Catapult Northerns and TT at Carsington
 October 3rd-4th 2020

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atapult returns to
Carsington Water 3rd-4th October for the Northern Championships (counting as another TT) 

The Club is in the beautiful White Peak district of Derbyshire, and  has always been very welcoming to Catapult.

 The club website at gives more on their facilities.

   Programme (based on 2019 event, tbc)

  Registration opens at 9.30 on the Saturday, and a briefing will be held at 12.00.

  There will be 6 races, 3 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday, and one discard will apply if 4 or
more races are sailed.

The earliest start on Saturday will be at 13.20, and on Sunday the earliest start will be 10.50. The last race will finish no later than 15.00 on Sunday afternoon. A 5-4-1-0 sequence will be used.

  The Sailing Instructions are posted on the club website

  Entry costs 30 pounds (15 per day). The usual 5-pound Class Association levy will be collected on the day.

     Directions The Club is situated on the west side of Carsington Water, postcode  DE6 1SU. The easiest approach is from the B5035 Wirksworth-Ashbourne road taking the turning signed for the Carsington Water Visitor Centre a few metres west of the Knockerdown Inn.

Sailing at Carsington:  There are wide shingly beaches (photo above) in the club house areas for rigging.

 The races are started from the Committee boat, usually specifying (from the boat) one of two courses described in the racing instructions.(Usually, the briefing will give an indication which course will be used, or make the decision.)

  The reservoir is big (photos below) and high up in the hills, so wind is largely unobstructed except close in to the shore and the dam. The area in front of the Club is shallow, and use of the long arms of the lake is restricted by wind direction, so the wide central sailing area can be crowded with boats in the Open events in the past. 

Event pictures: As part of their support at past Open events, the Club have been great in supplying photos;  Past reports and photos  here and here and  hereand here,  for some of Pauline Lowe's pictures

 (See also  here , John Pep seeing off an A Class at Carsington 2011.)

Arrival The club office will be open 10.00 to 16.00 on Friday, so it will be possible to drop off and/or assemble your boat between those hours.

 SPECIAL NOTE: All boats should be washed down prior to arrival to prevent contamination with killer shrimp.

Contacts Our Club contact is Keith Appleby who can be contacted at

 For more administrative matters you can contact the Club Manager, Ceri Knapgate, or the Club Administrator, Marie Thornton, on 01629 540609 or They are available from Wednesday to Sunday (10.00 to 16.00).

The Social Side John Terry is the liaison person for the event.


 There is no camping on the club grounds, but there are camp sites nearby. For B&B accommodation try the tourist information office on 01335 343666, or, if you have access to the web there are several websites listing accommodation, such a
s or ,
and the Club website also has a list at  


   As 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.