Category Archives: 2019

Easter Monday Charity race

The inaugural Easter Monday Charity Race for Parkinson’s UK raised over £720 along with the Raffle organised by Kim. 

The day had a light breeze and it was warm – sailing in T shirts in April ! Over forty boats entered with more than a quarter being juniors. Keen racers joined families on the water.


Some photos of the day (please let us know if we inadvertently included you and you do not wish to be on the site so we can remove it)

Easter course 2019

The highly popular Easter course saw a variety of conditions for both the adult and junior courses. Monday was windy with an onshore breeze – not ideal for a first day. Still many braved the elements. Tuesday through to Thursday was lighter and near ideal learning conditions, and there was sunshine and an increasing temperature.

There were 29 juniors and 7 adults on the courses which ranged from starting to sail through to race training. The next Junior course is May Bank holiday week details here (download all the forms). Thanks to all the instructors, safety crew, helpers and not forgetting Pauline.

Some photos from Thursday (we believe all are happy for them to be up, but if not let us know if you are not and we will remove then as quickly as possible)

Festisail 2019

FestiSail Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019

We are offering our first festival of sailing for all our junior club members on the Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. The day, running from 10am until 16.00, will be offering sailing activities on and off the water for any junior club members and their family. Our aim is to provide activities on and off the water, chance to try different boats, whether that be club boats (Stratos, Feva, Topaz, Topper), opportunity to sail and make new friends, find out about sailing options either at the club, locally or nationally. Not sure about any aspect of junior sailing, come along and speak to other parents about the sailing network. Ideal for families new to the club or Saturday club families or those dipping their toes into the racing circuit.

Topper International are supporting the event and we will have the maintenance team to provide advice and repairs along with their 6 Topper boat trailer for use and information about their ‘Reactivate’ scheme which brings back to life those old and tired Toppers in the boat park.

RYA Midland development team are providing their Topper training boats and we will have the RYA National 420 coach Tim Rush along with a boat to try. The 420 is a Youth transition Olympic pathway boat.
Many people might know Tim as he is a past member and a past World Champion winner in a Fireball.

We are also trying to secure a 29er demo boat, another youth transition boat.

Why not make a weekend of it, there’s the 1st Saturday Club, Sunday racing and you are welcome to camp over. We will fire up the BBQ for Sunday night.

We are looking for volunteers to man the safety boats, help with running of the event and generally helping out. It’s a club event for club members offered by club members. Please contact Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith is you can help out, Kathryn

So put the date in your diary, find the sailing gear, pack a picnic and camping gear and one along.
festisail poster

Easter Charity event

Easter  charity challenge at NCSC – can you win the Easter Cup? easter charity event poster
Two sailing races planned for this family fun targeted event, a handicap and a derived personal handicap start time pursuit.  But there will be more challenges to enable you to win the cup – egg painting, egg rolling and egg throwing – to name just three that could go into determining the overall champion.
Morning race starts around 11am (briefing about 10.30)
Afternoon – after lunch.
Pauline is down so food available.
The whole day will go towards the chosen charity – Parkinsons UK – raffle tickets available and the raffle results will be revealed on the day!

For those that didn’t sail in the morning then a standard PYN will be used. There will be a quick, fun, prizegiving at the end – all Easter based of course!

More info contact

Laser masters 2019

The Laser Masters took place at Notts County Sailing Club on 23/24th March. The UKLA splits the fleet into Standard and Radial rigs, and a variety of groups such as Master, Grand Master and the like. Around 40 sailors entered and the event was sponsored by: Laser Performance, Tideway Investment, Wildwind, Southeast Sailboats, Fernhurst, Noble Marine insurance, and Rooster.

Saturday dawned with some sunshine and light winds and the first race got under way (after a recall for the standard fleet) soon after 12. Unfortunately the wind swung soon after so the windward leg changed at times. Paul Williamson (Staunton) won the first race in the standard and Ian Jones (Dovestone) in the Radials. Lunch followed and everyone went out for the second race, only to have the wind die away to a flat calm, the racing was soon abandoned. The evening saw a talk by Alan Davis using some footage from the day and a roast dinner meal.

Sunday was a much better day wind wise, as a westerly set in, and whilst gusty was steadier in direction. Racing was underway around 10am and then it was back to back fitting in five races. The Standard fleet saw some close racing with Stuart Hudson (Keyhaven) winning two races, but Alan Davis took three firsts on Sunday so winning the overall title by a point. They were followed by Simon Stonehouse (Rutland), Tim Keithley (West Riding) and Richard Mason (Notts County) all within seven points of each other.

The Radials were a little more clear cut with Ian Jones winning another three races to take the title followed by Rob Cage (Thames) and John Reay.

Yachts and yachting report

Photos from both days below. Standard resultsRadial results

March 16 17 th

Another windy weekend, with quite a few spills and the DI course continuing.

Busy weekend in March

It was a tad windy at the club Saturday 9th March, so the powerboat 2 course certainly got their moneywort, and the Dinghy Instructor course taking Stratos out in a 33 knot breeze was interesting, one video linked below shows a capsize (and recovery) – and I think Tim was a little surprised to see me nearly controlling the newly refurbished Stratos. Finally Dean got out his new foil, and has probably been practising in secret – either way he was going well.

Tim Cripps took quite  a few photos and video (windsurfers D Eberlin)
Jake, Glyn, David Stratos sailing
David , Jake, Glyn Instructor Course
John, Chloe
Chloe Instructor Course
Instructors Course the capsize!

Some photos of the courses and windsurfers out on Saturday and Sunday, including the smirf team

Awards Dinner in aid of Cobble sails

The Awards dinner in aid of Cobble Sails saw a great evening, with around 90 club members enjoying an excellent meal at the Nottinghamshire Country Club near Cotgrave on 23rd feb 2019.

At the dinner a tremendous £328.15 was raised on the night thanks to club members generosity (plus Vat from evening), which means we can keep the boats going for another 20 years or so (we think that’s how long the sails have lasted, and they are a great boat for Chernobyl, the summer winers and for junior courses if its blowing to hard for toppers etc.)

Thanks to Tim Cripps for some great photos of the evening, with lots of smiling faces. Unfortunately no one took a photo of Tim who also won a trophy.

A synopsis of Adrian Jones, the Commodore’s speech: He started by observing how we had returned to Nottinghamshire Golf Course and Country Club and thanked them and the staff for another wonderful meal. He also commented that the University and been busy team racing again that day so a certain symmetry continues. He then thanked all those who had made the evening a success yet again but particularly Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Jo Ritchie, Philippa Logan and Viv Weston. He made special thanks to Gill Threokritoff for all the Junior Scrolls and John Marshall for all the handwritten place-settings. He then asked members to remember and toast those members and friends who are no longer with us.

He then reflected on what a great year it had been for the club. It started last March with the award of the RYA Club of the Year. An award that was based on the huge diversity of helpers and members we have from all ages and backgrounds. He then reflected on the successful HANSA national event last summer when the club really pulled together to welcome sailors with disability from all over the country. He then reminded members of the huge amount of sailing and training that goes on throughout the year.

However, he reminded the club that we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, and he highlighted the fact that the club needs to keep moving forward and he highlighted that we can always use more volunteers. Indeed, Push the Boat Out, our open day, returns on the 11th May and it would be good to get as many volunteers and guests down on that day as we can. Finally, he highlighted the success of many of our young sailors, many of whom were down in Weymouth for National Training and couldn’t be with us on the night. However, he was particularly pleased that this activity had in part resulted in the Club being awarded Recognition as a British Youth Sailing Club. The speech finished with a reminder that it was our treasurer Ross Ryan’s birthday and closed with a birthday cake (his favourite coffee and walnut) and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

Special mention to our Endeavour trophy winners which are awarded by the sailing committee for dedication, improvement and overall contribution to sailing and the club:
The Jack North Trophy for Windsurfing,  Duncan Monaghan,
The Starboard Trophy for Junior and Youth Sailing, William Thomas
The George Boote Trophy, Phil Dyne

Congratulations to them and everyone who won.

The winners are in the Annual Yearbook which will be at the club next weekend (or before).

Below are Tim’s photos:

Snakebite 2019

The annual snakebite team event, organised The Nottingham University Sailing Club saw 23 teams, nearly 140 people plus judges and helpers. Pauline was kept very busy.

The day started misty, with a slight breeze which completely disappeared about 30 minutes before the start, it was an hour or so before it settled and came back, and the sunshine came out. By the afternoon it was T shirt weather, in February, and the wind meant the course was bitterly just off the clubhouse, making some great spectating.

With the late start and promise of little wind on Sunday it was decided to go all out till the wind died at about 4.45pm and get as many races in as possible 84 in total.

Sunday was unfortunately foggy and calm and racing was called off after lunch.

Here are a few photos from Saturday along with a link to a video some from the drone showing some interesting racing.