Enterprises at Naburn September 2015

Yorkshire Mist shrouds Enterprises

With a heavy Autumn mist covering the Vale of York and flat calm on the River Ouse, things didn’t look promising as entrants arrived for the annual Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club’s Enterprise Open Meeting on 27th September. Nevertheless Race Officer Philip David set a short upriver course and by the time Race 1 was due, the mist was lifting and the faintest whispers of wind could be felt.

With the fleet of YOSC members and visitors on the water, Race 1 started on time. Steve Axford and his crew Owen Glew immediately established a lead and, detecting even the slightest zephyr and wind-shift, steadily pulled away from the rest. Initially Pete Rawson and Fran Hyett found the conditions trying, getting caught in the current and drifting downstream, away from the course. However grit and determination saw them recover and climb to fifth before slipping back to sixth at the finish.
Race 2 and improving visibility but with no more wind, saw a repeat performance from the start. Emphasising Steve Axford’s uncanny ability in very light airs, he again finished well ahead. Not so fortunate was Simon Jaram and his crew Nicki Kerslake. Getting caught in a dead flat, windless patch they drifted helplessly onto a moored cruiser and under YOSC’s rules, into forced retirement.


Steve Axford and Owen GlewRace 3, starting in warm sunshine, under blue skies and now a pleasant light breeze, it was Larry Gray and Tina Beresford who got away first into clear air, establishing a 20 boat length lead within the first few minutes. Sadly for them, the rest of the fleet picked up the next bit of breeze and closed on them, with Axford and Glew again taking up the lead, ending the race with a clean sweep of 3 out of 3 wins. This left Gray and Beresford with the consolation of 3 seconds, ahead of Keith Cooper and Peter Hill third overall.


2nd Larry Gray & Tina Beresford

3rd Keith Cooper & Peter Hill

4th Simon Jaram & Nicki Kerslake

5th Peter Lee & Steve Bingham

6th Peter Rawson & Fran Hyett

Naburn Paddle

Philip David (2545) and David Peacock (2620) neck & neck heading for the finish of race 1Philip David (2545) and David Peacock (2620) neck & neck heading for the finish of race 1

Closest finish in years to “Naburn Paddle” event at Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club

The overall winner of Sunday 7 June’s open event for National 12 Class racing dinghies, home sailor Philip David, was pushed all the way by visiting competitor, David Peacock. In Race 1 of the three race series, for over an hour the lead change repeatedly until Philip David pulled out a couple of boat lengths clear which he held on to, winning round 1.

Race 2 and despite confusion at the start, it was battle on again. More lead changes and incredibly close racing and coming up to the finish line, Philip David, was stalled in the gusty conditions while David Peacock was charging up from behind. Sadly for Peacock, Philip just had enough momentum to cross the line, his bow only one foot ahead of Peacock’s. With 2 races from 3 to count, Philip David’s 2 wins gained him the Trophy, but Peacock went on to a consolation win in the final race.

Further back in the fleet there were private battles between other competitors with stars being Simon Moss and his first time young crew Mollie who managed third in Race 2 and were holding second in the final race before a capsize in front of the drinkers at the Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis, dropped them to fourth at the finish.

Sunshine, cakes (reputedly baked by Club Commodore Pete Lee) and prize-giving on the lawn in bright sunshine concluded a highly enjoyable day.

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club is holding a Press & Guests Day at the Club in Naburn on Saturday 11th July from 4pm. Come for a sail or just to soak up the atmosphere by the lovely riverside location and enjoy a barbecue as guests of the Club.


Push the boat out day. Club open day 16th May 2015

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Commodore’s Welcome, 2015

Pete pictureA warm welcome to all our members past, present and new to the 2015 sailing season with the hope of good weather and fair winds. As you may have noticed with the program there are a few additions to our usual sailing calendar to try and encourage more members back onto the water.

First, a race will be held on three Wednesday afternoons to be run before the usual evening race. The afternoon race will be a three race mini-series (2 to count), separate from evening points series. We hope this will encourage some of our self-employed or retired members to come and do both races and qualify for both series.

Secondly we will be running three “Challenge weekends” when races will be run on Saturday and Sunday, one race on Saturday afternoon and three on Sunday, all counting towards the overall Points series. Again, we hope this will encourage members to get down to the Club and particularly to make it easier to qualify for the series. It is also planned to hold social events on the Saturday evenings. On the first Saturday, it will coincide with a Training day so new members can join the social activities of the Club. So get those boat out scrubbed up and back on the water!

On the subject of Socials, later in the year we’ll be holding our regular summer barbecues and, in November, plan to return to Churchills in York for our annual dinner & dance, following the success of last year’s event.

The start of 2015 saw something completely different at YOSC! We were delighted to welcome the four women of “The Atlantic Rows” who chose to launch their boat “Yorkshire Rows Atlantic”, at YOSC on Friday 23rd January 2015. You’ll find more about their plans for this epic adventure towards the end of the Yearbook and all at YOSC wish them great success; we’ll be following them closely.

Finally many thanks to all the Committee for their efforts that go into the running of the Club, and to the Development Committee for their hard work in trying to improve the facilities at the Club.

Happy sailing
Peter Lee

Antarctic Supper

Ian and Margaret recently returned from Antarctica and presented an evening of photographs and videos and an interpretation of the explorers Housh for supper.

A taster for the evening can be seen below

YOSC Antarctic Supper

Yorkshire Rows at Naburn

Yorkshire rowers 1Through contacts in the Club, we were delighted to welcome the all women crew of the “Yorkshire Rows” to YOSC for the launching of their boat on 23rd January.

They plan to set off to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic at the end of 2015, raising substantial amounts for their chosen charities. Fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have climbed Mount Everest or gone to the moon so this is very special and YOSC is delighted to be a very small part of their adventure. The launching at YOSC was covered in the press and on  Calendar News on ITV. For more details go to their website and follow their progress.

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Naburn Sailors do their bit for Bart’s Bash, home and away.

Sunday 21st September was a very special day in World Sailing, the day of Bart’s Bash, the World Guinness Book of Records attempt to hold one combined sailing race, coordinated at locations all around the World. The event is in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, our Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist who so tragically died in the America’s Cup accident last year. As well as entering for the record, the event is primarily raising funds for the sailing charity set up in Bart’s memory.

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club in Naburn played their part with the first of their Club races on the day being combined into one small part of the overall Bart’s Bash. The Club race was won by Pete Lee and his crew Fran Hyatt, with 11 year old Matthew Cooper in third place after a very creditable sail. Other members, competing in an Open Meeting at the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club also did their bit for Bart’s memory. All finishers are being entered into the overall, worldwide Bart’s Bash race results. We eagerly await news of where the YOSC members finished, worldwide!


Matthew Cooper (11) on his was to third place in Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club’s Bart’s Bash. Later in the day he did even better, winning one of the Club pursuit races.

Roundabout Race; a first for Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club, Sunday 20th July

Pete Lee and Steve Bingham got their timing just right to sail to a clear win in the Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club’s inaugural “Roundabout Race” on the Ouse at Naburn on Sunday. Unlike all other types of yacht racing, this is only against the clock but with a twist. Compared by some to Formula One Grand Prix qualifying, for the serious sailor it is designed not only to test boat speed but the helmsman’s skill in judging best course direction, (you can sail the course in either direction… try that in F1 qualifying!), the best wind and weather conditions and river traffic, anytime over a five hour “window”.

With only have one opportunity to do a race lap, judging the moment is critical. With virtually no wind in the first hour, most of the fleet set off then, most choosing to sail upstream first, but two going down river. This proved to be to be the wrong decision with Ian & Margaret Purkis being carried away from the course by the current for many minutes close to Naburn lock.

Neil Botham went upstream and posted the best time initially only to be pipped for second later by less than half a minute by Larry Gray and his crew Keith Cooper. Pete Lee held back, waiting for a rain storm to pass which killed the wind, bringing everyone on the water to a standstill. Once it had cleared a gentle breeze set in and Pete took his moment. Going upstream first and despite being the last to finish, race organiser and timekeeper Andrew Holmes confirmed what the spectators anticipated, Pete and Steve had set the fastest time and win in style.

Overall result: Time (corrected on PY handicap)

1st Peter Lee and Steve Bingham (Enterprise) 1hr 32mins 14secs

2nd Larry Gray & Keith Cooper (Enterprise) 1hr 57mins 9secs

3rd Neil Botham (Streaker) 1hr 57mins 33secs

4th Peter Rawson & Fran Hyett (Enterprise) 2hr 8mins 55secs

5th Ian & Margaret Purkis (National 12) 2hr 53mins 24secs

6th Vince & Fiona Phillips (National 12) Rtd.

Open Day – Sunday 15th June 12:00 to 17:00

For everyone interested in learning to sail, the Club is a recognised Royal Yachting Association Training Centre and offers great, low cost, local introduction to sailing and seamanship skills, leading to recognised qualifications. As well as sailing boats, the Club is open to members with all forms of boating interests from rowing and motorised dinghies, kayaks and canoes to larger sailing and motor cruisers, having its own riverside moorings.

June. Members will welcome visitors and show them round. Weather permitting there will be opportunities to go “on-the-water” under sail and begin go get to “know the ropes”. Just bring a change of clothes and towel; everything else is provided. RYA “Taster” certificates will be provided to everyone who gives it a try. Free introduction to the use of the safety “Kill-Cord” on outboard engines will be provided for everyone interested. There’s a special membership offer on the day – sign up for one of our training courses and get next year’s membership free!

Simply turn up at the Club from midday on Sunday and enjoy boating, or simply the riverside. Why not bring your picnic to enjoy on the Club lawn or pay a visit to the delightful Blacksmiths Arms village pub just up Ferry Lane, yards from the Club?

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Bright sunshine and gusty winds for 2014 “Naburn Paddle” at Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club

After the fun of Team Racing the previous evening, barbecue and live music, the N12 fleet gathered for the serious business of the Naburn Paddle 2014. Race 1 and it was Bernard and Eli Clark in N2149 Xanthus who set the pace following an early, albeit very brief, lead by Ian Purkis & Beatrice Overend in N1483 My Little Margie. Once clear, Bernard and Ellie stretched their lead to what looked like an easy win. Philip David and Alexander Phillips in N2545 Little Meg followed them home with Ed and Tom Storey in their wing-ruddered, double bottomed N 3514 Elise in third.

Race 2 and now, with the wind strengthening, it was Philip David’s turn to lead the fleet but following several spectacular capsizes, pitching first Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson into the Ouse and then Will Mitchell and Lois Spender in, the latter getting N3479 Not Another Aardvark ‘s mast caught fast under a moored cruiser, the safety boat crews had their work cut out. Ed Storey was now going better too, coming home second.

In the final race, a now depleted fleet saw Philip David lose control and be forced into retirement allowing Vince and Dan Phillips to come home winners, followed again by Ed and Tom. However, with one discard allowed, Philip David, with his second and first places, won overall. Bernard Clark from Ripon Sailing Club was second overall with Ed Storey third. With Vintage boats taking the top two places, a proposal was made at the prize-giving for a future special category award for the highest place double bottomed boat! Such is sailing on the Ouse at Naburn!

Full Result:

1st N2545 Little Meg Philip David and Alexander Phillips
2nd N2149 Xanthus Bernard and Ellie Clark
3rd N3514 Elise Ed and Tom Storey
4th N2531 Invasion Vince and Dan Phillips
5th N3216 Twice Shy Neil McInnes and Matt Foster
6th N3331 Gollum Simon and Tom Moss
7th N1483 My Little Margie Ian Purkis and Beatrice Overend
8th N1673 Lets Go Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson
9th N3479 Not Another Aardvark Will Mitchell and Lois Spender
10th N2589 Mary Deare Brian Miatt and Margaret Purkis