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Monday, 31 January 2011

VHF training course

Ripon Sailing Club are planning to run two VHF training courses and may have spaces which they are able to offer to other clubs. The courses will run on 19 February and/or 9 April and there is a maximum of 6 places available each day.  The course will cost £75 and delegates will be expected to know/learn the phonetic alphabet in advance of the course.

If anyone is interested contact Jennie Clark on 01904 705126.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Former Yeadon Sailing Club member honoured with a knighthood for his services to the Royal Navy

Vice Admiral Richard Ibbotson was born and brought up in Rawdon before joining the Navy in 1975 after finishing university. The 56-year-old was honoured with a KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire ) in the New Year’s Honours List.  Vice Admiral Ibbotson, who is effectively fourth in command of the entire Royal Navy, says he is proud to be the son of a Yorkshire miner and has not forgotten his West Yorkshire roots. He is tremendously honoured and flattered to receive the award and considers it a privilege.

He has had five sea commands during his time with the navy. The most eye-catching was during the Gulf War in 1991 when as commander of the minehunter HMS Hurworth he led his ship through dangerous minefields in the Persian Gulf. The ship cleared safe routes to the Iraqi coast for British and American forces and Vice Admiral Ibbotson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his work. Whilst commanding this ship he received a renewal of membership letter from Margaret Huskisson who was then the Membership Secretary of Yeadon Sailing Club. Margaret’s letter asked him to confirm the details of his boat and Vice Admiral Ibbotson wrote back to her, much to her surprise giving her full details of the minesweeper. He did however conclude the letter to her by saying that as it was longer than 14’ he wasn't planning on bringing it to the Tarn.

Richard sailed a National 12 with Bill Chadwick for many years.  He was also a great pal of Donald Aklam who is sadly no longer with us.  Richard's last sail at Yeadon was in 2006  when he sailed with Bill in Donald's boat Saskia in the National 12 Open Meeting for the 70th anniversary of the class.  His friends believe it was from sailing National 12's that Richard developed his love of water.

I would like to acknowledge that the initial part of this article appeared in a more detailed form in the Airedale and Wharfedale Observer. 

Yeadon Success Down Under

Following on from last week’s Stop Press I am pleased to confirm that the three young sailors from Yeadon have all done magnificently in the Mirror Worlds Championships in Albany, Western Australia.

Conditions were difficult all week across the 15 race series with the boys having to contend with strong winds and big waves as well as competing against the 61 other boats. The Mirror class is fairly unique as the boats are raced equally by junior, youth and adult sailors alike, but then to make things difficult the fleet included a number of Olympic and professional sailors.

Matthew Foster, in his second year of sailing, came second in the Youth Category (U 18) crewing Ed Grayson of Beaver SC. They came 19th overall and their best result was a 6th in one race.

Buoyed by a great result at the Europeans Championships in Ireland over the summer Matthew and Ben Lulham Robinson had secret hopes of doing well in Australia too. At 13 and 12 they were one of the youngest teams in the Championships and very soon they had most of the older sailors watching out for them. They were extremely consistent, 9 races out of the 15 sailed were top 10 finishes, with their best result being a 4th. By the end of the week they had a huge lead in the Junior Category (U 16) and were 10th overall. The results were so tight in the overall standings above them that they could have been 8th if results had been marginally different on the windy last day. However all in all it was a great result and there are not many sailors who can say they are European and now World Junior Champions ! Even fewer can say it when they are 13 and 12 !

A great series of results from the three of them, and an inspiration to us all. It just shows what you can do when you start sailing on a small Tarn in Yorkshire.

"Well Done Boys !"  from every body at Yeadon SC 

Also lots of credit is due to the support and help the boys have had from their parents, Steve and Sharon, Peter and Heather in all this to help them on their way.

(I had hoped to add some more photos from the last part of the event and the prize giving but none have appeared on the Worlds Website - Sorry !)

Friday, 7 January 2011

Stop Press - Worlds Success

See email below sent from the Lulham Robinson’s

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Fri 07/01/2011 16:44
Subject: Matt & Ben L - R are Mirror Junior World Champions!

Matt and Ben have won the Under 16 Junior World title at the ages of 13 &12!

They achieved 10th place overall against other junior, youth and adult
sailors including Olympic and professional sailors.

It has been a gruelling series of 27 x1 hour races in strong winds..(.an
estimated 40 hrs on the water) and their minds and bodies need a well earned
rest for a few days.

The L-R familly also won another trophy in the form of a pearl necklace...the
event raffle prize.
Heather is very pleased that the prize was jewellery and not a boat!

Heather , Pete , Matt & Ben

Full report to follow in due course !

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Australia Update

More great news from down under !
With two days of competition left 3 young Yeadon sailors are in great positions at the Mirror World Championships in Albany, Western Australia.
Racing in a fleet of 70 boats, after 10 races sailed :-
Matthew Foster and Ed Grayson, of Beaver SC, are in 16th place overall and are the 2nd Youth Boat overall.
Then Matthew and Ben Lulham Robinson are in 8th place overall and they are the Leading Junior Boat overall !

Fantastic results for both crews and their support teams !!!

Matthew and Ed fast reaching early in the event

Matthew and Ben showing good rounding technique at the leeward mark

A close finish to Race 9 – Arctic Donkeez in an Irish sandwich

B-limey approaching the finish close behind Artic Donkeez in Race 9

With thanks to the Mirror Worlds Website / Anthony Galante for the use of the photos

Keep a check on the exciting finish to the Championships on the Mirror Worlds Website


Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Laying Up Supper Now Saturday 19th February

The new Laying Up Supper date has been set for Saturday 19th February. All other details will remain the same, see below.

If you brought tickets and are unable to now make it then please contact the person you brought the tickets from. Keep hold of them and your money will be refunded.

So we can determine numbers, please let the person who you got the tickets from know whether you are going or not, they can in turn let Jo know. If you need assistance then contact webmaster@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Tickets can still be purchased!

7pm - Welcome
7.15pm - 2010 Prize-giving
8.15pm - Sumpstuous buffet served by Cranberries of Adel
9.30pm - An evening of family entertainment with the Rear Commodore

Yarnbury Rugby Club, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth

Great Company ... Great Food ... Great Time

Ticket: Adults £12, Children £6, Family £30

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Update from Oz!

Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson and Matthew Foster have been preparing for the Mirror Worlds in Albany, Australia by competing in the Australian Nationals Championships this week.

After a full range of wind conditions ranging from 3 to 25 knots Matt and Ben finished a very creditable 13th overall in the 11 race series with Matthew (crewing for Ed Grayson) finishing just one place behind in 14th out of 64 boats.

See the full results at


Hope they can keep this form going in to the World Championships that start tomorrow (2nd Jan).

You can follow their progress on the Mirror Worlds blog at http://worlds2011.blogspot.com/.

Best of luck boys!

New Years Day 2011

Although the frozen Tarn forced the cancellation of the New Year’s Day race there was still an excellent turnout of club members with their families and friends for the annual get together. 

David provided hot jacket potatoes for everyone and the members filled the spaces on the table with festive food.   All around was the sound of people swopping news and some were already making plans for the coming year. 

In traditional style Bill entered the club house playing the bagpipes to the delight of everyone who cheered him on and encouraged him to play a second tune. 

Thank you to everyone for coming and contributing food to the buffet and to Bill for playing the bagpipes.

Winter Walk - Sunday 6th February

Join Dennis on a 2011 Winter Walk this February. Check back for the meeting place about a week before the walk, but get the date in our diary and dust off your walking boots.

The walk will cover about 8 Miles and will start at 11am.

More details to follow.