When we are sailing up at Warley Reservoir, I look out of the window on Saturday morning and most times I think “Is it too windy?” but now we are temporarily at Denholme, I look out and think “Is there any wind?” When we arrived it was force 0 – 1 which did not stop 16 boats taking to the water on what felt to be the hottest day of the year.
To begin with, we played tigg with the ball and then after tea break we had a balloon race. Fergus ( back from University) and Ben (from Denholme) won. We were not sure who came second being Emily and Harry (who’s boat was falling apart), or it could have been Laurie and Thomas who lost their balloon but had a spare just in case, or it could have been Katie and George ( who were both doing a lot of rocking, as one does). By the end of the race everyone was cheating one way or another. It didn’t matter as everyone was having fun. We hope for a bit more wind next week (being careful what we wish for). Happy Sailing, Sue Lamb
A warm welcome was awaiting the ever increasing HxSC contingent at Denholme Sailing Club. While Sue, Henry and Steve were aptly training potential new members, Steve Hill and me (Brendan Briggs) decided to take on the Denholme sailors in the club’s Picos. With a light, shifty wind, Steve was grateful for the loan of my spare wind indicator which ensured that all boats were within touching distance of each other for the first lap. However, after rounding the last mark at snail’s pace, myself and a Denholme Lighting sailor made a break and reached the next buoy only to find another lull. The close racing then resumed towards the third mark. Eventually, myself and Mike (Denholme Mirror sailor) stretched out a sizable lead finishing several minutes ahead of the pack. The last race of the day was a repeat of the previous one with the exception that Steve and myself joined forces in “his” Hartley 12.2 (- asymmetric). Although we didn’t perform as well as the previous race, we enjoyed the double handed experience. Denholme is a friendly club with plenty of boats that are available to borrow if you don’t want to bring your own. Hope to see more HxSC members on the water in the months to come.
No one was safe when our Saturday sailors played ball tig, not even Steve D who thought he would have a nice little sail in his Laser. The idea is that someone starts off with the ball and the idea is to throw it into the other’s boat. If it lands in your boat you have to join the chasing team. The game carries on until everyone is caught but not everyone knows who has the ball so you have to be careful. They were even chasing the safety boat!!. Henry had everyone doing Man Overboard. Don’t worry it wasn’t a real man but a couple of buoyancy aids. We welcomed Jessica to Saturday Sailing. Jessica’s Grandma, Barbara, is a long standing member of Denholme sailing club. Emma took charge of Jessica and took her out in the Hartley 12. Jessica soon remembered how to sail and was off out on a Topper on her own. Emma then took me out on the Hartley 12 and then Henry. She did her best to get Henry in the water without success. Star of this Saturday was Katie, who a couple of weeks ago had the courage to stand up in the boat. This Saturday we couldn’t get her to stay in the boat. She was wanting to practise capsizing all the time. Thanks as always to Henry, John, Steve H and all the parents and grandmas. See some of you next week For those going on holiday, have a lovely time and we will see you when you get back Happy hols. Sue
Good news – the lost duck has appeared. It was found looking very upset and forlorn on the water’s edge yesterday morning. It is having problems swimming so we will have to take extra care of it.
Six boats took to the water. Henry came up with a devious relay game. The boats were put into three teams and given a balloon full of water. The idea was that the first person in the team had to sail the course and then pass the water-filled balloon to the second person who then had to sail the course. Emily and Hannah won. You could only win if you kept your balloon intact. An interesting point here – it’s very difficult to fill a balloon with water without a tap. After tea break we then did some practice starts and as it was so hot on Saturday everyone had to capsize!! Again, we saw some really nice sailing with Emily in the Topper, Hannah in a Topaz, Denis in the Laser, Harry with Dad in the new Mirror and Nicola in a Pico and Phil in a Topaz. Thanks as always to Henry, Phil H and John and all the help from the adults. Happy Sailing. See some of you next Saturday. Sue Lamb
The draining of water from our reservoir to allow for work by Yorkshire Water to its structure, has proceeded much quicker than anticipated during this year, the water level now being such that the committee have had no option other than to call a halt to this year’s sailing.
Members will have received an email from the membership secretary providing details as to how the committee has decided to act with regard to this decision.
It is worth noting here that, for those that want to continue sailing, we have arranged a group membership with Denholme Sailing Club. Our Saturday youth sailing has already moved there and we have managed to run a couple of training courses as well. Denholme have general sailing from 10.00 am on Sundays with racing in the afternoon. If you wish to sail there they have a variety of boats they have made available for us to use, but there isn’t any berthing space to store our members’ boats. You would have to transport your boat each time you go.
For those not wanting to sail and not wanting to leave their boats up at our club, we have arranged boat storage, which will be available very soon. This is at Units 9/10 Beck Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5DG. It will be limited access and we will not be allowed to do any boat maintenance there. Should you be interested in moving your boat there please let me know.
In order for members to keep in touch with each other, there will be a social evening from 8pm at the Crossroads Inn, Wainstalls every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month.
We will provide updates on the website and through email covering any club news and progress of the works taking place at the reservoir. Thank you to everyone for their ongoing understanding and support during this period at the club.
The Club recently received grant funding of £4400 towards the cost of six new windsurfers from the Community Foundation for Calderdale. The equipment is needed to enable the Club to continue to teach windsurfing to new sailors and will replace older boards that are no longer fit for purpose.
Pictured below are some of our young trainees with the new boards, on and off the water.
Congratulations go to Steve Hill, Nathan Lucas and Nick Fenn, seen here with Susan Haigh at Green Withens reservoir, on completing the Power Boat Level 2 course, plus a surprise of Navigation which is now included in the course. Well done to all of them.
Members arrived at the club early on Sunday to take advantage of the early start to the season only to be greeted by a cold F5/6 wind. These were not suitable conditions to re-take to the water after the winter break, so members did some necessary boat bimbling and/or helped out with the club’s pre-season jobs.
The buoys are all in place, the safety boats are ready for action, the club has had several improvements made to it along with a spring clean. All ready then for next Sunday with a pursuit race starting at 11am. See you there.
After many months of planning and a great deal of preliminary work, Monday 30th April saw the successful installation of our new floating jetty. Several club members were on hand to assist the team from Aqua-Dock to launch the pontoon and set the anchors.
The result is a very impressive structure that should serve the club for many years. The jetty was partly funded by a grant from the EON Community Fund which was administered by the Community Foundation For Calderdale.
There is still some work required to remove the remains of the old jetty but hopefully that will be completed shortly.