Category Archives: 2016

Fuddle 18th Dec 16

The final race of 2016 was held in light winds with two races back to back. At least there was some sunshine. Many came down to view, see the progress on the extension and partake in the annual fuddle, which packed out the clubhouse and conservatory. Finally a raffle was drawn in aid of the Training room.

The next event is the New Years Eve party  closely followed by the New Years Day Race – starting at 11am as there are two races this year.

Below are some photos from 18th Dec.

Children’s Christmas Party 2016

The annual Children’s party at the club had a good turnout of both children and parents, and of course grandparents. Sue, Jo and many others had gone to a lot of trouble to prepare entertainment, and there was lots of food. Santa even made an appearance bringing presents for all the youngsters.

A few photos from the afternoon.

Laying Up Supper

The annual Windsurfing & Laying Up Supper saw a good turnout with over 40 enjoying a Roast & Sweet, and Ross Ryan thanking Rachel & Simon McEvoy for their help and support over the last 20 years. Rachel having been Commodore, instrumental in setting up Ladies that Launch, Instructed dinghy sailing over too many courses to count, and finally racing most Sundays with Jeff Peters in a scorpion.

Thanks Rachel we all hope you enjoy your move to Cornwall and keep sailing (which I am sure you will).


Rachel with a small token of thanks from the Club


Warm, drink anyone?


Paulene on custard duty

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AGM Thur 24th Nov 16


Below are the AGM papers

a) AGM Notice and Agenda 2016
b) 2015 AGM Mins
c) AGM reports 2016
d) Accounts report 2016 (note gate code needed to view)
e) Amendments to constitution (please read beforehand)

The AGM starts at 8pm prompt, with bar shutting at 7.55pm. There is quite  bit to get through this year. If you have any amendments or comments on constitution change, it would help if these are typed out before hand. (helps Secretary and Commodore have exact wording).

After the formal business there will be an opportunity to discuss other items for committees to consider after a short break.

Wall Calendar

The club now has an A3 wall calendar available from behind the bar. Cost is £10 with proceeds going to help fit out the Training Room. There are plenty available (60) so please don’t be shy about buying lots for all your family!

Each page has a large photo, along with key club dates already filled in, but plenty of room for your own dates to be added.


Individual Pursuit races Sun 9th Oct 16

As the Flying Fifteen open was cancelled the Sailing Committee decided to run a different more family oriented race on Sunday 9th Oct, working out an individual handicap for the second race, to try and allow everyone to compete equally.

It was great to see some different faces down on a Sunday and the results are below, along with a few photos.

The University was also holding team racing trials.


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Work party and Oppi training

Fantastic turnout of nearly thirty for the work party and all the landing stages have been cut up and readied to burn with floats separated for reuse and metal parts salvaged. Thanks to all who took part.

Meanwhile the opposition race training has commenced (see photos) with an enthusiastic bunch of sailors and parents. Great to see youngsters out in October enjoying the water.

Elsewhere the Powerboat instructor course was taking place, and the university dinghy side running their freshers event.

Finally the windsurf car boot saw a number of windsurfers grab some bargains and set themselves up to start windsurfing.


Oppi squad getting ready and in action



The pontoon work party hard at work (mostly!)

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Wednesday 5th October

Had a good turnout in the wind this Wednesday, with the highly successful Junior course seeing Duncan, Linus, Charlotte (and Molly) really getting into windsurfing and handling some good gusts, thanks to Julie Halls instruction. (and Sue Sprekley)

The University came down with quite a few trying out windsurfing on the larger kit, and Ladies that Launch had a good walk followed by a lunch, we also had some new potential Sailability sailors down, looking to join.

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9th Oct – Individual pursuit

October 9th

And now for something a little different.

As an experiment we will be running an individual handicap pursuit race. Open to all club members including novices why not come along and give it a go. The morning race will be a fast, slow and windsurf handicap. Briefing at 10:30 race start no earlier than 11. At 1:30 if there is sufficient wind/interest there will be a windsurf friendly individual pursuit. At approximately 2:30 there will be an individual handicap pursuit race using handicaps derived from the morning race The intention is to encourage participation so all are very welcome and mixing/matching crews & helms is encouraged. NOR 9th Oct


RS 400 open 2016

RS 400s at Notts County Sailing Club

The Notts County Sailing Club RS 400 open part of the Magic Marine Northern Championships, saw 21 entries. The event was sponsored by Pinnel & Bax and Allen who provided some great prizes.

The first race was at Saturday lunchtime. The Race Team having pre-arranged for 4 races on Saturday, owing to the Sunday forecast. A medium strength north to north westerly wind took the sailors out from the clubhouse to the start line. As the wind built it was swinging giving William Jeffcoat and Nadina Lincoln, the event race officers, difficulty in setting the course.

The format for Saturday was two races back to back, a very short break and two more. The wind strength fluctuated into the afternoon creating challenging conditions for the sailors.

The first race saw Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman from Delph Sailing Club open up a comfortable lead, but after missing the vital part of the course, the gate out on one lap, the race went to Leigh and Lowton’s Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop. With Matt and Chris getting an 18th overall. After race one was finished, we succinctly moved on to race 2, this time being won yet again by a Leigh and Lowton boat Dave Exley and Jenny Douglas, with Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman coming in second and Ben Williamson and Richard Brameld from Welton Sailing Club coming third.

After a short comfort break, we were back out again for races 3 and 4. With Chris and Matt showing the way again, getting a first, Dave and Jenny coming in a very close second and Steve Restall and Chris Stubbs from Downs Sailing Club in third. By race 4 it was all to play for and Paul and Jude Allen from Leigh and Lowton came through and showed us all how it was done. With Steve and Chris in second and Chris and Matt in 3rd, the first days racing was a pretty changeable affair.

After a quick turnaround, the bar was opened and we got down to the real sport of the evening, Jaegerbombs! Pauline, did as ever a lovely 2 course, roast which was much appreciated after 4 races. And the “Olympic games” came out, with who can put the most pegs on their face a solid favourite again. Big well done to the fancy dress of Jude and Paul Allen, Dave Exley, and Caroline Exley. With the forecast looking pretty light, the fleet settled into the bar for the evening.

The Sunday morning dawned a little more quickly than most people would have liked, with bright blue skies and some not so expected wind! After a 15 minute postponement, we were out on the water by 10:30am with race one on day two. After a general recall we were off, and Matt and Chris showed us all the way round again. With Jude and Paul in a very respectable second place and Steve and Chris in third.

Race one on the Sunday also counted towards Barts Bash, all 21 boats sailed in honour of Andrew (Bart) Simpson and completed the race, in some very light and shifty winds.

Race 6, the second and final race of Sunday saw the top three boats changing again, with Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman getting another bullet, 2nd going to Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin from Langrose Sailing Club, and third to Dave and Jenny from Leigh and Lowton.

After Race 6 the final results were as follows:-

1st Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman from Delph SC
2nd Dave Exley and Jenny Doulglas from Leigh and Lowton SC
3rd Steve Restall and Chris Stubbs from Downs SC
4th Paul Allen and Jude Allen from Leigh and Lowton SC
5th Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin from Langrose SC
6th Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leigh and Lowton SC

Full results

The highest placed home boat went to John Parr and Kim Parnham in 9th overall, and Mark and Ashor Ehlers from NCSC were given special mention for their tenacity over the weekend, managing to finish all 6 races.

Notts County Sailing Club would like to thank the sponsors for the event RS Sailing, Pinnell and Bax and Allen for the lovely prizes we were able to give to the sailors, the Race Committee and safety team for their hard work over the weekend, and all the travelling sailors for coming to Notts County once again. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Winners Chris Pickles & Matt Sharmann

Winners Chris Pickles & Matt Sharmann

Dave Exley & Jenny Douglas 2nd

Dave Exley & Jenny Douglas 2nd

John Parr & Kim Farnham first Notts County boat

John Parr & Kim Farnham first Notts County boat

Prize giving

Prize giving