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
2014 RS200 Special Events
HISC RS200 Open + Southern Championships: 21/22 June
Building upon the resound success of the 213 HISC open! 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.
A key build up event before the nationals I’m certain it will be well attended and have a great social side as well.
RS200 Open Training 2/3 August
Open training run by the class in the run up to the nationals. Sailing will likely be out in the bay and focus on gate starts and big course racing. If there is demand I will look at running a similar training session for club sailors (for free) on another day.
RS200 National Championships: 17th – 21 August
It’s been six years since the nationals came to Hayling so these opportunities don’t come along that often. I’m really keen we create a friendly atmosphere for the event and part of that will be making sure as many families as possible feel they can enter and have a go as possible, even if it’s only for the odd day.
As the year goes by we’ll have to get organised with fun socials building on the success of the HISC open from 2013.
As it’s a national championship the racing will be out in the bay with two races each day. If there’s a large fleet (over 60 I think?) then there will be gate starts too, so a new skill for us all to practice.
Sprints Events 12 April, 3 May, 14 June, 12 July, 2 August, 27 Sept
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: 19/20 April, 10/11 May, 7/8 June, 5/6 July, 20/21 Sept
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!
Sandy Shell (unofficial world championships): Saturday 11 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.
Andrea’s event, superbly run and superbly attended. 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!