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.
















Rickmansworth SC

Jonathan Carter











Castle Semple SC

Angus Winchester











Annandale SC

Alec Glendinning











Pennine SC

Edwyn Corteen













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



2022 Vortex  Open meetings


A new date for your diary 👍


This is happening NEXT WEEK so don't delay if you want to come; Put your name down on the vortex face book site to let us know you are coming all Vortex sailors are welcome and can  be a part of this National competition. (and Social event)


Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
National & Northern Championship :


28th & 29th May 2022   at 


Yorkshire Dales SC



There will be free camping on site ⛺️ ... and a Social on the Saturday evening ...

The open is a joint open with the Catapult class .
Sat 28 -Sun 29 th May
NOR and SIs coming shortly .
We are having a subsidised meal on the evening … so
we need to know if you intend coming .
We can designate it the Northerns and Nationals ! It makes sense as we get more at YDSC than other events .
Let us know on Facebook (vortex class Association) if you “ intend “ to make it . There is a menu so you can choose your evening 2 course meal in advance.
This Meal will be heavily subsidised and there will be a hot tub provided.  Lets hope we get some good weather and wind to go with it.


Notice of Race

Vortex and Catapult Open Event

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, 28-29 May 2022

The organising authority is the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club (YDSC)

The location of Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is:
Address: Grimwith Reservoir, Hebden BD23 5ED
Grid Reference: SE 06432 64203
Lat/Long: 54.072897, -1.905250
X: Y: X= 406432 Y= 464203

1. Rules

1.1 The Event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing and the YDSC general byelaws.

1.2 Competitors shall behave in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter.

2. Eligibility and Entry

2.1 The event is open to helms of Vortexes and Catapults.

2.2 Note that competitors under 18 will require parental consent as part of their online entry.

2.3 Entries whenever possible should be made via the online entry system with entry fees paid via Credit/Debit Card online, or BACs transferred or paid via cash or card at registration.
Closing date for online entry will be 23.59 on Wednesday 25 May.
Entries on the day are possible but are discouraged because this causes issues with planning and catering for the event

2.4 All competitors (including those online entered) must register their attendance at the reception desk near the entrance to the club house upon arrival.

2.5. All competitors and parents of U18s who are UK taxpayers are requested to gift aid their entry whenever possible because Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is a charity No. 1110757. Forms will be available at Registration.

2.6. Competing boats MAY be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority (See rule 80 and World Sailing Regulation 20)

2.7 Competitors wishing to have meals from the YDSC Galley will be asked to order food and pay at the registration desk.

3. Conditions of Entry

3.1 Competitors are entirely responsible for their own safety, whether afloat or ashore and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or, anywhere else reduces this responsibility.

3.2 It is for the competitors to decide whether their boat is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going afloat, the competitors confirm that their boat is fit for those conditions and that they are competent to sail and compete in them.

3.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the owners and/or Competitors, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or
Personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the event.

3.4 The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol boats and beach masters.

3.5 In Spring and early Summer YDSC has some restricted land areas near the dinghy park and clubhouse which are for the protection of ground nesting birds. All competitors and their supporters are reminded that failure to observe these restrictions will be considered a series breach of conduct and may result in disqualification from the event.

4. Schedule of Races

4.1 The regatta will be a series of up to 7 races on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May.

Saturday 28 May

Registration at the clubhouse from 10.00 hrs
Competitor Briefing Time 12.00
Up to 4 races may be sailed in a format of 2 back-to-back plus a break and 2 further back-to-back with the first warning signal for race 1 not before 12.55.

Sunday 29 May

Up to 3 races back-to-back may be sailed with the first warning signal no earlier than 09.55. The last two races may be sailed alongside the scheduled YDSC club races at 11.00, but with separate starts.
The order of starts and courses for the last two races will be as follows:

  • 1st Catapults – Round the Cans
  • 2nd Vortexes – Windward-leeward
  • 3rd – Club racing Skiff Start – Windward-leeward
  • 4th – Club racing Slow handicap start – Round the Cans

Any starts that are recalled will restart their sequence one minute after the first substitute is dropped.

4.2. No warning signal for races on the last day of the event will be made after 13.25.

5. Sailing Instructions

These can be found at yorkshiredales.sc/sailing-instructions-21-24

6. Scoring System

6.1 ONE race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

6.2 When only 2 races are completed, a boats score will be the total of her race scores.

6.3 When 3-6 races are completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score including any black flag results.

6.4 If 7 are completed a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her 2 worst scores.

6.5 Low point scoring system Appendix A

6.6 Penalty for breaking a rule in Part 2 will be a Two-Turns Penalty, unless amended by the Sailing Instructions. The penalty for breaking rule 31 is a One-Turn Penalty.

7. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the winner, 2nd and 3rd. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organisers. The prize giving will be held soon after the conclusion of racing.

8. Risk Statement

8.1 Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”

8.2 Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:-

a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and other property whether afloat or ashore;
c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event;
h) The boat is adequately insured with cover of at least £3 million against third party claims

9 Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3 million per event or the equivalent.

10. Privacy Statement

The personal information you provide to the organising authority will be used to facilitate your participation in the event. If you have agreed to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and the other rules that govern the event (the rules), the legal basis for processing that personal information is contract. If you are not bound by the rules, the legal basis for processing that personal information is legitimate interest. Your personal information will be stored and used in accordance with the organising authority’s privacy policy. When required by the rules, personal information may be shared with the RYA and/or World Sailing. The results of the event and the outcome of any hearing or appeal may be published.

11. Further Information

For further information please contact:

Phil Whitehead (Vortexes) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07971 461994
Stuart Ede (Catapults) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07575 059339

End of Notice of Race

Additional information


1. Free camping for tents and motorhomes will be available from Friday afternoon (gates open at 13.00) to Sunday afternoon (17:00).

2. Unfortunately caravans are not allowed under the terms of the YDSC lease.

3. Please follow the camping guidance to be found on www.yorkshiredales.sc covering such matters as on where to pitch camp, use of club facilities and expected norms of behaviour.

Social Arrangements

Hot food and beverages are available at the Club Galley. Opening times for breakfast and lunches during the event will be advised nearer the time. Payment is only by card and not cash.

A three course evening meal will be provided on Saturday. It will be FREE to competitors (courtesy of the Vortex and Catapult Class Associations). Additional tickets will cost £12 (price tbc) and can be purchased at Registration. The menu will be distributed nearer the time.

There are also snacks and cool drinks vending machines available for use at other times.

Dietary requests should be made as soon as possible either on the entry form or, in special circumstances, at the galley upon registration to help plan for catering.


 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.

You will need to log in to access these.

 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


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!