A 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.
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
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 www.yorkshirerows.com and follow their progress.
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.
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.
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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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!
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
Despite dreadful weather for most of the day and a postponed start, Saturday 6th the first YOSC Team Race this century get underway, albeit with a near windless, drifting start. Taking over 20 minutes to complete lap 1 the entire Gold Team of N2545 Philip David and Alexander Phillips, N2531 Vince and Dan Phillips and N3331 Simon and Tom Moss were all caught by the lack of wind at the Club mark with the river current drifting them downstream away from the course. Their predicament allowed the leading Streaker of Neil Botham (Red team) to round the mark, just as the wind filled in, grabbing the overall lead. It wasn’t long before Simon and Tom, first of the Gold Team to recover, gave chase and by lap 2 had taken the lead. They extended this but with the forecast wind and weather improvement, the rest of the Gold Team gradually hauled them in. Further down the fleet Larry Gray and Keith Cooper in the leading Enterprise for the Red Team had a tangle at the Club Mark with Neil McInnes and Beatrice Overend sailing N1483 for the Blue Team, resulting in Larry making several attempts, (following local sailing instructions), to re-round the mark and do his penalty turns. This proved to be the “Champagne moment” of the race with the assembled spectators bursting into popular, if not-so-rapturous, applause!
More drama followed with the closing stages and the leading pair of Philip and Alex, Vince and Dan incredibly close and coming up to the finish, it was just Philip who broke the line first to win individual line honours. However both he and Vince were recorded with identical times. As the overall team result was to be determined by Race Officer, Ian Purkis and AOD, Fiona Phillips, there followed a brief interlude with PY handicaps and calculator and, on corrected times, an amazing 3-way tie with Philip & Alex, Vince and Dan and Neil Botham all tied on identical corrected times! However with the support of Simon & Tom the Gold Team were declared winners and presented with the handsome YOSC Team Race Trophy.
An hour later and the competitors, YOSC members and guests enjoyed a beautiful early summer evening of blue skies and barbecue rounded off with a live music provided by the Joe and Emily duo in the Clubhouse. Special thanks to all who sailed, those who supported the event, including Nick Merriam & Andrew Holmes who came to assist preparations, despite the appalling weather earlier!
To view a quick sample of the live music, please Click here.