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Christmas Cracker Open Pursuit Race 2014

The final event of the HISC Open Pursuit race Series - The 45th running of the HISC Christmas Cracker - will take place on Sunday 21 December . . . In the overall event series, Solo sailors Nick Peters and Ross Harvey are tied for the lead with Steve and Sarah Cockerill in their Merlin Rocket in third, just five points off the leading pair, in fourth are Keith walker and Rhys Pickett in a Fireball . . .

This year with proceeds going to the Friends of Chichester Harbour . . . The result of the Cracker will also decide the overall winner of the eight race HISC Open Pursuit Series which has had 185 entries to date.

Pursuit race information

Christmas Cracker Notice of Race

Overall Results for the HISC Open Pursuit Race Series


Club Christmas and New Year events and Opening/Closing times

21st December - Christmas Cracker Pursuit Race

21st December - Helicopter Racing in the Bar

22nd December - Club Closed

23rd December - Club Closed

Christmas Eve - Bar Open 12 - 6pm

Christmas Day - Club Closed

Boxing Day - Bar Open 12 - 6pm

26th December - Bar Open 12 - 6pm

27th December - Bar Open 12 - 6pm

28th December - Bar Open 12 - 6pm

29th December - Club Closed

30th December - Club Closed

New Year's Eve - Office Open 9am-5pm

New Year's Eve - New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Day - Open for Breakfast 09:00 - 11:00

New Year's Day - Bar  Open 12 - 6pm

Christmas at HISC

First and foremost, let me thank all those that attended the Christmas Fayre on Sunday, in particular I would like to thank Val Long for organizing, chasing round raffle prizes and press ganging her band of helpers. THE EVENT RAISED JUST OVER £1400 . . . This will be spread between the Rowan’s Hospice and the Andrew Simpson Foundation . . .

Judging by the crowds, Mike Baker did well for the Thursday Club, as did the second hand sale for Hayling Rescue run by Pam Marrs. This is a fantastic effort by the club.

On a different note, many have commented on the club Christmas decorations, please thank the artistic talents of Emma Toman, standing in at the last minute to direct her less talented band of willing helpers.

The weekend of Dec 20th we have the Turkey Supper on the Saturday, the Christmas Cracker Race on Sunday Dec 21, followed by the Helicopter racing in the afternoon, come on down and make a weekend of it.

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Over Christmas the bar and sailing facilities will be open, the exact times are in the December News Letter and on the Website (see below), to avoid any disappointment, if you are planning to come down, please let the club know, so that we can be sure to keep it open for you, the staff have families as well, so if no-one there and no-one is expected, we may well close early.

Boxing day? What finer venue for watching (if you are not sailing) the Mengeham Winkle – and the bar will be open.

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New Years Eve – the club party, the stuff of myths and legends, please book up as soon as you can, we will also be offering discounted sleeping bag accommodation for those living further afield. 

HISC Opening Times over the Christmas / New Year period

22nd December - Club Closed

23rd December - Club Closed

Christmas Eve - Bar Open 12-6pm

Christmas Day - Club Closed

Boxing Day - Bar Open 12-6pm

26th December - Bar Open 12-6pm

27th December - Bar Open 12-6pm

28th December - Bar Open 12-6pm

29th December - Club Closed

30th December - Club Closed

New Year's Eve - Office Open 9am-5pm

New Year's Eve - New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Day - Open for Breakfast 09:00 - 11:00

New Year's Day - Bar  Open 12-6pm

It never stops at HISC, so in the New Year watch out for the Burns Night at the end of January, and the Valantine’s cheese fest in February.

John Rees 

Vice Commodore House 

Youth Prize Review

Last Saturday night the Youth Prize Review took over the disco dance floor at HISC. The year has been full of incredible achievements by our youth both at HISC and further afield and it was great to take the time to recognise and celebrate those sailors who have not only won events, but also those who have shone in terms of commitment and endeavour . . .

We won't list all of the many achievements here, but copies of the Youth Roll of Honour booklet are available at the office!

The evening included the presentation of the first HISC Junior Sailors' Sailor and Youth Sailors' Sailor. These trophies were voted for by HISC youth sailors and were won by:

  • Freddy Wood: For his achievement winning the RS Tera Sport National Champion 2014 and his encouragement for other sailors on the water.

  • Elliott Wells: He was nominated for his inspirational record. He has won the RS Tera Nationals & Worlds, the Feva Nationals and Inlands Championships. He was an RYA National Junior Squad Member 2012/13 and now is the youngest ever helm in the UK Youth 29er Squad. He is certainly an extraordinarily talented sailor.

HISC Winter Open Series

Final weekend of the HISC Winter Open Series . . . And the overall results for the Saturday Series are in: David and Fiona Sayce (Fireball) win the Medium handicap ahead of Tessa and Nick Lancaster (Tasar) . . . In the Slow handicap Nick Rawlings (Solo) was the overall winner ahead of Greg Lamb (Solo) . . . And the Fast handicap went to Andrew Gould (Musto Skiff) with Adam Golding (RS700) in second . . .

Moving onto Sunday and the overall results for the Sunday Series are: Fast handicap, Simon Letten (RS700) winning a very tight final from Andrew Gould (Msto Skiff) and Adam Golding (RS700) by one point . . . The Medium handicap went to david Sayce and Nick Rees (Fireball) ahead of Colin Smith and Graham Williamson (Merlin Rocket).

The Medium Asymmetric series went to J and L Bakker (RS200) and the Slow handicap to Alex Butler (Laser 4.7) . . . And finally the Solo class series, won by Greg Lamb with Nick Rawlings second and David Moseley third.

Full results are on the Open Results page.

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 . . .

Are you a Winner?

Are you a Winner? . . . We have 11 unclaimed raffle prizes from the Christmas Fair. The winning numbers are as follows . . .

Green 255 - John Blake

Green 76- Monica Rose

Green 48 - Unknown

Green 299 - Claire Davis

Green 200 - Verity West

Green 306 - Shelia Penfold

Pink 503 - Sarah Muir

Pink 360 - Lucy Wrigley

Pink 480 - Helen Rees

Pink 271 - Unknown

Pink 355 - Hilary Baker

Please collect from reception and bring along your winning ticket.

RS Aero 5 Squad weekend at Hayling Island

A total of 18 entries of mixed rig size took part in the RS Aero 5 Squad weekend at HISC. Plenty of variety ensued with winds ranging from 4-8 kn on Saturday to 16-35 kn on Sunday with sailors of weights ranging from 38 kg to 98 kg all enjoying their boats. Saturday’s coaching focus was on both tide and starting which was relevant at Hayling and in preparation for Sunday’s race series . . .

Sunday, as expected, dawned with an increase in wind with an excited air of anticipation whilst enjoying Hayling’s 5* breakfast. At launch time it was a ‘fresh but not frightening’ 18kn so we went for it.

A 6 race series was planned using pursuit starts with each of the 3 Aero rigs starting 30 seconds apart for a race lasting approximately 18 minutes

During race 2 a squall came through with winds escalating quickly to a recorded 35 knot maximum. Shallow water, waves and strong wind are often a fatal formula for rigs when they hit the ground in a capsize but it proved a great testament to the rigs and the lightweight hulls that no mast damage resulted in the extreme conditions. 

Re-energized we launched again into about 20-25 knots and succeeded in 3 more races. Some great screaming reaches, nervous runs and valuable heavy air gybing practice were to be had.

Leading positions:

1st1003 Liam Willis Rig 5 Lymington Town 6pts

2nd1109 Louis Wright Rig 5 Hayling11pts

3rd1116 Chris Blake Rig 9 Netley12pts

4th1030 Doug Baker Rig 9 Hayling 16pts

5th1089 Kent Martin Rig 7 Ogston 19pts

6th1107 Ben Poe Rig 5 Sutton Bingham 24pts

Life Honorary Membership - Pam Marrs

Many people give generously of their time to help with the smooth running of our club, but sometimes there appears an individual who exceeds all reasonable expectations in the time they give and the effect they have on the continued well being and success of Hayling Island Sailing Club. One such individual is Pam Marrs, who has been closely involved in making our club work for well over 30 years, filling a wide variety of roles in that time . . .

Pam was instrumental in organising youth sailing in the early 80s, was Sailing Secretary for many years (and singlehandedly organised the duty roster, including hand-writing the whole thing for publication in the year book), she has been a successful race officer in major events... 

The list goes on, and includes periods as Rear Commodore Sailing and Vice Commodore as well as similar pivotal jobs in the Federation and CCRC.

In recognition of her long and valuable work for the club and the sport in general, the General Committee recently voted unanimously to award Pam Life Honorary Membership of Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Congratulations Pam!

Greg Lamb


500 Club Monthly Draw . . .

The 500 Club November draw has taken place . . . Congratulations to our winners. It's ever so easy to join our 500 Club, and very painless! All you new HISC members - just ask at HISC Reception for a form - go on - please do it now, and thanks . . .

And the winners are as follows:

First Prize          £205.00     Lyn Smith

Second Prize     £102.50     Will Marrs

Third Prize         £51.25       Caroline McIntyre

Fourth Prize       £30.75       Alasdair McLeod

Fifth Prize          £20.50       Richard Smith

As always, many congratulations to our winners, and many, many thanks to all of you who take part so generously each month

The 500 Club Committee

Get Racing end of season party

HISC’s inspirational Get Racing Club hosted a well-attended ‘end-of-season’ party at the weekend to celebrate its huge successes and achievements which include an impressive 212 sailors taking part in 11 events with 35 club ‘mentors’ giving up their spare time to coach and organise racing . . .

Rear Commodore Racing Andy Partington and the club’s instigator and founder, Melvyn Cooper thanked all the racing mentors who gave up their time, expertise and patience to coach the enthusiastic GRC participants throughout the season.

The invaluable support and assistance of the HISC staff and marine team were also acknowledged as were the GRC participants who have taken to the water so keenly and progressed in their racing abilities so impressively.

It was then time to swap stories, look at the photographs and read the newspaper reports which have all captured the infectious success and enthusiasm of the initiative.

The Get Racing Club is looking for a Class Captain to champion the initiative going forward as well as a Social Secretary to instigate some social activities for the next season.

Please get in touch with Andy Partington 07717 296195 or Melvyn Cooper 01243 370884 if you can assist with either of these roles.

The 2015 season will be kicked off with a Get Racing Club launch party on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 7pm in the Over 18’s bar. 

So if you’re already a committed participant or think you might like to give it a go and find out more put the date in your diary we look forward to meeting you at the start of the season.

For more information and 2015 dates go to  HISC Get Racing Club

HISC RS Elite Fleet update

A quick update to let you know that the HISC RS Elite Fleet has now reached double figures. Predictably a list of social events will soon be in full swing prior to any sailing! . . . Apart from the odd days practice, most boats are saving themselves for an early spring launch, by which time we have high hopes of another couple of boats . . .

Hayling Island SC - RS Elite Fleet

No. 6 - Duel, Andy Partington & Gareth Edwards
No. 11 - Legs Eleven, Paul & Caroline Fisk
No. 12 - Escapade, Mark Allerston & Roddy Bowerman
No. 20 - No Riff Raff, Mark & Lisa Pollington
No. 29 - Galadrial, Alasdair McLeod
No. 43 - Trigger's Broom, Mike Dawe
No. 67 - More T Vicar, Ossie Stewart & Rob Cruikshank
No. 76 - Foudafafa, Mike & Caroline Mcintyre & Simon Childs
No. 84 - Kiss, Dave & Jill Hitchcock
No. 92 - No More Toys, Nick & Kate Peters

Any members (or potential members) at all interested in the prospect of keelboat racing at HISC are urged to get in touich 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.

If you would like to be kept up to date with things, please mail Paul Fisk, one of the fleet captain duo, at paulfisk@fiskdesign.co.uk

Nick Peters and Paul Fisk.
HISC RS Elite class

HISC Fireball Fleet - Update

From the Fireball Association website - Fireballs are back in Chichester Harbour! The re-emergence in 2014 of the Hayling Island SC Fireball fleet caught the attention of local and national observers as it swiftly grew to 15 boats and regularly turned out 6 – 8 entrants in club races . . .

The club is actively encouraging the development of the Fireball fleet – including ‘classics’ – so if you are thinking of changing club for the 2015 season why not consider HISC? With racing at fixed start times every weekend either in Hayling Bay or inside the harbour as well as a multitude of one-off, often high profile, events there is no lack of opportunity to sail.

For more see the Fireball website . . . 

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

The Flagpole Garden

The Flagpole Garden at the entrance to the Club is maintained – weeded and pruned - throughout the year to the requirements of each plant – so it probably does not look as if anything much is ever done to it! This Garden is in fact a Memorial garden and there is a plaque on a large north facing stone which reads – JOHN LONG - Honorary Life Member - 1962 - 1998 . . .

The Elaeagnus, which is still in flower with an amazing fragrance, will shortly be cut right back as will also one of the tamarisk branches that is now interfering with the halyards. Some of the small thyme plants have come to the end of their tether but we are growing on replacement cuttings of an amazing dark blue lavender found in a local garden.

Seedlings of rosemary have sprouted and are flowing already and the annual seedlings of Cerinthe have sprouted and will make a good splash next spring. Some of you have noticed the black Aeoniums planted at the entrance to the pole; these have now been dug up and located to a warmer clime but if anyone would like a cutting – let me know.     Another aging post had to be repaired.

DUNES BLOCK GARDEN – this is basically a hedge of Rugosa Roses at the back of the Dunes block which we took over last winter, pruned, weeded and fed  it. This year it has bloomed tidily and magnificently , despite having an old picnic table dumped on it – twice - and at the moment is still green and covered with hips.

STOCKER BLOCK GARDEN  - The yuccas have been dead headed and the old leaves removed and encroaching brambles and weeds removed. Yet another post was mended.

700 BANK -   The west end of this bank, basically cleared of brambles, produced a mass of blue spikes of Vipers Bugloss in the spring and grasses are starting to grow. Evening Primrose plants bloom sporadically. The big lupin died but several seedlings arrived and we have planted some more.  The hedge of Lonicera  - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1189 - started as a windbreak on the seaward side, mostly survived the dry summer but has been reinforced with more plants. Planting of this hedge has continued along the East end of the bank but here the brambles are still growing freely so will continue to support mice, caterpillars and leg catching runners into the 700 park!  Ongoing!

LAGOON DUNE BEHIND CAMPERVAN AREA – More dead brooms have had to be removed and unfortunately the brooms that we transplanted did not survive the hot summer although some of the lupins did. However, lots more young brooms and lupins have been planted with fungal root fertilizer, so we are hoping they can get their roots down in good time. (Broom seeds came from the World Seed bank in Lithuania). Brambles continue to be a problem and are generally rooted out when possible.

WINDSURFER BANK – Needs more dead broom removal – and brambles!

OUTER SAND BARRIERS – These barriers, really the best we have now in the way of proper dunes, are kept clear of brambles . These banks, manufactured by the Solo fleet in 2002 using lines of hazel rod fencing, have been invaluable in keeping the sand out of the North Dinghy Park. The working grass on them is still very vulnerable which is why we ask people to keep off these Dunes. Some of the posts– useful for hanging out the towels etc! – have been replaced.

Jane, Shirley, Fiona, Roger and Barbara.

Cruiser Logs - A Jolly Good Read

The "Laying Up Supper" was recently held at the Club . . . The Nick Danby Cruising Trophy was won by Mark Pollington for his log of the voyage of his Cornish Shrimper, "Polly" around the Western Isles of Scotland, bravely accompanied by his wife, Lisa . . .

For all details and links to the Logs that were judged for the award, and previous year's Logs go to the HISC Cruiser page . . .

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.

Read the full Press Release

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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

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