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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Open Day May 9th Come along and have a go!


Yeadon Sailing Club has a great history of offering a friendly family atmosphere to all those interested in sailing across the Leeds and Bradford area.

Based at Yeadon Tarn just a mile or so from the airport, visitors can not only expect a warm welcome but on our open day can –

- meet and chat with experienced sailors

- learn about how to get into the sport

and perhaps most exciting

- try out sailing for yourself.

We will have a number of boats available with expertise, full safety cover, buoyancy aids and waterproof clothing, to ensure you are well equipped for your adventure.

John Simms the club Commodore says - “Whether you have always fancied a go at sailing or would like to rekindle some of those previous sailing experiences – this opportunity has no age barriers so come along yourself or with your family on the 9th May to fulfil your dreams.”

The day launches at 10.00am and runs through to visitors being able to watch the club racing programme from 2.30pm. Come along at a time to suit you.

Click here for directions

Although we won't intentionally try to get you wet, it is recommended that you bring suitable clothes, old trainers and something to change in to.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Laser Training Session 25th April

Following the Adult Training Day the previous week, the Laser fleet got themselves together for an informal training session this Saturday lunchtime. John, Mick and Adam set up and lead the session and 10 boats turned out on a sunny Tarn.

After a quick brief on shore the 10 boats got out on the water to take advantage of the superb conditions. On the water Adam demonstrated how to do things the correct way and John kept the rest in check from the Coach Boat.
Everybody got involved, worked hard at the exercises and a good session was had by all.

The Lasers certainly have demonstrated how easy it is to organise a training session with a bit on enthusiasm. If other classes fancy a training session just for your class please speak to your Class Captain or drop an email to training@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Race Training Day – 19th April

A group of keen sailors turned up for a day’s race training on the tarn. As well as a general race training session for members it was also set up as a Laser ‘Master’ Class to get the Lasers ready for their forthcoming Open Meeting.

The day started off grey and a little cold, but the first session was in the Club looking at the latest RYA coaching DVD and some film of Adam training at Beaver SC.

As the day brightened up the boats took to the water and tried the delights of ‘follow my leader’ and ‘tacking on the whistle’. After a break and with the wind blowing straight down the Tarn a windward / leeward course was set up with a gate part way up the course. Adam showed the fleet the way up the beat only to fall in whilst kiting down the run, his excuse was he wanted to make a race of it with Phil ! A few short sharp races to follow kept every body on their toes.
The day finished with some longer races in glorious sunshine allowing everybody to a little time to settle and get into a bit of a rhythm.

Thanks are due to Neil for coordinating the event and to Adam, Neil A and Pete S providing the specialist Laser coaching.

Another shorter, more informal, Laser session is to be held on Saturday 25th between 11.30 am and 2.00 pm, please speak to Mick Bower for more information.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Dee Caffari - Round the World Yachtswoman

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE! - YSC have managed to arrange a fantastic opportunity to hear one of the World's most successful circumnavigating solo yachtswomen tell of her achievements, including the amazing recent Vendee Globe race on 'Aviva'

Dee Caffari will be speaking at the Leeds Metropolitan University (Headingley Campus - formerly Becketts Park) on Friday 1st May.Registration from 6pm - main presentation 6.30pm.
The talk will last approximately 1 hour.
The evening is being organised in conjunction with Leeds Carnegie College - Places are are open to all Yorkshire sailing clubs but are limited.
To register e-mail tim.hattersley@thejthpractice.co.uk
Registration is free and will be on a first come first served basis. I will e-mail details to those offered a place.
Dee has a new book out and will happily sign your copy if you bring one along.


Monday, 13 April 2009

Adult Race Training Day 18th April

Come down and get involved in a day’s training session on and off the water, and take the chance to practice and hone your racing skills.

We intend to look at the following ;
Boat setup and the latest RYA Coaching information on the main racing skills
Then on the water we’ll get some practice in with those racing skills, will practice some starts and hold some races to put it all together at the end

Also if you feel you want to get more experience operating the safety boat, or being in the OOD box, then come on down too we can incorporate that as well !

The day starts at 11.00 am and will finish at 5.00 pm, please bring a packed lunch with you. Please have your boat ready for 11, but you don’t need to be changed as the first session will be on shore.

No races for the normal club series will be held on this day

Plus :- By special request we are going to hold a Laser Master Class with Neil Ashurst, Adam Simms and Pete Slingsby giving specific Laser advise and coaching ! Laser sailors you can’t afford to miss it !!!!!!!!!!!

More information please speak to Neil McInnes :-
E-mail training@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The New Season Starts !

A grey, blustery and cold day heralded the start of the new season. All thoughts of how to apply the new ‘mark room’ rules were dismissed as people struggled to rig their boats in the awkward North Easterly wind which made either jetty not ideal for launching. Only the keen made it on to the water with a good few watching from the Club House.

In the first race Howard and Helen in the 12 showed the way chased by the Lasers of Mick, David and Gerard with Sarah in the Topper and Simon in the Topaz having a private battle following on. Most people tested the water in some form or another during the race and Tim thankfully shortened the race in good time for a warming tea break.
The wind moderated for the second race and David lead the way round for two thirds of the race, but Mick got ahead for when it mattered.

Sunday was altogether much brighter and nicer and if you ignored the chill in the air it was a classic Yeadon day. The Commodore rallied the Lasers and the rest of the club also and a good number turned out on the water. Unfortunately for John, Adam demonstrated the benefits of a good winter training programme and didn’t let the Commodore have his moment of glory for long before sailing away from him !

All in all, it was a good weekend and the Club has definitely cranked itself back to life after the long winter layoff.

Thanks to the OODs for the Weekend, Tim and Neil on Saturday and John, Yvonne and Don on Sunday and to Yvonne for supplying the photos