Topper Midland Championships 2017

Warm,sunny, breezy conditions greeted the 35 Topper sailors competing at the ITCA Midlands Topper Championships, held at Notts County Sailing Club on 24th and 25th June, sponsored by Morton BoatsPinnell and Bax, and Dinghy Ropes.


There was a wide range of ability levels represented, from 9year olds having a go on reefed 4.2 rigsto those who are at the very highest level of Topper sailing and who are regularly in the top 30 at national events. These young sailors are part of ‘The Friendly Class’ and they did themselves, their clubs and their class, proud at this event.

There were four races on the first day (one start being a general recall)two on the second, and there was some great spectator sport. As always this season, those at the top of the fleet battled against one another and took it in turns to deliver some close results, with eight sailors achieving 1st, 2nd and 3rd places over the two days, a testament to the talent that there is in both the class and the region.

There were some unexpected spills on Sunday, in the gusty, shifty conditions, catching even the most experienced racers unaware, but after all six races were completedthe top honours went to Charlie Turnbull, RYA (and recently returned from Bermuda, where he represented Great Britain at the O’pen BIC Un-Regatta,  part of the 2017 Americas Cup), 2nd was Greg Cornes (Aldridge SC) 3rd and first girl was Gemma McDonnell, (Hollowell SC). First U13 and 6th overall was Will Thomas (Notts County Sailing Club), 2nd U13 was Ben Paling (Notts County Sailing Club) and 3rd U13 Hector Mellor (Carsington SC). There were also a number of other prizes awarded to recognise the 1st, 2nd and 3rd 4.2 sailors, and for those who demonstrated Endeavour and Resilience (those all important life skills).

Thanks must go to the race committee, safety crews and event organisers, who provided thoroughly enjoyable two days with a typical Notts County welcome and a great example of the inclusive and supportive environment that Topper sailing seeks to encourage.

Below are some photos Topper Midlands Champs 2017 results

Windsurf open 17

The sun shone and there was a light breeze with an occasional gust, and shining wind. Race Officer John Parr set a course with two beats, and lots of port bias. We had a number of Midland visitors, all well known to us and a good Notts County contingent entered.

The racing saw Guy Sprekley from the club win every race, but not without tussles with second place Tim Colles from Bartley. Third was Tom Naylor in the 9.5. The 7.5 fleet saw Russ towns win with three firsts and Ollie Beadnall second, with Steve Payne third.

Last year 4 juniors learnt to windsurf under Julie Halls watchful eye, and they entered their first race at the Open, sailing a simplified triangle on the main course, all completing the course, which is a great achievement after only a few months of windsurfing. Duncan Monaghan won this race with Charlotte Taylor second and Molly Sprekley third, Linus Monaghan finishing forth. We then moved the course nearer the clubhouse and Molly Sprekley started from the back and came all the way through to win the second race, and Duncan Monaghan won the third.

The day finished with the odd beer / larger and a lovely Pauline roast with 12 youngsters and nearly 40 adults enjoying the evening sunshine on the balcony, along with a birthday cake for Guy Sprekley with only three candles! His birthday is next Tuesday.


Saturday Club – June 17

It was great to see the top end of the lake covered in Oppies, Toppers and Fevas at a busy Saturday Club the last few weekends, with over 58 on 17th June (and three new members) a few photos below from the last two weeks.

Summer Laser Coaching

Further Laser coaching dates have been set up by your NCSC fleet. If you are looking to improve both your Laser sailing technique and racing skills these sessions are for you.

We gear these sessions to your ability and so long as you are able to sail a Laser efficiently around a triangular course you will benefit from attending. There are currently 8 places left on each session so get yourself signed up now by emailing Tim Cripps

All sessions start 9am and finish 2pm

Saturday 1st July         Boat control – Starting – The first beat

Saturday 15th July      Boat control – Mark rounding – Off wind sailing

Saturday 5th August   Boat control – Tactics

laser further coaching poster


Our new Laser fleet captain, Paul Speirs, is on a mission; He has set himself several goals for this sailing year, the first being to offer quality coaching to all levels of the fleet and the second to achieve the 50+ entrants mark for our Laser Open being held on 2nd July.

Following on from the recent coaching day for the top end of the fleet delivered by Tim Rush, Paul put his mind to organising a coaching day for fleet sailors who wanted to both improve their core Laser sailing and racing skills.

What followed was quite remarkable; 18 sailors signed up for the coaching day and a further 12 coaches and experienced Laser sailors offered their time to assist.

With the weather producing perfect conditions of sun and 8mph winds increasing to 14 mph this was not a day for sitting in the new training room listening to theory, so after a quick briefing the sailors were paired up with their coach/mentor for the day.

The first session , with most of the coaches sailing their own Lasers alongside their ‘pupils’ in individual groups and a further group of 6 under rib control, was spent improving the sailors sailing technique with emphasis on boat handling skills.

The separate groups were then brought together to engage in further exercises, not least an attempt for a ‘World Record’ attempt for the longest ‘Follow The Leader’. We actually managed 25 Lasers and have the photos to prove it! Practice starts were followed by racing bringing together all that had been taught throughout the morning.

A working lunch involved reviewing photos and video from the morning session with further discussion about ‘Line Bias’ and Starting.

Most of the 18 sailors entered the Saturday afternoon racing with the coaches also taking part and offering advice before and between the starts. A couple of sailors benefitted from further one to one coaching.

The day was wrapped up with a final debrief including further analysis of video and photos, not least the damming evidence of who was over the line at the start of the first race!!

The feedback, received from the sailors, suggests that the format of the day proved very successful. With so many experienced Laser sailors participating, it was possible to offer a much more personal coaching experience to the pupils and we thank them for giving up their time.

There are a further 3 coaching sessions being lined up. Those who receive the fleet email magazine ‘Laser Beam’ will automatically get the information. Anyone who would like to get involved with Laser sailing and racing should contact Paul through the usual channels.

Tim Cripps   

More photos 

3 Clubs challenge 2017

Saturday 8th July 2017

Team at Girton- Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith

The Three Clubs Challenge was set up to encourage those who wouldn’t normally travel to try a new water close by. Three clubs compete, NCSC, GIRTON, HYKEHAM. Min ten boats from each club, it is being held at Notts County this year.

Notts County enter a team of all abilities and juniors from the race squad, Hykeham won last year (link to report).

Racing at Girton – Nicola Willars


Kevin Nicholls is co-ordinating this year, please contact him for information.



Windsurfing in June

This week has seen plenty of wind, as those helping with Willow Farm will know. Wednesday also saw the largest windsurf teaching group we have had at the club, with 7 youngsters and several adults, everything was in use and with the Team 15 revival we must have had over 30 on the water. Earlier in the day Cameron came down for a play, here are some photos of him looping and trying other tricks. (along with a few other windsurfers.

Spring Regatta report – Notts County goes wild in the country

The spring regatta had a large entry with over a hundred sailors and 70 craft on the water.

Thanks to our Sponsors, without whom the Regatta would be diminished, please return the compliment by supporting them whenever you can:
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Full report and results below photos – thanks to David Eberlin, Viv Weston, Rob Bell – and we think Janet, John Glendening and Jenny (no one could decide whop took what!! – thanks anyway)

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Spring Regatta report – Notts County goes wild in the country

The spring regatta had a large entry with over a hundred sailors and 70 craft on the water.

Thanks to our Sponsors, without whom the Regatta would be diminished, please return the compliment by supporting them whenever you can:

The Notts County Sailing Club Spring Regatta was a huge success with well over a hundred taking part including a record 33 juniors of all ages. There were over seventy dinghies and windsurfers competing. Thanks to our sponsors Allen Brothers, Noble Marine Insurance, Morton Boats, Gill and HB Clark for the numerous prizes. The theme was Notts County goes wild in the country and several environmental events took place over the weekend.

One of the key fleets was the Juniors, with a record thirty-three taking part in racing during the event, with some youngsters only 6. Many also took part in the in the Art competition, the Build a boat from recycled materials and many other activities.

The weekend started on Friday evening, when it was sunny calm and balmy (although tell that to the marquee erectors earlier that day!). A few visitors from Swarkestone, Emberton Park SC went out on the water to practice. We had a bring your own BBQ with music from the Ragged Rascals and guests, which went on well into the night. The bar was well used with the normal fare topped up by Botanic Gin and St Austell Trelawny beer thanks to the Rear Commodore

Saturday was Sunny all day, starting with light variable winds in morning but come the first race the wind hit with lots eager to demonstrate how well polished were the bottoms of their boats. Some tired looking people at the end, but plenty of smiles. Gusts of up to 25 knots were recorded as the safety crew were kept very busy with the sudden change. Thanks to them and all the additional club members who rolled up their sleeves, put on their buoyancy aids and just pitched in to help.

The morning racing for the Commodores Cup was fast and furious with, the Regatta cup full of thrills and spills and the new Category Race demonstrating all the different ways you can get on the water – 1 sail, 2 sails, three sails or upside down. Later in the afternoon, as it was too windy to team-race a demonstration of how to team race took place. Unfortunately, the optimist race was deemed too windy to be held despite the eagerness of the youngsters

The evening saw an excellent Pauline roast and dessert all topped off by a fascinating talk on Bats by Natasja from Nottinghamshire Bat Group ( ). Such an enthusiastic speaker and all of us descended into aahs when she brought out a rescue bat for us to see at close quarters. Armed with echo detectors we all went for a dusk walk around the club and found bats feeding and swooping, near the River Trent.

Sunday saw some up bright and early for the dawn chorus (well two hours after) at 7am. binoculars at the ready for a bird walk with our very own ex-Commodore Steve Payne on which he delighted us with his knowledge of birdsong and we spotted numerous birds including a Garden Warbler, the terns, Blackcaps, Heron amongst many others.

Team Racing started over breakfast in the sunshine followed by the Commodore’s Cup resumed with the wind decreasing during the day. Those taking part in the Regatta cup had a more pleasant sail but by the category racing the wind was well and truly dropping.

At the end of the day we got to hold the Oppie race with many of the youngsters racing for the first time (some had only just learnt to sail). After two races this was won by Katherine Gunn with Isobel Ritchie second & Milli Mack third.

Sunday night saw a BBQ by Midshires Farms as the sun set over the yard arm (and more gin was consumed). HB Clark sponsored a tug of war won by “The Tents” beating the “Motorhomes”. The youngsters had a detective puzzle to solve from the RYA Bluegreen Marine CSI game, having to solve four environmental boating incidents by undertaking water quality testing, fingerprint analysis and unscrambling puzzles. This was very popular with the juniors, one of whom enjoyed it so much he did it twice.

There was fancy dress and Mask painting, along with Build A boat and Painting competition, on a wildlife theme. There was the return of the Silent Disco (from Silent Discomania) with DJ T.I.MOTHY (or Prof Tim as he is better known!)

Monday was a dull overcast day with rain at times and a light breeze, giving some close racing. Team racing kicked off the morning and a close final was by Anthony Quinn and Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith and Alex & Raife Piggott. Thank you to the University of Nottingham Sailing Club for the loan of their Fireflies. and was followed by prizegiving after the results were computed.

Thanks to Allen Brothers, Noble Marine Insurance, Morton Boats, Gill and HB Clark for the numerous prizes.

Congratulations to all our sailors. Particularly of note are:

Katherine Gunn winner of the inaugural Regatta Oppie race

Category Racing the following won their respective groups:

Ross Ryan and Oliver Ryan-Moore (Asymmetric),

Richard and Sarah Mason (Symmetric),

Rob and Karen Bell from Emberton Park SC (Double-handed, non-spinnaker)

Tim Hands from Swarkestone (Single-handed)

William Thomas (Junior under 13)

Molly Hinsliff-Smith (Junior under 19)

Ollie Bednall (Sailboard)

Adam Foster winner in the Under 19 Regatta Cup class

Raife Piggott helming his dad Alex in an RS 200 winner of the Novice Regatta Trophy

William Thomas in a Topper who as well as winning the Category class he was entered in also retained the Junior Regatta Cup and was an impressive winner of the Junior Commodore’s Cup, and 3rd overall in the main competition.

The main event of the regatta – the Commodore’s Cup was won by Tim Hands, a visitor from Swarkestone sailing in a Supernova

Results (see links)

Regatta Cup  – Optimist racing Commodore’s Cup  – Category races 
 Commodores Cup windsurfers –  Category Cup windsurfers

Scorpion Inlands at Notts County May 2017

Noble Marine Scorpion Inland Championships at Notts County Sailing Club

The Scorpion Inlands came to Notts County 6/7th May 2017, with just under 30 boats entered and some great conditions it was set to be a good weekend of close racing – with the odd bit of social on Saturday night!

The Noble Marine Scorpion Inlands saw a good turnout of just under 30 boats for a great weekend of sailing at Notts County Sailing Club. The wind was strong enough for the odd spill, and some planing, but never to strong, with a good variety of conditions.

The two leading contenders soon showed themselves, always ending up at the front of the fleetv in every race, and indeed at the end they were separated by a point. Peter Gray and Richard Pepperdine from Staunton Harold just piping Tom and Penny Jeffcote (originally from Notts County and now sailing for their home club Shoreham SC). In third place only a few points behind was Andy Mcee and Paul Newman from Dovestone.

As can be seen competitors arrived from all over the country and the atmosphere was competitive but very friendly, no doubt aided by a good Saturday evening!

Saturday saw overcast conditions, but some good wind and Ken Twemlow the Race Officer ensured there was plenty of beating and spinnaker work on all points of sailing. Sunday was a little lighter with some more sunshine but equally close racing.

First Lady was Rach Rhodes & Hannah Edge from Staunton, and second lady (and first Junior) was our own Chloe Willars who had a great meeting, crewed by Amy Clay from Notts County Sailing Club.

Thanks to Noble Marine for their support, and Nicola & Jon Willars and family for their organisation.


Inlands & open : 1st Peter Gray & Richard Pepperdine (Stuanton Harold SC), 2nd Tom & Penny Jeffcote (Shoreham SC), 3rd Andy McKee and Paul Newman (Dovestone SC)

Silver Fleet and 1st Lady: Rach Rhodes and Hannah Edge (Staunton Harold SC). 2nd siler Jack Banks & Chris Holt (Island Sc & Notts County SC)

1st Junior Chloe Willars (Notts County SC), 2nd Jake Willars (Notts County SC)

1st all junior John Tailby & Goerge Bakuss-Griffin (Randhill SC)

Perserverence : Adrian Jones & Viv Weston (Notts County SC)

Wooden Spoons: Jeff Peters & Rachel Porter (Notts County) first capsize in three years (see photos!)… and a scenic route prize to Paul Grace & Alex Reindorp.

Photos from Saturday and prizegiving below