Catapult  TT at Carsington Cat Open

Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th 2011


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  Catapult will be back for the penultimate sailing event in the Catapult calendar, at Carsington Water Cat Open 24th--25th September. This will be the Catapult Northern Championships, also counting as a TT event. This popular venue carries the promise of an Indian Summer weekend in their beautiful setting in the White Peak District.The Club has been very welcoming, and is hosting the Sprints and Dart 18s at the Open.The traditional large Sprint 15 attendance gives a very friendly contact between the fleets (and some interesting tactics, sharing the course) There will be 5 races (probably 2 Saturday and 3 Sunday) with 4 to count. The first start on Saturday will be 12.00, and on Sunday at 10.30.From indications at the beginning of the season it looks as though we shall have more than enough entrants (possibly as many as 12) to make us the biggest part of the Open fleet (and will share it with the Dart 18 Ladies Championship!). 
  The Notice of Race and Entry Form are on:  http://www.carsingtonsc.co.uk/open_meetings.html  As part of their support, the Club have been great in supplying photos from the events; click for photos  and 2009 (unofficial) Report and photos for some of Pauline Lowe's pictures of us.


    

 

 

 
 


  Below: waiting for the start at Carsington 2008                      (photo CSC)

waiting to start:Carsington 2008

  You can save 3 on the entry fee by pre-registering with Carsington SC (22 as opposed to 25 on the day). Entry forms and cheques (payable to Carsington Sailing Club Limited) should be sent to: Ray Gall, 15 Cumberland Crescent, Borrowash, Derby DE72 3LT (tel 01332 671016). In addition the usual 5 Class Association levy will be collected on the day. NB The closing date for pre-entries is 16 September (and for meal bookings see below).Contactsf you need to contact the club direct, the Club Manager is Mick Athey (01629 540609, manager@carsingtonsc.co.uk). He is available during office hours from Wednesday to Sunday. The contact for the Cat Open is Ray Gall (ray.gall1914@talktalk.net or 01332 671016).AccommodationThere is no camping on the club grounds, but there are camp sites nearby. The nearer ones are listed overleaf with their distance from the Club. For B&B accommodation try the tourist information office on 01335 343666, or, if you have access to the web, try Googling for Derbyshire tourist information or try www.visitpeakdistrict.com and www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk.The social sideThe Club is laying on an evening meal on the Saturday. Members enjoyed it last year, so we shall be joining with it again. The menu has been emailed by Stuart
   NB Meals must be pre-paid by 16 September. As with the pre-entries, reservations should be sent Ray Gall, but cheques for the meals should be made payable to DL Holmes.
Lots to see and doAs always we have selected Carsington not just for its great sailing but also for its location. It is in the White Peak, close to the Peak District National Park, and offers wonderful walking. Beautiful Dove Dale is just a few miles away. Stately homes abound, like Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Market House, Kedleston Hall and Wingfield Manor.The picturesque towns of Matlock Bath (take the cable car up the Heights of Abraham), Bakewell and Buxton offer lots to do and see, and then there is the Alton Towers theme park as well. For those interested in transport there is the Peak Railway and a Tramway Museum to be visited. So Carsington could be the centrepiece of a super holiday or long weekend break.

. Below:  Carsington Cat Open 2010

catapults on the wind

(Photo:  Pauline Lowe, CSC)