complete the 10 race series.

Peter Gray and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton dominated Saturday with a string of first palces, only dropping to second as a discard on Sunday in their Scorpion. The Supernova of Corey Newton from Staunton had a string of second and thirds to finish second overall. Third was Jamie Mawson from, Notts County in an RS600 only two points behind. Tim Cripps and Rebecca Ogden were 4th in their Laser 2000.

In the juniors Robert Stevenson was first junior in a Topper, with Hayden Moore second, Raife Piggott third and Samantha Mason forth and Cillian Dyne fifth in an Optimist.

The combined series saw a superb entry of sixty one entries at the two events with entries from 10 clubs around the Midlands region. The overall results were close on an echo of the Cooler results with saw Peter Gray & Rachel Rhodes from Staunton winning from Corey Newton and Jamie Mawson, last years winner Grahame Newton was forth.

County Cooler ResultsCombined Blaster and Cooler results 

Club walk

A good number at the club walk, calling in at Black Horse at Caythorpe, followed by a roast and sweet. County Cooler next week.


Work party

Thanks to all who helped out at the work party today, lots done, shrubs cleared, repairs completed, clubroom tidied, and the Training thank you food finished. Next one early may 2018.

Snakebite 2018

Around 200 students along with Race Officers and Umpires filled the clubhouse and water for the annual Snakebite. The racing flights increased to four this year such is the attraction of the club and Nottinghams organisation. All were reminded to vote for Notts County in the Club of the Year!

There was some close and intense racing in the gusty winds, which strengthened around lunch, with several capsizing, leading to a pause in proceedings. The Race Team still delivered 88 races in the day…. Then it was off into Nottingham to check out the nightlife!

Sunday was cool with gusts a 90′ change in wind direction meaning the course was more fickle, sunshine was interspersed with showers as the fleets were split into Gold, Silver & Bronze fleets.

Photos from both days below.

Awards Dinner in aid of HANSA Nationals

The awards dinner in aid of the HANSA nationals to be held at the club this year saw good turnout, with good food (and no doubt wine) and a good number of Juniors many of whom will be showing the adults a clean pair of heals soon.

James Logan compared and announced the prizes, organised by Katheryn Hinsliff-Smith, and presented by the Commodore Adrian Jones. The evening raised over £430 for the meeting. Thanks also to Karen Marshall, Jo Richie and Viv Weston who also took some of the photos (below) along with Russ Towns. If any more come I will add them below.

Demolishing container

Thanks to the 20 or so volunteers who came to help demolish the container, and the others who where working away.

It took a bit of time and was quite an interesting job, well planned by John wells and Nicki Theokritoff, with ‘Captain’ Ross Ryan directing labour! It was all just about complete before dark.

Club RYA Club of Year Finalist

Great news! Notts County Sailing Club have won the Facility Development category of the National RYA Club of Year competition 2018, along with the overall club of the year.  This, in large part is in recognition for all the work that has been put into the clubhouse upgrade. Although a result of a great team effort by so many members of the club it is also a tribute to the drive and determination of Ross Ryan our recent commodore and current Treasurer.


On 3rd March it was announced we won the overall RYA/Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year award 2018 at the RYA Dinghy Show

Winning the Facilities Development award is great and thanjs to your help we have enough votes to win the overall Club of the Year this iscfantastic and will help us to spread the word about our club and sailing in general to an even wider audience.

Thanks to everyone for voting and allowing us to achieve club of the year.

The Exec

Here are a few photos showing what Notts County has been doing last year


Work parties Jan / Feb 18

The club relies on members to volunteer in all areas, this helps keeps fees down along with developing a community spirit.

We have agreed the University can install a (rat proof) container to protect their recent investment in equipment. As such we need to demolish a container and move items from several containers. We are due to demolish the mower and storage container, which is the least secure and not in good condition.

We have set a date of 27th January 9 am until “finish” – Keith is coming down to do bacon cobs

Phase 1 – Empty Container
Sort into “waste” / disposal via skip  & materials / equipment for moving to larger Aluminium container behind old workshop.                    
Needs – Many hands  …   Workers with safety gloves / Protective boots  or  Wellies
Phase 2 – “Demolish” current wooden container – with steel corners and fold-up metal door. Cut down wooden sides and move to “bonfire area” ( Assuming wind in right direction) – Power Saws / Hand saws / Axes .
Chop up steel framework – Angle Grinders                  
Phase 3 – Clear ground ready for new container coming end of Feb.
Spades / Rakes / Chain saws for overhanging trees .
Optional Extra’s – If good numbers / light duties – Preparing / painting the 2 Scout Containers – wire brush / anti-rust coating 
Equipment List (please bring what you have) :-  
  • Safety gloves / Protective boots  / Overals or  Wellies
  • Power Saws / Hand saws / Axes  
  • Sledge Hammers / Crow Bars
  • Angle Grinders   / battery ones … Power ones – Extension leads
  • Wheel Barrow
  • Spades / Rakes / Chain saws       

On 17th February we have another work party to clear up generally. Also Guy Sprekley is looking to lead a tree pruning party on Saturdays, Jan/Feb (please contact him direct).

First of Year Race 2018

The Notts County Sailing Club’s traditional first of the year race took place on 1st January 2018, in aid of Maggie’s Centres.

The Geoff Parker Memorial trophy and Phil Davies Cup are awarded at the event which this year went to Peter Gray and Rich Pepperdine from Staunton Harold and John Parr and Kim Parnham from Notts County Sailing Club.

The event attracted 44 entries, over a quarter being visitors from clubs around the east midlands the event raised over £350 (without donations in collecting tins) for the Cancer charity Maggie’s Centres that provides an oasis of help and comfort for cancer sufferers in centres built in hospital grounds.

The first race started just after 11am in a light breeze which faded during the race, however the wind . increased slightly for the second race held back to back. The fast handicap got a clear start as did the slow handicap with two boats managing a port flyer. The fast handicap saw John Parr and Kim Parnham in an RS400 from Notts County lead, whilst Peter Gray and Rich Pepperdine from Staunton started stamping their authority on the slow fleet, winning both races in their GPO14 by a good margin. Steve Bishop from Girton was second over all and second in the slow fleet, whilst Nigel & Dianna Pepperdine were well up in the slow fleet coming forth overall. Also of note was Molly Hinsliff-Smith who was 8th overall in her Topper.

The windsurfer fleet saw four entries with Guy Sprekley winning the adults and Duncan Monaghan the juniors.

Thanks to all who organised and entered, the next event is the County Cooler in late February, after the Staunton Blaster on second weekend in February

Results (new window) – Yachts and Yachting article