Catapult TT at Rutland Water
April 8th-9th 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)


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  The Catapult fleet will be again kicking off the 2017 TT season TT event at Rutland Water after the successful event last year. We will share the weekend with the Squibs, as last time, a very civilised arrangement.

  We will  have three back-to-back races on Saturday, getting underway at 1330. Sunday will start at 1030, with three back to back races (or perhaps two races back to back, with one afternoon race.) 

    Registration is between 08:30 and 10:00 at the office on Saturday. The briefing for Catapults will be 12:30 on Saturday.

(There will probably be a club race on Saturday morning which we are welcome to join as a practice, if you can't remember which way round the boat goes after the winter lay-off!)



 This is  home club of John Terry, 2015 TT winner (and he made a clean sweep of the 2015 event there!) He has kindly agreed to act again as our event liaison person and has organised a meal on Saturday at the nearby

 
John's contact details are:
johnterry@supanet.com: he will be at the Club through Saturday morning (when club racing will be on) and will give local details.

 As information is updated, eg final sailing instructions and registration forms, it will appear on the Club website
(www.rutlandsc.co.uk). Look in the Open events, Downloads and/or Latest news sections.

  We will race triangular courses, suiting Catapult, using  Rutland Sailing Club fixed marks. Laminated maps of the marks will be available at registration.
Catapults will be the second start with the Squibs first. The start sequence will be 5, 4, 1, go. The class flag for Catapults will be solid red. Boats must pass through the start/finish line on each lap.

  Each race will be finished by a shortened course flag i.e. no set number of laps. Courses will be displayed on the back of the committee boat and will be around the fixed club marks.  Laminated copies will be available from the office. The prize giving will after the racing on Sunday


  The weekend sailing will cost  £29.50 (with 3 prizes from RSC) plus the Associationís £5 prize levy. If you want any information about the club, you can check their website or ring the Club Office on 01780 720292. [Dog owners please note that no dogs are allowed on the club grounds.]


  Sailing at Rutland  
The lake, the club and the local fleet are all substantial, and are matched by ample facilities.

 There is a wide grassy parking/rigging area, with four paths down through the parked club boats to the ramps. There is usually plenty of space on the beach to launch (photo below) partly dependent on reservoir levels
.

 Starts are from the Committee boat, usually with port-rounding courses, round a combination of fixed and laid marks. Courses are customarily triangular, trapezoid or inverted-P.

The usual sailing area is in the southern arm of the lake, in front and to the right of the clubhouse, roughly bounded by the club, the prominent church on the southern shore, and the end of the peninsula forming the northern shore. With a wide lake and low-lying land around, breeze is largely unonstructed (except for dead patches near trees) but can oscillate a good bit.

 The water is shallow when close to the northern shore ---of tactical importance since in the prevailing westerly, local boats beat close to that shore (which is not what you would predict, thinking you would lose the breeze there) so there is the risk of a sudden stop.


 Given the size of the lake, in stronger breezes the downwind end will have more wind and some wave action---and anything south or westerly will be deceptively mild amongst the trees at the club end!       Alastair

   

  The club is on the south shore near Edith Weston and offers a full complement of meals. If you want evening meals, you are advised to book on the day.

   Accommodation: Rutland Sailing Club has 48 beds in 10 simply furnished bunk rooms, some with ensuite facilities. The accommodation is available throughout the year for visiting Open Meeting sailors and training groups and is ideal for families visiting the area.Rates: £13.00 pppn for en-suite shower and £11.00 pppn without. Clubhouse accommodation can be booked through the Office on 01780 720292 or by emailing: sailing@rutlandsc.co.uk. Please note that the Office is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Campers have the benefit of a campsite for tents, caravans and campervans just across the road (www.rutlandwatercampsite.co.uk). This costs £5 per night. The site has got more popular in recent years, so if you want to be sure of a spot or want more information you can contact Nicholas Makey on 07875 479533 or at info@rutlandwatercampsite.co.uk.

 
In the surrounding villages and towns there are lots of B&Bs. A list can be found on the Rutland SC website. Tourist information is on 01572 724329, or check out Rutland Online at www.rutnet.co.uk. Rutland Water has its own tourist information centre on 01572 653026.

  catamaran sailing at rutland


 There are lots of non-sailing activities as well. Hiking and cycle tracks that follow the shores of the lake are very popular because of the great views. Bikes can be hired locally. The famous Barnsdale Gardens are close by, and Rutland Water is renowned for its wildlife and fishing, too. Local towns and villages are very picturesque, especially Stamford, which was the setting for Middlemarch. Then there are any number of stately homes including Burleigh, Kirby Hall, Prebendal Manor, Stoke Rochford, Lyveden, New Bield, Deene Park and Rockingham Castle.

 
For nature lovers there are reserves at Bedford Purlieus, Castor Hanglands, Hills & Holes and Cribbs Meadow, plus country parks at Burrough Hill, East Carlton and Burleigh again. And we mustn't forget the Nene Valley and Rutland railways for steam buffs.  So there's something for everyone in the family.

With so much to do there are plenty of reasons to come along to this perennially popular venue

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