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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.

Results

Photos mainly from Sunday below.

 

Whitby to Ispwitch

Keith Burgess who many of you know at the club sailed from Whitby to Ipswich in an old schooner. For those that are interested he tells his story below.

From Whitby to Ipswich – A voyage on the Schooner “Trinovante”

On September 21st I caught the train from Nottingham to Whitby, where at 18.00 hours I boarded the 3 masted schooner “Trinovante”. The other 3 crew members arrived from their respective home ports and we spent the evening of what was to prove to be the tail end of summer . John and Sue, the joint owners treated us to a welcome supper as we found our berths and unpacked.

The basics of the boat were explained and potential on deck hazards identified.  Thereafter weretired to our bunks in readiness to leave at 8.00am the following morning.

Whitby harbour is only accessible when the road bridge is raised for two hours either side of high tide, but we were the first boat to sail under the raised bridge and motor down to the harbour mouth to the waiting North Sea.

Trinovante’s bows cleaved the water as many had done before and we headed South.

The weather forecast gave a prediction of f4/5 from the S.E, which combined with the tide gave no opportunity to make any significant headway, so the skipper’s decision was made to motor down the coast through the night to make landfall at Harwich. We took 4 hour watches on a rolling rotation with 3 of the 6 of us on deck at any one time. I must say there are now an awful lot of wind farms off England’s East coast and surprisingly little shipping evident.

We eventually moored at Halfpenny pier at Harwich at 14.36, where we were greeted by old friends of John and Sue. We took the opportunity to walk around the town and find an off-licence or two. The town itself showed many signs of deprivation that is common with many coastal resorts of the UK. The large container port with highly automated crane systems for the container ship traffic seemed at odds with the little town just the other side of the water.

The following day we left our mooring from halfpenny pier and headed out of the estuary for a days offshore sailing. We were all given the opportunity to helm and put up sail. Raising a gaffe rigged sail up is a two crew affair which involves one person hauling on a halyard nearest the mast and is called the “throat” whilst the other end of the boom is called the “peak”. It’s a procedure that must be done in unison to ensure an efficient hoist.

The weather was not at its kindest with a number of sharp rain squalls. A steady stream of tea came up from the galley which was always appreciated.

At the end of the day we sailed back to the port of Harwich, past the container ships and upstream into the estuary where we dropped anchor for the night.  As ever an excellent meal was prepared by Sue and a subtle bonding of the crew from many different backgrounds helped make the evening a memorable one.

Next morning we raised anchor and headed down river for the next leg of the voyage to the Blackwater estuary .“Trinovante’s” anchor winch is a formidable affair, manually operated by two crew which again required unison of effort and a stance of pushing down in alternate strokes to achieve an effective lift. The winch was originally fitted to a Thames barge but was

spotted by John as just what he needed when he designed and built “Trinovante” from scratch.

Our sail down to the Blackwater estuary had similar weather conditions, though perhaps a little more benign. The last leg of the voyage was again under motor and we moored in the estuary

late afternoon for the night. This particular river divides Suffolk from Essex and is also the location of the late Tony Benn’s ancestral home. From where we were moored it did look a rather splendid location.

On the morning of September 26th we set sail for the last leg of our voyage, back up the coast toward the confluence of the river Stour and River Orwell and onto Ipswich.

Under sail for most of the day we passed Mersea, Clacton and its pier, Frinton and Walton on the Naze.. The sun was shining again as we passed all these well known place names finally motoring up the river Orwell passing under the road bridge of the A41 and into the lock of Neptune marina. Here we moored up for the night and disembarked the following morning.

The crew went their separate ways; I headed for the Travelodge hotel and after a day of sightseeing Ipswich, a town I had never visited before, caught the train back to Nottingham.

It had been an interesting and insightful week.

Solo open 2019

The Solo Open was held in wet, miserable condition, with a little wind, but it was cold. Given the conditions it was great to see half the fleet as visitors coming from all over the Midlands, including Sheffield Viking, Draycott, Ogston, Earlswood, Carsington and Liegh on Lowton, and of course a good turnout from the home Notts County fleet.

The all female Race crew provided some good racing on a relatively short course managing 4 races in the poor conditions. There were  couple of spills as the wind gusted, and the cold seeped through in the final race.

Tom Gillard of Sheffield Viking won with four firsts. Nigel Davies from Draycott finishing second with seconds and thirds. Martin Honner (Ogston) and Ian Ingram (Earlswood) were equal on points with Martin ahead in the final race so coming third. The first Notts County Sailor (and Junior) was Jake Willars finishing in 6th place.

Sailwave Results

Photo below

Flying 15 Open 2019

An impressive 16 visiting teams joined the home fleet at Notts County SC on the 19th & 20th October for their Flying Fifteen open meeting, which was also the final event in the 2019 Waples Wines Northern Traveller series.

Sunny skies – a welcome relief after weeks of heavy rain – and a light-to-moderate wind made for an excellent weekend of sailing, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Burnham-on-Crouch and Chew Valley in the South, plus a positive army of boats and motorhomes making their way down from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in the North.

Another visitor of note was Graham Lamond of Ripon SC who had brought along one of his fleet(!) of beautiful wooden Flying Fifteens, this one being the newly restored Squall – sail number 1155, built by Chippendale Boats over 50 years ago. This event was the first time Squall had been on the water for over 10 years and, other than some minor spinnaker teething problems, the grand old lady acquitted herself with great style and panache against the young upstarts around her.
 

Squall showing off her fresh paint and varnish in the sunshine

Getting to the competition itself then, the first race saw Ian Cadwallader & Steve Graham from Chew Valley SC quickly establish a dominant lead which they held to the end, with Andy and Tom Goddard from Dovestone SC following them home and John Hanson & Helen Selden from Datchet SC in third.

After a pitstop for lunch the second race saw Cadwallader and Graham again at the front, this time trailed by Mike Preston & Chris Robinson from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in second and the Goddards in third. The final race of the day, held in a now dying breeze, saw the same three boats in the top positions, but this time with the Dovestone boat back into second place and Preston & Robinson in third.
 

Cadwallader & Graham with a narrow lead over the chasing pack

Competition, as it always is at Flying Fifteen events, was tight all the way down the fleet, perhaps especially so in this case as navigating 21 keelboats around Notts County SC’s fairly small lake certainly puts a premium on boat handling skills and close-quarters tactics at times. Special mention should also be made at this point of the two borrowed boats being sailed by entirely junior crews, both of whom acquitted themselves with great aplomb and were a credit to Notts County’s youth development programme.

Saturday evening saw another well-attended and very sociable dinner courtesy of redoubtable cook Pauline – indeed it’s a measure of Pauline’s almost legendary status that even travellers who haven’t visited Notts County SC before already know all about her excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Sunday morning saw the slipway busy with activity from well before 9am as the fleet launched in preparation for a fairly early start to the first race. The breeze had freshened somewhat and changed direction considerably from the previous day, which enabled rather simpler courses to be set around the lake. The fleet was keen to get racing too, resulting in a general recall in the first race and the hoisting of the black flag for the restart.

Slipway Action!

New faces were seen at the front of both Sunday’s races, with Justin Waples & Jackie McKellen from Royal Corinthian YC winning the first, pushed hard all the way around the course by the ever consistent Cadwallader & Graham. 

Having now done enough to comfortably win the event overall Cadwaller & Graham retired early from the final race, leaving Preston & Robinson to take the win and secure second overall, with Andy & Tom Goddard securing a well deserved and popular third place.

First juniors were Chloe Willars and John Tailby from Notts County SC, with Chloe also taking the prize for first lady helm.

First Classic was Graham Lamond & Jeremy Arnold from Ripon SC / Notts County SC, with first lady overall being Jackie McKellen from RCYC

Thanks again to Notts County SC (and assorted race officials and volunteers) for organising the event, and to all the visitors for coming and making it so worthwhile. Finally huge thanks to Waples Wines for their support and sponsorship over the years, and for all the nice-tasting prizes!

See you again next year!

Text: Jeremy Arnold
Photo: Katheryn Hinsliff-Smith and Jeremy Arnold

results

Some more photos from Graham Stamper – thanks

Busy Wednesday

There where a few out this Wednesday, the University Windsurfers had their last taster day, and the Sailing Club started training in earnest. It was also windy enough for the windsurfers to have some fun. A few photos.

Scorpion Open

Light winds plagued the first day of the Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club. There were 26 entries from as far south as Northampton and Chew Valley, west to Llandudno and north to Sheffield. The wind was fickle, and switching, however it did eventually settle down and William Jeffcote soon had the fleet under way on a short course, in case the wind dropped. 

The first two races where started in quick succession with Tom Gilllard and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton & Sheffield Viking taking the first two races, giving them an overnight lead. There were no clear winners on the first day, Peter Gray & Andy Davies from Staunton Harold SC won the final race and were a point behind the overnight leaders. Tom Jeffcote and Him Hartley (RYA) also won a race. The first lady and 6th overall was the first home club scorpion with Nadiian Lincoln & Chris Holt sailing. So it was all to play for, but not before some fun and games with boats on string in the evening after a roast dinner courtesy of Pauline the club caterer.

Sunday promised some wind and rain, the wind certainly happened at times, but for most of the racing it was sunny. The race officer laid several courses, changing on most races to make the best of the conditions. There where some good reaches and runs when the win blew, and the odd capsize. The racing between the top two was close With Peter Gray winning taking two firsts, beating the overnight leaders by a point. Third was Andy McGee and Steve Graham. First lady and junior was Chloe Willars (9th o/a).

1st Peter Gray & Andy Davis (Staunton Harold SC), 2nd Tom Gillard and Rach Rhodes (Staunton & Sheffield Viking), 3rd Andy McKee and Steve Graham (Northampton SC), 4th Tom Jeffcote and Tim Hartley (RYA), 5th Steve Walker and Jerry Hannabus (Pennine), 6th Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert (Notts County SC), 1st Junior (and Lady) 9th Chloe Willars and John Talby (Notts County SC)

Yachts and Yachting report

Full results 

Some photos from Saturday

Aug bank holiday fun race

Club members who opted not to sit in traffic but come down for August Bank Holiday Monday were in for a treat. Blue skies, sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere meant you could have been on holiday at some far off land. It was 28’C on my car thermometer, so occasionally even the adults fell in. The race started with 4 teams and lots on a team, so the private SUPs proved a useful attraction for adults and youngsters.

The Annual Crouch Endurance Trophy race was, as usual a fun packed affair with 39 racers taking part in four teams. As the wind was so light rule 42 was suspended with some interesting pumping. Mind you the winning team was the one that realised that sailing was faster than paddling and pumping. The lead changed hands several times over the 6 hours with only 2 laps separating first and fourth place.

So, to the results

Fourth place went to the Leaf Eating Dragons – Joseph, Sophie, Eloise, Charles, Stephen, Keith, Olivia, William, Bella and Samantha.

In joint second were Rock and Roll (Chloe, Tansy, Euan, Fiona, Adrian. John D, Mike S, Poppy, Kate and Ellady) and Sunny Sailors (Cillian, Daisy, Elsie, Mike G, Viv, Neil, Martha and Dan).

And first place went to the aptly named team fast of – Alex Chadbourne, Sam Grayton, Tobias Beaumont, Britta Bayman, Phil Dyne, James Beaumont, Robert Stevenson, Alice Harvey and Jo Riddell

Thanks to a great race team led by Deb Pennington with the able help of Mandy Davie, Phil Dyne and Viv Weston but also to all the supporters who came down and made it such a joyful fun event.

Some photos from the morning from Viv Weston & David Eberlin

August Junior Course

Another successful Junior Course of around 32 with 3 Stage 1& 2 courses in both Oppies and Toppers, a Stage 3 course in Topaz and Start Race Course along with a 2 day windsurf course. There were challenging conditions every day, and Wednesday saw a very wet afternoon (there was about 9 inches of water in the boats! – and still the Topaz went out). Everyone improved, and some budding young potential instructors helped out, along with quite  a few Assistant instructors, it is great to see so many Topper sailors helping get others out on the water (including our 4.2 National champion who did all four days).

Thanks to all who helped : Emily, Helpers Sophie and Sam – Nigel and Matt and Steve with Robert and Sophie on Thur – Kevin, helped by Jade  – Chris, Sarah, helped by Tom – Nick, Martin, Molly, Keith – Sue for Windsurf  course – Steve  and Julie  on safety, and possibly most Importantly Sarah for doing so much behind the scenes, without her the courses would not be as successful.

Some great food was provided by Pauline.

A few photos (OK quite a few from the week) sorry to any I missed (being SI – limited time), as ever if any have crept in that you would like removing please let us know immediately for removal:

Windy Saturday in August

Billed as gale force winds, it was Force 7 in the gusts so pretty close until rain shower came through and surpassed the wind enough to temp the dinghies out (see Jake & John capsizing sequence – bit fuzzy due to distance along with a damp lens). Meanwhile the windsurfers enjoyed small sails and high winds.

Saturday club became a powerboat training morning for those that came down, meanwhile the bosun and Adam (and Commodore) were inventing a weed collection system, to windy to try it today but shows promise.