A new date for your diary 👍

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
National & Northern Championship :
17-18 July 2021

There will be free camping ⛺️ ... and a Social on the evening ... ( of some sort .. hopefully with not too much Covid precautions 🙏) . Can’t guarantee the hot tubs this year 😉

Looking forward to seeing you there .
So far the only other meeting will hopefully be at Rutland later in the year .

A fleet of nine keen Vortex sailors, from as far as London and Glasgow, arrived on Saturday at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club to a mirror-like reservoir. Not the usual for Grimwith! We democratically elected to pass on racing and watched the Blazes have a drift race whilst relaxing in the hot tubs hired for the weekend.

The annual curry was accompanied by suitable refreshments and a group even decided to walk around the 4 1/2 mile reservoir to work it off.

Sunday morning arrived with a good force 2, and the first of the 4 races saw Neil (I only sail once a year) Spink sailing into the lead not to be challenged.  Jonathan Lister (I only sail twice a year) came in second with Angus Winchester following close.

The wind increased and we had a force 3 (fabulous trapeezing conditions) for the next 3 races.

The second race showed that Jonathan Lister was back to last years form, with Phil Whitehead forgetting how to sail and tripping over his spinnaker sheets, by taking a win from Phil. Neil was third with John Turley (I've just bought this boat) third.

Phil Whitehead realising he had just bought a new sail (a rare event) decided he had better put it to good use and romped away in a freshening breeze. Mick Collins was also on great form showing good speed coming a creditable second.

The last race was won by Mick Collins (my first open race win!) with Phil coming second, followed by Neil Spink. Racing was very close all day having 4 different race winners.

So Phil Whitehead was the Northern Champion, who put it down the new sail! Many thanks to Mike Saul for the 2 days race officering with great turn around with the Blaze fleet... and supplying the new sail!

The fleet moves to Rutland for the Nationals on 26-27 October.

Overall Results:

1st Phil Whitehead (Yorkshire Dales SC) 5pts
2nd Jonathan Lister (Yorkshire Dales SC) 7pts
3rd Neil Spink (Yorkshire Dales SC) 7pts
4th Mick Collins (Yorkshire Dales SC) 8pts
5th John Turley (Yorkshire Dales SC) 12pts
6th Angus Winchester (Castle Semple SC) 14pts
7th Jonathan Carter (Rickmansworth SC) 17pts
8th Steve Cochrane (Castle Semple SC) 23pts
9th Ed Corteen (Pennine SC) 24pts

 

Vortex Scottish Championships 2019 May 18th /19th 

Four boats, with Jonathan Carter again making the long journey from London, arrived in Largs for the fourth year in succession for the first of the 2019 Vortex meetings. Late call offs for various reasons halved the expected attendance.

Three of the competitors enjoyed a late afternoon sail on Friday in moderate easterly wind conditions which proved to be the strongest breeze of the weekend.

Saturday brought generally light non-trapezing conditions from the north, elevated breeze in race three however provided some stop/start trapezing conditions. Four races were completed and all were taken by Jonathan, some by a good margin. Rounding the windward mark required care in the ebb tide and one rounding when the wind died resulted in two boats taking several tacks to round together with several Musto’s, putting them some way behind.

Sunday started with no wind, but with the promise of a forecast westerly light breeze. Racing was postponed for an hour, then light zephyrs began to show themselves and eventually filled in to a steady force 1-2 from the south.

Closer racing resulted in Jonathan failing to be first at the windward mark on several occasions, however superior down wind speed resulted in him taking all races at the finish. Falling wind resulted in the fleet being sent to shore after race seven due to start time limits. Congratulations to Jonathon Carter 2019 Scottish Champion with seven bullets, taking the title from the absent Phil Whitehead, champion the previous three years.

Thanks to all at Largs SC for achieving seven races in the variable conditions and the Saturday evening clubhouse curry and complimentary shot of whiskey.

The next meeting will be at Yorkshire Dales SC – 13th / 14th July.

 

 

SailNo

Club

HelmName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

Nett

2014

Rickmansworth SC

Jonathan Carter

(1.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

7.0

6.0

1181

Castle Semple SC

Angus Winchester

3.0

2.0

3.0

(4.0)

2.0

2.0

2.0

18.0

14.0

1175

Annandale SC

Alec Glendinning

2.0

(4.0)

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

4.0

20.0

16.0

2016

Pennine SC

Edwyn Corteen

(4.0)

3.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

3.0

25.0

21.0

 

 

 

Vortex Inland Championships at Rutland Sailing Club

by Vortex Class Association 26 Sep 16:33 BST 15-16 September 2018

               

Because of the hurricane forecast a slightly reduced number of vortexes, from Scotland, Yorkshire and London attended the Inland Championships at Rutland SC. As it turned out we had great racing in force 2-4 with blue sky and warm temperatures.

Racing was tight throughout the weekend, but Saturday belonged to Phil Whitehead with two bullets and a second, close to a very quick Alec Glendinning in the last race. Jonathan Carter was always a threat with two seconds and a third in the last race.

The fleet retired to the Wheatsheaf for a welcomed evening meal, subsidised by the class association, when the AGM was conducted between courses.

Sunday's wind built through out the day. The lighter weather suited Jonathan and he pipped Phil for the win of the first race. The increasing wind in the second race suited Phil who won form Angus who was starting to get his mojo back. Mick Collins had always good speed upwind, just needs to get to grips with the tactics, especially near the finish.

Phil eventually realised he had the win secured and following a bout of cramp (its a age thing!) decided to go for an early bath, leaving the last race for Alec to win by a good leg. Angus followed in second place Only one point separated second, third and fourth.

Great race management by the new PRO and team, we never have experienced such quick turnarounds (barely time to eat the chocolate!). Great racing from a great club and very enjoyable weekend.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 1218 Phil Whitehead Yorkshire Dales SC 1 1 2 2 1 (DNC) 7
2nd 2014 Jonathan Carter Rickmansworth SC 2 2 3 1 ‑5 4 12
3rd 1181 Angus Winchester Castle Temple SC 3 3 ‑5 3 2 2 13
4th 1175 Alec Glendinning Alandale SC 4 4 1 ‑5 4 1 14
5th 1117 Mike Collins Yorkshire Dales SC ‑5 5 4 4 3 3 19

 In the members section there is a new article showing several Photos of the Vortex's rigging.

It shows their  routing and all of the sheets and lines. 

 

Also in the members section there are articles on Rigging and boat maintenance, plus tips and advice on sailing the Vortex.

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2021 Vortex  Open meetings

  

 

A new date for your diary 👍

 

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
National & Northern Championship :


17-18 July 2021

 

There will be free camping ⛺️ ... and a Social on the evening ... ( of some sort

.. hopefully with not too much Covid precautions 🙏) . Can’t guarantee the

hot tubs this year 😉

 

Looking forward to seeing you there .


So far the only other meeting will hopefully be at Rutland later in the year .

 
  
 
 
 
 
 The New Carbon fibre rigged Vortex   and the standard Alloy rig Vortex. 

New Vortex's with carbon masts , spars, and Foils.   The original Vortex with Ally mast, boom and foils

 

New Vortex boats are now available. From MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.

 

For Excitment and that adrenaline rush which comes with speed, you should try Vortex sailing. 

Single handed sailing with an asymetric spinaker makes the Vortex a challenge to your fitness, sailing Skill, agility and boat control.  The Vortex will suit people from 60KG  to 95Kg.  That's quite a range of people.

 

The latest Vortex dinghies complete with lauch trolley, road  combie trailer, top cover and asymetric spinaker and mainsail; plus all fittings. Retail at around £11,000  Inclusive of VAT.

 

Whites Formula boat builders can make new Vortex dinghies to order, contact:-    MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.

 

The photos below show a new Vortex sailing with spinaker and the second photo shows the new hull  with supports for the kick bar being constructed at Whites Formula boat builders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining The Vortex Class association

Joining the class association entitles you to a wide range of benefits including discount on boat insurance; access to the members only section of the website

tuning guide

discounted (or free) entry to training events

newsletters

top tips from the experts

discount on Asymmetric Kits

..and more!!!!!

There are several ;other good reasons to;join your class association but rather than us ramble on, have a look at the following;article from the Noble Marine website;to see what others say;

Support for your Class Association

"Class Associations are extremely important (both for the individual class and for the sport of dinghy sailing as a whole). An active class association can provide help for new and existing sailors, strong fleets for the racing, discounts on related products and many other benefits.

If nothing else, an active class association will maintain interest in the class and keep second-hand prices buoyant. In essence, your class is there for you. If your association doesn't offer what you want or doesn't appear to provide value for money - Say something or better still get involved.

Noble Marine has for many years provided support to a number of Class Associations. Part of this support is to offer discounted insurance premiums to members of some associations. The discounts can be obtained by following a special link on the respective class web site or by clicking on the relevant logo

Towergate insurance also give discount  to association members. 

 

To join the Vortex Association please send an email to the class Secretary,Andrew Straton, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your details, name, address, phone number, sailing club, vortex boat number. We will then send you details of how to set up a Standing Order for the association (still £20 per annum) and you will be added to the member list once this has been received. Unfortunately we have temporarily disabled the on-line joining option due to due to persistent spam applications but hope to have this resource back up and running soon!