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Monday, 21 May 2018

Commodore's Update - 20th May

Dear all, we are now well into our best sailing months and people are bursting with enthusiasm.
Last Tuesday saw 11 new Come and Tries, 11 beginners and 6 intermediates. It was quite a challenge and Tim was fantastic. Everyone got out on the water and a really big thanks to everyone who turned up to help. Tony Dufton was a welcome addition to the team of helpers. 
I did not get a chance to take any photos but the 5 young girls Dilys, Millie, Maggie, Hanna and Helena showed a that girls can sail brilliantly.
We have issues with our Pico rudders. We have managed to have 1 Pico rudder fixed but still have 2 Picos that have broken rudders. If anyone has a spare one they no longer need the club would be pleased to hear from you and we could come to some arrangement.
Great to see the series racing continuing and the regular sailors out on the water.
Saturdays social sailing this week saw Gail take Emmet for his first sail and he took the helm confidently.
Maggie and Peter came along to practise and weren't put off by a little capsize at the end of the session! Thank you Harry for being calm in the safety boat. If anyone with experience is free on a Saturday evening to support I would be pleased for the company.
Sailing on a sunny evening - nothing better !

Calling any juniors who are creative we'd love pictures, paintings, films, cartoons for inclusion in the Autumn newsletter.
To keep you up to speed - the roof repairs are scheduled to be done this summer we are just waiting for the go ahead from the council. We'll keep you posted but the scaffolding may go up soon. 
Thinking ahead - Andy Baines has offered to do the Barbecue for Commodores weekend and we are asking for members to book in via webcollect so we can catered for everyone. I would welcome any help with games on or off the water and in the kitchen(help not games!). Looking forward to celebrating 90 years in style.
Looking forward to another week of fair weather.

As a post script to Saturday's Social Sailing, the sailing featured on Facebook when a picture of the wonderful sunny evening was posted on the Yeadon - Our Community Page. In addition we saw Harry supporting the sailors from the safety boat when we drove past on our way out for the evening, he looked to be well in control !  
Thank you to Helen Barker for the photo

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Commodore's Update - 6th May

 Good evening.....a quick catch up on the YSC week. Thank you to all who responded about the trailers. Martin is still sorting so if you havn't got in touch he'd be pleased to hear from you. We will have to make a decision about those left without owners.
I caught Richard and Mark planning last Saturdays session. Thank you to all the OOD's and AOOD's who ran this weeks sessions...I realise family life is busy and weekends are short...we all appreciate you making the effort to keep everyone racing.
The kids who came for the Come and Try session on Tuesday left with the buzz of sailing. The grown ups also seemed to enjoy themselves. Harriet and Felix kept the Intermediates busy and on task. Edward was hiking out and showing them all how to do it.
The Social Sailing started on Saturday night. Louise and I enjoyed an hour in some fantastic evening sunshine. We both gave our boats an airing and realised we had remembered some of what the team had taught us. I will try and be there every Saturday at 4 pm for a 5pm out on the water. Check the facebook posts beforehand just in case I have had to cancel.
Today was the Laser Open Meeting and what a fantastic day.  We had a great team in the race box, in the kitchen and in the clubhouse. It was a pleasure to spend the day with everyone and out on the water. Well done Luke for winning.
This week begins again on Tuesday evening with club night and training.
Wednesday is the Tarn User Forum held in the Activity Centre at 5.30. If anyone wants to attend with me to see what its all about you would be very welcome. I will be rushing in as close to 5.30 as I can make it.
Saturday is the Open Day. It would be great to see as many members as we can and hoping the place will have a real buzz about it. John, Paul and Jackie have offered to take the general public out for a quick go round the tarn, members are encouraged to drop in for a cup of coffee and a catch up and if you want to use the mower round your boat space I'd be happy to plug it in for you!
Tim is running a beginners session and Andrew is running a training session. Please check the yscwebsite/webcollect/eventbright for details.

A reminder that the YSC 90th birthday celebrations are planned for the July 7th and 8th - Commodores Weekend. Any suggestions for suitable ways to celebrate would be welcome. There will be activities on both days  and an opportunity to eat together on the Saturday night before the midnight race.  Lets hope the weather holds fair. More details to follow. If anyone could offer some help in the kitchen on the Sunday Gren and Cathy would be really grateful.
See you out on the water


6th May 2018

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

New Year's Day at the Sailing Club

Since the water had been lowered to repair the Dam wall in December we have been watching to see if the water levels recover sufficiently so our Annual New's Day Race could be held. Richard, and I believe Danny the Fishing bailiff, cleared up some of the mess the Council Contractors had left us and removed a number of rocks and boulders from jetty areas that had been left that could have caused damage to everybody's boats, so "Thank you guys for that !". The water level was still low to sail middle of last week but the snow on Friday and the thaw after that will have all helped.

This morning our Commodore and the Sailing Secretary inspected the levels and with sailors keen to race for the Commodore's Bottle the decision was made that despite it was being still lower than normal it had reasonably recovered that we would go for it, sailing was back on at Yeadon!  

To be fair the uncertainty of the water had put a number of people off from attending but Simon and Richard were keen to sail and Andrew and David were happy to run the race. In addition, a number of members were starting to turn up with food for the New Year's Day Fuddle and to watch the racing.

The boats were launched carefully and pushed out into deeper water before sailing off and the course was carefully set to avoid the shallower areas. 

Richard got the better start and quickly established a lead over Simon however as Richard bore away to run dead downwind between 3 and 4 it all went wrong and Richard tested the water temperature! He confirmed later it was cold! Simon kept it steady and glided past Richard as he had a couple of attempts to right the boat. Richard tried chasing after Simon but Simon was sailing consistently well and making few mistakes.

Meanwhile, in the Club house, the spectating members were tucking into the Fuddle and having a good natter!  

Back out on the water, Richard tested the water temperature again at least another time and Andrew and David decided to curtail the Race as Simon was getting close to lapping Richard and let them come in and join in with the Fuddle.

So Simon won the Commodore's Bottle for 2018 and Richard won a bottle of Newcastle Brown for his perseverance, and a good social time was had by the rest of us who came down! Thank you to Andrew and David for running the race and well done to Simon and good luck to him dinghy instructing with the Army this year!

The next Yeadon Sailing Club event is the Laying Up Supper on the 27th January at the Otley Courthouse - See you there! 
See details elsewhere on the Website

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Streakers and Solo’s enjoy breezy conditions at Yeadon

Yeadon Sailing Club hosted Streaker and Solo open meetings on Saturday 14th October and competitors were greeted with sunshine, warmth and a brisk South Westerly breeze which unusually for Yeadon stayed remarkably consistent throughout the days racing.

Tony King winning Solo
After the usual welcome and briefing the fleet were soon on the water for race 1 and it was Alan Gillard who set the pace closely followed by Neil Dwyer and Peter Tyremen and despite Neil dropping down to 6th due perhaps to “navigational errors” in the early stages he fought back well to finish back in second place to Alan who had held a comfortable lead throughout.  In the Solo fleet it was Tony King who stayed ahead of Tony Langley to take the win.

After an excellent Yeadon lunch, the fleets were back on the water for race two. The Solo fleet started first and part way to the first mark Tony King was having to make running repairs leaving Tony Langley to lead the fleet for the first two laps however by lap three Tony King was back at the front a position he held to the end.  In the Streaker fleet racing at the front was incredibly tight with Alan being pushed hard by John Southall then Neil and Peter however by the end John had slipped to fourth leaving the same three to take up the top three places as in race one.

Alan Gillard winning Streaker
After cake and a cuppa the Solo fleet of two decided not to race again and Tony King was able to make an early departure back to Cumbria with the trophy.  The Streaker fleet keen as ever were out for the start and raring to go!   Tom was once again first at the first mark but was always being pushed hard initially by Lucy Priest and John Southall before John dropped back and Neil Dwyer pulled through from fifth position in lap two whilst John dropped to sixth.  A tight race ensued with Neil managing to get passed Lucy to take another second place with Lucy finishing in third.

Overall a day of close racing which was good for competitors and spectators alike with plenty of shifts, changing places and even an odd swim or two.

Solo Fleet

Tony King
Bassenthwaite S.C.
Tony Langley
Yeadon Sailing Club

Alan Gillard
Sheffield Viking S. C.
Neil Dwyer
Hykeham S. C.
Peter Tyreman
Pennine S.C.
Peter Kitchen
Tees and Hartlepool S. C.
Lucy Priest
Scaling Dam S.C.

Report: Howard Chadwick

Photo Credit: Clare Mortimer

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Heron Mirror Open Meeting Report

On a very pleasant autumn day, with the wind reaching the heady heights of 2-3 mph S to S Easterly, Mirrors were conspicuous by their absence. Eight Herons, three home boats and five visitors (swelling to six when Peter Murgatroyd, an independent traveller from Cambridge,  and his daughter made it in time to tag along for the last race after overcoming some traffic issues) subjected themselves to the fluky drifting winds on the Tarn at Yeadon. Some single-handed, some double handed and a couple of spinnakers for good measure.
Race One got off to a slow drifting start with big wind shadows covering almost half of the Tarn. Steve Abbott and Tony Dufton got off to an early lead with Dave Butler in pursuit, followed by R.Stephenson, Jo Mayes, Louise Harding, Stan Luger and Dennis Beard.  A couple of spinnakers were deployed with limited success and with his spinnaker, Dave Butler pushed himself to the front of the fleet. Dennis Beard made up for a poor start, perhaps using some local knowledge, and got up into the top half of the fleet.

After H’Caps:-
  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker  
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Dennis Beard          10070  d/h
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h

Race Two, after soup and rolls in the clubhouse, started with the wind rising to a welcome 5-6mph but this soon died back to the 2-3mph of the first race. The course was altered slightly to avoid the biggest wind shadow but others still remained. Dave Butler, Steve Abbott and R.Stephenson built up an early lead and then Dave Butler (and spinnaker) opened up a good lead. However, with some good work R.Stephenson caught and passed him on the water by the end of the race - sadly though, not by enough margin to cancel the s/h handicap.
After H’Caps:-

  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Dennis Beard          10070  d/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h

Race Three again had the same wind conditions with some drizzle thrown in for good measure.  At the first couple of marks most of the boats were bunched together, which is a bit of a lottery in light winds. Dave Butler hit a mark and had to do a 360 but managed to get himself (and his spinnaker) back into the lead of a race which turned out to be a very close finish for some. Dennis Beard, Stan Lugner, Steve Abbott and Tony Dufton all crossed the line within a couple of seconds of each other.

After H’Caps
  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker
  • Dennis Beard 10070  d/h
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h

Overall Winner was Dave Butler with Tony Dufton in second place and Dennis Beard in third.
Thank you to all involved in organising the day and to the Catering Committee for their delicious lunch. Special thanks to our visitors who had come from  Huddersfield Sailing Club, Welton Sailing Club near Hull, Bewl Sailing Association, East Sussex and an independent traveller from Cambridge.
Thanks also to Andrew Fieldhouse who compiled this report on behalf of the Heron Fleet.

23rd September 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Heron Open - Saturday 23rd September

This year, the Heron Class is holding its Heron/Mirror Open event on Saturday 23 September 2017 and all Heron sailors are invited to attend, from our local Yeadon enthusiasts to those coming from other Clubs further afield, both single-handed and double-handed crews.

A briefing will be held at 11am with 3 races following at 11.30am, 1.45pm and 3pm after which there will be a prize giving with awards to overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd, first Yeadon Heron home, youngest participant and various others awards. As we hold our Heron Open jointly with Yeadon’s Mirror Fleet, there will of course be prizes awarded to the winners of this Class also. There will be a break for lunch after the first race with prize giving taking place about 4.45pm.

Entry is £10 per boat and a light lunch will be available at a small charge of £4.50, with tea and cakes served in the afternoon.

Club Herons are available to borrow for those Yeadon members wishing to take part. If you would like to check that there is a boat available for use in the Open, please contact Tricia Atkinson at info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk or turn up on the day ready to rig any Club Herons which might be remaining.

Yeadon Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming all visiting Herons and their crews and hopes to provide a day of good weather and sailing for all concerned.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Beginner Start Racing and Intermediate Race Training 2017

We are on the run in to the end of the Tuesday Night Training sessions for this season with the last session being on Tuesday 8th August. The last few weeks have been great as everybody is starting to gain confidence and their ‘Sea Legs’ and enjoying being out on the water.

Our next set of training sessions are designed to take the basics of sailing that you have learnt and put them into context and we are running a Start Racing Course for those new to sailing and an Intermediate Race Training Course for those who have done a bit more. These sessions start in September. We hope to 'bottle' some enthusiasm and good stuff from the recent Tuesdays and keep you all sailing with these sessions through September and into October.

These Race Training sessions will start on the 9th September and will run for 5 Saturday sessions, these being; 9th, 16th, 30th September, then 7th and 21st October. We are also hoping to get everybody out on Sunday 17th September on the Tarn to join in with the Bart’s Bash race (@ 2.30pm) which is the largest sailing race in the world.

Each session starts at 11.30am, changed and rigged, (on the water at 12.00), and runs until 2.00.This allows time for those of you who feel up to joining in with the Club Races to have a quick break before the first Club race starts at 2.30. These training sessions will incorporate races for the Junior and Beginner Race Series as well.

The basic requirements to join in with the sessions are that people have access to a boat (either their own or a Club boat), and you that you can rig and launch the boat, sail a basic triangle course, recover and derig it afterwards and want to learn the basics of racing.

These sessions have been developed for people to apply their newly developed sailing skills into some more focused activities. This will further improve your sailing skills and competence and to introduce you to racing. These sessions will follow the RYA Start Racing syllabuses.

If you are interested please leave your name and contact e-mail address with the Training Team on Tuesdays or email training@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Neil McInnes and the Coaching Team