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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Streakers and Solo’s enjoy breezy conditions at Yeadon

Yeadon Sailing Club hosted Streaker and Solo open meetings on Saturday 14th October and competitors were greeted with sunshine, warmth and a brisk South Westerly breeze which unusually for Yeadon stayed remarkably consistent throughout the days racing.

Tony King winning Solo
After the usual welcome and briefing the fleet were soon on the water for race 1 and it was Alan Gillard who set the pace closely followed by Neil Dwyer and Peter Tyremen and despite Neil dropping down to 6th due perhaps to “navigational errors” in the early stages he fought back well to finish back in second place to Alan who had held a comfortable lead throughout.  In the Solo fleet it was Tony King who stayed ahead of Tony Langley to take the win.

After an excellent Yeadon lunch, the fleets were back on the water for race two. The Solo fleet started first and part way to the first mark Tony King was having to make running repairs leaving Tony Langley to lead the fleet for the first two laps however by lap three Tony King was back at the front a position he held to the end.  In the Streaker fleet racing at the front was incredibly tight with Alan being pushed hard by John Southall then Neil and Peter however by the end John had slipped to fourth leaving the same three to take up the top three places as in race one.

Alan Gillard winning Streaker
After cake and a cuppa the Solo fleet of two decided not to race again and Tony King was able to make an early departure back to Cumbria with the trophy.  The Streaker fleet keen as ever were out for the start and raring to go!   Tom was once again first at the first mark but was always being pushed hard initially by Lucy Priest and John Southall before John dropped back and Neil Dwyer pulled through from fifth position in lap two whilst John dropped to sixth.  A tight race ensued with Neil managing to get passed Lucy to take another second place with Lucy finishing in third.

Overall a day of close racing which was good for competitors and spectators alike with plenty of shifts, changing places and even an odd swim or two.

Solo Fleet

Tony King
Bassenthwaite S.C.
Tony Langley
Yeadon Sailing Club

Alan Gillard
Sheffield Viking S. C.
Neil Dwyer
Hykeham S. C.
Peter Tyreman
Pennine S.C.
Peter Kitchen
Tees and Hartlepool S. C.
Lucy Priest
Scaling Dam S.C.

Report: Howard Chadwick

Photo Credit: Clare Mortimer

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Heron Mirror Open Meeting Report

On a very pleasant autumn day, with the wind reaching the heady heights of 2-3 mph S to S Easterly, Mirrors were conspicuous by their absence. Eight Herons, three home boats and five visitors (swelling to six when Peter Murgatroyd, an independent traveller from Cambridge,  and his daughter made it in time to tag along for the last race after overcoming some traffic issues) subjected themselves to the fluky drifting winds on the Tarn at Yeadon. Some single-handed, some double handed and a couple of spinnakers for good measure.
Race One got off to a slow drifting start with big wind shadows covering almost half of the Tarn. Steve Abbott and Tony Dufton got off to an early lead with Dave Butler in pursuit, followed by R.Stephenson, Jo Mayes, Louise Harding, Stan Luger and Dennis Beard.  A couple of spinnakers were deployed with limited success and with his spinnaker, Dave Butler pushed himself to the front of the fleet. Dennis Beard made up for a poor start, perhaps using some local knowledge, and got up into the top half of the fleet.

After H’Caps:-
  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker  
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Dennis Beard          10070  d/h
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h

Race Two, after soup and rolls in the clubhouse, started with the wind rising to a welcome 5-6mph but this soon died back to the 2-3mph of the first race. The course was altered slightly to avoid the biggest wind shadow but others still remained. Dave Butler, Steve Abbott and R.Stephenson built up an early lead and then Dave Butler (and spinnaker) opened up a good lead. However, with some good work R.Stephenson caught and passed him on the water by the end of the race - sadly though, not by enough margin to cancel the s/h handicap.
After H’Caps:-

  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Dennis Beard          10070  d/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h

Race Three again had the same wind conditions with some drizzle thrown in for good measure.  At the first couple of marks most of the boats were bunched together, which is a bit of a lottery in light winds. Dave Butler hit a mark and had to do a 360 but managed to get himself (and his spinnaker) back into the lead of a race which turned out to be a very close finish for some. Dennis Beard, Stan Lugner, Steve Abbott and Tony Dufton all crossed the line within a couple of seconds of each other.

After H’Caps
  • Dave Butler   10340  d/h Spinnaker
  • Dennis Beard 10070  d/h
  • Stan Lugner   10341  s/h
  • Steve Abbott  10312  s/h
  • Tony Dufton   108     s/h
  • Jo Mayes       10343  d/h Spinnaker
  • R. Stephenson          9866   s/h
  • Louise Harding        10335  d/h

Overall Winner was Dave Butler with Tony Dufton in second place and Dennis Beard in third.
Thank you to all involved in organising the day and to the Catering Committee for their delicious lunch. Special thanks to our visitors who had come from  Huddersfield Sailing Club, Welton Sailing Club near Hull, Bewl Sailing Association, East Sussex and an independent traveller from Cambridge.
Thanks also to Andrew Fieldhouse who compiled this report on behalf of the Heron Fleet.

23rd September 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Heron Open - Saturday 23rd September

This year, the Heron Class is holding its Heron/Mirror Open event on Saturday 23 September 2017 and all Heron sailors are invited to attend, from our local Yeadon enthusiasts to those coming from other Clubs further afield, both single-handed and double-handed crews.

A briefing will be held at 11am with 3 races following at 11.30am, 1.45pm and 3pm after which there will be a prize giving with awards to overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd, first Yeadon Heron home, youngest participant and various others awards. As we hold our Heron Open jointly with Yeadon’s Mirror Fleet, there will of course be prizes awarded to the winners of this Class also. There will be a break for lunch after the first race with prize giving taking place about 4.45pm.

Entry is £10 per boat and a light lunch will be available at a small charge of £4.50, with tea and cakes served in the afternoon.

Club Herons are available to borrow for those Yeadon members wishing to take part. If you would like to check that there is a boat available for use in the Open, please contact Tricia Atkinson at info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk or turn up on the day ready to rig any Club Herons which might be remaining.

Yeadon Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming all visiting Herons and their crews and hopes to provide a day of good weather and sailing for all concerned.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Beginner Start Racing and Intermediate Race Training 2017

We are on the run in to the end of the Tuesday Night Training sessions for this season with the last session being on Tuesday 8th August. The last few weeks have been great as everybody is starting to gain confidence and their ‘Sea Legs’ and enjoying being out on the water.

Our next set of training sessions are designed to take the basics of sailing that you have learnt and put them into context and we are running a Start Racing Course for those new to sailing and an Intermediate Race Training Course for those who have done a bit more. These sessions start in September. We hope to 'bottle' some enthusiasm and good stuff from the recent Tuesdays and keep you all sailing with these sessions through September and into October.

These Race Training sessions will start on the 9th September and will run for 5 Saturday sessions, these being; 9th, 16th, 30th September, then 7th and 21st October. We are also hoping to get everybody out on Sunday 17th September on the Tarn to join in with the Bart’s Bash race (@ 2.30pm) which is the largest sailing race in the world.

Each session starts at 11.30am, changed and rigged, (on the water at 12.00), and runs until 2.00.This allows time for those of you who feel up to joining in with the Club Races to have a quick break before the first Club race starts at 2.30. These training sessions will incorporate races for the Junior and Beginner Race Series as well.

The basic requirements to join in with the sessions are that people have access to a boat (either their own or a Club boat), and you that you can rig and launch the boat, sail a basic triangle course, recover and derig it afterwards and want to learn the basics of racing.

These sessions have been developed for people to apply their newly developed sailing skills into some more focused activities. This will further improve your sailing skills and competence and to introduce you to racing. These sessions will follow the RYA Start Racing syllabuses.

If you are interested please leave your name and contact e-mail address with the Training Team on Tuesdays or email training@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Neil McInnes and the Coaching Team

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kick Start Training 2017

Struggling to remember the difference between a tack or a gybe, or how far you can tip the boat over in a roll tack, or even where you put everything the last time you sailed last Season ?????????

Well the Kick Start Sessions are just for you then!

These are informal sessions designed to get all members that can sail (both improvers and racers) back on the water with some general training so you can practice your key skills and to regain that sailing habit. It also gives you the chance to sort your boat out and get it out on the water after the winter layoff, or just get sailing again by borrowing a Club Boat.

There are 4 sessions in total, two sessions on Tuesdays, April 4th and 11th, starting at 6.30pm (on the water at 7.00) and two sessions on Saturdays, April 15th and 22nd, starting at 11.30 (on the water at 12.00).

We will be chasing the light on the two evening sessions so we will all have to be fairly efficient to make best use of the time before the sun sets!
Finally we have had some nice weather recently during the day but it does drops cold on an evening so please make sure you are wearing plenty to stay warm.

Then the following Tuesday (18th April) the normal Tuesday Night Training commence
This the main stay of the Club training and these sessions are designed to boost everybody’s confidence and their competence on the water and to introduce people to the joys of sailing
The Sessions start at 6.30pm to get boats ready for the briefing at 7.00pm finishing about 8.30pm and these sessions will run every Tuesday from the 18th April until the 8th August.

See you on the water

Neil McInnes and the Coaching Team


Monday, 2 January 2017

Enthusiastic and Intrepid Sailors Brave the Cold for a New Years Day Sail

It was lovely to see an enthusiastic and intrepid group of YSC sailors welcome in the New Year on a blustery tarn to race for the Commodores bottle! It certainly blew away any 2016 blues and set a high standard for the 2017's season.  

The new Commodore roared home and in true tradition Andrew shared out the bottle between the friends and members who had gathered to support the racers and organise the fuddle. We all raised a toast to the New Year. 

Big thanks to Tony and to John S for OODing. Looking forward to the Tarns Yarns on January Tuesday 10th and the Laying up Supper on January 28th. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Winter Walk Start Announced - Hebers Ghyll in Ilkley, 5th Feb 11am

Jo and Dennis will once again be organising  the annual winter hike, with an open invitation to club members and your family and friends to come and join us. The usual arrangements will prevail, with a walk of about 7 miles, starting at 11am.

The meeting place will be on the road side by Hebers Ghyll in Ilkley:
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Bring along  your own food and drinks as required.

For more information ring 0113 2783671