The ONE Bassenthwaite Lake Sailing Week 2015

Did you spend your holiday with us at Bassenthwaite for our annual regatta?

The Bass team are always striving for continuous improvement and in this respect we would like your feedback on this years regatta.

If you have 5 minutes to spare please click on Questionnaire 2015 and let us know what was good about this year and where we can improve. For every 25th completed survey, the lucky individual will receive a £25 discount voucher off next years entry.

Thank you and congratulations to Zena Martin for her survey and winning the first voucher!

We have a second winner already – it’s Emma Smith. Not the Rear Commodore’s wife, but his brother’s!

Diary Date 2016

Bass Week 2016 will run from Saturday 30 July – Sunday 7 August.

Sunday 9th

The final day is upon us. The flagpole has been adorned with a selection of peculiar objects, but failed to get the thumbs up from the renowned perpetrator from years gone by.

The rain held off so that tents and awnings could be taken down dry, and a moderate breeze held for the final race of the series and regatta, though the fleets were somewhat depleted, perhaps after a long celebratory final evening…

There was an impressive final array of prizes from our main sponsor The Lakes Distillery, and they were presented by the Commodore’s wife, Kirstie Somerville.

In addition to the series prizes, there are various special awards for overall performances through the week.

Paul and Jude Allen received the Dave Ovington Memorial Trophy for the best overall fast handicap boat

Mike Moore received the Miners Trophy for the best overall Bass Flying 15

Maddy White received the Endeavour Trophy for her crewing efforts throughout the week.

Izzie Hunter received the Hi Jinx Trophy for best Bass sailor under 18
… and finally that shy, retiring visitor Nigel O’Donnell gave a tear jerking vote of thanks to the Club for delivering another fantastic regatta, something that we should ‘all be proud of’

More memories of the week can be found on the photographer’s website

Here’s an example of the fun Ben can do with the shots



Saturday 8th

File 08-08-2015 21 27 45Sunshine and a decent wind forecast – what more could anyone ask for? The reward at the end of this weekend’s series is a goodly supply of The ONE whisky…

With three races to get in, the winds were kind in strength, but did swing from time to time, much to the OD’s frustration. Perhaps the sun went to some sailors’ heads, as there were various protests throughout the day.

A sunny, but cooler evening, a barbecue by the caterers, and the final fling disco.

Official starter Herb, and wife Aileen, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, which was commemorated with a card from Her Majesty

Friday 7th

A glorious morning but no wind! Clouds moved in, and some wind followed but from the North East rather than forecast West. Racing did get underway at 12.30pm, and the wind held for an hour but then eased as it changed to the forecast direction leaving many fleets to wallow for a while, not something they’ve had the pleasure of this week!

The afternoon race was the ladies/juniors/over 60s race which was sailed in steadyish winds – how unusual is that?!

The 3rd prize giving of the week will be held this evening, and will be followed by Bass has Talent – there’s usually a vast array of acts performing. What will be in store for us tonight?

Thursday 6th

alexoliviaAfter a damp night for campers, perhaps the stormy weather has finally blown through? The day was dry, with lighter, shifty winds that still resulted in a handful of capsizes.

At lunchtime OD Alex took Olivia out to check the winds for the afternoon race when Olivia’s cousin(?) Ethan sailed past, raised a gennaker bearing the words ‘Marry me’. This was, of course set up by Alex, and he was delighted that Olivia accepted! After a quick toast by Herb, they soon went their separate ways with Alex officiating the afternoon pursuit race, and Olivia looking after the childrens’ party with some cheer leading.

Shortly after the start, the wind freshened slightly for the pursuit, giving the Mirrors more of a challenge, but they managed to hold off the competition until the final minutes of the 80 min race when Andy & Rob Smith in a GP, and Paul Allen in a Phantom, took the lead and finished moments apart in that order.

eveningThe evening was glorious and 31 boats took part in an early evening race which was run as a single race on fleet handicap basis.

A quiet evening followed barbecuing, and then watching films.

Wednesday 5th

Another southerly brought a smile to the OD’s face. A request from Paul Brotherton for long legs left OD Hunt wishing the same! However he did oblige by sending the fast handicap and Flying 15s from one end of the lake to the other in good winds that strengthened from time to time. Although there were spits and spots of rain throughout the morning, it came to nothing and then cleared for a glorious sunny afternoon. 

The 2nd race of the day was the pursuit postponed from Tuesday. The winds had eased a little from the morning but proved to be perfect conditions for the Mirrors which took 1st and 2nd overall 

A brief rain shower slightly delayed the 2nd prize giving of the week which had been set up outside!

Evening entertainment was live music

Tuesday 4th

Happy birthday Kim!

The wet element of the forecast seems to have eased (phew!), but we are still waiting to find out whether the wind strength, and the gusts in particular, are at a level that prove to be sailable…

The wind did moderate, though heavy squalls continued to pass through, and the morning race was sailed with a heavily depleted fleet. Starting on time meant a few sailors had a clear start as their competition was still heading towards the start line! The weren’t many boats that survived without capsizing, and several retired. 

A lunchtime reccie determined that the winds were still suitable for racing the pursuit, but shortly after the briefing the wind returned with a vengeance so the race was postponed an hour. Racing did get underway but the squalls came back , so racing was abandoned for the day shortly after the final start. 

The pursuit has been rescheduled to 2.30pm on Wednesday. The Nat West Cup will now just be a single race starting at 11.00am

ONE cocktails are on the cards tonight…

Monday 3rd

A picture speaks a thousand words…
 With only one afternoon race scheduled, it was a quiet morning in the sunshine for most people.

The OD checked out the suitability of the wind in the southern end of the lake to send the fleet down there for the third race in a row! The conditions proved to be more shifty than Sunday, with some severe gusts that flattened various boats from time to time. Bass Week virgin (we believe) Paul Brotherton, 49er coach, got a taste of Bass and enjoyed a 3 mile spinnaker reach back in a 505, leaving the nearest competition about 8 mins behind!

No doubt there’ll be some barbecuing in the mild clear evening before live music in the club house to entertain the campers tonight.

Tuesday’s forecast is not looking good – lots of rain and wind – but that doesn’t take account of the Bass factor, so watch this psace…

Sunday 2nd

thumb_IMG_2490_1024The high winds of Saturday eased and backed to the south offering the perfect opportunity for a race around the lake. With the lead boat in the handicap fleet completing the main ‘lap’ in less than an hour they were sent on a part lap back up to Scarness. They were the only fleet that needed to sail the short lap but many other boats didn’t hear there finish signal, or look out for the S flag, and had to endure an extra beat unnecessarily.

The wind did ease slightly for the afternoon race but the true southerly was too good an opportunity not to send the fleets around the lake again. No laps of honour this time, but the onset of rain caused the rain to ease even more.

An excellent weekend’s racing, which had more than 140 boats sailing, was sponsored by The Lakes Distillery, and Paul Currie, their MD, presented an array of The ONE Gin to those old enough to receive it (There was certain to be a few disappointed parents hoping to blag the spirit!). After a prize giving, Sunday’s entertainment took the form of a quiz night. No doubt it’ll be as rowdy as ever!

Saturday 1st

preparationsFriday was a busy day setting up camping for the next 9 days, and meeting old friends. How many people will be threatening to stop drinking already? The weather was kind until the night when the watertightness of the tents was tested somewhat!

Saturday has arrived and it is bright and sunny – a good time to set up boats in time for the start of racing this afternoon. Plenty of wind was forecast, and it wasn’t wrong! Great winds, and sunshine, led to numerous capsizes, and a few collisions! (Not the best way to start the regatta). Who could ask for better conditions? So there are two races complete after lots of clean starts. Long may it continue!

This evening’s entertainment will be the Commodore’s reception followed by a disco

Bass15 Galley – Evening Meal Deal plans – subject to variation!

ARRIVAL Night – Friday 31st July
Homemade Chicken in White Wine & Sweet Shallot Casserole served with new potatoes or rice plus Sweet choice and Drink (Meal Deal only)
Introductory Price: TakeAway – Just £4.50 – (main served in takeaway foil containers); Meal Deal incl Sweet choice and Drink Just £5.45 adult; £3.45 children under 10
Normal Pricing:
TakeAway – Just £4.50 – (main served in takeaway foil containers); Plated Meal Deal, including Sweet choice and Drink (Tea, Coffee or Juice) Just £6.50 adult; £4.75 children under 10
BBQ Evening – Saturday 1st August
Burger, Sausage and Chicken Goujon served with Pea Mint Salad, Tomatoes, Cucumber New Potatoes And Bread Baps
7.30pm – Commodore’s Reception followed by disco

INDIAN Evening – Sunday 2nd August
Homemade Hot Lamb Keema, Medium Balti Chicken, Mild Chicken Tikka Masala, Medium Chickpea, Spinach & Potato with Rice
7pm – Children’s quiz; 9pm – Main Quiz

PIE Night – Monday 3rd August
Homemade Creamy Chicken & Ham, Steak & Ale, Shepherds, Chunky Vegetable with New Potatoes and Garden Peas
7pm – Children’s disco; 9pm – Live music

ITALIAN Evening – Tuesday 4th August
Homemade Beef Lasagne, Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni, Spaghetti Bolognaise served with Garlic Bread (Pizza for children)
11am – Children’s activities, 8pm – Cocktail night

ORIENTAL Evening – Wednesday 5th August
Thai Green Chicken Curry, Sweet & Sour Pork, Red Thai Vegetable Curry with Rice
9pm – Live music

MEXICAN Night – Thursday 6th August
Three Bean Chocolate Chilli, Piri Piri Chicken, Beef Chilli Con Carne with Rice or Wrap
Afternoon – Children’s party; Film night

FISH Night – Friday 7th August
Fish Chowder & Crusty Bread, Fish Pie with Mash Top, with Peas and Sweet Corn (Burger in bun or Hot Dog for Children)
8pm – The Bass Factor

BBQ Evening – Saturday 8th August
Homemade Chicken in White Wine & Sweet Shallot Casserole served with new potatoes
7pm – Children’s disco, 9pm Final fling disco
TakeAway – Just £4.50 – (main served in takeaway foil containers); Meal Deal plated, including Sweet choice and Drink (Tea, Coffee or Juice) Just £6.50 adult; £4.75 children under 10
Hot & Cold Snacks:
Between Breakfast and Lunch / Lunch and the Evening Meal we will serve a variety of hot and cold snacks – these will not be available during meal service
Thank you Alan and Karen.

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Final Countdown

Bass Week 2015 is just weeks away. Yippee we hear you shout!

If you haven’t entered yet don’t forget to do so before the online bookings and discounts come to an end on 27 July.

Are you a winner?

If you were skilful enough to win any trophies last Bass Week please ensure you clean, polish, and return them to us for award at this year’s regatta. 


Our Winter upgrading works has included regrading the lower camping field, and although it is good to go for camping we are concerned that traffic on this part of the site will damage it. As a result vehicles will be asked to park up at the entrance to the lower camp site and carry their tents etc to their preferred pitch.

Our new caterers, Rural Recipes Catering, will be on site all week and starting the week with an evening meal on the Friday. Don’t forget to pre-book your meal.

Not a lot of people know that…

BASSENTHWAITE Lake isn’t a lake at all. It’s a railway station.

The railway engineers had the option of serving Bassenthwaite by going north of Broadwater, with a station near the village, or south of it, with a station near the lake, at Dubwath.

The railway called that station “Bassenthwaite Lake Station”, to distinguish it from the proposed “Bassenthwaite Village Station” – but the arriving tourists thought that was the name of the lake.

Eventually, Ordnance Survey gave up trying to keep the proper name and so Broadwater now appears on maps as “Bassenthwaite Lake”.

Competitor List

Bass Week Fees 2015

Fees held at 2014 prices

Brochure Prices
Camping fees 2015
Mid June Post Mid June On Site
Per Week
Caravan / Motorhome / Trailer Tent £122.00 £183.00 £201.00
6 – 8 Person capacity tent £122.00 £183.00 £201.00
3 – 5 Person capacity tent £109.00 £161.00 £177.00
2 person capacity tent £71.00 £106.50 £116.00
Awnings and gazebos £46.00 £68.00 £75.00
Per night
6 – 8 Person capacity tent £38.00 £46.00 £50.00
3 – 5 Person capacity tent £25.00 £28.00 £30.00
2 person capacity tent £19.00 £21.00 £23.00
Sailing fees
Mid June Post Mid June On Site
Sailing fees for double handers:
1st Weekend series £29.00 £32.00 £35.00
Mid-week series £80.00 £88.00 £97.00
2nd Weekend series £29.00 £32.00 £35.00
Inclusive £97.00 £115.00 £138.00
Single race entry £11.00
Sailing fees for single handers:
1st Weekend series £21.00 £23.00 £25.00
Mid-week series £56.00 £62.00 £68.00
2nd Weekend series £21.00 £23.00 £25.00
Inclusive £71.00 £83.00 £100.00
Single race entry £9.00
Friday pm race £5.00
Launch fee for non racing craft:
Week entry £40.00 £44.00 £48.00
Daily entry £19.00

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.