Category Archives: 2019

Scorpion Open

Light winds plagued the first day of the Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club. There were 26 entries from as far south as Northampton and Chew Valley, west to Llandudno and north to Sheffield. The wind was fickle, and switching, however it did eventually settle down and William Jeffcote soon had the fleet under way on a short course, in case the wind dropped. 

The first two races where started in quick succession with Tom Gilllard and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton & Sheffield Viking taking the first two races, giving them an overnight lead. There were no clear winners on the first day, Peter Gray & Andy Davies from Staunton Harold SC won the final race and were a point behind the overnight leaders. Tom Jeffcote and Him Hartley (RYA) also won a race. The first lady and 6th overall was the first home club scorpion with Nadiian Lincoln & Chris Holt sailing. So it was all to play for, but not before some fun and games with boats on string in the evening after a roast dinner courtesy of Pauline the club caterer.

Sunday promised some wind and rain, the wind certainly happened at times, but for most of the racing it was sunny. The race officer laid several courses, changing on most races to make the best of the conditions. There where some good reaches and runs when the win blew, and the odd capsize. The racing between the top two was close With Peter Gray winning taking two firsts, beating the overnight leaders by a point. Third was Andy McGee and Steve Graham. First lady and junior was Chloe Willars (9th o/a).

1st Peter Gray & Andy Davis (Staunton Harold SC), 2nd Tom Gillard and Rach Rhodes (Staunton & Sheffield Viking), 3rd Andy McKee and Steve Graham (Northampton SC), 4th Tom Jeffcote and Tim Hartley (RYA), 5th Steve Walker and Jerry Hannabus (Pennine), 6th Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert (Notts County SC), 1st Junior (and Lady) 9th Chloe Willars and John Talby (Notts County SC)

Yachts and Yachting report

Full results 

Some photos from Saturday

Aug bank holiday fun race

Club members who opted not to sit in traffic but come down for August Bank Holiday Monday were in for a treat. Blue skies, sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere meant you could have been on holiday at some far off land. It was 28’C on my car thermometer, so occasionally even the adults fell in. The race started with 4 teams and lots on a team, so the private SUPs proved a useful attraction for adults and youngsters.

The Annual Crouch Endurance Trophy race was, as usual a fun packed affair with 39 racers taking part in four teams. As the wind was so light rule 42 was suspended with some interesting pumping. Mind you the winning team was the one that realised that sailing was faster than paddling and pumping. The lead changed hands several times over the 6 hours with only 2 laps separating first and fourth place.

So, to the results

Fourth place went to the Leaf Eating Dragons – Joseph, Sophie, Eloise, Charles, Stephen, Keith, Olivia, William, Bella and Samantha.

In joint second were Rock and Roll (Chloe, Tansy, Euan, Fiona, Adrian. John D, Mike S, Poppy, Kate and Ellady) and Sunny Sailors (Cillian, Daisy, Elsie, Mike G, Viv, Neil, Martha and Dan).

And first place went to the aptly named team fast of – Alex Chadbourne, Sam Grayton, Tobias Beaumont, Britta Bayman, Phil Dyne, James Beaumont, Robert Stevenson, Alice Harvey and Jo Riddell

Thanks to a great race team led by Deb Pennington with the able help of Mandy Davie, Phil Dyne and Viv Weston but also to all the supporters who came down and made it such a joyful fun event.

Some photos from the morning from Viv Weston & David Eberlin

August Junior Course

Another successful Junior Course of around 32 with 3 Stage 1& 2 courses in both Oppies and Toppers, a Stage 3 course in Topaz and Start Race Course along with a 2 day windsurf course. There were challenging conditions every day, and Wednesday saw a very wet afternoon (there was about 9 inches of water in the boats! – and still the Topaz went out). Everyone improved, and some budding young potential instructors helped out, along with quite  a few Assistant instructors, it is great to see so many Topper sailors helping get others out on the water (including our 4.2 National champion who did all four days).

Thanks to all who helped : Emily, Helpers Sophie and Sam – Nigel and Matt and Steve with Robert and Sophie on Thur – Kevin, helped by Jade  – Chris, Sarah, helped by Tom – Nick, Martin, Molly, Keith – Sue for Windsurf  course – Steve  and Julie  on safety, and possibly most Importantly Sarah for doing so much behind the scenes, without her the courses would not be as successful.

Some great food was provided by Pauline.

A few photos (OK quite a few from the week) sorry to any I missed (being SI – limited time), as ever if any have crept in that you would like removing please let us know immediately for removal:

Windy Saturday in August

Billed as gale force winds, it was Force 7 in the gusts so pretty close until rain shower came through and surpassed the wind enough to temp the dinghies out (see Jake & John capsizing sequence – bit fuzzy due to distance along with a damp lens). Meanwhile the windsurfers enjoyed small sails and high winds.

Saturday club became a powerboat training morning for those that came down, meanwhile the bosun and Adam (and Commodore) were inventing a weed collection system, to windy to try it today but shows promise.

Notts County on tour 2019

Below is some of the results from travellers to a number of events. I know we will have missed quite  a few of the club’s successes so please do contact so we can add them in, and if anything is incorrect please let us know.

Autumn 2019
Ben Paling won the RYA Midlands Youth championships in Topper (Heather Quinn second girl). Duncan Monaghan won the 7.8 Regional Youths with Mollie Sprekley winning the girls und 6.8 class.
Ben also won the first Midlands traveller, whilst Charlie Hopkins took the first National Series at Plymouth.
National Scout Regatta
 Report & photo Micael Stevenson

Local scouts cleaned up at the annual National Scouts Sailing Championships which were held at the new Notts Scouts Adventure lake in September.

Scouts teams from across the UK converged on Hoveringham for the first time and the Nottinghamshire team came out on top for the second year in a row. The under 18 and under 15 classes were won by Will Thomas and Robert Stevenson, both of Mammoth Explorers (Hoveringham), and the under 13 prize was taken by Euan Bremner-Harrison of Southwell Scouts for the second year running.

All three are members of the Notts County Sailing Club just around the corner from the Scout lake, and are part of a thriving junior section, with many youngsters competing at a high level nationally. Anyone interested in taking up the sport, should check the club’s website,


Topper Midland Traveller – won by William Thomas

William Thomas winner of Midland Traveller

Many may have noticed quite a few of our youth sailors have been away this spring and summer. After the zone training and in some cases national training many Toppers have been on the Midland Traveller series of eight events with 72 competitors taking part. The series travelled to Draycote, Carsington, Banbury, Nothampton, Swarkstone, Staunton, Chase and Hollowell.The winner was none other than William Thomas from Notts County, after some close racing it was a fantastic finish to his Topper career. William has been down sailing lasers and has often helped out on the Junior race courses so it is good to see him win a major series.

He wasn’t the only one, Ben Pailing was third overall with Charlie Hopkinson eigth, Heather Quinn 9th, and first under 13 Sam Grayton was 14th. Ed Pailing finished 19h. Eddie Quinn 22nd, Gwinith Langham only did two events and finished 38threspectively. Hayden Moore & Caitlin Thomas did an event as well. Hopefully we haven’t missed anyone but if so please let us know.

Full report Y & Y Topper traveller report  _ Midlands area championships (NCSC)

Topper Worlds – Kathryn Hinsliff Smith (inc photos)
Notts County goes to the Topper Worlds in Medemblik, Holland – July 19

Five families and seven junior Topper sailors travelled to Medemblik, close to Amsterdam for the Rooster ITCA Topper Worlds, held between the 22nd to 26th July.

A total of 162 sailors entered the standard rig (5.3) including our sailors, William Thomas, Molly Hinsliff-Smith, Charlie Hopkinson and Ben Paling along with Caitlin Thomas, Ed Paling and Sam Grayton entered in the smaller rig, the 4.2 making another 46 sailors.

The Worlds attract many international sailors with 11 countries represented including 56 competitors from China and three entrants representing Switzerland who happened to pop in on the morning to register and who had never sailed a Topper before but had spent their whole life living on a yacht plus the eldest entrant, a Japanese man aged over 80. A great sight to see the Nations Parade and opening ceremonies, like the Olympics but on a smaller scale. Pre measuring took place prior to the event and although a one design class it’s a requirement. Ross Ryan helping for two days whilst Kathryn was involved in the competitor registration and competitor briefing. Despite overnight rain the forecast was to get hot and then very hot….I can report it did get very very hot even at night.

Across the five days of competition there was very mixed conditions with all our sailors doing really well on the 1st day of stronger winds. Hopes were high that we might even have our sailors in the top 20, even top 10 in both rig sizes.






Day 2 and 3 saw much lighter winds and even a strongly felt protest on Day 4 about a split in wind strength across the race course which was rejected and competitor results stood. At the close of Day 4 there was still chance of some good results and even prizes and at last return of much more favourable wind conditions. Day 5 dawned with a 8 am competitor briefing and early launch to catch the breeze. After a slight delay racing started only to find a dying breeze and some hopes dashed but spirits not dented as all our sailors did a great job, with Charlie Hopkinson and Sam Grayton both wining prizes overall as Charlie was 19th overall and Sam 9th in the 4.2 rig. Incredible results for these two young sailors. It was with great pride that Notts County SC was represented with an incredible atmosphere at the event.

What next? Well sailors and families returned to the UK to now travel to Largs in Scotland for the Rooster sponsored Topper Nationals. This time six days of competition starting on Sunday 4th August. Thank you for all the messages of support as the Topper adventure continues. It is also credit to our Notts County sailors and parents as they are all either in regional or National GBR squads.

Overall results can be found Worlds results
More detailed report

Highlights 5.3 fleet: Charlie 19th overall and 7th GBR boy, William 23rd overall and 10th GBR boy, Ben 31st overall and 16th boy and Molly 58th and 8th GBR girl.

4.2 fleet Sam 9th overall and 2nd GBR boy, Caitlin 35th and 4th GBR girl and Ed Paling 40th overall and 6th GBR boy.
























Windsurfing Youth Success

Meanwhile the windsurfers have been successful both at regional and National level. Duncan Monaghan, following his John Merricks award has been making good use of his new Techno and rig. Duncan won Bridlington national event, was second (first in class) at Christchurch and he was 4that the Inlands at Pitsford, 3rdat Stokes Bay (second in class) national event, and third at Weymouth (2ndin class), so a string of great results. This has led to him qualifying for the Techno Europeans (in Isreal) and Worlds (in Spain)  were he receives some support from the RYA being in the National squad, representing the UK. Seeing as he only stepped on a board 3 and a half years ago he is doing well.

At the regional events Mollie Sprekley has been doing well with a 3rdat Croft Farm, followed by Tom Law in 4th, a win at Notts County, Tom coming in 3rd,  1stFemale at Carsington, the final event is at Foremark on 17thAugust.

Other Team15ers include James Herlihy, and Mark Norriss, with a few others waiting in the wings.

Duncan practising at the Club

Mollie at Team 15 NCSC

Tom Team 15 NCSC








National topper championships – Largs – August 2019 

Notts County Sailors had a great time in Largs (Scotland) at the Topper Nationals. We ended up with the 4.2 National Champion and some excellent results in the 5.3 class. The weather was warm with a variety of wind conditions, indeed the last two days saw no racing, one day was windy, the other calm. All 5.4 Notts County sailors made gold fleet. 

183 Toppers took part in the 5.3 fleet racing and Notts County results were as follows: Charlie Hopkinson 12 years old was 8th and 1st under 14, Will Thomas 11th, Ben Pailing 16th, Mollie Hinsliffe Smith 32nd all very good results in such a large fleet. Will is moving onto lasers and Mollie to 29ers (not sure about Ben). I remember it was only 2 years ago I helped Ben Thomas ably assisted by William Thomas on a Start Racing course and Sam and Charlie were amongst those on it.

Both Charlie and Sam said the racing was fun and they enjoyed getting know people and making friends. The start racing course 2 years ago was where it all started and got us keen on racing. It was great to see Sam, Mollie and Raife helping out along with Jake (from the same era) at the Junior course this August.

There were 39 In 4.2 Topper fleet and Sam Grayton won he is only 11 at present and is preparing to represent the club at The Endeavour trophy in October, you may have seen two youngsters Sam and Raife (PIggott) practising. Hayden Moore was 5th, Raife Piggott 7th, Caitlin Thomas 12th(2nd girl) Gwinith  Lanyon 16th (3rd girl),  Eddie Pauling 22 with Eddie Quinn 24 th. (hope I haven’t missed anyone – if so let us know)

Some of the Notts County team at Nationals thanks to James Hopkinson for photo

Charlie Hopkinson at National (thanks to James)

Sam Grayton Sunday sailing at the club

Chernobyl July 19

The Newark and Sherwood Chernobyl Children’s lifeline visited the club on Tuesday 30th July. There were 17 children with 11 from Belarus taking part along with interpreters and hosts.

It was a little windy when the children arrived and with the prospect of rain and stronger winds in the forecast it was decide to use the two cobbles and Stoke Ferry and Commodore, rotating the visitors so they sampled sailing and a  tour round the lake.

There were plenty of volunteers helping out on safety, sailing and driving so the day went well. A few photos below.

August Bank Holiday Monday race

The fun orientated August Bank Holiday 6 hour race will take place again this year. This is something for everyone, the Commodore is in charge and you just need to turn up, young or old at around 9.30, the Commodore will then try and balance the teams, and the club boats are used so all are in the same craft. It’s a light hearted race day, with plenty of social, including bring your own BBQ and I suspect the bar will be open.

Bleasby School visit

We have entertained the Bleasby Primary children twice this year as part of our community / Onboard program, last Wednesday (17th July) saw year 6 (I believe) take part in sailing Oppies, going out on the cobbles and Stoke Ferry, and finally a self rescue race on windsurf boards, which may have involved getting wet! The youngsters and some teachers who joined in certainly seemed to enjoy it.

A few photos from the day 

Saturday 20 th July

A fairly windy day, especially around lunch, but gusts switching around in direction. The windsurfers had some fun, and David B tried foiling (see end). There was also a New Members afternoon and a good number came to meet the committee and find out more about the club, along with sampling Glyn’s BBQ skills.

A few photos