Ok lets get the summer started! On 10th June we will be commencing summer Friday evening sailing and firing up the BBQ. This will be the day before the Windsurfers event so we are planning to open up the club and make a night of it. In addition bi-weekly Friday evenings, 6-8pm, is cadets training, so if they go out there will be a safety boat on the water.
Come on down and lets get summer sailing underway.
As the Memorial Weekend is now creeping up on us with
alarming speed, this is a request for
all the Bakers of the Club.
Please would you be able to make a batch of scones
for Paul's Memorial Day.
A Cream Tea was a great favourite with of Paul's
and no Memorial Day would be the same without a Cream Tea
Thank you so much
Long Distance Race
29th May 2016
Fifteen boats took to the water for the Long Distance Race, the wind was NNE and Force 4.
At the start of the race with fifteen boats milling around the start line as the start signal sounded there were clearly a few boats over the line so a second signal was sounded and the Individual Recall flag was hoisted to indicate to the fleet that some boats were over the line; three boats returned and restarted the race.
In the meantime, the Hornet took an early lead as the boats headed off to SP1, not far behind was the Contender and a Laser, whilst the Hornet continued to sail out to sea the Contender and Laser tacked towards the mark, the Hornet tacked a few minutes after and this tactic seemed to pay off since sailing along toward SP1 he seems to have maintained his lead.
After rounding SP1, the Hornet appears to be experiencing some problems with its spinnaker and the Contender has gone into the lead, this temporary glitch in the Hornet has been sorted and now it is chasing after the Contender. However, once again the Hornet appears to be having problems with its spinnaker and it has been taken down and stowed away, coming up to third place and flying a blue spinnaker is the Laser 2000. In fourth place is a Laser and fifth the RS 500 flying its yellow kite and chasing down the Laser, behind the RS 500 is another Laser and then the Vago with its red kite and rest of the fleet are sailing in a follow my leader formation.
The Contender is still holding its lead and in pursuit is the Hornet who is still experiencing some problem with its red kite but once again this is quickly rectified and now it is a question of who gets to SP2 first the Hornet or the Laser 200 as they approach the mark from different angles.
The Contender has now completed its first lap with the Hornet in second and the Laser 2000 in third, vying for fourth place are two Lasers 161766 is in fourth but is being challenged by 130727, then come Lasers 208321, 172009 and 42839. At the Distance Mark Laser 161766 has water at the mark, but the fleet is quite well spread out and though most have completed the first lap there are still some who have yet to reach SP3.
The Contender has once again extended its lead over the Hornet and the Laser 2000 who have yet to round SP1, having rounded the mark the Hornet has put up its spinnaker and is now pulling away from the Laser 200 who has also put up its spinnaker, in the meantime the Contender has rounded SP2 and is on its way to SP3, after rounding SP3 and down to the Distance Mark to complete the second lap and start its third lap.
The Contender is now beating up to SP1 and is quite possibly going to start lapping some of the other boats who are still on their second lap. The Hornet has now started its third leg, the Laser 2000 has just rounded the Distance mark and in pursuit of the Hornet who appears to have some gear failure and is retiring from the race. The Laser 2000 is now heading towards SP1, in the meantime, the Contender has begun to lap some of the other boats whilst sailing towards SP2. The Laser 2000 upon rounding SP1 has raised its blue kite and heading for SP2, the Contender has sailed round SP3 and is heading up to the Distance Mark to begin its fourth lap.
The remainder of the fleet appears fairly well spread out, the RS500 appears to be retiring from the race after a few capsizes, this is their second time they have raced their boat and in quite windy conditions they have done very well.
The Race Officer has taken the decision to shorten the Race as the Laser 2000 is approaching SP3 and put up the Shortened Course Flag and sounded two Sound Signals to let the Racers know. The Laser 2000 is the first to finish but this race is a Handicap Race and the results will be worked out on the amount of laps sailed and the individual boat handicaps.
1st Contender 701 Steve Owen
2nd Laser 2000 2041 Brian and Maria Golton
3rd Laser Radial 172900 James Woodward
19 boats took part in Improvers on Saturday with perfect wind and just enough water to make capsize recovery a simple task once it was released standing room was an option.
Big thanks to all who turned out for the improvers and RYA level 1 course, with a special thanks to those that covered safety boats, shore and delivery.
The Training Team
Have come down to the sailing club, early to check condition currently northerly wind 20mph gust circa 30mph and building. It also blowing water in, high waves with low tide at 13.18. Currently launching the safety boat will be hazardous therefore sailing is cancelled. Will re-schedule Jubilee series for later in the year.
The Improver Sessions for the remainder of this month and June are:
Dai is taking the lead on these 3 session and they will have an intro to racing theme. The sessions are open to all level of sailors, you don’t have to be a racer to take part as they are all about improving boat handling and sailing efficiently. Sessions will start at 0930 there will some short theory sessions included but typically we will have a ready to sail target time of 1000.
After this morning's low turn out for the Humphries and Allen Cups, there were eight Lasers and one 29er for the afternoon races.
With a quiet start, the Lasers heading in a follow my leader formation were sailing for W1, the gap between the Lead Laser and the second Laser increased whilst the 29er flying its striking Red Spinnaker was starting to sail up through the fleet into 4th.
The Laser Rooster of Harvey Burwin has quite a lead on the rest of the fleet, the 29er once again is on the move and has started to challenge the second place Laser and this challenge is successful, the 29er for a time was sailing out to sea whilst the remainder of the fleet were sailing parallel to the shore, this has proved a successful move has they have moved into first place after rounding SP2 and raised their Spinnaker. However, the Laser Rooster is still staying with them even though the gap does appear to have increased a wee bit.
Whilst the 29er is increasing its lead, the battle for 2nd place is going on, the Rooster holds that position but the Lasers in third and fourth place respectively are catching up and are ready to challenge for that place.
Due to the light winds and there is a second race to be held this afternoon the Race Officer has taken the decision to shorten the course, first to finish the race was the 29er, then the Rooster, followed by a Laser, however, this race is a handicap race and the results are as follows:
1st Laser 157434 Matt Bradfield
2nd Laser 161757 Allan McNeill
3rd Rooster 8.1 Harvey Burwin.
Race Two of the Summer Series B sees a change of course due to a wind shift, so instead of heading in a westerly direction as in the first race, the boats are now to head east after the start, the breeze appears to have become lighter. Joining the Lasers and the 29er for this second race is the Wayfarer of Dai Griffiths and Simon Child.
In these light airs, the 29er has had one or two capsizes, 29er's enjoy strong breezes, however this did not prevent them for challenging for pole position. The Rooster 8.1 had a very good start, the Wayfarer was seen to be making its way through the fleet flying a very distinctive purple and white spinnaker.
Whilst the 29er did manage to hold on to the top slot throughout the race, the Lasers and Wayfarer were never far behind and as with the first race the Race Officer once again shortened the Race and once again it was a Handicap Race.
1st Laser 161757 Allan McNeil
2nd Wayfarer 100757 Dai Griffiths and Simon Child
3rd Laser 42839 Olaf Thorndsen
The Humphries Cup and Allen Cup are both trophies that can only be sailed for by the Cadets of the Club.
The races for these Cups was held this morning at 11 a.m., notepad check, pen check, camera check. Competitors for these trophies - Luke Herhily and Douglas Oliver in their RS200 and Ryan Herhily in his Topper.
Today was the first time that the RS200 of Luke Herhily and Douglas Oliver took to the water, so prior to the Race, they took it out for a few practice laps and raising and lowering the Spinnaker.
As there were only two boats competing for the above trophies, some Lasers came out to join them on the course.
The RS200 had a very good start and sailed a direct course for the first buoy - W1 whilst the Lasers and Topper sailed along the shoreline before tacking out to sea, having rounded the mark the RS200 sailed into an early lead and increased that lead over the Lasers and the Topper whilst heading up to SP1. The Topper of Ryan Herhily sailed a very steady race and even though he was passed by the faster boats on handicap he finished first overall.
Humphries Cup Ryan Herhily
Allen Cup Luke Herhily and Douglas Oliver
The day was kicked off by a visit from Sam Rowe, our local RYA Development Officer, followed shortly thereafter by our MP Sir Roger Gale who welcomed ashore two new members who were in the process of taking their RYA Level 1 course.
HBSC signed up 25 temporary members who were each given the opportunity to sail alongside some of our more experienced members. The gusty condition dissuaded a few. They were also given the opportunity to spent some time in one of the safety boats and all jumped at the chance.
It was felt that a very successful day was had by all despite the tricky wind conditions.
Thanks of course goes to the army of volunteers.
Commodore - HBSC
This year Club week is 25th -29th July. As usual the first three days 25th - 27th July will be focused on the cadets. For these days we are planning the usual combination of sailing training and games, details will appear shortly on the club website, suffice to say it will be a lot of fun. 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 June 20th (remember Cadet Day on the 4th!). Cadets will have priority, but all forms must be back by 20h June 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 4th July.
Full details are included in the booking form which can be downloaded from the club websites Useful Links page, http://www.hernebaysailingclub.co.uk/useful-links.html.
Finally 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.
Lets keep our fingers crossed for great weather
Ben & Jo.