Diary Date

Bass Week 2024 will run from 3rd-11th August. Note it in your diary!

Entries will open in early 2024. Details will be published here in due course.

Sun 13th Aug

After a long night on the dance floor there was a depleted fleet for the final race of the series, and regatta. There were some occasional light showers, and the wind was lighter than forecast, but brief planing opportunities remained.

The final prize giving followed, at which Commodores Ian and Andrea Preston thanked all that had contributed to prepare for and bring the week to a successful conclusion.

Following the presentation of the prizes for the Cutty Sark Challenge sponsored by The Lakes Distillery, there were some special awards for performance throughout the week

Miners Trophy for Best Flying 15 Robin Dawson and Mike Cowan
Ovington Trophy for Best Fast Handicap Mark Somerville and Joe Roberts
HiJinx Trophy for Best Junior Tristan Shaw
Endeavour Trophy – James Reekie
Caroline Storey Memorial for Female Stubbornness and Strength – Grace Allen, Grace Bullen and Georgina Kiorkpatrick

Sat 12th Aug

The final weekend and rain has finally moved in, hopefully just for the morning. The wind was available in abundance, so another busy day for the rescue crews!

There was a reduced turnout due to the conditions, and, of those that ventured out, several decided the gusts were of the boat bending type so retired. The changeable wind strength, and gusts, certainly proved testing, but with some great planing at times!

Three races completed, and numerous crews shattered after a challenging, exhilarating, day’s racing, sponsored by The Lakes Distillery. What more could they ask for other than a visit from the chippy, and a late night final fling disco?!

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Fri 11th Aug

Friday is here already! The rain has kept a low profile, and the sun been in regular attendance, but it could all be set to change for the weekend. Wind is forecast to be building up throughout the day so there could be challenging, and exciting, conditions ahead…

The windy conditions were sailable, but they ensured the rescue crews were kept busy! The morning race had one determined young sailor sailing for almost 100 minutes!

The conditions did put off many of the usual contenders for the afternoon junior/seniors race, especially as the wasn’t relenting. Although there were numerous capsizes, there weren’t too many squalls to overpower the rescue crews, but the race was kept relatively short. Surprisingly, the day passed without any rain showers! The day’s racing was sponsored by AC Yacht and Boat Surveyors.

Another prize giving followed before some live music later in the evening.

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Thu 10th Aug

The temperature has jumped overnight, the wind direction is perfect for sailing around the lake, but the high pressure is likely to limit the wind strength.

However, the wind direction held, and the wind strengthened sufficiently for a course around the lake for all but the two slower fleets. The race was for the Martini Challenge Trophy sponsored by Leyland Leisure Sales.

The afternoon race was the RNLI pursuit sponsored by Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges. It was a unique occasion in that all boats were in the same leg of the course at the same time! Well that’s what happens when the wind eases on a 2 mile beat.

The pursuit finished on the 4th leg, 2nd beat of the course, and was won by Mike Fairlamb and Jack Hardie from Bass in a Graduate, with several other boats close on their tail.

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Wed 9th Aug

A three race series sponsored by Ginger Boats with an early start and low winds proved challenging for the OD (and series sponsor). As the day went on the wind bedded in, though there were still plenty of shifts to gain or lose places!

The fast handicap fleet were prone to pushing the start and had two general recalls.

The sky’s the limit?

A late afternoon flypast from a chinook left some sailors feeling the power of its downdraught. We can’t be certain whether a subsdequent capsize was due to the downdraught or a lack of concentration due to the flypast!

The second prize giving of the week was held early evening, followed by live music till late.

Tue 8th Aug

The light northerly breeze was relatively steady until some of fleets had set off, and then it started to swing… Also, there were some inexplicable light patches (even though it is Bass!), but the shifts meant there were opportunities for big gains while competing for the Dubwath Cup, sponsored by Carruthers and Kent Wines.

The afternoon breeze bedded in from the west for the Nairn Pursuit sponsored by Heavenly Fish and Chips. The winds held, there were more exciting reaches and planing conditions, and some very busy mark rounding! However, the sun was in regular attendance, and everyone enjoyed their day’s racing.

Graham Vials and daughter led the pursuit finishing their 90 minute race with a very convincing 210 second lead!

Mon 7th August

Champagne style conditions were the order of the day with a westerly F3 base wind.

In the morning there was a three race mini series for novice sailors that sailed a windward leeward course in 15 min races. The wind gusts strengthened for the final race resulting in a handful of capsizes. The racing was sponsored by Luchini’s Ice Cream.

After lunch the full fleet racing for the Luffing Cup sponsored by Shake, Waffle and Roll, continued in similar conditions, so sailors were able to enjoy some good planing for the first time during the regatta. No black clouds to disrupt the wind patterns today, but there were plenty sunny intervals!

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Sun 6th August

No sign of the storms at Bassenthwaite. Sunday started with mirror like conditions, so racing was delayed by 45 minutes allowing the wind to fill in from the west.

Despite the wind bedding in, shortly after the first start it eased considerably for 5-10 minutes before returning.

The wind for the afternoon race seemed to be bolstered by a sea breeze until a black cloud moved in, and reaches turned into beats, then it continued to veer until the initial beats were runs, and the wind finally faded prolonging the race for half the fleet.

Fortunately the black cloud didn’t dump any rain…

The first prize giving of the week for the weekend series followed.

A visit from the fish and chip, and waffle, vans, should re-energise the sailors in time for the hotly contested quiz evening!

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Sat 5th August

Another Bass Week is ready and raring to go. The camp site is buzzing and everyone is gathering again like long lost friends, together with visits by some wind and rain (unfortunately)!

However, the forecast wind and rain were keeping a low profile, for the first race (at least) which was completed without incident, though a windshift made the beats somewhat one sided.

With so many boats on the water, it is not surprising there was a bump or two, hopefully nothing serious though!

The wind was steadier in direction for the second race, the rain held off, and the sun started to break through the clouds, for a good conclusion to the day’s racing sponsored by CraftInsure

The evening entertainment will commence with the Commodore’s reception, followed by a disco till late.

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Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Our wonderful caterers, Wild Zucchini, have published their breakfast and lunch menu. View it here…

Entries for CraftInsure Bass Week

2023 Catering

We have a variety of catering available throughout the week…

Breakfasts & Lunches

The wonderful Wild Zucchinis Cafe are providing a variety of delicious breakfasts and lunches throughout the week. Manon has a passion for healthy, fresh food with a foreign twist, we’re delighted to have her and her team on-site all week and we know her food will be a massive hit with hungry sailors and campers!

Evening Food Vans

Sunday 6th

  • Heavenly Fish & Chips
  • Shake Waffle & Roll

Monday 7th

  • Scream For Pizza

Wednesday 9th

  • Heavenly Fish & Chips
  • Shake Waffle & Roll

Saturday 12th

  • Heavenly Fish & Chips
  • Shake Waffle & Roll

2023 Social Programme

We have a bumper line-up of fun planned for your time off the water!


  • Commodore’s Reception
  • Disco


  • Children’s Quiz
  • Adult’s Quiz


  • Children’s Pirate Party
  • Live Music – Luke Mateur


  • Family Bingo
  • Barmy Bingo


  • Children’s Bouncy Castles
  • Live Music – Collision


  • Games Night
  • Gladiators & Sumo Wrestling!


  • Children’s Rainbow Ravers Party
  • Live Music – Out on Bail


  • Final Fling Disco – ’90s Theme Fancy Dress

Rescue Provision

redsealWe are pleased to be engaging the services of Red Seal Rescue to support and supplement our own rescue facilities throughout the regatta again.