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HISC Open Winter Series weekend 26-27 Nov

Better weather over last weekend, the halfway stage of the HISC Winter Open Series . . . Saturday's Handicap race was a Solo benift with the first six places going to the Solo sailors . . . Alex Butler was the winner and he sits in second overall behind another Solo sailor, Nick Rawlings . . .

On Sunday Nick also won the Solo class race,  David and Fiona Sayce (Fireball) the Medium handicap, Rich Bailey (Laser) the Slow, Simon Letten the RS700 race, Chris James and James Hall the 29er.

In the RS Elite race Ossie Stewart was the winner ahead of Paul Fisk . . . Report Here

Series started  5 and 6 November - There are two separate series, one on Saturdays at 13:30 hrs and the second on Sundays at 11:00 hrs . . . racing will be every weekend up to the 17/18 December . . .

Tthe Winter Series is an Open event.

Contact the HISC Office for entry details.

The Notice of Race is available here

Results posted here

2016 Pennant Series Overall Results

The Club Pennant series overall results are posted . . . This, the monthly racing weekend event attracted 157 entries for the five event series . . .

Winner of the Fast handicap (15 entries) was Adam Golding (RS700) with Nik Williams (RS700) second and third James and Anne Gardner (B14).

Winners of the Medium Asymmetric handicap (28 entries) were Tom and Emma Morris (RS200), second Tristan Jaques and Nicola Brook (RS200) and third Thelma Cooper and Dave Watson (L4000).

Winners of the Medium handicap (22 entries) were David Sayce and R Thorne (Fireball), second Rod and Mo Porteous (Tasar) and third Tessa and Nick Lancaster (Tasar).

Slow handicap (22 entries) winners were Duncan Colin-Jones and Mark Seaman (Wayfarer), second Hilary Baker (Aero 5) and third Jason Hardman (Aero 7).

To win in the Solo class (42 entries) it obviously helps if your name is Nick!

Nick Fuller was the winner, Nick Rawlings was second and Nick Bonner was third. And in case one of those three faltered, Nick Peters was first reserve in fourth place.

Winners in the Flying 15 (10 entries) fleet were A and S Leonard, second Peter Bannister and Jonathan Clark and third were Charles Apthorp and Alan Green.

And finally in the RS Elite (18 entries) winners were No.7, Colin Smith, Paul Smith and Anna Wells, second No.33, Ossie, Cam and Tom Stewart, and in third place, No.12 Tim Peters, Andy Jameson and James Grant.

Full results are available here

Childrens Christmas Party - Time Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change our entertainer and subsequently the timings for the party . . . Sorry for any inconvenience caused . . .

12 o'clock Children's Entertainer then from around 2 o'clock the children greet Father Christmas on the beach bringing him up to the club.

Where he gives them their presents, followed by a Christmas tea from the servery (all of which are included in the price)

This is a ticket only event.

The BIG Weekend at HISC - Bargins Galore - Sunday 4 December

Easyfundraising for HISTT

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online this Christmas you could be raising a free donation for HAYLING ISLAND SAIL TRAINING TRUST . . .

There are over 3,100 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury's, and it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

To get started, all you have to do is:

  1. Join.

Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/histt/ and sign up for free. Do not forget to sign the tax declaration part.

  1. Shop.

Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  1. Raise.

After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to us and it won’t cost you a penny extra!

Please help us this Christmas by giving more than a gift - there are no catches or hidden charges and HISTT will be really grateful for your donations.

Donations will all go towards training our youngsters, helping local children get their various certificates through the Thursday Club, Commodores Bursaries – and not forgetting Frank!

As HISTT is a REGISTERED CHARITY, any donations you make, or that are made on your behalf, are increased by 25% with Gift Aid

Thank you for your support.

Jane – HISTT Treasurer – [email protected]

PS  If some of our ex-Commodores can join up – so can you!

The HISC Christmas Fair - Sunday 4 December

The Christmas Fair is being held at the club on the Sunday 4 December and we ask for your support to make this event as successful as it has been in the past . . . The format will be slightly shorter but we still plan to fit in the same festive fun & frivolity . . .

In preparation, please could we ask for a donation towards the following:

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

Raffle prizes

Toys - in good condition and hopefully fairly current

Cakes, jams, chutneys & sauces - always a hit if they are homemade, but shop brought is fine

Homemade cakes, pies & biscuits - for the cake stall

Bric-a-brac - stuff you don't want anymore that somebody else might find a use for (good condition and working of course).

Anything left at the end will be taken to the charity shop.

Please email Emma with your offers of support, donations or if you would like a table. 

Flagpole Gardeners Report - Autumn 2016

The Autumn Flagpole garden report . . . A look at the lovely displays that we tend to take for granted, but like so much of our Club are down to the dedicated work of a few . . . This is an ongoing, all year round occupation and the help provided, on the spot, by various Club members, has been much appreciated . . . So read on for some wonderful descriptions of the displays and the work to maintain them . . .

To download a copy Click Here


This has been kept weeded, fertilised and the plants pruned back individually after flowering – although the Tamarisk grew so well that it had to be cut back three times! New plants, various lavenders, thyme and Sea lavenders have been planted, the French lavenders flowering again now! The now large, black Aeoniums have been removed to their winter quarters as they do not like it cold.

There will be some Baby Aeoniums for sale at the Christmas Fair. The very large Elaeagnus is now in flower  - smells lovely - and will be cut back after Christmas.


The yuccas have been fertilised and are now flowering a bit better. They have been deadheaded and dead leaved and the grass underneath sprayed with a selective weed killer in preparation for reseeding with special short grass. There is a large empty space - anyone got any yuccas that need rehoming?


These were pruned hard back in the spring, fertilized and weeded and have done really well  - despite having an Elite mast dumped on them – amongst other things! They really came into their own for the weekend of the Oppie Nationals when the whole area was cleared and laid out with proper spaces for the Campervans. They looked really smart with some magenta flowers and lots of orange hips - to the extent that a couple of people asked what they were as they wanted to plant a similar hedge in their gardens! Even now they look good with autumnal leaves and lots of hips to be left for the birds overwinter.


The area of this dune alongside the entrance suffered from incursions by BT which left a large area of bare sand. Tall, ugly weeds loved this and had to be removed! This part is now planted with lupins and daffodil bulbs to supplement those already growing. A present of some spiky Aloe Vera specimens were also planted here in an effort to deter people from making a footpath across .

Quite a lot of brooms died on the lagoon side and further along. These were removed and were ideal for November 5th bonfire. They will be replaced with large seedling plants  of which there will possibly be some spare. These  will be available at the Chrismas Fair.

700 BANK

The bank looked magnificent in the spring covered in lupins with flowers of slightly different hues. However, several of the plants rather overdid themselves and deceased-  but have now been replaced. The 700 Fleet Captain fancies having some more ‘palm’ trees here – to make it look more tropical! Does anyone have any Cordylines that they would like to rehome?

Bramble regrowth here and on the Tera side is still a problem. On the Tera side a row of posts have been dug in for sailboards etc. to be propped on. This saves the grass from rotting which may lead to collapse of the bank – but is also better for the boards! The overhanging brooms at either end of the bank have been cut back but will be cut hard back in the spring as they have  got very leggy – they will regrow from their bases. New Spanish broom will also be planted in the gaps produced by removal of many brambles!

About the time of the spring storms, the tie down chain for all the boats was found wrapped around the big broom near the shed. As this would a) not do the tree any good and b) was not in the correct line – it was removed, a tyre sunk in the correct positon and the chain wrapped around this.


Bit of a problem brewing here – the brambles are coming through the fence. They have been cut back a bit so as not to catch on sails etc. but it needs a major job to get out some of the very deep-seated roots!


In the Spring, the Youth working party replaced all of the posts on the outside of the West Barrier – something on the which to hang their towels. Next year the fence across the Rock Berm will need mending as a pathway is eroding the top off it. New posts will also be needed for the outside and inside of the East Barrier. Both Banks are kept free of brambles!


Brooms planted here have grown well - apart from the ones mown down by trolleys - these will be replaced! The blocks have now been joined up with old winch rope in an effort to prevent further damage.

This is an ongoing, all year round occupation and the help provided, on the spot, by various Club  members, has been much appreciated.

 Jane, Shirley, Fiona, Roger and Barbara

Donate Your Boat Jumble Now

Please help the Thursday Club by donating some Boat Bits and Jumble.

If you cannot deliver it to the Club office then please ring or email me Mike Baker on [email protected] or 023 9246 4230 and I will collect it.

Thank you.

500 Club News and this months winners

Are you a winner ? . . . The November draw of the 500Club has taken place this and the following were the winners this time . . . Many congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who takes part . . .

The winners this month are . . .  

1st prize                £183.75                 Lyn Smith

2nd                          £91.88                   Sarah Muir

3rd                           £45.94                   Mike Baker

4th                           £27.56                   Ben Cooper

5th                           £18.38                   Michael Brown

 As they say – cheques are in the post

Remember - You have to be in it, to win it and the more subscribers there are the higher the winnings.

Get your Entry form from Reception now . . .

The 500 Club Committee

Craig Williamson claims the Draycote Dash

Congratulations to Craig Williamson of HISC, sailing a Laser, he was the overall winner of the first event of the Sail-Juice winter series, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash (5 races) from a 104 entry fleet . . .

Events galore at HISC this Christmas - have you booked?

Lots happening at HISC as the Christmas spirit builds - Make sure you book ASAP . . .


It is really important that you book all club events in advance, so that we can ensure that we can meet the demand.

This really helps us to organise our staffing levels, catering and all the little things that makes club events what they are.

You can either book in person at Reception, by phoning the office on 02392 463768 or online via the HISC website www.hisc.co.uk

Ben Ainslie and Land Rover Bar win Louis Vuitton Cup World Series

It's great to reflect for a moment on the stunning achievement of the Land Rover BAR team in winning the Louis Vuitton Cup . . . to take the World Series is just the perfect lead up to Bermuda next year, and of course at HISC we are behind them every inch of the way . . . Ben, as many of you will know is an honorary member of HISC, and chose to compete at the club for this year’s Bart's Bash event, and we look forward to seeing him and other members of the team at HISC again soon . . . Nick Peters, Commodore

RS200 Train and Sprint this Winter

For the first time ever we are holding training and sprint racing for the RS200 over the winter . . .We are going to Train Saturday, Sprint Sunday . . . The training Saturdays are aimed at the under 25 year olds and the Sunday sprints will be open to all the other RS200 sailors too . . .

Parent and child options are encouraged to race. The 11 December we will be having a Christmas fancy dress too, that should be a lot of fun.

Frances Peters will be our coach for the Saturday events. Each Saturday can be booked individually at £30 a boat, so you can just pic the dates you can do.


Book by telephoning the HISC office - 023 9246 3768 - places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


The weekends are as follows:

November 26/27th 

December 10/11th

February 18/19th

March 4/5th


You can show you interest in the Sunday Sprints by adding you name on Doodle using this link . . .  http://doodle.com/poll/rircc37nepevfuy7


Victoria Payne

HISC Optimists to represent GBR

Hayling Island SC Optimist sailors have been selected to represent GBR at the Yacht Club de Monaco 2017 Optimist Team Racing Event . . .

India Page-Wood, Finlay Dickinson, Elodie Edwards and Will Pank will be representing the club.

Sixteen clubs will take part in the event in early January.

The YCM invited the most competitive clubs from eleven countries, from as far afield as northern & eastern Europe (Russia & Croatia) and north Africa (Tunisia), as well as Spain, Italy and France.

An original match race format for teams of four Optimists, it brings to the fore not just the children’s technical prowess, but tactics and above all team-work.

Kristine Page-Wood

New Format for HISC Regatta

Among the many interesting points raised at recent Committee Meetings: A move of the club regatta to Whitsun . . . The HISC Regatta will move to the late May Bank Holiday in 2017 with a three day event proposed . . .

Classes definitely included and having class racing at the event would be:

Adult: Solos, RS Elite, RS200, Fireballs, Flying Fifteens

Youth classes : RS Feva, Tera, Optimist, 29ers.

The Merlin, I14, 800, Laser (Adults) would also be invited, but they would be required to guarantee at least 10 boats to justify a dedicated start for the class.

We would also want to encourage the Moths to participate and RS700s and there would be handicap racing for club members who sail non active classes.

See the Racing Committee minutes.

Winter Lay Up - Take care and follow any instructions by the marine team

Please follow any instructions by the marine team, they are looking after your safety . . . If you arrive at the club to find the car park closed please park on the causeway and walk to the club house following the sea wall . . .

If you are walking dogs please ensure they are on a lead at all times.

Thank you very much for your cooperation in advance.

Best Regards
Mitch Webb

Hayling Island Sail Training Trust bursary reports

Hayling Island Sail Training Trust (HISTT) has just updated its website with reports from the Commodores Bursaries and from the Red Ribbon Tera Fleet . . . Recipients of the Commodores Bursaries have sent in their reports and pictures - So catch-up with Tom Darling and his helm Crispin Beaumont who have had a successful season having won the UK 29er Youth Nationals in April . . . And India Page Wood who achieved her goal of selection fo the Optimist European team in Crotone, Italy . . .

Also reporting is Sarah Mitchell on the Red Ribbon Tera Coaching programme which benefitted from a HISTT grant for coaching costs.

Click here for the HISTT website

Meanwhile, HISTT is pleased that we are able to support the grass root sailors as well as the high flyer's but we need funds to keep going!

Both the Tera and Feva fleets have asked for funds to help with winter coaching (£9k) which we are planning to supply

If you would like to help with our club youngsters, please go to the you can help‘ page and donate.

All donations are increased by 25% with gift aid.

Posting on HISC

If you have HISC related news that you would like to be considered for the website, please forward it to the Club Office . . . Do not rely on the general yahoogroup emails . . .

Remember that if you are including images, they must include the permission of the copyright holder and if under 16's are featured the parent permission.

Pontoon to be Avoided

The pontoon has been removed and is currently being stored on the beach. Please do not let your children climb on the pontoon sections as they could be dangerous . . . Thank you.

HISC Photo Gallery

A new Photo Gallery link has been added to the club web site on the main menu bar dropdown and in the RH side bar . . . Go to the gallery site page for details of posting images . . .

Instructions as to how member uploads can be carried out and also how they are controlled by the site moderator will be on the home page of the HISC photo site.

Click her for the HISC Photo Gallery

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 . . .

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

Eating at HISC

Sep to Dec 2016

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