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The sailing season

Welcome to the 2018 sailing season at Nantwich and Border Counties Sailing Club, a very busy program which I hope you all find has something in it for every member of the club to enjoy. A brief explanation of the various events planned to help with your enjoyment of the club during 2018 follows.

Working Parties

These start the season and are a way in which members can help the club by mucking in to get all those maintenance jobs done, painting, cleaning Jetties, replacing racing bouys etc. Participation in these events can be claimed against next years membership fee.The first working party is on Saturday 24th Feb.

Racing Program

The club runs a full racing program starting in early March with pursuit races and finishing in mid December with the Frostbite series there are both scratch and handicap trophies to compete for and a real chance for everyone to be a winner. All members are very welcome to join the Sunday afternoon racing scene, exciting, exhilarating, sometimes fast and furious sometimes slow and frustrating but always fun. There are 4 fleets at the club all represented on Sunday afternoons, the 2 handed GP14 class, single handed Laser and Solo classes and a menagerie fleet that sees Mirror dinghies, Comets, Topper and Firefly racing around the pond in 3 races every Sunday afternoon refreshments are served in between races, each race lasts about an hour.

Saturday Leisure Sailing

Come and enjoy the water and the surroundings on Saturday afternoons from the 28th April, we have a fully equipped kitchen and club boats that can be hired for a small charge. A safety boat is on the water from 14:00 – 17:00 hrs and races for new helms and novices are organised during the year

Wednesday Evening Leisure Sailing with Pursuit Races  

Wednesday May 2nd sees the start of the evening Leisure Sailing with the added bonus for those with a competitive spirit to take part in pursuit races. These are races that take into account the speed of each boat class using the Portsmouth Yard Stick. Slower boats start first, faster boats later the objective being to see where the boats are after a 20 min period of chasing each other . Also a great opportunity to get a bit of informal coaching and ease your way into racing. A safety boat will be on the water for the evening.

Ladies Who Launch

On Thursdays from May 3rd the water is available to any female members who want to sail, a great opportunity to hone skills and share experiences. A safety boat will be on the water for the evening.

Dodd Squad and Leisure Sailing

Dodd Squad is all about coaching our junior members, a great session focussed on developing skills learned in the RYA Learn to sail RYA 1 & 2 courses. Juniors can get race training, learn seamanship skills in a safe and encouraging environment.

An addition this year is Leisure sailing on Sunday mornings with the opportunity to get some 1:1 Race coaching if wanted from club experienced racers and then maybe staying and trying out the races at 13:30 . A safety boat will be on the water in these sessions, note there is a break in this series from late July until early September.

GP14 Open Meeting 

As part of the Midland Bell Open series of races the club has the honour of hosting one of series Open meetings. GP14 sailors from surrounding clubs will be at N&BCSC on Sunday May 13th for a day of racing. Any club member is welcome to participate, only GP14 boats though allowed on the water, in 3 races against the best GP14 sailors in the area.

Sailing Captains Day

Saturday May 26th is Captains day. An afternoon of fun, involving racing, boat handling skills and coaching. If you used to sail but haven’t been out for a while there will be trainers around who can help you get on the water with confidence, if your boat is in need of a bit of TLC there will be experts available who can give advice and help with repairs. If you just want to sail great we would love to see you.

Club Open Day and Leisure Sailing

The normal Saturday Leisure sailing but also an open invite to the general public to visit the club and see what it has to offer. Members will be around to take visitors out on the lake to experience the thrill of sailing.

Family and Friends Summer Sailing Party

An opportunity to kick back, enjoy the views, the summer sun, the sizzling sausages from the BBQ, maybe a little cooling beer or wine with family and friends and even have some sailing fun. All welcome, a safety boat will be on the water. P.S bring a picnic.

Barts Bash

Launched in 2014 Barts Bash raises money to help kids get into sailing, globally. It remembers Andrew “Bart” Simpson a British Olympic sailor who died aged 36 in a sailing accident in San Francisco Bay. Hundreds of sailing clubs participate in Barts Bash every year over the same two day period, in 2017  N&BCSC will hold our event on September 16th . During the day we will have a race timed to coincide with events at all other participating clubs as jointly we attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for the maximum number of boats on the water at one time.

A packed program organised and supported for our members by our members, a focus on Racing, Leisure sailing and fun and something for everybody. Of course what is mentioned above is only part of what the club does , in the first edition of the Doddington post there will be more information covering all of the training, sailing, powerboat, day skipper, first aid as well as the busy social calendar events .Don’t forget it all kicks off with the first working party on Saturday 24th Feb, it would be great to see you then.


John McDonald

Sailing Captain N&BCSC

Tel: 01829 260042

Mob:07496 152296




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