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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

Last of the Autumn series

As the nights draw in the autumn series draws to a close. The final day of the series saw a lovely day with sunshine and a light to moderate breeze, there where one or two spills but most had a cool but glorious sail. The junior results are up and adults will follow in the next day or so. (on results page)

Next week it is intended that the winter series will start (Covid restrictions providing) there has been a good deal of interest and the Winter Series SI and Race Officer instructions will be posted in the next day or so. You will need to enter through and details will be put up on the restart racing post and linked from Facebook. Meanwhile a few photos from today.

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.

Winter series


Thanks to all that have responded to our recent email regarding a winter race series. Forty Five members, including ten juniors, have confirmed an interest in taking part and confirmed they are willing to undertake race team and /or safety duties. The majority had a preference for the series to be held on a Sunday.

At present the series is suspended due to COVID and being at Tier 3.

Should the series restart it will be run along similar lines to the current autumn series but with three starts, Windsurfer, Junior, and Handicap at three minute intervals with two races back to back.

An updated set of sailing and race officer instructions is on the return to race page

As set out in the original email enquiry (sent to everyone on 6th Oct – please let us know if you need a copy), duties will be allocated on SCM by our duty secretary along the lines of your reply with regard to the duties you are willing and able undertake, so please keep an eye out for duty allocations. If you are now unable to undertake the allocated duty due to a change in personal circumstances please endeavour to organise a swap with another racing member.

For those that have not already responded to the email issued on the 6th October but still wish to take part in the series could you please respond ASAP, so that appropriate duties may be allocated and your interest in racing recorded?

In addition to the above a further Saturday series may be organised by our junior racers if sufficient duty cover can be organised.

Finally thanks again to all those that have responded so far; let’s make this a great winter series to round off the year.

Martin Hart – Vice Commodore.

Topper national series

There was a fantastic turnout for Notts County at the first Topper National Series event of the season at Draycote water. 13 of our junior sailors took part I’m a fleet of 100 boats, and achieved some brilliant results.On the Saturday 3 races were sailed in light and difficult conditions but by the end of the day Katherine Gunn and Sam Grayton were both overnight leaders in the 4.2 and 5.3 fleets.On the Sunday only 1 race was sailed due to the wind dying, the 5.3 was won by Ben Paling, his first national level race win.Sam’s Saturday results were enough for him to bring home the trophy, and Katherine finished in 2nd by one point. Chloe Grayton was 1st under 9 In the 4.2 class  and Ben Paling 1st Youth in the 5.3. Overall Notts County did us proud with a brilliant overall set of results in a very strong field, which are listed below.

5.3 Results (75 entries)
Sam Grayton 1st, Hayden Moore 8th, Charlie Hopkinson 10th, Ben Paling 11th and 1st Youth: Heather Quinn 18th, Caitlin Thomas 25th
4.2 Fleet (24 entries)
Katherine Gunn 2nd, Sammy Mason 5th, Eddie Quinn 7th, Chloe Grayton 8th and 1st under 9 Eddie Paling 12th, Arthur Quinn 16th, Georgia Riddell 20th and winner of the Endeavor Award

Sunday 4th October

A cool, but sunny (much of the time) autumnal day, not too much wind but with the Topper National series only a couple of Juniors, at the Toppers on Saturday we had Sam Grayton leading in 5.3 (73 entries), and Katherine Gunn leading 4.2 (not sure how many entered)- lets hope they stay there for the final results. It looks like Sam won the 5.3 photo below of Charlie handing over trophy (thanks to James for photo).

Meanwhile at Notts County there was a good turnout for racing under the watchful eye of Nadina & William which quite naturally started on time! (some in the fast fleet were a little late). thanks also to the Ogdens, John Hobson and Clive Gimpson on safety cover. Even the windsurfers where out for the first time in weeks.

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.

Friday 25th Sept

A windy Friday with sunshine, but there was a notable chill in the air, gone where the T shirts and shorts and summer suits of last weekend. Still being a North Westerly there where some good reaches, even if the wind was a little gusty, with some fierce gusts at times.

A few photos from the afternoon. (hope you all booked in)

Wednesday 9th Sept

A sunny warm day with some wind, and it’s Wednesday. Foiling was popular with Steve P taking his first flight on Gerry’s board.