The Nationals 2017


Well it is time to plan ahead for our National Championships, which will again be held at Northampton SC on the 2nd-3rd September 2017. You’ll find details of the event below and also on the Events Page.

Although we call this the National Championships, it really is a very informal and enjoyable event for helms of all abilities. We tend to have; Mortals (Most of Us), elevated Mortals (the Silver Fleet), who have won something in the past and the Gods (Gold Fleet) who have won most everything else!!! Gods help Mortals sail better around the courses and generally ‘coach’ people round, it’s that kind of event.

There will be lots of chat and info on the Forum about sailing in the event and many people come along on the Friday for some coaching and practice, as well as a bit of a social event in the evening. Actually Emma and Lee host our social event of the year, in Bratley Towers (Emma and Lee’s huge tent) bring wine!!! helps the racing immensely on Saturday morning.

Club Information

Directions to club:
Northampton Sailing Club
Pitsford Reservoir
Tel: 01604 880248

The Club is located just off the A508, about 4 miles north of Northampton

For the Club Website Click Here

Camping is available on site for FREE on Saturday. There is no charge for camping on Friday, and you can practice if you want to do. Actually sailing on the Friday is very good fun. Just ring the club to let them know you want a pitch.

For Accommodation see the Club’s Local Accommodation Page.

Car and Boat parking
There is loads of space within the club grounds for camping, car and boat parking. You can set up camp, with your boat and car parked next to your tent which is only 50yds from the water. Lee normally turns up with a tent the size of a palace, so having inspected everyone’s pitches, most swing by the Palace Lee with a bottle and a couple of glasses in hand, for a spot of socialising.

Highlight of last year was watching the ‘pop-up’ tents go up. Well it wasn’t so much the going up, that was the amusing bit, it was the going down antics that provided the entertainment – spring in a box comes to mind.

Tide Information
I’ve got some good news on this one – there isn’t any – that is unless we all capsize together and make a very big wave.

Social Programme

Friday 1st Sept – Practice sailing and an evening in Bratley Towers
Saturday 2nd Sept – Our AGM (with wine and cake!), followed by Food in the Club House
Sunday 3rd Sept – Prize giving and afternoon tea

Race Programme

Friday 1st Sept – Practice sailing for those that get there early
Saturday 2nd Sept – Races One, Two, Three and Four (1st start – 11.30)
Sunday 3rd Sept – Races Five and Six (1st start – 10.00, over by 1pm)

The course will be specified on the day. See the Sailing Instructions for more details.