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Monday, 2 January 2017

Enthusiastic and Intrepid Sailors Brave the Cold for a New Years Day Sail

It was lovely to see an enthusiastic and intrepid group of YSC sailors welcome in the New Year on a blustery tarn to race for the Commodores bottle! It certainly blew away any 2016 blues and set a high standard for the 2017's season.  

The new Commodore roared home and in true tradition Andrew shared out the bottle between the friends and members who had gathered to support the racers and organise the fuddle. We all raised a toast to the New Year. 

Big thanks to Tony and to John S for OODing. Looking forward to the Tarns Yarns on January Tuesday 10th and the Laying up Supper on January 28th. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Winter Walk Start Announced - Hebers Ghyll in Ilkley, 5th Feb 11am

Jo and Dennis will once again be organising  the annual winter hike, with an open invitation to club members and your family and friends to come and join us. The usual arrangements will prevail, with a walk of about 7 miles, starting at 11am.

The meeting place will be on the road side by Hebers Ghyll in Ilkley:
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OS Grid Ref:
100 473

Bring along  your own food and drinks as required.

For more information ring 0113 2783671

Sunday, 16 October 2016

National 12 Open Meeting Sunday 2nd October – Yeadon Sailing Club

For the National 12 Open Meeting at Yeadon the weather was sunny and warm with light winds which were a little bit more consistent than the wind we had at the Ripon SC N12 Open the day before. For those of you who know Yeadon will realise that still meant the wind could, and would, be all over the place at times.

The first race set the tone for the rest of the day with Philip David & Emma Hampshire being harassed by the rest of the fleet but eventually coming out on top by the end of the race. John & Alison Cheetham came through in second but behind them all sorts of action was occurring on the last lap. Patrick Hamilton & Gail Kaye managed to park up at Mark No 4 allowing Tim Hampshire & Beth Miller and Brian Herring & Ros Stevenson to close and then get through, closely followed by Neil & Rachel McInnes. Patrick & Gail must have caught a big fish as they struggled to get back up to speed, meanwhile Tim & Beth and Brian & Ros stayed overlapped for the remaining legs of the course with Brian & Ros getting the inside line at the last mark to take third place.

After a pleasant lunch it was great to see Howard and Sarah Chadwick who popped in to see how we were all doing and to enjoy the October sunshine.

After lunch the wind seemed to ease off, this made the first couple of laps of the second race a bit of a hunt for the wind before it became more consistent once more. Philip & Emma again made the best of it with John & Alison second with Tim & Beth coming third.

For Race 3 Tim & Beth got the best of the start and lead the fleet for the first couple of laps with the rest snapping at their heels. The lead changed a number of times in the middle of the race before eventually Philip & Emma took the win to give them the perfect scoreline, from John & Alison in second and Patrick & Gail were back up to speed and came third.

With 3 wins out of 3 Philip and Emma took the Tarn Trophy for 2016 but all the competitors seemed to have a great day.

A special mention must be made to congratulate young Christopher Hampshire who helmed Gavin Goodhall’s Twelve at both the Ripon and Yeadon Opens over the weekend in quite tricky, light wind conditions – Well Done Christopher !

At the Prizegiving Philip thanked Yeadon for hosting a good event and the OODs Tony and Paul and their Team who kept everything running smoothly and made best use of the Tarn in the conditions, and to Gren, Cathy and Margaret who keeping everybody fed and watered. Thanks are also due to Howard Chadwick and Ginger Threads for donating the prizes for the event.

Sail No.
Philip David
Emma Hampshire
Yorkshire Ouse / Ripon SC
Feeling Foolish
John Cheetham
Alison Cheetham
Yeadon SC
Tim Hampshire
Beth Miller
Ripon SC
Crusader 88
Brian Herring
Ros Stevenson
Redesmere SC
Starfish (1st Vintage)
Patrick Hamilton
Gail Kaye
Burwain / Yeadon SC
Big Issue 2
Neil McInnes
Rachel McInnes
Yeadon SC
Baggy Trousers
Andrew Cowling
Catherine Ward
Yeadon SC
Design 8
Christopher Hampshire
Gavin Goodhall
Ripon SC
Cheshire Cat

Neil McInnes

Thursday, 11 August 2016


Calling all Heron/Mirror Sailors to an Open Meeting to be held at Yeadon Sailing Club on Saturday 24 September 2016.  We would be delighted to welcome as many Heron/Mirror sailors as possible to our Open Meeting,  all visitors to Yeadon Sailing Club are especially welcome.  There will be a briefing at 11.00 am followed by three races at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm with prize giving held at approximately 4.30pm.

£10 per boat with a delicious lunch being available consisting of a choice of soups, roll and butter, choice of puddings with a tea/coffee all for the very reasonable price of £4. Tea/coffee and cake will be served in the afternoon.

There are 4 Herons available for the use of YSC Club Members so please contact Tricia Atkinson if you would like to be assured of a Club boat on the day or just take pot luck and turn up on the day.

Please come and join us for what will hopefully be a great day's sailing.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Beginner Start Racing Training 2016 - Last of our Tuesday Night Training is August 9th

We are on the run in to the end of Tuesdays for this season and the last session is on Tuesday 9th August.

The last couple of weeks have been really good and positive especially as the weather has improved and we have had good numbers out on the water Hopefully we can get most of you competent and confident enough with the basics of sailing to be able to take part in our next set of training sessions which are the Beginner Start Racing sessions in September. We hope to 'bottle' some enthusiasm and good stuff from the recent Tuesdays and keep you all sailing with these sessions into September and October.

These Beginner Start Racing sessions will start on the 3rd September and will run for 6 Saturday sessions , these being ; 3rd, 10th, and 17th September, then 1st, 15th and 22nd October.

Each session starts at 11.30 (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.

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 can rig, launch, 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 syllabus 

If required, for those who have only recently started sailing, we may be able to run some ‘one to one’ tuition to improve your sailing basics as well, please speak to me about that so we can try and sort.

Andrew set this Doodle poll up so you can register if you are interested in attending the training sessions (and so we have some idea who is turning up !) 

Within these sessions we will incorporate some events to form the Junior Race Series and the new Beginner Race Series

Plus finally please don’t forget the remaining Social Sailing evenings
These are on a Saturday evening and they are not training sessions, just a chance to sail and practice your skills in a relaxed environment on a Saturday evenings after the second race is finished at 5.00 until around 7.00 to 7.30 pm.
These sessions run until August  20th, so please bring your boat, or borrow a Club boat, perhaps some food, sail, relax and chill !

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Commodores request for a call for action, old or abandoned dinghy trailers

Do you recognise any of these dinghy trailers ?

if you do, and one (or more) belongs to you, can you please either:

  • remove it
  • store with your dinghy
  • scrap it
  • identify it so we can use it for spares

A lot of work goes into the dinghy park, keeping the grass and weeds down and general tidiness, but these dingy trailers need to be removed or moved so that we can keep that area tidy and open up additional dinghy parking.

Bob Dootson
Commodore YSC

Commodores Weekend - wet windy but huge fun

Commodore’s weekend came and went in a flash, Saturday started with helpers clearing up the dinghy park and the club house, followed by a hearty brunch of bacon and egg / beans, another well timed delivery of good hot food by team Edmundson.

Representatives from Asda came along to present the club with a cheque for £200 in response to the green token initiative.

Heavy rain followed for a while but cleared up in time for the commodore’s charity race, very strong gusts meant that I had to spend all the time in the safety boat rescuing people from capsizes, rudder failure, and uncontrolled drifting onto the lee-shore, many thanks to Dennis and Louise for promptly standing in as OOD’s. in the end we had only 4 boats finishing the race, many retired due to the strong winds or boat gear failure.

We raised £85 and this (rounded up to £100) will be donated to the Macmillan Nurses charity. A huge thanks to all who took part.
1st – Andrew Cowling
2nd Phil Graham
3rd Gail Kaye

During most of the day, Glenis, Mary and Paul ran the YSC stall at the Yeadon carnival field, where we displayed a shiny Heron dinghy and a very clean Whalley safety boat.

The afternoon boat building event was a real test of ingenuity and initiative, some excellent and interesting designs were produced. Strong winds again made the race around No.9 exciting, a tail wind made the outbound passage quick and easy, but turning around bac k to the jetty gave the paddlers a head wind to contend with, despite frantic paddling, only slow (sometimes backwards)  progress could be made.

Best cheating – Tony, Lucy and Louise for swimming the whole course pushing the boat.
Fastest boat to No.9 – and beyond, Oscar, Olivia, Andrew and Luke.
Quickest boat to break apart – Matthew and Harry
Best design – Alex, Sarah, Richard and Jack.

Later in the evening we enjoyed a great BBQ, but we all admitted defeat to the increasing winds and we had no appetite for the midnight race, so Saturday ended earlier than usual.

Sunday saw the Star Race event for the first time at YSC, it was decided to use only toppers to make it more interesting, again the winds were strong meaning that we only had 3 finishers.

Commodore’s lunch was a big juicy burger with accompanying salads.

The bottle race saw a very competitive entry from 4 teams using toppers, this somehow ended up being only 2 teams, there was plenty of pirating and capsizes which meant there was a continual change in ownership of the bottles.

Oscar ran the mast climbing event before we put the boats away and presented prizes.

Despite the very low turn-out of members, we all had an enjoyable and fun weekend.