For You Slipway Winch Fans – Bassenthwaite Fleet is on the Up….!!

The long awaited capstan winch for hauling the Flying Fifteens up the slip at Bassenthwaite sailing club has now been installed and works really well.

Here former FF president Ian Preston and stalwarts of the FF fleet Graham Kirkpatrick and Alan Smith watch FF crew Mike Cowan drilling the final bolt holes to secure the winch after its trials were completed during the weekend the Northerns were held at Bass.

The FF fleet is really taking off again at the club with Simon Longstaff and Mike Moore both having bought brand new FFs recently and Ian Campbell having bought a boat last year is also back again and sailing very competitively again.

Stacey Rowell ( nee Vials) sister of Graham Vials our current FF world Champion has also bought the Wytch & Coppock  FF that was on ebay recently and her family have re roped it and set it up and it is now giving great pleasure to the family and joins the other similar boats already at the club so we are hoping to see an increase in all the fleets in the coming months.

Some other helms such as Neil Platt are keeping their Fifteens at the club and pop up to compete when ever they get the chance and Bass SC welcomes other sailors from other clubs  to take part in races for only a nominal fee so why not consider bringing your wife, girlfriend, partner or family up to the lakes and enjoy sailing at this lovely venue and arrangements can be made for temporary membership with keys for the facilities available.

The winch was designed by former FF crew Rory Yardley who together with helm Neil Currie won a great many events and trophies in the 1980s and 90s and the great news is that these two are seriously considering getting back into fifteens and are currently looking at boats that are for sale.

With several other people also looking at boats the club are looking forward to a number of extra FFs for this years Bass week regatta from 4th to 12th August and having just finished major refurbishment to the gents changing rooms work is now progressing on providing new moorings for the Fifteens.

Discounted entry fees for regatta week may still be available when you read this so why come the club you will be made very welcome. Check the club website for details

Slipway Winching – the View from Draycote….

Some other thoughts on moving FFs. How about one of these – not sure if they are still available new but you can pick them up second hand. This one also – slow but then so is winching. Also, modify an electric wheel barrow – . All need a 50mm ball hitch . Also how about a small garden tractor? Winching seems very inflexible.
Rodger Webb