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Monday, 26 January 2009

Winter Walk

Dennis and Jo lead yet another successful winter walk starting from Ogden Water near Halifax. There was a good turnout of hardy members despite a bad weather forecast of strong winds and heavy rain. Luckily the weather forecast proved to be wrong and it was actually a pleasant but cold January day.

The walk began alongside Ogden reservoir, through a beautiful pine forest and then climbed alongside a very full stream up onto the open moorland. The walk offered good views over the surrounding countryside and passed alongside Halifax Sailing Club where two of their members where windsurfing.
Eventually as all good things have to come to an end we had to come down off the moors and return through the forest and back along the far side of the reservoir, crossing over the dam and back to civilisation.
A big thank you to Jo and Dennis for planning and leading the walk.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

New Rules Evening

Ripon Sailing Club are holding a talk on the 2009 rules by Carol Haines the RYA Regional Rules Adviser for Yorkshire & Humberside. This will be on the 18th March. They have very kindly extended an invitation to anyone from Yeadon SC. If you are interested in attending, could you please contact John Simms by the 11th March, so that we can let Ripon have some idea of numbers.

We are hoping to hold something similar ourselves early in the new season - more details will follow shortly.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Winter Walk 2009 - 25th January

The annual winter walk is upon us again. Denis and Jo are leading another of their famous walks and this year it will be in the woods and out on the moors around Ogden Reservoir to the West of Bradford on Sunday 25th January.
The plan is to meet in the main Ogden Reservoir Car Park, sign posted off the A629 between Halifax and Denholme – See the Leeds and Bradford OS map – Grid Reference 066 309. Please be there in sufficient time to be ready to set off walking at 11.00 am. The plan is to have a 7 mile (11 km) walk from there, so please bring clothing, food and drink to suit
We’ll meet in the Ogden Water Car Park; look out for Denis and Jo. Please pay for the parking in the ‘Honesty Box’. It may be quite full in the car park because as well as the normal Sunday morning walkers there is a major orienteering event going on there that day. They will be parking some where else but it will be busy with people around. You will be sure to see a large number of brightly clad runners around and out in the woods and on the moor, if you look closely you may even see the odd sailing club member taking part !
If you need to know any more details, or how to get there, or in the event of bad weather beforehand please give Denis and Jo a ring ( phone number on the Blue Card )

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Happy New Year !

The New Year was welcomed in the traditional way for YSC with the ‘Commodore’s Bottle’ races and fuddle lunch
The Club House was packed with members supporting the fleet racing out on the water, or was it just for the fuddle lunch and a natter !
The previous day had seen very low temperatures and most expected the Tarn to be frozen on New Year’s Day. However on the day, although it was cold and grey, there was no ice and a pleasant northerly breeze blowing down the Tarn. Dave Statman and Don Goode kindly volunteered to be Race Officers for keen and excited ones who wanted to sail.
In the first race the Commodore lead the fleet off from the start chased by Denis and Jo, but Bill pulled off a master manoeuvre on the first run by gybing out into the middle of the tarn and carried the breeze around the slow moving leaders to take the lead at the next mark. Ben was still on the side at the start and although he tried to catch up he couldn’t get up to the leaders. A number of members took the opportunity to watch the ‘action’ whilst taking part in the easier activity of walking round the Tarn.

Lunch was a lively affair with a very busy Club House all enjoying the standard ‘frostbite’ hot baked potatoes and the fuddle lunch.
After lunch most of the sailors were keen to go out again and the OODs set them a new course and set them off again. This time the wind didn’t behave its self and the fleet struggled around one lap on a mirror-like tarn.
After the race a number of essential jobs were carried out including bringing in the marks, tidying up the club house, turning the Dory upside down, bring the Club Ent inside so it can be worked on, etc., etc.
To finish off the Commodore presented Denis and Jo with the ‘Commodore’s Bottle’, based on both races and the ‘Commodore’s Rules’ that he determined on the day.

A good day was had by all, and it all bodes well for a terrific season in 2009 !

And finally the Commodore and the Committee would like to wish a

‘ Happy New Year and Good Sailing !’ to all.