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Sat 27th June

With doing a safety cover duty I decided the RIB needed charging – just happened I had a camera with me and it was interesting weather – best capsize Jake or John?? Jake spent along time righting himself having not used his 6l milk bottle float (I think he regretted it afterwards) so on a safety note – please use masthead floats, with Covid distancing it is going to be difficult to save turtled boats, we may have to leave the boat and take the sailor, a couple of 4l milk bottles tied to the top of your sail would almost certainly prevent this and allow self recovery in most cases, and save a burgee or two.

David Stevens

A message from the family: ”Sheila and family would like to thank all members of the Sailing Club who have sent cards or placed messages on facebook.  It has been a comfort to know that David was well liked and respected.  He is missed by all who knew him.”
David Stevens Funeral Arrangements
The family have requested that any charitable donations in David’s memory be given to the NCSC Sailiability fund.  This can be done by direct bank transfer to the usual club bank details – identifying it as ‘For David’, or ‘Sailability’ for clarity.  


He had been hospitalised for a non-Covid related illness and after one remission and return home a couple of weeks ago returned again to hospital a few days ago.


Our thoughts are with Sheila and all the family (inc great grandchildren) we will miss a long standing member, keen supporter and great friend to many at the club. 



David was a keen Scorpion sailor, coming from Newark Argonauts in 1992, he was a  measurer and an excellent woodworker. He constructed the Training Board in the clubhouse and did lots behind the scenes, often quietly and without a fuss.

He had a lovely generous spirit, even last year he was regularly down having  glass of wine or beer, and often buying others drinks. Wine and Whisky are his favourites however. The Puddleduck trophy was donated by the Stephens, and he was a keen supporter of junior sailing.

He loved caravanning with Sheila and had booked to go to France this year.

Nadina has written the following:

David Stevens was one of the earliest members of Retford Argonauts SC (later Newark Argonauts) which was founded in 1958 and which used to be near the sugar beet factor in Newark. He was one of the first people in the East Midlands to sail a Scorpion (designed 1960). Although his original chosen sport was horse riding (to which he was well suited by his light frame), he became an excellent sailor and was the winner of the Scorpion trophy at RASC year in and year out for many years – sailing boats which he had always made himself and which were crewed in turn by his three children, Penny, Anthony and Amanda. His precision and woodworking skills were second to none – even though they were just hobbies he enjoyed in his spare time. He was a much sought after repairer of wooden boats in the area at a time when Nigel Potter was still in short trousers. He was a national measurer for the Scorpion Association and also edited the class journal, Scorpion News, for a while. As Honorary Secretary of RASC, he promoted the Scorpion with uncomplicated bias to any newcomer who asked his advice on what boat to buy. This was, indeed the reason why the fleet was to become so strong there and, later, at NCSC after RASC folded in 1995. Indeed, the fleet has continued to thrive at NCSC – which is now the only club in the country to have regular Scorpion fleet racing. It was he who first donated the solid silver Puddleduck Trophy as a prize for juniors. But above all of that, he was a great man: hard working, with tremendous energy, a great party man and never seeming to grow old. He was generous to a fault and admired and loved by a very wide circle of friends. He will be sadly missed by all.






Solo National event 19th July

North Sails & Magic Marine Solo Class National Club Race Event – 19th July 2020

note this will be subject to Government and club guidelines at the time.

With so many events having been cancelled in 2020, ranging from Open Meetings to major NSCA Events including the National Championships being lost to the uncertainties we all understand around C19, the National Solo Class Association were keen to find a way to give all it’s members something else to look forward to.

We are pleased to announce an alternative has been arranged for those still keen to compete with other Solo sailors in a safe way at their local club. Working with SailRacer’s GPS experts and event organisers the class has come up with a unique and innovative solution.

On 19th July 2020 Solo sailors will be able to compete in socially distanced club-races at their local club, with local races all around the country (and across Europe) sailing around average laps courses. The SailRacer GPS App and trackers will record the number of laps sailed, distance sailed and average time. No local race Committee is required, and sailors choose when to start within a starting window, their local course is conveyed to sailors by their club-lead before the start. Results are then combined centrally to build up a National results leaderboard.

Making extensive use of technology to help with self-distancing briefings and prize giving will all be handled online, with a post-race drink in the virtual club house via Zoom.

RYA National Race Officer James Ripley has kindly agreed to be PRO for this unique event and should there be any protests these will be handled online.

Using SailRacer’s experience of live streaming of championships the 2020 Solo National Club Race event will be broadcast via Facebook live with top Olympic coach Jon Emmett providing expert commentary, with sailor interviews and updates from a number of clubs.

The 2020 Solo National Club Race event will also raise funds for the NHS Charities and RNLI. Online entry will open early June via the SailRacer website.

“It’s great to be working with SailRacer to make use of available technology to keep interest in Solo sailing during these challenging times. The Class promised its members that it would be working hard to support sailors at grass roots. After holding a very exciting day’s VR sailing in April, this new event is a great way we can get sailing on the water while encouraging safe sailing at members home clubs. Sailors will also be able to compare their result against some of the Class’ top sailors”
 Doug Latta, Solo Class President comments.
“With probably 2,500 Solos still racing at club level, my ambition is to get every Solo racing on that day! We know local variations will mean the overall leaderboard won’t necessarily mean those at the top will include the usual suspects. Maybe we will see some new Class Club Champions identified. I really hope you support this initiative, and I look forward to seeing you all on the water.”

Register interest


Training hut items

Unidentified gear found in old training cabin whilst it was being emptied. Contact Tim Cripps to claim by 14th June after which it will be disposed of. 

Back on the water

I know I am like many other members when I say my mood has been lifted this week with being able to get back on the water at the club. Members have been keeping well distanced and enjoying relaxing in the sunshine and light winds. We started with two and half days of strong wind, putting a smile on the windsurfers faces, since then it has been superb dinghy weather. Some photos and a video at the bottom pdf the page

There is a video linked below