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August bank holiday 2021 weekend

The weekend started with Discover Sailing, thanks to all who helped, the club was buzzing with around 200-300 visitors (we will update when we have checked).

After signing on at the hard working Reception / Training team led by Sarah & Martin Read, Chris Holt and Sue Orgles. All the stands had a good day, the fleets had interest, windsurfing let by Russ Towns and Dave Baldwin with Ollie Beadnall had quite a few takers. Meanwhile Cake by the lake with Mandy Davis leading and many young helpers took over £340 from cakes donated for charity, well done, further along the balcony was Membership with Kathryn Hinsliffe-Smith and Rachel Repper giving away packs.

The lawn saw Paddle Boarding organised by Moira Hart with Help from Russ & Judy Morton, Vicki and Matt, which saw large numbers trying Paddle boarding. The Open Water Swimmers also had a stand with many interested.

Finally there was Sailability at the top of the slip and a huge team (sorry will forget someone) led by Ian Firth, Martin Hart and Glyn Ritchie getting the queues of people out in Stratos and Coble. The buoyancy aid team where kept busy collecting, cleaning and distributing them. Meanwhile the team of instructors taking out families and individuals in the boats were very busy. Thanks to all who put time in, I think the smiling faces on visitors said it all.

Sunday evening Photos below. An enjoyable evening with an great band playing, and getting many up dancing later on, provided a superb background, with lots of chatter and the odd pint, picnics and at 7pm a speech from James Logan the Commodore, with some sparkling wine and the cutting of the cake. Apparently the bar shut late.

Monday started in overcast conditions which hung around till after sailing, a light and occasionally moderate northerly gave some good racing. 24 boats entered the David Stevens Memorial race, the donations totalled over £200. Sheila Stevens was down to give out the prizes. Jamie Mawson won in his RS600, with Tim & Tor Harrison second in an RS400, and youth Ben Paling third in a laser. The Juniors saw Katherine Gunn win, followed by Chloe Grayton and Sammy Mason.

The afternoon was taken up with a Team Medley Relay, each team had an adult and junior single hander and double hander (4 boats) and had to swap a batten (a milk bottle) at each lap when the next boat took over. Needless to say there were dropped battens, the odd capsize and some smiles with cheering from the balcony.

The winning team or orange consisted of: Sammy Mason, Stephanie Gunn, Alex and Neil Chadborn, James Ling, Phillipa Logan.
Ross Ryan won a bag of smarties for putting his spinnaker on upside down, The Litter Pickers of Alex & Jake won a deserved box of chocolates, the Endeavour went to Oliie Piggot, Capsize to Simon Ling, who managed to hold onto the batten whilst righting the boat, worst handover to Katherine Gunn, Martha and Isobel Ritchie, the best smile was Raif Piggot (much to the surprise of his parents!) and a special prize for Tracy Attcliffe who sailed her first race, first time in a boat.

Results David Stevens memorial race -Monday

Photos from the three days below, if I have inadvertently included someone I shouldn’t please let me know so I can remove it.

August Bank Holiday Monday

August bank holiday, Monday 30th August 2021, sees some light hearted racing, with room for all. Its looking fairly warm with a light to moderate breeze (10-12 mph).

The First Race not before 11am is the David Stevens Memorial race, we will be collecting donations for his chosen charity, and you can donate on line through the club membership account, Ross will separate the ones marked David Stevens memorial or similar.

The race will be handicap with a slow and fast start, junior and windsurfers, the handicap split will be decided on the day please sign on by 10.30 near race office for the race officer to gauge numbers.

The afternoon will a Team Medley relay race. Starting after 1.15pm the teams will be

1 Junior single hander
1 Junior double hander
1 Adult single hander
1 Adult double hander

The course will be short and hopefully outside the clubhouse for spectators. The teams may be amended depending on entries, but the idea will be a lap then hand over the batten (plastic milk bottle) for next boat, you can choose who goes when (but each boat must go). The ‘rules’ will be subject to amendment so please keep an eye out. The without a team we can put in a team.

Prizes will be decided by the Vice Commodore, and may be throughout the fleet so enjoy the sailing / racing and don’t worry who you are with, there may still be a prize ! (in other words the obvious high flyers may find they don’t get a prize if they try and form a super team).

Sheila Stevens will be giving out prizes at around 3.15pm.

Pauline is down with breakfast cobs and lunch, the bar will be open.

Air Display at RAF Syerston

Those (I suspect around 50 or more) who managed to get down on Wednesday 25th August were treated to a superb air display. The RAF at Syerston put it on for Cadets, but we had a pretty good view from the club. Many had their cameras out so ion I get any more photos to add I can put them in.

I also ran a video for those interested which you can find here

Just after lunch the Red Arrows appeared bang on schedule (of course) too give a full display given the clouds. Then a few minutes later a Chinook showed just how manoeuvrable a large heavy helicopter is. The air went silent until there was a distinctive noise of piston engines as a Spitfire and Hurricane appeared and rolled and flew around. Then finally for the early afternoon part a Parachute display team came down from the cloud base which was quite low.

A break then just as I finished swimming there was this tremendous roar, as A Typhoon came over, and showed just how manoeuvrable the modern fighter is, whilst the roles vertical climbs etc were impressive watching a huge jet almost hover over the water going at probably 20 mph over land was very impressive. A few photos below.

August Bank Holiday

Saturday is Discover Sailing Day, our Open day – see separate page

Sunday normal racing and party starting mid to late afternoon for many, music at 5pm.

Bank Holiday Monday Monday 30th – Please support the David Stevens Memorial Handicap Race start 11.00hrs with donations for entry to Sailability. The idea is this is a family day and all levels of racing are accommodated, so please come down whatever your standard and enjoy the club.

In the afternoon there are novel fun water activities starting circa 13.00hrs followed by the Memorial Race Prize giving by Sheila Stevens at 15.15hrs

Anyone who can’t make it but wants to donate in David’s memory please send to the club bank account – marked David Stephens Memorial so the treasurer can account for it – Thanks.

August Junior Course

Another successful Junior August course with 5 groups (just under 30 on RYA courses) led by a dedicated team of volunteer instructors (Pete T, Phil D, Adrain J, Steve P, Ben T, Chris H, Nigel K, John R with safety by Steve P) with help from many youngsters including Robert S (AI), Ari, Madison, Cillian Sam, Elle, Caitlin, Gwyinith, and many others, (sorry if I missed you) starting on their instructor journey. Pauline provided food and there were a good number of shore staff including Sarah R, Jeff P, Peter B, Fiona G.

The wind was relatively benign but a few gusts meant capsize practice took place. Many of the Oppies achieved Stage 2, and both Topper groups did well, some getting to Stage 3, the Stage 4 group in Topaz also achieved their goals. A Start Race group had 6 in Toppers and a Tera, and had a great time, you could see their boat handling and starting improve as the week went on. We are fairly sure we haven’t put anyone up who didn’t want to appear but if so please let us know so we can remove it.

The following day saw Adrian and team teaching quite a few of the youngsters on a RYA Powerboat 2 course.

Party August bank holiday Sunday

It is 60 years since we moved from County Hall as part of Notts County Council (Officers club) to the River Trent at Stoke Bardolph, where the club sailed till 1986 when we moved to our present lake.

It’s been a long year and sometime since we could have a social, and even now we are planning to be largely outdoors. As such we decided a picnic was a good option, no need for catering, and people can turn up if they wish. The bar will be open, and camping is available from Friday night to Monday night. The event itself is free, we should have a live band playing mainly 70s and 80s music, and there will be some sparkling wine and cake to celebrate.

It would be helpful to have numbers so there is enough cake and sparkling wine, rsvp to but don’t worry if you can’t just come and enjoy our wonderful club and setting (but no guarantee of cake!!).

Fun race in Memory of Will Stanton

The summer winer group organised a fun memorial ‘race’ (more a trip round the boys perhaps) in memory of our fun loving ex Principle and friend of the club Will Stanton, who recently passed away.

It was great to see the Stanton family down George / Natalie and the rest of the family with Gill enjoying the sunshine and the wind.

Peter King set a reaching start and blew a horn at intervals, confusing the two cobbles and toppers, along with a HANSA dinghy as too when the start time was. Anyway everyone set off, and George Stanton immediately went into the lead, and was never challenged. Steve Payne decided that the occasion merited a dinner jacket (with buoyancy aid and wetsuit under – he’s much slimmer than the photo shows!) whilst sailing and capsized his topper when a cobble didn’t hear his cries of starboard, and then at the gybe mark in particularly severe gust. Steve and Gill, of boat park fame, took out the HANSA boat and had a great time. The cobbles also had some excitement with a broach or two but smiles all round.

After a couple of races George was declared the winner (well he had to be didn’t he) and everyone settled down for a picnic lunch. About thirty came to enjoy each others company including many of his old friends. Some money was collected in aid of RNLI, his chosen charity, anyone who would like to donate can do so directly to RNLI and let the family know if you wish, or through the club.

Club success 2021

Many of our members travel to open meetings, championships and sailing weeks during the year. We like to celebrate any stories or successes so please contact us with them at and if you have any photos we can use (yours) that would be great. We can’t use event photographers images without permission in writing. Newest at top.

scorpion nationals

8 Notts boats took the road trip to Penzance for a windy scorpion nationals.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the class, and after a 12 month wait due to covid, this event was always going to be a special one.
Sunday saw rolling waves and wind speeds reaching 30 knots, which stayed with us for pretty much 3/4 of the week.
Boats that are lake sailed never seem to see the action of those sea regulars, and this was telling with three of our group writing off the first day of racing due to significant failures: The Masons having their boat demasted being the most serious of all, making Jake and Brads loss of all rig tension and Team Willars snapped rudder stock pale into insignificance.
With Team Paintcraft working through the night replacing the rigging on Peaches, and Team Willars in the boat park til dark fettling 1866 and bartering a Tactick for a rudder 🤣
Normal services resumed for the rest of the week, and the strongest teams tended to be on the heavier and or fitter side – although that said, certain lightweights couldn’t be touched off wind on those first three days of big breeze.
The event really was fantastic, from the sailing to the socials and the general party atmosphere that emanated from the fleet and the club.
The association put on pasties and beer most days – great after a solid four hours on the water, as well as entertainment most evenings including Sea Shanty night and fancy dress with a pirate theme and a pirate band!!
Such a broad mix of boats from this super friendly fleet – the oldest being 244 who has been owned by the same sailor since 1963 and was a self build right through to the modern Liquid Spirit straight from the Paintcraft stable and winner of the Tom Castle Memorial Award.
Highest Notts boat was Tom and Tim who finished 4th in Nadinas boat (also a victim of boat failure 🙁) Sammy was first Junior Crew, Brad and Jake won youth helm and youth combo, with John being awarded a special prize for being so helpful to his fellow sailors all week, and the rest of the results are below.

National youth championships august 21

Congratulations Duncan Monaghan – 2nd in National youth championships in iqfoil, he was down yesterday showing us just how much he had improved, 360 turns pretty well all on foil, in a very light wind (well we were impressed). Heather Quinn 17th in 420, Sam Grayton and Raif Piggott 26th in 420. Charlie Hopkinson and Ben Pailing 22nd in 29er . Hope I have spotted everyone if not please correct me – well done all – everyone was I think at the first youth championships in their respective craft, and racing against older sailors, so plenty to celebrate.

Topper ‘Not The Nationals’ final results.

Two days of breezy racing after a day lost to no wind, culminating in the final race being abandoned due to 30+ knots. Well done to all who sailed.

5.3’s – Hayden 12th, Gwyneth 26th, Martha 38th, Eddie Q 39th, Ed P 54th

4.2’s – Arthur 10th

Ifoil world youths – lake garda Italy

Duncan Monaghan attended the Junior Worlds in the new olympic class the IQFoil. Having had some mixed results, he really came good in the last couple of days including a win in the Under 19s (he is still 16). This brought him up to 4th Overall a fantastic achievement.

Transitional Training

Sunshine but not a lot of wind for the first of the Transitional Training sessions for those fresh off the Start To Sail Course. After rigging their boats, Phill set a triangular course to give the recruits a chance demonstrate their skills on the different points of sail.

Despite the lack of breeze, all sailors competently negotiated each leg. Hints and tips were given from Scorpion sailors Phil, Jon and Jake, who followed in the safety boats.

After a couple of hours the wind completely died, and the gang retired for a debrief on the shore. On the balcony we chatted over a sausage cob and a well earned cuppa courtesy of Mandy.

Next week we look closer at boat control, and get an insight into racing at the club. If you have recently completed a Start Sailing course at Notts and would like to begin the transition into independence on the water, please drop us a line at and join the team. A few photos of the first evening.

RYA Volunteer Award for Nadina

Nadina Lincoln a long time member of the club, past commodore and our rules guru (and for that matter the Midlands guru!) was awarded a RYA Volunteer award last year. The Award is the regional Award (which appears in the book before the lifetime award we submitted) was such we think it is the highest Volunteer award presented too a club members, and deservedly so.

Unfortunately Covid put paid to the normal RYA Awards dinner where Princess Anne presents the award, so the club prepared a substitute, with Philippa Logan as Princess Anne (well she wore a skirt !). You can see excerpts and a shortened speech and the presentation on this video.

Thanks for all who came to share this with Nadina for the anonymous cake donation but most of all to Nadina herself who has done and continues to do so much for the club.