RS Elite Keelboat at HISC
The sociable nature of the RS fleet at HISC, which encourages partners, families and newcomers to sail together in this three-man keelboat, as well as the regular, high quality competitive sailing have led to a resurgence of interest and rapid growth, with 18 RS Elites being owned and regularly sailed at HISC.
We are a fleet that welcomes newcomers, supports less experienced sailors by offering training and advice, as well as encouraging family members to sail together. All topped off with a cracking social scene. The fleet continues to grow with 18 boats committed to racing and regular turnouts of double figures for Sprint racing, Pennant weekends and Thursday evenings. The fleet includes novice sailors as well as Olympic medallists and quite a lot in between!
This year's sailing calendar is ready to download here.
We have a busy racing programme with two new events, both of which look set to become annual regulars.
The highlights this year are:
Six Pennant Weekends
One weekend in each of April, May, June, July, September and October.
Start time 2pm Saturday (2 races), 11am Sunday (2 races)
Five Sprint Saturdays
One four race series in each of April, May, June, September and October.
Start times are variable but scheduled around high tide
Early and Late Sundowner Series
Seven and six race Thursday evening series
Start times to be determined – watch this space.
Crabber's Nip Autumn Series
Seven race Sunday morning series
Start time 11am
HISC Whitsun Regatta
Saturday 27 – Monday 29 May 2017
East Wight RS Elite Open Meeting
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 June 2017
Provisional plan for an RS Elite open event with racing on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. High Water times mean easy sailing to and from Seaview/Bembridge before racing on Saturday and after racing on Sunday with social on Saturday evening. Accommodation can be arranged.
National Championships at HISC
GRAND SLAM EVENT
Thursday 20 July – Saturday 22 July 2017
Three races on each of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No race on Sunday morning.
Arrival/briefing on Wednesday evening; The Open Links Golf Championship on Thursday evening, Comedy Night on Friday and Prizegiving Dinner on Saturday.
More details to follow.
Chichester Harbour Race Week
Monday 21 August – Friday 25 August 2017
Format and timings to be determined.
Southern Area Championships
GRAND SLAM EVENT
Royal Burnham Yacht Club – dates to be confirmed
We have an extensive crew database in place – some more experienced than others and some available on Thursday evenings. If you would like to join the crew database or are an owner looking for crew, please contact Paul Fisk.
Monthly fleet parties coupled with the Club’s active social programme ensures an inclusive and vibrant social scene – an essential aspect of the growing popularity of the class. The 2016 sailing and social programme is available for download here.
The Wider Elite Scene
In addition to Pennant Weekends and Sprint racing, there are several Pursuit races throughout the season. There will be an RS Elite startline at Cowes Week 2017 with some 20 entrants and plans are afoot for some specific afternoon RS Elite showcase racing during Chichester Harbour Race Week.
HISC will host the National Championships in 2017.
Information and Contacts
For more information please get in touch with one of the 'Elite Ambassadors' – Nick Peters, Roddy Bowerman, Mark Allerston, Ossie Stewart, Mike McIntyre or Paul Fisk – who will be more than happy to hear your thoughts and talk through the plans. Not only can their contact details be found in the club handbook, they themselves are often to be found in the club bar.
Sign-up for the HISC RS Elite class Newsletter here
The HISC RS Elite Fleet for 2017:
Jon Butler/Mark Whinney/Paul Heyrman 1 Ciao Bella
Andy Partington & Gareth Edwards 6 Lazy Daisy
The Smiths 7 Shaken Not Stirred
Paul & Caroline Fisk 11 Legs Eleven
Andrew Jameson/Tim Peters/James Grant 12 Dirty Dozen
Tom Hewitson/Russell Peters 20 No Riff Raff
Nick & Kate Peters/Mark Robinson 24 Way to Blue
Jamie Muir 29 Galadrial
Ossie Stewart 33 Aeolus
Roddy Bowerman 40 Basil
Mike Dawe 43 Trigger's Broom
Peter Copsey 46 The Doctor
Mark Allerston 65 Muzungu
Ossie Stewart 67 More T Vicar
Nick Lowe & Martin Wicks 69 TBA
Mike & Caroline Mcintyre & Simon Childs 76 Foudafafa
Dave & Jill Hitchcock 84 Aurora
James and Alison Yearsley 92 Urafika
RS Elite HISC Fleet List
2017 Racing and Social Programme - Available Here
No wetsuits required: sociable keelboat racing with a competitive edge! - Press Release
Keelboat racing at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Press Release
RS Elite class association
Images from the 2007 RS Elite Nationals at HISC