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Junior Open

Planning for the Junior open on 8th June is well under way. The Notice of race is on the clubs Opens page.

Basically all are welcome, the main event is part of the RYA Midlands Youth Series, a new initiative, giving the opportunity to travel to like minded clubs for an overall trophy.

Our Junior rep is Duncan Monaghan so contact him at for information. 

This year we are also intending to run a ‘regatta’ fleet for those youngsters very new to/or haven’t raced there is a reduced entry fee, and it will take place after Saturday Club, so no excuse for Saturday Club members, if you can sail out and back – enter! Will Gardner is organising with help from others, including some parents.

The briefing is 10.15 and first race 11am start then hopefully 4 or 5 races depending on conditions. There are prizes and it should be fun, so come and join in. Tim Cripps is Officer of the day.
junior open poster 2019

Push the Boat Out 2019

Another amazing Open Day as part of the RYA Push the boat out initiative…. and as for the delicious cakes (there is a giveaway) thanks to all who contributed. The Cake sale has raised over £675 for Parkinson’s UK (to date – there are more to sell on Sunday) – fantastic, and thanks to all who contributed with cakes (including Sweet Success) and to Jane Speirs and Karen Ferrar and others who spent many hours selling them.

On the water many instructors, helpers and others spent the whole or part of the day sailing organising and receiving visitors, you know who you are and to be honest there are too many to mention – thanks from the Exec. Over 224 people tried sailing and windsurfing, it was a real team effort getting so many on the water smoothly and with so many smiles I am sure there will be some new members taking up our great sport.

A few photos from the day below (we hopefully haven’t included anyone we wouldn’t – if we have let us know so we can remove the photo)

Festisail report

Notts County Sailing Club Festival of Sailing (FestiSail) took place on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

What else would you do on a Bank Holiday Monday but look for an excuse to go sailing and involve the junior sailors. That’s exactly the plan that Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith and Ross Ryan hatched last November. A one day sailing festival aiming to provide an opportunity for the many club juniors to try out different boats and make new friends.

With support from the club executive, FestiSail was born. With the support of many club members an outline plan was formed.

As an RYA Onboard centre and linking to the RYA pathway boats we welcomed two visiting 420 boats along with two squad sailors Daisy Desorgher and Ellie Clark and we had a demo 29er provided by Ovington Boats along with GBR squad member Jess Nelson. In addition Topper International supported the event with the expert Russ Dent providing invaluable technical support and maintenance tips throughout the day.

At the morning briefing we had over 30 eager juniors, some only joining the club the week before. With perfect light wind conditions, a blue sky and sunshine the sailors were soon queuing up to have a good in a range of boats including the 29er, the 420, RS600, RS400, RSFeva, Scorpion,Stratos and Fireball, all with helms to assist their learning the sailors of all ages who were able to try trapezing, hiking boats as well as the many single handers, Oppies, Topper, Topper Topaz, Laser. Over 30 sailors had a go in at least three boats. Later in the day there was even a chance to try windsurfing.

After lunch the juniors had a choice of either continuing to try out boats or take part in the ‘Wacky Races’. Race officer Ross Ryan assisted by long standing member Jo Riddell, who’s daughter makes her a 3rd generation member at the club, set a simple square course to which over 20 juniors, many trying new boats to them or pairing with new friends had a great time chasing each other around the course.

Kathryn said that it was a delight to see so many junior club members (she counted 40 at one point) of all abilities having a go, trying different boats and getting to know other sailors. It was also a great opportunity for newer members of the club to get to know more about what sailing and the club can offer them.

Notts County is well known for its junior section with a junior race squad, a thriving Saturday Club and juniors in GBR topper squads and T15 squads. This event was such a roaring success encouraging more club sailors to think about sailing and all that it can offer. Who knows we might have an Olympian sailor in our midst.

A final thank you to all the volunteers both club members and visitors who gave their time so freely. Also the RYA Onboard team who supported the event with resources.

Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith (report and photos)

Easter Monday Charity race

The inaugural Easter Monday Charity Race for Parkinson’s UK raised over £720 along with the Raffle organised by Kim. 

The day had a light breeze and it was warm – sailing in T shirts in April ! Over forty boats entered with more than a quarter being juniors. Keen racers joined families on the water.

Some photos of the day (please let us know if we inadvertently included you and you do not wish to be on the site so we can remove it)

Results below then photos

Easter course 2019

The highly popular Easter course saw a variety of conditions for both the adult and junior courses. Monday was windy with an onshore breeze – not ideal for a first day. Still many braved the elements. Tuesday through to Thursday was lighter and near ideal learning conditions, and there was sunshine and an increasing temperature.

There were 29 juniors and 7 adults on the courses which ranged from starting to sail through to race training. The next Junior course is May Bank holiday week details here (download all the forms). Thanks to all the instructors, safety crew, helpers and not forgetting Pauline.

Some photos from Thursday (we believe all are happy for them to be up, but if not let us know if you are not and we will remove then as quickly as possible)

Festisail 2019

FestiSail Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019

We are offering our first festival of sailing for all our junior club members on the Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. The day, running from 10am until 16.00, will be offering sailing activities on and off the water for any junior club members and their family. Our aim is to provide activities on and off the water, chance to try different boats, whether that be club boats (Stratos, Feva, Topaz, Topper), opportunity to sail and make new friends, find out about sailing options either at the club, locally or nationally. Not sure about any aspect of junior sailing, come along and speak to other parents about the sailing network. Ideal for families new to the club or Saturday club families or those dipping their toes into the racing circuit.

Topper International are supporting the event and we will have the maintenance team to provide advice and repairs along with their 6 Topper boat trailer for use and information about their ‘Reactivate’ scheme which brings back to life those old and tired Toppers in the boat park.

RYA Midland development team are providing their Topper training boats and we will have the RYA National 420 coach Tim Rush along with a boat to try. The 420 is a Youth transition Olympic pathway boat.
Many people might know Tim as he is a past member and a past World Champion winner in a Fireball.

We are also trying to secure a 29er demo boat, another youth transition boat.

Why not make a weekend of it, there’s the 1st Saturday Club, Sunday racing and you are welcome to camp over. We will fire up the BBQ for Sunday night.

We are looking for volunteers to man the safety boats, help with running of the event and generally helping out. It’s a club event for club members offered by club members. Please contact Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith is you can help out, Kathryn

So put the date in your diary, find the sailing gear, pack a picnic and camping gear and one along.
festisail poster

Easter Charity event

Easter  charity challenge at NCSC – can you win the Easter Cup? easter charity event poster
Two sailing races planned for this family fun targeted event, a handicap and a derived personal handicap start time pursuit.  But there will be more challenges to enable you to win the cup – egg painting, egg rolling and egg throwing – to name just three that could go into determining the overall champion.
Morning race starts around 11am (briefing about 10.30)
Afternoon – after lunch.
Pauline is down so food available.
The whole day will go towards the chosen charity – Parkinsons UK – raffle tickets available and the raffle results will be revealed on the day!

For those that didn’t sail in the morning then a standard PYN will be used. There will be a quick, fun, prizegiving at the end – all Easter based of course!

More info contact

Laser masters 2019

The Laser Masters took place at Notts County Sailing Club on 23/24th March. The UKLA splits the fleet into Standard and Radial rigs, and a variety of groups such as Master, Grand Master and the like. Around 40 sailors entered and the event was sponsored by: Laser Performance, Tideway Investment, Wildwind, Southeast Sailboats, Fernhurst, Noble Marine insurance, and Rooster.

Saturday dawned with some sunshine and light winds and the first race got under way (after a recall for the standard fleet) soon after 12. Unfortunately the wind swung soon after so the windward leg changed at times. Paul Williamson (Staunton) won the first race in the standard and Ian Jones (Dovestone) in the Radials. Lunch followed and everyone went out for the second race, only to have the wind die away to a flat calm, the racing was soon abandoned. The evening saw a talk by Alan Davis using some footage from the day and a roast dinner meal.

Sunday was a much better day wind wise, as a westerly set in, and whilst gusty was steadier in direction. Racing was underway around 10am and then it was back to back fitting in five races. The Standard fleet saw some close racing with Stuart Hudson (Keyhaven) winning two races, but Alan Davis took three firsts on Sunday so winning the overall title by a point. They were followed by Simon Stonehouse (Rutland), Tim Keithley (West Riding) and Richard Mason (Notts County) all within seven points of each other.

The Radials were a little more clear cut with Ian Jones winning another three races to take the title followed by Rob Cage (Thames) and John Reay.

Yachts and yachting report

Photos from both days below. Standard resultsRadial results

March 16 17 th

Another windy weekend, with quite a few spills and the DI course continuing.