Well you do a lot of damage when you hit a dinghy amidships (ouch!) or you just run into the slipway(oops!). So Insurance is a must to protect you from picking up a big bill and to get your fellow sailors back on the water quickly if you have run into them in a moment of confusion.
My mast broke at the end of the season and I called my insurance company. I found a replica for a lot less than the Laser official version (thanks Allan) and they paid the whole bill and waived the excess. They even reimbursed the postage for sending them the damaged end piece! I was impressed especially as the mast was probably 25 years old.
So please remember to renew your insurance this year , it is inexpensive and good value for money.
There are incidents every year and it is good to know that we are all covered.
By the way I am with Newton Crum (£5 discount for online policies). Other policies are by Noble and Bishop Skinner (who offer 10% discount to RYA members). Other companies can be found online.
It is going to be a busy year. There's a full training programme planned, improvers will meet most Saturdays, the cadets will meet monthly as well as some Friday nights and the sailing and social calendar is looking packed.
There's now a printable copy of the calendar of events on the new website:
Herne Bay Sailing Club is a volunteer-run club and relies on its members doing their duties to ensure the success of the sailing season.
This year we will be using Dutyman to arrange the rotas. From Friday 11th March you will be able to choose your three duties on a first come first served basis. To do this:
For a Dutyman password reminder, enter your email address in the box on the right hand side of
https://dutyman.biz/dmmain.aspx?id=H0002219 then choose `Click here for a login reminder':
Someone will be on hand during slipway laying to help anyone who has questions or would like help to select their duties using Dutyman.
Members who have not chosen their duties by 15th March and those who join after the 15th March will be allocated the unfilled duties. Dutyman automatically reminds members of their duties, and it facilitates swaps if a date becomes inconvenient.
The Sailing committee wishes to establish a list of volunteers who may be available at short notice to fill a spot in the duty rota. Email email@example.com if you would like to be on the list.
One of the unused noticeboards in the corridor by the gear store will be used this year for members and club suppliers to advertise their businesses and/or services.
Damage to Tango's gearbox has proven too costly to repair and a new 2-stroke lightweight outboard is being sourced. This year's open events (the Hornets, the Windsurfers and the South Coast Rowing regatta) will go some way to covering the cost of the new engine.
News from the Development and Marketing Committee
The Development and Marketing committee has been busy working on plans to refresh the bar area, update the club's marketing material and sourcing signage for around the town, at the top of the hill and on the prom. You may have also spotted a couple of flag poles in the boat shed which will be put to good use shortly.
Full minutes from all the club's committees are posted on the clubhouse noticeboard next to the cleaner's cupboard.
Hi cruisers. Do you enjoy throwing yourself into a boat and surreptitiously spend two hours trying not to look as though you are racing the fleet to the pub at Reculver or the Whitstable Chip shop?
Well perhaps its your turn to organise a day out for the rest of us
Richard De Lisle
Do it now!
The Dutch North sea Missing Persons Bureau has contacted HBSC about a cold case of a sailor found in 1995.
The only clues are a sail with the letters "HB" and a few bits of wood.
The four blue triangles suggest the sail was originally made for a fibreglass boat called a Compis 28. However, the Dutch police found the sail alongside some parts of a wooden yacht.
The Dutch police think that the letters HB were added to the sail later by hand stitching and/or with a home sewing machine.
Can you help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions.
Good day club members, I am writing a small piece about what has been going on with the sailing committee, more accurately what I've been doing. I'm hoping that other committee members will follow on from this theme.
The slipway laying has been volunteered to myself and with help from other members the project is well on the way. We have new tools as the old ones were cracking and starting to fail, the bolts and metal plates are on order and will be at the club well before the 12th March. Alan and David are making the new sections with the specialized wood they ordered. So as of today its all well in hand.
Other news which I will just glance over leaving the committee member in charge to elaborate on if necessary. The sailing rules are being updated this year and will be posted to the racing page of the web site shortly. I've never read the sailing rules and this year I was asked too, the club sailing rules are not a tome and only took me a few minutes to read through, so please if you race have a look. There will be a slipway etiquette to show people the best way to use the slipway in different winds etc.
Those of you whom very kindly do the safety boat throughout the year, again there are some small changes which will help all whom race, safety boat and race officer.
A big one to announced a little later by a separate sub committee will be a big one for the club and great fun so please keep the 16th July evening free.
That's it from me, there is a lot more happening at the club so keep an eye out on the website for more information. Its all looking good for another fabulous sailing season. Look forward to seeing at the club either on the water or at a social.