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General National 12 chat / North West Norfolk Week
« on: May 21, 2020, 06:09:47 PM »
I understand that NWNW 2020 has now been cancelled; info from Faceache and online. Sad but not a surprise. I was intending to take Starfish N2020 (for obvious reasons!); just wondering if the Burton is going to survive this year? Px  :'(

General National 12 chat / Re: Burton Cup format
« on: April 18, 2020, 08:27:53 AM »
As one who has been lapped on various occasions in my assorted vintage boats at several Burton's in the past I think that the above proposal is very sensible and I support it. And, if the C19 situation allows us to sail the Champs this year, I will try to get down to sail the Burton to fly the clinker flag. Px

General National 12 chat / Re: Boats arriving for race meeting by rail
« on: April 14, 2020, 08:38:27 AM »
Greetings. I believe this is what happened for the very first N12 open meeting held at TVSC pre WW2 (please note that I wasn't born then!) with the boats being carried from the (now removed) Trent Station to the Club. I can't see N12 train travel happening again! Px  8)

Greetings. Owing to the ongoing C19 situation it was decided at the (online) Trent Valley Sailing Committee meeting last night that the N12 Vintage Champs and Open Meeting 16/17th May would be cancelled this year, with a view to running it again in 2021 (same weekend). Difficult times, but y'all stay well. Px  :-\

General National 12 chat / Is it me?
« on: March 28, 2020, 10:38:43 AM »


Martin Clark and I were catching up like wot we do from time to time (checking that we are both still alive!) and we had both noticed that there seemed to be very little chat on the discussion board - all gone a bit quiet? I don't do Faceache or Twit (although Trent Valley seems quite active on Wuzup and we are holding virtual Fitting Up Supper tonight on Zoom) but Martin tells me that there is also not much going on social meejar either.

Whatever. Hope that you are all keeping fit and well, abiding by the SocDis rules and prepping your yots for when we finally get sailing again.

Stay well. Love and peace to y'all. Px

Talking to myself again? I suspect that with the current C19 situation we could well be looking at postponing the Vintage Champs? Any observations? Px  :-\

General National 12 chat / Re: This is probably a bad idea....
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:42:10 AM »
Greetings Dr John. There is a Starfish currently resting at Trent Valley which I know is surplus to requirements/the owner wishes to dispose of. I've not been down to check it recently but suspect that it will need a little TLC. With everyone being grounded this could keep you occupied until we are back on the water? I have a spare road/launching trailer which I used for (the) Starfish N2020 which I am looking to sell (trailer not boat!!); perhaps we have a package here? Please email me at or ring my mobile 07710 324 800. Paul

Greetings. It may seem a little early to be telling you about the Vintage Champs & Reunion, especially as the flood waters which have surrounded the Club and left the Stewards cut off, have yet to subside, but planning is already under way for the weekend of 16th & 17th May. There will be the usual racing on the Saturday (3 races Derwent Handicap pursuits) plus the Midland Area Open for all N12s on the Sunday but we are also opening the event up to cruising N12s who don't want to race and to all N12 sailors (vintage or otherwise) just to come down and catch up with old friends. There will be a skittles night on the Saturday with food, and catering all weekend. I have several Vintage N12s to lend out to competent helms. So spread the word and RSVP peeps! Px  8) N1650/2020/2359 (already booked!)/2399 (Gerald usually bags this one)/China Doll/Whisper (Me!)

General National 12 chat / Vintage Champs 2020
« on: September 02, 2019, 03:42:11 PM »
Greetings. Trent Valley have confirmed that the Club would be delighted to host the 2020 Vintage Champs in May next year (but we need to confirm the date soonest to avoid clashing with other class opens and holiday plans which meant that several boats weren't able to sail this year).

Traditionally the TVSC Open has been at the beginning of May but the Early Spring Bank Holiday has moved the date back in the month. 2020 will be more complicated because the Bank Holiday will be on FRIDAY 8th MAY to recognise VE DAY.

Accordingly we have two choices:

16/17th May or 23rd/24th May.

Views/preferences soonest please here or to:

Paul  8)
N1650/2020/2359/2399/2403/2524 (just sold!)/2492/2750/3157

General National 12 chat / Re: Milton Keynes Open 2nd June
« on: May 20, 2019, 09:13:18 PM »
Yo Smilie. Gutted that I can't be there this year; still not fit enough to drive that far and back let alone sail. Hope that you get a decent entry coz you have a fab pond. Back next year Px  :'(

Thank you to all who came along and supported the event whether sailing, organising, helping or just gongoozerling. Nine clinker boats out on the Saturday and 10 all-comers on the Sunday. Think it all went well even if there was not a lot of wind. There will be a full report very soon. To make certain that everyone who has a vintage N12 keeps the dates clear in their diaries we will get the dates out very much sooner - no excuses! Px  8)
PS N2524 Ethelred (a China Doll what my Dad bought for me in 1970 is now officially up for sale - I've got the original China Doll) :'(

Greetings! We seem to have eight confirmed entries with one more possible. We really would like to get to double figures and there are still one or two Turner Collection vintage yots awaiting helms. Both Starfish and Smuggler were extracted from storage yesterday with the help of John Sears and are resting on trailers ready to sail! RSVP! Px  :-*

Just been asked cost of entry fees at VinChamps. Saturday 10, Sunday 15. Camping free. Bargain! Px :)

This has just gone out to all TVSC members:

National 12 Vintage Championships

The National 12 Vintage (i.e. wooden clinker boats) Championships are being held at Trent Valley for the first time on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019.

The format will be as follows:

Saturday - there will be three races (briefing at 12:30 and first race at 13:00) and the scoring by "Derwent Handicap". The first race is scratch and the times are taken to work out a handicap system for the second and third races, which will be pursuit races. The slowest boat in the first race will start first in the second and third and the fastest goes off last. The aim is to have each race running for an hour and if the handicapping goes to plan all the boats will finish the last two races at the same time!

Roger Briton is the race officer assisted by Paul Turner, and Megan Derrick; Christine Preston will also help with "meet 'n greet". The rescue boat will be on the water for the RYA training (hence the later start time for the racing) and any volunteers to assist launching, flags etc (or even just to watch!) will be more than welcome.

On Saturday night there will be a Club Social Night being Skittles and a buffet - more info later.

Sunday - this will also be a Midland Area Open Meeting with all the boats, vintage and modern starting together. There will be prizes for both the Open Meeting and the Vintage boats.

First race will be at 11:00 with the second before lunch and the third immediately afterwards.

Greetings! 24 days to go and we already have some entries! Dave Peacock, John Sears, Brian Herring and Graham Camm have indicated that they are coming along, as too have Gerald Copsey (to sail Mr Jones) and James Dalby (TVSC Laser star!) in Shotgun. And Angus Beyts is travelling all the way from darkest Scotland to join us. We would like to get to double figures and don't forget that the Sunday is also a Midland Area Open for all boats. I still have a few clinker yots awaiting (competent!) helms and if you would like to sail one of the Turner Collection please let me know asap - just awaiting Patrick Hamilton's reply about N2524. Starfish and Smuggler are still in the barn. Sadly I won't be sailing; not yet recovered enough (but hope to be ok for NWNW!). Px  8)

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