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.
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.
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.
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.
In the 2.3 Fleet Alastair Carr in ‘954’ from Rutland Sailability led in the way in drifting conditions to secure four wins and overall first. Harry Kennington took second place.
In the Hansa 303 Double Handed Fleet, Natalie and Alan Hillman from New Forest in their “2294” worked the drifiting conditions to achieve four wins and overall first.
Steve Kitson also from New Forest gained two 2nds and two thirds to secure the overall second place.
Phillip Hall and David Ankers from Chesil drifted around gaining two 2nd and two 4th for third overall.
The first of only two showings from the host club was Sam Ravenscroft and Henry Shaw achieving 5th,5th, 3rd and 4th to secure 4th place overall.
There were three entries in the Hansa 303 Single Handed Fleet. Jessica Campbell all the way from South West Scotland took overall first with three 1st and one 2nd. Mike Everett from Frensham Pond secured overall second with Katie Apse, also from Frensham Pond, gaining the overall third spot.
Nine boats entered the racing in the Liberty Fleet.
It was a close run series for 1st and 2nd with Paul Phillips from Frensham Pond taking overall first with two 1st, one 2nd and a discardable 6th place for 4 nett points.
Tessa Watkins, also from Frensham pond was pipped into overall second with two 1st, one 3rd and a discardable 4th for 5 nett points. Pat Crowley from Rutland gained overall third.
And a very big thank you to Mike and his many helpers for making it a great day - Ed
Hansa 2.3 Class
|2nd||2813||Harry Kennington||Frensham Pond||(2)||2||2||2||6|
Hansa 303 two person Class
|1st||2294||Natalia Hillman||Alan Hillman||New Forest||(1)||1||1||1||3|
|2nd||2748||Steve Kitson||Roy Morrison||New Forest||(3)||2||2||3||7|
|3rd||2314||Phillip Hall||David Ankers||Chesil||2||(4)||4||2||8|
|4th||867||Sam Ravenscroft||Henry Shaw||Northampton||(5)||5||3||4||12|
|5th||2743||Roy Child||Priscilla Davies||Northampton||(6)||3||5||5||13|
|6th||2034||Mark Sidwells||Peter Windatt||Northampton||4||(6)||6||6||16|
Hansa 303 one person Class
|1st||2464||Jessica Campbell||South West Scotland||1||1||1||(2)||3|
|2nd||2524||Mike Everett||Frensham Pond||2||2||(3)||1||5|
|3rd||2554||Katie Apse||Frensham Pond||(3)||3||2||3||8|
Hansa Liberty Class
|1st||2557||Paul Phillps||Frensham Pond||(6)||1||1||2||4|
|2nd||2561||Tessa Watkiss||Frensham Pond||1||3||(4)||1||5|
A few photos from the day by Robert McIntyre
See Robert's full gallery for more photos of the day's events.
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.
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