Bass Week 12

Diary Date – Bass Week 2013: 3-11 August


First WeekendMondayTuesdayNairn PursuitWednesdayThursdayRNLI PursuitFriday, Ladies/Junior/60+Final Weekend

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Sombre Sunday

The final day is here, along with plenty of wind for a final race. After eight days of racing, entertaining and merriment, many people are somewhat jaded and taking advantage of the dry weather to pack up. The early risers may have spotted the flagstaff was again adorned with an odd collection of artefacts.Racing was slightly delayed, not due to the wind but, the rescue crews seemed to be slow risers (perhaps they had been celebrating late into the night?). Racing for the reduced fleet of about 60 boats took the faster boats well down the lake in some choppy conditions, but the wind strength gave rise to some exciting reaches on the way back. Indeed some boats seemed reluctant to end their sailing as they proceeded to do a final lap of honour in the bay (apparently they could not hear the finishing horn) A medical emergency resulted in the air ambulance attending. Pam Errington has been in touch to advise that, after being flown to Newcastle, Roger is recovering well and thanks everyone at the club for the excellent response.At the final prize giving of the regatta, the Commodore thanked all those that had worked so tirelessly to prepare for the week, and work through the challenges that occurred, including the small matter of the flooding in the campsite.
In addition to the racing prizes, the following further special awards were made.
Endeavour Trophy
Sam Wright
Bass Young Sailor
Hi-Jinx Trophy
Ethan Dawson
Best Bass Sailor Under 19
Miners’ Trophy
Mike Moore
Best Bass F15
Ovington Trophy
Wayne Fletcher
Best Fast Handicap


Sun Soaked Saturday

A warm overnight SE breeze continued to blow as campers awoke, and it is likely to continue throughout the day to ensure there is some fantastic sailing conditions for the final weekend.The wind held and there were three great races taking the fleets part way down the lake.One final fling disco to exhaust those still standing, and a final race tomorrow with the promise of winds slightly stronger than today. Wonderful.

Dressing down perhaps but their ‘Lady Like’ tendencies shone through

Weekend is Almost Here

Yet another fantastic morning, but the forecast is dire sailing wise. Will a sea breeze save the day?

It was a glorious day in the sunshine to be waiting for wind. There were occasional patches of wind that partly took over the mirror-like lake, but nothing substantive until after lunch when a northerly breeze covered the lake. The OD went out, and took the fleets with him, but the wind faded, and came back, and faded yet again, and despite the expectation of a westerly sea breeze it never really materialised. It was over two hours, and several waiter served drinks to the committee boat later, before a breeze was steady enough for the OD to set a course, but racing was eventually underway.

Keen not to lose the Ladies/Junior/60+ race, the OD went out again for an early evening start at around 6.30, being the latest ever Bass Week race, and subsequent prize giving which got underway at 8.15. The prize giving started with an impromptu protest into the validity of Petra and Alison’s authenticity of gender to enter the Ladies’ race. Although the crowd were fully supportive of their entry, the Commodore over-ruled them and disqualified the pair. Petra held her head up, continued to proclaim she was ‘a lady’, and went on to serve behind the bar for a few hours!

Too quick assuming their position? Puckering up to the Commodore
paid no dividends





After supper, sailors took to the bar and enjoyed some live Elvis music.

Saturday’s forecast is more promising which is just as well because there are three races to get in.


Morning mist followed a cold night for campers. Surely it’ll be another glorious day, but we may have to wait for the wind…

Surprisingly the wind did fill in on time and racing started on time with a reasonable breeze. The wind stayed for the afternoon RNLI pursuit which was such a close call at the finish neither of the two boats on the line could be certain who had won. However, John and Jack Telford had led the full race in their Mirror and won their 2nd pursuit trophy of the week.

The sun stayed out all day, and the very sociable Social Secretary postponed the Olympic games night in favour of going for drinks and nibbles..

Wednesday – The Longest Day

Well Wednesday does have 9 letters, but it also happens to be the middle of the week, so will it be a turning point?

Will the wind come in as yesterday, or will it be a waiting game? Only time would tell. The wind swung to the forecast direction by the scheduled start time with a good strength. The afternoon wind strength was backed up by a sea breeze to top off a great days sailing.

Longest day included what seemed to be the longest prize giving too!Continuing the Olympic theme, the top 3 boats in the Nairn Pursuit were awarded medals and are all seen here standing on the podium with Winners john and Jack Telford holding the trophy aloft.There was some live music to entertain everyone into the early hours.

Tuesday – Turning Point of the Week?!

Another calm start to the morning, but the wind is forecast to come in and hopefully the showers will pass us by!

A late night at the disco means there are a few subdued people around at present. Can’t be said of Roystan who claims to have ‘let his hair down’ last night!

The morning race was started in lighter than expected, swinging, airs  which freshened as the race progressed and led to a few capsizes. The wind had steadied by the afternoon for the Nairn pursuit, and John and Jack Telford, sailing a Mirror, were first off the start line and held that lead for the full 90 mins of the race, with the 2nd boat, a GP sailed for the first time by Scumper, a matter of 100m behind.

A lovely evening had many people barbequing and sitting out well after dark.

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A New Week, Same Old Weather (at the moment!)

Monday started with showers, and little wind, with the expectation that there would be a reasonable breeze to get the sailors around the lake in the only race of the day this afternoon.

Though the showers are likely to continue throughout the day, there is sun on the horizon!

Have you spotted the BatesCam yet? It’s a little temperamental, but hey ho it’s getting there.

Fortunately, the wind filled in and the rain stayed away. As the wind was from the West, the normal Monday course around the lake seemed to OD Toggle that it would be a waste of the first decent breeze of the Regatta, so he opted to take the fleet to Scarness then, bring them back into the main bay. Although he kept having to convince himself that he was right, the issues that sailors experienced getting to, and from, Scarness surely made them appreciate the gusty conditions in the bay which gave them some great planing conditions.

Hopefully, the rain will stay away for the evening and give campers a chance to get their barbeques out again before the disco which will keep everyone entertained until the early hours.

If the forecast is correct, tomorrow’s sailing will be as good as today’s but even brighter and sunnier!

Slow, Sorry Make That Soggy Sunday

The forecast is for light winds, and that’s what we have. It seems unlikely that there will be any catching up on the race that was lost yesterday as we could be relying on a sea breeze to get racing underway.Inklings of a breeze at the southern end of the lake had the OD inspecting the options of setting a course down there, but with wind coming from the North, it was going to be a long haul to get the boats down there. By the time he returned to the jetty the breeze had started to blow from the South-West! Although it took a while for the fleets to prepare and get to the start line, that wind direction held for the duration of the race, and everyone was ashore to watch Ben Ainslie win gold in the Finn class medal race! Little known fact, but both Ben Ainslie and Ian Percy (or was it Andrew Simpson?) sailed at Bass in 1987, albeit in the Oppie Nationals!

After lunch, the wind had moved back to the South, and the OD had prepared an interesting Vareoesque course, but before racing started the wind faded, swung to the East, and then the North. With the hope of the sea breeze being the saviour of the day disappearing, racing was abandoned.

The option to hold the prize giving in the clubhouse proved to be fortuitous, though it was eventually postponed as the heavens opened, and it was all hands to the pumps (almost literally) to help campers rescue their belongings before their tents were potentially flooded out.Hopefully the worst has past, and we enjoy some good drying weather in the not too distant future.Due to the disruption, the quiz night started somewhat later than scheduled, and although it was a shortened version it was after midnight before a winning team was identified – The Trident Team were Triumphant!


Saturday – The Countdown is Complete

Although there were rain showers overnight, the day started dry with a gentle breeze, but the forecast suggests that getting racing underway could well be challenging.

The first race got away on time and the wind filled in a little, before changing direction as a sea breeze came in. This resulted in some mark moving to reintroduce a beat, and part of the repositioning meant that the fleets had to do pirouettes around one mark. During the race lightning could be seen to the north, and rain elsewhere, but the Bass micro-climate the club and racing area stayed dry. It was not to last though, when the rain moved in it came with a vengeance, and there was a deluge that flooded tents out (it didn’t do much for cars with their windows left open either!). The OD went out to prepare for another race, but with the lightning continuing, and the wind fading, he opted to go ashore for a while. The wind did look promising when he went out again, but it was not to be. The wind swung, then faded, resulting in racing being abandoned for the day.

At least the competitors have a Commodore’s reception and some live music to look forward to this evening. In the meantime, the Olympics will have a few more viewers.

Bass Week is Here! Day -1

What a glorious view to kick off the week, though it was to be another couple of hours before visitors were itching to get on to site, set up their tents etc., and prepare for the week ahead.

Mr T was one of those first to be spotted with a beverage of the alcoholic variety. Meanwhile others were keeping a close eye on the Olympic sailing, or doing some ‘remote’ working (what better place to do it though!).


The ‘internet cafe’ was spotted with no takers (well for a short while!)By the evening, the threat of rain had remained just that (a threat) and the campsite looked as if it had been there for an eternity, barbeques had been lit, and Andrea, the very sociable social secretary, had got back into the swing of signing off her tannoy announcements with ‘Roger Roger’ (poor little rabbit).Late evening came, there was a gathering to watch the finals of various Olympic events, and then everyone adjourned to the bar.Bass Week 2012 is well and truly here!

Working Party

Many thanks to everyone who helped out at the working party this evening. It was great to see so many members turning up despite the weather. The club and grounds are looking great in preparation for the week and everything’s coming together for what we hope will be an excellent Bass Week in our diamond jubilee year. Let’s all pray to the sun and wind gods especially hard for the next few days!!

Thanks again,


New for 2012