For those old hands that have been doing it for years Race Officer Duty is like riding a bike and nothing to get in a flap about. For those who have never done it before it can be a daunting prospect. Without a doubt, on the day there is much to do and much to think about. It really is a two man job once the fleet races start, with flags to hoist and watches to keep an eye on. To help those unfamiliar with the procedure there is a now a set of Race Officer’s Guidelines available to download from the Racing Calendar page. There is also a link to the RYA flags for racing.
Bank Holiday weekend 28th/29th May beckons and heralds the Beaver Spring Regatta. That’s two days of sailing with six handicap races. Race fees are £8 or £5 if you can only attend one day. Camping is encouraged and campervans are welcome too.
Race Officer is Peter Hone so be prepared for some really keen rule observation and strict timekeeping.
If you don’t want to take part in racing, sail for leisure on the small lake. Try not to anger the fishermen by snagging their lines. Otherwise have fun and make it a bumper Beaver bank holiday.
York University students will defend the county on Saturday at Beaver to continue that unfinished War of the Roses. Warm up will be at 8.00 a.m. There are a host of other events taking place elsewhere https://roseslive.co.uk/timetable . Should be fun.
There’s always a history to any trophy. With the name Plough Cup thoughts immediately turn to agriculture and the prospect that this trophy was forged out of some farming implement. The truth turns out to be somewhat simpler.
Apparently Beaver SC’s sailors, after midweek and weekend sailing would retire to a local hostelry. The innkeeper at one of these alehouses, grateful for all the trade he received donated a trophy. The Plough pub in Snaith will be a much quieter place these days now that we are all watchful about drinking and driving.
It’s a thought though as today’s sailors at Beaver battle it out to win that prize that it came at a heavy price no more nobly paid than via the sinews of sailors drinking arms.
This year’s event takes place on Monday 1st May.
The 2017 Winter Series starts on Sunday 8th January. The series will be run on the same format as previous years. That is 8 weeks with four 30 minute races per day. That is 32 fast and furious races in just eight Sundays.
The first start will be 11.00 and there will two races back to back. Races 3 and 4 will follow after lunch and will also be back to back. The entry fee for the whole series is £20. You can also sail individual days for £5 per day.
The galley will be open every Sunday in January and February. Hot food will be available right through the Winter Series. Please order before you go out for the first two races.
The club will be hosting four training squads during this period. The Feva North/Midland Zone, the Optimist North Zone, the RS200 Northern Youth squad and the Feva Northern Open Training. This means the galley will also be open on four Saturdays, January 7th, 21st and 28th, and February 11th. Hot food will also be available on these days.
Past Commodore, Jack Penty brought his camera with him on a recent visit to the club. Here is the resulting short film. Christmas 2014