It's time, the slipway goes down on Saturday morning. Volunteers from 8.30 please.
We hear all the time that if this isn't done no racing, if that isn't done no training, but if this doesn't go down no sailing at all because there's no way of getting the boats in the water. There is always a very good turn out for the downing and upping but we still need you. A few of the big volunteer organisers Alistair Clare Ben and a couple of others can't make it this year so we need all to pop down to help. Any time you can spare is welcome and there are other jobs to do as well, training boats to be moved, boat shed to sort out plus many other things to be done. We would love the big strapping lads or lassies to make their way down early to help with the humping of slipway sections. I'm sure there will be the usual tea coffees and hot food and help in the galley is always welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you there and even more looking forward to the Sunday when it all starts. The slipway laying supper follows Saturday evening.
A great many thanks.
Some 40 sailors from Herne Bay, Tankerton and Hampton are ready for the new season racing season following a lively introduction to some of the 2017 racing rules by Sam Brearery.
Thanks to Sam's drawings and clear explanations rules such as Rule 18.3--If a boat in the zone of a mark to be left to port passes head to wind from port to starboard tack and is then fetching the mark, she shall not cause a boat that has been on starboard tack since entering the zone to sail above close-hauled to avoid contact and she shall give mark-room if that boat becomes overlapped inside her--now make sense!
Thanks to Sam, Laurie, Simone and Karl.
HBSC will once again be participating in the RYA Push the Boat Out event this year on Saturday 13th May. This event is not only about encouraging people to get involved with sailing, it is also a chance for us to showcase what a brilliant sailing club we are and hopefully sign up new members. To make the day a success we need as many volunteers a possible. Duties included manning the bar and gallery, assisting with registration and tours of the club, safety boat, and of course getting people out on the water in big boats. There is also a cadets session scheduled that day and we're planning a BBQ in the evening, so it will be a really fun and busy day.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help out in any way. There will also be a sign sheet in the club on the notice board.
More information regarding Push the Boat Out: http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx
The 2017 Sailing Instructions are available to download here.
Over 50 members and their guests enjoyed the first curry night of the year with ten curries accompanied by Dai and Kay's perfect rice and some onion bhajis. Thanks to Viv and Tony for organising the night, all the curry and the rice makers, Karl and Simone for sorting the bar, whomever cleared the lounge of all the tools and the lads who did a fabulous job with the washing up.
More trophies were presented with awards going to Graham Harbord, Ben Skull, James Woodward and Sally Woodward.
If you would like to organise a social event later in the year or have a great idea for one, please get in touch. Profits from events will go towards the window and lounge extension fund.
Well it's just under 4 weeks to go and the annual job of slipway laying is upon us. 1st April 2017 and this is not an April fool's jape. Good news is it's not silly o'clock in the morning. I didn't thank Glenn Peploe for turning up at 4am for the slipway upping, thank you Glenn. The low tide is at 10.25am so early volunteers around 08.30 to start placing sections from top to bottom and the fixing from the bottom up after that. All help however small is always appreciated and as usual other jobs to be done that day as well.
We are hoping all goes well as on the Sunday there are 3 races planned, opening splash and spring 1 & 2 with a 12.30 start. Not much has changed from last year, a little laser PY adjustment. The HAL system is already in place, which will make life easier for race officers, and on the board, online quickly after racing. This was/is a labour intensive job and a huge thank you to Ben Skull for the effort put into this. To follow this up race offer duty should now be a little easier and we would love to get more race offer duties in place this year, a mentor system will be in place if you are a little unsure about this. Remember no race officer no racing. Duty man will be up and running on Monday 6th March. There is also a racing rule evening on the 24th March for those of us who get confused about mark rounding and starboard rules, not just the "who shouts loudest is right" rule. The Sailing Committee will be jogging memories about volunteering for the slipway laying nearer the time as well. Looking forward to seeing you on the water and at the socials,