Diary Date

For those of you planning ahead to 2017, Bass Week will run from 5 – 13 August 2017.

See you there!

Thanks for the feedback

We are getting some great comments from those completing the questionnaire – Thank you!

  • Mixed wind conditions, great racing and great company
  • Taking our kids out racing – getting a top 10 finish in a series. Watching the kids make their bass friends…
  • The people
  • Bass week is special!
  • The members, so helpful, I’m amazed at how much work they put in to make Bass week a great event .Enjoyed the week immensely well worth the 700 mile round trip and will be there next year, hopefully my sailing will improve by then. Safety boat crews were on the ball,very good. Kind regards, Frank
  • Lovely place, people and sailing every year.
  • Good wind working on wining one day love going down the lake
  • All the hard work by my team!
  • As usual you make us all feel very welcome, and the racing as always was professionally run.
  • Fabulous water, scenery and an excuse to travel together with friends and do what we all love the most!
  • Having a separate start for SOLO class!
  • The racing as ever was fun and friendly . This year there were more female laser sailors which enhanced things personally for me but I appreciate that is outwith your control. Flexibility regarding boats/rigs you can race in means we can sail whatever the conditions which is great.
  • Friendly Bass members and the attention to detail from the sailing aspect especially the sailing sec and his team.077
  • Having the opportunity to sail with the family, on site camping and entertainment provided. It\’s a highlight of our year and we have only been twice!
  • Ability to sail at such a lovely location with friends at a price that makes it accessible to all. Very friendly and extremely well organised. Thank you.
  • Doing what I enjoy with people I like for a week and not having to travel far. Can’t beat it.
  • Everything … racing, evening entertainment, food, drink, friends, atmosphere, hospitality, welcome … I could go on forever! Basically, I spend all year looking forward to Bass 🙂 Thank you.
  • It was fantastic as usual. I can\’t thank you all enough for all the hard work you put into making it such an excellent week. The showers were fantastic this year too.
  • Loved the family friendly aspect of the whole event. Great for the kids. I also thoroughly enjoyed being in amongst many like-minded people who simply love the sport of sailing. Really great stuff.
  • The racing and competitiveness of the visitors
  • Retro disco and old friends combined with excellent racing.
  • The racing
  • I only decided to attend a few days before because I was able to sort out my work commitments. Tom and I had a great time, please pass on our thanks to everyone that helped organise the Week.
  • as always meeting lots of other sailors plus the scenery!
  • A nice friendly atmosphere
  • The racing format, the atmosphere and that it is fun. Thank you.
  • The people – the place – the team – the sailing
  • Everyone is always so welcoming and helpful, makes the week run so smoothly even when it’s obviously hard work for all involved. The sailing is inclusive for all levels and apart from a couple of the FF sailors barging around the lake, a good level of sportsmanship is achieved.
  • There was a great atmosphere at Bass week, with lots to watch and lots of people to meet. The racing not being one series, meant we could dip in and out and just go and have fun. Watching so many boats on the water is a great sight, in spectacular surroundings.
  • It’s a lovely club, great sailing area & very friendly. Already looking forward to visiting again.
  • The One Gin!!!!!!!!!

Ben Unwin’s Video Compilation


Not the best GoPro footage ever filmed (Ben’s words!), but you may wish to watch it. The music was unknowingly chosen by the rowdy lot who were trying to remember the lyrics at 2:00am one morning

TV Coverage

If you missed the TV coverage last week, view it here

Sunday 7 August

The final fling has been flung, and the final day is upon us. Would the weather be kind and allow the winds to ease to let us have the one more race? Time would reveal all very soon.

Through the wind was freshening again, when the OD set the start line, the base wind strength was no more than Saturday afternoon, though there were strong gusts passing through which seemed to last longer and longer.

Various fleets had believed the forecast and packed away their boats, so the number of boats sailing was well down, but those that did race had to work had to cope with the gusts and backers on the beat, and enjoyed some more spectacularly breathtaking reaches.

In the Enterprises, Mark Ninnim did his best to lead Roystan Taggart astray by rounding the wrong mark, though if Roystan had kept his head (and not tried to knock crew Steve’s off on the first tack!) he could have taken advantage of the situation to win the series.

IMG_3520At the final prize giving of the week, Commodore Mark Somerville thanked all involved in the preparation, running and participation during the week for making such a great event worthwhile. His wife Kirstie presented the prizes, and Nigel O’Donnell thanked the club on behalf of the visitors for all the efforts in delivering the regatta.

Adam Billany was recognised for sailing throughout the week in his 2.4

Thomas Donald was awarded the Endeavour Trophy

Hazel Newport received the HiJinx Trophy for the best performing Bass U19 sailor

Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood received the Miners Trophy for the best performing Bass F15

Dave Ovington Trophy for best Fast Handicap performance went to Mark and Joe
For lasting memories of the week, Ben Unwin’s photos can be found and purchased at http://www.benunwinphotography.co.uk/Bass-Week-2016

Similarly John Spittle has created a gallery site where you can purchase his photos: http://johnspittle.smugmug.com/

Saturday 6 August

Is this the calm before the storm? A day of sunshine with winds building as the day goes on, and the risk of rain moving in. Perhaps a some awnings and tents will be taken down early?

Certainly had the sunny day, and the wind built up as time went on. The early southerly gave the OD a false sense of security and veered more to the SW soon after the start of the first race resulting in some calmer spots on the course. By the 2nd race the wind had steadied to the SW and strengthened leading to various capsizes and spectacular reaches. The cloud moved in by the 3rd race, blown in by the increasing force 4 winds which caused more capsizes, broaching F15s, and boats flattened while beating!

The forecast for Sunday isn’t good so various awnings have been taken down in the better weather, but this is Bass, anything could happen….

Friday 5 August

IMG_2784More good weather was lined up for the day’s racing, though the morning started with mirror like conditions the wind filled in for the morning race and was accompanied by a load of sunshine. Once racing was underway, OD Nick broke out the drinks and pork pies for the committee boat!

Not only did the Flying 15 fleet have some protest provoking incidents, there was a dead heat between locals Neil Currie and Simon Longstaff.

The afternoon race was for Ladies, Juniors and Seniors which was won by Mike Fairlamb and Eric Smith in the Senior category.

Bass Has Talent will be the warmup entertainment before some live music.

Thursday 4 August 

The strong winds and rain have passed through but there’s still enough to exercise those muscles a bit more…

The rain held off for another day, and the winds kept sailors happy. Perhaps they were glad not to be going around the lake for the fourth day in a row?

On shore the RNLI were plying their wares as the afternoon pursuit race was in aid of the RNLI. Thomas Donald in a RS Tera led the pursuit from the start of the 100 minute race, only losing out in the final throes finishing a commendable 15th overall. The winner was Steve and Sarah Cockerill in a 2000 with Ben Pickering in a Blaze 2nd.

After racing we enjoyed the sight of Swallow and Amazon battling it out in a mini race between the Lawson brothers and crewed by two sailing doubles from the new film! Swallow took the honours on this occasion…

Wednesday 3 August

What do the weather gods have in store for us today? The forecast isn’t good…

With the wind from the SW, Sale Fell was having its inimitable effect on the racing area in the northern bay so the OD opted to use the southern part of the lake which appeared to have a more consistent direction, and stronger winds. Although those two aspects were true, after the race started at Scarness, the fleets endured varied conditions as there were lulls, then gusts, some of which were major shifts capsizing boats in backwards. Fortunately there were only brief spells of drizzle in the morning, but the conditions were forecast to change in the afternoon.

Indeed the forecast was right. The wind picked up, and the horribly wet drizzle moved in, putting a number of sailors off venturing out. Those that did go out did well to stay upright, but there were many strong gusts that flattened even the better sailors. All that endured and survived various gusts off wind enjoyed some fantastically fast and spectacular spinnaker legs.

The second prizegiving was held which was followed by some live music and then someone spotted a Pokemon….

Tuesday 2 August

With a bit of luck, we will be getting more of the same today – dry and sunny spells with good sailing winds, but how long can it last?

With a Southerly wind direction the OD was able to send the fleets around the lake again, and that was just for the morning race! The strength was stronger and more consistent than Monday, but still needed the right skills to find the right route, as proved by Graham Kirkpatrick and Alan Smith in a F15 when they led the fleet home!

The Southerly continued for the afternoon pursuit race, so the Teras, which were first to start, led the fleet up to mark 10, back down to mark 2, and were 10 mins from the finish when they were passed by two Bass GPs. It was to be Mike Fairlamb and Eric Smith (Alan’s brother) that won and will be picking up the Trophy.

Rain showers passing over Skiddaw

All was not over, as an evening race tempted out 23 boats for the final race of the day. Though a few showers were seen to pass over Skiddaw, fortunately, the course itself was only briefly affected by some drizzle. On handicap there was a tie between Ben Hill in a Graduate and Dave & Jackie Gebherd in a F15.

On shore, a cocktail party will help the ‘Bride to be’ celebrate her forthcoming wedding!


Monday 1 August

Today’s racing is scheduled for the afternoon to give newcomers a chance to set up their boats. At least it will give the wind a chance to freshen. Will the OD opt for to send the fleet around the lake? Time will tell…

As race time approached the wind started to fill in from the NW and ran down the lake, so the OD opted for the most straightforward of courses 1-12-S-0. Very easy to remember, but the downside being it’s a long way between the marks.Though the faster fleets started in a good breeze, the wind started to waiver soon after, slowing down the boats in the northern bay, but it filled in again, so all seemed good. The lead fast handicap boat reappeared at Scarness in just after an hour’s racing, but other boats were to suffer in light/calm patches further down the lake. Indeed, Neil Currie in a Flying was home and ashore before the next F15 was even in sight at Scarness!

Some slower boats took almost twice as long as the leaders, and were worried about missing their booking at The Pheasant!

The sunny weather continued throughout the afternoon, and there was a delightful appearance of some iridescent cloud

Some live music tonight to entertain the sailors.

Hopefully a bit more wind tomorrow, but it comes with the risk of rain!

Sunday 31 July

Another glorious morning, started with a mirror-like lake, but the forecast is for more great sailing winds. Just hope the risk of rain holds off!

The rain did hold off, the sun shone, and the wind picked up as the day went on. A few boats were pushing the start line and recalled, and a short first beat into a lee shore led to some congestion at the first mark, but racing was good and competitive, with some thrilling gusts to keep sailors on their toes.

Paul and Jude Allen, leaders in the fast handicap fleet, opted for a lunchtime siesta that overran a lttle such that they woke to see their competition preparing to start. All they could do was hope that vice commodore Robin Dawson was back on form to win the race and prevent main opposition, Wayne and Deb Fletcher, from snatching the trophy from them. It was not to be…

The first prize giving of the week rewarded the best of the 150 competitors with The ONE Gin (to adults) as the series was generously sponsored by The Lakes Distillery.

The evening entertainment was the annual quiz night and the winners were a team with ‘more members than the average Carlisle United crowd’!

Saturday 30 July

IMG_9424Today’s the day the regatta starts, with the Jennings Challenge weekend series, sponsored by our main sponsors The Lakes Distillery. If the forecast holds, it could be a blowy start to the event, but it is Bassenthwaite, so almost anything could happen!

A light morning shower was blown away as the wind filled in resulting in some good winds, although shifty, for the afternoon racing. There was a good turnout of 140 boats for the first day, various capsizes, bumps, and gear failures, but hey that’s sailing!

Commodore’s reception will oil the wheels before the first disco of the week.

Just the weather

Though damp overnight, the gates opened for Bass Week 2016 and the sun and warmth flooded in. Through the day sailors from across the country battled through traffic jams, and road closures, all for the love of Bass Week, setting up their tents, caravans, awnings, motorhomes and boats!

After a busy day like like all that was left was to dine, either in the clubhouse with the caterers, or get out BBQs, and then watch the beautiful scenery and changing colours of Skiddaw as the sun went down.

What more could anyone want?

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Arrival meal

Don’t forget meals are available next Friday evening – eat in and takeaway 

Book here

Merchandise 2016

Themed T-shirts and hoodies are now available to pre-order at discounted rates until 23 July.

Order here

Event Brochure

If you want some further information of the regatta, it is now available to view and download here

Competitor List 2016

Bass Week Fees 2016

Brochure Prices
Camping fees 2016
Mid June Post Mid June On Site
Per Week
Caravan / Motorhome / Trailer Tent £125.00 £187.00 £205.00
6 – 8 Person capacity tent £125.00 £187.00 £205.00
3 – 5 Person capacity tent £115.00 £172.00 £190.00
2 person capacity tent £75.00 £112.00 £120.00
Awnings and gazebos £50.00 £75.00 £80.00
Per night
6 – 8 Person capacity tent £39.00 £48.00 £52.00
3 – 5 Person capacity tent £26.00 £29.00 £31.00
2 person capacity tent £19.00 £22.00 £24.00
Sailing fees
Mid June Post Mid June On Site
Sailing fees for double handers:
1st Weekend series £30.00 £36.00 £40.00
Mid-week series £82.00 £90.00 £100.00
2nd Weekend series £30.00 £36.00 £40.00
Inclusive £100.00 £130.00 £145.00
Single race entry £11.00
Sailing fees for single handers:
1st Weekend series £22.00 £27.00 £30.00
Mid-week series £59.00 £68.00 £75.00
2nd Weekend series £22.00 £27.00 £30.00
Inclusive £75.00 £100.00 £110.00
Single race entry £10.00
Friday pm race £5.00
Launch fee for non racing craft:
Week entry £40.00 £45.00 £50.00
Daily entry £20.00

Food Glorious Food

We are pleased to confirm that Rural Recipes will again be providing a full and varied menu throughout the regatta.

Diary Date 2016

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

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.