Club members success

Our club members have  a good record in a wide variety of classes and squads. We have world champions as members, along with national champions and have a number of sailors and windsurfers in National squads. The club can take a member from their first steps, to feed into the RYA’s (Royal Yachting Association) zone, and national squads.


In the 505’s International Regatta in Troyes France, new pairing Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert take the title by one point, well done Andy.


Update from Andy & Tom Smith

Tom: This year, our main focus was to qualify for the 420 worlds, which would be held in San Remo, Italy. The Worlds team was selected by 3 events: the spring champs at Torbay, the 420 Inlands at Draycote and the Youth Nationals at Pwllheli, with the top 7 boys and top 7 girls being selected at the end of the series. We lay in 5th boy going into the Youths. However a bad start to this event put us in an uncomfortable situation only just in qualification spot. By the end of the week we managed to pull back to 12th overall which made it mathematically impossible for us not to qualify for Worlds team which was a huge relief. On top of making the 420 Worlds team I am proud to say that we were also able to qualify for the 420 Youth Squad.

In the run up to the worlds we had a few practice events planned, the main being Kiel Week. This event was a massive indicator to us of how competitive the international 420 fleet is. Finding it difficult to get a good start in such large and competitive fleet put us a long way down the fleet by the windward mark, making it almost impossible to salvage a decent result. Our poor starts only allowed us to manage silver fleet, which was rather disappointing after a reasonably successful beginning of the year.

We drove down to San Remo on the 12nd July allowing us to get a bit of last minute training with the team before racing started on the 19th. The World Championships was officially opened on the 18th with all the teams parading through the streets of Santo Stefano, dressed in team kit and displaying their nation’s flags. All 25 nations attended the ceremony, where at the end each nation hoisted a flag to their national anthem before the 420 flag was hoisted and the event officially began. As in Kiel Week the competition was fierce and again we only managed silver fleet. However, overall it was a great experience and I am very proud to have represented my country at such a prestigious event.

420 sailing was obviously the main focus of my year; however sailing in the Laser open at Nott’s County SC alongside my Dad and other fellow members was a huge highlight of my year. The open proved how well run the club is and also showing how fast a lot of the sailors are, including the juniors who many are now challenging their parents. Unfortunately I was unable to beat my Dad this year but I will certainly be back next year to improve on my overall position.

Andy: We’d been having a great year in the 505, with our main focus being the World Championship in our home country, the Olympic sailing venue of Weymouth. The home venue had generated interest from a number of high profile UK sailors from other classes and a number of training events had taken place over a number of weekends in Hayling Island and in Weymouth itself. One of the best things about the 505 class, other than it being a fantastic boat and is sailed by great people from all around the world, is that a lot of the major events take place around Europe. I feel very fortunate to have been able to take part in many of those for a number of years now. We had been building on the speed we found for the Worlds in Kiel, Germany, two years ago where we finished 4th, feeling that in that time we had improved in all areas. Leading up to the worlds this year, we’d finished either first or second in all the events we’d taken part in and against the majority of the acknowledged best 505 sailors around at the moment. The highlight leading into Weymouth was winning Kiel Week. We were proud to have been the first British boat to do this in over 20 years.

With a hot 90+ boat pre-worlds worlds fleet being boosted to 130+ Worlds entry it was going to be a tough couple of weeks.

We arrived on the Monday for a couple of training days before the Nationals / Pre-Worlds, which began on Wednesday 27th of July. We were lucky to have a coach for the event, Colin Merrit, who carried a wealth of 505 experience. Making up the four boats in our team were some great tuning partners / sounding boards in the form of Ian Pinnell, Mike Holt and Bruce Edwards.

The UK Nationals / Pre-Worlds event started perfectly for us. In race 1 we finished 2nd and in race 2 we extended away to win. The final, second, day forecast more wind. With 3 races scheduled we recorded a 7th followed by a 6th. Our rivals and training partners Mike Holt and Carl Smit had also had a good day, so too had their fellow Americans’ Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, who had won both race 3 & 4! With three races in one day the maths is always tricky. The final race was going to be exciting with the breeze had building to around 25 knots and with both Holt and Martin being renowned for being quick when it’s windy, we knew we were in for a great race. An epic battle between the three of us did in fact take place. In the end we were able to take the final win from Mike / Adam, who were in turn followed by Holt / Smit. We had done enough to win on count back from Mike Holt and Carl Smit.

So immediately before the Worlds we had now also won the lead-in UK National / Pre-Worlds Championship. We knew we were going fast and were also sailing really well. Pretty much everyone who would be contending for the worlds had completed. We had a day of preparing the boat and measurement before going into the Worlds!

There were 130 entries from 15 nations and pretty much the who’s who of 505 sailors all there. It was going to be a great event.

Thinking that we had been the cause of the second abandoned start of race 1, we decided we should not re-start for fear of a ‘do not exclude’! This was a disastrous start to the worlds. Exactly what not to do! We had to wait almost two hours and watch our fellow competitors sail, some doing well, before the second race of the day. That started in 7 knots of wind and we ended up with an average result of 19th. We were still trying to stay positive. It was a long series and some of the other favorites hadn’t had a great day either. Mike Martin with a 30 / 43, Howie Hamlin struggled and so had plenty of others.

On the second day the breeze had picked up and we hoped to put in a good result. We had a good start, but after staying on the left side of the course a big right shift came in. We were quite deep at the windward mark but as the race progressed we pulled through to 11th, which was ok.

On day 3 we had a good start and rounded the windward mark in the lead! However on the first part of the triangle we ran out of breeze, which allowed fellow Brits Nathan Batchelor / Sam Pasco to get past. On that last run Nathan and Sam had spinnaker problems and we went on to take what we thought to be our first worlds race win! However when congratulating us, one of our training partners asked “which mark did we round on the triangle?” Immediately, we knew we had rounded the wrong one! This meant we would be disqualified! I cannot put into words what we both felt. With two last places out of for races, our chance of winning the worlds was now over…! To even get a reasonable overall result would be a tough job, but still one more race to go that day! We had to try to keep positive! We rounded race 5 in second place but a difficult first downwind put us back in 18th at the leeward mark! Over the remainder of a difficult race we managed to recover to 8th. Under the circumstances we were happy with that.

The following day was lay-day. I cannot remember the last time I have never checked the results in a Championship, but at this point I have to say I didn’t. We were far down, with only one discard kicking in. All we knew was that we hadn’t had a great event, were so disappointed and had lots of work ahead!

Day 4 was breezy, our weather. Hopefully it would be a good day for us, so long as we didn’t mess up again, or break something! At the windward mark we were just leading from Mike Martin, followed by Mike Holt. A problem with our spinnaker halyard let Martin overtake us but once we got going we were holding position. As soon as we’d cleared the dirty air from the fleet up upwind boats we were the first to gybe to get out of the adverse tide on the left side of the course. By the leeward gate we had opened up a huge lead from Mike Martin. We extended to win our first worlds race! Finally something to celebrate! With the breeze up to 28 knots and the rescue crews at full stretch, the second race of the day was postponed.

Day 5 had similar conditions with 2 races. We had a good one, with a 3 and a 1! We were now starting to feel a little happier. One more day left. That evening we did have our first look at the results, finding that we were now in 8th overall. With one more race to go we could still finish in the top 10, probably top 5 as an outside shot. Whatever result we got in race 9 we were counting, so no pressure!

We started in around 8 knots of breeze. With those conditions in the 505 there are lots and lots of really fast boats. It is possible to put in a really big score! We rounded well and just had to consolidate. Again the downwind was hard and we were back in the teens at the leeward mark. Slowly as the race progressed we moved forward and finished 6th. We were pretty happy with that. Mike Martin had gone into the last day needing only a 23rd to take the title for a third time and we had spent the whole day racing him.

In the end we were pleased with 7th overall. In there we had our first race wins at a 505 worlds. We’d won the pre-worlds and had a great season. But it was bitter sweet, thinking of how it could have been so different. I suppose that’s why we all do it. Next time, everyone keeps telling us!

August 2016

Desorghers:  Scarlet and Daisy have been in both Topper 4.2 National Squad and Topper Midland Zone Squad. Scarlet was first girl in the Topper 4.2 National Championships at Northampton.

Both girls have competed across the country at many national and regional events and represented the Midland Zone at the end of season Eric Twiname Championships at Rutland Sailing Club.

Scarlet and Daisy competed at the Topper National Championships at North Berwick. It was very windy and the fleet only completed 6 races over the week. Scarlet made Gold Fleet and came 74th, 23rd girl.

Molly has been racing the Spitfire twin trapeze catamaran.

Her and helm Matt McRobbie competed at Eurocat, at Carnac. This is one of the largest multi Catamaran events attracting around 200 cats. The major race is a 50 mile passage race and in very blustery conditions finished a very creditable 19th out of 39 entered with many not finishing due to the conditions.

Molly and Matt also raced at the East Coast Piers Race, at Marconi Sailing Club, another long distance race of about 27 miles. They were 5th over the water breaking the previous course record and after handicapping were 11th and the youngest finishers.

August 2016

Emily Hall: She is in British Youth Sailing Team. Youth Nationals 1st, Europeans 13th, Eurosaf 2nd. In October going to Exeter Uni. This is last Youth event before moving into the Senior fleet next year.  Worlds is in Limassol, Cyprus  in November.
Emily has also gained her SI this year.

August 2016

Scorpion Sailing at Looe was a fantastic experience, and the final results of the 2016 Nationals proved to be a nail biting affair which topped off a great week. Of the 51 boats competing at the 2016 Scorpion Nationals, 4 boats were from Notts County Sailing Club.

With only ONE POINT separating the top three the final results were: Tom Jeffcoate & Tim Hartley 2037 (Pickled Wombat) finished second and Andy & Chris 2026 (Sneaky Ninja) were third, meaning the champions of 2016 were Chris Turner and Alex Hayman 2004 (Discreet Banana).

Of the Notts boats the overall finishing results out of 51: 17th Nigel Potter and Amy Clay; 33rd Dave Snutch and John Wells;  42nd Chloe (jnr) and Nicola Willars;  44th Jon and Jake (jnr) Willars.
Special Mentions:
3rd overall Female Crew – Amy Clay; 2nd Very Ancient Mariners – Dave Snutch and John Wells  : 4th Classic Wooden Boat – Nigel Potter and Amy Clay
Two trophies were awarded to Chloe Willars for Flyer of the Week and Tenancity and the Family Trophy went to the Willars.

August 2016

Solos: So far this year 7 Solos, that’s a 3rd of the NCSC fleet, have travelled to at least 1 open event. These include the Winter & Spring Championships and qualifying events for the Midland and Northern Traveller Series’. Together they have travelled 17 times. The most frequent traveller and the oldest member of our fleet, Brian Fisher, has attended 4 events. A further 3 helms have attended 3 events each. The most popular event for NCSC Solos was Carsington where 5 boats attended.

PS I think Brian Fisher is 78 years young but it may be 79.
August 2016


Some notes from Andy Smith: Firstly, Tom and Alex are doing well with their 420 sailing. They finished 5th boy team in the recent RYA Youth Championships in Pwllheli in early April. As a result of that and, based on the results of two further qualifier events (Torquay and Draycote) earlier in the year, they achieved their goal of being selected for the 420 World Championships. These are to take place in San Remo, Italy from 15th – 23rd July. In addition they have also been selected for the 420 Youth squad which will assist with their training and preparation.

Tim Needham and me are also going well in preparation for the 505 Worlds in Weymouth. So far this year we have competed in three events and coming 1st in Troyes over Easter, 1st in La Baule 30th April / 1st May and a close 2nd at the 505 Europa cup in Hyeres last weekend. Next we are off to Kiel, Germany in June and the French Nationals in July before the Worlds in early August.

Lets hear from anyone else who is on circuit representing Notts County – any photos would be good to.

Emily Hall – National Slalom Youth Nationals April 2016 was: Super happy to have won the Youth Nationals after a tricky week of racing now off to Hyeres for the Slalom Europeans.12932811_10204352171723390_1974706712566508172_n

Frustrating week at the IFCA Slalom Europeans  in Hyeres! The first two days there was no racing due to the lack of wind. On day 3 finally some wind came through.

12985604_10204389721302106_8208083553507108224_nIn the first heat I was crashed into at the 2nd mark putting a hole in the side of my board and injuring my ribs! I carried on the rest of the round getting an 11th overall. But decided to stop the day racing due to my ribs. So ended with a DNC on the next round. A 3rd round was started on day 3 but due to the wind dying it was unable to be finished.

To everyone’s suprise the final day also brought some wind, I was automatically in C fleet from the previous day, I won this race and I felt better about my confidence on the water after the crash!

A 4th round was sailed in around 12-16 knots. I started in heat 4 and advanced into the semis and finally Ito the winners final where I finished 2nd overall. So I’m super happy as it was tough racing throughout the heats.

Well done to Jenna Gibson and Sarah Jackson for there sick results during the week! Awesome last race with a Brit 1,2,3 finish

Thanks for my continued support from RRD,Boardwise, Glidesoul and Loughborough College Sport.

From Emily’s Facebook Page


Congratulations William Thomas for 1st place in the single hander and joint 1st place overall at the ASC Scout and Guide Regatta.



Emily Hall and Cameron Coghill, both RYA squad windsurfers, have just finished representing the UK at the 2014 RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Cesme, Turkey after qualifying for these places at the recent RYA Youth Championships at WPNSA.  What looked like a very windy week finished on Saturday with them both being a great credit to their supporting team, the club and the country. Emily along with Emma Wilson (who started at Notts County) both made the medal race, will update with results when we see them.

Emily Came second in Under 17 class, with Emma Wilson winning

Emily Hall & Emma Wilson, 1st & 2nd RSX U17 europeans

Emily Hall & Emma Wilson, 1st & 2nd RSX U17 europeans

Well done to them both.


Tom Smith has been selected for the Topper National Squad, Cameron Coghill has been selected for the RSX (Olympic board) Youth Squad, Emily Hall is in the RYA National Transition squad, Molly Desorgher has been selected for the North Zone squad (Topper), well done all.

Cameron on his RSX racing at club

Cameron on his RSX racing at club

Cameron Coghill came 5th in National Youth Champs Emily Hall 11th.

Mark Sears wins East Midlands RIB Challenge and comes 4th in National Finals

Andy / Katie Smith have won the Mirror nationals with Tom and Mum, Tracy, also taking part successfully.

Tom Jeffcote came a credible 18th in the RS800 nationals – a very competitive fleet.

Andy Kilburn and new crew did really well at the 29er Nationals at Hayling Island– coming 9th overall and top non-RYA squad supported boat.

Lawrence Logan and his new helm also had some success in 29er coming 26th, half way up Gold fleet in a total entry of 92 boats.

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