RS Elite Keelboat at HISC
A number of members at Hayling Island Sailing Club have signed up for a serious campaign to achieve the goal of reviving the racing fleet of RS Elites based at HISC. The objective over the next two years is to establish a fleet of 12 to 15 boats, some shared ownership, which will field 10+ boats for scheduled class racing. Progress so far has exceeded expectation with 12 boats committed to racing at HISC in 2015. The fleet includes novice sailors as well as Olympic medallists and quite a lot in between!
The 2015 sailing and social programme is now confirmed and available for download here.
The season starts with a training weekend set for 21 and 22 March (one week before the clocks change and two weeks before Easter). The weekend will be a mixture of boat set up, boat handling and short course racing either side of the lunchtime high tide. More details to follow nearer the time.
We now have an extensive crew database in place with fifteen people listed as available crew – 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.
Easter sees our first racing proper in the Pennant Weekend, comprising two races on Saturday afternoon and two races on Sunday morning with Committee Boat starts. The first of the Saturday Sprint Racing series follows two weeks later – the perfect format for starting and boat handling practice. The Thursday evening Sundowner series starts on 7 May running through to 23 July. The five Pennant Weekends will form the Elite Summer Points series – a total of 20 races with the eight best results to count.
In addition to Pennant Weekends and Sprint racing, there are several Pursuit races throughout the season. We are also planning an Elite Summer Cup event over two week days at the end of August; racing will be a mixture of windward/leewards combined with a long distance race, possibly to Seaview and back for lunch. Details are yet to be confirmed.
We envisage 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. To support friendly, competitive, fair and all-inclusive racing, we are putting together a panel of arbitrators who will help resolve any potential on the water issues. Arbitrators will be available in the bar after racing for a friendly, informal and non-confrontational discussion to clarify any issues surrounding interpretation of the rules. In the interests of independence, the panel will be made up of sailors from other fleets as well as Elite sailors. We do not anticipate that the arbitration panel will be called on very often!
A number of boats are committed to attending the National Championships in 2015 as well as Cowes Week. We hope to submit a proposal to the Class Association to host both the 2016 Southern Area Championships and the 2017 National Championships at HISC.
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 2015:
Jon Butler & Kate Keeping 1 Ciao Bella
Andy Partington & Gareth Edwards 6 Duel
Paul & Caroline Fisk 11 Legs Eleven
Mark Allerston & Roddy Bowerman12 Escapade
Mark & Lisa Pollington 20 No Riff Raff
Mark & Sarah Robinson 24 Way to Blue
Alasdair McLeod 29 Galadrial
Mike Dawe 43 Trigger's Broom
Ossie Stewart & Rob Cruikshank 67 More T Vicar
Mike & Caroline Mcintyre & Simon Childs 76 Foudafafa
Dave & Jill Hitchcock 84 Kiss
Nick & Kate Peters 92 No More Toys
2015 Racing and Social Programme - Available here
Keelboat racing at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Press Release
RS Elite class association
Images from the 2007 RS Elite Nationals at HISC