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Sunday 22nd Oct

The last summer (?) series class racing took place on a cold October Sunday, with gusty winds fooling even the most experienced (yes Boggy went for a swim). The Balcony observers had lots of advice to offer drinking tea and wondering why when there was that big gust coming …. etc. was slightly quieter than yesterday but quite  bit colder.

Results will go up as soon as they are received. Meanwhile  a few phots from the balcony.

Windy Saturday as Brian hits club

Brian (the storm) hit Notts County on Saturday 21st October. Racing was cancelled, though one dinghy made it out (see photos). The windsurfers came down around lunch and then more and more arrived. A few photos from the day. Top gust about 30 knots or Force 6, the wind reading screen grab is at the bottom of the photos.

Meanwhile a RYA powerboat instructors course was taking place with a good number of club members learning.

Flying 15 Open 2017

The weekend of October 7th/8th saw the final round of the Waples Wines Northern Traveller series held at Notts County Sailing Club. This was the first Flying Fifteen open held at Notts County since 2009 after a resurgence in the class at the club saw the re-instatement of class status for the summer race series 3 years ago.

A great turnout saw nineteen boats taking part, nine from the home club and 10 visitors from Burton, Dovestone, Northampton, Ripon, Ullswater, Draycote and RCYC. Saturday saw gusty conditions with Paul Brown the race officer setting a long tour round the lake race, followed by a short shore break and then two shorter, simpler back to back races. There was plenty of competition up and down the fleet with plenty of opportunities for overtaking. Dave and Andy McKee from Dovestone showed the way with three wins followed by Chris and Marrion Bowen from Northampton and Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden from the home club tied for second.

After feeling their way in with the first race there was a strong showing from F15 first timers Tim Cripps and Amy Clay from NCSC with a 3rd and 5th places. Saturday evening the competitors gathered in the clubhouse for a wine tasting by Justin Waples from the series sponsor Waples Wines followed by a roast dinner and pudding.

Sunday began with the boats launching into a virtual flat calm and paddling to the start and racing was postponed until the wind arrived. This duly did after a short wait but only a light breeze in contrast to the first day. Again three races were sailed with the McKee’s continuing their domination. Jeremy Arnold and John Allen from NCSC improved overnight with a 1st and a 2nd which after discards lifted them to second overall behind the event winners from Dovestone. Chris and Marion Bowen pipping Tim Cripps and Amy Clay for third, who came away with a great 4th place. Graham and Alistair Lamond from Ripon SC took the classic prize and Gary Butler and Paul McCarthy took the silver.

The Northern Travellers final results saw the top two places going to NCSC teams with Jeremy Arnold and John Allen taking the 2017 title from Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden in second. A great weekend was had by all and had everyone looking forward to next year.


Photos below

Barry Rawlins

Barry sailing the ‘purple ‘ boat with son Josh crewing Jeff Peters (behind!) on 11th June this year.

Kathryn has been to see Ruth and the boys.  They are ok (coping as best they can). Ruth was very touched by all the messages I passed on from club members.
These are the details for the service which is open to everyone:
Funeral/ celebration of Barry’s life 14.30 Sunday 15th October. 
St Luke’s church NG2 6GL
Wake after, with food, venue tba
Dress code – not black suits, whatever you enjoy wearing and are comfy in (except sailing wetsuits and cycling lycra).
All welcome, no restrictions
Circulate to anyone you think would want to know.

Whilst there are no flowers instead collections/ giving pages to be set up Ruth


It is with great sadness we have to report Barry Rawlins passed away last Friday. He was a gentle man in all senses of the word (s). Barry joined Notts County in 1989 and very soon became fully involved in the club, not only enjoying the sailing but becoming membership secretary for three years (1990-1993), and after that Honorary Secretary for a number of years till 200. He has sailed ever since at the club and introduced his son Josh to sailing, and is lying 8th in the class racing this year, we hope Josh will be able to continue sailing, it will be very sad to see Scorpion 1865 without its normal helm.

Ruth sent us this:
Barry died at 14:28 yesterday afternoon, 29th September. I was having a rest while my friend Cath and our eldest son toJosh were sitting with B. Cath came and got me because Barry became slightly agitated. I lay next to him and told him he could let go, that he’d done everything he needed to for us, that he could put up the kite and let the wind take him. I reminded him of all of you who love him, how much happiness he’s given.
He gave a little start, opened and closed his eyes, two or three spaced out breaths, and died.
He was so in control and determined to the end. What an amazing strong gorgeous man.
Boys weren’t there but have been up to see him. Josh helped me pick out some clothes.
We’ll update you re service timing, it’ll be ten days or two weeks at least I guess.
I’m ok, so sad, feeling the unfairness, but so glad to have found and had and made a family with the love of my life.
Ruth x
We wish all the family all the best, Katheryn Hinsliff-Smith is in touch with the family.

Team Rawlins – photo Nicola Willars

Barry crewing a few years ago



RS 400 Northern Champs and open at Notts County 2017

Rs 400 Northern Championships

The RS400 northern series culminated at Notts County Sailing Clubs RS400 open in September. Just under thirty boats travelled from as far afield as Wales, Oxford, Warsash and Delph.

Saturday was overcast and saw a light fairly steady breeze. Nadina Lincoln, the Race Officer, set a windward, leeward course giving some good start lines and close racing. Sunday was a little lighter and more fluky as the wind swung round postponing a few starts and ending up with a few black flag disqualifications. There were three races each day, Saturday seeing one before lunch and two back to back after, Sunday three back to back with a 10 am start.

Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman from Delph SC in Yorkshire led most of the races, but they didn’t have it all their way, with David Exley and Mark Lunn from Leigh & Lowton  breathing down their necks most races and taking one of the races, the overall results don’t show the closeness of the racing. 

Saturday night saw the normal RS400 fun and games, starting with the sumo suits, with the commodore and fleet captain disgracing themselves (they didn’t win!). Ultimately the contest was won by Matt Sharman and Nicky Griffin. There was an excellent meal from Paulene before the drinking really began, carrying onto the early hours before retiring to nearby tents.

An early start saw one or two with a sore head, but yet again Chris Pickles dominated the racing to win overall, followed by David Exley.

Carloine Whitehouse was first lady (6th overall) and special mention goes to junior crew trying a 400 for the first time, Robert Stevenson.

Thanks to Sophie Williams for sumomphotos, rest David Eberlin


Running Club Racing

Learn how to run a race at NSCS or learn some tips to make the task easier. Open to anyone who is interested.

at Notts County Sailing Club

20th January 2018 – 10 am – 3.30pm

To register  or find out more please contact Nadina Lincoln, either through website or via Sailing Club Manager.


Barts Bash 2017

Thanks to all those who took part in Bart’s Bash. At present we only have 28 official entries in 12 boats. Please go on to the official website to enter and/or donate to the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Official Bart’s Results will go up as soon as possible. The site is at

What a great day – sun, wind, rain and many sailors racing for the first time. We had 31 dinghies on the water and three wind surfers. Sailing experience ranged from expert to complete novice but everyone played nicely in what was a fantastic atmosphere. We had three starts, windsurfers, experienced and novice/junior with a range of single-handed and double-handed boats. The racing was ably ran once again by John and Karen Marshall assisted by Eloise and Fran, two of our new young members

The sunshine and light winds saw a simple course and winds were 8-10mph from the north east giving a long beat.

Whilst Jamie Mawson led on the water with some impeccable sailing in his RS600 it was Stephanie & Mathew Gunn who won in a Mirror with Jamie in second place and Alan Beaton in an RS Aero 7 third. Hayden Moore was first junior in a Topper. Barrie Collins was first sailboard followed by Duncan Monaghan and Charlotte Taylor.

The second race, an individual handicap pursuit with some frantic calculations over lunch to determine appropriate offsets – Adrian Jones did his best but any anomalies are his. The race started in an almost flat calm, making it difficult to get to the line, but as the storm clouds gathered and the wind came through, giving  a few spills and  some exciting racing. The sailboarders finished in the same order but amongst the Dinghies, Paul Spiers won in an RS Aero 7, followed by Alan Beaton in another RS Aero 7 and our oldest competitor Brian Fisher in a Solo third. Hayden Moore was again 1st Junior in a Topper finishing in 19th place overall, with Cillian Dyne in an Optimist close on his heels.

Overall a fantastic event conducted with a smile throughout.

Below are quite a few (100) photos, hopefully most participants are featured, the results for the morning and afternoon race are below the photos.

Bart’s Bash 2017 Results


1st Barrie Collins
2nd Duncan Monaghan
3rd Charlotte Taylor
4th Mollie Spreckley


Barts Bash 2017 – Morning race


Rank Boat Sail Number Helm Crew
1st Mirror 70702 Stephanie Gunn Matthew Gunn
2nd Flying Fifteen 3936 Jeremy Arnold John Allen
3rd RS Aero 7 2186 Alan Beaton  
4th RS 200 935 Simon Yates Shellee Bullous
5th Solo 4882 Brian Fisher  
6th RS 200 1075 Alex Piggott Raefe Piggott
7th RS 400 1325 James Logan Philippa Logan
8th Scorpion 2007 Jeff Peters Rachel Porter
9th RS 600 610 Jamie Mawson  
10th Icon 15 Martin Payne Caroline Wilkins
11th RS400 1121 Mark Ehlers Asher Ehlers
12th Laser Fun   Tony Monaghan Linus Monaghan
13th RS 400 868 Paul Reynolds Cathy Reynolds
14th RS Aero 7 2421 Paul Spiers  
15th Wanderer 1143 Shella Hood David Hood
16th RS 400 950 Alan Elkington Goiz Aspe-Buerist
17th Supernova 424 Phil Dyne  
18th Streaker 1717 Charlie Soubry  
19th RS 400 670 Tim Harrison Tor Harrison
20th Topper   Hayden Moore  
21st Scorpion 1975 Nick Orgles Sue Orgles
22nd Laser Radial 17788 Becky Thompson  
23rd Fireball 14266 Bob Tuckwood Debbie Tuckwood
24th Optimist 6061 Cillian Dyne  
25th Buzz 795 Neville Harbour James Harbour
26th Topper Byte 230 Caroline Stafford  
27th Wayfarer 10447 Andy Board Ginny Board
28th Laser Fun 88 Scott Bower Mitchell Bower
29th Topper   Lucia Migliore  
30th RS200 604 Neil Chadbourne Alec Chadbourne
31st Wayfarer 6432 Marco Migliore Karen and Alex Migliore




Individual pursuit – afternoon race

Rank Boat Sail Number Helm Crew
1st RS Aero 7 2421 Paul Spiers  
2nd RS Aero 7 2186 Alan Beaton  
3rd Solo 4882 Brian Fisher  
4th Supernova 424 Phil Dyne  
5th RS 600 610 Jamie Mawson  
6th Flying Fifteen 3936 Jeremy Arnold John Allen
7th Scorpion 2007 Jeff Peters Rachel Porter
8th RS 200 935 Simon Yates Shellee Bullous
9th Streaker 1717 Charlie Soubry  
10th RS 400 670 Tim Harrison Tor Harrison
11th RS 400 950 Alan Elkington Goiz Aspe-Buerist
12th RS 400 868 Paul Reynolds Cathy Reynolds
13th Icon 15 Martin Payne Caroline Wilkins
14th RS 200 1075 Alex Piggott Raefe Piggott
15th Laser Fun   Tony Monaghan Linus Monaghan
16th Fireball 14266 Bob Tuckwood Debbie Tuckwood
17th Topper Byte 230 Caroline Stafford  
18th Wayfarer 6432 Marco Migliore Karen and Alex Migliore
19th Topper   Hayden Moore  
20th Optimist 6061 Cillian Dyne  
21st Topper   Lucia Migliore  
22nd Wayfarer 10447 Andy Board Ginny Board
23rd Scorpion 1975 Nick Orgles Sue Orgles

Quiz night

A turnout of the core quiz participants saw an enjoyable night with teams split into 3s or 4s, quiz questions by Tasmin Jones, with Adrian acting as quizmaster as John couldn’t make it.

The prize went to Sliverins (Simon, Shelby & Marco) who played the blinder on the music question by realising they were all connected by James Bond tunes. Thanks to Viv for organising food.

The quiz night and cakes on Sunday raised £339.52, thanks to Karen, Adrian, Viv and helpers. This will go towards the acoustics on the training room, making it an even more pleasant experience.

A few photos.

Family 6 hour race

The annual Bank Holiday relay race saw almost 40 sailors in 5 boats (2 club Topazes, a Scorpion, a GP14 and an Optimist) sail for over 6 hours. Debra Pennington kept a watchful eye on all the competitors in a race that took place in glorious Bank Holiday sunshine with a fair breeze to match. 

The start horn went at 10.30am, the traditional Le Mans start went off without the usual slips and spills but the sailors made up for that with a number of capsizes ably lead by Martin Miller Senior Instructor in a Topaz and the Vice Commodore Adrian Jones managing to sink Cillian’s prized Optimist. At least we now know what trim is about and that the flotation works! Even the winning team the Skillful Scorpions were not spared a capsize or two, but notable the Terrific Topazes stayed upright throughout. The course was a simple short rectangular course near the club house, and the wind went from a light to moderate breeze over the day.

The rules of the competition meant that helming had to be shared between a man, a woman and a junior, with our youngest helm only 7 years of age and the oldest half a century more than that. The teams had to change helms at least 9 times and several sailors managed to sail for more than one team as well as cook and eat a BBQ lunch.

The results were: –

1st Skillful Scorpions        Scorpion
2nd Team GP                          GP14
3rd The Submariners        Topaz
4th The Terrific Topaz       Topaz
5th The Crazy Racer           Optimist

The winning team the Skillful Scorpions narrowly beat the current holders to the Crouch Trophy in a great example of the club at its family friendly best.

There were many others down spectating or just enjoying a pleasant sail or the sunshine.

Junior Course mid August 2017

Another great week with over 20 children learning or improving their sailing, lots of Stage 1 to 3 certificates finding their way into youngsters hands. 

Thanks to Sarah Read for organisation, Paulene for food, John Ridell as SI and all the instructors and Asst instructors, safety boat crew and others who gave up their time. It was great to see two of our recently qualified youth instructors taking their own groups, and two would be young Asst instructors helping out. Hope to see all of you on the water for the rest of the season.