14 ladies were treated fabulously by the men and young men of Herne Bay Sailing Club during Ladies Day on Saturday 17th June.
The ladies enjoyed coffee and croissants first thing while the men served, washed up and Doug, Glenn and team rigged a couple of Laser 2000's, a Vision, a 420 and 3 Qubas and ran up the safety boats. The ladies were on the water just in time to have a bit of a sail towards the harbour before the wind ran away. Fortunately the tide was such that we drifted gently back towards the slipway until it was shallow enough (for some) to hop out and tow the boats home. Thank you Alison for towing our 420! It was fantastic to see some ladies who sail infrequently (very in Shelina's case!) out on the water and even at the helm.
Martin had carried out extensive research to find the best Pimms recipe and the ladies enjoyed ice cold Pimms with fruit all served in style by their appropriately-dressed waiter with their buffet lunch put together by Mark and helpers. The consumption of Pimms did not quite reach the levels of previous years and one bottle remains unopened for next year. Lunch was completed with icecream after cadet Gregg made a special trip to the shops.
With the sea breeze not due to arrive until later, we decided not to go for another drift in dinghys. With at least half of the group fully-qualified powerboat drivers, some ladies decided to go for a spin in Viking and Avon. After a brief discussion as to whether the insurance covered taking boats out to the windfarm (we decided probably not), we headed out for a close up of the old pier instead.
It is amazing that the building on it still stands, especially when half of it is held up by what looked like a single piece of 4 by 2. We also admired the ability of the King's School sailors who had arrived along with a sea breeze and were not just sailing their 420s rudderless but doing so around the pier head without crashing into it. The ladies spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the deck or beach and enjoying the occasional dip or kayak before afternoon tea and home.
Georgina P. summed up the day in her facebook post perfectly: "Another lovely relaxing ladies day! HUGE thanks to all the guys (and gals) that worked so hard to make this a really enjoyable day, from the gallery, bar, boat rigging, slipway, safety boats and advice. I'm not gonna mention you all by name - you know who you are!" . I'd like to add a special thanks to the cadets who helped out all day and put their newly-acquired PB2 skills to great use.
On behalf of the ladies - thank you!
Photographs courtesy of Ian Moore and Bridget Bree.
Mariners are advised that the Southeast Airshow is scheduled to take place offshore at Herne Bay between 12.30pm and 18.30pm on Saturday 19th August 2017.
All spectator craft are requested to avoid the zone defined from Albany Drive to East Street out to the pier head.
The exclusion zone does not include our slipway. However, there will be no organised sailing that day because of the large number of spectators expected on the promenade and beach and to ensure the emergency access routes are kept clear.
The Notice to Mariners may be downloaded from the links below.
It has been a busy season so far for the training team.
Allan, Dave, Doug and Laurie ran the first HBSC safety boat course at the beginning of the season. Twelve members improved their PB skills and practiced the particular skills needed for competent safety boat support. More dates will be advertised as several members have expressed an interest in improving their skills.
Under the stewardship of Laurie and with the support of instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boats teams, the Saturday Sailing improvers group has met weekly since April with the weather only preventing sailing on two occasions. There has been 15+ boats on the water many Saturdays, ranging from sailors who are newly-qualified Level 2's to those with more experience who nonetheless value feedback from an instructor.
Richard and his team of instructors, assistant instructors and safety boat drivers has been training several groups of level 1 and level 2 dingy sailors on Saturday mornings in the club double-handers. We hope to see many of the participants moving into the Saturday Sailing Improvers group and out on the water independently soon.
Allan, Dave and Doug have also been busy with PB 1 & 2 courses. Congratulations to those members and cadets who completed their courses this weekend. The next PB1/PB2 course will run at the beginning of August. If you are interested in learning to drive a powerboat, go to the training page for details of how to sign up. Cadets over the age of 8 may take PB1 and then PB2 at the age of 12.
Clare organised two RYA First Aid courses and 15 people have now updated their first aid skills.
Richard and Dai have run a couple of sessions to train members and cadets on everything one needs to know to run a race. Contact Dai if you would like to join the next evening session on Race Officer training.
Finally, following on from the Assistant Instructor course, Laurie has planned two Dinghy Instructor courses, one in July and one at the end of August.
All senior instructors, instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boat crews are unpaid volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who lends a hand to help others learn a new skill or improve an old one.
To all those that use the jet washer, either around the club or for the slipway cleaning. We now have an extra long hose that can go all the way to the bottom of the slipway with the machine at the top of the slipway. The new hose is in two parts, the section with the jet lance on is fairly short and good for the jobs around the boats and club. For use on the slipway you need to attach the lance hose to the longer hose and off you go. Those that need any help please ask. This will make life easier but please after use separate the hoses, coil and tie up.
Race 3 and 4 were run on Sunday. The admirable Harvey Burwin had the unenviable task of setting a course with a fluky southerly and a forecast of wind strength weakening. He took the brave decision to set a seaward start with a beat towards shore to Heron North.
Before the start Harvey and Ben gave an excellent sailors' briefing to explain the course and a stern reminder to avoid the finish line after finishing so as not to confuse the recording of times especially as they would be having to use binoculars to see us!
The start was nicely angled to take account of the outgoing tide and there were lots of wind shifts to make life interesting. There were quite a few places lost and won on that leg. The 4th leg provided a fun broad reach with some keen tactical moves with Lasers trying to protect their wind from the larger rigs of the Wayfarer, sailed very competitively by Allan and David, and the ultra competitive 2000 of Laurie and Mags!
The wind stayed put but remained very changeable so we had fun sailing on a sunny day. The full results are on the HAL website, accessible via the club website racing page. Well done to Laurie, Colin and Richard for 1,2,3 in the first race and Gary, Richard and Colin in the second. It was all very close.
It was good to see Pete on the water in his Laser. Not so great when he returned to the slipway after a bash on the head from the boom. Fortunately Maria had recently renewed her RYA First Aid certificate and was on hand to administer first aid and use up the supplies recently-refreshed by Sue. A check-up at Estuary View and little bit of glue sorted Pete out and he is now fine.
Earlier the Humphries/ Allen Cups were fought out by Cadets Luke, Joe, Victoria, Doug and Scarlett in tricky conditions, Well done to all especially Scarlett who managed to keep going and get a result. Luke just pipped Joe by a few seconds and Victoria was close behind in her Topper when the handicaps had been calculated.
Next Sunday we have the Long Distance Race at 1400 so bring your thermos.
The Saturday Sailing plan for May to July has been updated and can be downloaded here.
I am looking for volunteers to take the lead in July and Aug particularly on the 29th July, if anyone would like to run a session or would like to suggest a topic for a session please contact Laurie.
There has been a lot of interest in RYA Dinghy Instructor training, the course planned for the beginning of July is now full, a second course will be considered if enough people are interested, If you would like to do the course then please contact Laurie, if you could provide dates that will suit you this will aid the selection of a suitable date( this is a five day course it might be possible to split the course over a couple of weeks (I.E. 2 days one week and 3 the next) but due to club activities weekends are not an option.
Dai, you are the man. Thank you and your esteemed college Tony Smith for running the race training evening. I was surprised to see people like Laurie there, but he gave it kudos, and the un asked questions he then asked were insightful. Thanks Laurie.
James, Sally, Colin Pope, Olaf, Glenn and Russ also attended and were taken through the procedures of how to run a race from start (walking into the club) and finish (drinking beer). Dai in his usual laid back manner gave all the relevant do's and dont's, which with his humour and charm he and his lovely assistant passed over their knowledge. I'm not going to do a verbatim account of the evening you will need to do the evening for that, but a couple of points to make people feel comfortable about volunteering. You are god for the day; nobody can supersede your decisions, unless you are being dangerous and/or stupid.
Hal is easy, everybody now (bar maybe 1 or 2) likes it and can use it. The sheet Richard De Lisle has made for instruction is idiot proof and even if you have never pushed start on a computer you will be able to follow this. Thanks Richard, this has made life easier. On a similar note Ben Skull, who spends hours putting the information in and doctoring when needed, with him we wouldn't have the Hal system now, thanks Ben you are a quiet hero.
We are struggling to find race officers to man the tower, so even if you fancy being the 3rd person just to watch please do. The race officer of the day will welcome it, and you get free tea. Also watch how to deal with pushy sailors wanting a course that suits their boats all can be revealed. Plus cadets also we need you so you can become an overbearing middle aged person with too much nose hair*.
Thanks also to Richard who ran race officer training for the cadet section on the May bank holiday weekend.
Cheers all, happy racing.
* Editor: I hope this doesn't include the ladies!
PTBO 2017 at HBSC was a great success with 38 visitors out for a sail and powerboat ride, more who stayed shore-side supporting and a fantastic turn out of members and friends who made the day work so well on and off the water. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who did the necessary before and afterwards.
It was a great day with lots of activity. The Saturday Sailing improvers group were on and (most of them) in the water during the morning because of the somewhat challenging gusts. Dai eventually got us doing the planned activity of race starts and working out line bias, after some reefing and pulling everything tighter made falling in less likely.
Some 20 cadets and their families arrived at lunchtime to join in with PTBO and all got out on the water. The King's School had their 420's out too. Everyone enjoyed the conditions, which had calmed a little after lunch, but had the extra complication of a ripping tide taking the unwary to Reculver. The only casualty of the day was the distance mark pole, which took a hit in the morning and then another in the afternoon.
The smiles of all those coming off the water pretty much summed up the day. Quotes from the day: "loved it", "wet" and "holiday atmosphere." We hope to welcome some of the visitors again, at Cadets, as members or on one of our training courses.
Priority registration for club week is now open for members until 29th May after which registration will be opened up to the public until 16th June. Registration will close on the 16th June. Forms are available here.
Thank you to those who have offered to help. This is a fantastic few days and lots of fun not just for the kids but for everyone. If you are available to help, even for a few house, that would be fantastic. Just let me know.
1st August Tuesday evening match racing
Last years Tuesday evening scratch match racing was introduced last year. It was really great, I'm not just saying that because Greg and I won. We will be running this again this year and racing will start at 6.30 so those who have had to work can come down and join in club week celebrations.
3rd August is the annual club week cruise
4th August is free sailing note there will be safety boa cover as the Cadets are hosting WYC with racing. Come down and support us.
Laser Special Handicap
The Special Handicaps were calculated on personal performance using Colin Smith as the "scratch" boat and the slowest boats being given a 5 minute advantage over the course of a 45 minute race and the rest of the fleet on a graduated basis in between.
These figures were converted into PY numbers and differentiated according to the rig used.
The race was run as part of the Spring Series race 7 on Sunday 7th May.
There was a good turnout of 12 boats and the northwesterly wind was a moderating Force 3.
Colin led the way on the water but was unable to shake off Richard and Guy and the margin at the end was insufficient to overcome the personal handicaps they had been allocated.
It was a day for the Standard rigs and the Radials generally came off worse with Gary coming in as top Radial on the day.
Final Results are here.
Mid-day and Spring 7 and 8
Congratulations to Graham who did enough to secure the top spot in the Spring Series overall.
Smithy won the Mid-day series race that kicked off at mid-day in fresher winds and again in the Spring 8 when he got away from the fleet at the start and with the wind strength falling away was back in the clubhouse whilst half the fleet did not make it round the windward mark in time and ended up retiring and being towed home!
Michael and Sam were pipped in mid-day race but got the line honours over Smithy in Spring 7 and Luke and Doug claimed a great second place in Spring 8. The course did not favour the asymmetrics so they did a good job.
You can see all the results on the website.