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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.

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.

Cracking Conker Series – Saturday Racing

The Saturday youth racing and Saturday adult racing starts from 12th Sept to end of October. This does of course depend on volunteers coming forward for duty cover. As with all activity at the club Covid rules should be followed.

Reports below 

The junior Cracking Conker Series will run till end of October, starting at 1415 with two back to back races. (30-40 mins), no landing between races unless retiring. There will also be an adult series starting soon after Details will be on the race notice board under the clubhouse. The idea is parents/ youngsters will run the racing and volunteer for safety and Race Officer duty, youngsters are particularly encouraged to learn about being a race officer with guidance from Richard Mason (please ask).

Anyone wishing to race in the series needs to enter each boat once on the Friday before ideally but in any case on the day before you race by using the email  stating series (Sat) helm/crew, name, boat/windsurfer, and sail number, juniors are to be entered by parent/guardian and indicated as a junior. This only needs to happen once in series.

Autumn Racing SI’s sept 2020

12th sept 2020: The sun shone, and the wind blew, and no less than 20 Toppers entered the first of Cracking Conker series of races – amazing! It was also great to see so many sailors in the handicap fleet, a combination of Lasers and Aeros with an RS 400 and 29er setting a ‘cracking’ pace at the front. The conditions were perfect, and the racing competitive, and sometimes challenging, especially with so many Toppers arriving at the leeward mark at the same time! I hope everyone enjoyed it, and as many as possible will be back on the water next Saturday. Thank you to everyone who helped, and especially to Phil Dyne (Race Officer) and Sarah Mason, who successfully kept tabs on all of the sailors, and to Ben and Richard Paling who entered the results into Sailwave.

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.

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 RYA racing course under the watchful eye of Tim Cripps, who has spent alot of time ensuring all went smoothly, with Adrian Jones on safety.  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.