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.

Your Club Need You !

Firstly a really big thank you to everybody who have volunteered themselves for race duties (Officer of the Day – OOD and Assistant Officer of the Day – AOOD) via Dutyman the calendar. It is great to see the duties slots being filled. If you haven’t pi…

Firstly a really big thank you to everybody who have volunteered themselves for race duties (Officer of the Day - OOD and Assistant Officer of the Day - AOOD) via Dutyman the calendar. It is great to see the duties slots being filled. If you haven't picked your preferred dates for carrying out a duty your time is running out as soon we will be allocating duty days to members who haven't volunteered yet. There are a number of gaps in the programme that we need to fill shortly see link below to the Race Info page on the Website for the current list of OOD and AOOD duties ; 
 Dutyman Duty Calendar

If you don’t have much experience of racing, please volunteer for Assistant Officer of the Day duties and you will be paired with an experienced Officer of the Day. Junior members are not expected to do any duties, but any juniors who want to help are very welcome to get involved.

If you do a lot of racing you should volunteer for at least four duties. If you don’t race much (or at all) please can you please volunteer for at least two duties. 

If your plans change and you are unable to do a planned duty, there is within Dutyman a facility that allows you to try and swap duties with others. If you are unable to swap, please get in touch as soon as possible with Martin Ashby (Sailing Secretary (Acting)) via :
info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk
 

and he will try to organise a replacement.

Another way you can help the smooth running of the Club is with the catering for the various Open Meetings we run for the different Classes throughout the Season. We need volunteers to prepare lunches, serve drinks (teas, coffees, etc.) during the day and make cakes and puddings for the hungry sailors. If you are able to help in this way please come down to the Club on Sunday 14th April at 2.30 when there is a Catering Meeting to plan what we need for this seasons events, or let us know that you are willing to help by e-mailing
info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk
 
 Many thanks !



Evening Sailing Starts !

This week sees the start of the Club’s evening sailing programme.On Wednesday (3rd) we have our first evening race of the Season and next Tuesday (9th) our ever popular Tuesday Night Training and Come and Try Sessions start.For race times and session s…

This week sees the start of the Club's evening sailing programme.
On Wednesday (3rd) we have our first evening race of the Season and next Tuesday (9th) our ever popular Tuesday Night Training and Come and Try Sessions start.
For race times and session start times see the Calender (on the Notice Board tab on the Website) and if you know people who are interested in sailing get them to book on a 'Come and Try' (book on the Sail tab on the Website)

Plus if you want to help out with the Training Sessions please speak to Andrew, help is always appreciated !

Look forward to see lots of people down on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Gliding across the Tarn on an evening

The setting sun

Yeadon Sailing Club – 91st Sailing Season

After all the 90th Anniversary celebrations last season our 91st Sailing Season starts this Saturday with the first Series race starting at 2.30pm and the second race at 4.00pm.With the weather disrupting the pre – season working parties there was a mi…

After all the 90th Anniversary celebrations last season our 91st Sailing Season starts this Saturday with the first Series race starting at 2.30pm and the second race at 4.00pm.

With the weather disrupting the pre - season working parties there was a mild panic on Sunday when it was realised that No 7 had gone walkabout. It was found later hiding in a bush at the side of the Tarn which would have made rounding it rather interesting !

Hiding in the bushes

Luckily Graham came to the rescue and managed to retrieve it mid-week, so big thanks to him !  

It is our 91st season but it is the first season for the new Fishing Club operating on the Tarn - Yeadon Tarn Angling Club 2019 so best of luck to them and looking to contine the good relationships and joint initiatives of the last few years continuing in the future. The new Bailiffs are Jimmy, Reece and Ste. 


So come along for the start of the new Season, the weather is forecast to be quite pleasant (for March), see the new decking, get out on the water and enjoy the Tarn.

Sunshine on the water


New flag for a new season

Dutyman is up and running

Dear Club Member,The club’s duty roster has now been published and is open for members to choose their duty slots. This is run on a system called Dutyman. You should have had an email on the 17th January which gave you instructions about logging on to…

Dear Club Member,
The club’s duty roster has now been published and is open for members to choose their duty slots. This is run on a system called Dutyman. You should have had an email on the 17th January which gave you instructions about logging on to it and more recently Sarah sent out a guide to it as well. It is good to see people volunteering for various duties already and the duty slots are filling up ! So if you want to choose a particular day to do your duty you need to get in and "book early !"


One of the commitments of being a member of the club is that you help with the running of the club by volunteering as Race Officer / Assistant. The job of the Race Officer is to provide safety cover for race entrants, as well as to set the course and to run the races. It is also an opportunity to spend some quality time with other club members, learn some new skills that may not be covered in Tuesday night training, and to pick up good racing tips!

If you don’t have much experience of racing, please volunteer for Assistant Officer of the Day (AOOD) and you will be paired with an experienced Officer of the Day (OOD). Junior members are not expected to do any duties, but any juniors who want to help are very welcome to get involved.

If you are an experienced member, please don’t volunteer to do a duty with another experienced Member, instead leave the AOOD duty available for someone with less experience who can learn from you. This does not apply to Open Days and Trophy races where it is preferable to have a more experienced team in charge.

If you do a lot of racing you should volunteer for at least four duties. If you don’t race much (or at all) please at least volunteer for two duties.

You will be able to volunteer for duty slots until the end of March, then any remaining slots will be filled in automatically with those who have not volunteered.

If the dates you want have gone you can always ask to swap using Dutyman or in person. (if you arrange a swap in person please also update dutyman, or email me and I will change it)

If you are unable to do your duty, and you are unable to swap, please get in touch as soon as possible and I will try to organize a replacement.

HAPPY SAILING
Martin Ashby (Sailing Secretary (Acting))
info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Laying Up Supper – 26th Jan Otley Court House 7pm

Dear AllI am just finalising arrangements for our annual Laying up Supper at Otley Court House this Saturday 26th January.It promises to be a great round up of the sailing year and I hope as many of you can join us as possible.There will be a…

Dear All
I am just finalising arrangements for our annual Laying up Supper at Otley Court House this Saturday 26th January.
It promises to be a great round up of the sailing year and I hope as many of you can join us as possible.
There will be a prize giving, fish and chip/veggie option supper, a bit of fun entertainment and a raffle.....add to that laughter and some lively chat. There is a bar to buy drinks also.
If you have not got your tickets yet, please book as soon as possible (before Wednesday)
https://webcollect.org.uk/ysc/event/laying-up-supper-2019
And don't forget to bring a cake for the Bake Off competition if you can - Sailing themed or otherwise !
Looking forward to a catch up with you all
Sarah

Welcome to 2019 !

The Annual New Year’s Race was held in glorious sunshine and from a spectator’s point of view a reasonable breeze (the racers found it a bit variable in places but that is the nature of sailing at Yeadon !).Sarah and Bryan officiated the day’s proceedi…

The Annual New Year's Race was held in glorious sunshine and from a spectator's point of view a reasonable breeze (the racers found it a bit variable in places but that is the nature of sailing at Yeadon !).
Sarah and Bryan officiated the day's proceedings and a good number of members took to the water for the Race. Tony showed everyone the way in his Solo with Tim sailing a Club Heron led the slow handicap boats. Meanwhile as the race went on many Club members gathered to spectate and to partake in the post race Fuddle.
Unfortunately I left before the Commodore's Bottle was presented to the winner but the view was that Tony had done enough to win the Race but we shall see when the results are published !







Topper Training at Ripon Sailing Club

Dear Topper SailorsWe have had an invite from Ripon SC, see below, for any Topper Sailors to join in their Topper Training Day on the 26th January. If you want to know more please speak to Andrew or any Committee member or just sign up via the links be…

Dear Topper Sailors
We have had an invite from Ripon SC, see below, for any Topper Sailors to join in their Topper Training Day on the 26th January. If you want to know more please speak to Andrew or any Committee member or just sign up via the links below.
These Sessions are very, very good, you will learn lots and it gives you the chance to test out any new sailing gear you got for Christmas !  (well maybe not that shorty wetsuit !)

 
Ripon SC is hosting some Topper Training on Saturday 26 January. This training is aimed at beginner / early racers and will focus on improving basic racing skills, Topper set up and key Topper racing info. It is being run by the Topper Class Association and will be coached by Lucy Mearns.

I will be grateful if you can please circulate this email to any Topper sailors at your club. I look forward to seeing them at Ripon in January.

It will start at 9.30am and run until about 4pm.

The session is £22 per person and you need your own Topper.

The galley will be operating and will have a selection of hot meals at lunchtime plus the usual teas, coffee and cake.

For those of you who haven’t been to Ripon SC before, our water is excellent for winter training as the training area is minutes from the launch area, you can stay dry whilst launching & recovering boats and we have excellent changing facilities and a warm club room for parents and supporters.

I hope sailors from your club will be able to attend. This session is a great way to get some top tips and encouragement during the winter season so you are all ready to go when the racing circuits and club racing start up again in Spring.


Please sign up using this link, you don’t need to be a Topper Association member to participate. https://gbrtopper.ourclubadmin.com/event.php?event=589


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

For Sale – Trolley Wheel

For Sale – Trolley WheelThis is a new pneumatic trolley wheel, still as bought, 360 mm diameter, fits 13 or 25mm axle, cost £18  new, not needed, to a good home only £14.  I will have it at Yeadon Sailing Club on New Years day when we…


For Sale - Trolley Wheel
This is a new pneumatic trolley wheel, still as bought, 360 mm diameter, fits 13 or 25mm axle, cost £18  new, not needed, to a good home only £14.  
I will have it at Yeadon Sailing Club on New Years day when we have the New Years Day Sail, and Fuddle after..  If you are interested please contact Mary Dawson or e-mail via 
info@yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

Happy New year if you don't make it up to the Tarn on New Year's Day.
Thanks, Mary