NSSA 2013

The final day’s racing was held in some excellent sailing conditions. The Laser fleet suffered with major windshifts and squalls in their sailing area at the southern end of the lake, so their race was abandoned and they relocated to the main bay after the other fleets had finished – a long day, but surely worth the wait.

This afternoon the teams are packing up their boats before having tea. A prizegiving this evening will be followed a disco to finish an excellent week.

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More satisfied visitors

A Big Thank You

A very big thank you for a superb regatta, which was definitely down to your meticulous organisation…..

…. The team of volunteers at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club worked extremely hard to keep the sailing going, the site clean and the cups of tea and coffee supplied (despite the large numbers of adults) – I am sure that the SC members are now enjoying the peace and quiet. At the school, the quality and quantity of the food was the best I have seen in the 22 years I have attended NSSA regattas, and Ruth worked extremely hard to try to do everything she could to help all of the adults and youngsters, as did the catering staff and caretakers – please pass on my thanks to everybody involved at the sailing club and school, on behalf of both the NSSA and the Worcestershire team.

I am sure that you must all be exhausted, but hope that you also feel justifiably proud of all that you achieved and can now relax and enjoy the rest of the summer holidays, with continued warm sunshine. I never realise how tired I am during the regatta week until I arrive home…

…. As we are all agreed – NSSA teams and Bassenthwaite SC members – that the sun only shines on the year we come to you, I hope that we are able to return to Bassenthwaite in the not too distant future.!

Warm regards

Vivien Brookes
WSSCA Chairman



Just a quick note to say thanks for everything you did for the NSSA event. It was fab – nothing but positive feedback from my sailors and a great relief to have decent food! I hope we can come back soon..



I must apologise for the time it has taken me to get on to the email to say thank you….. I can’t thank you and the team enough for making NSSA 2013 and enjoyable experience, the team really enjoyed it and are still talking about it. As a novice team manager, year 1 under my belt, you helped me tremendously and kept me on the straight and narrow and I have taken the mantle on again for NSSA 2014 and our accommodation is already booked and deposits paid.

They can’t wait!

Again many thanks for your hard work, dedication and for being there to help

Yorkshire and Humberside


The kids at my club are still absolutely full of the nationals, they had a fantastic week and it has really fired them up for future events.

So thank you for all your help.

Cumbria Team


A BIG thank you from Lancashire!

Please excuse this being a little late but we would like to say a huge thank you for a fantastic event. We had a brilliant time and I realise exactly how much time and effort you must have given to organise such a well run and successful regatta. Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to your small army of helpers and all the members of Bassenthwaite Sailing Club who made us so welcome.

Kindest regards

Linda and the Lancashire School Sailing Association Race Team

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Another grateful visitor

I am a parent from Queen Mary SC and I am writing up a small report on our team’s experiences at the NSSA at Bassenthwaite last week.

They all had a fantastic week – the place is beautiful and the Bass members worked so hard to make it a great event.

Alison Benz

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Many thanks to you all

Hi to you all at beautiful Bassenthwaite Sailing Club,

I just wanted to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the NSSA regatta that you hosted for us all last week. All the youngsters from Leicestershire had a brilliant event and no doubt improved their sailing ability to boot.

Please pass on my thanks to all your club members that made the event possible.

Philippa Alcock

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Back to the Regatta

Torrential rain overnight did not dampen the spirits of the competitors. Four races were scheduled to try and catch up the two lost races. Despite the original forecast for good winds having eased, racing did get away on time and the fleets got two races in before the lunch break. The afternoon airs were much more flukey as the sea breeze tried to move in, and resulted in large wind shifts and quite a while of drifting around but all fleets completed at least one further race.

Friday’s forecast will hopefully give the competitors sun and wind to complete the regatta in excellent sailing conditions.

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Cambridgeshire A stay at the top

Wednesday’s racing broke off from the Youth Regatta and held the knockout for prized Mount Haes Trophy together with the Topper Single Handed (always thought they were for single handers!) and All-Comers races.

Light winds, and 16 races to squeeze in, can always be a challenge but despite the wind fading late morning for a while, the sea breeze came in to provide some exciting racing for the final rounds. Cambridgeshire A started at the top of the schedule for the knock-out rounds, and continued there winning the final race and the Mount Haes Trophy.

The other fleets suffered from the mid-day light airs, none more so than the All-Comers fleet which should have enjoyed a great sail to the southern end of the lake. However, the wind died and the drift began. The OD moved the finish line half way down the 2nd leg of the course, sounded shorten course signal, and the wind promptly filled in from the south resulting in a running finish and masses of boats crossing the line at the same time! The only advantage being that it only took another half hour to finish all boats.

In the evening about 100 competitors and managers took the opportunity to have a non-leisurely walk up nearby Sale Fell.

The promise of stronger winds for Thursday could be broken, but this is Bassenthwaite!

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What a mix

Tuesday started with another beautiful morning, but the thunderstorms being suffered elsewhere were forecast to pass through, which they duly did as breakfast was being served. As a result racing was slightly delayed while the wind direction settled. Although it came back in a good strength and promised to lead to some thrills and spills for competitors, by the time racing started, the power was again easing and then the direction started to swing. It was to be a further hour before the wind settled sufficiently to get racing underway. Although half the fleet had a reasonable breeze and were finished before the wind faded, the remainder had a painfully slow final lap before finishing for lunch.

The PRO was not hopeful of getting another race in but sent the committee boats out to chase the wind which, in fact, seemed promising in strength though it was clear that there were three competing winds – Northerly, Southerly and Westerly (sea breeze). It seemed that the best, and steadier winds were to be found in the southern end of the lake, so all but the Rookies were sent that way. With winds in the bay proving flukey, by the time the fleets were out, the winds had shifted for each course, but the ODs were keen to get another race in, which they did! Presently two races down on programme, with stronger winds forecast for Thursday there should be a good opportunity to play catch up.

As the boats were being packed away, the heavens opened and the thunderstorm returned for an hour. The skies have again cleared, and the site is quickly drying out.

Tomorrow’s racing is separate to the main regatta, and comprises the Mount Haes Trophy, Topper and All-Comers races.

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Blink and you’ll miss it

After months of preparations the Youth Regatta is well underway.

Monday morning started with sunshine and a great south easterly breeze for a fantastic start to the racing. Over 300 boats took to the water and raced in four different sailing areas on the lake.

The sunny weather created a sea breeze that fought with the forecast wind for a while during the afternoon causing some challenges for the race officers setting courses. A handicap race was started but abandoned as the forecast direction returned and stayed for the rest of the afternoon, but the delays meant one race was lost It is hoped to try and resail it on Tuesday.

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The NSSA regatta organising committee and the National Schools Sailing Association would like to thank the following organisations for their support of this event.

Virtual Rigger
Topper International
The Lake District National Park
Derwentwater Marina
Hewden Hire Centres Ltd
Sainbury’s Cockermouth
Nuclear Management Partnership

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