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.

Jim Sheppard

Paul Sheppard has passed on the news that Jim Sheppard, an ex commodore of Yeadon SC, died peacefully on 8th May aged 95 after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.

Jim visiting YSC in 2016

Jim joined YSC in the mid 1960s.  His first boat was Heron 1492 which he learned to sail guided by notable YSC members such as Arthur Pinkney, Guy Locke and Geoff Wheater.  After a few years he swapped the Heron for Enterprise E1107 built by Barry Pratt and Brian Hobley, and later he bought a kit of parts from Bill Bacon and built his own Enterprise E16168.  He was a keen sailor and took his boats on various family holidays to The Lake District. Scotland, Anglesey, South Wales and Cornwall, teaching his children Paul & Sally Ann to sail along the way.  He was Commodore of YSC in 1976, after which he sailed a Solo until he ‘retired’ from sailing and moved to live in Ripon.  More recently he enjoyed visiting the club in 2016, and again on the 90th Anniversary Weekend in 2018.

Jim in Heron 1492 at an open meeting

Topper Open Meeting – Saturday 13th July

Do you sail a Topper? It’d be great to see you on Saturday.

An Open Meeting is a day of racing specifically for one fleet. We may have a few visitors from other clubs, but we think the majority of boats will be from Yeadon. It would be great to see our Topper fleet, new and old, enjoying sailing on the Tarn. 

We normally run 3 races, and lunch will be available for sailors and supporters. Please be changed and ready, with your boats rigged, in time for the briefing which will be held at 11am.

Cost: £10 per boat including lunch

£8 per boat (without lunch)

£3 for lunch

 If you are new to racing, you can always follow the fleet round the course, however, you do need to be able to sail a basic course. 

Club Boats

If you would like to borrow a club boat, please reply to this email. As you know we have a limited number of club boats so please let us know if you are planning to come along on Saturday. They will be allocated in order of replies received.  You could also arrange to share a boat with a friend and take it in turns to race. 

Looking forward to a great days sailing.

The committee

Not the Commodore’s, Not the Weekend

Dear All,

As you are aware we are running the Club without a Commodore this year, (however volunteers are very welcome!) so this year for our Annual Summer extravaganza we are changing things around a bit !

Hence the title “ Not the Commodore’s, Not the Weekend.”

So on Saturday 6th July we are having a Club Day with all the good things that happen on a typical Commodore’s Weekend squeezed into one great day !

So please let any Committee member know what things you would like to see run on the day, and even better if you could volunteer to run an event or an activity that would be great!!!!

We plan to start at 12 noon with raft building and then follow that with a number of other events, fun races, relays, climbing the mast, and of course the bottle race, throughout the afternoon. After 5pm we are having a barbeque and the Club will provide the food – burgers, sausages, kebabs, veggie option – Please sign up via Webcollect (see link below)

You can carry sailing in the evening you just enjoy the barbeque and relaxing with other Club members and friends. Then we will finish with the Midnight Race as the darkness falls !

We look forward to seeing everybody and having a very enjoyable day.

We’ve set up an event on WebCollect called “Not the Commodore’s Not the Weekend”. Please can you let us know that you are coming as soon as possible by signing up to the event so we can order enough food !

Many thanks !

The Committee

Wayfarer for sale

Dear Sir
I am selling my old Wayfarer MKI sail No.3362 and wonder if any of your members would like to buy it.
It is sailable but needs a lot of TLC as it hasn’t been used for 8 yrs or so.
It has a jib, main and spinnaker, a launching trolley and road trailer. I am asking £200 From Heaton area Bradford
I can be contacted on 07427 868399
Mick Bull

Awaiting picture

National 12 ‘Kalishu’ for sale

I have restored N1457 , called Kalishu, and have a wonderful photo of the dinghy sailing on Yeadon Tarn, possibly in the 1950s. I sailed her on Windermere and realised it needed to be sailed by someone more nimble. I want this lovely boat to be used by someone who might appreciate its great history and I would be happy to donate the boat to the club. There is an alloy mast, 2 sets of sails and all the rigging etc. It would need a buoyancy check and a launching trolley.
My daughter lives at Kirkstall so we visit Leeds regularly and I will tow the boat down from Newcastle . When restoring the boat I was contacted by the son of the original owner who remembers sailing at Yeadon with his Dad.
Best wishes
Andrew Thomas

PS this is one of the boats that appears on our club history page!

National 12

Unfortunately the club can’t take the boat on itself due to the wooden hull. We don’t have over-winter storage that it would require, and we don’t have enough volunteers for maintenance.

If any Yeadon members are interested in owning & sailing a returning piece of our club’s history, please get in touch with aandsthomas (at)

Open Day – Push The Boat Out

Yeadon Sailing Club is participating in Push The Boat Out, the RYA’s initiative to get more people sailing. On the 11th of May we’re holding an open day for prospective new members and people who want to try sailing.

Sailing is a fantastic way to keep fit, socialise and learn a competitive sport that can take you around the world. It’s also lots of fun!

Come down to Yeadon Tarn from 11am to meet our members and try sailing. Please wear something appropriate for the weather with a couple of layers, a change of clothes and a towel (there’s a chance you’ll get wet!)

For further information please contact