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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.

Notts County on tour 2019

Below is some of the results from travellers to a number of events. I know we will have missed quite  a few of the club’s successes so please do contact so we can add them in, and if anything is incorrect please let us know.

Topper Midland Traveller – won by William Thomas

William Thomas winner of Midland Traveller

Many may have noticed quite a few of our youth sailors have been away this spring and summer. After the zone training and in some cases national training many Toppers have been on the Midland Traveller series of eight events with 72 competitors taking part. The series travelled to Draycote, Carsington, Banbury, Nothampton, Swarkstone, Staunton, Chase and Hollowell.The winner was none other than William Thomas from Notts County, after some close racing it was a fantastic finish to his Topper career. William has been down sailing lasers and has often helped out on the Junior race courses so it is good to see him win a major series.

He wasn’t the only one, Ben Pailing was third overall with Charlie Hopkinson eigth, Heather Quinn 9th, and first under 13 Sam Grayton was 14th. Ed Pailing finished 19h. Eddie Quinn 22nd, Gwinith Langham only did two events and finished 38threspectively. Hayden Moore & Caitlin Thomas did an event as well. Hopefully we haven’t missed anyone but if so please let us know.

Full report Y & Y Topper traveller report  _ Midlands area championships (NCSC)

Topper Worlds – Kathryn Hinsliff Smith (inc photos)
Notts County goes to the Topper Worlds in Medemblik, Holland – July 19

Five families and seven junior Topper sailors travelled to Medemblik, close to Amsterdam for the Rooster ITCA Topper Worlds, held between the 22nd to 26th July.

A total of 162 sailors entered the standard rig (5.3) including our sailors, William Thomas, Molly Hinsliff-Smith, Charlie Hopkinson and Ben Paling along with Caitlin Thomas, Ed Paling and Sam Grayton entered in the smaller rig, the 4.2 making another 46 sailors.

The Worlds attract many international sailors with 11 countries represented including 56 competitors from China and three entrants representing Switzerland who happened to pop in on the morning to register and who had never sailed a Topper before but had spent their whole life living on a yacht plus the eldest entrant, a Japanese man aged over 80. A great sight to see the Nations Parade and opening ceremonies, like the Olympics but on a smaller scale. Pre measuring took place prior to the event and although a one design class it’s a requirement. Ross Ryan helping for two days whilst Kathryn was involved in the competitor registration and competitor briefing. Despite overnight rain the forecast was to get hot and then very hot….I can report it did get very very hot even at night.

Across the five days of competition there was very mixed conditions with all our sailors doing really well on the 1st day of stronger winds. Hopes were high that we might even have our sailors in the top 20, even top 10 in both rig sizes.






Day 2 and 3 saw much lighter winds and even a strongly felt protest on Day 4 about a split in wind strength across the race course which was rejected and competitor results stood. At the close of Day 4 there was still chance of some good results and even prizes and at last return of much more favourable wind conditions. Day 5 dawned with a 8 am competitor briefing and early launch to catch the breeze. After a slight delay racing started only to find a dying breeze and some hopes dashed but spirits not dented as all our sailors did a great job, with Charlie Hopkinson and Sam Grayton both wining prizes overall as Charlie was 19th overall and Sam 9th in the 4.2 rig. Incredible results for these two young sailors. It was with great pride that Notts County SC was represented with an incredible atmosphere at the event.

What next? Well sailors and families returned to the UK to now travel to Largs in Scotland for the Rooster sponsored Topper Nationals. This time six days of competition starting on Sunday 4th August. Thank you for all the messages of support as the Topper adventure continues. It is also credit to our Notts County sailors and parents as they are all either in regional or National GBR squads.

Overall results can be found Worlds results
More detailed report

Highlights 5.3 fleet: Charlie 19th overall and 7th GBR boy, William 23rd overall and 10th GBR boy, Ben 31st overall and 16th boy and Molly 58th and 8th GBR girl.

4.2 fleet Sam 9th overall and 2nd GBR boy, Caitlin 35th and 4th GBR girl and Ed Paling 40th overall and 6th GBR boy.
























Windsurfing Youth Success

Meanwhile the windsurfers have been successful both at regional and National level. Duncan Monaghan, following his John Merricks award has been making good use of his new Techno and rig. Duncan won Bridlington national event, was second (first in class) at Christchurch and he was 4that the Inlands at Pitsford, 3rdat Stokes Bay (second in class) national event, and third at Weymouth (2ndin class), so a string of great results. This has led to him qualifying for the Techno Europeans (in Isreal) and Worlds (in Spain)  were he receives some support from the RYA being in the National squad, representing the UK. Seeing as he only stepped on a board 3 and a half years ago he is doing well.

At the regional events Mollie Sprekley has been doing well with a 3rdat Croft Farm, followed by Tom Law in 4th, a win at Notts County, Tom coming in 3rd,  1stFemale at Carsington, the final event is at Foremark on 17thAugust.

Other Team15ers include James Herlihy, and Mark Norriss, with a few others waiting in the wings.

Duncan practising at the Club

Mollie at Team 15 NCSC

Tom Team 15 NCSC

Chernobyl July 19

The Newark and Sherwood Chernobyl Children’s lifeline visited the club on Tuesday 30th July. There were 17 children with 11 from Belarus taking part along with interpreters and hosts.

It was a little windy when the children arrived and with the prospect of rain and stronger winds in the forecast it was decide to use the two cobbles and Stoke Ferry and Commodore, rotating the visitors so they sampled sailing and a  tour round the lake.

There were plenty of volunteers helping out on safety, sailing and driving so the day went well. A few photos below.

August Bank Holiday Monday race

The fun orientated August Bank Holiday 6 hour race will take place again this year. This is something for everyone, the Commodore is in charge and you just need to turn up, young or old at around 9.30, the Commodore will then try and balance the teams, and the club boats are used so all are in the same craft. It’s a light hearted race day, with plenty of social, including bring your own BBQ and I suspect the bar will be open.

Bleasby School visit

We have entertained the Bleasby Primary children twice this year as part of our community / Onboard program, last Wednesday (17th July) saw year 6 (I believe) take part in sailing Oppies, going out on the cobbles and Stoke Ferry, and finally a self rescue race on windsurf boards, which may have involved getting wet! The youngsters and some teachers who joined in certainly seemed to enjoy it.

A few photos from the day 

Saturday 20 th July

A fairly windy day, especially around lunch, but gusts switching around in direction. The windsurfers had some fun, and David B tried foiling (see end). There was also a New Members afternoon and a good number came to meet the committee and find out more about the club, along with sampling Glyn’s BBQ skills.

A few photos

Summer Party 2019

The summer party attracted well over 60 for a special Pauline buffet an odd pint (or gin) or two and plenty of natter, followed by the band and dancing.

All enjoyed the event, thanks to Jo for organising and Pauline for food, and the Commodore and rear Commodore and helpers behind the bar.

Laser Open 2019

The Notts County Sailing Club Laser Open took place on Saturday 6th July in light winds. Thirty four entrants took part with visitors from all over he Midlands including Earlswood, Bartley, Carsington and Rutland. There was also a good club contingent with some entering their first Open Meeting.

The Race Officer, James Logan, had quite a job as the wind swung and had to average out the shifts to get a course in. Racing was two back to back races before lunch and two after lunch. Joe Scurral from Carsington won the first race, then it was George Fereday from Earlswood all the way with three firsts, so taking the open by a four point margin. Simon Hardiman from Bartley was first master with seconds and thirds to count so coming second overall.

The first Notts County boat was organiser Richard Mason in forth, John Tailby was first youth and Sarah Mason first lady. The Grand Master title was taken by Mike Heap from Ogston.

The prize giving took place soon after the finish in sunshine: results. The results at Notts County has put our own Richard Mason in the lead of the series results 

Yachts and Yachting report

Phil Base was down and here is a link to his photos Or  

Meanwhile below are photos by David Eberlin from the morning race.

Wayfarer Round UK

You may have read in the news about a Wayfarer which sailed Round the UK this month. (It was in the Guardian at least). He is related to Ross Ryan (so when are you getting a Wayfarer!!?)  Will Hodshon came to Notts County’s Annual Wayfarer Conference earlier this year to share ideas with the other 50 intrepid Wayfarer sailors intent on doing challenging things in this robust dinghy. The Family are really proud of Will & Rich particularly considering they did it in a 60 year old wooden Wayfarer which you will see has been in the family for 6 decades.

Two intrepid UK endurance adventurers have achieved a world first.  

They have successfully circumnavigated the coastline of mainland Britain non-stop and unassisted in an open sailing dinghy, completing the epic voyage in just 18 days. By doing so, they have smashed the existing records for the quickest times so far recorded for such attempts.

Using a recently lovingly refurbished 60 year old, 16ft long open sailing dinghy named the Nipegegi, Will Hodshon( 42) and Rich Mitchell (44) set sail from Salcombe, Devon on 15th June and completed the 1390 nautical mile journey today 1st July, arriving safe, but tired, back at Salcombe.

With the back-up of the Nipegegi Round Britain (NRB) team, Will and Rich overcame challenging sailing conditions through open sea passages and using Yellow Brick Satellite Tracking via the Lloyd’s Register which is part of the record verification process recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). The team also hopes to have the record verified by the Guinness World Records.

An essential part of the attempt’s success has been the support of headline partner, Pure Ionic Water, a product of WET Group, an innovative water enhancing technology, alongside charity Water Smart Foundation which raises awareness and aims to tackle microplastics in the sea and drinking water.  

The charity has lead fund-raising attempts around the record attempt as part of their vision to support related ocean-based charities. Water Smart Foundation has committed to raising £10,000 in donations which will be split between two fantastic causes, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage.

A link to the Just Giving page is here:

Message from Will: Hi everyone, 

You no doubt already know, however just in case, we made it! We crossed our track in the mouth of Salcombe on Sunday at 18:42pm, completing our nonstop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in 15 days and 4 hours.  The whole team are all still recovering from the trip itself as well as, washing, demobilising equipment and coping with the whirl wind of media requests at my parents property here in South Devon.

We are all in shock here not only to have actually completed this project which had such a high chance of failure but also by the reception we received back in Salcombe with over 15 boats coming out to escort us back, including a new and vintage RNLI boat, Salcombe Harbour boats and Salcombe Yacht Club boats. There were banners and signs strewn up on buildings with Nipe’s name and sail number and a big group of people waiting on the jetty with drinks reception and full media presence with us giving video and radio interviews within seconds of stepping on to terra firma, crazy transition into the real world but we figured it would be as famous as were going get so we made the most of it.

As you can imagine there’s a huge sense of pride in the wider Hodshon family too with Nipegegi still breaking sailing records, now including outright fasted dinghy around Britain (both in monohull and multihull classes), completing the first ever nonstop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain and breaking the dinghy monohull 24hr distance record and all these some 40 years after her last national championship win by Dad in the late 70’s, go Nipe you legend. 

Furthermore we are so pleased that she managed this highly demanding sail without being modified, so miraculously she is still in class and could compete in a national or world championships tomorrow if somebody had the energy to do so, I think a real accolade to the wayfarer and Ian Proctor’s robust and timeless boat design.

We can’t thank everyone enough for all your support, so many people have helped in so many ways the list is endless and I can’t wait to have a bit more time to catch up and thank each of you personally, As well as all the Hodshon family of course I’d like to give particular thanks to my cousin Ben Davies who worked really hard into the early hours with Suzanne while we were at sea to bring onboard our headline partner, Pure Ionic Water, a product of WET Group, alongside charity Water Smart Foundation (WSF) who stepped in at a crucial moment in the project and who’s generous support of the expedition costs was an essential component in the projects success. The WSF charity has committed to raising £10,000 in donations which will be split between our two other causes, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage. Our current total is £5633!!

We have been inundated with requests to give presentations on our experience which is fantastic so over the next few weeks we will endeavour to complete our log, collate the pictures and videos and put together an entertaining and informative presentation to share.  Unbelievably there is already a tour schedule forming (ahhh) that Suzanne is putting together covering the country so if your close to one of the locations and would be interested to see a few pics and hear a few stories feel free to come and join us, we’ll share the calendar when its firmed up a bit more. 

Well what a journey as Rich said during one of the more testing times of our trip “there should be a law against executing a plan made in pub” but then perhaps that’s where all the best plans are made! Thinking back to all that prep, working on the boat, electrics, navigation, food, water making, clothing, destructive testing e.t.c. e.t.c. it was such a huge all consuming undertaking for 18 months but on reflection everything worked and nothing broke despite experiencing near gale force winds and scary waves up to 60NM offshore on three separate occasions.  I feel we’ve all been rewarded for our hard work and a great lesson for the kids and us all perhaps.

Really glad to be back, the boat and equipment are all dried and packed away now and the four of us Hodshon’s are about to head off in the NRB tour bus for a few days camping and unwinding together before going back to work next week.

Looking forward to catching up with you all individually really soon.

Kind regards