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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.


Dinghy Park payment deadline

First of all a quick reminder that if Dinghy Park renewals are not paid by the 1 February 2015 you will lose your space . . . Please contact the office as soon as possible if you have yet to pay . . . Secondly we wish to give advance warning that from the 16 February 2015 we may need to reposition dinghies around the boat park to make best use of space available and to ensure that classes are homed together wherever possible . . .

Boats that have not been paid by the 1 February 2015 will be removed to the Sin Bin at this time also. Furthermore, during the first full two weeks of March, we will be launching the yachts from the car park so will need to move some boats to make way for the hoist.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the HISC Office  023 9246 3768.

Mitch Webb

Marine Manager

HISC Perisher Open Pursuit Race - 7 February

The 2015 HISC Perisher Open Pursuit Race in aid of the HISTT will take place on the 7 February in Chichester Harbour. . . The event is open to all monohull dinghies with a PY of 1451 and below. The keelboat classes, Artemis 20, Flying 15, K6, RS Elite, X boat, Swallow, Sunbeam, Hawk, Star and Yngling. Other classes may be accepted at the discretion of the organizing authority . . .

Eligible boats may enter at registration on the 7 February or by completing the entry form on the Hayling Island Sailing Club website and submitting the entry fee.

Hayling Island SC hold seven Open Charity Pursuit Races through the year. All the Pursuit races, including the popular Perisher Pursuit Race are open to visitors - You can also count your best four results for an overall result.

For more details see the Perisher Event page

For the Notice of Race - Click here

Press Release - Read more here

2015 Duty allocation

DutyMan will open on Friday 9 January and will close on Saturday 31 January . . . During this time those required to will be able to select their duties . . . We are a members club that functions well due to the generosity of our members with their time . . .

Doing a duty is a great way to meet other members and expand your contacts in the club. It is also a great way to learn more about the racing at the club if it is something you have not experienced before.

For 2015 we ask that each member over the age of 18 and under the age of 70 undertakes at least 2 duties. If you fall outside these boundaries and still wish to help with running our programme please contact Leah in the office. At the end of January, vacant slots will be filled with the names of those who have not selected a duty for themselves. Each member will be allocated 2 duties.

While you are free to select the duties you wish, there are a few factors I would ask you to consider. Please do 2 duties on the same weekend as this provides continuity in the race management. If you choose to support an open meeting or other longer event, please volunteer for all of the days. People who do not support the whole event maybe moved to another event / date allowing the duties to be filled with people wishing to do all of the event.

Please do select a duty that matches your skill and experience. If you “undersell” yourself, someone with less experience will have to fill the slot.

Even if some duties will be covered by another family member or a friend, please use your own name in DutyMan so we can see more easily who has not yet volunteered.

We have written a guide which is available on DutyMan explaining the different roles available to choose and what each role entails. This will help you select a duty best suited to your skills and knowledge. http://www.hisc.co.uk/media/45118/duty_types.pdf

If you have a reason to be excused from undertaking a duty please contact Carol Letten at the club as soon as possible.

If you have any queries, either about accessing DutyMan or the allocation of duties please contact the office in the first instance - sailingsecretary@hisc.co.uk or 023 9246 3768.

Andy Partington

Rear Commodore Racing

Gods events in February and March

The postponed Gods event from November last year will be held on Thursday 5 February when after supper the speaker will be Lord Richards of Herstmonceux . . . The title of his talk is ‘ The Life and Times of a Chief of the Defence Staff’ . . .


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Following the talk he will be happy to sign copies of his book ‘Taking Command’. This will be on sale for £20 (cash only on the night please).

The supper menu will be Chicken Mozart, followed by a Citrus Trio (cheesecake, sorbet and brule/) with coffee and mints to follow.

The last Gods event of this winter will be on Thursday 12 March when, after supper, yachting historian and journalist David Henshall will be speaking on ‘Dinghy DNA; charting the path of the development of dinghies in the UK’.

As the Clubhouse is opened especially for us on those evenings, pre-booking for supper is essential, either via the website or the HISC office.  For those who booked and carried forward payment from the November event there is no further need to book for February. The cost of the fixed menu supper is £13.50 for members and £15.00 for guests.

We look forward to seeing you in February and March.

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


HISC win Y&Y Club of the Year award

Hayling Island Sailing Club has won the coveted Yachts and Yachting 'Club of the Year’ award for 2015 . . . In the award citation the Editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine, Georgie Corlett-Pitt said - "This south coast club is an outstanding example of a club that refuses to stand still, and its endeavor to increase the numbers of members regularly taking part in club activities is an outstanding example . . . From initiatives to get children, ladies, non-racers and new members out on the water, the club has seen a surge in all aspects of its activities, as well as hosting international championships and the largest ever youth week . . . I particularly like the idea of its Get racing club, which encourages members into racing by teaming them up with existing racers, and the Seals Club for under 10s, which involves ice cream tokens!" . . .


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The Yachts and Yachting magazine awards aim to highlight the best performances, products, clubs and events of the last 12 months and to be named ‘Club of the Year’ is a tremendous accolade for the committee, staff and members of HISC who hosted an action-packed year in 2014 . . .

Consistently good weather, record levels of sailing activity as well as the highest ever membership levels meant that 2014 was a hugely successful year for the club . . .

2014 was the year HISC hosted the Moth National and World Championships; possibly the most high profile event the club has ever organized, and a record turnout for the class. The two years of meticulous planning ensured an extremely well run event both on and off the water and the huge level of media interest that the event secured was testament to its worldwide success.

HISC also hosted a number of other extremely successful events in 2014 including the RS200 and 420 National Championships, The RS Classes Southern Championships with over 200 boats as well as a busy programme of open and grand prix events for a wide selection of dinghy classes.

All this on top of the normal six series Open Pursuit races, Saturday and Sunday club racing series, Family Fun Week, the largest ever Youth Race Week, and an busy schedule of training and youth events held throughout the year!

Another highlight of 2014 was the launch of the hugely successful Get Racing Club; an initiative which saw a large number of newcomers get on the water to learn key racing techniques, build confidence and gain valuable racing skills in a relaxed and informal format from experienced volunteer racing ‘mentors’.

Commenting on the award, HISC Commodore Greg Lamb said,

“This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for everyone involved with Hayling Island Sailing Club. From the committee members who give their valuable time and experience to assist in the running of the club, to the dedicated and hard-working team of permanent staff and of course the enthusiastic members who get such enjoyment from the varied racing schedule and many social events held at the club. 2014 was a memorable year for all sorts of reasons and to win the Yachts and Yachting ‘Club of the Year’ Award is the icing on the cake for us!”

HISC Press Release

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.


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


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

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


500 Club Monthly Draw . . .

The 500 Club December draw has taken place . . . Congratulations to our lucky Christmas winners. 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          £207.00     Ian Pope

Second Prize     £103.00     Ian Cameron

Third Prize         £51.00       John Barratt

Fourth Prize       £31.00       Paul Covell

Fifth Prize          £20.00       Barbara Beck

As always, many congratulations to our winners. Have a very Happy Christmas, and may 2015 be a lucky year for all 500 Club members.

The 500 Club Committee

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 . . .

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


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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Sep 2014

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Hot Food from 12:00
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