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Activities and Events 2017

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.

RYA "Push the Boat Out" Open day, Saturday 20th May 2017 10:30 - 15:30.

Get a new sailor on the water. Just turn up.

Sailing for all abilities old and young

A chance to learn to sail or go for a ride

See how we operate – get involved!

No need to book, just turn up!

Plant and Book Stall.

Contact Matt Alden for information.

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

This will be the tenth 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 10th June 2017.

Come and sail Squib Keelboats at The East Anglian Sailing Trust, Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, Suffolk IP10 0LN from 10 a.m. on Saturday 10th 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 15th July.

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

Message from Geoff Warren.

Volunteers required for the return visit of EAST on the Saturday 15th July.

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

Please contact Geoff Warren ASAP if you can help.

Norfolk Broads Sailing Holiday 2nd – 16th September 2017

Norfolk Broads is an old favourite. Full disabled access. Flexible arrivals and length of stay. Book as many days as you want – subject to availability .

Further information & booking contact Emma Dakin.

Come to Plas Menai 28-29th October 2017

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 28-29th October 2017. 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.

Details and bookings contact: Geoff Warren

Racing and Race Training Events

Start Racing Course. **NEW DATE** Sat 8th - Sun 9th July.

We are thinking of running a start racing course in 2017 as there appears to be sufficient demand for one. To make it work we need a minimum number of students. Three is sort of OK, but it's much better with five or six.

As it's intensive on kit and the powerboat and also to make sure we get the largest number of people taking part we won't run it on a dinghy training weekend but set the date once we know who wants to do it and can sort a mutually convenient weekend or two separate days.

Please contact Mike Hulands or Allan Henson if you want to take part.

Update from Allan for those interested in the course.

Based on instructor availability, the best student availability according to the information you sent me previously and venue availability, the course will now be run on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9 July.

Many apologies to those who are not able to make it that day.

Meanwhile, I would appreciate it if you could let me know whether or not you're coming so that we can offer any spare places to Northampton Sailing Club new members.

Best wishes. Allan

Sailability Summer Challenge

Every Friday in June, July and August

The series will comprise 26 races with 10 to count.

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

First Race day Friday 2nd June.

For further information contact Dave Mabbutt or Mike Hulands

See News page for Results Table

Hansa (Access) Traveller Series, Sat 3rd June

It is our privilege once again to host this event at Northampton Sailing Club.

With up to 20 boats expected for this event volunteers are needed in order to ensure that all runs smoothly.

If you want to get on the circuit contact Roy Child about arrangements for getting boats to events.

Message from Mike Hulands.

As with last year I have been nominated to be the Northampton Sailability ‘lead’ (event coordinator) for the day.
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 ( eg entrants may need assistance launching and getting in/out of boats) we will need designated volunteers for:

Although yet to be confirmed it is expected that registrations will open at 08:30 and the prize giving will be scheduled for 17:00.

If you would be able to help on the day – please email Mike Hulands.

Many thanks in advance!


For report and results see News page.

Learning Disability (LD) Scheme and Special Olympics

Members with Learning Difficulties account for about half our membership. They can vary from very disabled members to those with mild learning difficulties. Some may also be autistic.

About 20 of these members will take part in the RYA Certificate of Recognition Scheme.

This is based at 5 levels with a list of skills. Some are compulsory and some are optional which makes it suitable for different levels of ability.

The levels are:

  1. Entry Level: Can sit and get in a boat, wear a buoyancy aide and point at the sails.
  2. Bronze: Can steer a boat, cleat and uncleat a sheet, put on a buoyancy aid and know the jib and mainsail.
  3. Silver: Can tack and gybe, leave the pontoon safely, sail a figure of 8, steer a straight line.
  4. Gold: Can tack and Gybe and know the difference! Sail upwind and sail a triangle, rig a boat or instruct someone else to, control speed and sail safely alone.
  5. Platinum: Can sail solo in strong winds, know when luffing and correct it, can help teach others and understand mark rounding rules.

See the full LD Scheme details.

Special Olympics Regatta

In preparation for the Regatta to be held in September there will be a series of Race Training sessions.

  1. Mon 19th June 10:30-12:00
  2. Fri 23rd June 10:30-12:00
  3. Mon 26th June 10:30-12:00
  4. Final Race with Ducks, Fri 30th June 10.30-12:00

Olympic Fun Regatta.

  1. Mon 25 Sept 10:30-12:00 Refresher duck race
  2. Fri 29 Sept 10:30-12:00 Final Races

For more information regarding the LD scheme please contact Richard Elliott.

Sail for Gold Regatta and BBQ. Saturday 26th August

BBQ tickets are available on the admin desk for £7 per person.

Also on the admin desk are the registration forms to reserve a boat if you want to race on the day, as well as full details of the day itself.


Any other enquiries please contact Roy Child

Yachting Opportunities

Superyacht Cruise, Friday March 31st - Sunday April 2nd.

Contact John Norman for details.

Flotilla Sailing in Croatia

Contact Jenny Jeffs for details.

Training Opportunities

RYA Navigation Course - Essential Navigation and Safety

Saturday 4th & Saturday 11th February 2017

For beginners or as a refresher.

Cost £50, or £20 a day refresher

Contact Jenny Jeffs for information and bookings

RYA First Aid Course - Saturday 18th March 2017

9am - 4:30 pm, cost £15

Book with Jenny Jeffs

Sail Training Weekends

For members and volunteers. 9am - 5pm

Sat 27th & Sun 28th May.

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th 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. ***

Power Boat Level 2 Course for Members and Volunteers

Sat 8th - Sun 9th April

Sat 30th September- Sun 1st October

Learn basic driving skills in the RIB

Two days 9:00-17:00. Cost tba for book and certificate.

Contact Phil Kenny to book your place.

Safety Boat Course for Volunteers

Sat 24th - Sun 25th June, 9:00-17:00

For experienced drivers wanting to do rescue cover.

Cost tba for book and certificate.

Contact Phil Kenny for further information.

Disability Awareness Course

Saturday 14th October, 9.30-4.30

For new and experienced volunteers who have not yet completed the Disability Awareness Course.

This day is a chance for you to explore models of disability, strategies and top tips for assisting away from the pressure of a usual Sailability day.

With an emphasis on practical exercises and fun, it is hoped that volunteers will gain a deeper understanding of issues from the perspective of disabled people themselves.

For a free place contact Jenny Jeffs for details.

Social and Other Events

Rockin' RoadRunner Club Mini Festival, Sunday 17th September, Abington Park. 12pm - 5pm

This is a fantastic shop window for what we do and a great day out to boot.

There will be a huge number of people there with a range of disabilities enjoying the activities as well as seeing what leisure and other opportunities there are for them.

Meg and Richard are leading on this again but to get the best out of it we need volunteers to help set up a display, staff our area and clear up afterwards.

Contact Meg Elliott or Richard Elliott to find out more.

If you can't help just come along anyway and have fun.

Information on the Rockin' RoadRunner Club is available on their website:

Evening Social, Thursday 23rd November, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

NOT TO BE MISSED. An evening of humour and sailing yarns with the legendary TOM CUNLIFFE.

Venue: Northampton Sailing Club

Cost: £15

Contact John Norman for details.

Sailing and Social, Saturday 2nd December.

There will be opportunities to sail (Water and weather permitting) plus a buffet lunch comprising Soup, Jacket potatoes etc washed down with mulled wine.

Elaine will be catering the day and will be providing tea and coffee from 10.00 am with lunch at 12.30.

Tickets are £6.00 pp. and are available from Priscilla Davies. Cheques payable to "Northampton Sailability"

The deadline for tickets is Monday 28th November.

Note: The annual Instructors' Meeting will take place afterwards at 15:30.

Winter Working Party, Friday 9th December.

Help required 10am to 3pm to de-rig and winterise the boats.

Please let John Knight know if you can help.

Christmas Dinner, Sat 16th December.

The Christmas Dinner will start with drinks at 7.00 pm followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.

Dinner choices are as follows.

Tickets are available from Priscilla Davies. at £16.00 pp

Please send your booking to Priscilla, with your food choices and payment, by Monday 11th December. Cheques payable to "Northampton Sailability"

If you have already booked your dinner would you now let Priscilla have your food choices.

Coming in 2018

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.

Steve Nicholson Trophy, 27th January 2018.

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

RYA First Aid Course - Saturday 10th March 2018

9am - 5pm, cost £10

Book with Jenny Jeffs

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.

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:

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

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

Cost to be advised. Contact John Norman for details.

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

Cost to be advise but around £600

Contact Jenny Jeffs for details.

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

Cost £350, to be confirmed.

Contact John Norman for details.

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

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.