Sunday 22nd May saw the Solo Cup and Single Handed Cup being raced for at Paxton Lakes SC.  A very windy day greeted the sailors with only 2 Solo sailors being brave enough for the conditions.  The Single Handed fleet however saw a number of sailors feeling brave.

The first race only saw the 2 Solo's finish in testing conditions with Pat Overs winning with Andy Anderson in 2nd place.  The 2nd race started after lunch but with everyone very tired after the 1st race the Single Handed Fleet was reduced.  After 40 mins there was only Bobby Martin still sailing so the race officer sensibly decided to abandon the race.

So that left the results from race 1 to provide the overall scores which gave Pat Overs the Solo Cup and the Single Handed Cup not awarded.

David New took the following photos to give you an idea of the conditions.

Andy Anderson and Pat Overs

More pictures after the link

 Some of you may know that every year Little Paxton holds a scarecrow festival. This year Paxton Lakes has entered a scarecrow by the name of Lee Ho. He's is currenlty sailing his Topper on the verge outside our house in Little Paxton Lane. Come along and see him and visit the festival this Saturday in the village hall. 

Pat Overs reports from his trip to a rather breezy Middle Nene Solo open.

Well it had been quite blowy for a few days so I will admit to a few nerves heading over to Middle Nene SC on Sunday morning. I knew Andy was going as well as a couple of our friends from Hunts so it would be a good social day if nothing else.

For me, Middle Nene was a nice club but one where I had a tendency to break things. The first year it was the kicker and last year my tiller. It is also one where a capsize quickly leaves you stuck in mud and needing assistance from the rescue teams. As it turned out this year wasn’t all that much different!

Attached is the first issue of the Water's Edge newsletter for the 2011 season. There are a couple of points that you should find useful so please take the time to have a glance.
John Stanness
SATURDAY 7th May 2011
10am to 4 pm
If you and your family and friends
would like to try sailing, please
accept this invitation.
(Safety equipment is provided but your feet may get wet, so come prepared and bring some old clothes)

For all the information about the day please look at the full invitation  click here
Dear club member,
Paxton Lakes sailing club is pleased to invite you to a weekend away to sail on the river Blackwater. The event will be hosted by Bradwell Outdoors, a purpose built residential outdoor activity centre. Dates 19th to 21st August 2011. Non-sailing members also welcome. 
The centre offers all tide access to a large sailing area on the Blackwater from its own slipway in a sheltered creak which also serves the marina next door. The weekend package will include the following for a cost of approximately £100 per person, depending on numbers applying to go. A deposit of £25 will be required with your booking, cash or cheques to Paxton Lakes Sailing Club please by the end of March. 

All the details and how to book your place after the link

4 boats from Paxton Lakes SC made the long 5 minute journey up the A1 to Grafham Water to take part in the 30th Grafham Grand Prix.  A total of 136 boats took part split across a number of fleets.  In the Medium fleet Paul & Tori Carrington in their Fireball came a credible 14th out of 26 boats.  The fleet they were racing in was extremely strong including a number of World Champions.  Meanwhile in the singlehanded fleet  Pat Overs and Andy Anderson were competing in the single handed fleet in their Solos with David New in his Laser Radial.  This was the largest fleet of 46 boats, again with a number of World Champions.  Andy came 20th, Pat 27th and David 42nd.
The second event was the Bloody Mary on the Queen Mary Reservoir west of London.  Toby Barsley-Dale and Gareth Russell came a very commendale 35th and Pat Overs a respectble 131 out of 238 boats.

The next event was the Steve Nicholson Trophy.  Paul and Victoria made the journey to Northampton Sailing Club.  They had a poor first race due to a Jib haliard failure but the second race was better.  They finished 47th overall out the 62 boats in the Symetric Double Hander Class.

Finally Toby/Gareth and Pat ventured up to Rutland for the Tiger Trophy.  Wind was very strong, too strong for Pat who was forced to retire before the first race. Toby/Gareth completed the first race but retired thereafter when Gareth agravated an old back injury.  Paul and Victoria took one look at the wind forcast and stayed at home!
The final rankings are:
1st Toby & Gareth
2nd Pat
3rd Paul & Tori
Full Results after the link

Sunday 12th December is the last series race of the year bringing the 2010 Frostbite series to its conclusion, then a few weeks off before our annual Boxing Day race.  Its one race starting at 11:00 followed by some mince pies before heading back home to finish off the turkey sandwiches.  Its then another break from sailing at Paxton Lakes SC until mid February when the sailing season will start again, although there will be the working parties and AGM during the sailing break so there is still a reason to jump in your car and come down to the club.

Just because the racing at Paxton takes a short break in the new year doesn't mean you can't keep your hand in.  There are a number of winter handicaps at clubs not very far from Paxton.