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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Coterie of Commodores !

As part of the build up to the 90th Birthday Celebrations we have been looking in the archives. The photo is of a Coterie of Commodores at the Club's last big Birthday Celebration, the 75th in 2003, some sadly are no longer with us.
That year we had a more formal dinner at the Peasehill House Hotel in Rawdon.For this year's 90th Celebrations we are going to be more relaxed and we will be celebrating on the Commodores Weekend 7th & 8th July. We would love all members, ex-members and friends of the Club to join us particularly on the Saturday evening.
For more information on the various celebratory activities please get in contact with us via the Website, Messenger or Facebook,  or pop into the Club on a sailing day

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Jumping June - Busy week ahead

After Half Term last week with people away it is back to normal at the Club this week with lots going on !

Tuesday evening was glorious with lots of boats out on the water – we were actually featured on the Yeadon – Our Community Facebook Page when someone uploaded photos of the training session in the evening sunshine !

The Wednesday Evening race has just finished with Richard notching up another win in his Laser.

This weekend there is lots going on with another Intermediate Training session on Saturday morning with Andrew and the team. The session starts at 10.30 so you can rig and get changed with a briefing at 11.30 and on the water for 12.00. These are open to anybody to improve their sailing and racing skills. Please sign up on our webcollect system at  YSC home on WebCollect if you would like to come to a session.

Then sailing continues with normal Club series races at 2.30pm and 4.00pm, then we finish off with a Social Sailing Session at 5.00pm.

On Sunday is the second One Day Trophy with 3 races on the day. These Trophy Days are for everyone, and we hope all our racers and Intermediate Trainees take part. It will be organised to take account of everyone's experience and adjusted accordingly. Please arrive 11.30 and racing starts at 1.00pm and we encourage all members to come along.
This new venture is in response to some of our newer members being less confident racing and others with family commitments preventing series racing.

Trophies and prizes will be presented on the day.
 If you use Facebook please follow and like the Yeadon Sailing Club Facebook Page, there is lots of current things posted on there and we are raiding our archive of historic and recent photos and information trying to put up lots to interest people

Looking forward to a great weekend on the water.

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