2014 Year Book Coming to you!

All paid up members will be receiving the year book this week! If you have not paid the 2014 subs PLEASE do so now. A copy of the renewal form is posted in both the members area, and the About Us – Contact  area of this website

2014 OOD list and Sailing programme now finalised

The sailing programme is now available to view in the OOD section of the members’ area

Training Events coming up

The Training Team have scheduled the following events – if you want to join them, please contact Steve Axford:

FIRST AID – Sunday 23 February

POWER BOAT LEVEL 2 – Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March


YOSC hosts RYA Club Promotion Workshop

YOSC was pleased to welcome 15 committee members from sailing clubs around Yorkshire and the North East at an RYA Workshop held in the Clubhouse on Wednesday 22 February. Two RYA representatives led the workshop, the theme of which was “Promoting your Club”. It was great to hear the different approach that clubs have to promotion, and hopefully get ideas for improving ours! Thanks to Steve Axford for organising this event.

Fiona Phillips

2014 Season Calendar coming soon!

Watch out for the 2014 calendar which will be coming soon to  a letter box near you! The first Sunday points race will be on 23 March and the first trophy race is the Easter trophy, Sunday 20th April

2014 Membership renewal

2014 membership renewal is now due, please download the form by clicking here.

End of season note from our Commodore.

Sailing at Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club has now finished for the season.

We will re-open in late March – look out for the 2014 calendar being posted.

In the meantime you can blow away the Christmas cobwebs with our Winter Sail on January 5 – all welcome, bring a boat and we will provide the water!

Everyone is welcome to our social night every Wednesday in the clubhouse bar, 8pm onwards.

Fiona Phillips

Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club celebrates 75 years with an Anniversary Dinner in company of the Royal Trains

Rounding off our 75th Anniversary year, YOSC held our celebration dinner and dance in very special surroundings, the Royal Trains of the National Railway Museum in York. With guests from far and wide joining members, past members, sailing friends and families, and with the hubbub of a larger party in the distant background (seated next to an antiquated old goods train!), YOSC ended its 75th year in style.

The Club prize-giving proved a challenge with the hubbub now joined by authentic incomprehensible railway station announcements, our innovative Sailing and Social Secretaries quickly devised a system of sign language to communicate which trophies had been won by who and our Commodore, Fiona Phillips, was then able to make the presentations; great improvised fun! Speeches were however (thankfully) abandoned!

After all that excitement, the serious business of dining, the Club raffle, featuring not one but now three Naburn china ducks, and dancing into Sunday morning to the “Wonderland Express” disco followed. A great night and fitting conclusion to our special year!











Fiona Phillips, Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club Commodore, with Keith Wells, Sailing Secretary and Ian Purkis, Social Secretary, following Club Trophy presentations and the Club’s 75th Anniversary Dinner.

“The 1938 Race”; celebrating 75 years of The Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club

YOSC 1938 31st June 2013 was almost exactly 75 years since the first race was organised by the then newly formed Yorkshire Ouse SC. To mark the anniversary the Club held a special 75 minute pursuit race, “The 1938 Race” with a fleet of classic and modern racing dinghies invited from clubs and classes associated with YOSC. The race was timed to start at 18.23 and finish at, yes, 19.38!

The fleet was led away by Dan Phillips, age 10, the youngest helm in the family Mirror. Over the following 17 minutes and in a pleasant breeze, the whole fleet gave chase with a myriad of National 12s of all ages, Enterprises, GP14s, various single-handers and one of a pair of brand new RS Visions, straight out of the box, a grant aided purchase by the Club RYA Training Centre and helmed by the Training Principal, Steve Axford.

YOSC 1938 2After 20 minutes the oldest boat in the fleet, an Uffa King National, built in 1937, the year before the YOSC was founded and helmed by Brian Herring who admitted himself to “being built” a couple of years before that, took up the lead. For many minutes the lead switched between him and a Proctor Mk 9 National sailed by Ed Willett who’d trekked from central Scotland to sail at this historic Club. It was then that Philip David, in his well known China Doll design National “Little Meg”, took up the lead which he never lost. Closing on the leading National 12 trio at the finish was the leading Enterprise, sailed by Simon Moss and his son Thomas at age 7, the youngest crew in the race.

YOSC 1938 1Once off the water, the Club members and guests enjoyed a wonderful social comprising a celebration barbecue, slide and film show of sailing at YOSC in decades past and a special prize giving. Given the significance, the Club Social Secretary had decided the prizes should be significant cash sums. In 1938 the annual subscription was five shillings and a year’s sub seemed a good choice, so half to the helm and half to the crew, 2/6 each! Second and third crews got appropriate £sd prizes and every competitor under 18 getting a “lucky sixpence” as a reward for participating. With the bar priced in both 1938 £ pounds, shillings and pence and 2013 £’s decimal, the most telling comment came from one very senior member, age 92, when faced with beer at £1/0/0 per pint, “a pint and a whisky only cost me eleven pence h’penny in 1938. At these 1938 prices this Club bar wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes!” Concluding, the Club Commodore Fiona Phillips proposed the toast “To the next 75 years of the Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club”.