Catapult TT , Yorkshire Dales SC
 Grimwith Reservoir 11th-12th April 2020

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 For 2020, the Catapult fleet will open the season with our return to Yorkshire Dales SC  (the home Club of Mike Gough and Gareth Ede) We are confident that Spring will have arrived on the high moors. It will solve the issues with water levels we have met in October when we usually go there.

YDSC has a comfortable modern clubhouse set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park between Pateley Bridge and Grassington.

Racing programme (based on 2019, tbc for 2020)

On the Saturday we shall have 4 races starting at 12.30, when we shall be the only fleet racing. The expected pattern is one race, then lunch and finish with three half hour races back-to-back.

 Then on Sunday we shall join with the club fleets for the two morning races. While these are usually windward/leeward courses, the Race Officer has kindly agreed to add a mark or two for our fleet so we can have some reaches.

There will be one discard once 4 races have been sailed.

There won’t be any sailing instructions, but there will be a briefing both days, probably at 12.00 or12.15 on the Saturday.

The weekend should cost only a £20 donation (YDSC is a charity) plus the £5 CCA levy. Stuart Ede (, 01904 738158 or 07575 059339) is the Association's liaison person for the event, who will also be operating registration.

  (More on the Club at )

(Below: Yorkshire Dales' sailing water, on a briskish August day!)


   The main gate to the club will be open from lunchtime on Friday. If for any reason it is not, go up to the Yorkshire Water car park above the club and knock on the door of the Reservoir Manager’s cottage and ask for Maxine who holds the key.

How to get there

The Club (postcode BD23 5ED) sits on Grimwith Reservoir just off the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington.

  From the A1(M) take the A59 turn-off at Junction 47 and follow Harrogate signs. At the second roundabout turn right (still on the A59) for Knaresborough. At the traffic lights at the bottom of Knaresborough High Street go left and quick right to pick up the B6165 for Ripley. Just before Ripley the road briefly joins the A61 Ripon Road (turn right at the roundabout) and then splits off left at the next one in 300 metres.

 Follow the B6165 through Burnt Yates and Summerbridge along Nidderdale. Just before Pateley Bridge it joins the B6265 (you may not notice it, as you have right of way). Go through Pateley Bridge, up Greenhow Hill, past Stump Cross caverns and then start looking out on the right for a Yorkshire Water Grimwith Reservoir sign, as you go down a long hill. Turn right into the approach road which will lead you to the club.

 (NB Greenhow Hill is quite steep; if you have concerns about your ability to climb it, there is an alternative route: in Knaresborough stay on the A59, go through Harrogate and turn right at Blubberhouses for Greenhow village.)


There will be free camping on YDSC grounds for motorhomes and tents overnight on the Saturday night when the clubhouse will be open.

The possibility of camping on the Friday and Sundays nights is being explored; an update will be issued when situation is clarified. Officially Yorkshire Water and the Parks Authority don't allow caravans on the grounds, but, like last time we sailed at YDSC, the rule might be stretched a little for the odd night, subject to confirmation.

 If you want to stay longer to enjoy the delights of the Yorkshire Dales – or if we can’t get dispensation for caravans on the club grounds - there are a number of campsites nearby. From previous events the two most popular ones have proved to be at Pateley Bridge and Appletreewick.

The latter, found by Syd Gage, is at Howarth Farm Caravan Park, 3.5 miles from the club. It is a quiet, basic site (no electricity hook-ups, but good toilet and shower facilities) that comes highly recommended from It costs £12 per caravan per night. Ring 01756 720226 to book. To get there, coming from the Pateley Bridge direction, take the first turn left off the B6265 after Greenhow village for Appletreewick (key BD23 6DE into your satnav). Soon after Black Hill Road becomes Skyreholme Bank, you're there.

Since the Dales is a major tourist area, B&Bs abound. Key “Yorkshire Dales accommodation” into a search engine and a variety of sites pop up. The Parks Authority site is at If you want to be in a town, then Pateley Bridge, Grassington and Skipton are nearby, with Addingham and Ilkley a little further. If you are prepared to drive for 30 minutes or so, then the Victorian spa town of Harrogate and the cathedral city of Ripon offer even more options.

  Since the Dales is a major tourist area, B&Bs abound. Key “Yorkshire Dales accommodation” into a search engine and a variety of sites pop up. The Parks Authority site is at Road becomes Skyreholme Bank, you're there.

The social side (tbc)

Hot food and beverages are available at the Club between 10:00 and 14:00. There are also snacks and cool drinks vending machines available for use at other times.

The Catapult fleet will be going out to a restaurant in Pately Bridge on Saturday evening.

Local attractions

 You are in the midst of the world famous Yorkshire Dales with some of the best walking country in the British Isles. There is so much to do for all the family. Fabulous Wharfedale starts just below the club, and Bolton Abbey is a particularly picturesque spot on the river with lovely walks through the woods to the Strid, where the river rushes through a narrow cleft in the rocks.

  Railway buffs might like to know that a steam railway runs from Bolton Abbey to Embsay. It is a relatively short hop from there to Airedale where you can take the Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway (the real star of the Railway Children) to Haworth in the heart of Bronte Country.

 Garden and stately home lovers will be spoilt for choice. Nearby there's Parceval Hall, while heading towards Knaresborough you'll come to Ripley Castle where Jane Eyre was filmed. Knaresborough itself graces many a chocolate box lid. Take in the magnificent view from the Castle over the Nidd Gorge and walk along the riverside. The magnificent World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and the impressive Newby Hall are to be found near the attractive cathedral city of Ripon.

For keen gardeners the jewel in the crown is the Royal Horticultural Society's Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate –  or stroll around the beautiful spa town of Harrogate with the famous 200 acre Stray running right through its heart, where you'll find the original Betty's Tea Room.

To the west of YDSC there is the famous Malham Cove where peregrine falcons wheel above you. Ascending the steps to the left of the Cove takes you to the limestone pavements and Malham Tarn, while nearby there is the spectacular Gordale Scar waterfall. If you fancy an adventure, take the gated road from Malham Tarn to Arncliffe and thence to Kilnsey Crag - or vice versa. Keen walkers can climb the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent or trek on a stretch of the Pennine Way.

Beyond Malham is Settle where you can ride on the much loved Settle-Carlisle railway over the renowned Ribblehead Viaduct. Heading north of YDSC takes you into Wensleydale, Swaledale and Coverdale (now branded as Heriot Country) with such attractions as Hardraw Force (where Kevin Costner skinny dipped with Maid Marion in his version of Robin Hood) Aysgarth Falls and Richmond Castle (If you've time, enjoy the great riverside walk from Richmond to Easby Abbey along a disused railway track). Another adventure with your vehicle is to drive over Buttertubs Pass from Hawes in Wensleydale to Swaledale past the intriguingly named Lovely Seat peak.

For something a bit out of the ordinary try: • going underground at Stump Cross Caverns (just up the road from the club) • clambering over the fantastically shaped Brimham Rocks  • rock hopping through How Stean Gorge

There’s so much to see and do that you could stay forever!