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News Reports and Stories - 2018

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News reports from 2017 and earlier can be seen on the Archive page.

RYA inspection & change of Principal

Sailability had a successful RYA Inspection on the 9th July & after 3 years' service Geoff Warren handed over his role as Principal to Chris Bignell.

Please join us in wishing Chris the best of luck in his new role.

Charity Lunch in aid of Northampton Sailability raises £820

On Saturday 30th June the Charitable Enterprise Committee of St Peter's Church, Weston Favell held a charity lunch, the proceeds of which were donated to Northampton Sailability.

The committee organises several of these events throughout the year to raise funds for a wide variety of charities.

The lunch was fully sold out with 80 people attending who enjoyed a good 2-course meal provided by volunteers followed by a presentation on the work of Sailability by Roy and Priscilla.

The connection between St Peter's Church and Sailability was made through Peter Hodgkinson who has sailed with Geoff Portas on Fridays for several years.

The generous donation of £820 arose from ticket sales, raffle tickets and other donations

We are very grateful to Rosemary Pestell and her team of helpers for their efforts and to all the diners for their generosity.

Summer Challenge

Report from Mike Hulands

Friday 10th August saw a dramatic change in weather. After weeks of hot sunny days with fluky winds, offered fairly steady SW winds at 10 or so knots, cool airs and frequent showers. Indeed shortly after racers were safely ashore a heavy squall with thunder and lightning crossed the reservoir.

Four boats took to the water with some ‘new’ entrants and crew changes.

Roger led the way in race one, with Sam and Henry close on his transom for 2nd place. Robert and Clive gained third taking the RS Venture for a spin.

Race 2 saw Sam and Henry take a clear win with Roger in second and Meg with Priscilla gaining third.

So with only 6 races left in the series all remains very close at the top.


The table below and the Sailwave Results Table treat discards in different ways, and so may present different overall placings as the series progresses.

This year there are 28 races of which 14 will count and 14 will be discarded.

This table uses all scores until more than 14 races have been held. After that the best 14 scores from races sailed so far will be counted and the other scores discarded.

The Sailwave table progressively discards scores in proportion to the number of races held. So for example after 12 races only 6 scores count with 6 discarded, after 20 races 10 count with 10 discarded and so on.

After the last race both tables count the best 14 scores, so the overall placings will then agree.

Overall points and placings shown below may vary from Sailwave results due to the method used for discards. Click here for information on discards.

See the full Sailwave Results Tables.

Northampton Sailability hosts Hansa TT round 3

Report by Mike Hulands.

Flat “mill pond” yet sunny conditions welcomed the 20 entrants for the Hansa TT at Northampton Sailability on 19th May.

Whilst winds remained very light throughout the day, the enthusiasm of the entrants and quick course changes to follow the fickle breezes by the race officers allowed a full programme of 4 races to be held.

Thanks are due to all the Northampton Sailability Volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the day a success despite the very light winds.

And a very big thank you to Mike and his many helpers for making it a great day - Ed

Show Overall Results Table
PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
Hansa 2.3 Class
1st954Alastair Carr Rutland(1)1113
2nd2813Harry Kennington Frensham Pond(2)2226
Hansa 303 two person Class
1st2294Natalia HillmanAlan HillmanNew Forest(1)1113
2nd2748Steve KitsonRoy MorrisonNew Forest(3)2237
3rd2314Phillip HallDavid AnkersChesil2(4)428
4th867Sam RavenscroftHenry ShawNorthampton(5)53412
5th2743Roy ChildPriscilla DaviesNorthampton(6)35513
6th2034Mark SidwellsPeter WindattNorthampton4(6)6616
Hansa 303 one person Class
1st2464Jessica Campbell South West Scotland 111(2)3
2nd2524Mike Everett Frensham Pond22(3)15
3rd2554Katie Apse Frensham Pond(3)3238
Hansa Liberty Class
1st2557Paul Phillps Frensham Pond(6)1124
2nd2561Tessa Watkiss Frensham Pond13(4)15
3rd33 Pat Crowley Rutland226(8)10
4th2600Diane Faulks Rutland5(7)2310
5th2402David Durston Whitefriars3(4)3410
6th2599Chris Emmet Rutland485(9)17
7th3068Val Millward Rutland76(9)518
8th1066Christine Sprite Rutland(8)58619
9th2723Simon Harle Rutland9(10)7723
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A few photos from the day by Robert McIntyre

See Robert's full gallery for more photos of the day's events.

Nene Flyer Naming.

Report by Roy Child

The naming ceremony of our new RS Venture keelboat took place on Sat 28th April. Guests from Nene Valley Rotary Club and Wooden Spoon Charity who raised the money for us to purchase the boat, along with club members attended. Originally meant as a launch ceremony, miserable weather unfortunately foreshortened the event.

Champagne was duly used by Alastair Rowton, President of Nene Valley Rotary, to christen the boat ‘Nene Flyer’ with a short speech at the same time presenting us a cheque for £10,000. Roy gave a similarly short speech thanking both organisations for their generosity.

Everyone swiftly retired to the clubhouse to enjoy the nibbles and drinks in a more convivial atmosphere.

Again many thanks to Nene Valley Rotary Club and the Wooden Spoon Charity for their support.

In Memory of Brian Thake - Northampton Sailability

It is with great sorrow that I heard of the passing of Brian Thake. His energy and vision in starting Northampton Sailability as a retirement project leaves us all owing him a great deal.

Brian had been married to Daphne for over sixty years when she sadly passed away a few years ago. They have a son and daughter and several grandchildren. Unfortunately Brian recently developed Altzheimers and moved to Reading to be with his son.

Brian was a businessman in Leicester and has sailed all his life and had been a member of Northampton Sailing Club for many years. He raced very competitively all year with his Flying Fifteen. He was also a keen member of a Sub-aqua Diving Club at Stoney Cove in Leicestershire. He dived in many exotic locations around the world and had many a tale to tell about his adventures.

As a member of Northampton Sailing Club, Brian took over the organising of trips for groups of disabled people and the use of two modified boats that had been donated to the Club. He realised that there were many other people who would benefit from having the opportunity to sail at Pitsford and decided to gather together a group of sailors to offer regular sailing for people with disabilities.

He initially bought a Drascome Longboat around 1994 to take groups out for occasional trips on Pitsford Water, he named it ‘Serendipity’ and is much loved still as part of our fleet.

I was initiated into his group of enthusiasts after being made disabled in 1994 and turned up at Northampton Sailing Club looking for sailing. Brian met me outside the clubhouse, he took me by the arm into a meeting setting up Northampton Sailability saying ‘ You're just who we need!’. Typical of Brian! Thereby hangs a tale!

You only need to browse the archives on this website to get an idea of how his vision grew and grew. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Roy Child, Chairman - Northampton Sailability