It was a busy afternoon at Denholme on Saturday as 12 boats took to the water, including a Wayfarer from Denholme. As usual. the wind was fluctuating between force 0 and about force 3. When we started sailing the wind was blowing a north westerly from the jetty. Whilst we were on the water it moved around to an easterly which means it was blowing over the hill opposite the club house, or trying to!! It made for interesting sailing. We sent everyone out on the water to find the wind. As nearly everyone ended near the bottom of the reservoir, this confirmed to me the wind direction. As part of Stage 3 which most of the Young People are working towards, William had everyone stopping at a buoy.
After tea break we played a short game of ball tigg. As the wind had got up a bit we had everyone practising racing by sailing from one end of the pond and back again. Look out Halifax Sailing club, these guys now know what tack they are on and who has the right of way. Thanks must go to Phil and ‘windsurfing’ Nick for safety. Thanks to William who came and helped us run the afternoon in the absence of Henry and Steve H who had gone big boat sailing. It was nice to see so many Halifax Club members on a Saturday afternoon. Please remember Fun Day is to be held on Saturday 5th Oct. Usual games etc , BBQ and a chance to have a go on the High Ropes for those that like heights. Look out for the email with more info. See you all next week. Happy Sailing, Sue.
The windsurf training team have moved some of HxSC’s training windsurfers down to Denholme for anyone who doesn’t have their own kit to use. There are currently 4 boards and 1 (dismantled) rig at Denholme. More kit will be moved over in the near future. Anyone wishing to use the kit will have to assemble the rig beforehand and de-rig it afterwards. Those needing more information should contact Graham Norton.
A miracle happened at Denholme Sailing Club during the second race of the day. Your correspondent, sailing a Laser Radial, managed an entire race without the dreaded Laser disease rearing its ugly head. A relatively constant, for Denholme, F3 presented the sailors from Denholme and HxSC with an enjoyable 45 minute race. Brendan Briggs sailing the Radial and Bill Holms in a Hartley 10 completely misread the start allowing the two Lightning 368s and a Mirror to gain an early advantage. Your correspondent then needed the next 3 laps to catch up with the lead Lightning before managing to overtake it on the water. This moment of glory only lasted about 10 seconds when I heard “water” and had to relinquish the lead. Meanwhile, Bill, in the Hartley, was discovering that the wind shifts alot more than at Flyflatts. Being in the slowest boat on water, Bill was lapped a couple of times before the course was shortened. The Lightning finished just in front of the Laser who were both several minutes ahead of the competition. Thanks again goes to Denholme Sailing Club for their warm welcome and the offer of biscuits from the biscuit tin.
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.