HANSA 20th Anniversary Meeting

The HANSA TT series runs round the country and provides competition for sailors of all abilities. The semi keel boats lean over but vary rarely capsize due to the heavy dagger-plate. When sailing you are seated and steer with a stick in most cases. They are suitable for wheelchair users, and allow many a wonderful sense of freedom on the water, its no wonder they are a popular Sailability boat.

The event was Notts County’s twentieth year with a HANSA, we purchased our first boat in 2001 with help from many people, and have held an open virtually every year since, and hosted the nationals in 2018. The 20th anniversary was a good excuse for a celebration cake baked by Karen Ferrar, with decoration by daughter Claire, thanks to both and all the other cake contributors. The club volunteers led by Anne Clark pulled out all the stops as usual to provide a seamless day for the visitors.

Feedback included:

Just to say how lovely it was to return to beautiful Notts County yesterday.  Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to making it such a fantastic day, especially the person who organised the weather!

Everyone so appreciates the hard work you put in for us and the friendly welcome, and it’s very much the no. 1 venue on my calendar.
Hopefully, see you all next year. – lindsay

Ron SawfordBrilliant!! Well done all at Nott’s County Sailability/Sailing Club and all the Sailors and their teams. Congratulations on your 20th year of running a Hansa TT for us.
Ron S

Many thanks to you and all the volunteers for giving us a wonderful Hansa TT yesterday. I felt honoured to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations – and the cake was delicious!

Due to Covid entries were limited, but the fleet of 11 boats travelled from all over the country including Frensham Pond (Surrey) Clyde Cruising Club, Whitefriars (Swindon) and Rutland. The HANSA sailors always enjoy the atmosphere at Notts County Sailing Club, and of course our caterer Pauline’s food.

Whilst the atmosphere is very friendly and supportive off the water the racing is still keen and close, especially in the light to moderate breeze. There was little to separate the first three 303 sailors and the lead swapped regularly in each race depending often on who judged the shifts correctly. In the end Mike Everitet from Frensham won by a couple of points, with Rory McKinna second and James Woosman third. Mention should also be made of Debra Pennington (Notts County) entering her first open for many years due to her knees, and enjoying completing three races for the first time, she has also been a tireless volunteer at the club getting young children on the water so its wonderful to see her enjoying sailing again.

The largest fleet was the Liberty class with six boats, one point separated the first two sailors, and at every mark it seemed close. David Durston (Whitefriars) and Chris Emmet (Rutland) were swapping the lead regularly, with David just winning. Close behind was Paul Pearson of Rutland .

After three back to back races in light to moderate winds and sunshine everyone was happy to get ashore and shelter outside under the marque on the balcony. Once everyone was packed away prizegiving took place, and the 20thAnniversary cake was cut and distributed.

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