Category Archives: 2018

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. 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.

This now puts the club in contention for the overall RYA/Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year award 2018 which will be announced at the upcoming RYA Dinghy Show 3rd/4th March 2018. As a club we have been runners up and commended on several occasions in the past. This year the overall winner will be decided by online votes cast at

We would love you, your families and friends to support us so please go to the site where you will see what makes our club special – it isn’t just about our facilities but it is about our warmth, friendliness and many other facets.

Winning the Facilities Development award is great but winning the overall Club of the Year would be fantastic and help us to spread the word about our club and sailing in general to an even wider audience.

We have included a QR code on the page so if you want to print it out a modern smartphone can just point the camera at it and it will link to the club voting page! 9or indeed copy it to your photos on your phone)

This link is to poster which if you can find suitable local positions (notice boards etc) please use to help us get more votes. Poster to put up locally

Thanks to everyone in the club for enabling us to get this far and it would be great if we can go that one better! So, spread the word to colleagues, friends and family and let’s do Notts County proud

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