We went to the Cams Youth League at Grafham towing 3 boats(Mine, Aimee's and Helen's). We arrvied before 9AM. We unloaded the boats and rigged them.

It was quite breezy before the first race and it looked exciting and worrying. Once we signed on, rigged and got changed, we went to the briefing. When I found out the Laser Pico started on the same start as me, I was annoyed but got over it. We got ready to launch for the first race and heaed of to the start line.

I understood how the starts worked so I told the other Paxton members what to do and when it really started. I helped Aimee as she is new to racing and she wasn't sure how it worked. Once she started, our 5 Minute went not long afterwards. I was great. I had lined up on the line and in the last ten seconds, sheeted on. I was the first off the line and stayed there for a while.
William Russell in Topper 28197 gets a great start in the first race of the Cambs Youth League Grafham Water SC 2013, Helen Sharp in a Pico also gets a great start.
I came 10th in that race in the end.

In the second race, my start was ok but I drifted past the line but made up for it. I went to the Windward Mark very well. I sailed where the wind was stronger which shot me ahead of the other Toppers
William Russell, Tara Butterfield & Helen Sharp having a good race at Cambs Youth League Grafam Water SC

In that race I came 1st Topper which made so happy and I came 6th in that race. The 2nd race put me in a good mood so I had a good start and sailed well and in that race I came 2nd Topper and 9th. Overall in that day, I came 8th overall out of 34 boats and 1st Paxton boat. 2nd Paxton was Tara Butterfield in 15th overall and 3rd was Helen Sharp in 19th.

Charlotte Sharp and Aimee Russell raced for the first time at Grafham Water Sailing Club and did really well for young sailors. Charlotte came 33rd and Aimee came 34th but they put all the effort they had into the day of racing. All the Paxton Lakes Sailing Club members did really well at Grafham.
Charlotte Sharp at Cambs Youth League Grafham Water SC 2013

Aimee Russell at Cambs Youth League Grafham Water SC 2013
There are a lot more pictures here Cambs Youth League Grafham Pictures

Hello Sailing Club Member,
The sailing season is in full swing and as such, there are some events coming up that you may wish to get involved with, both at Paxton Lakes Sailing Club and elsewhere helping to promote the club.
The first of those events is Little Paxton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 11th May 2013 and the sailing club will be providing the BBQ  and will also be handing out flyers.  We are looking for volunteers on the day to assist with the BBQ.  We are not asking for you to give up the whole day, you should be able to enjoy the event as well.  Instead if you could provide an hour, or if you would like to help for more, that would be welcomed too.
We also need a few gazebos just in case the weather is wet or sunny.  Please let me know if we could borrow yours for the day.
If you have any questions or you would like to contribute please contact Tina on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07956 107615.
Thanks in advance.
Your Sailing Club.
Tina Harrison
Social Secretary
Paxton Lakes SC
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We are once again running a race training weekend at Grafham Water Centre. This year it will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

It will consist of two days of race training to help prepare for the NSSA Inland Championships at Datchet and the NSSA Regatta at Bassenthwaite.

Overnight accommodation in bunk rooms is available along with all meals.

This is for all levels of ability, the only requirement is the ability to sail a simple course and lots of enthusiasm.

Evening activities such as climbing wall, high ropes etc. are also available at a small additional cost.

Each option has an individual cost, this is to provide you with maximum flexibility. No option is compulsory.

Sailing (Saturday) : £5.00
Sailing (Sunday) : £5.00
Bunk Room (including evening meal and breakfast) : £21.50
Lunch (Sunday) : £5.50
Evening Activity (Saturday) : £6.00
So the total cost for all options for the weekend is £43.00

Please bring a packed lunch for Saturday.

To register, please log into the website and click on the link that will appear on the right hand side of the screen.


We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Dave Bain
01487 843829
07808 481898

Now in its third year it would be great to see more of our members competing for the Russell Winter Handicap Trophy.    For many years there have been some wonderful Winter Handicaps which are great opportunity to race in much larger fleets with some of the best UK sailors.  The Russell Trophy is all about encouraging and rewarding our members at Paxton Lakes to take part in these events.
This years Russell Winter Handicap Trophy will include the following events:

Grafham Grand Prix at Grafham Sailing Club
Sunday 30th December 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets 1st race start 11:00

Bloody Mary (40th Anniversary)
Saturday 12th January 2013
1 long Pursuit race (expect at least 250 other boats) Race start time for slowest boat is 12:00pm (make sure you aim to launch early as it can take a while to launch boats)

Steve Nicholson Memorial Race at Northampton Sailing Club
28th January 2013
2 handicap races with 3 separate fleets  1st Race start 11:00 for single handed and double handed Assymetrics start in the afternoon

Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club
2nd  & 3rd February 2013
3 back to back handicap races with a slow and fast start for Saturday lasting approx 45 mins each.  Then Sunday has 1 long non dis-cardable pursuit race

Some events have a restriction on the number of boats allowed and require you to pre-enter.  Please make sure you do this early.

As there are different formats for each of the races, from a 300+ single pursuit to 40-50 boat fleets based on handicap splits, to give an overall result your final position at each event will be taken and factored up based on the largest fleet across all events.  This will then give a point score for each event which is comparable across event and fleets.  You will also get 2 discards so your best 2 scores will count to your overall score.  A change for this year is that each sailor that takes part will score points for themselves so if you change crews or helms, change boats you individual scores will be the ones that count together.  If there are any ties then your best discard will be used to break a tie.

Just in case I miss you when I am looking through the results of each event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to let me know which you are going to.  This year I should be at all events so if you are unsure about anything or would like to find out more about each specific event just ask.
As we are approaching the end of the sailing season at Paxton Lakes I'd just like to bring a few dates to your attention:
  • Boxing Day Race
    A single race starting at 11.00 on the 26th December.
    Great opportunity to get the body moving again after the excesses of Christmas.
  • Work Parties
    13th January
    27th January
    10th February

    The old adage that many hands make light work was never truer than on a work party day. We always need all the help we can get to spruce up the club and clear away the willows ready for the coming season. Please bring gardening tools to cut back bushes.
  • AGM
    The Annual General Meeting will be held at 2 pm on January 13th, after the first work party. You'll get a more formal notice in with your membership renewal form.
On another tack:
Can I remind you to check that your boats are securely tied down for the winter. When I last walked round the dinghy park there were a surprising number of boats that had not a single line holding them down. Trust me, throwing an old tyre over the handles of the launching trolley will not keep the boat down when the winds get up!
Looking forward to seeing you all in the coming season.
John Stanness
Hon. secretary PLSC

Tickets nearly sold out. Please order now to avoid disappointment.
As we need to pre-order with the caterers last date you can order your tickets is Thursday 15th November!!!


The Laying Up Supper-24th November 2012 from 7pm

The event will be held at Little Paxton Village Hall (map here) and will have a British theme. All members, family and friends are invited to our annual dinner and prize-giving, which will be followed by a disco courtesy of Levitation Events. There will also be a raffle, please let Tina know (on the email address below) if you have any prizes you would like to donate.

People are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue to enter into the spirit of things!
Please click here to download the poster.
Tickets are now on sale through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please remember to submit your meal choices when you apply.  

Add yourself to the Facebook event here




Hornet Final Fling – Carsington SC 27th – 28th October 2012

Well done to our Commodore, Paul Carrington and Rear Commodore, Gareth Russell for a hard earnt second place at the final Hornet Open Meeting of the 2012 season held at Carsington Sailing Club.  Full report and pictures after the link..