Click on the PDF to find out about Friday night double handed sailing starting on May 25th.
This year Club week is July 25th - July 28th. As usual the first three days 25th, 26th & 27th will be focused on the cadets. As always places are limited so if you are planning to attend please reply promptly.
The priority-booking period for cadets and family relatives will end on Monday May 29th. Cadets will have priority, but all forms must be back by 28th May with a £15 entry.
Following the priority-booking period, any remaining places will be offered on a first-come-first -served basis to all comers at a charge of £50, which will cover the cost of the event and give them membership for the remainder of the year. The cut off date is 15th June.
Full details are included in the booking form which is attached/can be downloaded from the club websites Useful Links page, http://www.hernebaysailingclub.co.uk/useful-links.html.
As always if we are to be successful we will need help from members beyond the parents of children participating. We are looking for boats, safety boat crew, shore crew, galley and a host of other roles. If you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two final requests:
Lets keep our fingers crossed for great weather
Ben & Jo
Spaces are available on RYA courses in May at Herne Bay Sailing Club to learn to sail or drive a powerboat.
An RYA level 1 dinghy course starts on the 19th May and an RYA powerboat level 2 course runs on the 26th May and 2nd June.
Courses are open to members and non-members. All equipment provided and no prior experience is necessary.
There is more information here:
To book, complete the form here
Herne Bay Sailing Club's Open Celebration Sailing Weekend is held to celebrate the lives of all our past members. The weekend is open to members & non-members. Non-sailors are welcome to come and support this event and enjoy the celebrations.
This year the Celebration Weekend falls on the 23rd & 24th June.
Race times (First Warning Signal):
Saturday - 10:55AM Pursuit Race, then lunch followed by a handicap race.
Sunday - 10:25AM Two handicap races, then lunch followed by a third handicap race.
Saturday racers compete for the Paul Smith trophy and the second race counts for the Colin Sproxton Dinghy plaque. Sunday racers compete for the Jim Newbery trophy.
Race report 2nd April
Well it was a damp Squib on Easter Sunday with everyone being towed home but on Monday it was Crackers!
The southerly winds made for a blustery day and lots of capsizes.
Race Officer Phil Rees set a testing course with a good beat and 3 reaches that entailed a couple of testing gybes.
The safety boat was whizzing around like a BAF with most people getting going again before we got there. The lead was constantly changing as one crash followed another. A couple of people got bumped on the head, a boom snapped and one helm needed to be picked up and returned to his dinghy after falling out and getting left behind. Apparently the RYA MOB procedure does not work with Performance Sailboats!
In the meanwhile Graham and Gary in their Lasers fought their way round 6 exhausting laps with the Radial of Gary finally winning the laurels both on the water and on handicap. A victory of discretion over enthusiasm!
The 29er of the Dyer boys won the battle of number of capsizes over Luke and Doug in the RS200 and so the RS clocked up a creditable 3rd place with the 29er 4th.
All credit to the Ekins boys for battling the elements until the conditions forced them into retiring.
Game on. The season has arrived.
The first sailing Saturday of the new season was busy with members completing day one of an RYA Level 2 course under the instruction of Andy and Richard in slightly-testing conditions with the smallest sails on the club Wayfarer.
Three members enjoyed refreshing their safety boat skills with Doug, who gamely capsized several times so he and his boat could be rescued.
By the looks on their faces and the shouts to go faster, the cadets had a great time in the powerboats during the afternoon with Ben, Ian, Matt, Clare and parents.
There was also a safety boat on the water supporting the few brave souls who had come along to blow away the winter cobwebs. All of them took a dip or two in the gusts.
On shore, the boatshed team and clubhouse window team were still hard at work finishing off the winter jobs.