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RYA Judge & Race Officer courses

RYA Regional Judge Course, in late summer. The exact dates are yet to be finalised, but we’d welcome any “expressions of interest” in attending. Please simply complete our Race Officials Course Waiting List and we’ll send you the date as soon as it has been set.

RYA Regional Race Officer Course : Online Regional Race Officer (RRO) courses have been delivered through January- March. The club will be hosting a RYA Regional Race Officer Course in May 2021. The courses are for those interested in expanding their knowledge of race management, with some experience preferred. There are a number of on-line pre-course modules to view beforehand, followed by a short quiz to complete. 10/10 must be achieved in order to attend the course. There is also a 50-minute exam at the end of the course, attendees have 2 weeks to take this on-line exam, a pass is one of the requirements for the RRO qualification. The date for the course is yet to be finalised, but if you are interested in attending, please complete our course waiting list form

Works and ways day 24th April


Great work done at Saturday’s Works and Ways day.

The day was led by Graham, our Works and Ways lead, supported by Steve and Gill Lowe, the boat park management team and a great collection of volunteers who worked hard across the day. This included some big shifts being put in by some of our new members – really very much appreciated.

The job-jar has had a few big ticket items addressed and I’m sure everyone coming down to the club will see the impact of getting these done. Of course, there are always job-jar items to go at and many are easily done in small teams at any time to suit, please just co-ordinate with the nominated lead as regards access to any required tools and supplies.

Thanks to all that took part on the day, and, in advance, to those who take the time to get involved over the forthcoming months.

James Logan – Commodore

Thanks to Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith for photos of a few of the workers in action

Job Jar

We have a number of projects needing volunteers to help realise them. They have been put in the following pdfs, please contact the lead person if you can spare some time to do or help on them. Due to Covid the ideal is these are done so there is little or no. interaction between other households.

Monday 3rd May 2021

Monday 3rd May 11am to 16.00 (with onshore safety cover) 
Open to all club members, new and old.

NCSC Sailing, windsurfing and associated water activities. Use this opportunity to sail casually, gain sailing tips, meet other members, have a go at paddle boarding, fiddle with your boat or just enjoy been at the Club for the day. Meet the new members rep and fleet captains.

Overnight self contained camping permitted Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May. 

Sunday 11th April 21

Well thats pretty well every type of weather today, except warmth!

Sunshine moderate breeze, followed by hail, sunshine, wind, snow, calm, a light breeze. Still nearly 50 boats out again for the Black and White series. A few spills to give the safety crew something to do.

Some photos from second race

Back to racing

The club’s Black & White series, named after the famous whisky I believe, started on Sunday 4th April with a large turnout of just under 50 craft, with a few windsurfers, and a large Fast & Slow handicap, along with a strong topper fleet, not that all juniors were in toppers, there were also 420s and 29ers.

Ken & Sue Twemlow got the racing off to a prompt start, in the sunshine, and the breeze slowly picked up, with the larger sailed boats planing, and the odd capsize. The temperature started climbing to 14’C and Pauline served her cowpats along with sandwiches and chips as a takeaway service.

The following day, Easter Monday was cooler, as the two day series indicated! Nicola and Jon officiated, with some sterling work by the safety crew. The temperature had dropped after some early morning snow, to around 6’C, and the wind increased to an average of 17mph with some fierce gusts, everyone on the water was experienced, and numbers were down from yesterday for the second day of the Easter Cooler, hardly surprisingly, but there was some excellent racing and the odd capsize.

Black & White results

A few photos from Sunday and Monday

Works at Club – Spring 2021

NCSC: Projects Team Note [ii] –March 2021

Firstly, many thanks to all those who put in some big shifts over the last couple of weeks as some substantive groundworks projects became reality; co-ordinated by Graham (H), Ian (P), Paul (O), and Tim (M-H) in particular put a lot of time and effort in – but I know supported for some of the time by Ross (R), Steve (P) and Steve and Jill (L), Adrian (J) and Viv (W) Steve (W) and many others, please accept apologies if not directly mentioned.  A number of others (eg Lindsay (O) and others) have been doing the usual sorting in and around the clubhouse.   

So what’s been achieved?The West end of the main carpark has been substantially dug out and back filled with hardcore then top stones.  This included the replacement of the broken and blocked 12” diameter pipe from the dyke to the small lake by a new 300cm diameter plastic drain pipe.   To complement this, a great start has been made clearing and deepening the dyke behind the ‘hub’ – tree removals, concrete block moving.    The opportunity was taken to clear some growth next to the small lake slipway and backfill – giving a much improved access space for training boats launch and recovery activity

Stratos area ready, resulting in additional car parking spaces

The new spaces for the training boats (Stratos etc) has been set out – just the car park edge fence to go in.  This releases approx. 12 car parking spaces in the main car park.  

The spoil (some estimated 350 tonnes) has been placed beyond the FF boat park area – with access for Cobbles etc temporary parking retained.

The access road has been fully refurbished with significant tonnage of roadstone – to complement the gravel road past Creagh Concrete’s works – which they carried out.

Track has been repaired – please drive slowly
Bosun work area

The bosun’s workshop now has a very smart concrete pad and with the dyke and surrounding banks work there will be good storage space for all the bits and bobs and item under repair that accompany this workshop, again freeing up car parking spaces in the main car park.  

The disabled parking spaces, both on the South side next to the access ramp (designated a drop off / pick up space) and on the North side (double space – parallel parked – occupying the same parking length as had existed) have now become properly sized concrete pads, making them actually usable for disability members and visitors.

Pouring the concrete bases to provide improved disabled access top the club

The disabled spaces being poured after several days preparation by the team

Additionally, a disability parking space has been created near where the Sailability boats are stored for single vehicle access to that end of the boat park.

The remodelled pontoon (FF slip area) has been finished off and handrails fitted.  

Upgrading pontoon with handrails
Painting Gents changing ceiling

The gents changing ceiling has been painted, largely by the Commodore.

When the training boat area is finalised the boats will be pulled across.  The south side of the main carpark can then be finished off, including repositioning of the car park posts and adding a removable chain in front of the ‘Topper Trailers’ area – leaving an entrance way.

The bosun and his team have been readying the boats for the start of sailing.

Tim has been down regularly, there are some new covers for the ribs to be put on after each use, instructions to follow, this should mean the boats are clean and hygienic when you come to use them.

Other project jobs.

Martin and the pontoon / jetty team have developed a proposal for the FF jetty and adjacent pontoon.  This proposal will include replacement of the ‘small’ pontoon on the small lake which was damaged by the recent floods.  

As ever, there is still plenty to be done, (eg erecting a fence around the propane tank), The emergency rib parking area and access (onto the slipway) are to be addressed, The drainage / soakaway to stop the puddle forming at the bottom of the main steps requires finishing off. 

The disabled toilet refurbishment will happen in April (50% funded by a Newark and Sherwood grant).  A number of W&W day jobs are being prepared, including the gents chaging walls which require a cleanup and new coat of paint, tree line trimming around the FF and Wayfarer boat park, foreshore growth clearance as well as the usual general cleaning and tidy up activities. Anyone with time we would be grateful for help on any of these works.

Back to sailing

At last we can sail at the club, as it was windy the windsurfers (with a couple of dinghies) were out in good numbers, some tired but happy faces!

Warmth (19’C and wind) in March as well, though the water is still cold.

Some photos and a short video and BBC East Midlands today showed a clip shot on iPhone linked here

The following day was the dinghy sailors turn with almost perfect conditions to get back into sailing, 21’C – in March!, light winds, no wonder there were plenty on the water. A few photos added to the gallery.

Friday saw some SUP activity in the cooler temperatures. Saturday was the first Youth Squad, and it was great to see around 20 youngsters out practising in spite of the cool conditions.

Scorpion Open 2021

The NCSC Scorpion Open and Inland Championships take place at Notts County SC on 22nd and 23rd May 2021.

By that time we hope some of the restrictions will be lifted, as a result when the detail on this is published along with RYA advice we will update this page.

At present we are only allowed to have toilets open, this may change by then but assume there will be no changing at present. Pauline and the Galley is open for limited takeaway food, breakfast baps and sandwiches, chips etc. There may be a better choice by then. Payment is now available by card. On the Saturday evening there is take way Curry available (pre book please on morning of event). Note Card payment available (unless we have connection issues !)

Camping is permitted Friday & Saturday night, there is no chemical toilet disposal, or hook up available. Your units must be self contained.

The lake is full and weed free and everything else is ready for a Notts County welcome, so we hope you will join us.

Please enter electronically through the Association https://www.sailscorpion.co.uk . The NOR is available below

Easter County Cooler

County Cooler Easter Sunday and Monday. Members only are invited to race at the rearranged mini series over Easter. Sunday will be the Black & White series, with the two races counting towards a five race series including Easter Monday with 11am start (Approx) with 2 back to back races, a break and an afternoon race.

Pauline will be around for takeaway breakfast baps and sandwich type lunch on both days. No eating on the balcony I am afraid due to government rules (should be ok after 12th April we think).

During this time the race officer will leave some space for casual sailors, probably near the clubhouse, and of course as there is racing there will be limited safety cover, and the water will be clear for a break around 1pm.

Nicola Willars is leading the team, and needs some volunteers to organise racing, obviously if there are enough volunteers she would like to race herself. Book the duties on SCM.

Entry to Black and White is here (every Sunday in April) and to the County Cooler here