Category Archives: 2019

Saturday 20 th July

A fairly windy day, especially around lunch, but gusts switching around in direction. The windsurfers had some fun, and David B tried foiling (see end). There was also a New Members afternoon and a good number came to meet the committee and find out more about the club, along with sampling Glyn’s BBQ skills.

A few photos

Summer Party 2019

The summer party attracted well over 60 for a special Pauline buffet an odd pint (or gin) or two and plenty of natter, followed by the band and dancing.

All enjoyed the event, thanks to Jo for organising and Pauline for food, and the Commodore and rear Commodore and helpers behind the bar.

Laser Open 2019

The Notts County Sailing Club Laser Open took place on Saturday 6th July in light winds. Thirty four entrants took part with visitors from all over he Midlands including Earlswood, Bartley, Carsington and Rutland. There was also a good club contingent with some entering their first Open Meeting.

The Race Officer, James Logan, had quite a job as the wind swung and had to average out the shifts to get a course in. Racing was two back to back races before lunch and two after lunch. Joe Scurral from Carsington won the first race, then it was George Fereday from Earlswood all the way with three firsts, so taking the open by a four point margin. Simon Hardiman from Bartley was first master with seconds and thirds to count so coming second overall.

The first Notts County boat was organiser Richard Mason in forth, John Tailby was first youth and Sarah Mason first lady. The Grand Master title was taken by Mike Heap from Ogston.

The prize giving took place soon after the finish in sunshine: results. The results at Notts County has put our own Richard Mason in the lead of the series results 

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Phil Base was down and here is a link to his photos Or  

Meanwhile below are photos by David Eberlin from the morning race.

Wayfarer Round UK

You may have read in the news about a Wayfarer which sailed Round the UK this month. (It was in the Guardian at least). He is related to Ross Ryan (so when are you getting a Wayfarer!!?)  Will Hodshon came to Notts County’s Annual Wayfarer Conference earlier this year to share ideas with the other 50 intrepid Wayfarer sailors intent on doing challenging things in this robust dinghy. The Family are really proud of Will & Rich particularly considering they did it in a 60 year old wooden Wayfarer which you will see has been in the family for 6 decades.

Two intrepid UK endurance adventurers have achieved a world first.  

They have successfully circumnavigated the coastline of mainland Britain non-stop and unassisted in an open sailing dinghy, completing the epic voyage in just 18 days. By doing so, they have smashed the existing records for the quickest times so far recorded for such attempts.

Using a recently lovingly refurbished 60 year old, 16ft long open sailing dinghy named the Nipegegi, Will Hodshon( 42) and Rich Mitchell (44) set sail from Salcombe, Devon on 15th June and completed the 1390 nautical mile journey today 1st July, arriving safe, but tired, back at Salcombe.

With the back-up of the Nipegegi Round Britain (NRB) team, Will and Rich overcame challenging sailing conditions through open sea passages and using Yellow Brick Satellite Tracking via the Lloyd’s Register which is part of the record verification process recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). The team also hopes to have the record verified by the Guinness World Records.

An essential part of the attempt’s success has been the support of headline partner, Pure Ionic Water, a product of WET Group, an innovative water enhancing technology, alongside charity Water Smart Foundation which raises awareness and aims to tackle microplastics in the sea and drinking water.  

The charity has lead fund-raising attempts around the record attempt as part of their vision to support related ocean-based charities. Water Smart Foundation has committed to raising £10,000 in donations which will be split between two fantastic causes, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage.

A link to the Just Giving page is here:

Message from Will: Hi everyone, 

You no doubt already know, however just in case, we made it! We crossed our track in the mouth of Salcombe on Sunday at 18:42pm, completing our nonstop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in 15 days and 4 hours.  The whole team are all still recovering from the trip itself as well as, washing, demobilising equipment and coping with the whirl wind of media requests at my parents property here in South Devon.

We are all in shock here not only to have actually completed this project which had such a high chance of failure but also by the reception we received back in Salcombe with over 15 boats coming out to escort us back, including a new and vintage RNLI boat, Salcombe Harbour boats and Salcombe Yacht Club boats. There were banners and signs strewn up on buildings with Nipe’s name and sail number and a big group of people waiting on the jetty with drinks reception and full media presence with us giving video and radio interviews within seconds of stepping on to terra firma, crazy transition into the real world but we figured it would be as famous as were going get so we made the most of it.

As you can imagine there’s a huge sense of pride in the wider Hodshon family too with Nipegegi still breaking sailing records, now including outright fasted dinghy around Britain (both in monohull and multihull classes), completing the first ever nonstop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain and breaking the dinghy monohull 24hr distance record and all these some 40 years after her last national championship win by Dad in the late 70’s, go Nipe you legend. 

Furthermore we are so pleased that she managed this highly demanding sail without being modified, so miraculously she is still in class and could compete in a national or world championships tomorrow if somebody had the energy to do so, I think a real accolade to the wayfarer and Ian Proctor’s robust and timeless boat design.

We can’t thank everyone enough for all your support, so many people have helped in so many ways the list is endless and I can’t wait to have a bit more time to catch up and thank each of you personally, As well as all the Hodshon family of course I’d like to give particular thanks to my cousin Ben Davies who worked really hard into the early hours with Suzanne while we were at sea to bring onboard our headline partner, Pure Ionic Water, a product of WET Group, alongside charity Water Smart Foundation (WSF) who stepped in at a crucial moment in the project and who’s generous support of the expedition costs was an essential component in the projects success. The WSF charity has committed to raising £10,000 in donations which will be split between our two other causes, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage. Our current total is £5633!!

We have been inundated with requests to give presentations on our experience which is fantastic so over the next few weeks we will endeavour to complete our log, collate the pictures and videos and put together an entertaining and informative presentation to share.  Unbelievably there is already a tour schedule forming (ahhh) that Suzanne is putting together covering the country so if your close to one of the locations and would be interested to see a few pics and hear a few stories feel free to come and join us, we’ll share the calendar when its firmed up a bit more. 

Well what a journey as Rich said during one of the more testing times of our trip “there should be a law against executing a plan made in pub” but then perhaps that’s where all the best plans are made! Thinking back to all that prep, working on the boat, electrics, navigation, food, water making, clothing, destructive testing e.t.c. e.t.c. it was such a huge all consuming undertaking for 18 months but on reflection everything worked and nothing broke despite experiencing near gale force winds and scary waves up to 60NM offshore on three separate occasions.  I feel we’ve all been rewarded for our hard work and a great lesson for the kids and us all perhaps.

Really glad to be back, the boat and equipment are all dried and packed away now and the four of us Hodshon’s are about to head off in the NRB tour bus for a few days camping and unwinding together before going back to work next week.

Looking forward to catching up with you all individually really soon.

Kind regards


Windsurf open 2019

Around 34 entrants over half being Team 15 entered the Windsurf open at the club. Teams from all over the midlands came to compete along with race boards from all over the Midlands. We chose the hottest day of the year to run the meeting – nice in a way but really to hot for racing. The safety boats event had sun umbrellas up!

The morning started windless, so Max Bushall and Sue Sprekley got the youngsters out on the water. making good use of the club kit, with a team paddling race, then ball collection. plenty of smiles as Guy turned the hose on the competitors to cool them off.

Then at around 1 pm the wind started filling in, the racing was on, and Raceboard and Technos disappeared  onto the larger course whilst the juniors sailed in front of the clubhouse. it was brutally hot, the club station recorded over 30’C most of the afternoon, it was certainly in the high 20s’C.

John & Kim Parr and the race team managed to squeeze four races in and it was close on all the fleets (results to follow). Max Bushell certainly gave Guy Sprekley a  run for his money in spite of an older Raceboard and smaller sail. Guy maintained his constancy to win by a point in the final race. Meanwhile Tony Goodwin won the 7.5 with the ladies Vicki Packman and Andrea Longley in a credible 3rd and 4th overall.

The Technos also had some great racing with Mollie Sprekley y winning all but the first race and Andrew Smithson from Glossop the 5.8 Techno on equal points with Alice Bennion from Burton.

Meanwhile a separate course in front of the clubhouse saw the younger less experienced Team 15ers take part in the 4.5 and 3.5 fleets. Luke Hayes from Thrapston Sea Cadets won the 3.5 with a string of firsts. and Max Busdsworth won the 4.5 fleet. There were quite a few who tried racing for the first time such as Sam Freeman and James Herlihy – we’ll done to them – they won the merit awards.

Thanks to Boardwise for some excellent prizes for Raceboards and RYA for Team 15 prizes.

Below are some photos, will fill in some more details and add results on Sunday evening. You are welcome to use your photos for your own use.

Results (all fleets)

Topper Midlands 2019

Record Number of Toppers at Notts County Sailing Club for the ITCA Midlands Champs 2019

This 2-day event was once again held at Notts County SC over the weekend of 15thand 16thJune. Despite the horrendous downpours during the preceding week Saturday morning saw blue skies and a forecast of 10 gusting 15 knots as 34 sailors registered for the event.  After a welcome by event co-ordinator Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, introductions were made to the experienced NCSC race team of Ken and Sue Twemlow and a merry band of club volunteers, this promised to be an exciting and well planned event. A race briefing aimed at junior sailors, including more novice sailors and those on the Topper circuit, was held including a briefing on flags, courses and plans for the 2-day Championship. Since the forecast was near perfect it was planned to run 4 races back to back commencing at 11 am. After stocking up on a hearty breakfasts, applying sun cream and bottles filled, sailors were launched and nervous parents looked on with binoculars, or went for a walk around the lake.

Thirty four sailor’s launched of which 10 were on the smaller 4.2 rigs and all from the home club showing the option of competing at this level across all ages and weights and encouraging those new to Topper only events.

Race 1 was officially abandoned due to a timing error on the committee boat, much to the disappointment of the GBR RYA race squad who secured top places.  After switching the batteries (or kicking the old timer) normal service resumed and Race 2 got underway.  It soon became apparent that there were a split in the fleet with the front pack made up of the GBR RYA Topper squad sailors of Paling, Hinsliff-Smith, Thomas, Singleton and Robertson, followed by the sailors from the RYA Midlands zone of Grayton, Hopkinson, Quinn, Berry, McMullan, Ewbank, Bray, Keenan, Piggott, Moore. The remaining sailors were predominately Notts County sailors some new into Topper sailing or in the Clubs own Youth Racing Squad. Race one was won by William Thomas from Notts County with Kate Robertson from Swarkestone taking 2ndplace. The 4.2 fleet came in from 20thplace onwards with 1stEddie Quinn followed by Edward Paling.

Race 2 saw a change of course as the wind shifted slightly and with a lead boat the sailors soon got to grips with the increasing gusts and the shifting conditions. In Race two Ben Paling, from Notts County, took the hooter, closely followed by William Thomas with Race 3 saw another winner with ex Zone squad sailor Thomas Link from Leigh & Lowton with Molly Hinsliff-Smith from Notts County taking the 2ndplaced spot. Some of the younger less experienced sailors were showing the strain as we entered Race 4 of the back to back races and some wishing they had fuelled up more from the array of food available from Pauline’s kitchen.   Again it was close in the 4.2 fleet with Edward Paling scoring a 17thplace.

The final scheduled race saw some dark clouds looming and some more shifty conditions, exactly as forecast, but which way paid up the 1stbeat? The committee boat moved to finish on a shortened course which threw a few competitors and even led to a protest but Greg Cornes from Chase SC took the top spot followed by Ben Paling. Greg won the event last year and was clearly now finding his form after stepping into a Laser.

The end of Day 1 saw the top 3 spots going to Notts County Sailors, Paling, Thomas, Hinsliff-Smith with special mention to Matthew Gunn who despite coming in last had to endure the pouring rain, a capsize on the homeward straight watched by 33 sailors on shore. Likewise the 4.2 sailors were close with Edward Paling, Caitlin Thomas and Eddie Quinn vying for places. 

After a hearty meal, many juniors still had energy to pitch their tents, play some silly games with a chocolate bar (and gloves, hat & scarf) and complete a bunting painting competition. Visitors enjoyed staying at the club along with free camping and catering facilities.

Day 2 started with a similar forecast, a little cooler and some blue skies.  The NOR indicated an early start, 9am for 3 races to make a series of 7. A few fuzzy heads but that tended to be mainly parents, perhaps it was because it was Father’s Day? A few of the sailors under canvas also looked to be suffering too.

Race 5 saw William Thomas and Kate Robertson find their form making this exciting watching from the balcony along with some nervous parents. With Race 6 ending with Charlie Hopkinson from Notts County stealing the show with a resounding win leading from the windward mark. Definitely a name to watch in the future. This meant those on the shore were quickly calculating this Championship was going to be very close, currently one place between Paling and Thomas, and it was all down to the final race to declare the winner along with the 4.2 fleet closely battling between 1st, 2ndand 3rdplace.

Paling was out of the starting blocks first, closely followed by Cornes, but on the homeward leg Paling had a dramatic death roll looking like Will Thomas might be assured of the Championship only to find Ben Paling recovered and managed to secure 2ndplace with Cornes picking up his 2ndwin of the series.  Overall Ben Paling from Notts County won on 10 points, William Thomas, Notts County on 11 points, 3rdplace went to Greg Cornes from Chase SC. As is customary the prizes were split between top 3 boys and top 3 girls going to Kate Robertson, Swakestone SC and Molly Hinsliff-Smith and Heather Quinn both from Notts County. In total 12 of the 34 competitors were female aged between 12 and 16.

Prizes were also awarded to the 4.2 fleet with Caitlin Thomas, Edward Paling and Eddie Quinn all from Notts County finishing 21st, 23rdand 24threspectively.  Prizes were also awarded to top Notts County Sailor Charlie Hopkinson, 1stplaced Midlands zone sailor Taylor Berry and two unsupported sailors from Trimpley, Matthew Chadderton and Toby Gammond and Endeavour to Matthew Gunn from Notts County SC.

At the packed prize giving organiser Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith commended all the sailors for their sailing prowess as well as their positive attitude to sailing.  Kathryn added that it was a pleasure to host this prestigious event with special mention to the series sponsors Harken and ITCA and to thank all the many volunteers who had made the event such a great occasion. The event saw 34 sailors drawn across 9 sailing clubs and 22 sailors from Notts County drawing on the next sailing generation, thanks to the Clubs RYA OnBoard activities. Here’s to 2020.

Kathryn Hinsliff Smith (who led the team from Notts County)


Junior Open 2019

There was a great turnout of 17 boats including visitors from Bartley SC. Thanks to Paintcraft & Rooster for prizes. The event also raised £40 for the John Merricks Trust. The event was part of a new RYA Midlands youth series, in its inaugural year.

The morning saw some gusty conditions with force 5 to 6 gusts. Whilst there were plenty of spills 9 finishing in some challenging conditions which would have tested most of the adults. The wind moderated for the afternoon though many had had enough with the mornings wind.

The under 19s and overall winner saw Harrison Allen win every race with Megan Harriman second both from Bartley Sailing Club in Laser 4.7s. Third under 19 was Martha Christensen in a Topper from Notts County SC.

The under 13 saw Notts County’s Raife Pigott win in a Topper with Cillian Dyne second in at Optimist and Samantha Mason in a Topper third all from Notts County SC.

Duncan Monaghan the Junior rep was tasked with not only giving a speech but presenting the prizes after his hard work organising the event (with help from his gather and Tim Cripps). Spot prizes included Cecily Webb who completed all four races, and Mathew Gunn, Charlie Dudill and Arthur Quinn and Eloise Davie all of whom either completed a race or went out. Thanks to all who helped organise the meeting, and it was a shame the weather was so wild, putting off many potential competitors, but well done to anyone who completed the race.

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HANSA National series 2019

The Notts County SC HANSA Open meeting part of the class Associations National TT series for 303 one and two person HANSA 2.3 and Liberty class took part on 5thJune. Competitors came from all over the UK including South Scotland, London Tideway and Frensham Pond with Rutland being well represented. The boats have a heavy board for stability and lever steering and varying forms of assistance to allow sailors of all abilities to take part in the racing. The event requires plenty of volunteers for transfer and helping, thanks to all from Notts County who helped out.

Racing was close and only Andy Sheath and Kate Linott in the 303 two person achieved all string of firsts out of the 4 fleets, everyone else had discards of 2ndand 3rd, and the lead and other places changed regularly.

The morning was sunny with gusts of 16 miles per hour, which moderated a little after lunch as it clouded over with a hazy sun. The liberty fleet was first off with a win for Pat Crowley from Rutland he won the event on equal points from Val Milward from Rutland, followed bv David Durston from White Friars. The next srtart saw the remainder of the classes and the 303 was the most popular with Mike Evereitt from Frensham Pond winning by a good margin with three firsts anda  second as discard. Jessica Campbell from south Scotland Sailability was next with a first, second and third, with James Woosnam third from Rensham Pond. The 2 person 303 was won by Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott with Rik Hughes and John  Harwood from Fresnsham second. Finally the HANSA 2.3 was won by Lindsay Burns from Fresnshom.




Spring Regatta 19

Nearly 120 brought tickets to compete and socialise at the Notts County Sailing Club Spring Regatta over May Bank Holiday including 15 visitors and 30 juniors. The event was sponsored by Rooster, Paintcraft, Flymount, Ropes 4 Boats and HB Clarke. 

The Regatta is a family orientated event with camping, socials every night and sailing, and this year saw sunshine, showers light and moderate winds, shifting in the showers. The RS300s joined us for an Open Meeting.

The event kicks off with pitching your tent / caravan/ motorhome then to the bar and a  Friday night bring your own bbq and band which also had juniors playing.

Saturdays first race was calm with 180’ shifts then what one competitor described as a lumpy wind all over the place direction and strength though tending to be from the north west in second race. The evening saw a Pauline sausage and  mash with mushy peas and mint sauce, followed by the Belvoir Big band.

Sunday was gusty the clouds again played havoc with the direction and quite a few fell in during the first race. The afternoon was a little steadier and the sun cans out, along with the odd shower. The Commodore’s Cup (handicap), Class racing, the Regatta/Family Cup and Team racing along with oppie racing which was more like a race to bottom as the boys sunk their boat and girls drifted to victory.

Monday started with team racing won by blue team of Rebecca Ogden,  Eloise Dave, Sarah Venning and Charlie Soubry. Then Regatta cup had its final race. Followed by Commodores cup, and class Racing. Finally the duck race in aid of Parkinson’s UK was held, raising a commendable £369 for the charity.

The commodores cup is a handicap series of three races, started in two fleets. Tim Hand from Swarkstone SC took his Solo to a clear victory with three firsts. Ross Ryan and Oliver Ryan-Moore from Notts County was second 4 points behind, with Luke Hardy and John Wells from the home club third.

The class racing saw Tim Hand win the handicap fleet with Rob and Karen Bell / Shaunagh Lea second. Laser was won by Andy Stewart, RS 400 Ross Ryan & Oliver, Scorpion (the largest class) was Chloe Willars and John Talby

The juniors had an excellent representation from Toppers, Oppies . Cillian Dylan from Notts County winning two races in his Optimist,  Gwyneth Lanyon was second , Charles Miles Hayler was third . 

The Regatta /family Cup for novices saw Gwinith Lanyon win with Charles Miles-Hayler second, Sammy Mason third all in Toppers from Notts County. Glyn Ritchie with junior crews  Alison, Eaun, Gwyneth won the adults Regatta prize.

James Logan the Vice Commodore, who organised the event said: “Thanks to all our sponsors Rooster, Paintcraft, Flymount, Ropes 4 Boats and HB Clarke. What a friendly regatta with lots of buddies, especially the juniors. It’s great to see so many on the water and at the socials over the weekend. Here’s to next year.”

Results: Commodores Cup – Class: ScorpionRS400LaserHandicap 
Junior ClassRegatta family / Junior Cup 

Photos from event below. Y & Y report