2022 Vortex  Open meetings


A new date for your diary 👍


This is happening NEXT WEEK so don't delay if you want to come; Put your name down on the vortex face book site to let us know you are coming all Vortex sailors are welcome and can  be a part of this National competition. (and Social event)


Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
National & Northern Championship :


28th & 29th May 2022   at 


Yorkshire Dales SC



There will be free camping on site ⛺️ ... and a Social on the Saturday evening ...

The open is a joint open with the Catapult class .
Sat 28 -Sun 29 th May
NOR and SIs coming shortly .
We are having a subsidised meal on the evening … so
we need to know if you intend coming .
We can designate it the Northerns and Nationals ! It makes sense as we get more at YDSC than other events .
Let us know on Facebook (vortex class Association) if you “ intend “ to make it . There is a menu so you can choose your evening 2 course meal in advance.
This Meal will be heavily subsidised and there will be a hot tub provided.  Lets hope we get some good weather and wind to go with it.


Notice of Race

Vortex and Catapult Open Event

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, 28-29 May 2022

The organising authority is the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club (YDSC)

The location of Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is:
Address: Grimwith Reservoir, Hebden BD23 5ED
Grid Reference: SE 06432 64203
Lat/Long: 54.072897, -1.905250
X: Y: X= 406432 Y= 464203

1. Rules

1.1 The Event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing and the YDSC general byelaws.

1.2 Competitors shall behave in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter.

2. Eligibility and Entry

2.1 The event is open to helms of Vortexes and Catapults.

2.2 Note that competitors under 18 will require parental consent as part of their online entry.

2.3 Entries whenever possible should be made via the online entry system with entry fees paid via Credit/Debit Card online, or BACs transferred or paid via cash or card at registration.
Closing date for online entry will be 23.59 on Wednesday 25 May.
Entries on the day are possible but are discouraged because this causes issues with planning and catering for the event

2.4 All competitors (including those online entered) must register their attendance at the reception desk near the entrance to the club house upon arrival.

2.5. All competitors and parents of U18s who are UK taxpayers are requested to gift aid their entry whenever possible because Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is a charity No. 1110757. Forms will be available at Registration.

2.6. Competing boats MAY be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority (See rule 80 and World Sailing Regulation 20)

2.7 Competitors wishing to have meals from the YDSC Galley will be asked to order food and pay at the registration desk.

3. Conditions of Entry

3.1 Competitors are entirely responsible for their own safety, whether afloat or ashore and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or, anywhere else reduces this responsibility.

3.2 It is for the competitors to decide whether their boat is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going afloat, the competitors confirm that their boat is fit for those conditions and that they are competent to sail and compete in them.

3.3 Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the owners and/or Competitors, nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or
Personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the event.

3.4 The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol boats and beach masters.

3.5 In Spring and early Summer YDSC has some restricted land areas near the dinghy park and clubhouse which are for the protection of ground nesting birds. All competitors and their supporters are reminded that failure to observe these restrictions will be considered a series breach of conduct and may result in disqualification from the event.

4. Schedule of Races

4.1 The regatta will be a series of up to 7 races on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May.

Saturday 28 May

Registration at the clubhouse from 10.00 hrs
Competitor Briefing Time 12.00
Up to 4 races may be sailed in a format of 2 back-to-back plus a break and 2 further back-to-back with the first warning signal for race 1 not before 12.55.

Sunday 29 May

Up to 3 races back-to-back may be sailed with the first warning signal no earlier than 09.55. The last two races may be sailed alongside the scheduled YDSC club races at 11.00, but with separate starts.
The order of starts and courses for the last two races will be as follows:

  • 1st Catapults – Round the Cans
  • 2nd Vortexes – Windward-leeward
  • 3rd – Club racing Skiff Start – Windward-leeward
  • 4th – Club racing Slow handicap start – Round the Cans

Any starts that are recalled will restart their sequence one minute after the first substitute is dropped.

4.2. No warning signal for races on the last day of the event will be made after 13.25.

5. Sailing Instructions

These can be found at yorkshiredales.sc/sailing-instructions-21-24

6. Scoring System

6.1 ONE race is required to be completed to constitute a series.

6.2 When only 2 races are completed, a boats score will be the total of her race scores.

6.3 When 3-6 races are completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score including any black flag results.

6.4 If 7 are completed a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her 2 worst scores.

6.5 Low point scoring system Appendix A

6.6 Penalty for breaking a rule in Part 2 will be a Two-Turns Penalty, unless amended by the Sailing Instructions. The penalty for breaking rule 31 is a One-Turn Penalty.

7. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the winner, 2nd and 3rd. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organisers. The prize giving will be held soon after the conclusion of racing.

8. Risk Statement

8.1 Rule 4 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”

8.2 Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:-

a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and other property whether afloat or ashore;
c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event;
h) The boat is adequately insured with cover of at least £3 million against third party claims

9 Insurance

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £3 million per event or the equivalent.

10. Privacy Statement

The personal information you provide to the organising authority will be used to facilitate your participation in the event. If you have agreed to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and the other rules that govern the event (the rules), the legal basis for processing that personal information is contract. If you are not bound by the rules, the legal basis for processing that personal information is legitimate interest. Your personal information will be stored and used in accordance with the organising authority’s privacy policy. When required by the rules, personal information may be shared with the RYA and/or World Sailing. The results of the event and the outcome of any hearing or appeal may be published.

11. Further Information

For further information please contact:

Phil Whitehead (Vortexes) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07971 461994
Stuart Ede (Catapults) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07575 059339

End of Notice of Race

Additional information


1. Free camping for tents and motorhomes will be available from Friday afternoon (gates open at 13.00) to Sunday afternoon (17:00).

2. Unfortunately caravans are not allowed under the terms of the YDSC lease.

3. Please follow the camping guidance to be found on www.yorkshiredales.sc covering such matters as on where to pitch camp, use of club facilities and expected norms of behaviour.

Social Arrangements

Hot food and beverages are available at the Club Galley. Opening times for breakfast and lunches during the event will be advised nearer the time. Payment is only by card and not cash.

A three course evening meal will be provided on Saturday. It will be FREE to competitors (courtesy of the Vortex and Catapult Class Associations). Additional tickets will cost £12 (price tbc) and can be purchased at Registration. The menu will be distributed nearer the time.

There are also snacks and cool drinks vending machines available for use at other times.

Dietary requests should be made as soon as possible either on the entry form or, in special circumstances, at the galley upon registration to help plan for catering.


 In the members section there is a new article showing several Photos of the Vortex's rigging.

It shows their  routing and all of the sheets and lines. 


Also in the members section there are articles on Rigging and boat maintenance, plus tips and advice on sailing the Vortex.

You will need to log in to access these.

 The New Carbon fibre rigged Vortex   and the standard Alloy rig Vortex. 

New Vortex's with carbon masts , spars, and Foils.   The original Vortex with Ally mast, boom and foils


New Vortex boats are now available. From MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.


For Excitment and that adrenaline rush which comes with speed, you should try Vortex sailing. 

Single handed sailing with an asymetric spinaker makes the Vortex a challenge to your fitness, sailing Skill, agility and boat control.  The Vortex will suit people from 60KG  to 95Kg.  That's quite a range of people.


The latest Vortex dinghies complete with lauch trolley, road  combie trailer, top cover and asymetric spinaker and mainsail; plus all fittings. Retail at around £11,000  Inclusive of VAT.


Whites Formula boat builders can make new Vortex dinghies to order, contact:-    MSDS (Mike Saul Dinghy Supplies); the sole supplier and distributor of the new boats.


The photos below show a new Vortex sailing with spinaker and the second photo shows the new hull  with supports for the kick bar being constructed at Whites Formula boat builders.