Category Archives: 2020

Flooding and Club Walk

Sun 23rd Feb : Road completely clear but bumpy on corner, we will probably need to wait till all this rain has dropped before repairing fully. The containers and all boats etc are clear of the water, and levels have dropped to a little higher than the November water level, you can see from second photo how much they have dropped since Thursday.

The Exec meet tomorrow so there may be more news after that or in Newsletter later this week.

Sat 22nd Feb: The Bosun has reported the access road is now clear. The Vice Commodore is advising that people do not sail, there are no toilets/ showers and there will be underwater objects (posts etc) not visible there may also be floating debris from the flooding, in addition pontoons are inaccessible.

Afternoon on 20th – water still dropping.
James suggested I take the drone down, so here area a few photos, the water has dropped quite a bit. Causway Dyke has grown a little!


Feb 20th: The water has gone down since yesterday, and whilst the access road and corner have water on them it is passable with care. Most containers are now above water. The toilets are unusable at present as the cesspit is full of water. 

Water levels gone down (see debris to left) passable with care.

Feb 19th: As many will know the club has been cut off by flooding, it has come over the road and up to the containers. The River Trent is well down now so hopefully the water will disperse. We will keep this page updated on access etc.

Please not the toilets will not be usable at present, providing we can access this will be checked over the weekend.

The Club walk has been cancelled along with the meal due to this and the possible lack of access. The walk will also be across potentially flooded and very muddy fields.

The road in on 19th Feb (Wednesday)

The container and small lake. Tim Cripps has checked boats all safe.

Work party Feb 2020

Thanks to the great, hardworking and resilient volunteers who turned out today to take on a big list of jobs, from deep cleaning loos and changing rooms to the more fresh air, of which there was plenty as Denis blew through, with tasks of harrowing, dye application and scrub clearing. A big impact which we will all enjoy for the season ahead.
Of course there is always plenty to do and the March 14 Saturday is another’s opportunity for you to get involved.
Thanks again to the 30 or so folks who gave up their time today. Thanks also to Pauline for bacon/sausage cobs and Kathryn for sorting lunch.
A few photos 

Wild Sunday 9th Feb 20

The forecast was for gusts of 50-60 mph and at the club it was entirely believable especially when a hail squall came through. White out at 50 meters!

Four windsurfers went out Dean (of course), Steve, Alastair & Kyle. Most of us watched – it was too much, as the wind whipped the spray off the waves.

A few photos from Sunady

Snakebite 2020

The University of Nottingham Snakebite had almost perfect conditions for most of Saturday 8th February. Around 140 visitors in teams from all over the country took part with teams of 6 in the 24 fireflies. The judging saw 7 judges in four ribs, dispensing near instant decisions when things got a little too close. 

As a result of the slick organisation from The University Sailing Club, K Sail and all the helpers 96 races were run. Results from K sail

Sunday saw 60-80mph gusts forecast and so the day was abandoned as being to dangerous, even at the end of Saturday the racing was curtailed as the wind rose. Photos from Sunday.

A few photos from the day

Pondlife on Saturday

The University of Nottingham Windsurfing Club held the National (SWA) Pondlife event on 1/2 February. The 143 participants were there to enjoy windsurfing, the competition and social life, travelling from Swansea, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and many other Universities around the country. Boardwise supported the event with demo kit and the racing equipment. Red Bull provided some cans of energy drink to keep the cold away… or if nothing else provide some energy.

The Saturday saw some high winds with vicious gusts, probably 6/7 judging by the water, keeping the safety team busy, meanwhile the small lake saw the beginners have a go.

There were around bundled entered and Pauline provided cobs, whilst music played on the balcony, providing a festive atmosphere. Though it wasn’t all free sailing there was a slalom and team race held, in spite of the winds. Sunday was alot lighter and freestyle, Intermediate and beginners racing a held after a late start.

A few photos below (including some club windsurfers who were also out enjoying the wind)

County Cooler 2020

The County Cooler had  cool start but a good turnout with over forty boats hitting the water for a prompt 11.30 start. Race Officer Paul Reynolds had  race before lunch then two back to back after.

The County Cooler is part of a three venue mini series in the East Midlands, with Ogston on 8/9th February and a final at Staunton Harold on 22/23rd February. Last Year the series attracted over eighty entries and the good start at Notts County means there may be even more. Clubs from all over the Midlands took part, including Notts County, Ogston, Staunton, Northampton, Girton, Burton, Attenborough, Nottingham, Combs and Welton, it was great to see so many travelling.

The fleet was split into two a fast and slow start, with the results combined and there was a double beat to allow for the wind swinging. The wind on Saturday was light and competition was close throughout the fleet.

The first day saw Martin Honner from Ogston take two firsts, with Andy McKee and Steve Graham in a scorpion take a first and second. Garry Knott in a laser from Ogston and Jake Willars in a Solo along with his sister Chloe Willars and John Tailby in a Scorpion, both from Notts County all had thirds, so it was close at the top.

Sunday was lighter still and more of a drift round in cold conditions, still the sun was shining, which made a change from the recent rain. Andy KcKee won the first race with Martin Honner second, Ian Firth third. The final race saw Martin Honner win, giving him the overall title, Andy Mckee scored a forth to come second and Garry Knott a second to come third overall.

The first under 19 was Chloe Willars with John Tailby (3rd o/a) the first junior was Victoria Theaker from Combs SC in a Byte, followed by Harden Moore in a Topper from Notts County.


yachts and yachting report

Elsewhere on the lake the Topper Zone squad was busy training, which depleted the junior fleet.


Photos from Saturday below:

Windy day at club

The forecast wind was not quite what they said – certainly 40 mph didn’t seem to appear, and the average was near a force 4. Still for winter it was warm and so worth a trip down. A few photos.

First of Year 2020

The first of the year on 1st Jan 2020 was cool, overcast, but at least there was a light breeze. The wind was swinging a bit so Race Officers Nadina Lincoln and William Jeffcote decided on a double beat with two slightly different beats to allow for any swings. A wise decision as about 5 seconds before the first start the wind swung giving quite  a few early arrivals at the pin end a poor start, but no one was over as a result!

The racing was split fast and slow with a junior and windsurfing start but results amalgamated for the adult fleets. The racing was close and with over 50 boats including 5 juniors and 8 windsurfers it was quite crowded. Competitors came from all over the East Midlands to take part. After the results complied it was the home team of Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart from Notts County in their Fireball who won by a small margin from Nigel & Diane Pepperdine in an RS200 in second Staunton Harold with Jamie Mawson in his RS600 from Notts County third overall. Kevin won the Goeff Parker Memorial trophy and Nigel the Phil Davies Cup. Sarah Mason was first lady helm.

The Juniors saw Sam Grayton win in a Topper with Hayden Moore second and Cillian Dyne third. The Windsurfers saw Guy Sprekley enjoying the racing on his huge sail, so the trophy went to Sue Spreckley with Duncan Monaghan winning the Juniors.

Martin Hart standing in for the Commodore (who is in bed quite ill – we wish him a speedy recovery) thanked all who helped, said that the event had raised £300 split between RNLI and Sailability, and read the results.

Thanks also to those who brought rakes down and helped clear the weed from the edges.

Results First of year overall  – JuniorsWindsurfers (Prov)