HISC RS200 Fleet . . .
Hayling Island Sailing Club hosts the best RS200 fleet in the country, with approaching fifty RS200s registered at the club and won top club at the 2011 Nationals. It's not just the standard of competition that makes HISC stand out, it's the depth. Whoever you are, Olympian, or just learning to sail, the HISC RS200 fleet can provide fun, close racing for you.
HISC is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a state of the art club house. Sailing is achievable almost all of the time, either in the sheltered waters of the Harbour, or out in Hayling Bay. But, if the sailing is off, the social will certainly be on. The club is a great location for just meeting friends at the bar or spending time with the family.
If you'd like to find out more about RS200 sailing at HISC then don't hesitate to contact the class captain Tom Morris: RS200captain@hisc.co.uk
2015 RS200 Special Events
It’s that time of year again, the HISC calendars are in the house and it’s time to start circling dates. So here is my rundown for what’s on offer, so get that pen out and get highlighting!
Get Racing club
Get racing club continues this year after amazing success in 2014. I'll keep you updated with on the water activities, but in the meantime there is a rules talk this Saturday at 2 pm. I hope to see you there!
Sandy Shell (unofficial world championships): Saturday 17 October (club prize giving day for great social)
Need I say anything more? Everyone surely knows this is THE event and a great season close out.
The trophy stayed in the Peter’s family last year, and with Frances back in a 200 we have a new challenger for 2015! Expect around 20 RS200s racing on ‘sprint’ courses lasting 15-20 minutes. Usually 4 or 5 races packed in with super quick turnarounds. This is just the sort of high intensity racing you want on an October day; zero messing around. Probably the best RS200 club racing in the country and it’s at your club; make the most of it!
HISC RS200 Open: 18/19 July
The last two open at HISC have been the biggest of their respective years, with massive socials and fantastic bay racing! This is your opportunity to experience the thrills of big fleet racing without having to leave the comfort of Hayling. However, it’s also our chance to show potential new members what a large and friendly fleet we have.
Sprints Events: 18 April, 22 May, 19 September
(I’m also looking for a suitable date in June... TBC)
After the success of the Sandy Shell and spring sprints the rest of the club has decided to follow suit. This means monthly Saturday sprint days spread throughout the year. We need seven boats to get our own start though, so let me know which dates you can do and I’ll make sure we’re catered for.
Sprints really have something for everyone. Easy clear courses for beginners; shorter races for younger sailors who may get cold / tired and close boat handling; and multiple practice starts for those looking to hone their racing skills.
Pennants: 4/5 April, 9/10 May, 4/5 July, 26/27 September
Pennants are the best racing the club has to offer, so if you can only make it down for a few select weekends make them these! Starts are the usual time and courses will be windward/leeward around 40 minutes long. Racing will be inside the harbour, moving outside only if the tide and wind are perfect. Expect 10+ 200s on the start line. Oh, and free cake in the bar after Sunday racing too! (I’m proposing we skip the June Pennant in favour of the ISC open).
Chichester Harbour Race Week (FED Week): 17-21 August
Expect 30 to 40 200s racing round triangle sausage courses during what is the finest family sailing regatta in the UK. This is the perfect fun family event, but placed the week before the nationals it’ll be a great opportunity to get a bit of time in the boat before the big event.
Bart’s Bash / Glynn Charles… both big one off races well worth your attendance and always get a good RS200 following!
Wednesday Evening (end of April-end of August). My personal favourite! Nothing breaks up the week like a Wednesday evening sail. Obviously the logistics are difficult for those further away, but for those on the South Coast a sailing in the setting sun followed by a hearty club dinner is just what’s needed to get that midweek-weekend feeling! Expect a handful of 200’s racing in the medium handicap fleet in hour long round the cans racing. The battle is on between myself and the Roberts after we each claimed a series last summer.
Bank Holiday Charity Pursuits (Bank Holiday, obviously!): For those who love a tour of the harbour these are great races, always followed by a debate about the PY system in the bar! Great racing in a fun atmosphere for charitable causes. Expect half a dozen 200s to accompany you around; last one to get overtaken by the moth wins!
Last but not least many of you know Itchenor across the harbour is a very big RS200 club as well and they have very kindly invited us to some of their focus events (an invite which is being reciprocated for our events too). With so many 200’s in the harbour it makes sense to join up where we can for even better racing. You can contact their class captain George to find out more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Itchenor 200 Open (6/7 June). Itchenor is a great intro to the RS200 open circuit and this year is a Grand Prix event. You can pre-enter online and sail over to the race area for 3 back to back races each day. Expect 45 minute races against some of the best 200 sailors in the area. 35-50 boats.
7/8 Feb 2015 - Winter Warmer 2 11:00 hrs
7/8 Mar 2015 - Winter Warmer 3 11:00 hrs
2-4 May - Tail End Trophy
23-25 May - Spring Bank Holiday
22 Aug - ISC Regatta
29-31 Aug - August Bank Holiday
13 Sept - 2 boat random pair team racing
31 Oct - 1 Nov - Firecracker
Looking forward to an excellent 2015,