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Activities and Events 2018




Sailing Opportunities


Regular Sailability Sailing Days

As usual sailing is available every Monday and Friday (except Bank Holidays) from April to the end of October for individuals and from May to the end of September for groups.

Sailing is also usually available on the first and third Saturdays of each month from April to October.

Check Diary page for exact dates.


Drascombe Rally at Pitsford, Wednesday 31st May- Thursday 1st June 2017
Drascombe Rally

This will be the eleventh annual Pitsford Rally, incorporating Robbie's Race (for the Robbie Henderson Memorial Trophy, presented by Churchouse Boats)

Drascombes from all over the country will congregate for two days of relaxed sailing.

This is a wonderful opportunity for members and volunteers to see other types of Drascombe boats, talk with their owners, and to race the full length of the reservoir to Holcot and back.

Join in the fun with our own boats. If you would like to take part, for one or both days, then contact Geoff Warren for information.

Also check the Drascombe Association Website


Visit to the East Anglian Sailing Trust, Saturday 9th June 2018.

Come and sail Squib Keelboats at The East Anglian Sailing Trust, Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, Suffolk IP10 0LN from 10 a.m. on Saturday 9th June.

Places are limted, therefore if you want to enjoy this exciting trip please contact Geoff Warren ASAP.

There will be no charge for this trip ( except transport costs ) as we are doing an exchange and East will be visiting us on the 4th August.

Information about the East Anglian Sailing Trust can be found on their website: www.east-anglian-sailing-trust.org.uk


Volunteers required for the return visit of EAST on the Saturday 4th August.

Specifically we need, Longboat skippers, Safety boat drivers & Crew plus Assistant Instructors.

Please contact Geoff Warren if you can help.


Norfolk Broads Sailing Holiday Friday 6th – Saturday 14th July 2018

Fri 6th evening to Sat 14th morning. Book as many days as you want – subject to availability .

Further information & booking contact Roy Child or Priscilla Davies


Come to Plas Menai 26th-28th October 2018

Plas Menai is the Welsh National Watersports Centre and is situated on the Menai Straits between Caernarfon and Bangor.

We will be returning to Plas Menai again on the weekend of 27-28th October 2018. It is simply just too good not to go again!

We will be sailing Dinghies, Catamarans and Keelboats on the stunning Menai Straits. We will have the choice of the centre’s selection of boats, both power and sail. All you have to do is choose! (Or you don’t have to sail, just take it easy and explore the local area.)

The accommodation and meals are great. The building itself is accessible, and fully accessible rooms are also available. Breakfast, a packed lunch and evening meals are included.

On the water we will be looked after by experienced and qualified centre staff.

All this and much more for £175 (£92 for non-sailors) to be paid before 15th September.

Details and bookings contact: Geoff Warren



Racing and Race Training Events


Sailability Summer Challenge

Every Friday in June, July and August

The series will comprise 28 races with 10 to count.

Two races back to back each day. Start time 2pm prompt.

First Race day Friday 1st June.

For further information contact Dave Mabbutt or Mike Hulands


Hansa (Access) TT No.3, Saturday 19th May.

Northampton Sailability will be hosting a Hansa TT (Traveller Trophy) event this year on Saturday 19th May – (note this is somewhat earlier than in previous years). The link below gives some further detail from the Hansa Website.

http://www.hansaclass.org.uk/event-northampton_tt___2018_nat_tt_series_no3.html

If you want to take part in the racing don't forget to book your boat. A list will be available on the admin table.

Message from Mike Hulands

As with previous years I have been nominated to be the Northampton Sailability ‘lead’ (event coordinator) for the day. Let’s hope that I will be able to actually attend on the day – unlike last year!

Although still a few months away, I should be most grateful to learn if you would be able to help on the day. Previous years have been most successful earning praise from the Hansa association - thanks to our willing volunteers!

Please let me know if you will be able to help out and if you would like any specific “duties”. I will then try and compile a list.

Also, perhaps talking to your regular ‘students’/members, if you would like to enter the event perhaps crewing for a regular member. I will be arranging for an Access ‘booking form’ to be available on the admin table.

As well as general “do everything/anything” assistance (entrants may need assistance launching and getting in/out of boats for e.g.) we will need designated volunteers for;

If you are able to help please reply directly to Mike Hulands


Sail for Gold Regatta and BBQ. Saturday 1st September

Your chance to race and socialize

BBQ tickets and registration forms to reserve a boat if you want to race on the day will be available on the admin desk in due course.

Contact Roy Child


Yachting Opportunities


Superyacht Cruise, Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th April. ***Cancelled***

Cost to be advised. Contact John Norman for details.


Flotilla Sailing in Mallorca, Saturday 5th - 12th May

Cost to be advised but around £600

Contact Jenny Jeffs for details.

Fully booked.


Flotilla in Scotland. Saturday 16th - 23rd June.

Cost £350, to be confirmed.

Contact John Norman for details.


Yacht Sailing on the South Coast. Thursday 12th - 19th July.

Day sailing, weekend or whole time with UKSA.

Contact Phil Kenny for details.


Training Opportunities


RYA First Aid Course - Saturday 10th March 2018

9am - 5pm, cost £10

Book with Jenny Jeffs


Pre-Season Briefings

Just turn up. Sessions will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm each day.

A must for volunteers, who should make every effort to attend one of these briefings. This is a good opportunity to update you with changes and tell you about our plans for this year.

There will be an opportunity for some training sessions after the briefings have finished.

Items covered include:


Power Boat Level 2 Course for Members and Volunteers.

Sat 28th - Sun 29th April, 9:00-17:00

Improve driving skills in the RIB for those holding Power Boat Level 1.

Cost £10 for book and certificate.

Contact Phil Kenny for further information.


Sail Training Weekends

For members and volunteers. 9am - 5pm

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th June.

Sat 8th & Sun 9th September.

Early booking is preferable.

We will need help from instructors and safety boat drivers so do express interest if you can help at any of these sessions.

For information on these two events, bookings or offers of help, contact Matt Alden.

*** Please note start time 9:00am prompt. ***

Safety Boat Course for Volunteers

Sat 13th - Sun 14th October, 9:00-17:00

For experienced drivers wanting to do rescue cover.

Cost £12 for book and certificate.

Contact Phil Kenny for further information.


Social and Other Events


The Charity that Saves Lives at Sea

New Year Social at The George, Brixworth - Saturday 13th January 2018, 12:00 - 15:00

Please choose from the menu at £6 per head

If there are table bookings where you would like to sit together in a group, please let me know in advance as this helps the kitchen to plate up for groups.

Please contact Lesley Mulligan to express your interest.

Note from Jenny:

The Northampton Sailability New Year Social on January 13th was attended by over 40 people and raised £196.62 for the RNLI. A big thank you Lesley for organising a great occasion and fabulous lunch.


Steve Nicholson Trophy, 27th January 2018. ***Cancelled due to low water level.***

This is NSC's annual regatta in aid of Asthma Research UK in memory of Steve who died at a young age as the result of an asthma attack.

Traditionally Northampton Sailability have played a big part in making the event such a success.

Once again we have the opportunity to help with NSC's annual fund raiser in aid of Asthma Support UK. We need all sorts of help including safety boat drivers, helpers on the committee boats and shore crew.

If you can help please contact Phil Kenny


Working Party, Boat Preparation.

It's time to get the boats and other equipment re-assembled and checked ready for the new season, which starts on Friday 6th April.

If you can spare a few hours to help get the boats ready for the new season then please let John Knight know so that we can plan the day. Your presence will be much appreciated.


Northampton Sailing Club Thursday Club Nights, January - April 2018

The Northampton Sailing Club is holding a series of Thursday evening talks and social events to which Sailability members are invited.

The bar opens at 7pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm.

See Club Nights poster for dates and details.


Launch of new RS Venture Connect, Saturday 28th April, 3pm.

As you may know Nene Valley Rotary Club has been raising funds to buy an RS Venture Connect to replace one of our Martin 16’s , which has reached the end of its useful life.

The new boat has arrived and we will be holding an event to celebrate its launch. You are therefore invited to join us on Saturday 28th April at 3.00 pm for bubbly and light refreshments and to see our latest boat take to the water.

Members of Nene Valley Rotary and the Wooden Spoon Charity and others who have helped with the funding will be present so it would be good if as many of us as possible could be there on the day to help keep Sailability in the public eye.

This might also be a good opportunity to invite any contacts you may have from the various clubs, companies and charities which support us by way of a thank you.

If you are able to join us could you please advise Richard Parkinson to provide numbers for catering.

We look forward to seeing you on the day. - Northampton Sailability Committee