Category Archives: 2018

Laser Masters

The club is holding the prestigious Laser Masters on 23/24th March. Richard Mason is heading the team, and up to 100 boats are expected. Contact Richard on 

Location of club. We have a large clubhouse with a great stretch of water. Our racing teams have a great reputation, and in 2018 we were RYA / Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year.

Camping is available (but no power or chemical toilet disposal) and the club has an excellent caterer and bar. 

There is  meal and talk in the evening (see poster) please pre book the meal rather than wait till the day and find there is no space, payment on the day, and please let us know by the 20th March if you can or can’t make it. Email to book.

Thanks to the sponsors for prizes and support, entry is on the laser site, the nor is also on this site

Laser masters poster

First of Year Race 2019

Notts County Sailing Clubs traditional First of the Year took place on 1stJanuary 2019, with all proceeds going to the RNLI, competitors were asked to donate what they wished, and £550 was raised on the day.

Nearly sixty boats entered, including windsurfers and 14 juniors. Competitors were mainly from midlands clubs, with travellers from Stuanton Harold, Carsington, Rudyard, Burton, Attenborough.

The wind was predicted to shift from South West to North East during the day, and of course it was halfway through at the start time, so William Jeffcote had to realign the course twice, luckily it wasn’t too cold, though temperature dropped during the day especially when the sun went in.

The fast fleet saw Kevin Hope & Andy Stewart in a Fireball win with Jamie Mawson in an RS600 second and Pete Gray in a Scorpion third. However consistency paid off and a win by Peter Gray and Rich Pepperdine in the final race saw them win the event and the Goeff Parker Trophy. The slow handicap saw Joe Scurrah stamp his authority on the fleet in both races, winning the Phil Davies Memorial Trophy with Tim  and Amy Clay coming in second with a second and third, in third place was Phil Kilburn.

The Junior start saw Sam Grayton win with Hayden Moore second. The ten strong windsurfers saw Guy Sprekley take an easy victory with two firsts followed by junior Duncan Monaghan coming in second from Ian Pilkington.

After much deliberation as the results were put together prizegiving was held. Results and photos below.

Short Video from Day

Results DinghyWindsurfer

Fuddle 2018

The final races of 2018 have taken place, results are up.

It was calm today but the frostbite has thrown up a good variety of conditions. Some photos from the Fuddle below, next event is New Years day – Happy Christmas everyone.

Children’s party 2018

The annual children’s Christmas party took place on 15th December, in appalling weather, with he threat of ice, snow not far away a few chose not to travel, it was wet but otherwise fine as it happened.

Joanne & Glyn Ritchie organised a variety of different and fun games starting with a balloon fight, but probably picking a sweet out of flour causing the most merriment and mess! Then Father Christmas arrived and afterwards it was food and a further game before it was time for home.

Below are a few photos of the festivities.

Summer Wine Christmas meal 2018

Every year the Summer Winers, a large and active group of pensioners at the club have a meal, when those that do or can’t sail meet up. Pauline lays on a 3 course meal, and there is plenty of chatter and good humour, and its great to see some of the older members down still enjoying the club.

Thanks to the ringleader Will Stanton for organising everything, a few photos.

Sunday 9th Dec 18

A sunny but cool day, getting colder a the day wore on saw a light to moderate wind and quite a few out for the Penultimate Frostbite and Oakleaf. Results will probably be up in next day or so, but its close at the top.

some photos – Back to Back races next week and then a fuddle, so bring some food. Pauline will be doing breakfast.

Ross Ryan receives RYA Award

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, presented Ross ryan our former Commodore, and the present Treasurer with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards next week in recognition of his exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level. He received an an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony on Friday 16 November. Congratulations to Ross – well deserved.

This was a great occasion, Ross, Kathryn and Anne (Ross’s mother – who was a Finn sailor and had a good natter with the Princess about it) went to London and had a highly memorable day.

Ross receiving his award Photo courtesy RYA

Ross said: “It was a real pleasure to mix with other volunteers from across the country sharing our stories of personal and club achievements. The RYA organising team put on a polished ceremony covering the formal part of the Associations AGM officiated by HRH Princess Anne who combined humour and focus over the proceedings as our Patron .  During the Awards ceremony Princess Anne spoke for sometime with each recipient and in my case she asked how I got into sailing. I was able to explain that I was born into a sailing family and that both my mother & father sailed the Finn – a challenging “Olympic boat” and that my mother was watching in the audience.  About half an hour later and after the formal ceremony we retired to an anti-room of the magnificent Civil Engineering Institute building and Princess Anne circulate amongst the guests and when she can to my group with my mother by my side she immediately enquired about her Finn sailing years back in the 70’s & 80’s ..  such attention to detail and warm impressed us all.  After pre-dinner drinks we sat down at round tables of 10 which enabled us to converse with fellow sailors from across the country. Our table was hosted by John Scott the past RYA chairman and father of 3 Olympians including  Giles Scott – the Finn  Sailor …  needless to say my mother held his attention for most of the meal !

I had a photo opportunity with Ian Walker with whom I’d competed earlier this year at the Rs400 Nationals in Weymouth. 
It was a fabulous occasion in a great setting – full of mutual respect for great contributors to our sport , with the opportunity to talk about our favourite topics .. our sailing exploits !  and HRH shared a couple of snippets from her yachting endeavours.  A memory to treasure forever .”

The winners from around the Country – Spot Ross! – Photo RYA


November weekend

It was sunny and busy at the club this weekend (17/18th Nov. First aid on Saturday with Techno windsurfing Zone squad, following on fro last weekends Optimist Zone squad. We have 4 club members in the Techno Zone Squad this year – a great achievement as they only started windsurfing two years ago.

The Frostbite and Autumn series had a great turnout in the cool but sunny conditions, and the clubhouse was busy afterwards.

A few photo from the day.

Ross ryan to get Volunteer award

Delighted to announce Ross will be getting an RYA Volunteer award in mid November, he travels to London (I suspect with Katheryn!) and will no doubt bring his award down to the club after.

The RYA have written this which sums up the award:
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, will present a Notts County Sailing Club sailor with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards next week in recognition of his exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level.

Ross Ryan will receive an an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort,at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony on Friday 16 November.

Having first joined the Hoveringham-based club 10 years ago, Ross has guided Notts County SC through a significant transformation and rejuvenation period, which saw it named Britain’s best sailing club as the 2018 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year in March.

The 57-year-old, who was born in the year the club was formed, instigated an ambitious five-year £250,000 plan to broaden access to sailing by making the club’s facilities and activities even more appealing to all, while also being involved in the renegotiation of a new 30-year club lease to enable Notts County to sail for 12 months of the year and inspiring the club’s awesome team of volunteers.

In addition, Ross led as Notts County joined the national RYA OnBoard and Sailability programmes, to help more local youngsters and disabled people discover the wider benefits of getting afloat, while helping to rejuvenate its junior Saturday Club, which saw the number of kids sailing regularly increase by 125% and a big upturn in family members. More than 1,200 people are now members at Notts County SC with the club on safe, solid foundations.

Ross said: “I’m honoured to have led the club through this period of major investment and change. Supported by a strong Executive Team and in response to membership feedback, we have turned a good club into a great family friendly sailing club in the heart of the Midlands.

“I was born into a sailing family with a mother and father who both sailed Finn dinghies at National level. I started at 10 and it’s brought me a lifelong enjoyment of the freedom and funyou gain being on the water with family and friends, and hundreds of special moments, both sailing inland in dinghies and competing in big yacht races such as the Fastnet Race and the Round The Island Race.

“When I found out I’d won this award I was absolutely delighted and really grateful that the passion and commitment the whole family put into the club has been recognised. I’m accepting it on behalf of Kathryn, Amy, Molly, Oliver and my sister Deb, who have all made sacrifices in our lives to serve the club. It’s truly fabulous to be recognised in this way.”

Having held a number of other key positions, Ross is currently the club’s Treasurer and as well as driving its efforts to open up sailing for all, he has taken on the role of Fleet Captain of the club’s RS400 racing class, helping to put Notts County on the national and regional scene.

The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs’ of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft. The winners were selected by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. 

Flying 15 Open 2018

The Notts County Sailing Club Flying 15 open took place at the weekend. The event is part of the Northern circuit sponsored by Waples wines. There were 21 entries with visitors from Dovestone, Northampton, Ripon, Draycott, Bassenthwaite, Notts County and Datchet amongst others.

John Marshall the Race Officer got the racing off to a clean start about 15 minutes late and two races where held back to back, then there was a break and a final race of the day, followed by a Pauline Roast and Sweet in the evening. The weather was cold, between 4 and 6’C, quite a shock when it was 22’c only 2 weeks ago and though the wind averaged 12 knots it peaked at 20 knots.(force 4 to 5), and Andy McKee revelled in the conditions with crew Rich Jones, winning every race on Saturday often by a good margin they were followed by Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton who were second after three races and Andy & Tom Goddard  from Dovestone third.  The first Notts County boat being Jeremy Arnold, with Paul Ogden and Ross Ryan following on equal points. Will Gardner would almost certainly be higher if he hadn’t decided it wasn’t cold enough out of the water and promptly broached near the camera (this sounds familiar) and unfortunately fell in, see photos! (sorry Will it was to good not to go in – hope you have warmed up.

Sunday was a little more tame, with sunshine and a good breeze for the first race where David McKee and his son Andy were close together throughout the race, David in his new boat launched that morning won by a narrow margin, and his son Andy won the final race. The second race was a little more lively at the start as a storm came through, swinging the wind, then the wind reduced to a light breeze, only for another storm shower to come through as the race ended. Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton were third in the final race, giving them second overall and Mike Preston and Paul Reid from SFYC were third overall after some consistent results.


1stAndy McKee and Rich Jones, Dovestone SC
2ndChis & Marion Bowen, Northampton SC
3rdMike Preston and Paul Reid, SFYV
4thJeremy Arnold and Andy Stewart, Notts County SC
5thAndy & Tom Goddard, Dovestone.

Some Photos below: