Category Archives: 2020

August bank holiday Monday

On Bank holiday Monday, August 31st, we are planning a Sailability fund one day event, in memory of David Stevens, of course operating in line with the in-force Covid19 restrictions. A couple of races, SUP’ing and general sailing and windsurfing. Entry for the races will be through the established race entry. Pauline will be there for breakfast cobs and lunch (please pre book sandwiches if you can). 

No changing but toilets available.

Morning Handicap racing:
11.00    Windsurfer Start
11.10    Junior Start
11.30    Fast Handicap Start
12.00    Slow Handicap Start
Afternoon Handicap / Pursuit Racing:
13.00    Windsurfer Handicap Race Start
13.15    Pursuit Start – Final start times determined by the morning race

Keep an eye on the notice board under the clubhouse for information from Race Officer James Logan.

Amendments to SI for the day SI Amendments 31 Aug 20

August Bank Holiday Monday. weSUP – fun and games
All members are welcome to join in paddleboarding activities on the special Bank Holiday Monday fun day in memory of David Stephens.
Those with paddle boards wishing to get involved please make sure that you have completed and submitted the Non-sailing-craft declaration 2020 in advance to the Sailing secretary.
To participate in the afternoon racing please sign up from 11am on the day at The Hub.
Donations welcome for participating to David Stephens memorial fund for Sailability
Monday Morning from 11.00   – Small Lake
Round the lake – paddle at your own pace round the 500m loop.
A chance to practice skills, turns and yoga moves. Why not take your sailing watch and time your round and look to improve your timing.
If you want to share your paddleboard with friends note that paddles and boards must be disinfected between users in line with COVID-guidelines.
Note: Open Water swimmers will be arriving to use the small lake from 14.00 so please move to the large lake by then.
Monday Afternoon on Large Lake, opposite the clubhouse. (Clear of racing or after Pursuit Race) Time to be advised.
Open to ladies / men and juniors
a) A sprint race from shore to buoys and back – triangular course. No more than 6 at a time. Heats will be run depending on numbers
b) Relay race Shore to Buoy to Shore (next member of team departs when previous member has stepped on shore)
c) Twos company race – Double up with another member of your household* –anything goes.
* dogs with buoyancy aids accepted.
If you would like to be added to the weSUP @NCSC watts app group for regular updates please contact: Moira Hart, weSUP coordinator by emailing with your name and mobile phone number.

RYA Racing course

  The Advanced / Intermediate group  with Ben & Ross/Stephanie leading. The start courses saw the young instructors, Chloe, John, Jake taking the groups through their paces on starting and going to windward. 

Loads of activity during the week with social distancing being observed, the weather was fairly kind (except Wednesday’s rain) with sunshine, and oil the last day a good wind. The sailing finished with a mass race the advanced starting well behind the start course and a socially distanced logbook handout, with parents separated and on the bank and logbooks at the table.

Quite a few photos, including others on the water whilst I was out. Great to see our squad members practising, and some new windsurfers out. the 29ers, and toppers showing the effectiveness of a masthead float.

August 14th to 16th

Plenty happening over the weekend, with quite a few on the water and a team on the pontoon and round the new container, along with WeSup on Friday, Saturday Club making tentative start on Saturday, and nearly 40 dinghies racing on Sunday over three flights split over the morning and afternoon. The two races for each fleet seemed to be going well apart from the slow fleet trying to set off 3 mins early (all got back for actual start).

During next week there is a RYA junior Racing course, with access to toilets and balconies for the course only (except disabled) see email. Next weekend is due to see some wind but more clement weather and the same race format.

A few photos

Supping in the heat

It was hot today, shade was a good idea. Supping for many involved cooling off. There are 25 signed up to the Whatapp group I believe and 10-15 came down today, many paddling round the perimeter of the lake.

Meanwhile many juniors and adults were enjoying the light winds and heat.


The first day of August saw Saturday club onshore start in separated areas. It was a day to get boats out, check them and clean them. Next week will look at rigging, then 15th start of on water. All participants must be pre booked see page.

Meanwhile elsewhere on the water it was a light breeze, sunshine and a day of fun on the water. There was Youth Coaching led by the Desorghers and plenty more out. A few photos below.

Sunday 2nd August was bright with a light breeze, and the odd gust allowing the more powerful boats to plane. A few more photos added. Results here

Saturday Club restarts

Saturday Club – Restarting 1st August .

Those who get “Saturday News” will be aware that the Saturday Club are starting up a limited junior activity  see details on 

With current restrictions there will be a pre-booking arrangement and please make your intentions known by emailing we plan to operate a rota to keep numbers to a covid compliant level. If you don’t currently get “Saturday News”  please send us your email details and we will add you to the circulation.
When arriving please follow the protocol set out in this video.
For General members please note that Saturday Club will be operating in a restricted zone between 9 am & 12.30 on a Saturday morning see picture  – please “keep you distance ” if this is near your normal launching area – thank you for your co-operation.

Work Party 8th August

Works and Ways Summer Day
Saturday 8 August
NCSC – 0900-1400 – Pauline’s Galley specials will be available
Please bring yourselves and any equipment you think may be helpful – we will provide of course where necessary.  Everyone welcome.
Key Tasks to be done are as below


Ragwort clearing 
Cabins prep for painting
Gents changing painting
Club house area tidying
Boat park – tidying, repairing, clearing
Brush clearance
Foreshore plant clearance
Bosun’s area clearance for planned wor
Old enterprise beyond the Flying 15s needs to be disposed of
A lot of old wood in the undergrowth behind the park that would be good to get rid of. Old park equipment
Baby swing under clubhouse to replace either of the swings.
Old metal work behind the bins.


Sunday 19th July

A lovely summers day, a little lacking in wind but still enough, Pauline’s cowpats and sandwiches (and chips) and a couple of races organised by Boggy and Kev, with Ross/Kathryn and Ian P /Denise on safety. Thankfully not much call on safety.

The race results will go up later. On Tuesday the Sailing Committee discuss racing after next weekend and the format, please feed back your thoughts through your fleet rep. The first two weeks have gone well so what is the best way forward ?

A few photos from today:

Training Lake storage area

Training Lake Cabin Area – the works associated with the development of this area are virtually complete. The old training cabin / storage has now been removed, mains electricity and water diverted and extended, a new 40’ container installed for the storage of university wind surfers (paid for by the University) and a new multipurpose cabin “THE HUB” with patio area provided for the use of all club members and open water swimmers.  The” HUB”, an anti-vandal 32’x 10’ portacabin with power, lighting, heating and H&C water will be available for use by all members, including for coaching and training under a booking system when the club Covid policy permits. 

An additional bonus is the provision of a covered storage area between the new HUB and general store that has been partly constructed using reclaimed materials from the demolished cabin.

The project that was started in June this year has been undertaken entirely by a band of willing club volunteers under the project lead of Martin Hart our Vice Commodore.  Many thanks to all those that helped with the works including:- Nicki Theokritoff, Tony Dunsworth, Karl Lye, Martin Hayhoe, Anthony Quinn, Mick Ellis, Adrian Jones, Ross Ryan, James Logan and a team from the University Windsurfing Club.


Galley opening

At present the galley is shut due to Tier 3 restrictions and the lack of racing.

If it reopens this year there will be a limited food choice, menu below, payment will be contactless, and instructions on accessing the galley link to instructions. Pauline is looking forward to seeing everyone.

We believe the new government guidelines mean you need to wear a face covering, as Pauline is providing take always. In addition wearing a face mask helps protect Pauline, Colin and Keith. Please bring your own.

Access will be a one way system from training room to galley, and then out onto balcony, food/drinks can only be eaten outside and you must keep 2m away from everyone at all times (inc Pauline). Access toi galley Only one member of the family / Household, please collect food for everyone (and pay). No loitering inside the clubhouse / conservatory please move through to outside straight away.

Please note when you collect your food stand back on the ‘Barton 2m circle’, and allow the server to put the food on the counter and step back 2m before collecting. The same for payment. Keith or Colin will be writing your name and time down, as track and trace is now required. Reminder Members only allowed to purchase food and be on the premises.

Food Availability
Breakfast rolls: Bacon, sausage, egg – £2.50
Sandwiches: Tuna, Cheese, Chicken mayo, Ham £2.50, Egg £2 – please pre order these if you can
Chips £1 (tray)
Tea / Coffee 50p, served by catering team. Also cold drinks available.
Cowpats (Sunday) 50p

Please observe the protocol below to collect your food so you maintain social distancing. Thankyou.