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Get Racing Club’s End of Season Party

To celebrate the success of the HISC Get Racing Club’s inaugural year we’d like to invite the GRC participants and anyone interested in taking part in 2015 plus the GRC Racing Mentors to join us for drinks and canapés on Saturday 22 November 2014 at 6.30pm in the Over 18’s bar . . .

Over the course of the season 200 sailors have taken to the water to learn key racing techniques and improve their confidence through this initiative. The Get Racing Club has been a huge success and has given HISC members a unique opportunity to learn from highly experienced volunteer ‘racing mentors’ in a fun and informal learning environment, and all for no cost!

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An average of 20 sailors attended each of the 11 events which started in May and went through to October. The events have been fantastically supported by a dedicated group of nearly 30 volunteer ‘racing mentors’ who gave up their time and invaluable experience to coach participants both on and off the water.

HISC Member and sailing coach, Melvyn Cooper has been the inspiration and founder of the highly successful initiative and has been supported by a group of members throughout the season to organise and oversee the 11 events.

The improvement in the Get Racing Club participants racing skills and sailing ability has been extremely impressive and rewarding over the season. The group has progressed from sailing nervous, tentative races at the start to competitive, close racing with polished starts and the confidence to sail in all weathers by the end of the summer.

HISC would like all GRC participants and anyone interested in taking part in 2015 plus the GRC Racing Mentors to join us to celebrate the initiative’s success and share stories and learn more on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 6.30pm in the over 18’s bar.

Please email your RSVP to Leah Brooks sailingsecretary@hisc.co.uk and join us for this special Get Racing Club evening.

Go to the Get Racing Club page

AGM Report

A well-attended AGM held on 19 October saw a changing of the guard at the top of the Club. Chris Gordon completed his three years as Commodore and handed over to Greg Lamb; Mike Dawe succeeded Greg as Vice Commodore sailing; and John Rees became Vice Commodore House . . . There were changes in a range of other positions too, and the full list of these has already been published on the Club’s website . . .

The encouraging thing this year was the number of people who put themselves forward for Flag Officer and other positions, and it has been good to see some new faces now involved in the committees that play a key role in running the Club . . .

Click here for the full full AGM Report

Julia King

We are sad to announce the death of Julia King. Julia and husband Gerry joined HISC in 1964 from Portchester SC. It was at Portchester where she sailed a dayboat named Almorah, also the name of her last boat that she sold in 2010 . . . The funeral for Julia will take place at the Havant Crematorium . . .

Along with the "King" girls,  Catherine, Geraldine, Susan and Ollie the dog, the family were  very active members of the Club.

Crewing for Gerry, Julia was  his long suffering  crew sailing in an Enterprise, Fireball, Flying Fifteen and finally a Cruiser in Social Sailing. 

A lady of strong opinions Julia even swam ashore on one occasion having had enough of her helm!

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In later life she was not the in the best of health and so unable to participate in her passion as much as she would have liked but still retained a strong bond with HISC, which continues through her family. Our thoughts are with her family and close friends.

The funeral for Julia will take place at the Havant Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA on Friday 7 November at 2.30pm.

The family welcome both traditional or colourful dress code as mourners wish, as we celebrate Julia's life.

It is also our wish that as a substitute for flowers, donations are made to the Thursday Club at HISC. These will to go towards the purchase of a boat in Julia’s memory and can be made to Grady’s Funeral Directors or direct to the Thursday Club at HISC.

Following the service the family cordially invite you to join us at the Club for the wake.

Mike Massey


AGM Election Results

Following the elections and the AGM the Flag Officers of the Club and the elected members on Committee are . . .

Commodore - Greg Lamb
Vice Commodore sailing - Mike Dawe
Vice Commodore House - John Rees
Rear Commodore Racing - Andy Partington
Rear Commodore Training - Murray Maunder
Rear Commodore Youth - Rebecca Tuttle
Rear Commodore Cruising - Seumas Kilpatrick
Honorary Treasurer - Mark Sawtell
Membership Chairman- David Nicholls

Mike Baker
Peter Glasby
Tim Hancock

Elected members on General Committee:
Nick Peters
Catherine Massey

Elected members on Sailing committee:
Gerald New
Paul Maxfield

Elected members on House Committee:
Anna Wells
Jonny Bucknell

HISC Sailors at ET Team Racing Championships

An impressive number of HISC sailors competed at the RYA ET Team Racing Championships - the effective Junior or Youth National Championships - held at Oxford Sailing Club over the 18/19 October . . .

50 teams of six sailors spread over junior (U16) and senior (U19) sailed a staggering 250 races during Saturday and Sunday morning before strong winds intervened. According to the RYA report it is the largest team racing event in the World.

The Junior Championships sailed in Fevas were won by Gingernut and assorted Biscuits which included four HISC sailors in the team of six: James Hammett, Ben Todd, Piers Nicholls and Freddie Wood.

Also from HISC was Henry Jameson in the 3rd placed RS Tera Assc, as well as 5th placed HISC - The Real Deal with 5 HISC members: Iain Bird, Jake Hardman, Freya Black, Hattie Cage and Rupert Jameson.

Ethan Miles was in the 10th placed Tera Assc 2 and Lucy Penant/ Nathan Lomas in 12th placed SE Fevas.

The Youth event with 27 teams was held in Fireflies with Team 29er from HISC in 6th comprising of: Elliot Wells, Nick Robins, Crispin Beaumont, Tom Darling, Jake Todd and Sam Grade.

HISC sailors Issy Black and Grace Summers in Sassy Sisters in were in 7th and James Dames(es) in 8th included HISC members: "Jameses" Cook and Eales, Jess Hammett, Charlie Darling and Lauren Miles, while Hugo Andrews was part of NSSA that finished 13th.

It was a great event as always and good to see HISC sailors winning as well as competing across so many teams (Apologies to anyone missed).

Paul and Suzie Hammett

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 . . .

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

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.

Read the full Press Release

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.

Booking Example

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