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HISC Youth section is strongest it’s ever been

After six years on the HISC Youth Committee, the last two as Youth Rear Commodore, Anne Marie Wood and her team have been instrumental in making youth the largest growing section at Hayling Island Sailing Club, as well as broadening its appeal by offering new initiatives designed to get children on the water in a number of fun and informal formats . . .

The HISC Youth section had always been a strong and vibrant part of the sailing club, particularly in the youth racing scene, so when Anne Marie Wood took over as Rear Commodore Youth in 2012 she decided to broaden its appeal and set up a progression programme for children that would suit all abilities and include a more fun and informal route for those not keen to embark on the racing programme.

One of the first new initiatives Anne Marie set up in 2008 was ‘SEALS’ which uses the warm, shallow waters of the lagoon at high tide to provide a safe and fun environment for the youngest children to mess about and gain confidence on the water. 

Other new initiatives set up by Anne Marie Wood during her tenure as Rear Commodore Youth to broaden the appeal of the youth activities include picnics to East Head, sailing football, trips to see the seals in the harbour, pirate adventures, treasure hunts, camping weekends and youth cruises.

Today, as she steps down, the HISC Youth section is the strongest it’s ever been with over 1/3 of the members at the sailing club under 20 years old. The club not only offers the strongest youth racing and training programme of any club in the UK but it also offers a more even balance between racing opportunities and fun, informal activities for youth members.

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Keelboat racing re-launch at HISC this Saturday

Quick reminder to those interested, the HISC Elite class launch (or should we say re-launch) party is this Saturday 25 October at 6.30 in the O.18's bar . . . If you are interested in this project - come along and chat to the ever growing bunch of enthusiasts for this project - all the main protagonists will be there and the laying up supper follows that as well . . . Wine and nibbles served . . .

Less than eight weeks ago there were 3 Elites owned by HISC members, who in all fairness were losing heart. There are now 9 boats in total, 6 boats bought by members to join the re-energised original 3.

We know of 3-4 more who have indicated firm intent. As you probably know these boats are owned by experienced keen racers, who will commit their boat to being on every HISC Elite Class startline next year. Come and meet some of the (familiar) faces this Saturday . . . 

In addition to the three boats already at HISC, Paul and Caroline Fisk have bought Elite 11 and Ossie Stewart in partnership with Rob Cruikshank have bought Elite 67. Nick Peters has a new boat on order, Mike McIntyre is in negotiations to buy and several others are currently exploring the secondhand market.

If you are at all interested in the prospect of keelboat racing at HISC, please come along to a launch drinks party on Saturday 25 October from 6.30pm to hear and discuss the proposals as well as put forward your own thoughts and ideas.

Boats will be available for a demo sail in the afternoon from 2.30pm before the launch party – please 'phone the office on 023 9246 3768 to book a time slot.

If you are unable to make the party then please get in touch with one of the 'Elite Ambassadors' – Nick Peters, Roddy Bowerman, Mark Allerston, Ossie Stewart, Mike McIntyre or Paul Fisk – who will be more than happy to hear your thoughts and talk through the plans. Not only can their contact details be found in the club handbook, they themselves are often to be found in the club bar.

Our objective over the next two years is to establish a fleet of 12 to 15 boats, some shared ownwership, which fields 10+ boats for scheduled class racing. We assume 3 to 4 moorings will become available each year and the Marine team are happy to provide a scrub package, whilst others may sail from Sparkes.

Our intention is to provide inclusive, friendly and all encompassing racing – competitive but fun. We envisage a fleet that welcomes newcomers, supports less experienced sailors by offering training and advice, as well as encouraging family members to sail together. All topped off with a cracking social scene.

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All the Social Events at HISC

As we head towards Christmas and the New Year the social scene at HISC has gone into overdrive . . . We feature the events here on the front page of the website, both in the sidebar and as a main feature in the news section . . . in addition we have added a new page to the Social section of the menu where all the event posters and details will be featured, together with the on-line reservation line . . . Just click any of the side-bar event items or use the drop-down menu to go to the Club Social Event page . . .

Handover complete

On Sunday 19 October Greg Lamb was elected as the new Commodore of Hayling Island SC. Greg takes over from Chris Gordon seen here congratulating Greg on his appointment.

HISC Get Racing Club proves hugely successful

The HISC Get Racing Club, launched in April 2014, concluded its on-the-water events for the 2014 season with a final session on Saturday 3 October . . . Over the course of the year the Get Racing Club initiative has enabled 200 sailors to get on the water to learn key racing techniques, improve their confidence and gain valuable racing skills and experience . . . The initiative has been hailed a resounding success and has provided adult members at the club with a unique opportunity to learn from highly experienced volunteer ‘racing mentors’ in a fun and learning environment and all for no cost . . .

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The events have been fantastically supported by a dedicated group of nearly 30 volunteer HISC ‘racing mentors’, including Olympic medalists, who have given up their time and invaluable experience to coach participants both on and off the water on selected Saturdays throughout the season.

HISC club member and sailing coach, Melvyn Cooper has been the inspiration and founder of the highly successful initiative and has been a constant driving force throughout the season organizing dates, arranging mentors, encouraging participants and overseeing the 10 events. 

Having taken part in most of the season’s Get Racing Club events, participant Tony Sanders reflected, “For someone like me, the Get Racing Club initiative provides me with the opportunity to really take my sailing to the level that will allow me to race, thank you to everyone and the Club for all their efforts.”

Another GRC participant, Mark Down commented, “Thank you so much for a great afternoon; the best team event I have attended since joining HISC - much more fun learning about racing with a like group of people. A big thank you!”

Commenting on the success of the initiative, Nick Peters, HISC Flag Officer, said, “I’m so delighted with the success of this new ‘club within a club’ which has enabled a group of enthusiastic members to get out on the water and learn new skills. This has been a great opportunity for people to improve their sailing ability through light hearted, but nevertheless competitive, race formats."

"An additional positive spin-off has been the dedication of the HISC ‘racing mentors’ who have all been exceptional in giving their time and invaluable experience, and who have all, I know, really enjoyed the experience themselves.”

Plans are afoot to keep the momentum and enthusiasm of the Get Racing Club going over the winter with the organization of some winter shore-based social/workshop. The idea is to look at some more advanced racing skills including sail settings, boat on boat tactics, course bias and line bias.

In addition a GRC season closing party is being planned to thank the large team of mentors and to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Get Racing Club participants.

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Safety Boat Course

RYA Seminars

With the vast amount of activity organised by clubs and class associations, there is an increasing demand for race officials, amongst others . . . And there are plenty of RYA Seminars taking place across the country this Autumn/Winter . . .

If you are looking to attend Race Officials training - The First Level, Mark Laying, Race Management, Judge Seminars, Umpire Seminars and more . . .

Take a look at the RYA Seminars in this area .

Please click on this link

HISC Fireball Fleet

HISC’s rejuvenated Fireball fleet is looking for people who’d like to crew either on an occasional basis or to ‘hook up’ more regularly . . . Ideal opportunity for all - including the HISC teenagers who would like some more crewing experience . . .

The Fireball is an established international class that has a long association with HISC. World, European and National championships are held annually and it is anticipated that many HISC boats will attend the 2015 Worlds at Pwhelli, North Wales.

If you interested in sailing a Fireball at HISC and, ideally, have trapeze and spinnaker/gennaker experience please register on the ‘Hayling Island Fireballs’ Facebook page and let the fleet know.

If you’re not on Facebook, please contact Chris Turner (Fireball 15111) – contact details may be found in the club’s handbook - - give Chris a call!

See the Fireball Class page on HISC - Click here


HISC Clothing available on-line

New Online Booking

The Club has a new online booking facility which will allow members to book any of the Club Events that are organised . . . Most events will go live on the system six weeks before they occur and each booking is completed with an online payment . . .

Members will receive an email message (from Golf  Leisure . . .) which will have your user name and password to access the online portel. Once you have received this you can change your username and password to something more memorable via My account. NOTE: This has been delayed but should go out by the end of this week (11 Oct).

You will also be able to change your contact details registered with HISC.

Note that cancellations and refunds cannot be done through the online system. You will need to phone the Club office if you change your mind.

Non members will also be able to book certain events e.g. Accommodation.

Members will be able to book:

  • Accommodation
  • Training Courses
  • Ticketed Events
  • Dinghy Hire.

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