Sunday, 28 December 2008
Our New Years Day plans are as follows
Arrive from 1030am
Bring along your spare Xmas food and a celebtratory drink if you want to.
First race 12.00
Second race a possibility for the really dedicated.
OOD AND AOOD - COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Friday, 12 December 2008
Triple Olympic gold medallist Ainslie is on the final shortlist of 10 in the running for the award and needs your votes to get him the recognition his historic 2008 exploits deserve.
Voting will take place by phone only during Sunday evening’s live BBC One broadcast. The number to call to vote for Ainslie will be revealed on the programme after 7pm, so make sure you tune in on the night and tell your friends to get dialling too!
There is no voting via the BBC Sport website or by text – calls on the night will cost 15p from a BT landline. Calls from mobile phones and other networks will cost more.
Picture: Credit Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR. Ben Ainslie on his way to a historic fifth Finn Gold Cup title, Port Phillip, Australia, January 2008
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Good team work helped everyone get their boats out from the ice that had gathered round the jetty. There'll be a few sore bums tomorrow...
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
By the time the hardy ( or mad ! ) frostbiters took to the water the snow was all but gone and there was bright sunshine.
The frostbite series runs every Sunday up to the 14th December, with races at 12.00 and 2.00.
So come on down, either to sail or join the many, less hardy spectators watching from the side !
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Luke has been selected for the North Topper Zone Squad ( an area from Northampton and Rutland in the South, up to Derwent Reservoir and Tees and Hartlepool in the North )
Matthew and Benjamin, followed up last years selection for the Mirror Zone Squad with selection for the Zone Squad again, except this year RYA have consolidated the various areas and formed a National Mirror Zone Squad from all the areas
William joined us this year, to get involved in our Tuesday Night’s and to sail with our other Juniors, although he has done most of his sailing at Ripon with his family. He too has been selected for the Mirror Zone Squad, crewing another lad from Ripon, as also have his two sisters who aren’t members here.
Anyway “ Well Done and Congratulations to you all ! ”
The rest of us will need to watch out next season !!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
ADVERT FROM MIKE SAUL DINGHY SERVICES
The MSDS End of Season Sale is this Sunday 9th November in the Ripon Sailing Club clubhouse.
This is a great opportunity to get those Christmas presents for the sailors in your family or simply treat yourself to some new kit for the Frostbite Series or ready for next season.
Drysuits, wetsuits, rash vests, dinghy boots, gloves, fleeces, T-Shirts, buoyancy aids, spray tops, jackets etc from the major brands. There will be absolutely loads of stuff to browse through so why not get down there and see what bargains you can grab. More stuff than you can possibly imagine will be available at prices far less than other marine outlets so it's really worth making the effort to get down there and have a look around.
Don't miss out on this opportunity for a great bargain. If there are any specific requests or requirements, please contact Mike on the number below to ensure availability
For more information phone 01423 771821
Monday, 3 November 2008
Was it keenness, or the chance for baked potatoes and parkin in the club at lunchtime ?
Rob and Sue, OODs for the day, set courses to keep everybody on their toes and the spectators interested, while Don kept a watching eye in case anyone needed the safety boat.
Come on down, either to sail or join the many, less hardy spectators watching from the side !
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Thursday, 9 October 2008
With the wind from a north to north-easterly direction, the Race Officer was able to set a beat making full use of the restricted water and Race 1 got underway at the first attempt. The breeze favoured those on the starboard side of the course and it was from this group that the leaders emerged with John and Alison Cheetham in their Numinous design taking the gun. Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson in their 1966 vintage Starfish sailed exceptionally well to take second place in front of Bernard Clark and Ian Towers in their Final Chapter
Race 2 got underway almost immediately, and Philip and Helen David in their Baggy Trousers soon hit the front of the fleet, clearly in the sort of form that won them the trophy in 2007, pulling ahead of Team Cheetham for their first win of the day. Neil McInnes and Felix Morgan in another Baggy Trousers were close behind in 3rd with visitors Simon and Matt Hopkins from Up River SC in their Crusader getting to grips with the conditions to finish strongly in 4th place
After lunch, the wind freshened considerably for the start of the final race and, with boats crowding in at the pin-end, the inevitable happened and the David’s, comfortably lined up for the start, were forced to retire after being holed by an over-enthusiastic windward boat. Once the fleet had got itself sorted out it was the Hopkins who led for much of the way - with the two local helms John Cheetham and Howard Chadwick in hot pursuit. It was only on the last lap as the breeze dropped that the Cheethams were able to ghost ahead of the Crusader and register another emphatic win to take the trophy.
1st John and Alison Cheetham N3468 Numinous Yeadon SC
2nd Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson N2266 Starfish Yeadon SC
3rd Simon and Matt Hopkins N3413 Crusader Up River SC
4th Philip and Helen David N3217 Baggy Trousers Yorkshire Ouse SC
1st Vintage: Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson N2266 Starfish
2nd Vintage: Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson N2468 China Doll
At the prizegiving, Howard Chadwick was also awarded the Witchcraft Bailer Trophy for his overall win in the 2008 N12 Vintage Series.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Yeadon acted as hosts to five home boats and one visitor from Ripon on Sunday. Skies were overcast with light and fickle winds from an Easterly direction. At least it wa not raining !
In the first race, our visitor Pete Smith from Ripon was first at the windward mark followed by John Goodyear from Yeadon. At the wing mark John overtook Peter but was himself overtaken by Dennis Beard (in his first Streaker race ) on the run. John Goodyear with good roll-tacking, and keeping his boat otherwise very upright soon regained his lead and finished 50 yds in front of Dennis and Rob Crossland.
After lunch, excellent chilli con carne with baked potato and dessert with no less than seven ladies waiting on us ( one for each sailor ! ) we started anew with marginally more but still fickle wind. J Goodyear led off the line near the committee boat with a close pack following. He rounded the windward mark with clear air followed by Pete Smith and Tim Hattersley. Rob Crossland unfortunately clipped a buoy so did a penalty turn putting him further down the fleet. The second race finished with John Goodyear 1st by a large margin, with Pete and Dennis 2nd and 3rd.
John Goodyear with two firsts sat out the third race but there was still keen competition for the second and third spot. Pete Smith eventually got the better of Dennis who fell into a hole at no 8 with Rob Crossland following on.
Prizes were presented by the Commodore Tim Hattersley and votes of thanks were made for the excellent lunch and the sterling efforts of the Race Officer Tim Gatti together with Howard Chadwick and the rest of the Nat 12 team
Overall Positions :- 1st J Goodyear ( 2pts ), 2nd P Smith ( 3pts ), D Beard ( 4pts ), R Crossland ( 7pts ), T Hattersley ( 10pts)
and P Metcalfe (11pts).
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Saturday - Best 14 to count
Sunday - Best 12 to count
Wednesday - Best 8 to count
Who knows you could be in for a prize!!!
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Working party -
On Saturday 13th September we are holding an Autumn working party to get the club house and boat park into shape for the winter. If you can help please come along at 10am.
This won't affect the youth training /racing /or the series racing but it is a really important need so make it a priority please.
Later that day at 6pm we light the BBQ so bring along your food and a bottle to have a cracking evening of fun and entertainment.
November 27th - AGM -
Your chance to influence the future of the club and hear of plans for next year.
November 29th - Our 80th Anniversary Laying Up Supper
This is our annual celebration event - A fantastic evening of prize giving, live entertainment, food and friendship - Venue - Yarnbury Rugby Club opposite Trinity College, Horsforth
Book the date in your diary now - friends and family are all welcome
Tickets will be on sale from your Committee from 13th September - Adults £12 /
Under 16 £6 / Family tickets £30
Tim H - Commodore
Monday, 11 August 2008
The final weekend stared so well with a dry and sunny evening on Friday and there was an excellent live band in the club that kept a few of us up ‘till late. However Saturday morning we were awaken with wind blowing through the trees and the rigging and rain beating down on the tents. We hoped for a postponement as very few people were keen but the Race Office decided we would race on time ! A number of boats were getting ready to sail and after a lot of consideration Neil decided to give it go, Yvonne was less keen but went for the dry suit anyway !
Conditions on the water were lively to say the least, but it made for some interesting flat out planning reaches for the sailors and good spectating for the crowds who remained on shore. Neil and Yvonne were leading the medium handicap fleet when they decided to play submarines and nose dived whilst running at speed ! When they righted the boat they found the jib had become loose because the force of the nose dive had caused a jib halyard block to pull out. With that their race, and regatta, was over leaving them to limb home to pack the boat up.
In the afternoon, in slightly less severe conditions, but still pretty windy, Denis and Jo ventured out to play and Neil teamed up with Mark Blackman, ex of Yeadon, to race Mark’s RS200 (see photo below). After two further tiring, but exhilarating sails for all it was definitely shower time for the boys while Jo showed she was fitter than the rest of us and went for a swim in the lake first !
Thanks to Bassenthwaite Sailing Club for a very interesting week - I’m sure Yeadon will be back in force again next year !
Some Club members are heading for Ullswater for their Regatta Week this week, and I’m in no doubt they will have as much of a varied week as we have had this week !
Thursday, 7 August 2008
The last couple of days the wind has been fairly light, which has made for some interesting racing as the different fleets merged together. Yeadon made it into the prizes with Neil and Yvonne getting a 4th on Monday and then Neil with Katie, a 3rd on Tuesday in the medium handicap fleet. Tim, in the same fleet, has been getting to grips with his Vario and its spinnaker and beat the other Varios on Wednesday. The conditions, however, haven’t been right for the other Yeadon sailors who have not achieved the places they would have liked.
On the social side most of the grown ups ( minus Tim, who was having a nap ) made it out to the 18th century Pheasant Inn on Tuesday evening for a drink, much to the amusement of a couple from Leeds who were having a quiet wedding anniversary drink until we filled the place up. They had heard of the ‘Yeadon Yacht Club’ ( ! ) so they might come over next year with their boys to see the Club.
The ground around the tents and Club is now getting very squidgy with all the rain and some cars have had to be towed out of the back field, high ground and umbrellas now seem quite important !
The forecast is looking better for Friday and the weekend, so let’s hope we finish on a high !
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
A number of sailors, families and friends old and new have made their annual trip to Bassenthwaite for the annual regatta week.
Showers welcomed us on Friday as we set up camp, but the bar was welcoming, too welcoming for some, but that’s another story !
Saturday was windy which woke everybody up as they found their way round the lake (apart from mark 6 which had no wind at all), whereas Sunday was lighter but sunny and rather nice.
Sunday was also Quiz night and “we was robbed !” Despite bringing in help from the Blackpool seaside Streaker sailors, Stuart and Alan, Yeadon couldn’t repeat their form of previous years. With a specialist round of ‘Harry Potter’ we knew it was going to be difficult and so it proved ! Luckily for us the final results weren’t published.
Monday we had the traditional ‘Round the Lake’ race, which was good fun, especially when, the Laser, Medium Handicap and Enterprise fleets all combined at mark 14 ! Conflicting cries of “No Water” and “Water for Ten” were often heard.
Despite trying very hard ( Clive’s words ) Yeadon haven’t made it into the prizes yet, but there are still quite a few races to go !
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Tonights session was a little gusty at times but everyone managed to follows Neil's knitting course across the lake without too many problems, Pointing Percy the Scorpion managed to get it's crews feet and heads wet for the first time and there was a raging battle between the Pico's.
See you next week for more of the same.
The final training session this season will take place on the 12th of August and don't forget the BBQ on the 13th September.
Monday, 28 July 2008
The first race began having already lost two of the 12’s due to gear failings! The order was shaken up on the way to the first mark as Philip David with Caroline Clarke and Howard Chadwick with Helen Nicholson headed to the wrong mark. Philip recovered from this detour only to go the wrong way past the club mark. This left Mark and Emma Simpson in first then Neil and Katie McInnes and Howard in second and third. However Philip recovered from these setbacks to come speedily up through the fleet and into second only to fall victim to the fatal last gybe which claimed him and Simon Moss and David Clarke as they were being lapped and also Neil who managed to just escape after a wobble and a fill up. Final positions for this race were Mark, Neil and then Howard.
Second race everyone launched into a nice squall which made the start interesting! However by the time the fleet rounded the first mark it had eased. Now with everyone sailing the correct course there was a close battle between Philip and Mark for first place but Mark prevailed again to get first. Meanwhile this left a local battle between the Yeadon boats with Howard, Neil and John and Alison Cheatham all together, until John worked out how to make his Numinous fly and disappeared off to chase the lead two.
Conditions blew up for the start of the third race again but this time did not ease. Mark decided to sit this one out having two wins already. Neil lead the fleet round the first mark but Philip soon got ahead. They chased each other for most of the lap and during some synchronised fast baggy reaching, Philip caught a wave wrong and was in. The race had now turned in to a survival race with hard beats and flat out reaches which the race officer kept thankfully short with Neil winning it, Howard second and Philip in third. John had to be rescued after being helped over by one of the club training boats at the leeward mark. Tim Gatti and Tace Morgan also tasted the water early on and then struggled to catch up
Thanks to Yorkshire Dales for hosting the event and Neil Spink, the OOD for the day and the rescue crews for running a good event
1st 3472 Mark and Emma Simpson
2nd 3216 Neil and Katie McInnes - YSC
3rd 3356 Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson - YSC
4th 3217 Philip David and Caroline Clark
5th 2255 Tim Gatti and Tace Morgan - YSC
6th 3468 John and Allison Cheetham - YSC
Monday, 14 July 2008
My thanks to everyone!
Friday, 4 July 2008
This year 8 YSC members crewed a brand new Elan 43 Yacht ‘ Wight Orca’ in the 50 mile, largest yacht race in the world around the Isle of Wight.
Superbly organised by Glenis we set off for a weekend of sailing with the benefit of a hired experienced skipper - Dave Ogden helping make the experience all the more exciting.
After a blustery sail on the Friday to get used to the boat and an excellent meal cooked by Gerard and John we were up at 4.30am and soon on our way to the start line for our 6.40am slot. The winds were light to begin with, but forecast to build to force 4/5 south-westerly for the bulk of the race, which they definitely did.
With nearly 2000 entries expected the sight in the waiting areas was just incredible.
At 6.30am we ‘got in the mix’ as Dave the skipper puts it, and we jostled for a good start which we duly got. We tacked goodness knows how many times on route to the Needles dodging numerous other participants sometimes with just a few feet to spare – tide was with us so we made good progress as the wind began to build.
As we rounded the Needles and headed for St Catherine’s Point the sea state was described in reports afterwards as grim, hairy, wild, lumpy and on the edge – the wind had built to 25 knots and understandably a number of our crew were by now suffering the dreaded sea sickness – in fact there was just 4 of us and the skipper left on deck. Catherine was a star and helmed through much of the wild patch under the watchful eye of Dave. Around us we witnessed many boats broaching, a helicopter winching, life boats towing and rescuing, spinnakers tearing and flying all over the place - wow!
The official toll afterwards was 4 boats dis-masted, 5 damaged and in need of towing, 1 sank, 1 upturned, 11 man over boards, 5 injuries with one needing hospitalisation
(but is fine now), 5 boats ran aground and just under 200 had to retire. But thank goodness not us. In the end we came a formidable 505th with a time of 9 hours 10mins placing us 24th in our group out of 52.
We had a brilliant race and felt a great sense of achievement. After a very pleasant evening and a few well earned drinks we all crashed out in our bunks. On Sunday we had a relaxing sail up Southampton water and were treated to a guided explanation of the history of all the landmarks on route by our exceptionally knowledgeable skipper. A final treat was in store for us though, as Ellen McArthur passed in her own yacht and gave us a wave. Since she had to retire from the race with a broken halyard I suppose we technically beat her – never mind Ellen.
You can visit http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/ for a full round up of the event but in summary 1875 yachts entered, 1750 started, 1557 finished including us.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Come down and join in with everything that is going on.
See the recent news item for the full program of happenings, but please remember to bring down any sailing gear you may have grown out of, or the colour doesn’t now match your boat, etc., etc. for the ‘Bring and Buy Sail (Sale)’ on Sunday.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Unfortunately the cold and wet put all but a few getting involved in the Junior Race that followed the training session. This race was combined with the normal club racing and despite deteriorating weather there was a good turn out from the rest of the club for the afternoon’s racing. The drizzle had turned into consistent fine rain by this point and despite the wind becoming quite steady it was only the dedicated few who ventured out for the second race
As for Sunday the wind blew ‘old boots’, and it was a day for being at home in front of a warm fire, but it’s June !!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, 15 June 2008
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
5TH AND 6TH JULY
All members, family and friends are welcome.
11.30 -The Committee and any other willing helpers prepare for the fun
12.30 – Free sailing / boat swapping / picnic lunch / Bacon Butties
14.00 - Junior ‘funny face’ race – prizes for the wackiest face
15.00 – Charity race for Cancer Research - £2.00 min entry fee
16.30 – ‘The Oaks’ North South Relay Race – A brand new race for the 80th Anniversary – prizes for effort and winning
17.30 – Family quiz
19.00 – Commodores Barbeque – bring your preferred food and drink
22.00 – ‘Midnight Race’
11.30 – Canoe ‘Round The Island’ race / Raft Building - bring your water pistols
‘Bring and Buy’ sailing gear
13.00 – Commodores ‘Clubhouse Lunch’ – a feast for everyone
14.30 – A one hour race for everyone
16.00 - The famous ‘Bottle Race’ bring all your plastic bottles
17.00 – Prize giving
17.30 – Committee tidy up and so to bed
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
The main conclusion is that there needs to be a 'synchronize' stopwatches event and a white-board with individual start times on the committee boat. There is also plenty of scope for confusion if some of the slower boats have already completed a lap before the fast boats start.
SUNDAY 8 JUNE 2008
Warm & sunny – Wind, as last year, light, and variable in direction.
Peter Sedgewick, from Ripon, led the field throughout the race. The up and coming juniors from the home fleet, Matthew and Benjamin Lulham-Robinson, assumed a well deserved second position initially, but the greater experience of Callum Escritt, aided and abetted by his veteran crew, told as the race proceeded, and Bob Towler of Beaver achieved a worthy third place. Towards the back of the fleet, the Hide sisters (in two boats) , of Ripon, had a private but thrilling battle, which Catherine just won.
Second Race. Flushed with success, Peter Sedgewick once again took pole position, but was finally ousted by young Callum. The young L>Robinsons quietly crept through into second position, just pipping Peter at the post.
In the last race, Matthew and Ben got off to a good start, but trouble soon loomed up in the shape of the Escritt team, who then maintained their lead to the end. Peter, who had a poor start, then sailed through the fleet, finishing a worthy third.
FULL ROLL CALL
|1||70503||Escritt Callum||Yorkshire Dales S.C.|
|2||67493||Sedgewick Peter||Ripon S.C.|
|3||25004||Lulham-Robinson Matthew||Yeadon S.C.|
|4||70056||Towler Bob||Beaver S.C.|
|5||70167||Hide Catherine||Ripon S.C.|
|6||40984||Hinks David||Yeadon S.C.|
|7||68366||Hide Ellie||Ripon S.C.|
Dennis Beard knows the way around Yeadon Tarn, albeit challenged by Philip Lund of Redesmere.. Then, from nowhere, appeared our veteran sailor, Chris Dufton, sailing the oldest boat in Yorkshire, who just pipped Philip at the post.
Race 2. Dennis led, this time pursued by two Yeadon veterans, Tim Gatti (of Mirror fame), and Patrick Gaunt. Pat managed to overtake Tim, and to the latter’s chagrin, who should turn up from the back of the fleet to snatch third place, but (you’ve guessed it), caveman Chris!
In the last race, Tim Gatti had a brilliant start (was over the line, restarted and arrived at the windward mark first!), and then, oh no, not that Dufton chap again. Chris took the lead, and whilst Tim shadowed Chris, Philip sneaked in to take second place
FULL ROLL CALL
|1||10070||Beard Denis||Yeadon S.C.|
|2||108||Dufton Chris||Yeadon S.C.|
|3||10044||Lund Philip||Redesmere S.C.|
|4||7741||Gaunt Patrick||Yeadon S.C.|
|5||10309||Gatti Tim||Yeadon S.C.|
|6||10092||Polwart Calum||Derwent S.C.|
Unhappily, a clash of event dates precluded the usual contenders from visiting us, and coupled with football injuries, there were only 2 boats on the water, perhaps the smallest attendance we have ever recorded.
Matthew Escritt of Yorkshire Dales, as expected, got away at the start, but Sarah Woffenden fought hard and managed to overtake him. But as the race proceeded, the combination of experience, weight and athleticism told its story, and Matthew eventually triumphed.
Race 2. This time our local lass showed the visitor a clean pair of heels, and a battle royal ensued, but again, youth (and a new boat) finally triumphed.
In the third race, our visitor had clearly got the measure of his opponent, and Matthew led all the way. Well sailed.
FULL ROLL CALL
|1||45101||Escritt Matthew||Yorkshire Dales S.C.|
|2||11683||Woffenden Sarah||Yeadon S.C.|
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Last year a party of competitors from the other side of the
The weather was cloudy, the wind perhaps Force 2, from the North, which did not make for exciting sailing.
Race 1. Josh Moran, a rising star from nearby Otley, was quick off the mark, but Hamish Gledhill, of West Riding S.C., was right on his tail, which position was held for over 3 laps. In the absence of stronger winds, which might have allowed for more enterprising positioning on the beats, Josh was able to fend of his challenger, and he gradually extended his lead over the final laps. The sole lady contender, the lovely Wendy Jones from
Race 2. Just a tad more wind, and a few spots of rain. Hamish had good fortune at the start, with Neil Skellam of Leigh & Lowton S.C. behind him. Local veteran
Race 3. The wind was dying, but the third race proved the most thrilling. Once again Hamish led the field, with Tim Lowe following. After 2 laps Tim managed to get ahead, and extended his lead right to the end. But the best performance of the day was by Wendy, who managed to shake off her clubmate
And what about the lads (John Simms excluded)! Just look at those boat numbers. New boats – new sails. How can humble (to say nothing of “mature”)
1. 185960 Hamish Gledhill West Riding S.C.
2. 186697 Tim Lowe
3. 187497 Josh Moran
4. 169090 Wendy Jones
5. 170471 Neil Skellam Leigh & Lowton S.C.
6=. 182224 Ian Lees Dovestone
6=. 121822 John Simms
8. 182223 Tom Goddard Dovestone
9. 180421 Phil Graham Yeadon
10. 166406 Mick Bower Yeadon
11. 160687 David Statman Yeadon
12. 83566 Andrew Cowling Yeadon
13. 149413 Gerard Kennedy Yeadon
Thursday, 15 May 2008
On Saturday there was no sailing because there was no wind, but Sunday was better and the boats launched early and were able to get 3 races in. In a tough fleet of 28 Mirrors, Matthew and Benjamin produced some consistent results, always in the top half, coming 8th overall, which is a brilliant result, especially they are one of the younger teams in the Squads
In case you were worried it’s not all hard sailing, there was quite a bit of socialising, especially whilst waiting for the wind on Saturday, and a massive tournament of ‘Human’ Table football also took place
As they were running the races ‘back to back’ everybody would be out on the water for some time, so it tickled Heather that right in the middle of the courses there was a Portaloo sat on top a support boat so that the sailors could visit the loo between the races should they so require ! Not something you see everyday in the middle of a lake.
Good luck to Matthew and Benjamin for when they take part in their first major open Championships, the Mirror Nationals at Llandudno, over Spring Bank Holiday period
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Many thanks to all the club members who were able to support, and helped the day to be a success, and also to the Leeds Sailing Centre for their support too.
It looks like it could be very busy for the next few Tuesdays, so any club members with access to a two man boat, and who could come down and help would be very much appreciated !!!
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Our deepest sympathy goes to Andrew and Luke.
Sandra was a keen sailor and a great member of the YSC - she will be sadly missed.
Her funeral takes place on Tuesday 13th May at Christs Church ,The Grove, Ilkley at 11.00am.
Flowers are requested from family only with donations to the NSPCC.
Any club member wishing to attend is welcome to do so.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Thanks to John and Sarah, who had the sunshine and to Mike and Barabra, who had the drizzle, the OODs for the weekend making most of the awkward cross Tarn winds.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Yeadon were represented by Adam, in his Topper, and Matthew and Benjamin, in their Mirror.
Despite being not particularly well before hand Matthew and Benjamin sailed two good races and were either first or second Mirror, and were mid fleet in the overall results.
Adam however certainly found the conditions to his liking, so much so that he won the event !
Well done Adam !
The series goes on every weekend until July and is a great chance to race against other Juniors and it is a good training ground as Juniors from the Club have found in the past.
The remainder of the events in the YHYSA series are ;
10th May - Beaver
17th May - Welton
31st May - Ripon
7th June - Yorkshire Dales
14th June - Otley
21st June - Pennine
28th June - West Riding
5th July - Rotherham
12th and 13th July - Filey Regatta (Two Day Event to finish with)
For more information about the series please speak to either Neil McInnes or John Simms
The Tuesday Night Sessions run until the 12th August. Come down get involved, it’s really good fun, sessions start at 7.00pm, please be changed and ready for then.
Also this weekend the regular Saturday Lunch Time Junior Training Sessions started with a good turn.
The object of the sessions is get the Juniors out on the Tarn and sailing more confidently and focused, but having a bit of fun as well, and we would also like to encourage them to get involved in the Junior races, other Club racing and possibly other junior sailing events as well.
The programme is similar to last year and will run until Commodore’s Weekend, with sailing skills sessions and racing skills sessions (linked to the Junior Race days) ;
Sessions start at 12.00 prompt and everybody should changed and ready with their boats rigged by then. We go on until just before 2.00 pm and then anybody who wants to join in with the Club racing at 2.30 pm can do.
Friday, 25 April 2008
Neil and his team do a fantastic job in running the training sessions, but up to now we have never provided a clearly defined session for those who desire the freedom to simply sail their boats without formality.
We would like to change this and so from Saturday 17th May we will commence a pilot for up to 6 months and provide safety boat cover on the water from 12.00 to allow a 2 hour slot for the freedom to sail prior to racing as usual.
This will not affect the Junior training course in any way.
It does mean that the OOD and AOOD will have to set up earlier, so would you all consider your dates and if you cannot meet this commitment please arrange for a swap of cover or approach a committee member who will try to help.
I do believe that this development will in time, attract a whole new element of member sailing enthusiasts and hopefully will encourage the many unloved and unsailed boats in the dinghy park to be seen on the water.
Thank you for your help with this new venture.
Starting at about 10.00 with bacon butties we hope to give visitors a really great welcome and a chance to meet club members before experiencing the joy of sailing.
Please invite anyone along who you think may be interested and I would ask club members to come along to help out.
We will be promoting the day in various publications but there is nothing like a personal invite.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Originally named Kittiwake and built in 1957, the Heron was acquired by Donald Acklam over 20 years ago as a near wreck . It was an ongoing restoration project which continuously got delayed for Donald to carry out more urgent repairs and renovation projects for the boats of other Club Members.
He did, however, somehow find time to carry out a complete rebuild of the hull, replacing all the timbers with the exception of two stringers and a small section of the stem.
He incorporated a double-floor in the cockpit for additional buoyancy, (similar to the latest Butler FRP Heron), as well as a half-height built-in buoyancy tank in the bow and three-quarter length tank/seats port and starboard instead of traditional benches and buoyancy bags.
Rather than fit transom flaps, the hull floor was recessed to accommodate two self-bailers to facilitate drainage.
Work was halted in 2004 and no further activity undertaken until his death in December 2006, although he had said that he thought that finishing his Heron would be his last project.
Howard Chadwick and Donald’s son Richard asked Tim Gatti if he would complete the renovation of the Heron as a fitting tribute to Donald and the work he had put in on so many Club members’ boats over the years.
After many months of hard work repairing, sanding down, expoxying, painting, varnishing, and fitting-out and to many admiring glances as the work progressed, Kittiwake turned into Swan Song, which was felt to be, now, a more fitting name for it.
Following discussions with the Heron Association, in November 2007, on the extent of the rebuild undertaken - virtually the whole fabric of the dinghy has been replaced with new timbers and the structure changed to a modern ply/epoxy design, they agreed to register the hull as a new boat under its new name and to issue it with a new sail number.
When it arrived on Saturday it certainly looked magnificent, Tim had done Donald proud !!
With Richard Acklam in attendance, and Club members gathered around, it was launched with Donald’s traditional blessing of Newcastle Brown ( rather than champagne ), and then Tim and Tace sailed it in the brisk north easterly to show everybody what it could do.
Thank you Tim for all your hard work and efforts !
Sunday, 20 April 2008
The plan for the day basically got ripped up as soon as we saw the cold north easterly blowing down the tarn. Looking at the newly installed weather station didn’t help either as it confirmed the wind speed and the outside temperature. With the club filling up with keen (?) sailors wanting to get going we rapidly came up with ‘Plan B’ or was it ‘C’ ?
Howard and Neil went through the basic principles of setting courses and start lines for OOD’s, then starting from a sailor’s point of view. Then they couldn’t drag it out any longer and it was time for the first on the water exercise. Terry and Gail volunteered to be OODs for the session and we ran simple a simple start and up and back exercises. With the wind still strong it certainly wasn’t simple for the sailors and John G, Yvonne and Luke were kept busy in the second safety boat.
We then had a quick lunch break which allowed John and Neil give some feed back on the first session. This was followed by a brief interlude to launch ‘Swansong’, the late Donald Acklam’s unfinished Heron project, which now has been beautifully finished off by Tim G, and then it was back out on the water again.
This time Mick and Ian took over the OODs role and we extended the course to test people’s boat handling skills. The wind also decided to help at this point by adding some big gusts just to make things even more interesting. Once most people had tested the water at least once we decided enough was enough
Over the day we had 12 boats out on the water and a few more sailors getting involved in the discussions in the club without getting their boats out. Most people seemed to enjoy it and got something out of the day, despite the conditions.
Thanks to everybody who helped with the running of the day !
It was testament to those who did go out that some of the more seasoned experienced sailors who came down in the afternoon decided it was too cold and windy for them to join in with the sailing !!!!!!!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Saturday was very windy at times and that seem to keep the numbers down, whereas by late Sunday it seemed positively warm despite the northerly wind.
Thanks to Howard and Helen for officiating on Saturday, and Clive and Sandra for doing the same on Sunday.