We are delighted to reveal that Bass Week has been NOMINATED in this year’s Yachts & Yachting Awards.
Now you will all appreciate that second best is not our way (just think of the rewarding efforts put into, not only Bass Week but, NSSA Youth Regatta, and GP14 end of year Regatta to name but three events this year), so please put a little bit of effort into voting for us!
A full list of nominees can be found on the Yachts and Yachting website and voting is now open and will remain so until Friday 13th December.
It’s a close run thing in each of the categories so please do everything you can to encourage other members, visitors and fans to vote. To be in with the best chance of winning your category, please make use of the following:
We would just like to drop you line to say many thanks to you and all your committee members for a wonderful Bass week.
You all worked very hard to entertain us ‘Bass Weekers’ and your efforts were much appreciated, it was a great week with
Plenty of brilliant sailing due to your race officers and their crews, and a full social program to keep us entertained.
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The final race of the regatta had some exciting sailing conditions to determine the overall winners of eight of the ten fleets.
The rain held off till the end of the race when there was a heavy downpour to frustrate those campers that had not taken down their tents/awnings. However, it quickly cleared and the final prize giving was held outside. The Commodore gave thanks to the ‘army’ of committee chairs and helpers that had worked so hard to deliver another successful Bass Week. His wife Emma then presented the prizes.
In addition to the winners of the weekend series, presentations were also made to those on the Beginner Training course, and some special awards for overall performance during the regatta.
The final Saturday, a 4 race weekend series, and three races to be sailed. Despite a forecast for good winds, the first race was delayed due to wind shifts and the wind easing. Major shifts on the start line resulted on the line being port biased to an extent that some boats couldn’t the line on starboard at times, and the main beats became a fetch for a while. A shortened course helped to bring racing back on programme and the 2nd and 3rd races were held in better conditions.
Sailors will, no doubt, find enough energy to dance the night away before one final race.
Hopefully the forecast rain will hold back a few hours..
Wednesday has started with sunshine and a good SE breeze which, hopefully, will last (as the forecast is much less favourable).
Unfortunately, the wind faded as soon as the OD set a course. As a sea breeze seemed to fill the lake, a race was set for 2pm, and started, but the wind soon faded as it swung to the north. Memories of Bass Weeks of old were brought back as boats rafted rounding marks. There was to be no more racing as the wind failed to bed down.
Tuesday started overcast and still. Although ripples started to fill the lake mid morning it was to be mid-day before there was sufficient breeze to race.
The wind was steady in general direction but there were many big shifts to contend with.
The afternoon pursuit was held in similar conditions (and sunshine) though the strength kept coming and going. It was to be Henry and Jamie Rstrick, two young Mirror sailors from Ripon, that took advantage of the conditions, and held on to the lead by a matter of yards from a N12 and a Merlin Rocket.
Beautiful evening for a BBQ and car treasure hunt…
The morning has started with some heavy showers which are expected to pass over by the time racing starts this afternoon. Also, some heavier winds are due to revisit us!
So much for the forecast… The rain/drizzle lingered somewhat further into the afternoon than expected, the wind filled in from the NW but the gusts did not materialise. With the course for the only race of the day taking the fleet around the lake, the sailors had a relatively gentle spinnaker leg down to the southern end, with a long beat back, though the wind in the main bay was easing, instead of strengthening as the afternoon went on. Sailors may, or may not have spotted the Osprey during the race, but they would have seen the (grass?) floaters which seemed to be everywhere, having been washed into the lake from the heavy rain.
The sun is out in time for the barbeques, so the world will seem a better place for many 🙂
A loud and busy night of entertainment may leave many blowing the cobwebs away with a great sail. Conditions started off showery, but the wind held, and there were again squalls to challenge sailors expertise as well as enhance their enjoyment.
Sunshine reigned, as did the good sailing conditions.
The Medium Handicap were the first fleet to cause a general recall, and some general confusion as the sailors were uncertain about the restart procedure. Also, it meant that the faster fleets were completing their first lap and passing across the starting area before all starts had been completed!
The first prize giving of the week was held outside, and fortunately the threatening weather held off.
As ever, the quiz night generated a lot of interest. When the winning team was announced, three groups cheered (Kevin’s Ely group were just chancing their luck!). It turned out that two teams had picked the same name – Norfolk and Chance! Although both had done well, it was the Bass Carruthers/Denwood group that won the jar of sweets.
Great warm wind, and sunshine! A fantastic way to start Bass Week. The question as to whether anyone who travels 1000 miles to Lake Garda would enjoy better conditions has been asked. At present, we would suggest no.
Although the sun faded, the wind continued and it put many sailors off venturing out. The first boat out was a Flying Dutchman, which duly capsized! There were many others boats that followed though there was an unfortunate incident when a boat capsized before the start, and then righted to find it had a broken mast.
To reduce the prolonged start sequence, starting interval was reduced to 2 mins which made life on the committee boat all the more hectic!
The OD thought that the starts in the first race were all a bit cautious, but they were slightly better in the second race, and the OD even had the recall flag at the ready.
During both races there were some nasty squalls that flattened even F15s, and they led to various changes of positions.
The sailors will be tired tonight but no doubt find time to enjoy the Commodore’s reception and the eukele band throughout the evening.