It is a pleasure to welcome the OK class back to Herne Bay Sailing Club again. They were last here in 2001 and previously in 1973 and 1977.
The first day proved to be the most interesting (so far with one more to go) in terms of the conditions. A perfectly flat sea and not too much wind just off the clubhouse turned into somewhat larger seas and gusts of 28 knots out towards the wind farm. Two back to back races ensued with little to trouble the safety crews for most of the time.
Over the Summer HBSC hosted two RYA Dinghy Instructors course. A total of eleven people undertook the training including seven members of HBSC, one Scout Leader and three members of a Medway sailing opportunities charity. The first course consisted of 6 people, two members of HBSC and four visitors. The club members having a slight advantage, being familiar with the water and the boats. However, all settled in very quickly with the club members providing guidance to the visitors.
Both courses had to battle the ravages of the English weather. However, the sun shone and sufficient wind prevailed to allow the courses to be completed successfully.
There were varying practical challenges that faced the students on the course because of the different levels of experience, knowledge of the location and boat type. The courses began with a general discussion and sailing session, and soon all were in the full swing of the course, learning to deliver the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) ‘Method’, the core programme for teaching someone to sail a dinghy. This was followed by many sessions on various topics, both practical and theoretical, ranging from teaching delivery methods to managing multiple boats on the water while also trying to deliver the RYA Syllabus.
The second course was made up of 5 members of HBSC, 3 of whom had come up through the club cadet system. The delivery was again provided by Laurie who was very ably assisted by Jo (who took it upon herself to ensure all had FU N, one of the key aims of teaching people to sail).
The facilities at HBSC, (galley for coffee and refreshments, and the many training boats) ensured that both the courses were a success. The wide-ranging Training Fleet and the various Power boats gave a flexibility not normally found at a Club venue giving students the opportunity to utilise a wide range of boats. All the students successfully completed the course, having gained a great deal of experience and knowledge along the way.
The DI course was an enjoyable and full of valuable knowledge to take aboard. Laurie with his vast coaching experience skilfully shared loads of practical and effective tips how to teach people sailing. One of the best practical courses I have ever done. Thank you
Over the past five years both myself and my family have been lucky enough to receive fantastic sailing coaching from the instructors at Herne Bay Sailing Club. When the opportunity came up to undertake a Dinghy Instructor course myself I jumped at the chance. The course was a great confidence booster and provides the essential knowledge and skills necessary to coach safely and effectively to recognised RYA standards. It is an intensive course, but thoroughly enjoyable with a good mix of class-based and practical sessions. I now have the confidence and competence to coach and support others who want to learn to sail. Many thanks to Laurie (Coach) and HBSC for supporting me though the training.
I thoroughly enjoyed the DI course and have come out of it a much better and more confident double-handed sailor, as well as raring to help out with HBSC training as a new instructor. I also will take what I have learned about teaching small groups in a highly-interactive way into my day job. Thanks to Laurie and Jo, who are both extremely good at teaching and coaching, and all the students on the course for a fantastic week on and off the water. It was fun and challenging.
The weekend's activities in numbers.
Yachts and Yachting has an article about the OK Nationals at HBSC.
The SIs for the OK Nationals at Herne Bay Sailing Club may be found here.
5.1 The schedule of races:
Date Tide: BST Race/event Time/warning signal
Equipment inspection 17.30 –19.30
Thurs 21st 14.09 (6.00m)
Equipment Inspection 09:00 – 11.30
Registration 09.30 – 11.30
Competitor Briefing 12.00
Race 1 Warning 13.55
Race 2 ASAP after race 1
Friday 22nd 1445 (6.04m)
Race 3 Warning 10.55
Race 4 ASAP after race 3
Saturday 23rd 15.20 (6.00m)
Race 5 Warning 10.55
Race 6 ASAP after race 7
Sunday 24th 15.54 (5.86m
Race 7 Warning 09.55
Race 8 ASAP after race 7
Prize giving ASAP after racing
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A record breaking Bank Holiday!!
24 boats took to the water. 8 from Hampton Pier YC and a great turnout of 16 boats from HBSC.
Ace Race Officer Golton set a testing course and the Northeasterly confounded the fleet by edging round to southeast (probably a sea breeze coming across from Broadstairs).
2 races were sailed back to back in beautiful sunny weather and a breeze of 8/12 knots.
Events on the start line showed that the competitive spirit was high and the variable winds gave opportunities for gaining and losing places especially on the beats.
The Vago of Mark and Elliot got the better of the Hampton Vago and the Albacore of Smithy made an appearance and did not disappoint even with Magda in the engine room and scored a bullet and a 4th. Richard’s Radial got the better of most of the Lasers with a 2nd and 6th whilst the Dyer boys improved on their 3rd in the first race with a bullet in the second. Laurie’s 2000 was also consistent at the top of the fleet and Allan McNeil’s Wayfarer did really well with a late crew change that catapulted William Hogben into the hot crewseat.
Overall we were much stronger than Hampton across the fleet but it was sailed in good spirit and lovely to see an old Dirror Minghy making a showing.
Hampton put on a lovely spread for us with delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches and their Commodore thanked our Race Officer for a good course and presented our Vice-Commodore, David Hogben, with the Trophy who in turn presented Hampton’s 14 year old Cadet, Harry Newton with the lovely silver Top Cadet Trophy for his efforts in his Topper. We hope that this Trophy award will encourage Cadets to participate in greater numbers in years to come.