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HISC Optimists are alive and well and if anybody wants information or input on the 2015 HISC Opi Season then please get in touch with me by email or at the club. 

Optimist Fleet Update

Pimp Your Oppy – A guide to setting up your Optimist for Racing - Click here for this essential guide to the Oppy

 Now you have trained – do some Racing

Having spent so much time training its now time to get some racing in. You have a number of options. Firstly, club racing – Every Sunday morning 11am start with normally 9:30-10:00am briefing. 3 races. Pennant weekends its normally 2pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. Full details here;

For Optimist training and racing dates in 2015 see the Youth Fixture page.

A few parents will be running some sprint racing details here on Saturdays;


 Away from HISC there are plenty of Open meetings… details here;


HISC Oppies on the road

Its been a little quiet at HISC of late partly because so many have been away at Opens. Summary here:

Burghfield – Charles Handley was 2nd overall, Thomas White 6th, Josh Thomas 8th, Nathan Lumbard 9th and Annie Hammett 1st Girl and 10th Overall. http://results.burghfieldsailing.org/show.php?page=2015_open_oppie_wopen.htm

Springs – Curtailed to one race in a force 6. Great result from Jack Lucas-Clements 3rd equal from 167sailors. Finley Dickenson 19th overall and many other HISC sailors there details below. http://www.kbsuk.com/data/OptimistIOCAEvents/data/results/2015springnh.html

 Garda – Keelin, Maggie, Nancy, Amelia, Sam all made the trip results here. http://www.fragliavelariva.it/sites/default/files/regatta/r1827-result-f3623.htm

Braas (Holland)  – Josh Davies 23rd in Silver, Finley Dickinson 40th Silver, India Page-Wood 41st Silver…. A number of other HISC sailors made the trip to this elite invitational event, results here. http://www.easter-regatta.nl/results-2/

Opti Springs (Belgium) – Finley Dickinson leading home the HISC contingent in 45th with Julia Staite 79th  from the 207 entries full results here. http://www.optimist.be/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Optispring-Final-Results2015-.pdf

Easter Race Training

15 boats worked under the watchful eye of James Peters, Megan Brickwood and Jess Hammett. During the week a race series took place with Harley Stone taking 1st, Josh Thomas 2nd and Annie Hammett 3rd and first girl.

HISC Training

Youth Training Week is the main race training week for the improving sailors details here. http://www.hisc.co.uk/training/youth-training/youth-training-week/

Linda Stokes has arranged some pre regatta training and anyone else is welcome to look at a similar program for any level. Call me if you have any questions.

Leah in the office will be able to help coordinate any RYA coaching you want you put together so don’t be shy … if you want to try to get some RYA training going let me know.

 Details here: http://www.hisc.co.uk/training/youth-training/youth-dinghy-courses/

HISC Open Meeting

The HISC Optimist Open Meeting for Main and Regatta Fleet takes place on June 20 and 21 please put in the diary and await call for help !


We have a family from Uruguay at HISC in April – July and if you can help welcome them let me know. We also have a Spanish club who are looking for families to arrange an exchange where they sail here and offer a return trip. They have coaches in tow and seem very organized. If you want more information let me know.

Class Captain

I am standing down as fleet Captain in June 2015 after the Open and am handing over the reins to the capable hands of Brian Staite. Many thanks Brian for offering to take over.  Inevitably Brian will need all your help to continue to make the HISC Oppie fleet such a successful one. We especially need support in running the Regatta Fleet where parents are needed to help with younger sailors.

My thanks to all who have helped over the last few years (not least Suzie who has worked so hard behind the scenes) – look forward to seeing you on the water.

 Paul Hammett

Optimist Fleet Captain.

April 2015

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