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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Saturday Social Sailing Starts For Members This Weekend

Relaxed Sailing
Remember that from this Saturday afternoon (5.30 until 7.30 –ish) until mid-September, we are starting the ‘Social Sailing’ sessions. This is an opportunity for all members to partake in general sailing around the Tarn without having the pressures or time constraints of the race circuit.

Following the ‘Saturday Series’ races, the club water will remain open for a further period. Cover will be provided by the club coaches / instructors.
This gives the opportunity for members to sail around the Tarn in a more relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere, while we will may set a suggested course to follow (wind and weather dependant) there will be no pressures from start times, laps to complete, or finish lines, you will be able to join in and leave at your own pace. Club boats will be available, but if demand is high please ensure they are shared.

For those not wishing to join in a structured course, for e.g. those less confident, or for practising roll tacks, or capsize-and-recovery (or both!) there will be plenty of space allocated. 

Some suggested activities:
• Practising what we have learned
• Improving or trying new skills and techniques
• Trying out different boats
• Trying a boat before buying
• Sail and rig tuning
• Relaxed sailing

Whatever we use the time for, it’s important we respect each other’s space on the water. 

Don’t forget we also have a barbeque and eating area for those who wish to continue to socialise longer into the evenings, soaking up the setting sun (SIC!) and perhaps suitable beverages.

Of course this can only work well if all participants contribute to the events, e.g. providing safety cover, putting the safety boat and club boats away, clearing up the dinghy park, club house and barbeque / eating areas. 

I look forwards to seeing you all out on the water. 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Yeadon Sailing Club Open Day Success #PTBO15

P1020693Thank you to all those that came down to the 2015 Yeadon Sailing Club Open Day. We had 52 visitors come down to give sailing a go which is fantastic.

Thank you to the club's family of volunteers that ensured that even strong gusts couldn't stop the day being a success.

If you would like to see the photos from the day, then please visit the following link. Flickr Photo Album.

There is also some video from the day, see if you can spot yourself.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yeadon Sailing Club Laser Open - 10 May 2015

Officer of the Day - Bill Wilson (Solo)
Assistant Officer of the Day - John Cheetham (N12)

Galley - Gren Fletcher, Mary Dawson, Patricia Atkinson, Glenis Burgess

YSC’s first Open Meeting of the 2015 season started with good winds forecast to get stronger during the day. 10 sailors, including 7 visitors from other Yorkshire and Lancashire Clubs raced hard, giving no quarter.

DSC00944Race 1 - Sunny, quite warm, moderate SE winds, gusting 2-3
A good start by Adrian Sandilands (UKLA) who had a decent lead from Ian Lees (Scammonden SC) - a lead which was reversed by the second lap.  Charlotte Greenmalem (Leigh & Lawton SC) had a tremendous last two laps, moving from 3rd to take the race at the finish, closely followed by Adrian in 2nd, with Ian Lees in 3rd place.

Over lunch the decision was taken to run Races 2 & 3 back to back with no tea break, so the galley staff could have a sit down for a bit!

Race 2 - stronger SE winds, gusting 3-4
The wind became stronger with plenty of shifts  - typical of Yeadon SC - causing quite a few capsizes. Laura Beardsmore (Yeason SC) came off the water after a difficult recovery, and, determined to race in the third race, stood dripping around the clubroom for 45 mins until it was time to go back out again.

DSC01952Meanwhile, on the water, Charlotte  was obviously getting used to the shifty Yeadon winds as she sailed away from the rest of the fleet to win her second race.  Also clear of the ‘peloton’ - or rest of the fleet - was Adrian Sandilands, who took second.  There was a hard fight for 3rd place between Ian Lees (Scammonden), Paul Cornish (Scammonden) and Andy Ratcliffe (Rossendale Valley SC).  Ian Lees finally took the honours of 3rd place.

Race 3 - winds gusting 4
After a tiring second race, the fleet went straight into the third race without a break. Undeterred, Charlotte continued to sail brilliantly in even more shifty winds, again getting ahead of the fleet to win the third race.  Adrian was beating Ian Lees, until he capsized giving Ian the chance of getting ahead, so Ian took 2nd place, with Adrian 3rd. The remaining fleet trailed in for the minor places, very tired, glad to finish.

DSC01939Final results
Race 1                                                                                               Charlotte Greenmalen                              
Adrian Sandilands                                                                             Ian Lees                                                                                             Andy Ratcliffe                                                                          

Race 2
Charlotte Greenmalen
Adrian Sandilands
Ian Lees
Paul Cornish

Race 3
Charlotte Greenmalen
Ian Lees
Adrian Sandilands
Andy Ratcliffe

Final Position
1 Charlotte Greemalen
2 Adrian Sandilands
3 Ian Lees
4 Andy Ratcliffe

Laser Radial                           
Jenni Parsons

First Yeadon Sailor                               
Andrew Cowling

We were delighted that Jenni won the Laser Radial Special Award.  After a distinguished career as a Topper sailor, Jenni has been sailing a Laser for just over 2 weeks - this is her first Open Meeting.  Obviously a sailor to watch in the future!

Video round up of the 2015 Laser Open at Yeadon Sailing Club

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Strong winds? Plan 'B' then

Tonight we took the rare decision to suspend sailing due to the strength of the winds. The gusts would have made it too dangerous and it would have been more of a swimming lesson than one of sailing.

With 30 trainees along, we needed a plan B. So we split into small teams and rotated the trainees round in 30min sessions:

We covered:

- Shore drills for tacking and gybing
- Knots
- Powerboat training
- Basic rules
- Rigging

Well done to all the instructors in showing again how adaptable we can be to different conditions and well done to all those who, despite the weather, came along to another successful night at the club.