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Christmas Party is SOLD OUT

The HISC Christmas Party is SOLD OUT . . . Everyone has until this Friday 21 November at 4 pm to confirm and pay for what they have booked or they will be released to people on the waiting list . . . Thank you for your help in this . . .

Children's Christmas Party 6 December

You are invited to the HISC Children's Christmas Party . . . Tickets are £10 per child . . . If you would like to book a ticket, please book with the Office or book online . . . We will need to know by 27 November . . .

Programme for the Children's Christmas Party on Sat 6 December.

Children's Entertainer from 2 to 4 pm 

A visit from Father Christmas with a present for each child

Tea from the Servery from 4 to 5 pm

Aimed at Children 9 years and under

Call the Office on 023 9246 3768 now

Christmas Fair - 7 December 1030-1400

The Christmas Fayre is coming up and again we would like to ask members to support this event . . . Firstly by attending on the day, we have lots of new stuff for you to browse and spend your money on and secondly by donating in the following ways . . .

Hoopla/Tombola - anything that can be captured by a good throw of the hoopla, so bottles, cans, jars etc.

Raffle prizes

Books – any books in good condition and under 20 years old

Toys – in good condition and hopefully fairly current

Cakes, jams, chutneys and sauces – always a hit if they are home made, but shop bought is fine

Bric-a-brac – stuff you don’t want any more that somebody else might find a use for (good condition and working of course)

For more Social Events at HISC click here

HISC Winter Open Series

The third weekend of the HISC Open Winter series and we finally got a Sunday race result . . . In the Fast handicap Andrew Gould (MPS) held off the RS700s for victory . . . In the Medium handicap Simon and Jackie Lytton took the win from another Merlin Rocket pair, Colin Smith and Graham Williamson . . . The Slow handicap went to Josh Bakker and the Solo class race to Phil Robin from Greg Lamb with Nick Fuller in third . . .

The Solo fleet were out in force Saturday in the Slow handicap fleet, with Nick Fuller taking the win ahead of Nick Rawlings and Cliff Wiles . . . Andrew Gould (MPS) won the Fast and David and Fiona Sayce (Fireball) the Medium . . .

Full results are on the Open Results page.

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

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 . . .

Youth Prize Review and Disco

This year has been an outstanding year for youth performances at HISC and further afield . . . To celebrate this we are going to have a party! As well as celebrating 2014 achievements we will be awarding Youth Endeavour awards . . . Please send votes to secretary@hisc.co.uk for your 'Sailor's Sailor' of the year - this can be for someone you feel has done well, supported other sailors, improved massively - we want your votes and reasons why!

We look forward to seeing as many of the youth membership coming along - we promise no dads allowed on the dance floor!

(Please note this party follows the Junior Christmas Party and is aimed at the older HISC youth.)

HISC at RS End of Season

The RS End of Season event at Datchet Water SC was a happy hunting ground for HISC Youth members . . . Team Volvo sailor, Eilidh McIntyre made a special guest appearance on the Sunday, when she presented the Volvo EOS Trophy to the winning Feva crew, Iain Bird and Jake Hardman from Hayling Island SC . . . HISC members also won the Tera Pro, to Henry Jameson and the Tera Sport, to Ethan Miles . . .

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 . . .

Congratulations to HISC Optimist Squad Sailors

Congratulations to the 30 HISC sailors offered places in RYA/IOCA Optimist Squads this Winter . . . HISC is one of the largest clubs in the country in terms of Optimist Squad representation . . .

Jack Lucas-Clements is our first Optimist National Squad representative for a few years while nearly a quarter of the Optimist Intermediate squad are HISC sailors. A substantial portion of both the South and South East RYA Zone Squads are HISC sailors.

Many of these sailors are signed up for the HISC Optimist Squad which kicked off a few weeks ago with over 30 Optimists out. 

We also say goodbye to a few sailors that have moved on to Fevas, 4.7s, 420s and 29ers this winter - good luck to you all in your new classes.

UK National Squad (1)


UK Intermediate Squad (6)



Alice HANDLEY (place declined to sail a Feva)




Development Squad (4)


James HALL



RYA South Zone Squad (9)

Raulf Berry

David Calder

Fin Dickinson

Freddie Lonsdale

Alice Snook

Julia Staite

Kuba Staite

Harley Stone

Josh Thomas

RYA South East Zone Squad (10)

Arda Battalgazi

Sophie Dorrington

Sam Edwards

Amelia Greene

Keelin Greene

Theo Gumbley

Annie Hammett

Ella Lance

Nancy Rickman

Maggie Rickman

News From HISC Vice Commodore House

A couple of weeks into the new House role and things gradually slotting into place, it has certainly been an interesting and enlightening fortnight, who knew baked potatoes were such an emotive subject? . . . Don’t worry it is on the list now the team for the new committee is now in place and chomping at the bit to get going . . . Mean time a few updates and reminders . . .

Christmas looms, details of events are on the web site. For the little ones the world renown kids Christmas Party on 6 December, older youths watch this space. Grownups on the 13 December. Turkey on the 20th, followed by the Cracker on the 21st, what better way to spend the weekend before Christmas.

And of course the New Years Eve party, on New Years Eve. Book early to avoid disappointment.

The Helicopters are also back, Sunday 21st after the Cracker prize giving, notice of race coming soon, blow the dust of your choppers and hone your skills. Don’t forget the “concours d'elegance”, held by the same family since conception. Prizes for this event are traditionally home made,  we probably need one or two more for the adults, because we never win anything but the “Golden Light Bulb” otherwise.

John Rees

Vice Commodore House

New General Committee met for the first time

The new General Committee met for the first time on 25 October following the elections and AGM. This first meeting following an AGM is always a mixture of the routine and the out-of-the-ordinary, with the ratification of all the club's committees to be done and new officers and members setting out their stall for the coming year . . .

However, before most of this was addressed the committee discussed the vacancy that resulted from Val Long's decision not to take up a position on General Committee.  It was agreed to offer that position to Paul Carpenter following his very narrow defeat for the Commodore's job. Paul will also take on the role of Guardian of the Rules, an important job that keeps us all on the right path!

Routine first - membership of most of the club's committees was approved without too much discussion.  Racing and Training are still work in progress, but will be finalised by the next meeting. The treasurer's report showed a dip in September from the budgeted figure but still indicates a very healthy overall result for the year so far.

The 2015 budget and CAPEX lists were also considered.  The new members of the committee quite reasonably asked for a little more time to study the budget, so approval of this was postponed for the time being.  The CAPEX list (as presented at the AGM) was approved and the committee agreed to start the process of ordering the new RIBs to make sure they were available for the start of the 2015 season.

The issues arising from the AGM were considered and passed out for action by the relevant committees or individuals. The future of the Stocker block generated an interesting debate, and the Strategy Committee will be addressing this in the context of a wider review of the club's operation, aspiration and long term future. The Strategy Committee will be beefed up somewhat with individuals who can bring their foresight and experience to that debate. Expect to hear more on this front in the coming months.

The meeting also supported Mike Dawe's plan to expand the range of communication within the club. Mike intends that news of the club's activities and our developing plans for the future will be shared more widely and regularly so that every member can appreciate what the club is achieving and where we see the club going. We hope that richer communication will generate more plentiful and creative feedback so we can all play our part in taking the club forward.

It was noted that, following yet another frantic summer, the office staff are trying to catch up on leave owed to them. At the same time, Kate Spratt has resigned to pursue her burgeoning artistic career, so please bear with us if the phone goes unanswered occasionally. 
And finally - the tone of this meeting was very much one of looking to the future and building a better and more enjoyable club.  We will involve all of you in this, so be prepared to say your piece!

500 Club Monthly Draw . . .

The 500 Club October 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        £196.25     Chris Driscoll

Second Prize   £98.13       Diana Dix

Third Prize       £49.06       Alisdair McLeod

Fourth Prize     £29.44       Lyn Smith

Fifth Prize        £19.63       Richard Brett

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

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

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

Safety Boat Course

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

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

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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Eating at HISC

Sep 2014

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sat/Sunday 08:00 - 10:30
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Hot Food from 12:00
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