Home   News

Recent News Items

Cruiser Launch from 2 March

The Marine Department will be starting to put the yachts back in the water from the 2 March, for 2 weeks . . . During this period, we kindly request that you park on the causeway as the car park will be closed whilst the tractor and hoist are moving around the site.

Hayling Rescue Update

Hayling Rescue is currently at ABC Marine (Pepe's Boat Yard) where she was originally built 15 years ago . . . She is in there for some vital maintenance, mainly getting the hull stripped off to have some badly needed new tubes fitted . . .

The tubes were stripped off and sent to Henshaw Inflatables to have a new set made. They still have the drawings from when they built them originally and 15 years of everyday use is a good advert for their quality.Once the repairs on the hull are finished, HR will be transported down there to have the tubes fitted.

We are hoping to have HR back in action at the end of March if all goes to plan. In the meantime Frank has use of the good RIB “Fugly” to keep him in action and watching out for all seafarers in the vicinity.

You can follow Frank’s antics on Facebook. Search for the “Friends of Hayling Rescue” page.

For the full report and more images by Chris Bashall  (Friend of Hayling Rescue.) . . . Click Here

Seven days that changed sailing

Put a spring in your step and single handedly make a date for coming to the last GODS event of our Winter Season – on Thursday 12 March . . . The talk is by the renowned dinghy sailor, journalist, yachting historian and correspondent in Yachts and Yachting and All at Sea, David Henshall . . . The intriguing title is ‘Seven days that changed sailing’, about the 1965 performance single-hander trials . . .

David will also be selling his book ‘Real Magic’ – the history of 70 years of the Merlin Rocket, very timely as this is the Class’s 70th anniversary year. The book is being launched at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on 28th February.  This beautiful ‘coffee table’ work is very relevant to HISC as Merlins first came in large numbers to the Club in the late 1940s.

As always, booking for supper is essential, either via the HISC website or the office.  You are most welcome to come to the talk only at about 20.45.

David’s talk will appeal to all the many different types of sailors at HISC. So come along to enjoy a pint or glass or two of wine with your friends, a delicious supper from John and his team and another brilliant evening at HISC. Why not bring a guest or two as well?  See you there.

Gil, Paul, Ian and Peter

<b>Menu for this GODs eveing will be:</b>
Steak & Kidney Pudding followed by Citrus Parfait, then Coffee & Mints

New Menus and Wine List

If you are visiting the club why not check out the new menus for the Dining Room, Snackbar and main Bar . . . New menus have been posted on the website for Breakfast, Dinner, Children's Early Tea and the Snackbar . . . There is also a new Wine List . . .

The new menus are available on the Dining at HISC page, along with details of the opening times.

Daily Menues for the Dining Room and Bars:

Click here for - Breakfast menu

Click her for -  Dinner menu

Click here for - Children's Early Tea menu

Click here for - Wine List

Daily Menues for the Snackbar:

Click here for - Snackbar menu

Replacing Sandy

We are experimenting with a new rig on Sandy so bear with us . . . We have switched to Rope to extend its lifetime and we have switched to a buoy that is better at dealing with current. More visible for sailors but also more visible for larger boats to avoid . . . Apologies it’s slightly out of place. It will be moved west at the next opportunity . . .

We also discovered when we came to order a new buoy that the weight of the chain significantly outweighed the buoyancy of the buoy. So we’re not quite sure how it was still floating if I am honest.

We will also be switching from one sinker located roughly a third of the way down to 5 smaller weights spread along the top third of the rope giving a better fall of the riser.


You've Got Mail ?

Have you checked your email lately? The club now sends out emails on important club matters to members who have registered their email address with the Office . . . These are not the general chat Yahoo emails but direct emails on specific club matters . . . so check if You've Got Mail ?

2015 Round Hayling Island Windsurfer Race

The Hayling Island SC 2015 SailRacer Round Hayling Island Windsurfer Race will take place on Good Friday, 3 April. The event will include Open Canoes (OC1) and Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) with their own course just off the beach . . . SailRacer will be providing the event website, online entry, GPS tracking and live coverage . . . An event information page has been set on HISC website and on-line entry details etc will be available on the SailRacer event website.

Click for HISC event information page

On-line entry details etc will be available on the SailRacer event website.


UK Blaze National Championship

The UK Blaze National Championships in 2015 will be held at Hayling Island SC over the weekend of 10 to 12 July. HISC will welcome the Blaze competitors and their families to enjoy the facilities of the club and first class racing in Hayling Bay . . .

The Notice of Race for the UK Blaze National Championship is available here.

For details of the Club Accommodation, Parking and latest Event News see the Blaze Championship event page.

Looking for a date?

Throughout HISC website you will find dedicated calendars for the many activities of the club . . . Race fixtures, Open events, Youth race and training fixtures, Social events, Social Sailing and Committee meeting dates . . . All entered and stored, together with the entire website content in one place . . . the HISC website common source database . . .

The HISC website is basically the front-end of a one-stop database which stores and runs the on-line activities of the club, with a content management system (CMS) that allows instant changes to be made to the displayed content.

This common source database approach, which has been used in industry for many years to control and present technical documentation, is now finding a new use on the Internet.

Data is entered or changed via the CMS and then displayed according to the templates built for the various pages. Thus all dates for racing fixtures, social events etc are stored in one place but can be accessed and presented in various combinations on the website.

With control of start and end dates and related tagging it is possible to extract and present relevant data as required.

This control is not just restricted to dates. The database also stores all the text and images entered via the CMS and allows them to be accessed to build the news, results and membership, boats for sale and feature pages of the website without recourse to hand coding.

Is anybody there?

In January this year 10,166 visits were made to the HISC website, almost double last year's figure.


Club Racing Fixtures

Open Fixture List

Youth Sailing Fixtures

Social Sailing Dates

Club Social Calendar

Committee Meeting Dates


British Finn National Championships

The British Finn National Championships in 2015 will be held at HISC over the weekend of 10 to 12 July and is shaping up to be a great event . . . This year there will be a trophy for the combined UK and French Nationals and we are pleased to announce the inaugural 'Jean Jacques Godet Cup' for sailors who compete in both events . . .

The French championships are held at St Pierre Quiberon immediately following the UK Championship.

The Notice of Race for the British Finn National Championship is available here.

For details of the Club Accommodation, Parking and latest Event News see the Finn Championship event page.

Flagpole Gardeners’ Report Spring 2015

The Flagpole Gardeners have been hard at work maintaining are beautiful surroundings . . . The year started with the usual massive prune of the Elaeagnus which grows profusely and flowers with a delicious scent at the end of the year. The pampas was tidied and the roses pruned and finally all the dead leaves cleared . . . There is now a notice which thanks people for not parking in front of the Memorial Stone and, simultaneously, not obstructing the loading area! . . .

Dunes Block Roses

These have been pruned hard back, fed, debrambled and the grasses sprayed.

Stocker Block Garden

The Yuccas bloomed twice last year but suffer from drought in this area. They have been deadheaded and the dead leaves removed. The area was generally tidied and debrambled. Another post was mended.

Lagoon Dune

Last Autumn about a dozen new Spanish Broom shrubs were planted alongside the Campervan area to replace the ones planted last Spring which did not survive the hot summer, which were supposed to replace all the old brooms which have died. Quite a few lupins that were planted have grown well.

700 Bank - No more caterpillars!

A massive clearance of brambles has continued here with repeat forays to remove recurring shoots at the West end. The East end is nearly clear now together with brambles encroaching down towards the Teras.

The Lonicera hedging along the top is still in place and several lupins are thriving. Hopefully, Marram grass will recover but meanwhile other grass seeds have been sown over the very bare East end.

De brambling carries on into the strangled brooms.

Some description

Outer Sand Barriers

Unhappily, the East Sand Barrier has been submerged with blown sand collected by the five lasers parked there illegally since last summer. Some of this sand, with the help of NE winds, has since blown into the washdown area which will mean lots more work for the crew moving it all out. Also the outer posts will have to be replaced, probably by the Youth Working Party, so that folks have somewhere to hang their Towels etc.!


As soon as the wind went into the SW, we had a major bonfire and with the help of our busy Vice Com House, burnt all of the monster pile of rubbish dumped by the main slip that had escaped November 5th!

Jane, Shirley, Fiona, Roger and Barbara

HISC Sailing Coach nominated for award

RYA sailing coach, Melvyn Cooper (from Melvyn Cooper Sailing) has been the inspiration and founder of a highly successful new initiative, HISC's Get Racing Club, to encourage new sailors to have a go at racing . . . Melvyn has been nominated for a top award, Sports Coach of the Year . . .

Launched in April 2014, he has been the driving force behind the new initiative throughout the season, organizing dates, arranging mentors, encouraging participants and overseeing the on-water events. So much so that he has been nominated for a top award, Sports Coach of the Year. The nomination is part of Portsmouth City Council’s recognition for achievement.

"I’m thrilled with the success of the Get Racing Club initiative and surprised but delighted with the nomination too. It’s been fantastic to see so many people getting involved with this initiative; it’s become a very sociable event!” says Melvyn.

International 14, RS700 and K6 Open Meetings

The Open Meetings for the International 14, RS700 and K6 classes will take place at Hayling Island SC over the weekend of the 25 and 26 of April . . . The Int 14 class will be racing for the Hayling Hull . . . Notice of Race and Event Page now available . . .

Eligible boats may enter at the Hayling Island SC office on the day of the event.

Notice of Race available here

Event page for other details available here

Annual Cruising meeting 14th March

A reminder that we have our Annual Cruising meeting coming up at 4 pm on the 14 March. This is a chance for you to catch up with matters that effect the Cruisers at HISC, such as what bow and stern props you'll need to have for next winters layup, what's happening to the hoist, can you catch up with the social sailing program and where are the family cruising weekends going this year?

I expect to give the customary review followed by a question and answer session in a similar format to previous years.

Sat 5pm we have a talk scheduled from HISC member and RYA luminary Rod Carr titled "Cruising in the western Isles."  Rod has promised an interesting talk on what he's been up to for the last two summers escapes, cruising in the fabled "Western Isles".
Rod is famous for his public straight talking so it should be a lively and interesting talk and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
To round the evening off there is the Launch Supper, an informal 2 course meal and a chance to share plans for the next years sailing.  Looking at the Launch Schedule for this year I expect many of us will be  launched by then, so  weather complying it might be a night on board !
Seumas Kilpatrick

Fastest growing Fireball fleet in UK

The HISC Fireball fleet has been anything but quiet since the end of the 2014 summer season . . . In the intervening period, 5 more boats have signed up and, with Toby Hamer and Torie Morley joining the club on Friday, the fastest growing Fireball fleet in the UK reached a landmark figure of 20 boats.

Get Racing Club Winter Talks

Following on from the stunning success of the HISC Get Racing Club during the sailing season, the GRC has confirmed dates and speakers for two Winter Talks to keep the momentum of the initiative strong over the next few months . . . The talks are aimed at anyone who is interested in having a go at racing next year including the enthusiastic members who took part in the Get Racing Club events in 2014 . . .

The second winter talk will take place at 2 pm on Saturday 7 March when HISC’s Marine Manager Mitch Webb will present a helpful, and possibly race-winning, guide to Chichester Harbour tides.

The GRC Winter Talks will be followed by the Get Racing Club 2015 launch party taking place on Saturday 4 April at 7pm in the Over 18s bar.

The GRC 2015 sailing season starts the following week with the first of 13 Get Racing Club race events on Saturday 11 April.

For full details of the HISC Get Racing Club events and dates for 2015 . . . Click Here


More good news for the HISC RS Elite fleet

A warm welcome to new Club members Mark and Sarah Robinson who plan to bring their Elite No. 24, Way To Blue, originally a HISC boat, back to Chichester Harbour in time for the new season after a spell in Brighton . . . Way to Blue brings the HISC fleet up to 12 boats.

500 Club Monthly Draw . . .

The 500 Club January draw has taken place . . . Congratulations to our first winners in 2015. It's ever so easy to join our 500 Club, and very painless - Please do it now, and thanks . . .

And the winners are as follows:

First Prize          £205.00     Anne Fawcett

Second Prize     £102.00     John Locke

Third Prize         £51.00       Peter osgood

Fourth Prize       £30.00       Michael Rowlands

Fifth Prize          £20.00       Lisa King

As always, many congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who takes part.

The 500 Club Committee

Instructors and Assistants Wanted

Instructors and Assistants Wanted for HISC Youth Training Week 26 – 29 May 2015 . . . If you are interested in teaching the next generation of HISC superstars how to sail please contact Mitch . . .

Contact Mitch at Marinemanager@hisc.co.uk

We are recruiting RYA Dinghy Instructors as well as Assistant Instructors and helps.


Mark Laying Courses

We are planning to lay on some Mark Laying Courses over the winter period. These will be shore based and will explain the fundamentals of Mark Laying and the use of GPS . . . We will not be going on the water with this course and there will not be any accreditation by RYA as this will be a HISC specific course.

We would like to get an idea of numbers who would like to attend. It will be held on a weekend and the course would be a whole day and prerequisites would be Power Boat Level 2 and to have, bring and be able to use a hand held GPS.

If the GPS side of things is new to you, we will also be running a basic GPS users course beforehand, so you will be able to come to the Mark Laying course already up to speed with your GPS. The GPS course will probably take around 3-4 hours depending on numbers and abilities.
Depending on timing, numbers etc to help people who have a journey to get to the club and will have to overnight, we would look to hold the entire session over one weekend, with the GPS course on Saturday and Mark Laying on the Sunday.
Paul Carpenter has kindly offered to organise the course and will be your instructor.
The course will cost £20 and will include coffee and biscuits.
If you do not have a GPS and will be buying one for the course, the model that the RYA recommend is the Garmin 72H (Please click on the link below for details)

Please contact the office for more information and to secure a space. Once we have an idea of numbers we can start working out some dates
Chris Bashall
Training Committee & RIB Class Captain

Click here for information on the Garmin 72H GPS


Hayling Island Sail Training Trust

Since 1997, Hayling Island Sail Training Trust, an independent charity, has supported sailing for the young and the disabled at Hayling Island Sailing Club. This year the Trust has funded Travel Bursaries for young sailors to the extent of £2000 - with some spectacular results . . .

Although the actual funds supplied are not great, it is, hopefully, the thought that the Club is supporting them that spurs them on!  Hayling Rescue has benefitted to the tune of over £2500 to enable the wonderful service to harbour users to carry on. And The Hayling Island Community Sailing Scheme received £450 towards training expenses for instructors for the weekly Thursday sessions.

In 2015 the Community Sailing Scheme will receive nearly £1500 towards training programmes for more young instructors. Travel bursaries for up to £2000 will also be continued.

Hayling Rescue will undergo a major refit in the New Year when up to £7000 will be made available towards this good cause.

Incoming funds include £1000 from the HISC Wayfarer fleet and substantial amounts from other Club members including lump sums and regular small amounts on standing orders.

All monies donated to HISTT, if given with a gift aid declaration, earn 25% premium from HMRC to aid the good causes supported.
Please check on the Trust web site www.histt.org.uk for up-to-date news and photos, and for ways of donating.

Happy New Year from the Trustees.

Roger Palmer, Jane Blaydes, Ian Jameson, Zyg Kruk, Malcolm Tite

HISC RIB Survey Report

Towards the end of last summer, members were invited to complete an on-line survey about their skills and experience in RIBs. The response was excellent, with over 270 members taking time to provide information. Thank you! . . . Some clear themes emerged . . .

> We have a wealth of skills and experience in our club.  Most responders are confident in rescue, recovery, and navigation, and many are comfortable with mark-laying.

> There is great willingness to use and share this knowledge to help the club run better.
> Members are keen to further develop their skills, with demand in particular for training in advanced driving, first aid, and mark-laying.

> Several well qualified members were kind enough to volunteer to provide training.

> Windsurfing has a strong following, and needs to be listed alongside other sailing disciplines in any future surveys!

Some key statistics:

> 200 hold RYA PB2 or greater driving qualifications
> 95 are first aiders
> 125 VHF operators
> around 200 are confident with towing/recovery/rescue
> around 100 have some level of mark-laying experience

Thanks are due especially to over 100 of the responders who provided comments and contact addresses.  We'll be in touch to follow up specific points.

The action plan to follow on from the survey is firming up. Initial steps include a mark-laying course to be arranged by Training Committee, and continuing availability of the HISC Safety Boat course at a subsidised cost.  Development of the action plan is being led by Chris Bashall as RIB Class Captain, and John Barber as co-opted safety representative on Sailing Committee.  Please feel free to contact either with any input.

John Barber


Bursary scheme for young sailors

As many will be aware, the club has operated a bursary scheme for the last few years, considering applications from our best young sailors for financial assistance from the Hayling Island Sail Training Trust. The General Committee recently discussed the operation of the bursary scheme and agreed that we would not continue with it in the current form . . .

That is not to say we are going to abandon the bursary scheme - far from it, as we are still committed to actively supporting the pursuit of excellence by our best youth sailors. Rather we are will introduce a modified scheme which will, we hope, allow more to benefit from the scheme.

This has always been a challenging time for those doing the selection, given the wealth of young talent with which the club is blessed.

Please watch out for details of the new scheme.  I hope that this will be available early in the New Year and in good time for the start of the racing season.

Greg Lamb, Commodore

All the Social Events at HISC

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 . . .

Sandy Point Bird Report for 2014

This is the tenth annual bird report for the Sandy Point area. The total of 167 species recorded during the year was the lowest of the last ten years, four fewer than the previous lowest of 171 in 2006, and nine species below the average. With some exceptions, what appeared to be genuinely lower numbers of many species across all of the seasons . . .

 . . . might have directly influenced the amount of time spent ‘in the field’, which itself might have further exacerbated this impression, as well as impacting the overall number of species recorded. This is particularly noticeable in terms of sea-birds, whilst low numbers of migrants would seem to be directly linked to the weather, with spring and autumn being unusually settled, and both winter periods extremely mild.

Amongst the many ‘expected’ species that went unrecorded were barnacle goose Branta leucopsis, scaup Aythya marila, velvet scoter Melanitta fusca, red-necked grebe Podiceps grisegena, Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus, avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, little stint Calidris minuta, turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, coal tit Periparus ater and crossbill Loxia curvirostra. On the other hand, corn bunting and redbacked shrike brought the cumulative total of species recorded during 2005-14 to 244 species.

To read / download the full report 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.

Booking Example

Posted in Members Area

Latest 2015 Minutes posted in the Members area
NA SGM Minutes
NA Racing Committee
NA Youth Committee
JAN Sailing Committee
JAN General Committee
NA House Committee
NA Historical Archives
JAN Members Committee
JAN Cruising Committee
JAN Training Committee
TBA AGM Minutes

Members Area

Eating at HISC

Jan-Mar 2015

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sat/Sunday 08:00 - 10:30
Wed, Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Wed, Fri, Sat 19:00 - 21:00

Drinks, Snacks and Lunch
Hot Food from 12:00
Sat, Sun 09:00 - 17:00

Wed, Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
All hours subject to change depending on demand

© Copyright 2015 Hayling Island Sailing Club.