Saturday 29th April saw 12 members instructed in the skills needed for good safety boat support, ably taught by Allan, Dave, Doug and Laurie. The feedback below from the participants says it all. If you'd like to take part in the next course, email the club or speak to Doug Whiteoak.
The HBSC Safety Boat Course was very enjoyable informative and very worthwhile. It was a great refresher for both power boat 2 and experienced helms as well as good experience for those who wanted to gain confidence in carrying out power boat duties. In particular the focus on recovering crew and capsize club boat types was very good.
What a great day thank you to everyone. I was very anxious about what to expect today however, I have left the course feeling a lot more informed on the subject and I had so much fun whilst learning. Thank you everyone again.
I would like to pass on my thanks to all those who ran the safety boat course today. It was very informative and well structured. I found the input addressed all of the salient points and this was backed up by extremely good practical sessions. In my opinion, the course achieved its serious objectives in a manner that was friendly and inclusive. The whole day was good fun and appeared to be enjoyed by all of the participants.
I thought the training session was fantastic, it was really well organised and the delivery was great on the theory sessions. The practical session was really good, very informative and again, really well delivered. Overall a superb day, huge thanks to Doug, Allan, Dave and Laurie.
Really enjoyed the training day yesterday. Thought it was pitched at the right level and extremely well presented.
Excellent course, which I thoroughly recommend to all members who take on safety boat duties whether as a refresher or to learn about safe recovery of people and boats for the first time. Really enjoyable day thanks to Allan, Dave, Doug, Laurie and everyone else on the course.
Congratulations to the Beachhut Marathon team of Mark Brown and Elliot Jiwani-Brown who completed the London marathon today in 4h50 and 4h30 respectively. They are raising money for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) and have so far raised £3,500. Fantastic, well done to both of you.
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Despite mist and drizzle during rigging, by the time the briefing started the weather had improved and there was a constant 10mph wind from the NE.
Congratulations to Richard, Allan and Harvey for winning races over Easter in generally good conditions with cool winds from NW and NE but with plenty of bright sunshine.
Allan is sailing like a man possessed and surely would have won the Friday Hot Cross Bun but for falling foul of Air Vice Marshal Dengate's exacting standards in insisting that the correct course is followed. Several others the small rodent route to DSQ and it was left to Richard, Graham and Luke/Doug to battle for podium places.
Sunday's race was the Easter Bonnet Pursuit and this time Allan decimated the field and romped home, followed by Laurie (AVM) and James who got the better of a closely grouped flock of Radials.
On Monday there was a major aberration because it appears that Admiral Burwin took the honours with Sally and Olaf close behind when the handicaps had been calculated. I'm double checking- that cannot be right can it?
On Saturday we had a good Improvers turn-out in a brisk N or'Westerly and we were impressed with the performance of those hardy and keen novices.
The Halsail system is functioning well and don't forget you can look at the results online anytime.
What a great session we had in April, that unseasonal weather was perfect shake out. We have three events planned next month, see below, and we look forward to seeing you on the water. Please remember we are aiming to be on the water for 2pm so come down early to rig boats and get your gear on.
During May we will have the following Cadets activities:
6th May - 1.30pm for 2pm on the water
Following the shake out session last week we will be starting to practice/learn about dinghy racing.
13th May - 1.30pm for 2pm on the water
This session is in support of the RYA Push the Boat Out event taking place at the club. This is a chance to invite your school friends down to try out sailing. We want to get as many people involved as we can so please print out this flyer and take it into your school/clubs and let people know about this event.
Bi-weekly Friday evening sailing will start this month watch out for an announcement
Finally we need parents/guardians help through out these session if we are going to make the most of the time available. The key one is getting boats rigged and de-rigged and we ask that you help/learn how to rig the boats your child will be using.
Ben & Andy
PS All members - If you would like to get involved with the Cadets section please feel free to come down and join in. It is great fun and wonderfully rewarding.
Richard and Dai are offering to run some Race Officer training. This is an essential duty without which racing would not be possible. It is really not difficult and you can get experience as an Assistant Race Officer before taking full responsibility for running a race. Or you may just be interested in what goes on in the race hut.
If you are interested please contact Dai or Richard (contact details on Dutyman) and they will fix dates to suit you.
Saturday sailing is open to all club members from beginners/improvers to those club members who just want to sail with a Power Boat around or want some input from club Instructors. Cost for on water sessions is £5pp paid to club funds + boat hire if applicable at £5 for single-hander or £10 for double-hander.
Dates as per the programme, 0930 for an on water Start Time of 1000.
The 2017 racing season started with our first race on Sunday 2nd April, the races being already included in the Club’s Events Calendar on the Website to enable you to plan your personal calendars. As an ‘aide memoire’ to long term members and a guide to newer members, the races are also listed out on the attachment to this note.
The attachment also details the trophy for which you are competing, the award requirements, the type of race with numbers of discards, the helm/crew and boat eligibility, the trophy name, when it will be awarded and who won each trophy in the 2016 season.
The attachment also identifies other trophies which will be awarded for non-racing events such as the Commodores Cup, the 3 no. Championship Cups, the Top Laser Cup, Cadet of the Year trophy and the much sought after Disaster trophy and many more. Thus member of all abilities, experience and ages have something to go for (although we don’t seem to have a Men’s Cup to match the Ladies Cup!!)
The attachment also lists trophies which are not presently contested and advises for what they were previously awarded over the 97 years that the Club has been in existence. If you feel strongly that there are other categories for which there should be an award, please speak to a member of either the Sailing or General Committees.
Given the history of the Club and the number of trophies which have been donated to us over the years, it’s inevitable that there are some errors and oversights within the attachment. We would be pleased to receive any further information or corrections that some of the longer serving members might have that will enable us to improve on the contents.
The Sailing Committee
Herne Bay Sailing Club Trophies for the 2017 Season
Midday Series A
9th April 2017
First race of the day and there are eleven boats on the water and getting ready to line up for the start of this new series.
The Laser 2000, 2041 is sitting on the line as the sound signal indicating the start of the race is heard across the water, with a great start achieved, along comes Laser 165710 flying up and goes into an early lead, but soon the Blue Spinnaker was raised and the two boats are vying with each other for first place, in the meantime the rest of the fleet are coming up the course en-masse. Having rounded SP1 and now heading for SP2, the Laser 2000 is still holding on to its lead, then Laser 165710 gets ahead of the Laser 2000 and pulls away. While Laser 2000, 2041 is in second place, there is a challenger for this spot in the form of another Laser 2000, 22173, after the Laser 2000, then Laser fleet are catching up, Laser 42839 is in 4th place whilst in 5th is the Laser 8.1 being given its first sail of the season.
Laser 165710 having established a good lead is sailing down on to SP3 whilst the two Laser 2000's have just rounded the Dolphin and they are being pursued by the bevy of Lasers.
The Race Officer has shortened the race, first to finish is the Laser 165710 but with all to play for the Laser 2000's are doing battle for 2nd place and whilst it is Laser 2000 2041 in second place, Laser 2000 22173 is challenging, however, this valiant effort comes to naught and finishes in third.
It was great to see young Joe taking the Laser with its distinctive sail out on the water this afternoon for a sail around the bay.
1st Laser 165710 Colin Smith
2nd Laser 2000 2041 Brian and Maria Golton
3rd Laser 2000 22173 Laurie Dengate and Magdalena Gawecka
Memorial Trophy Pursuit Race
With the first Pursuit Race of the season, the Race Officer held a briefing to inform the competitors the sequence of starts. This having been established, all the boats went afloat.
First to start was Topper 26204 being sailed by Victoria, the course being sailed is the same as for the Midday race, whilst all the other boats await their allotted start time, the Topper has sailed around SP2and now is heading for the North mark, in the meantime, the Comet 295 of Colin and Scarlett are just setting off on their quest to catch the Topper, despite the RS200 having an early capsize on the line this does not hamper the Comet and they have rounded SP1 and off to SP2 whilst the Topper is now rounding the North and heading off toward the Dolphin.
Back at the start and now it is the turn of the Laser Radials to begin their quest to catch the first two boats and they quickly round SP1 and head off toward SP2, next to start are the Laser 2000s and at present Laser 2000, 22173 has a slight lead over Laser 2000, 2041. Now it is the turn of the Lasers to start and they have joined in the melee to make it up to SP2, the RS200 has yet to start the race.
The Topper is still holding on to its lead and rounded SP3 and heading up to begin the next lap of the Race, the Comet has been caught by the Laser Radials and passed, unfortunately, for the Comet, a capsize and that has ended the race for the Comet which is rescued and brought ashore. Back on the start line the RS200 has just begun its race and with a flourish raises its bright yellow kite and speeds off up the course.
The leading Laser Radial is now heading towards the Dophin and close behind is the Laser 2000, 2041, then Laser 2000 22173, whilst the Topper is still in the lead, this is now being challenged for by a Laser Radial. The Laser 2000s are doing battle and have caught up with the leading Laser Radial, also joining the affray is now Laser 165710. Elsewhere on the course, there have been a few capsizes, the RS200 has managed to prevent itself from capsizing, not so a Laser Radial.
The Laser 2000s are now leading the fleet but coming up in third place is Laser 165710, Laser 2000, 22173 is in pole position, but there has been a change for second place and it is Laser 165710 but in close pursuit is Laser 2000 2041 and they eventually move up into second place and then go on to get into first place.
The Topper has capsized but does manage to right the boat and despite her capsize Victoria is very much a part of this Pursuit Race. However, amongst the fleet there have been a number of retirements from the race.
The three boats in contention for top slot are the Laser 2000s and the Laser 165710 and once again it is all change at the lead and now the Laser has gone into pole position but whilst it has extended it's lead the Laser 2000s are never too far away.
After the allotted time span of the Pursuit Race, the Laser is the first to finish.
1st Laser 165710 Colin Smith
2nd Laser 2000 2041 Brian and Maria Golton
3rd Laser 2000 22173 Laurie Dengate and Magdalena Gawecka
This was made possible by the sterling efforts of committed members who overcame the usual catalogue of tricky issues in laying the slipway on Saturday. Especially those who ended up wet and muddy from being underneath the infernal structure.
The Opening Splash was contested by a dozen single handers. 6 Laser Standards, 3 Radials, a Topper, a 29er and a 2000 pluckily piloted by Laurie Dengate.
We were very fortunate to have Brian Golton stand in at the 11th hour as Race Officer and he set an interesting boomerang course with a proper start line expertly laid by Allan and Doug in the safety boat.
We had a true beat to the windward mark followed by a dead run and two reaching legs.
The 29er with the Dyer boys got away well followed by Richard at the first Mark with Mags close behind and the pack a little further backtracking on each others toes.
At the third Mark Mags tried to sail over the top of Richard who defended his wind and this allowed Graham Harbord to slip up the inside of Mags but without "mark room" established before the zone. He executed a 360 in exoneration and allowed Mags back into 3rd which she held until the final run until she lost patience with the light conditions and knocked off early for a cuppa.
As the wind died the Dyers pressed home their advantage and ran out easy winners with Richard next as first Laser and followed by Gary Danielicz next and first Radial. The Topper with Victoria deserves a mention as the best Cadet and 5th overall.
The wind remained very light and the Spring Series 1and 2 were abandoned without a ball being bowled but we had a very sunny and enjoyable Opening Splash that was enjoyed by all, at least until that excruciatingly slow final run against the strengthening tide in lightening airs.
Well done to all those who squeezed their boats through to the finish and to Brian for making it possible.
Full results will be posted on the website soon.