EGM Notice and Annual Prize Giving Event at Yeadon Sailing Club

Dear Members,

On the 20th of January 2024 we will be holding a joint Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) along with an annual prize giving followed by a Fish and Chip supper.

Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

Date: Saturday 20th January 2024

Location: Yeadon Sailing Club

Agenda: 2024 Membership Fees

We’d welcome your attendance so that we can discuss the membership fees for 2024 ahead of the AGM in March. This is an important topic and we welcome the views of the membership.

We will then take an opportunity to celebrate our members sailing achievements with our annual prize giving.

To conclude the afternoon, we invite you to join us for a tasty fish and chip supper with plenty of time to mingle, share stories and your sailing plans for 2024.

Please mark your calendars for this important date. Your participation is not only appreciated but essential in shaping the future of our club. Let’s come together to ensure that Yeadon Sailing Club continues to thrive and be a place we all cherish.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

What’s SUP Yeadon? A Fun-Filled Family Day at Yeadon Sailing Club

On the sunny afternoon of Saturday, 24th of June, families gathered at Yeadon Sailing Club for a day of exciting activities both on and off the water. The family event was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts of Tony, Tim, and Geir, who organised a range of enjoyable experiences for everyone involved.

Fun in the Sun

A radiant sun graced the skies as the day began, accompanied by a steady and refreshing breeze. Participants arrived to enjoy their lunch, basking in the glorious weather. The younger family members discovered a delightful surprise in a newly installed sandpit hidden beneath the plastic bench seat, providing endless entertainment and something else to eat for the tiny ones! (Yuck!)

Adventures on Land

The fun continued with an all-day archery, allowing participants to test their skills and aim for the bullseye. Water pistols provided a refreshing way to cool off and engage in friendly battles under the sun. Meanwhile, Tim devised an exciting treasure hunt within the dinghy park, challenging everyone to unlock the secret to happiness. Surprisingly, the answer turned out to be “Sailing,” reminding us of this activity’s joy and fulfilment.

Fun with water pistols

Sailing Excitement

At 1 pm, the eagerly awaited on-water activities commenced with an opportunity for free sailing. Tony arranged for a Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUP) loan from Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre, thanks to AP and the LSAC team. Sailors of all ages also took to the water (the youngest being 4!) in boats of all classes to enjoy the perfect sailing conditions.

A Test of Skill

The traditional bottle race at 3 pm injected an element of on-the-water competition into the day. Chris and Geir expertly scattered bottles around the tarn, prompting the sailors to embark on a thrilling pursuit. AJ and their crew emerged victorious, amassing an impressive haul of 20 bottles. Notably, Martin and his four-year-old daughter also demonstrated remarkable skill, collecting a substantial number of bottles themselves in Mole (club Heron).

Community Bonding

Beyond the water-based activities, the Family Fun Day provided an opportunity for members to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Many took advantage of the shade to chat and watch the kids have fun on the water from a safe distance. It was particularly heartwarming to see familiar faces, including Glenis, who joined us for the day.

Unwinding and Farewell

The on-water activities culminated with a thrilling SUP race around mark number 9, followed by an exciting one-lap race in the sailing dinghies. As the day drew to a close, Geir started the BBQ, offering a chance to unwind with a burger and a few drinks in the evening sun.

The organising committee would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those who attended the event. Special thanks go to Tony, Tim, and Geir, whose efforts and meticulous planning made the day an extraordinary experience for all, and to LSAC, who kindly supplied additional equipment.

Collaborating for Conservation: Yeadon Sailing Club’s New Buoy Design Promotes Fish Safety and Ecosystem Health

Yeadon Sailing Club (YSC) has been busy working on a new project in collaboration with the local tarn fishing club. The goal? To design and build a new buoy that will help keep the water safe for fish, while also providing clear markings for sailors during racing and training.

Yeadon Sailing Club (YSC) has been busy working on a new project in collaboration with the local tarn fishing club. The goal? To design and build a new buoy that will help keep the water safe for fish, while also providing clear markings for sailors during racing and training.

For years, YSC has used old plastic buoy cans that were anchored in place by a long chain and a heavy weight. Unfortunately, this design often led to the snagging of fishing lines, which can harm the fish and impact the overall health of the water.

Fish play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance of British inline tarns, and it’s important to protect and preserve their populations. These small bodies of water are home to a variety of aquatic plants and animals, which are all interconnected in a delicate web of ecological relationships. Fish, as predators, help to regulate the populations of smaller aquatic animals and insects. They also play a key role in nutrient cycling by consuming organic matter and releasing nutrients through their waste.

Some species of fish, are considered “keystone species” in inline tarn ecosystems. These fish are important indicators of water quality and ecosystem health, and their presence or absence can have a significant impact on the entire ecosystem.

With this in mind, YSC’s club bosun, Paul, has worked with other club members and has come up with an innovative design that prevents fishing line snagging and ensures that the buoy marks are clearly visible for sailors. The design consists of a float with a weighted cone and a long smooth hose, which is then attached to the float.

Once completed, these new marks will be placed in the water and feedback will be gathered from all tarn users. YSC, the fishing club members, and the model boat club all recognise the importance of having a healthy body of water to sail on. Sailing is one of the most ecological water sports and has a long history of working in tandem with nature.

As a local sailing club, YSC is committed to preserving the environment and protecting the natural resources that make it possible for us to enjoy our sport. This collaboration with the fishing club is just one example of how we can work together to ensure that our tarn remains healthy and sustainable for years to come.

About Yeadon Sailing Club

Yeadon Sailing Club (YSC) is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliated club located in the heart of Yorkshire, near Leeds Bradford Airport. Our members have access to club-maintained boats and safety equipment for social sailing, informal training, and adrenaline-fueled racing on a safe and clean stretch of water, which is maintained by the council and all tarn users.

With easy access from a large community car park and major bus routes, YSC is both convenient and safe for sailors and spectators alike. As an independent club run by passionate volunteers, we love the fun and excitement of sailing, an environmentally friendly and surprisingly affordable water sport. We believe that nothing beats the thrill of learning a new life skill in a beautiful location powered by natural energy.

Sailing offers a wide range of opportunities for sailors of all levels, from casual social sailing and friendly club racing to life-changing experiences such as sailing the oceans in the Clipper Round the World Race or competing in the Olympics in a boat such as the Laser, a much-loved regular in our fleet.

YSC works in partnership with other tarn clubs, such as the Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre (LSAC), to provide our members with opportunities to continue developing their sailing skills after completing formal courses offered by the council-run facility.

We’re thrilled to see our junior and adult membership growing again following the pandemic, and our RYA training club coaches are on hand to guide sailors every step of the way. We look forward to welcoming new members to our modest club house, where you can enjoy stunning views of the tarn.

For more information about our club and how to join, please visit our website at www.yeadonsailingclub.co.uk.