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Moth World Championships - Day 3

Rob Greenhalgh and Chris Rashley are tied for the lead of the International Moth World Championships at the end of qualifying on Monday. The fleet will split into gold and silver from Tuesday . . . Aussie Nathan Outterridge won his yellow flight and the Swiss sailor Arnaud Psarofaghis the blue flight . . . See report and Video . . .

It's more like Costa del Hayling at the moment - sweltering heat and little wind make it great for sunbathers and ice cream vans, but less so for the Moth fleet. The race committee made the most of the breeze that did come in and managed to get two races in for Yellow fleet and one for Blue fleet, bringing the Qualifying Series to a close after 5 races.

Sunday's Yellow fleet were sent out first to play catch-up and completed qualifying race 4 in around 10 knots with Chris Rashley blasting down the final run to overtake early leaders Mike Lennon and Paul Goodison.

Chris Rashley said of his day, "Solid day - went out and raced the re-sailed race we didn't finish yesterday and ended up coming through to win. It was shifty offshore, but a reasonable 8-10 knots of pressure. I got past Mike by gybing at the final windward mark as we had a right shift and the pressure was running down the right hand side and sailed around Mike who went down through the middle. He wasn't to know the shift was coming when he rounded and it was very difficult conditions for him to defend in. If I hadn't gybed straight away I would have ended up 5th or 6th."

On going into gold fleet racing Chris said, "You can't get much separation from the fleet and there are some really competent sailors out there who are going to put up a big fight in the finals. I think Rob Greenhalgh has got a very good chance of walking away with the trophy at the end of the week, so has Scott Babbage, Josh Mcknight and you can never write off Nathan Outteridge - he's the best dinghy sailor in the world and he will be up there at the end of the week."

Then it was on to Monday's Yellow and Blue fleet racing. Australia's 49er Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge took the win ahead of Britain's Robert Greenhalgh, halting Robert's run of wins.

Nathan said, "It was a good day - a lot of waiting around but we got a good race in and I finally got a bullet so happy with that. I haven't raced against Chris Rashley, or a lot of the other top guys, but I've raced Rob (Greenhalgh) every time and he's going pretty quick so it was nice to get one up on him today but I think there's about 6 or 7 boats that can probably win the event because the points are pretty close."

Nathan continued on what's making the difference this year on boat speed, "I think people are just putting a lot of time into their boats and understanding their equipment. Obviously the guys over here have been sailing a lot at this venue, but of course we've had very different weather with light and flat conditions. I think for the finals it's only going to get lighter. I'm quite happy, I've got big foils and a stiff rig, like what I was using in Hawaii, and it's getting me through at the moment."

Paul Goodison spoke to Louay Habib after the racing, "A big improvement today with a 3rd and a 4th. Yesterday I just kept sticking it in but after a lot of tweaking last night, the foiling was much better and the boat far more balanced. Today was a shifty day, which is a lot more towards my usual skill set of playing the shifts rather than just raw speed. However, racing a Moth in the light is all about keeping on the foil when others can't. When it's light it doesn't really matter if you choose the right or wrong side. If you are foiling you are going a lot quicker than the boats who can't."

Further down the fleet there is some frustration about the time limits. Dave Chisholm, who is racing one of the home-build Moths said, "The problem is you've got guys with brand-new kit that are really good sailors; America's Cup sailors, Olympic sailors and World Champions, particularly in the marginal foiling conditions they're off. For the guys with the older kit who've come here for the craic of the whole thing and to support the event finishing within 15 minutes of the top guys is impossible, especially in these marginal conditions. I got lapped by the first windward mark today and I foiled most of the way. The guy with the oldest boat here has sailed in every race and he hasn't got a single result and they need to think about that. It is of course about the elite sailors that are here, but they need to think about those sailors who are further down the fleet."

Tuesday sees the competition move up a notch as the fleet is split into Gold and Silver fleets. The leading competitors will be racing against each other head-to-head rather than topping their respective qualifying fleets.

For Latest Event News, Results, the NOR, Sailing Instructions, Entry List and more details and links to information go to the HISC Event page

For access to the Media facilities at Hayling Island SC during the Championships or to receive daily reports and results to your email, please register in advance on the HISC Event page

Club Racing

Yes, there was also some club racing . . . Steve and Sarah Cockerill left their Merlin and took to the water in Solos . . . Steve leading home the Solo fleet to win the Saturday handicap ahead of Nick Peters, Solo and David Nicholls and Sarah Smith, Flying 15 . . .

HISC 2014 Youth Open Race Week

The HISC 2014 Youth Open Race Week in August is now accepting entries for this popular event with competitive open racing in all junior and youth classes. Entry will close on 31 July . . .

There will be three separate race courses:

Main Fleet: 29er, Handicap, RS Feva, Topper, RS Tera Pro

Main Fleet: RS Tera Sport Gold Fleet, RS Tera Sport Silver Fleet, Optimist 

Red Ribbon Novices: RS Tera Sport, Optimist

There are usually 2 races per day for each of the main fleets.

Social events include a BBQ (Monday 4th August) and the Youth Ball (Thursday 7th August).  Tickets for competitors are included in the entry fee.

See the event page for Entry and information.

RS200 National Championship at HISC

Entries NOW OPEN for the Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship at HISC 16 – 21 August 2014 . . . Show your support for the event, encourage others and claim the early bird discount by signing up NOW . . .

Entry before 27 July is £147 (or £125 if you are under 20). For more information on the entry click here



Click here for the HISC RS200 Championship Event Page with links to accomodation etc

Mike Lennon is British Moth Champion

With the final day of the Moth UK Nationals reduced to just one race it was Mike Lennon, of the host Hayling Island SC, who claimed the British Championship. Second overall was the Australian Scott Babbage and third Chris Rashley of the Royal London YC . . . Click for the Nationals video . . .

For Results, NOR, Sailing Instructions, Entry List and more details and links to information go to the HISC Event page

Car Parking change at HISC

Please do not leave your car, trailer etc., in the main car park from Monday 14 July. The main car park is being used as the boat park for the Moth National and World Championships until the 25 July . . . Car and other trailer/boat parking is available on the causeway and the overflow car park behind the RNLI.

Partytime at HISC exhibition

The "Partytime at HISC" exhibition is taking shape, and as a taster we are now showing some of the Archive Collection's original documents and memorabilia in the Dining Room . . . These are in the right hand cabinet for safe keeping and cover a large number of years . . .

We are very fortunate to have these original items to show. The complete exhibition will feature HISC organised Parties from the early 1950s, ranging from Summer Balls, Fitting Out and Laying up Suppers, Christmas Parties, Barbeques and themed parties such as Halloween.

We have a huge collection of Party photographs which we will be showing in the next few months. These have taken a considerable time to gather, identify, date and subsequently display.

One of the earliest files we hold is the former Secretary Manager, Paul Covell's organising file for the Golden Jubilee Ball in 1971, and this has produced some fascinating information for the exhibition. We have also collected many stories of other Parties.

Please take time to look at the cabinet in the Dining Room in the meanwhile.

Belinda Cook and Léonie Austin.

Hisc Tera Squad Winter Training

It is already time to start planning the squad activity for winter 2014/15 . . . We are delighted to announce Julian Pearson as the head coach for the HISC Tera Squad. Julian is an experienced coach who works with the Feva Class regularly and is helping to put together an exciting winter programme for the HISC Tera squad . . .

This years training will take place over 5 weekends.

Dates are:  15/16 Nov, 6/7 Dec 2014 and  24/25 Jan, 21/22 Feb, 7/8 Mar 2015

Open to all HISC Tera sailors, who are not members of other Tera squads. It is aimed at regular HISC Tera sailors keen to sail over the winter months looking  to move up to the next level of sailing.

It is suitable for all sailors who are looking to become better club sailors or looking to move up to Regional and National squads in the 2015 season. It is not suitable for beginners.

Spaces will be limited and priority will be given to HISC sailors who have shown they meet the required standard and regularly take part in club racing and events.

If you are interested in taking part this winter please email: teracaptain@hisc.co.uk  with any questions or to register interest.


See the HISC RS Tera Page click here

HISC at Solo Nations Cup

Pete Mitchell finished fifth in the recent Solo class Nations Cup championship held on Lake Garda with 70 competitors taking part . . . Winner was Andy Couch of Rudyard SC . . . Other HISC members taking part included Andrew Streeter and Simon Hill.

Bridging the gap - HISC Get Racing Club

The new HISC Get Racing Club has been hugely successful in bridging the gap between the experienced, core group of racing members and those standing on the shore wishing to get into racing for the first time . . . Launched at the start of this season the club relies on experienced member volunteers to assist those members keen to have a go at racing by offering tips, skills and coaching as well as putting on a series of informal races on selected Saturday’s . . .

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The last two weekends in June saw another two highly successful Get Racing Club events with a good number and mix of boats attending including RS 200’s, RS Qubas, Lasers and RS Visions. Both weekends saw sunshine and good winds which enabled the participants to build their confidence and develop their racing skills in a fun and friendly, learning environment.

The volunteer mentors, all highly experienced racing members, focused on key themes including getting to the start line in time and use of outhauls, downhauls and kicking straps; a real improvement was seen amongst the Get Racing Club participants in terms of their race starts and sailing skills by the end of the sessions. 

Mentoring tips and advice have progressed at the most recent event, to working on helming skills to achieve a more efficient line through the water and moving around the boat more dynamically in response to wind changes to keep the boat speed consistent.

The racing last weekend was fun and relaxed with several capsizes due to the shifty and gusty wind conditions; the 200’s dominated the day and were the overall winners. 

Special thanks go to the HISC Mentors Andy and Karen Partington, Nick and Kate Peters, Jude, Steve Storey, Graham Williamson and Mark Pollington who gave up their time and teaching skills to put on the most recent HISC Get Racing Club events.

See the full Press Release Here

Forthcoming dates for the Get Racing Club events are as follows:

Saturday 19 July & Saturday 26 July

Saturday 16 August & Saturday 30 August

Saturday 13 September

Saturday 4 October

For more information please visit the HISC website at www.hisc.co.uk or contact Leah at sailingsecretary@hisc.co.uk to register your boat or book a place in an RS Venture for the event.

HISC at Flying 15 Nationals

Greg Wells and Richard Rigg finished second in the Flying 15 National Championships at Parkstone YC. Other HISC competitors: 4th Richard Lovering / Matthew Alvarado, 5th Alan Bax / Mark Darling, 9th Jeremy Davy / Marin Huett . . .

14th Charles Apthorp / Jonathon Clark, 16th Chris Waples / Tom Waples, 22nd Peter Bannister / Sue Bannister, 43d Geoff Bayliss / Mike Stephens.

Winners were Graham Vials and Chris Turner of Royal Lymington YC

Final day Report click here

HISC Coach Academy applications open now

The HISC Coach Academy (HCA) aims to provide talented sailors with the opportunity to learn the skills needed to effectively pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation . . . Centred on the RYA Racing Coach Level 2 Course, the HCA aims to develop suitable candidates into Race Coaches . . .

The aim is for suitable candidates to gather the necessary skills and experience to support the HISC Winter Youth Training program. The 2014/15 program aims to select 6 candidates.

See full details of the HISC Coach Academy and Application details here

HISC Members at the RS Tera Inland Championships

Twelve HISC members competed in the RS Tera Inland Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club on 28 and 29 June, competing hard and coming home with the Champion Club Trophy for the first time . . .

Well done to:

SPORT Fleet 43 entries

5th Ethan Miles, 7th Freddy Wood, 11th Robbie McDonald, 17th Angus Kilpatrick, 24th Rupert Jameson, 30th Olivia Bracey-Davis

PRO Fleet 25 entries

1st Henry Jameson, 2nd Alex Butler, 11th Ossian Bracegirdle, 13th Lucy Pennant, 22nd Louis Wright, 23rd Ellie McDonald.

Next Championship is the Nationals, can team Hayling win the club prize again this year?

500 Club Monthly Draw . . .

The 500 Club June 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 Adrian Taylor £193, Second Prize £96 Mark Mathews, Third Prize £44 Robert Hack, Fourth Prize £29 Denis Dickinson, Fifth Prize £19 Peter Litchfield.

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

Pursuit Race in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Vice Commodore Sailing, Greg Lamb presents the cheque for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, following the Pursuit Race held on the 26 May at HISC . . . Another thank you to everyone concerned. Greg presented a much appreciated cheque for £535, which has been sent off to Cystic Fibrosis Trust HQ,and the raffle/donations came to £147 ( paid into Virgingiving). Photos can be seen on www.facebook.com/CFPortsmouth.

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 for Rio Test Event

Congratulations go to the HISC members who have been named for the British Sailing Team to take part in the first Olympic Test Event to be held this summer on Guanabara Bay, Brazil . . . Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre will compete in the women's 470 and Frances Peters and Nicola Groves in the 49erFX . . .

At the Sail for Gold regatta, which finished on Friday 6 June, Sophie and Eilidh were first women crew in the mixed 470 fleet racing and second overall. Frances and Nicola finished fifth in the 49erFX and third GBR crew.

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

Moth Worlds Day 2

Day 2 of the International Moth World Championships at HISC and another long, hot day on the water . . . Blue flight completed two races and yellow one, leaving yellow to complete their outstanding race Monday . . . Overall results counting the flight results (Q3) put Rob Greenhalgh in the lead, with Chris Rashley 2nd and Australian Josh McKnight 3rd . . .

Racing started around 1pm after the Westerly sea breeze came in. Blue fleet made up for their lost race from Saturday and then sailed two more races in the best of the breeze.

Yellow fleet were too far East to get the full effect of this and only managed a single race in what was a long day on the water for them. The race team moved Yellow fleet further west once Blue fleet were sent ashore, but the gradient and sea breeze were cancelling each other out and racing was abandoned for the day.

Robt Greenhalgh (GBR) was the man in Blue fleet who managed to stay up on the foils more than anyone else. Only top Australian helms Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage were able to keep in touch at all with Greenhalgh in the first race of the day.

Greenhalgh said after the racing, "Confidence is high - that's three wins in a row and I was leading the race which was abandoned at the end of the day. In the light airs today it was very important to get off the line and after that I was very happy with my speed."

David Cambell-James on the leeward mark boat took particular note of Robert's start in Blue race 3 particularly, "He started on port at the pin end and crossed the fleet comfortably. He was off."

Chris Draper ended his day on a better note with two 5th places after pushing it a bit too hard in the early Blue fleet race, "I was pushing it a bit hard downwind and speared it in just before the finish. To make things worse Simon Hiscocks just got past me on the line."

Draper's 12th in race 2 is currently his discard, with his other counting result being a 6th.

Stevie Morrison has been consistently getting results around 15th and was happy with his day on the water. After finishing 50th at the nationals, he had some setup advice from Nathan Outteridge which has helped his foiling stability immensely. Even so, Stevie said the top guys can pull a new piece of kit out of the bag to gain a bit more pace, or as Nathan jokingly said at the bar having a beer with Stevie, "You just need to spend to win in this fleet!"

With only 3 or 4 qualifying races completed so far, depending on which fleet each helm is in, qualifying has been extended into Monday with the reserve day on Tuesday now being used for Gold and Silver fleet racing. Sunday's Yellow fleet will head out early to make up for their lost race.

The overall results to date are tricky to show with the fleets out of sync. Of the Brits, Robert Greenhalgh is looking good with 3 wins and an 8th and Chris Rashley has 1,2,1 in his three races. The Antipodeans are also looking strong with Josh Mcknight scoring 3,1,3, Scott Babbage with 2,2,3,4 and Nathan Outteridge scoring 3,2,2 after his gear failure before race 1 of the series gave him a DNC.

There are a few more who've been knocking in results in the top ten such as Rob Gough (AUS), Ben Paton (GBR), Andrew McDougall (AUS), Tom Offer (GBR) and Christopher Rast (SUI). With the light winds set to continue into the week, this kind of consistency could well be key to getting a podium result.

The stunning weather does make the racing very watchable from the Hayling Island beach. Why not come down, bring a set of binoculars, some suntan lotion and ice cream money to enjoy the unique sight of 138 foiling Moths battle it out in UK waters.

The World Championships take place between 19-25 July.

For Latest Event News, Results, the NOR, Sailing Instructions, Entry List and more details and links to information go to the HISC Event page

For access to the Media facilities at Hayling Island SC during the Championships or to receive daily reports and results to your email, please register in advance on the HISC Event page

Moths Arrive at HISC

Moths have been arriving over the last couple of days for the championships and are finding space where ever they can until the main car park is cleared on Monday and they can take their allotted space . . . Total paid entries stand at 140, making it 136 paid entries for the World Championship and 116 paid entries for the UK National Championship . . . And some did get sailing . . .

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For On-line Entry, the NOR (v2.0 Released 5 june 2014), Sailing Instructions, Entry List and more details and links to information go to the HISC Event page

For access to the Media facilities at Hayling Island SC during the Championships or to receive daily reports and results to your email, please register in advance on the HISC Event page 

Note: If you wish to bring a RIB or other water craft into HISC (including the causeway and parking areas) or to launch/retrieve at HISC, you must obtain permission in advance from the HISC Office. See the HISC Event page for the application form.

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Moth National Championship

The International Moth UK Nationals are underway at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The club is awash with the vast fleet getting set for the worlds and this morning saw sailors bimbling with their boats, talking about the wind (or lack of it) and many preparing for their first true racing at the worlds venue . . . This event will be followed by the World Championships starting Saturday 19 July . . .

Tim Hancock's thorough briefing assured competitors that the wind would come in and told the fleet to launch at 10.30am for a 11.30 start. His prediction proved correct and the fleet carried their boats into the water and foiled out to the race area.

There is a vast fleet of 116 helms for the UK Nationals with many international competitors using the event as a worlds warm-up. This has necessitated the fleet being broken up into yellow and blue fleets, racing on an inner and outer loop of the same course.

Race 1 started in 10-12 knots of wind with a little more at the windward mark. The yellow fleet raced on the outer course but the blue fleet were less lucky, suffering a complete failure of the wind after one lap, leading to the abandonment of their race.

Mike Lennon, who won the first race on the outside course, describes the final run, " Chris (Rashley) gybed outside of me, further East and in better pressure. He nearly got me; there was three boat lengths in it at the finish - I'd lost about 100m. It was pretty scary at the end, when I gybed across I thought I might not stay on the foils, it was getting so light and fluffy."

The wind was back up to 12 knots again for race 2 with the fleets swapping to yellow on the inner course and blue on the outer course. Chris Rashley turned the tables on Mike Lennon to take the race win in the Yellow fleet, while Scott Babbage took the win in the Blue fleet.

Mike Lennon describes his race; "I think the tide has slackened and was turning so I thought going offshore was better. The pressure felt good going left. Going up the beat I tacked simultaneously with Chris. We were pretty much holding station but Rob suddenly was way ahead. When I got within 50m of the windward mark I got this massive knock; I went down about 15 degrees - Chris didn't get it! Suddenly from being in the hunt with those two, I was way off. Even when I tacked I had very little pressure to get back up on the foils. I was struggling a bit.

"It paid to the stay on the right (East) on the run to get the wind and nothing changed. Going up the next beat I'd sort of decided I'd pump it all the way out to the layline and overstand it slightly, so at least if the pressure dropped I could put the bow down and go in with some pace.

"Then the wind did exactly the same thing as before, but even more so. Rob was even worse off than me; he was off the foils for ages. Chris went round first and I went round second. Down the last run it was light and fluffy but nothing much changed. It was scary because you could see the wind going... and going. Luckily I stayed on the foils till the last 30 metres and that was it."

Blue fleet then re-ran their abandoned first race with Josh McKnight taking the win ahead of of Jason Belben.

Overall there is a three-way tie at the top with Chris Rashley (GBR), Josh McKnight (AUS) & Mike Lennon (GBR) all on 3 points. The top 15 is packed with the top names in the class. The quality of the fleet is highlighted when you see names like Chris Draper, Luna Rossa's America's Cup helmsman, in 13th place after two races.

For Results, NOR, Sailing Instructions, Entry List and more details and links to information go to the HISC Event page

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