Special Races – 19th June 2011

With the club adorned in bunting, balloons and flags, Paxton took part in the nationwide campaign for ‘Sail for Gold’, with a series of “special” races, on the 19th June 2011. With a moderate to strong wind blowing 8 competitors, including both juniors and seniors, participated. With the prospects of medals being awarded at the end of the day, everyone threw themselves into the day enthusiastically.

To begin with, an ordinary pursuit race was sailed, the “special” part of this race being that all competitors had to start on the bank with dry feet. After some comical starts, Andy Anderson in his Solo predictably finished in first place but with everyone else close behind.

After a lunch break, a series of 3, high energy fifteen minute races, on a small course right in front of the club house provided great entertainment for the spectators. Yet again, Andy Anderson came out on top. However, there had been a shake-up of results further down the score sheet, with Bobby Martin and Matthew Bowden in lasers switching places.

The final race was another pursuit race but with another twist – personal handicaps were enforced. This gave the slowest boat (Andy Martin in a RS Terra Sport) a 9 minute lead on all other boats and left Andy Anderson starting some 25 minutes after start gun. The personal handicaps were very well calculated and produced an exciting conclusion to the race. The boats were all closing up for a photo finish but the wind dropped in the dying minutes of the race. Andy Martin sailed well taking full advantage of his head start so that he finished first with Tori close behind. This shot Andy Martin up the leader board when the double points were awarded but left Andy Anderson with a handful of points. The final results were as follows:

Position Comeptitor

1st Tori Carirngton - Topper

2nd Paul Carrington - Streaker

4th Simon Leonard - Laser

5th Andy Martin - RS Tera

6th Joe Sharp - Bosun

7th Bobby Martin - Laser

8th Matt Bowden - Laser

Well done to all who took part and a special thank you to Gareth for organising a very enjoyable day!


Tori Carrington


Hi All,

This Sunday 19th June is a "Special" Race Day.  So what is so special about it all you ask?  Well there will be a mixture of Pursuit and Handicap races.  The day will start with a Pursuit Race at 11:00 with a twist that it will be a LeMans start.  You may hold your boats to the shore but are not allowed in them until your class start.  After Lunch there will be three short races lasting only 15 mins over a short course so should be about 4 laps per race.  Then the final race at approx 2:30 will be another Pursuit Race.  This time however personal handicaps will be used based on the results of the races so far to set individual start times.  To add a little more spice to the overall results you will be able to discard your worst result from the first 4 races and the final Personal Handicap Pursuit Race will be like the Medal race in the Olymics and will score double points and have to be counted. 

There will be a briefing at 10:30 to explain how the day will work.

See you all on Sunday


Race report to follow shortly

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