Category Archives: 2020

Isabel wins Topper

Some great news one of our young sailors Isabel Ritchie has won a brand new Topper for two years from the John Merricks Trust / On board initiative.

Isabel was shaking with excitement when she found out: “I am super excited to be awarded a topper, I It is a huge honour to be chosen. Thank you so much to the Merrick Trust. A big thank you to the coaches, instructors and members at Notts County Sailing Club who have been so supportive and give up so much of their time to our Youth Squad. It means so much because the equipment will help me continue to compete at the club and start to race in different regional opens too.”

Isabel competing in the 2019 Topper Midlands at the club, her new boat will allow her to develop and improve

Ten youngsters from across the UK have been handed a huge boost in their ambitions to become top class dinghy sailors thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport.

The delighted sailors have been awarded exclusive use of their own boat for the next two years through the on-going partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) and RYA OnBoard.

Launched in 2013, the partnership supports youngsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals. In its seven years, 86 boats and boards have now been donated with some remarkable success stories. At the end of the two years the club is due to be handed the boat to be used by other young members.

Isabel enjoying sailing with a friend Georgia

James Logan, Notts County’s Commodore said: “A shining star of achievement by Isabel Ritchie to brighten up our winter. She has become one of just 10 nationwide beneficiaries of the 2020 OnBoard and John Merricks Sailing Trust partnership and has been awarded exclusive use of her own Topper for the next two years. Well done Isabel, we all look forward to seeing you out on the water next season.”

Full RYA report

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.

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.

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.

2020 Aeros

Not many Notts County on tour this year but Tim Rush and Ellie Rush came 18th and 19th respectively in the Aero 5 fleet representing Notts County in what was a windy and challenging event (no 9 fleet, as no one dared the big rig). Tim was 1st master in the  5 fleet and Ellie was 1st lady youth ( 2nd lady) photo of them receiving prizes and note from Alan Beaton.

David Stevens Memorial races

August bank holiday Monday, normally the occasion for the family fun endurance race, was this year dedicated to the memory of David Stevens, a long standing member and great supporter of the club, and the very worthwhile charity choice of Sailability.
After many weeks of breeze and warmth this bank holiday gave us some lovely sunshine, but the breeze wasn’t forecast, and true to its word, didn’t  appear.  The sailing plan for a handicap race followed by a personal start time adjusted pursuit was always scheduled to be accompanied by some paddleboard action, courtesy of Miora our WeSUP organiser.   To those not yet with the modern way of the world, SUPers blow up a board and paddle around the lake standing on it.  Not a sail or mast in sight, not that they were much use on this calm day.  Well, plenty of our members are with it as demonstrated by the horde of fancy looking multi coloured boards that were paddles across and around the lake with much gusto.  There was competitive stuff and fun stuff going on, below is a report from Moira Hart.
A gentle handicap race did get squeezed in to the one brief period of breeze that arrived around lunchtime and the sailors enjoyed a slow, but competitive, square route around the lake.  The results are as below.  
The breeze then faded to nothing and everyone was left to enjoy some fine sunshine, Pauline’s delights, a few gentle casual sails and, needless to say, a whole lot more SUPing.  Of course the event wouldn’t have happened without the volunteer duty team of Adrian, Viv and Tim the Bosun, please remember that in these different times under Covid19 restrictions we welcome all those who can contribute similarly for the forthcoming weekends.   
Thanks go to David’s family who came down to enjoy the company and talk about the great time David had, and gave, at the club.  Also to all those who gave generously to the voluntary entry fee, a credible £150 cash was raised for our Sailability fund, and more to come from the online donations. 
A fabulous day, for a great cause and in the company of some of the fabulous people that make up NCSC. 
(Please forgive only helms names in this list – I didn’t get the crew’s details)
1. Ian Masson, Aero 9
2. Martin Hewitt, Aero 9
3. Ross Ryan, RS300
4. Dave Snutch, Scorpion
5. Julian Lloyd, Laser
6. Egan Bremner-Harrison, Topper
7. John Riddell, Scorpion
8. Robert Stevenson, Lightning 368
 James and Philippa, Race Mgt team for the day
SUP Report from Moira Hart: When the wind doth not blow what do NCSC members do – SUP of course.
On August Bank Holiday Monday NCSC held a memorial fun day in memory of David Stephens with donations to Sailability.
With little wind for much sailing members were out in force on their SUPs for some fun racing and paddling + yes open water swimming!!!
First race was the sprint race from buoy to shore: 1st Russ Morton, 2nd Judy Morton, Equal 3rd Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith and Cathryn Reynolds
Junior two-up race: 1st Will and Annie Roberts
Team race won by Team B: Judy Morton, Liz + H, Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Moira Hart, Emma Roberts + Mike Roberts
Team A was robbed of first place by tsunami tactics inflicted by the Bosun Timothy Miles-Hayler. who caused Mike Stephenson not one but two unfortunate capsizes.
The afternoon provide excellent conditions for a Group to sup round the perimeter of the lake whilst the RO (James Logan) supped tea and cancelled the second race.
The finale was a group of weSUP members being invited to open water swim on the small lake with Justine Jenkins and Love Open Water. Thanks for the experience and thanks to all who came and gave SUPing a try at NCSC. 
 Moira Hart SUP coordinator
Photos from Steve Thompson – thanks, with Moria Hart & James Logan contributing the last few.

Hi wind Friday

Whilst The Commodore, Vice Commodore and Mick Ellis worked away at the slabs by the new container, others were out playing.

The windsurfers couldn’t pass up a windy warm summers day, with gusts of up to 45 mph, it was pretty extreme with quite a few large splashes (even Dean & Gerry crashed out!). We think Victoria was out on the largest sails (she changed down) at 5.8. 

Steve Thompsons photos are here (he had hurt his back so was on shore) mine are below.