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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Tight Finish to Frostbite Series

As we go into the last weekend of the Frostbites it is looking like it is going to be a very tight finish between Howard and Helen/Jo in the National 12, Bill in his Solo and Denis and Jo in the Heron. Two good results in the two last races on Sunday would mean that any of the three boats could take the Series and the glory !

If you are not sailing yourself come down and watch the final outcome, racing at 12.00 and 2.00.
I hope someone is good at working out tie breaks !
And let’s hope the weather does not spoil the fun ! 
Action from last Sundays racing

Monday, 5 December 2011

Stop Press - Success for Matt and Ben

A letter arrived this week at the L-R household from the RYA telling them that Matt and Ben have been selected as the RYA Young Yorkshire and Humberside Sailors of the Year 2011 !

This is as a result of a phenomenal 18 months for the boys in which they have achieved the following :-

Selected for the RYA Mirror National Squad. 2009 / 2010

European Junior Champions – Mirror – August  2010

Selected for the RYA Mirror National Squad. 2010 / 2011

World Under 16 Junior Champions – Mirror – January 2011

National Under 15 Champions – Mirror – August 2011

Overall Winner of the Mirror Nationwide Travellers Series – 2011 Season

Currently the boys are taking part in selection trials to see if they get into the RYA 420 Transitional Squad – Their next big challenge !

It hasn’t all been racing in big events and the boys have helped with (and participated in) our Tuesday Nights Training Evenings throughout the season. Also they helped out at Otley SC Summer Junior Week (the other Club they are members of).

Taking part in Junior Race 5 at the Club

The award will be presented at the Boat Show in London on the 7th January 2012.

This is a great achievement and "Well Done !" from everybody at the Club !

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Members Survey 2011

It's your club and you are the direction and inspiration for our planning. So let the committee know what you think by filling in the club survey:



Tim B

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Junior Team Racing Development Day

Take 25 young sailors from 5 local clubs, 8 Picos, involve their parents, a sunny day on the Tarn and introduce them all to Team Racing

Results :- Lots of sailing activity, loads of smiling faces and great interaction between everybody

This is the third year that the Club, with the help of Otley, have run a Junior Team Racing Development Day. This year the sailors from Yeadon and Otley were joined by sailors from Ripon, Beaver and Yorkshire Dales Sailing Clubs

The aim of the day is to introduce young people with a mixture of racing experiences to a different form of dinghy racing and as they come from a different clubs to each other as well and to a different place to sail, as well as having some fun!

Preparing the Picos in the morning

Heather had the unenviable job of putting the sailors into ‘equal’ish teams, each team having a more experienced junior sailor as Team Captain with then a balance of experienced and less confident or experienced sailors. This immediately mixes everybody from the difference clubs and sailing circuits and very soon everybody was chattering away and early nerves quickly vanished.

After bacon sandwiches and lots of boat sorting the day started with a short briefing to make sure that everyone understood the format of the day (including the Organising Team!), the short races, the differences between team racing and the more normal fleet racing and a recap of the basic sailing rules that were likely to be evoked. Some of the accompanying parents from other Clubs were co-opted to assist with the various organisation tasks to get them involved in the whole day too

The racing was held in Picos which are a great leveller for all the sailors, but rewards good utilisation of basic techniques. In the morning every team raced each other in a mini league and within the first couple of races people seemed to get the idea and were starting to race as a team together. Once everybody had raced each other we then had a quick lunch stop for pizza and chips, wonderfully prepared by Head Chef Gerard, with Sharon and Louise keeping him in check. We used the league positions to determine the knock out stages to determine the overall winning team. At this point it started to get a little more serious, after all chocolate was at stake !!!!

Close racing occurred throughout the day

The racing for the final stages was very close which kept the spectators, and by this time the club sailors turning up for the afternoon’s club racing, enthralled. All the races had tight finishes, none more so than the Final between Callum’s team and Matt’s team in which the last three boats finished within a boat length giving overall victory, and the chocolate, to Callum’s team.

Once ashore everybody mucked in and got all the boats packed up and the Otley boats on to their trailers before the Prizegiving. As well as for the winning team sweets and chocolate was distributed throughout the competitors. Callum completed his final role as the winning Team Captain and thanked everyone on behalf of the competitors for organising and running the event, before everyone departed off for home tired but smiling, after meeting lots of new people and having a very good day.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Junior Team Racing this Saturday

Hi, just to let you know that this Saturday we will be holding our annual Junior Team Racing event. Junior sailors from a number of local clubs including Yeadon, Otley, Ripon and Yorkshire Dales will be taking part.

Come down early and see all the action.

Racing from 10.30 'till 14.30 - hopefully with minimal distruption to the normal afternoon's Club races.

Action from last year's event

National 12 Open at Yeadon Sailing Club

Apologies for late publication !
An enthusiastic fleet arrived at Yeadon for the 2011 open meeting to be greeted by a warm welcome but a very light and variable to non-existent breeze.
Despite the conditions race officer Bill Wilson and his intrepid team managed to get the racing off almost on time and it was local boat N2769 Barrow Boy sailed by Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson who prevailed in the difficult and light conditions with N3499 Out of the Blue sailed by Philip David and Katie McInnes in hot pursuit finishing second whilst N3356 Squidgy Bits sailed by Austin and James Flather finished third with Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson N1673 finishing fourth and first vintage in the race.
After an excellent lunch provided by Sarah, Margaret and Cathy the course was changed and the breeze had picked up but only slightly and race two was started.  Philip and Katie were taking no chances this time and were manoeuvring against Howard and Helen even before the start, a move which worked well and allowed Philip to take up the lead and hold it to the end. Howard and Helen recovered to second place and N3468 Pillow Fight finishing third closely followed by Austin and James Flather in fourth.  
 Brian and Ros were again first vintage in N1673 whilst N2335 Saskia sailed by Tim Gatti and Ben Palmer was 2nd vintage in sixth position.  John and Sue Nixon in N3514 had travelled up from Carsington but unfortunately had only brought their winged rudder and found that the shallow water and (uncharacteristic) weed at Yeadon were making their Feeling Foolish very difficult to sail so they called it a day after race 2 vowing to come back without wings in 2012.
In race three Austin and James made a great start and led the fleet, however Philip and Katie again got through whilst the positions behind them were changing frequently.  As the breeze finally picked up Tim Gatti was in second place and a close dual was fought between Howard and Tim over several laps whilst Austin and John were never far away.  Eventually Howard got past Tim and at the finish it was Philip first, Howard second and then Tim.  Tim’s hard fought 3rd place in this race allowed him to take the overall first Vintage on a tie breaker. 

Philip David
Katie McInnes
2 points
Double Bottomed
Howard Chadwick
Helen Nicholson
3 points
AC- single bottomed
Austin Flather
James Flather
7 points
AC- single bottomed
John Cheetham
Alison Cheetham
8 points
Double Bottomed
Tim Gatti
Ben Palmer
9 points
1st Vintage (clinker built)
Brian Herring
Ros Stevenson
9 points
Neil McInnes
Rachel Dean
14 points
AC- single bottomed
John Nixon
Sue Nixon
15 points
Double Bottomed (winged rudder)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Marcus completes the trip of a lifetime

Club member Marcus Patrick safely completed Leg 1 of the 2011-12 Clipper Round the World yacht race on the 4th September. The leg comprised two races - the first from Southampton to Madeira and the second from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro - in all covering around 5,500nm. Marcus was one of 16 crew members on board the 68 ft Edinburgh Inspiring Capital yacht and although he was disappointed with the team's race positions over the leg (10th and 9th place respectively) he clearly had a great time. "Despite the many challenges of sailing across the Atlantic (whales, tides, gales, oil rigs and other crew members!), the whole experience was amazing and has really developed my sailing skills. I am now really looking forward to getting back in the Laser at Yeadon".

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has another 7 legs to go and finishes in Southampton in July next year.

Monday, 12 September 2011


The current high winds are taking  a toll on the dinghy park ! See photos below, with some boats blown over and covers flapping in the wind.

As of Monday evening, before dark, the blown over boats were roughly righted and tied down again.

Please can you come down and check your boat (and the boats next to you) and assuming it is safe make sure they are all tied down and covers are securely on !

PS The new container has arrived and has been positioned on the foundations constructed on Saturday and the new lights are effective.

Thanks to everyone who was able to help with the Working Party !

Matt & Ben's Summer Sailing 2011

An Update from Matt and Ben about their Sailing over the summer, including 420 training, Bass Week, Otley Junior Week and the Mirror Nationals. It quite remarkable what you can get up to in the School Holidays !

Matt & Ben's Summer Sailing 2011 Blog
"Sorry we haven’t been able to keep you updated before now but we’ve been so busy sailing over the summer!

We started off at the end of July at Poole YC with 3 days of 420 training. Although light winds prevailed on all three days we were able to work on our techniques and routines which can be difficult to do in stronger breeze.

Our coach ,Matt Rainback, was brilliant and shared lots of detailed tips and information with us. He kept us out on the water for as long as possible each day so we had a great opportunity to really put into practice his theory input.

We test ran the new prototype Spinnaker and Jib which we had made and they worked really well. We certainly up to speed in the mini races which we did as part of the training.

Ben is now properly hooked on trapezing and we both enjoy the increase in speed in the 420 compared to our Mirror!

Sailing the 420 earlier in the year at Poole

Next we went to Bassenthwaite week in the Lakes where the Lulham-Robinson team were coaching all week.

We had a great time racing our 420 against a huge range of dinghies and small keelboats, even though the winds were still lighter than we would have liked.

It was good to get some time on the water to put into practice the things which we had learned at Poole YC.

We even came home with some glassware prizes!

The week after, we managed to fit in some time at home to do some sailmaking for our customers as well as start to make a mainsail for our 420.

It was fun to help out at Otley Sailing Club Junior week for 3 days an meet up with people who we have seen every year since we were 5 and 7.

We helped out in teaching people how to fly spinnakers properly and also how to improve their basic boat handling.

However, swimming to the island and jumping off the diving board after sailing was the most important part of the day.

Junior week was immediately followed by travelling to Restronguet SC near Penzance to compete in the Mirror dinghy National Championship. We had a couple of days while dad was coaching to get familiar to our Mirror again after not sailing it for over a month.

Preparing for the Nationals

For the majority of the event, we experienced light winds and very shifty conditions in the Carrick Roads. Only 8 out of 10 races were sailed due to the lack of wind. On the Lay-Day, There were different boats to have a go in such as: a 29er, Laser Radial & 4.2, a 420 and 3 Topaz 14s. We had a great time messing around in what ironically was some of the best wind all week! I even managed to terrify myself on a Dart 18!

We came 6th overall out of 78 boats which was a reasonable result although we think we could have done better. We came home with 4 trophies: Winner of race 7, Under 15 National Champions, Overall Winner of the Nationwide Series and we were presented with the Junior Mirror World Championship trophy which was finally tracked down.

With the Nationwide Travellers Trophy - Try fitting that in the car at the end of a busy week !

Back home now to finish building our 420 mainsail before we go back to school and get practicing in our 420 to try and get into the RYA Transitional Squad. We will need to compete in selectors between now and December when the 420 Transitional Squad will be selected. "

It sounds like the rest of the year will be just as busy.

It was good to see them out on the Tarn recently joining in the Junior Race Series demonstrating their skills at the beginning of September !

Good luck Boys for the rest of the season !!!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Summer Successes

Yeadon sailors have had a good summer in various National and International events !

As previously mentioned Luke qualified for the Gold Fleet in the Topper World Championships for the second year running. This year’s event was held in Ireland with 178 entries

Matthew and Benjamin came 6th overall out of 78 boats in the Mirror National Championships at Restronguet SC, near Penzance, and were the Under 15 National Champions. They also won overall the Mirror Nationwide Travellers Series for the year

Coming off a crowded start line at the Nationals

And finally Howard and Katie won the Shotgun Trophy at the National 12’s Burton Week. The Shotgun Trophy is for the highest placed vintage boat (the boat being vintage, not the helm or crew !) in the championships

Well done to all !

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Marcus gets closer to Rio

Club member Marcus Patrick is close to the finishing the 5500nm journey to Rio de Janerio aboard the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital currently in 8th place for leg 1 of the Clipper Round the World Race. You can follow the progress of the Clipper Race here: http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/index.php/follow/race-viewer/

We look forward to hearing about the trip from Marcus when he gets back. Another person you may recognise who is taking part in the race is Liz Wigglesworth from Yorkshire RYA. Currently her boa,t Derry-Londonderry, is in last place, but its a close run thing.

The Yorkshire boat has had an excellent race in leg 1 coming 2nd.

There will be some literature and a poster in the club house for those interested in the race, recruiting is underway for 2012/13 so get inspired!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Stop Press !

Luke has qualified for the Gold fleet in the Topper World Championships for the second year running.
The Sovereign Ski 2011 Topper World Championships are taking place at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin this week. There are 174 entries for the Championships. After the first two days racing the top 60 boats, including Luke, have been separated off to form the Gold fleet - It now gets really tough !

Best of luck Luke for the remaining races !

For the latest see the event website

or via the Yachts and Yachting Website

Thursday, 4 August 2011

New Training Sessions in September on Saturdays

Those that have been attending the Tuesday night training will be aware that we will be holding 4 additional adult training sessions in September, Saturdays 11.30 until 2pm.

The sessions are designed to help non racing members take the next step from Tuesday Sailing to racing. The first session will be a skills brush up, then after that we will help you acquire the basic skills and give you the confidence to get racing.

If you are interested in attending and haven't already done so, then email Tim Burnett on info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Racing members will be welcome to help and offer advice to the newer members. Plus we would welcome some additional adult support for the session on the 17th which will be run by Luke.

Tall Ships in Whitby August 20th and 21st

The Tall ship Lord Nelson, will be in Whitby on Saturday August 20th and Sunday August 21st, and she will be open to the public 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 each day. If any members of your organisation (or anyone else!) would like to visit the ship and hear more about the opportunities to sail with the Jubilee Sailing Trust, you would be very welcome. The ship will be located in Endeavour Wharf, on New Quay Road, which is near the Tourist Information Centre on the west bank of the river. There is no need to book, and there is no charge.
The ship is fully wheelchair accessible, and has many other design features to enable people with other physical disabilities to participate fully in sailing the ship. No previous sailing experience is required to sail on board, and crew members can be any age from 16 upwards (there is no upper age limit), able-bodied or physically disabled.


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Two good weekends for Luke

Luke has had two good weeks racing his Topper in recent North East Traveller Events.
Firstly at Yorkshire Dales SC on a sunny but windy day he won 2 out the 3 races despite suffering from gear failure at the start of the second race to win that event. 
Then the next weekend at Beaver, in lighter winds but rain (ugh!) 23 Toppers turned up to contest the Northern Championship. The lighter winds kept the fleet close together and each race was very competitive with a number of sailors getting to the front at times however in the two races after lunch Luke got to the front when it really mattered – at the Finish to win this event also !
The leading boats going up the beat
Calum, Luke’s swimming, sorry sailing partner in the RS200 on Tuesday Night pushed Luke really hard in the event to take 2nd place.

Going into a summer break from the North East Travellers Series, Tom Clayton and Luke are locked together at the top so it will be interesting who comes back from the Nationals and Worlds in the best form and does well in the remaining events of the series.

See yachtsandyachting.com for the full write ups of the two events.


Thanks to Ian Escritt for the articles and the photos

The start at Beaver SC

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Free Olympic Tickets for 18 - 26 year olds

Dear Sail for Gold Activator

I am delighted to be writing to you as a Sail for Gold club in connection with the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.  This gives young adults (18-26 years) the opportunity to attend an Olympic Games event for free. 

What is London 2012 Ticketshare?
The Ticketshare scheme allows people to attend the Games for free, through a levy on London 2012 Prestige Ticketing hospitality packages. The British Olympic Association is one of the stakeholders that can access free tickets and their distribution is outlined below.  You can read all about London 2012 Ticketshare at http://www.london2012.com/visiting/tickets/ticketshare/ .

Who can benefit?
The Ticketshare scheme seeks to inspire young adults to pursue their sporting ambitions.  The RYA has been allocated 80 tickets for young adults, aged 18-26 years, from Sail for Gold clubs.  Successful applicants will receive a single ticket to go to an Olympic Games event and that person will go to the event in a group with other successful nominees from other sailing clubs. Certain groups may be accompanied by a British Olympian.
How do we apply?
The scheme will be publicly announced on July 29. Prior to this, please give your club members the information and guidance on nominating individuals for the free tickets.
·         Nominees must be a bone fide member of the club and be aged between 18 and 26 years old.
·         Suitable candidates should be nominated by your members, who should write 100-150 words on how the nominee already ‘lives’ one or more of the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect
·         Please select one winner and email to celia.edgington@rya.org.uk with the nominees’ contact details and the written entry statement. 
·         Nominations close on 16 September. 
·         The RYA will select 80 successful nominations at random to receive tickets to an Olympic Games event.  Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
·         The successful nominees will receive ONE ticket which includes free transport within London zones.  Transport outside of London and accommodation must be paid for by the individual.
·         Tickets must be used only by the successful nominee and are non-transferable.  
·         Successful nominees will be announced in early 2012 and tickets distributed soon thereafter to the winners.   
·         Terms and Conditions apply.  Please see here for more details: http://www.london2012.com/visiting/tickets/ticketshare/london-2012-ticketshare-terms-and-conditions/

Ticketshare scheme the young person needs to be aged 18 to 26 years inclusive on the 27th July 2012