Cambs Youth League at Paxton Lakes Sailing Club 2013

We arrived quite early as Gareth, my dad, was race officer for the day. We got out some boats for Grafham Onboard to use and then I rigged my own boat. The Sharps had camped the night at the club so their boats were already rigged. Some competitors from other clubs had just arrived and were unloading their boats. Bobby and Andy turned up and their dad came as rescue with their powerboat. Tara came not long after them and sailed a club Laser with a 4.7 sail. The club was packed with boats. There were 35 competitors. The wind was very poor. Over the working week, it was very windy sometimes hitting 30 knots. That all died over night. At 8 in the morning, there was none left. We were lucky to get some races in.

The first race was supposed to start at 11 but with there being hardly any wind; the race was postponed for a while. The race committee finally started the first race so everyone launched. I helped out some new racers at our club and others get their boats in the water and launched. The fast handicap boats started first then 3 minutes later, Toppers and Laser Picos started and finally 3 minutes after them was the Teras and Optimists. On the Topper start, I was right on the line. They pulled up the X flag meaning someone was over. Harry Moffatt had to go back through the line while we all beated up to the first mark. This didn’t cost anything to Harry as he raced right back to the front of the fleet. I had to tack onto port and head towards the mark. I had to go round everyone but I got stuck in dirty wind. Andy managed to keep his wind as we went on the same sort of route before we tacked. I started drifting and then some boats crashed into me because I was windward boat also pushing me into the mark. As soon as I got round the mark, I did 3 turns by mistake though I only had to do 2. I was very far back now near the last start. I was sailing in clear air so I managed to catch up everyone during the race and overtake them. I managed to get quite near to the front of the Topper fleet. In that race, I came 11th overall. Bobby came 14th, Andy came 18th, Helen came 23rd, Charlotte came 34th, Beth came 33rd, Peter came 26th, Jack came 28th and Aimee came 30th.

We went in for lunch and the postpone flag came up again. When it finally came down, we all started launching. I helped a few get started and then launched myself. I sailed up towards buoy 9 when Harry told me there was wind round at the back of the islands near buoy 7. We went round the island waiting for the start sequence. Once the fast Handicap boats started, we all came to the line and got ready. Nobody in our fleet was over this time. I got a good start up to the first mark and stayed with the front of the fleet. In that race, I came 14th overall. Bobby came 3rd, Andy came 16th, Helen came 23rd, Charlotte came 28th, Beth came 34th, Peter came 24th, Jack came 33rd and Aimee came 26th.

Everyone waited for a while for the third race but  the abandon flag was pulled up because it was getting too late for another race and there wasn’t a ripple on the lake.
We all packed up and went to prize giving. First they gave out the trophies for the day. Beth got the youngest competitor trophy. Then they gave out the overall trophies. I got the 1st under 15 trophy. Everybody had a good day even though there was no wind.

Full Results here

By William Russell
Paxton Lakes Sailing Club invites you, along with friends and family, to an evening for all the family on Saturday 30th November at Little Paxton Village Hall. 

This year we are hosting a general quiz night at the village hall. The food included will be buffet style such as; meat and fish platters, pastries, salads, crispy bread, snacks and crisps, followed by a selection of cold sweets.

We will also use the evening to award prizes for this year's sailing successes. Or you might be lucky enough to win a raffle prize!

And this is all for the bargain price of £10 a ticket for adults and £5 for children 12 and under. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there
Tina Harrison
Saturday 12th October sees the final round of the Cambs Youth League 2013 come to Paxton Lakes Sailing Club.  The Cambs Youth League is open to junior members of, Hunts, Ely, Cam, Paxton, Grafham and Grafham On Board sailing clubs.  Entry is only £1 per boat.  First race is at 11:00 with a briefing at 10:30 am.  Then two races in the afternoon.

More details of the Cambs Youth League and the rules can be found here

Any questions contact Gareth Russell  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Saturday 11th October sees the final round of the Cambs Youth League 2014 come to Paxton Lakes Sailing Club.  

The Cambs Youth League is open to junior members of, Hunts, Ely, Cam, Paxton, Grafham and Grafham On Board sailing clubs.  Entry is only £1 per boat.  First race is at 11:00 with a briefing at 10:30 am.  Then two races in the afternoon.  If you have raced before or just thought about racing then come and join in.

The club will be open from approx 9:00 am.  Club boats will be avaliable to Paxton SC members free of charge on a first come first served basis, if you are planning on using a club boat please let me know before the weekend.  Hot food will be avaliable at lunchtime with snacks and drinks avaliable at other times.

Sailing Instructions can be viewed here with more details of the Cambs Youth League and the rules can be found here

Any questions contact Gareth Russell  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We arrived at Hunts only towing 1 boat instead of 3 or more. We unloaded the boats and rigged. The Sharp Family had been at Hunts from 8 so we already rigged. Tara, Bobby and Andy were sailing for their school so they were unable to attend. Helen forgot her kicker so we made a last minute rope to act as it. Once we had rigged our boats and got changed, we waited for the briefing. The commodore explained which rules were being used and what the course was. Not long after the briefing, we all launched.

There was some breeze but not much of it. The forecast said there was going to a lot of wind but it moved to the next day. Lasers and Handicap had the first start, then it was Toppers and Picos and finally it was Optimists and Teras. The wind was quite shifty during the day making it harder. As the lasers set off, Helen and I were getting ready in our five minutes. In the last 15 seconds I was drifting down the line unaware of how near I could get to the wind to go towards the mark. Helen decided to follow me down the start ever since Grafham when I had great starts. It was a good thing we were the other end of the line because Monty (a friend from Hunts) ended up capsizing in front of everyone. All the others were stuck behind him trying to go round him. We ended up sailing too far from the mark due to us drifting down the line. Helen was following the swarm of Toppers. I managed to gain on the downwind sections of the course and managed to overtake a few Toppers. Beth and Charlotte were in clear air making them sail faster because they didn't have lot of boats near them after their start. In the end, I came 27th and Helen came 32nd. Beth came 42nd beating a few other boats including some who didn't even finish and Charlotte came 38th.Helen and I were losing on the upwind sections, so after having some lunch we worked out what went wrong and what to improve.

After lunch we all launched again for the 2nd race. With more understanding of the course I sailed up to the start line feeling confident. When the Topper/Pico fleet five minute countdown started, I ended up starting my watch ten seconds out. In the last 20 seconds I completely forgot that this had happen. I was powering up but I stopped, thinking I would be over if I carried on but I could've had a great start if I remembered. After stopping I repowered as the go went, quickly catching the fleet up. After we all went round the windward mark, we were still a huge pack and stayed like that up to the next mark which ended badly. I was on the outside hoping for clear air to get pass this. I was starting to overtake the pack but it wasn't enough to get pass before the mark. Everybody started yelling "Room" as we all piled up to the mark. Harry (a friend from Hunts) and I were on the outside quickly bearing away to give them all room. Even though we had given everyone enough room, they decided not to use it ending in a lot of shouting and crashes. Helen was in the middle of this and another Pico thought he could go through on the inside, but there was no room so he just crashed. I managed to get pass this mess and sail on. Helen and I were beating a lot better in this race keeping our place. In the end I came 22nd, Helen came 28th, Charlotte came 38th and Beth came 41st. We all improved in that race. We came in for the final time waiting for the next race.

They moved the marks around to make the course different. There were different beats and runs. Also there were some nice reaches for asymmetric spinnaker boats. Once they had moved the marks, we all launched again. As they moved the marks, I checked out the new locations and what were going to be hard. In the last 20 seconds of the Topper/Pico start, I was powering up starting to move towards the line which was a few boat lengths away. As the go went I was flying over the line. My only good start of day. Helen was behind me with the Toppers going through line. I ended up getting a really nice beat to the windward mark with very little tacks. I was trying to keep the gap between me, Harry and some others to the rest of the Topper/Pico fleet. I managed to keep up with Harry for a while. On my last lap I was going to a mark as the rest of the Topper fleet were going to another mark further back and were really surprised. In that race I came 2nd Topper and 10th overall. Helen came 24th, Charlotte came 37th and Beth came 46th. I preferred that course to the other one. After a good day of sailing we packed up and went to the prise giving. No Paxton boats got any trophies but still did very well. I came 18th overall, Helen came 28th overall, Charlotte came 42nd and Beth came 43rd out of 45. Everyone did really well. Written by Will Russell
Don't forget its the Youth Trophy this weekend. Race training on Saturday morning followed by 4 short races in the afternoon. Then 6 short races on Sunday. Be ready for 10:00 am Saturday. All under 19's welcome who can sail. There is also a BBQ on Saturday after sailing.
Dear club member,
Paxton Lakes sailing club is pleased to invite you to a weekend away to sail on the river Blackwater.  Repeating the success of the last two years, the event will once again be hosted by Bradwell Outdoors, a purpose built residential outdoor activity centre. Dates 24th to 26th August 2013. Nonsailing members also welcome and there will be plenty for you to do and see.
Further information is in the attached invitation.  If you would like to know more please contact Pat Overs
If you would like to take part please let Pat know and send back the attached booking form.
Many Thanks
Paxton Lakes Sailing Club

We arrived at Ely Sailing Club for the Cambs Youth League at 9 am followed by Gareth, towing Beth's Opi, Charlotte's Tera and William's Topper, Then followed by Paul, towing Tara's Pico. Finally Nick showed up towing Bobby's Laser, Andy's Topper and my Pico.  We looked over at the Lake and it was very windy and the gusts were frequent and the water was swirling all over the lake, this was because it was so high up. The wind looked challening but exciting. It was then, a mad rush to rig all the boats and to get changed into our sailing gear. We had to take our boats down to the slipway but had to walk down the long uneven bumpy track. When we eventually got down the slipway you were alreay tired. We got all the boats on the water by using the non- existant slipway which was really hard to launch all the boats. Then we had to sail to the jetty and moored up to it. Then we had a briefing and got ready for the first race to start.

After waiting for absulute ages which left like hours, the race started in three sections. The  Opis and Teras then the Toppers and Picos and the RS Fevas and then the Lasers. We were about the start and Tara capsized on the line. we all thought that it was challenging and fun even though we didn't know where the bouys were. It was a good race and there were a few capsizies for most. But Andy managed to capsize 22 times! In that race Bobby came 4th, William came 10th, I came 12th, Tara came 14th and Andy came 17th. but Charotte capsized and did not finsh the race due to the exhaustion and Beth didnt start because she hit her head on the boom before the race started.

The second race started much more smoothly and we found that race alot more eaiser to go around the lake because we knew where the bouys were. But Andy still managed to capsize another 8 times and we all capsized a few times in that race with William doing a nice Death role behind me and Andy retired that race on his 8th capsize . Beth and Charlotte started the race but didn't finish because of the windy conditions. As I went over the finish line, the Race Officers, didnt finish me, so i had to do an extra lap on my own but the hooter went off, I had capsized and had to carried on with the race. At the end of that race I came 6th, Bobby came 7th, Tara came 10th and William came 11th. When we got off the water the wind was increadably strong and the gusts also got stronger and really heavy .

There was a briefing before the third race and the Race Officer adivsed that only the Experienced Saliors went out to do the race. This was because the wind picked up even more and out of 28 boats only 13 boats took part in this race. The Sailors from Paxton, were Bobby, William, Tara and myself. As we were waiting for the start, we could see Andy in the Tera towing the Topper that Charlotte was in as ,they took their boats over to the Jetty. This time, we found the race alot easier because we had four bouys to go around and we knew where they all were. At the end of that race Tara had capsized 8 times and no one else had capsized in that race. Bobby came 7th, I came 8th, William came 9th and Tara came 12th.

Overall the day went really well and Andy capsized 30 times altogether and it was Beths first time sailing there. All the Juniors enjoyed the day and we brought home 3 of the 9 Awards. Beth got Youngest Competitor,Charlotte got First under 12's and I won First Girl. The overall results were Bobby came 5th, I came 8th,William came 10th, Tara came 11th, Andy came 19th, Charlotte came 20th and Beth 23rd. All the juniors did very well even though it was very windy. It was a great day of Sailing. By the end of the day, everyone was really tired and worn out.

By Helen Sharp

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