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Feel Good Friday in the Bar

Every Friday is FEEL GOOD FRIDAY in the Bar at HISC from 18:30 to 20:00 hrs . . . 20% off your favourite drink, when paying with your membership card . . .

Excludes bottles of wine and house spirits.

Wayfarer Sailing - UK to Norway via the southern North Sea

Peter Clutterbuck, a HISC Wayfarer sailor, who has released his book: “The Sea takes no Prisoners” will give a talk and slide show at the club on Saturday 28 November . . . ‘The events described, and the hardships not described, are so extreme as to seem suicidal.’ . . .

The presentation will take place in the upstairs room at HISC, on Saturday 28 November at 6 pm.

This talk  is for anyone thinking of sailing a dinghy  offshore, but also for the vast  majority of us who just like to read about sailing on  the high seas in a small boat. Voyages include passages from the UK to Norway via the southern North Sea, to the Mediterranean via the Atlantic coast of France, offshore Scotland, and Ireland. Incidentally this was done before GPS, with navigation by charts on the knee!

The talk includes: preparation of the boat, getting the crew, how to overcome the things that go wrong, and the sheer excitement of doing it – thick fog offshore Scandinavia, and fighting off from an Atlantic lee shore in a Force 7 are for those who are well prepared.

There will be illustrations, charts, photos and images, useful tips, including: modifications for offshore, heavy weather, reefing, capsize, safety, emergencies, repairs, navigation, sailing at night, living aboard, equipment lists, stowage, and sailing with children. Much of this will be relevant for just sailing off the south coast of England.

‘The events described, and the hardships not described, are
so extreme as to seem suicidal.’ John Mardall Maritime editor, Florida

Boat Bits at the XMAS FAIR 6th December 2015

CHRISTMAS is coming the Brent Geese are back so please put some boat bits in the old man’s hat . . . I say it every year and that is our thanks from the Thursday Club Team to all HISC members who support us in giving young people in the community a chance to learn to sail using our magnificent facilities . . .

This is our 10th Year since I started it and you will be pleased to know that we have now given over 500 young people the chance to learn to sail and next season we are including  young people from an area of deprivation in our programme.

I am sure you will join me in our gratitude to Chichester Harbour Conservancy Environmental Team who have granted us £2000 from the SDF Fund which will enable us to buy a new Feva Dacron Sail, 2 Tera boat covers and replacement of worn out Buoyancy Aids.

In addition to the huge generosity of the Club, the General Manager Carol, the Marine Team lead by Mitch and our Queen of Graphics Nikki Eaves, we still have to raise a substantial sum of money to boost and support our activities, not least of which is boat and trolley maintenance.

Have a hard look around your Boat and Garage and say “ Do I Need This “ and the answer must be, no I will give it to the Thursday Club Boat Bits Sale on the 6th December 2015.

Tell me if you want it collected or leave it in the Club Reception.

Thank you and hopefully see you on the 6 December.

 Mike Baker, Senior Trustee of HISC and founder of the Thursday Club

It’s that time of year again!

Yes, the Christmas Fair is rushing towards us . . . Sunday 6 December is the date to put in your calendar . . . Firstly club members who want to exhibit their crafts/arts and are prepared to pay £15 for a table, let me know as soon as possible. As you know the event is now very much bigger than it was a few years ago and external retailers add a lot of interest . . .

Preference will be given to club members of course, but I will be starting to get external retailers on board within the next couple of weeks.   When you send me an email confirming your requirements please be as specific as possible about the sort of space you need and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Jennie and I will do most of the organising with Jennie doing her usual magnificent job of shoe-horning tables into very small spaces to get everyone in, but we do need help.

We need help manning the tables like the book stall, cake stall etc.  If you feel you can give 30 or 40 mins to give someone a break for a coffee (or something stronger) I am sure that will be much appreciated.  Just email me with the details and please let me have your mobile number.  I will be asking the usual helpers (you know who you are!) to get involved in the next couple of weeks.

We will also need a team on the day doing anything from collecting table fees, showing the external retailers to their tables, sorting out the raffle prizes and generally keeping an eye on things.

Now, here is the begging bit.  We need tombola and raffle prizes.  It’s all for a good cause and our charities will be named shortly, so watch this space.  Last year we doubled what we made the year before, with your help we can beat last year.  Watch this space for the announcement of the charities we will be supporting this year.

 Val Long

Hayling Island Sail Training Trust needs your support

Hayling Island Sail Training Trust (est 1996) has been able to support a number of projects at HISC over the years . . . In 2015 this has included: Hayling Rescue RIB refurbrishment, HISC Thursday Club, Seals and the Commodores Bursaries . . .

A rewarding story is that of Jake Edmond's who came all the way up through the Thursday club - gaining all necessary qualifications  - and is now employed by the Club as the latest member off the Marine Crew.

The Trust is expecting further Grant Applications from the Thursday Club for next year and are looking for donations to cover these.

We have some incoming funds, but we are always needing more! All donations made to HISTT, if given with a gift aid declaration, earn a 25% premium from HMRC to aid the good causes supported.

Take a look at the HISTT website to see the many projects they have supported and continue to support.

 Click here for the Hayling Island Sail Training Trust website

New Year's Eve Party still available

New Year's Eve we still have availability for what was once the best party going, at the request of members going back to the Black Tie format of the past . . . To allow the Crew to plan for this night, we must have sufficient commitment to the event before the first week of December, if not, the House Committee will have to make a call, and if necessary re jig the evening . . .

It is little more than a month away, so come on, buy your tickets this weekend!

See details of the New Year's Eve Party and all other Social events Click Here

NEW HISC Wristbands

We now have an alternative to your HISC Membership Card, the HISC Wristband . . . they can be taken out on the water and used in the same way as your cards, from opening the barrier & changing rooms to paying for your drinks and meals . . .

You can have either both, or just one, which ever suits you best. Wristbands can be purchased from Reception at a special introductory price of £3

Open Fixture List 2016

The Open Fixture List has been updated to include the Open Meetings, Regattas and Championships taking place at HISC in 2016.

The information is provisional and dates and events will be confirmed on 1 January 2016.

Click here for the Open Fixture List

Blowing sand Saturday morning

Theft of outboards

There has recently been a number of thefts of outboards from sailing clubs, including 3 taken from Mengeham Rythe SC . . . These thefts appear to be planned rather than opportunist crimes . . .

If you keep a RIB at the club, we urge you to review your anti-theft measures, and take home any desirable items that could be easily removed.  If you have somewhere to keep your RIB and have no plans to use it over the winter, taking it away might be the most secure course of action for you.

November Wine of the Month

Calling all 500 Club Members

The October draw for the 500 club has taken place . . . As always, many congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who takes part . . .

The winners this month are . . .  

First Prize        £197.25     Richard Curties

Second Prize   £98.13       Tessa Lancaster

Third Prize       £49.06       Richard Bates

Fourth Prize     £29.44       Sue Stone

Fifth Prize        £19.63       Angela Wright-Anderson

Entries for the November draw to be received by 12 November

Entry forms are available from Reception

The 500 Club Committee

HISC Get Racing Club ends season with a flourish

The second year of the HISC Get Racing Club finished with a flourish earlier this month with the HISC Flag Officers hosting the final on-water event in October, in exceptionally warm and sunny conditions . . .

The hugely successful initiative, which uses experienced club volunteers to mentor non-racing members and encourage them to learn new skills and have a go at informal racing, succeeded in transiting some of its members into main club racing and regatta events this year.

The Get Racing Club will celebrate its achievements of the season at the End of Season party at 6.00pm on Saturday 24 October 2015 at the club.

In 2015 the HISC Get Racing club saw 252 sailors participate across the 12 events held from April to October. 12 Get Racing Club members felt confident enough with their new racing skills to take part in mainstream club and open regatta events.

Visit the HISC Get Racing Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/HISC.GRC/ to see videos and images from the events and to read comments from the participants.

Read the full Press Release Here

Go to the HISC Get Racing Page for more details and photos.

Crabber's Nip Autumn Series – not to be missed

With generous sponsorship from Ossie Stewart, the autumn series Elite racing for the prestigious Crabber's Nip Trophy will run each Sunday morning (11am start) from 1 November through to Sunday 20 December . . . A total of eight races are planned with five to count . . .

2016 RS Elite Sailing Programme

Next year's eagerly awaited provisional sailing programme can be downloaded here.

Apart from regular Sprint Saturdays and Pennant Weekend racing, highlights include the National Championships in Northern Ireland in July, Cowes Week in August and the Southern Area Championships which will be hosted by HISC in September.

HISC RS Elite page here

Autumn Social Events

See more details and booking information - Click here

Blue Plaque event Commander Goulding DSO,RNR

Hayling Island SC was part of the Blue Plaque Day on Friday 21 August, to Celebrate the Life and WWII Work of Commander Harold Wilkinson Goulding D.S.O. R.N.R . . . As part of this event a Blue Plaque was presented by the Mayor of Havant to the crew of 3 original and one replica WWII canoes at HISC . . .

As part of this event a Blue Plaque was presented by the Mayor of Havant to the crew of three original and one replica WWII canoes at HISC.

The canoes then launched off the beach at HISC (at the slipway by the winches) and moved off with the ML1397 Medussa up to Northney for the Ceremony.

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More information and the full day's programme available here

Sailing Championships at HISC

Hayling Island SC has over 50 years experience of organising National, International and Olympic training and selection events . . . HISC has the capability and track record to successfully host ISAF accredited championships attracting 400+ entries . . .

The club has played a leading role in British sailing, encouraging innovation and development and nurturing many generations of sailing champions including five Olympic medallists.

To see what HISC can offer your Championship or Open event Click Here . . .

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 . . .

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

New Sandbanks in Chichester Harbour

Picture taken at about low water last Friday 20 March, showing the two new sand banks which have appeared between Fishery, North Pilsey and Stocker Sands . . . They will be a significant hazard on smaller tides to all boats without lifting centre plates as they will remain covered.

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Eating at HISC

Oct-Dec 2015

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sat/Sunday 08:00 - 10:30
Wed to Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Wed, Fri, Sat 19:00 - 21:00

Drinks, Snacks and Lunch
Hot Food from 12:00
Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
All hours subject to change depending on demand

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