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Return to Racing

Updated 26/10/20

At present the winter series is suspended. If it does restart you need to enter this series (no one is entered until they email  The galley is open for food see hereThere will be  morning start (1100) with 2 races back to back. (see Race Officer Instructions & SI for details) 

The key issue for the committee is to prevent overcrowding on the shore both at launch time and recovery. You must maintain 2m distance and if it gets too crowded restrictions will need applying. As a result please rig and derig in the boat park, not on the grassed area, where possible. There is no going ashore between races, anyone landing (windsurfers excepted) will be deemed to have retired from the second race. How to enter is below this diagram.start times as previously.

Please note without volunteers for safety and race officer (and Asst) racing will not take place, you can volunteer online on SCM or by emailing the Duty Secretary. Mixed households are not permitted during Tier 3, contact James Logan or Martin Hart for more information on this or see RYA documents (linked from this page.

Results here

Racing information 
Anyone wishing to race in the series needs to enter each boat on the day before you race by using the email  stating Winter Series, helm/crew, name, boat/windsurfer, and sail number, juniors are to be entered by parent/guardian and indicated as a junior. (this will help with track and trace). You only need to enter once for each boat you race (you will not get a reply email), results will not be put together if you sail different boats. Boats with two rigs need to enter with the fastest rig they are using ( you can move down rigs but not up), so enter twice if sailing one boat one week and another on a another week.

This does not stop you social sailing on that day just racing. We ask casual sailors to keep clear of racing as normal.

A few Covid points to note should the winter series restart:

  • The lease requires safety cover for racing, as such wind limits will apply (winds above steady 20 mph or 27 mph gusts as on club wind meter – previous hour ). The Safety Officer (and Race Officer) decision on this is final. The rule is in place to reduce the need for safety, so reducing risk to the volunteer crews
  • Dinghy’s will require a masthead float (2 l – or 4 pint sealed milk bottle(s) is minimum acceptable) to race to help prevent inversion, this is to allow safety boat crew to be able to help you at a distance, reducing risk to the crew and allowing social distancing when rescuing. No float, no result.
  • Keep your distance whilst launching/ recovery, allow yourself plenty of time. before the race, so you can maintain 2m social distance (it is still 2m or 6ft 6in) at all times with anyone outside your household.  Whilst using the slipway, if you help someone else please keep 2m apart (ie push from back of boat).
  • Changing rooms and Clubhouse etc are not open, toilets are open.

Winter series


Thanks to all that have responded to our recent email regarding a winter race series. Forty Five members, including ten juniors, have confirmed an interest in taking part and confirmed they are willing to undertake race team and /or safety duties. The majority had a preference for the series to be held on a Sunday.

At present the series is suspended due to COVID and being at Tier 3.

Should the series restart it will be run along similar lines to the current autumn series but with three starts, Windsurfer, Junior, and Handicap at three minute intervals with two races back to back.

An updated set of sailing and race officer instructions is on the return to race page

As set out in the original email enquiry (sent to everyone on 6th Oct – please let us know if you need a copy), duties will be allocated on SCM by our duty secretary along the lines of your reply with regard to the duties you are willing and able undertake, so please keep an eye out for duty allocations. If you are now unable to undertake the allocated duty due to a change in personal circumstances please endeavour to organise a swap with another racing member.

For those that have not already responded to the email issued on the 6th October but still wish to take part in the series could you please respond ASAP, so that appropriate duties may be allocated and your interest in racing recorded?

In addition to the above a further Saturday series may be organised by our junior racers if sufficient duty cover can be organised.

Finally thanks again to all those that have responded so far; let’s make this a great winter series to round off the year.

Martin Hart – Vice Commodore.

Topper national series

There was a fantastic turnout for Notts County at the first Topper National Series event of the season at Draycote water. 13 of our junior sailors took part I’m a fleet of 100 boats, and achieved some brilliant results.On the Saturday 3 races were sailed in light and difficult conditions but by the end of the day Katherine Gunn and Sam Grayton were both overnight leaders in the 4.2 and 5.3 fleets.On the Sunday only 1 race was sailed due to the wind dying, the 5.3 was won by Ben Paling, his first national level race win.Sam’s Saturday results were enough for him to bring home the trophy, and Katherine finished in 2nd by one point. Chloe Grayton was 1st under 9 In the 4.2 class  and Ben Paling 1st Youth in the 5.3. Overall Notts County did us proud with a brilliant overall set of results in a very strong field, which are listed below.

5.3 Results (75 entries)
Sam Grayton 1st, Hayden Moore 8th, Charlie Hopkinson 10th, Ben Paling 11th and 1st Youth: Heather Quinn 18th, Caitlin Thomas 25th
4.2 Fleet (24 entries)
Katherine Gunn 2nd, Sammy Mason 5th, Eddie Quinn 7th, Chloe Grayton 8th and 1st under 9 Eddie Paling 12th, Arthur Quinn 16th, Georgia Riddell 20th and winner of the Endeavor Award

Sunday 4th October

A cool, but sunny (much of the time) autumnal day, not too much wind but with the Topper National series only a couple of Juniors, at the Toppers on Saturday we had Sam Grayton leading in 5.3 (73 entries), and Katherine Gunn leading 4.2 (not sure how many entered)- lets hope they stay there for the final results. It looks like Sam won the 5.3 photo below of Charlie handing over trophy (thanks to James for photo).

Meanwhile at Notts County there was a good turnout for racing under the watchful eye of Nadina & William which quite naturally started on time! (some in the fast fleet were a little late). thanks also to the Ogdens, John Hobson and Clive Gimpson on safety cover. Even the windsurfers where out for the first time in weeks.

Sunday 27th Sept 20

The autumn winds had subsided and temperature crept up a few degrees for Sunday’s racing and there as a good turnout. The Toppers were fresh from a highly successful Midlands Topper event on Saturday, that saw many Notts count sailors excelling including Charlie Hopkinson winning results. Congratulations to all, especially those that were attending their first event and managing to complete racing in windy conditions. Quite a few Toppers were out today. The racing today saw juniors and a good fast fleet along with a slow fleet overseen by Jamie Mawson and Will Gardner, with safety crew, thanks to all who volunteered.Many were also still getting used to the registration required by Government rules, if you didn’t sign in or register when you got food please let us know you where down by email, thanks. For more information see page

Track & Trace

As you are no doubt aware new guidelines have been issued, some of which are legal requirements. Please remember no visitors are permitted not even relations, only club members.

The RYA have stated club needs to collect information on who is down and when. As such we have set up three methods for you to record your visit, each visit should be recorded.

Method 1: The one recommended by the Government is to download the NHS COVID-19 app, the barrier has a QR code (the ones with dashes etc in a square) you simply open the app and press venue check in button and point it at the code. It the comes up to say you are at the club. This method keeps your information private and on your phone. The app can be downloaded from your app store NHS Covid normally finds it. It doesn’t record your leaving time so it may be worth keeping a note of this.

Method 2: we have put some forms and a pen along with a post box (to keep the forms secure) by the Rigiflex (orange boat) under the clubhouse. Please fill these in and post in the white post box or alternatively if the galley is open you can register there, you have to provide the information to the galley. Open water swimmers are registered separately, and groups such as the University will be keeping their own record.

Method 3: We have set up our own NCSC form which will work on older phones, the QR code (method 3) is by the car park door and barrier, and here. This links you to a google form to collect members details.

Friday 25th Sept

A windy Friday with sunshine, but there was a notable chill in the air, gone where the T shirts and shorts and summer suits of last weekend. Still being a North Westerly there where some good reaches, even if the wind was a little gusty, with some fierce gusts at times.

A few photos from the afternoon. (hope you all booked in)

Wednesday 9th Sept

A sunny warm day with some wind, and it’s Wednesday. Foiling was popular with Steve P taking his first flight on Gerry’s board.

Nadina wins prestigious RYA award

Nadina Lincoln who many will know from sailing a Scorpion at the club, was a Commodore at the club, but not only that she is a well respected national judge and regional officer, training race officers and running rules seminars. She is regularly doing results and providing rules advice at the club.

The club put her forward for an RYA Lifetime commitment award in April, but she went one better than that and the RYA National panel awarded her the Regional award, presented to outstanding individuals for their commitment and services to boating and the RYA at a regional level. Modest as ever she thought this was less important than the Outstanding Commitment, it is not, and is almost certainly the highest Volunteer award we have had at the club. 

This the citation we wrote, with thanks to the many contributors who had to keep it a secret for several months!

Nadian after sailing last week

“Nadina has been an active part of the club since 1995 when she joined Notts County SC from Newark Argonaughts. She started sailing on the Broads as a child then sailed at Cambridge and on moving to Nottingham at Trent SC, she was at the time one of the only female helms. Nadina is someone who exemplifies that sailing is a sport for life, but she not only enjoys her sailing she gives so much back to the sport.

Nadina still races competitively in her Scorpion and her crew describes her as a great helm to crew for, being competitive and fun. She enjoys mentoring less experienced sailors. Sailing runs in the family, her son is Scorpion National champion and daughter a very competent sailor. She is a qualified National Judge and spends many weekends supporting large and small events round the country. Nadina has also been a dinghy instructor.

At Notts County Nadina is our rules and protest expert, running race officer and arbitration training and protest committees and rules seminars, along with results co-ordinator. She is always ready to explain any rules when asked. She was Commodore from 1999 to 2001 and on the Executive Committee and Sailing Committee for many years in various roles.

She is often Race Officer for the clubs the larger open meetings (30 plus boats) with her husband William, they work very much as a team in the committee boat.

Nationally and regionally in the RYA Nadina is very active, though now being in her 70s she is starting to cut down on some of her commitments. She is an RYA National judge, a post she has held since 2004, as well as being a national race officer from 2007 to 2016, and is currently a regional Race Officer. She has used this knowledge to Instruct Race Officials Courses for the RYA and also Club Courses.

Gareth Brookes, the RYA Regional Development Officer Manager said: “ I wanted to write to support the nomination of Nadina Lincoln for an RYA Lifetime Volunteer Award. As the RDO for the Midlands I worked alongside Nadina for around 12 years. Throughout this time she actively supported the clubs in the region as a Rules Advisor. She always wanted to do more to support the clubs and her only frustration was that more clubs did not want more support with race management or rules advice! I always received great feedback from the sessions that she delivered.”

She was an excellent and respected Scorpion class chairman for four years, and organised the National Championships for a number of years, remaining on the Class Association committee.

Nadina has spent a lifetime not only enjoying sailing, but passing on that enjoyment, especially on the racing side to others and Notts County Sailing Club are delighted to put her forward for a Lifetime Commitment Award on behalf of the RYA Region and the Club.”

Congratulations from us all, it is likely there will be an awards ceremony at the club, if we can organise one with social distancing before Christmas, we are awaiting communication from the RYA, unfortunately the lunch in London with Princess Anne is not taking place this year.

Autumn Series Starts

The new Autumn series started this Sunday with a good turnout and lightish winds, but sunshine made up for it.

A few people hadn’t entered please do so before next week…. and don’t forget to play your part and volunteer for duties – thank you.