Category Archives: 2019

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Another windy Sunday but cold (6’C) as the Frostbite and Oakleaf reach their penultimate day with two handicaps (due to the wind). A few photos. Don’t forget fuddle next weekend 22nd (2pm ish depending on race timings), which means racing is back to back. Bring some food to eat and share.

Good to see Technos out on the water for their Zone training and a visit by the RYA High Performance Manager.

Children’s Christmas party and roast meal

The children’s Christmas party had some great games, food and fun, with Santa making a special appearance for the clubs children and Techno Zone squad (with three from our own club). 

The party was followed by a Pauline roast with most of the zone squad and parents and many windsurfers and a few dinghy sailors who were treated to an excellent meal and an enjoyable evening. A few photos from both events below.

Summer wine Christmas party

Fifty arrived for the Summer Wine Christmas meal, organised by Lindsay and cooke by Pauline. It is a wonderful friendly event with lots of chatter and some good food (and the odd drink or four) we nearly ran out of wine!

Thanks to all who organised, and Pauline and crew for cooking and serving.

Frostbite in the wind

The Frostbite series lived up to its name today, 8’C may sound warm but in the wind it didn’t feel it. The race (only one was run) started in a moderate breeze with some vicious gusts, but it was near the end the wind kicked in with a vengeance at 30 knots or Force 7 gust. About three boats stayed upright.

During the racing I took the little Rigiflex and here are some photos, missed most of the capsizes I am afraid (though those concerned may not be worried!!) well done to all who went out and especially the youngsters with many completing the course in testing conditions.

PS: the wind meter is now up and running again (battery issue)

RS400 Open 2019

Flood warnings, cold weather, and on the morning fog and light winds – nothing seemed to put off the 30 boats that arrived at Notts County Sailing Club on 9/10th November for the RS400 Open, part of the RS400 Northern Championships. Competitors travelled from Shoreham on the south coast, Bassenthwaite, Lochaber, and many other areas in between.

The fog soon cleared, though the wind was calm, obligingly at around noon the wind was light but enough for the windward leeward racing. Three races were held back to back and racing was close and competative, with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon (Oxford SC) taking the first race, and Michael Sims and Mark Lunn taking the next two races to lead after the first day. At least the threatened rain held off, though the water level was much higher than normal as the adjacent brook flowed into the lake.

Then it was a roast and sweet courtesy of Pauline, along with the odd pint/ glass of wine and more as the social got under way.

Sunday saw a little more wind and that rare commodity blue sky and sunshine, lifting the spirits. A race was started at 10am to allow all to come ashore, or hove too to observe two minutes silence in remembrance of the fallen. Soon after 11.02, the course was moved due to a shift and racing was off again with two back to back races.

Micheal Sims and Mark Lunn took a first and a third to establish a clear lead after the discard. with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon scoring thirds and second to finish runner up a point ahead of Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leith and Loughton SC.  Forth was Dave Exley and Izzy Reynolds from Leith and Loughton.


Photos mainly from Sunday below.


Whitby to Ispwitch

Keith Burgess who many of you know at the club sailed from Whitby to Ipswich in an old schooner. For those that are interested he tells his story below.

From Whitby to Ipswich – A voyage on the Schooner “Trinovante”

On September 21st I caught the train from Nottingham to Whitby, where at 18.00 hours I boarded the 3 masted schooner “Trinovante”. The other 3 crew members arrived from their respective home ports and we spent the evening of what was to prove to be the tail end of summer . John and Sue, the joint owners treated us to a welcome supper as we found our berths and unpacked.

The basics of the boat were explained and potential on deck hazards identified.  Thereafter weretired to our bunks in readiness to leave at 8.00am the following morning.

Whitby harbour is only accessible when the road bridge is raised for two hours either side of high tide, but we were the first boat to sail under the raised bridge and motor down to the harbour mouth to the waiting North Sea.

Trinovante’s bows cleaved the water as many had done before and we headed South.

The weather forecast gave a prediction of f4/5 from the S.E, which combined with the tide gave no opportunity to make any significant headway, so the skipper’s decision was made to motor down the coast through the night to make landfall at Harwich. We took 4 hour watches on a rolling rotation with 3 of the 6 of us on deck at any one time. I must say there are now an awful lot of wind farms off England’s East coast and surprisingly little shipping evident.

We eventually moored at Halfpenny pier at Harwich at 14.36, where we were greeted by old friends of John and Sue. We took the opportunity to walk around the town and find an off-licence or two. The town itself showed many signs of deprivation that is common with many coastal resorts of the UK. The large container port with highly automated crane systems for the container ship traffic seemed at odds with the little town just the other side of the water.

The following day we left our mooring from halfpenny pier and headed out of the estuary for a days offshore sailing. We were all given the opportunity to helm and put up sail. Raising a gaffe rigged sail up is a two crew affair which involves one person hauling on a halyard nearest the mast and is called the “throat” whilst the other end of the boom is called the “peak”. It’s a procedure that must be done in unison to ensure an efficient hoist.

The weather was not at its kindest with a number of sharp rain squalls. A steady stream of tea came up from the galley which was always appreciated.

At the end of the day we sailed back to the port of Harwich, past the container ships and upstream into the estuary where we dropped anchor for the night.  As ever an excellent meal was prepared by Sue and a subtle bonding of the crew from many different backgrounds helped make the evening a memorable one.

Next morning we raised anchor and headed down river for the next leg of the voyage to the Blackwater estuary .“Trinovante’s” anchor winch is a formidable affair, manually operated by two crew which again required unison of effort and a stance of pushing down in alternate strokes to achieve an effective lift. The winch was originally fitted to a Thames barge but was

spotted by John as just what he needed when he designed and built “Trinovante” from scratch.

Our sail down to the Blackwater estuary had similar weather conditions, though perhaps a little more benign. The last leg of the voyage was again under motor and we moored in the estuary

late afternoon for the night. This particular river divides Suffolk from Essex and is also the location of the late Tony Benn’s ancestral home. From where we were moored it did look a rather splendid location.

On the morning of September 26th we set sail for the last leg of our voyage, back up the coast toward the confluence of the river Stour and River Orwell and onto Ipswich.

Under sail for most of the day we passed Mersea, Clacton and its pier, Frinton and Walton on the Naze.. The sun was shining again as we passed all these well known place names finally motoring up the river Orwell passing under the road bridge of the A41 and into the lock of Neptune marina. Here we moored up for the night and disembarked the following morning.

The crew went their separate ways; I headed for the Travelodge hotel and after a day of sightseeing Ipswich, a town I had never visited before, caught the train back to Nottingham.

It had been an interesting and insightful week.

Solo open 2019

The Solo Open was held in wet, miserable condition, with a little wind, but it was cold. Given the conditions it was great to see half the fleet as visitors coming from all over the Midlands, including Sheffield Viking, Draycott, Ogston, Earlswood, Carsington and Liegh on Lowton, and of course a good turnout from the home Notts County fleet.

The all female Race crew provided some good racing on a relatively short course managing 4 races in the poor conditions. There were  couple of spills as the wind gusted, and the cold seeped through in the final race.

Tom Gillard of Sheffield Viking won with four firsts. Nigel Davies from Draycott finishing second with seconds and thirds. Martin Honner (Ogston) and Ian Ingram (Earlswood) were equal on points with Martin ahead in the final race so coming third. The first Notts County Sailor (and Junior) was Jake Willars finishing in 6th place.

Sailwave Results

Photo below

Flying 15 Open 2019

An impressive 16 visiting teams joined the home fleet at Notts County SC on the 19th & 20th October for their Flying Fifteen open meeting, which was also the final event in the 2019 Waples Wines Northern Traveller series.

Sunny skies – a welcome relief after weeks of heavy rain – and a light-to-moderate wind made for an excellent weekend of sailing, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Burnham-on-Crouch and Chew Valley in the South, plus a positive army of boats and motorhomes making their way down from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in the North.

Another visitor of note was Graham Lamond of Ripon SC who had brought along one of his fleet(!) of beautiful wooden Flying Fifteens, this one being the newly restored Squall – sail number 1155, built by Chippendale Boats over 50 years ago. This event was the first time Squall had been on the water for over 10 years and, other than some minor spinnaker teething problems, the grand old lady acquitted herself with great style and panache against the young upstarts around her.

Squall showing off her fresh paint and varnish in the sunshine

Getting to the competition itself then, the first race saw Ian Cadwallader & Steve Graham from Chew Valley SC quickly establish a dominant lead which they held to the end, with Andy and Tom Goddard from Dovestone SC following them home and John Hanson & Helen Selden from Datchet SC in third.

After a pitstop for lunch the second race saw Cadwallader and Graham again at the front, this time trailed by Mike Preston & Chris Robinson from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in second and the Goddards in third. The final race of the day, held in a now dying breeze, saw the same three boats in the top positions, but this time with the Dovestone boat back into second place and Preston & Robinson in third.

Cadwallader & Graham with a narrow lead over the chasing pack

Competition, as it always is at Flying Fifteen events, was tight all the way down the fleet, perhaps especially so in this case as navigating 21 keelboats around Notts County SC’s fairly small lake certainly puts a premium on boat handling skills and close-quarters tactics at times. Special mention should also be made at this point of the two borrowed boats being sailed by entirely junior crews, both of whom acquitted themselves with great aplomb and were a credit to Notts County’s youth development programme.

Saturday evening saw another well-attended and very sociable dinner courtesy of redoubtable cook Pauline – indeed it’s a measure of Pauline’s almost legendary status that even travellers who haven’t visited Notts County SC before already know all about her excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Sunday morning saw the slipway busy with activity from well before 9am as the fleet launched in preparation for a fairly early start to the first race. The breeze had freshened somewhat and changed direction considerably from the previous day, which enabled rather simpler courses to be set around the lake. The fleet was keen to get racing too, resulting in a general recall in the first race and the hoisting of the black flag for the restart.

Slipway Action!

New faces were seen at the front of both Sunday’s races, with Justin Waples & Jackie McKellen from Royal Corinthian YC winning the first, pushed hard all the way around the course by the ever consistent Cadwallader & Graham. 

Having now done enough to comfortably win the event overall Cadwaller & Graham retired early from the final race, leaving Preston & Robinson to take the win and secure second overall, with Andy & Tom Goddard securing a well deserved and popular third place.

First juniors were Chloe Willars and John Tailby from Notts County SC, with Chloe also taking the prize for first lady helm.

First Classic was Graham Lamond & Jeremy Arnold from Ripon SC / Notts County SC, with first lady overall being Jackie McKellen from RCYC

Thanks again to Notts County SC (and assorted race officials and volunteers) for organising the event, and to all the visitors for coming and making it so worthwhile. Finally huge thanks to Waples Wines for their support and sponsorship over the years, and for all the nice-tasting prizes!

See you again next year!

Text: Jeremy Arnold
Photo: Katheryn Hinsliff-Smith and Jeremy Arnold


Some more photos from Graham Stamper – thanks

Busy Wednesday

There where a few out this Wednesday, the University Windsurfers had their last taster day, and the Sailing Club started training in earnest. It was also windy enough for the windsurfers to have some fun. A few photos.