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Push the Boat Out

The club organised a highly successful Push the Boat Out on 12th May 2018. Hundreds turned up to see the club with over 220 signed up to go on the water. The weather was a little light in the morning, so powerboat rides  were popular, but soon the wind filled in a little and the Stratos and Cobbles were pressed into action, with some transfers taking place on water. Saturday Club provided an excellent backdrop in the morning, and Saturday racing took place in the afternoon.

The club house and balcony was full of happy smiling faces, Pauline ran short of food and the bar under Martin did good trade in the warm weather. I hesitate to mention names as I am going to miss to many club members who also worked very hard to make this a successful day. The greetings team headed by Adrian, Sarah and Joyce on the rear balcony worked all day explaining, encouraging potential members (and several signed up there and then) and filling up future courses. The getting on the water team headed by Ross was busy giving out buoyancy aids and placing everyone on appropriate boats and craft, so everyone got out, there were still queues but in the warm dry weather no one seemed to mind. Instructors then took the visitors out on the water, whilst the powerboat team looked after safety. I didn’t count but I would suspect upwards of 40 members were involved.

Meanwhile in the clubhouse the Cake by the Lake team were busy displaying some excellent cakes, and icing hundreds of cakes courtesy of Paul Brown (Sweet Success), Tracy, Jane, Susan, Helen & Jo. The charity cake stall raised £510 for Sail4Cancer – an amazing effort – well done. 

The afternoon saw The RYA National Communications Officer down with team to video us, we think they were very impressed with the Club of the Year, and got some good footage, so keep an eye on the National social media feeds (and subscribe!). Adrian was interviewed along with the Migilore family and Team 15 windsurfers.

An excellant day down to a whole club team effort showing why we are Club of The Year – thanks everyone and hopefully we will see more of the many visitors.

Some photos below:

Saturday Club 12th May 18

Push the Boat Out started with a large contingent of Saturday Club Sailors as all the junior boats  launched in the light winds, covering the upper part of the lake with boats, an impressive sight. First out were the Toppers, and then Oppies. Plenty of paddling, splashing and sailing going on as friends reconnected on the water. 

Several members who don’t normally come on a Saturday were a pleasantly surprised by the level of activity.

Some photos from the morning below and the afternoon linked

Fitting out supper

Our first major Social of the year saw a full clubhouse, with around 60 sitting down to Pauline’s roast and  a sweet. Great to see so many familiar and new faces down. Next social is at end of May – the spring regatta, more information and poster coming soon.


Easter Courses 2018

A fun but cool easter course for 5 adults and around 20 juniors took place in the week after easter at Notts County. The adults were split into two starts and like the youngsters had to do a very cold capsize drill. There was a good variety of conditions, from a calm and sunny Thursday to cold and windy on Wednesday.

The Optimist, Topper and race groups took it in their stride, and everyone learnt something.

Thanks to the instructors, coaches and helpers who gave up their time along with the safety crew. A few photos (thanks to Viv for the oppie and learning ones)

Notts County wins club of year

Poster to download and put up to thank those that voted


Notts County has won the RYA / Yachts and Yachting national Club of the Year this year, whilst that may not be to surprising to members, who already know how good the club is, its a great national recognition of all the members and committees hard work. Thanks to all who voted and persuaded others to vote we apparently won by only 30 votes.

If you are interested in joining us email or come down one Sunday. Joining information

Adrian Jones our Commodore summed it up “So immensely proud to be associated with such a fantastic club made up of so many wonderful members”

Ross Ryan was at the presentation with about 30 other members who had come along for support. Ross was Commodore last year and led the bid, he also led the team with Nicki Theokritoff that provided the new facilities that got us into the finals. 

Press coverage:
RYA Report
Yachts & Yachting article
link to a video 

Notts TV Eyup : link 

Sports week link 

We also have a poster for you to hang up at work (see above), or anywhere else that helped with the vote to say thank you Download here to print: thankyou poster

Hillary Whittington took this photo of the group down on Friday 9th March  for Notts TV (Freeview ch 7 I think) filming, hopefully being shown on Monday 12th March, when its available on line we will link it. 

The RYA sent photo below of the members at the Dinghy show celebrating.

Below explains why we won (from RYA/Yachts and Yachting Citation):

In 2013, the club undertook a strategic analysis and created a strategy to rejuvenate the club and modernise its facilities. Now, four years into this process, they have achieved a considerable change to their facilities, including negotiating a new 30 year lease, with an extended sailing season to help secure the long term future. The posititive impact of their new facitilties is being felt in all areas of activity.

Over £250,000 was invested in expanding and upgrading the clubhouse and ancillary facilities; including a multifunction training room, doubling the size of the ladies changing area, updating the male changing area, expanding the boat park and pontoons, renovating the clubhouse and race hut. By using architectural design and modern materials to maximum effect the club has also reduced energy usage.

The enhanced facilities and extended sailing season has maximised participation and is stimulating new membership. Overall income in 2017 was 240 per cent higher than in 2013; membership has also increased by over 27 per cent, and now stands at over 1200.

Annual open days have been supported by promotional campaigns online and in the local media, bringing around 900 visitors. RYA training provision at the club has increased by over 50 per cent in the past few years, with both sailing and windsurfing courses offered.

Participation in the parent led ‘Saturday Club’ has increased by 125 per cent to 130 children in the last two years, encouraging families to invest in dinghies and young sailors to progress to club racing, with several Assistant Instructors qualifying as a result.

Typically the club is now used every day of the week, with power, sail, dinghy and windsurf activities for all ages, abilities and aspirations, and a number of RYA initiatives, including, Onboard, Champion Club, Sailability, and Push the Boat Out. They also have established relationships with local schools, the university, local community groups such as Scouts and open water swimming.

The rejuvenation project has provided a platform for sustainable future growth; particularly encouraging more women and newcomers to the sport, and helping to retain members and increase participation.



County Cooler February 2018

The second Notts County Cooler over 24/15th Feb 2018 lived up to its name in no uncertain terms, top temperature with wind-chill was probably 3 or 4 ‘C however 45 hardy sailors braved the temperature for some good racing. The mini Midlands series sees a weekend of racing at Staunton Harold , the Staunton Blaster with around 30 boats (and one at Notts County in February as a ’warm up’ to the season. The blaster was reported at Staunton Blaster report.

It was great to see not only the usual suspects but plenty of other visitors come to enjoy the weekend, with visitors from Staunton Harold, Ogston, Rotherham & Girton, SC.

The wind was a little variable at times but gusted to 18 knots on Saturday and Sunday averaging force 3 to 4 much of the time. The cold water was an incentive not to capsize and few did. I think the safety and race crew drew the short straw as it was very cold when not moving around.

Both days saw 4 youngsters in the water on toppers and Oppies, a great effort.

Saturday started at 11am after a briefing, with a cold easterly and a race before lunch, then two back to back after lunch. Sunday saw a pursuit race with a handicap held back to back to complete the 10 race series.

Peter Gray and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton dominated Saturday with a string of first palces, only dropping to second as a discard on Sunday in their Scorpion. The Supernova of Corey Newton from Staunton had a string of second and thirds to finish second overall. Third was Jamie Mawson from, Notts County in an RS600 only two points behind. Tim Cripps and Rebecca Ogden were 4th in their Laser 2000.

In the juniors Robert Stevenson was first junior in a Topper, with Hayden Moore second, Raife Piggott third and Samantha Mason forth and Cillian Dyne fifth in an Optimist.

The combined series saw a superb entry of sixty one entries at the two events with entries from 10 clubs around the Midlands region. The overall results were close on an echo of the Cooler results with saw Peter Gray & Rachel Rhodes from Staunton winning from Corey Newton and Jamie Mawson, last years winner Grahame Newton was forth.

County Cooler ResultsCombined Blaster and Cooler results 

Club walk

A good number at the club walk, calling in at Black Horse at Caythorpe, followed by a roast and sweet. County Cooler next week.


Work party

Thanks to all who helped out at the work party today, lots done, shrubs cleared, repairs completed, clubroom tidied, and the Training thank you food finished. Next one early may 2018.

Snakebite 2018

Around 200 students along with Race Officers and Umpires filled the clubhouse and water for the annual Snakebite. The racing flights increased to four this year such is the attraction of the club and Nottinghams organisation. All were reminded to vote for Notts County in the Club of the Year!

There was some close and intense racing in the gusty winds, which strengthened around lunch, with several capsizing, leading to a pause in proceedings. The Race Team still delivered 88 races in the day…. Then it was off into Nottingham to check out the nightlife!

Sunday was cool with gusts a 90′ change in wind direction meaning the course was more fickle, sunshine was interspersed with showers as the fleets were split into Gold, Silver & Bronze fleets.

Photos from both days below.

Awards Dinner in aid of HANSA Nationals

The awards dinner in aid of the HANSA nationals to be held at the club this year saw good turnout, with good food (and no doubt wine) and a good number of Juniors many of whom will be showing the adults a clean pair of heals soon.

James Logan compared and announced the prizes, organised by Katheryn Hinsliff-Smith, and presented by the Commodore Adrian Jones. The evening raised over £430 for the meeting. Thanks also to Karen Marshall, Jo Richie and Viv Weston who also took some of the photos (below) along with Russ Towns. If any more come I will add them below.