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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Blue Green Algae Update

Further to my message below I have received the following: from the council:

"The Environment Agency have done a test this week and confirmed the Blue-green algae is still present in large numbers. They intend to repeat the exercise next week. After that Parks & Countryside are organising further testing to monitor the situation. In addition we are looking at introducing preventative measures to control potential outbreaks. "

Dear Members,

Sorry for the bad news, but currently there is no indication of a lift in the suspension of sailing due to Blue Green Algae. We have to take the lead from the council on this matter and the last update I had was as follows:

"I am (Council)  in discussions with the Environment Agency to determine the best way of monitoring the Blue-green algae. Once we have resolved the best means of identification, frequency of water testing and threshold level of the organism permissible to enable water based activities I shall get back to you"

I'm continueing to lobby the council for active testing of the tarn, this is the responsibilty of the council as the Tarn owners and the Environmental Agency no longer have any involvement in the matter.

The council have in the past stated that they will not test the water on a regular basis even though it is used by the council for sailing activities and members of the public.

I have also been intouch with a local councilor to make him aware of the situation. We can only hope that the recent weather conditions kill the algae and that active testing determines this is the case and we can carry on sailing.

If any member wishes to sail at Ripon or Yorkshire Dales Sailing Clubs then please see the message sent via email below.


Tim B

Yeadon Sailing Club

Alternative sailing plans

Dear Member,

We have received two very generous invitations from both Ripon Sailing Club and Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club whilst we cannot use the tarn due to the blue green algae outbreak.

They have both offered the use of their facilities without charge to Yeadon SC members whilst our sailing suspension is in place, including space in their boat parks. However please note that boat park space will be limited.

Both clubs race on a Sunday with first race at 11.00 (RSC), 11.30 (YDSC).

Please note that boats and trolleys should be washed down before moving them.

To take up their invitations please do the following:

Ripon SC:

Contact their membership secretary, Martin Barrett, first so that he can log you as a temporary member at membership@ripon-sc.org.uk

Contact their boat park warden at boatpark@ripon-sc.org.uk if you want to leave your boat temporarily at Ripon.

Yorkshire Dales SC:

Sign in as a guest (or day sailor) using the forms near the galley.

Boats can be stored in a "Yeadon Block" closest to the water using the wires. There is a Boat park plan in the clubhouse which will show the area to use. Suggest boats are tied to these wires....it gets windy at Grimwith!

If you would like help or advice on moving your boat please contact a Yeadon SC committee member.

Please let us know if you plan to take up either offer by using the form at
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE5WUUFyWk9Ua0lIWG5kOUh6U2dQcGc6MQ#gid=0 or replying to this email, so that we can keep an eye on numbers.

We have decided to postpone the training activities for both Adults and Juniors until we can get back on the water.

The working party planned for Saturday will go ahead with as much help as possible appreciated in getting the dinghy park ready for the winter.

As soon as we can get sailing again on Yeadon Tarn, we will be in touch.

Monday, 24 September 2012

An evening with Ron Pattenden, Otley SC 6th Oct 7pm

Bridge End Quarry, Otley. LS21 2SU

An evening with Ron Pattenden, the first man
to sail solo round Britain...on a Laser!

Saturday 6th October, 7pm at OSC Clubhouse
Tickets: £5 (half of proceeds go to Prostate Cancer charity)
If you would like a copy of Ron’s book “Land on my right”@ £12 , please pre-order when booking your place.

Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment


Friday, 14 September 2012

Yeadon National Twelve Open Meeting cancelled

Due to a combination of circustances we will not be running the open meeting scheduled for Sunday 7th October!

The algae may well mean that we cannot sail at Yeadon in any event however due to a weed problem at Hykeham SC they have had to cancel a two day Gill (National Series) event due to be run next weekend.  Ripon Sailing Club has offered to extend their open meeting to two days in order to host the Gill meeting and hence cannot now run our open meeting as well.  Yeadon Twelves can of course sail the two day open meeting at Ripon.  The Sunday part of the open meeting will comprise of two races, one held before the club racing and one held during the club lunch break thus non Twelve sailors can still enjoy the normal three races at Ripon if they wish to do so.

Full details will appear in due course on the National Twelve website.

Sailing suspension continues

The sailing suspension at Yeadon due to blue green algae is still in place this weekend.

However we have had some very generous offers from other local clubs to allow us to continue sailing and information about this has been emailed to members.

We have decided to postpone the training activities for both Adults and Juniors until we can get back on the water.

The working party planned for Saturday will go ahead with as much help as possible appreciated in getting the dinghy park ready for the winter.

Unfortunately due to the sailing suspension the BBQ planned for Saturday is cancelled.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Sailing Suspension due to Blue Green Algae

Dear Member,

It is with great regret that we will have to temporarily suspend all on the water sailing activities until further notice.

We have been advised to do so due to the high levels of Blue Green Algae and the risk that this poses to members.

Notices have been placed in the dinghy park and club house. We will review the situation again at the weekend however we anticipate that there will be no further sailing for a couple of weeks. We are looking in to alternative arrangements and will update you soon.

As soon as I have more information I will let you know. If any member wishes to discuss this with me then please call me on 07976874680.

Training will go ahead this week within the dinghy park and will involve shore based activities.


Tim B

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Blue Green Algae Warning Update

Dear Member,

The Algae testing has confirmed that there is Blue Green Algae present in the water. This is not the first time that it has happened at the tarn and the committee have decided that we will not suspend sailing activities unless advised directly by the council to do so or we judge that the situation is too dangerous.

However, members are asked to exercise caution when deciding to sail. You should note that: “Blue-green algae produces toxins which can harm, or even kill, farm animals, pets and wild animals and cause skin-rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain in people”. Therefore we strongly recommend that only those who are in good health should consider sailing. Parents and Guardians are asked to consider the risk of sailing for Juniors.

If the club does suspend sailing then a notice will be placed on the main notice board and the main door to the club house.

As ever always take care to wash properly after sailing with soap and hot water and avoid swallowing water. The toxins associated with Blue Green Algae can enter the body through the skin, so wear appropriate clothing.

If any member has any concerns or questions then feel free to email me at: commodore@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk or call me on 07976874680


Tim B

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Algae Warning

Dear Member,

Algae booms have been reported around the T Jetty on the tarn. Whilst we await the results of tests, members are asked to avoid this area and excercise caution. Please avoid swallowing water and wash properly after sailing and before consuming food or drink. Please report any additional Algae blooms to the committee.


Tim B

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