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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Push the Boat Out at Yeadon Tarn July 21st

To coincide with an RYA Olympic initiative, Yeadon Tarn will play host to a number of activities to promote sailing in the Olympics within the local community.

Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre Have a Go Sessions

LSAC will be running sailing taster sessions to give people new to sailing the opportunity to give it a go. No previous sailing experience required and this is open to the public to book.

Sessions run from 0930-1030 or 1030 – 1130. Cost is £5 per person.

During the sessions participants will be briefed on sailing at Yeadon Tarn and taken out around the tarn is a sailing dinghy helmed by an instructor.

To book call: 01132 203616. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. Terms and Conditions apply, please ask for more details from the LSAC.

Leeds & Bradford Model Boat Club

0930 to 1200

The MBC will be showing a static display of Radio Controlled Sailing craft and running have a go sessions for members of the public. No booking required and have a go sessions will be run on a first come first served basis.

Olympic Sailing Display

0930 - 1630

Located at YSC there will be an Olympic display for the public to learn more about sailing in the Olympics.

Tarn Olympic Parade

1200 – 1300 Members of Yeadon Sailing Club, Staff from LSAC and Members of MBC will be parading their Olympic themed boats. Each dinghy will represent a country in some form. Prizes will be given for:

  • Best dressed     dinghy (YSC and LSAC)
  • Best dressed RC     Boat (MBC)

1330 – 1430 An official judge will present the awards for the best dressed boats in each category.

1430 – 1630 Olympic Racing

MBC will hold a series of short Model Boat Races with a Medal winners race at the end worth double points.

YSC and LSAC Staff will hold a series of short Dinghy Races with a Medal winners race at the end worth double points.

At the end of the racing the point will be totted up and prizes awarded at 5pm during an award ceremony on the jetty.

Please download the poster here.

Findout more about Team GB 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

RYA Volvo Sail for Gold Game


Just released from the RYA :-
Think you can beat some of the best sailors in the country? Then prove it by playing the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold game and challenge yourself against Britain’s top sailing talent from the comfort of your arm chair this summer.

Online sailors are challenged to master the art of one of Britain’s most successful sports using touchscreen commands to gybe, tack and sail around a virtual world championship course whilst collecting bonus stars to increase their speed and score.

Players can select to play by themselves or against top medal hopefuls including Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor, Ben Ainslie, the newly crowned 470 World Champions, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison plus Olympic Windsurfing medallist, Nick Dempsey and other top Skandia Team GBR sailors, with the aim to be the quickest around the course.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie commented “Apps are a huge part of our life now. A number of the British sailors use them daily for training and everyone enjoys a fun, addictive game you can just pick up and play. The great thing about the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold game is that it is easy to play but also teaches you a thing or two about the sport. I just hope my score makes the online leader board and stays there during the summer or that could be quite embarrassing!”

Gamers will become armchair sailing experts as they steer around mark roundings searching for the best wind, whilst collecting bonus stars to increase their speed. Once the player has completed their selected class, they can post their score on the online leaderboard as well as share it on Facebook and Twitter. They can then try to complete all the classes, to create a score for the overall leaderboard.

“I’ve had great fun testing out the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold Game, and naturally have shown some of our top sailors a thing or two on the virtual race track!” commented Stephen Park, the RYA Olympic Manager.

“It’s great and fun way for fans of Skandia Team GBR to engage with the sport, whether they’re sailors or not, and I’m sure we’ll see some fierce competition and some impressive gold-medal standard performances developing this summer – both on the water and online!”

The game is aimed at sailors and non-sailors alike, fans of the sport and mobile gamers. Developed by sailors, the aim was to ensure the game was not too technical. The game has an exciting realistic feel, teaching users about fundamentals such as the ‘no go zone’. However, the game doesn’t cover all the rules of the road, and wind and weather elements. This means the player can have fun on the game whilst also competing against the top sailors in the sport. It is currently available to play online at www.sailforgoldgame.com, and is available to download for free on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad through iTunes and on Android via Google Play.

Download images of Olympic Windsurfing Medallist, Nick Dempsey playing the game today at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, WPNSA http://bit.ly/KJ8lTB

Search for ‘Sail for Gold’ in the App store or play at www.sailforgoldgame.com #sfgg


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Tricky conditions for the Heron/Mirror Open Meeting at Yeadon.

Sunday 17 June 2012

This event took place one day after very strong winds affected much of England and Wales and, in particular, the Heron Southern Championhips at Chipstead SC.  By the Sunday the strongest winds had headed off over the North Sea but inland Yeadon SC, alongside the Leeds/ Bradford airport, was still affected by gusty and sometimes swirling winds, though with frustratingly still spots near to some marks on the lake.  The winds were generally from the south-west and of forces 2/3, gusting 4, but proved challenging for some of the competitors who nevertheless enjoyed a dry day, with good spells of sunshine in the afternoon, after a dull and cloudy morning.

Unfortunately the turnout was low: just 4 Herons and one Mirror, all but one of these being from the home club.  The visitor was Philip Lund who, despite several previous visits to the club, needed a reminder of the club’s unique means of listing the course on the board – one in which the first mark to be rounded is indicated with a circle denoting it as the first mark in the part lap.

However although Philip seemed to find that confusing he could only blame himself for getting the starting sequence wrong and thus starting late in the first race.  Dennis Beard and Tony Dufton got off to good starts, beating down the lake towards the clubhouse, until eventually the first mark proved too elusive even for Dennis who surrendered his lead with regret and Tony led the two round the remaining laps thereafter, eventually lapping the tail-enders.  Philip initially caught up with David Hinks, who was sailing with a new crew, but David later passed him by a “tricky mark” to finish third.   The sole Mirror, sailed by mother and daughter team Joe and Harriet Lee, kept a steady presence in the middle of the fleet throughout the race despite the tricky conditions.

Lunch was then taken and David Hinks decided that enough was enough.  Then, minutes before the start, when Philip decided to carry out amendments to his running rigging, a gust swirling around the one island in the lake blew his boat over, with the result that the remaining fleet had to set off without him, and the rescue boat had to help him pull his boat out of the mud.  Thus the lone Mirror was left in hot pursuit of the remaining two competitive and closely matched Herons.  This time, in spite of the valiant efforts of Tony, Dennis managed to obtain and maintain a very narrow lead, and finally triumphed.

The wind excelled itself, in the third race and helms were tested to distraction (or should that be ‘destruction’?).  Philip returned to the fray for more punishment but he too eventually decided that he had had enough, leaving the remaining two Herons and the Mirror to give another thrilling display of resolution and “never say die”.   In the end, the younger man (Tony) deserved his narrow victory in that race and overall.  A close run event with Jo and Harriet only 10 seconds behind on corrected time a remarkable achievement in the tricky conditions.

Once again Yeadon SC lived up to its reputation for warm hospitality and good food and Tony Dufton, as winner of the event, duly thanked all those who had run the event and provided the catering.
Race results

Race 1
Race 2
Race 3

Tony Dufton
Yeadon SC
Dennis Beard
Yeadon SC
David Hinks
Yeadon SC
Philip Lund
Redesmere SC
Ist Mirror:-                   M 59154         Jo and Harriet Lee       Yeadon Sailing Club
Report by:-                  George Dawson, Yeadon SC and Philip Lund, Heron 10044
Photographs                Philip Lund Heron 10044

Friday, 15 June 2012

Local photographer takes some great shots

Yeadon Saling Club

A local Photographer Mark Winterbourne has kindly sent a link to us of some of some photos he has taken at Yeadon Tarn this year.


You may recognise some familar faces.

Marks Profile:

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Free Olympic subscription to Yachts and Yachting

Yachts & Yachting, the ultimate sailing magazine, is offering all sailing club members a FREE 3-issue subscription to celebrate the Olympic sailing events this summer.

To take up this offer please email secretary@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk and I will send you the link.

Please note that this offer is only valid until 18/06/2012.

Monday, 11 June 2012


Prize includes a two-night stay in Galway, accommodation and travel to and from Galway (if required), places on board a spectator boat to watch the final in-port race plus the use of an XC90 and petrol vouchers.

As part of our continued support for the RYA Volvo Champion Club programme in the UK and to celebrate the heritage and legacy Volvo Car UK’s has in sailing, we are offering an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the biggest summer sailing events of 2012; the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12 finish.

Exclusively for RYA Volvo Champion Club members we are offering two lucky winners, plus their guests the ‘ultimate road trip’ to Galway, Ireland, for the race finish on the 6th– 7th July. Over the weekend you can soak up the atmosphere with thousands of spectators, get close to the action on the water with an exclusive trip, and watch the 6 teams battle it out for their final In-Port Race plus, enjoy the spectacularly beautiful scenery and exciting vibe Ireland's third largest city has to offer.

The competition comes with the use of a Volvo XC90, the ultimate in four-wheel drive luxury which will be delivered to your door prior to your three day trip. Including ferry travel, a fuel voucher plus two nights hotel stay in Galway within walking distance to the VOR action. The XC90 will then be collected upon your return.

Volvo Car UK will work closely with the winners prior to the event to tailor it specifically including a personalized planned route and choice in travel times giving the ultimate VIP experience with this once in a life time opportunity.
Enter here now http://www.volvocarssailing.co.uk/ultimateroadtrip T&Cs apply. Competition closes midnight Sunday 17th June.