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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Flaming June

After a glorious week one could be mistaken into thinking that summer had arrived ! An enthusiastic bunch of Juniors arrived for the Saturday Lunchtime training session and after a brief introduction session got their boats lined up ready to sail. The temperature was not warm to start off with and by the time we started the first sailing exercise a light drizzle was falling. The drizzle got progressively worst, and it got colder as the session went on. Despite that everybody got involved in the race training exercises, coping with the variable winds as well as every thing else until we all got too cold and came in for a warm up.

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

Commodores Weekend Itinerary Announced



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

Personal Handicap Pursuit Races

I threatened to do it and I did. The pursuit race on Saturday was based on personal handicaps (as well as PY) so each helm had an individual start time. The consensus was that, despite appearing to verge on chaos, it worked surprisingly well and is worth repeating!

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.


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.


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


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.


1 45101 Escritt Matthew Yorkshire Dales S.C.
2 11683 Woffenden Sarah Yeadon S.C.