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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Trip to the 2012 Dinghy Show, 3rd & 4th March

Yeadon Sailing Club would like to coordinate a trip to the Dinghy Show 2012. The dates are March 3rd and 4th.

More details:

If you are interested in attending either of these dates then please register your interest below. If you buy tickets in advance then please nominate Yeadon SC for the prize draw.

History of Yeadon Sailing Club, presented by Howard Chadwick

Howard will be presenting a history of Yeadon Sailing Club with photos and stories for the clubs history. The evening will start at 7.30pm and will include a Pie & Pea supper. Tickets costs £2.50 and on sale on the door (includes supper, tea or coffee).

YSC club house, Yeadon Tarn, 7.30pm Thursday March 15th. To ensure that we cater for all, please fill in the form below.

Monday, 9 January 2012


Keen sailors, Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson, from Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley, have had a great year in 2011 and now it has become even better. 14 year old Matt and 13 year old Ben have jointly won the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yorkshire Region Young Sailor of the Year Award 2011.

On Saturday 7th January at the London International Boat Show Matt and Ben alongside other RYA Regional Award winners from all over the UK they enjoyed VIP treatment and they had a great time meeting a variety of sponsors and Olympic sailors. Later at the awards ceremony they received their trophies.

“Matt and Ben have had a phenomenal eighteen months,” said Neil McInnes, Sailing Coach at Yeadon Sailing Club. “As well as winning the Junior European Championship in their Mirror dinghy in late 2010, Matt and Ben won their first Junior World Championship title in their Mirror earlier this year. A fantastic result as they were only 12 and 13 years old at the time.”

“We are immensely proud of Matt and Ben,” said the boys’ dad, Peter Robinson. “Not just with their sailing achievements, but with their overall attitude, drive and determination. It’s fantastic when others outside the family recognise and reward the boys’ exceptional qualities and skills through an award such as the RYA Yorkshire Young Sailor title.”

2012 will be another year in the perpetual struggle to juggle sailing and schoolwork for Matt and Ben. The boys have moved on from their Mirror dinghy into another class of boat, the 420 Class. Bigger and more technically demanding, the boys have already shown such promise that they have been selected for the RYA 420 Transition Training Squad, a stepping stone to RYA Youth Squad status.

“We have continued on from our success with our Mirror sails,” explained Matt and Ben, “and with the help of Mum and Dad our bedroom floor has already provided the space to produce two 420 Mainsails, three jibs and 2 spinnakers!!”

“Our school, Ilkley Grammar School, is very supportive,” said Ben. “We have a mentor as well our class Tutor who helps us if we need extensions for homework assignments. You have to be committed to both your sport and your school work and accept as much help from professionals as possible if you want to achieve in both.”

“It would also be impossible to do it without the help we get from sponsors and coaches,” said Matt. “We need to thank everyone for their support, but especially mum and dad, who not only act as chauffeurs, fundraisers, life style coaches etc, but also help us make our sails in our bedroom.”

The RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year awards recognise the outstanding impact young people have made to UK boating, whether it’s on the race course, at their club, overcoming adversity or through an exceptional achievement.

RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder says: “Winning an RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted to recognise the talent of these people and the dedication they show for our sport. Awards such as this highlight the fact that so many young sailors are out there on the water enjoying themselves and achieving brilliant things.”

Over the next two consecutive weekends the boys will be going to Grafham Water near

Cambridge for the 420 Transition Squad training event and they will be expected to undergo a series of fitness tests as well having to take to the water. They have been made aware that being tested to the point of physical exhaustion may be required as part of the programme.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Winter Walk Sunday 5th February 2012

Dennis and Jo will be be leading our 2012 winter walk this year. They have kindly done this for a number of years and it is a popular ramble for all the family.

Starting at Pateley Bridge, meet in the long stay car park on the east side of the river NIDD, Grid ref SE159 655, post code HG35NA as for the Windings tea rooms.

The walks starts at 11am and will cover approximately 8 miles, please bring food, drink and clothing appropriate to the conditions. All club members, family and friends welcome.

For more information please email info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Approaching Pateley Bridge from the east, Summerbridge area via B6165 turn left at the bottom of the hill in Pateley Bridge just before the river bridge signed Long Stay Car Park, passing Wildings tea room and proceed for approx. 400 yds. £1 parking fee for over 4 hours.

Approaching from West, Green Hill area B6265 turn right just after crossing river bridge in Pateley Bridge, pass Wildings tea rooms to long stay car park as above.

New Year's Day 2012

This year as the Tarn wasn’t frozen we could have the annual Commodore’s Bottle Race and there was a good turnout of competitors with a good mix of boats. The wind gusts were quite strong and at first the rain held off but then it just poured down! However as you can see from the smiling faces it didn’t dampen the sailors spirits too much (more photographs are available via the Notice Board on this website).

Inside the Clubhouse jacket potatoes were cooking and the table was full of food, (all generously provided by the good turnout of members). Everyone eventually sat down and a very pleasant lunch was had by all.

Bill brought in the New Year with his bagpipe playing once again. He certainly brought in a good year for us last year, let us hope this year will be as good. Thank you Bill please don’t ever stop.

The Commodore presented ‘The Bottle’ to the race winners who were Jo and Dennis Beard sailing in their Heron.

Runners up in no particular order were; Luke in a Pico, Bill in his Solo and Helen and Howard in the National 12.

Thanks must also go to the Race Officers Glenis and Tim for organising the race and bringing the buoys in for the winter.