14 ladies were treated fabulously by the men and young men of Herne Bay Sailing Club during Ladies Day on Saturday 17th June.
The ladies enjoyed coffee and croissants first thing while the men served, washed up and Doug, Glenn and team rigged a couple of Laser 2000's, a Vision, a 420 and 3 Qubas and ran up the safety boats. The ladies were on the water just in time to have a bit of a sail towards the harbour before the wind ran away. Fortunately the tide was such that we drifted gently back towards the slipway until it was shallow enough (for some) to hop out and tow the boats home. Thank you Alison for towing our 420! It was fantastic to see some ladies who sail infrequently (very in Shelina's case!) out on the water and even at the helm.
Martin had carried out extensive research to find the best Pimms recipe and the ladies enjoyed ice cold Pimms with fruit all served in style by their appropriately-dressed waiter with their buffet lunch put together by Mark and helpers. The consumption of Pimms did not quite reach the levels of previous years and one bottle remains unopened for next year. Lunch was completed with icecream after cadet Gregg made a special trip to the shops.
With the sea breeze not due to arrive until later, we decided not to go for another drift in dinghys. With at least half of the group fully-qualified powerboat drivers, some ladies decided to go for a spin in Viking and Avon. After a brief discussion as to whether the insurance covered taking boats out to the windfarm (we decided probably not), we headed out for a close up of the old pier instead.
It is amazing that the building on it still stands, especially when half of it is held up by what looked like a single piece of 4 by 2. We also admired the ability of the King's School sailors who had arrived along with a sea breeze and were not just sailing their 420s rudderless but doing so around the pier head without crashing into it. The ladies spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the deck or beach and enjoying the occasional dip or kayak before afternoon tea and home.
Georgina P. summed up the day in her facebook post perfectly: "Another lovely relaxing ladies day! HUGE thanks to all the guys (and gals) that worked so hard to make this a really enjoyable day, from the gallery, bar, boat rigging, slipway, safety boats and advice. I'm not gonna mention you all by name - you know who you are!" . I'd like to add a special thanks to the cadets who helped out all day and put their newly-acquired PB2 skills to great use.
On behalf of the ladies - thank you!
Photographs courtesy of Ian Moore, Bridget Bree and Chris Weal.
Mariners are advised that the Southeast Airshow is scheduled to take place offshore at Herne Bay between 12.30pm and 18.30pm on Saturday 19th August 2017.
All spectator craft are requested to avoid the zone defined from Albany Drive to East Street out to the pier head.
The exclusion zone does not include our slipway. However, there will be no organised sailing that day because of the large number of spectators expected on the promenade and beach and to ensure the emergency access routes are kept clear.
The Notice to Mariners may be downloaded from the links below.
It has been a busy season so far for the training team.
Allan, Dave, Doug and Laurie ran the first HBSC safety boat course at the beginning of the season. Twelve members improved their PB skills and practiced the particular skills needed for competent safety boat support. More dates will be advertised as several members have expressed an interest in improving their skills.
Under the stewardship of Laurie and with the support of instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boats teams, the Saturday Sailing improvers group has met weekly since April with the weather only preventing sailing on two occasions. There has been 15+ boats on the water many Saturdays, ranging from sailors who are newly-qualified Level 2's to those with more experience who nonetheless value feedback from an instructor.
Richard and his team of instructors, assistant instructors and safety boat drivers has been training several groups of level 1 and level 2 dingy sailors on Saturday mornings in the club double-handers. We hope to see many of the participants moving into the Saturday Sailing Improvers group and out on the water independently soon.
Allan, Dave and Doug have also been busy with PB 1 & 2 courses. Congratulations to those members and cadets who completed their courses this weekend. The next PB1/PB2 course will run at the beginning of August. If you are interested in learning to drive a powerboat, go to the training page for details of how to sign up. Cadets over the age of 8 may take PB1 and then PB2 at the age of 12.
Clare organised two RYA First Aid courses and 15 people have now updated their first aid skills.
Richard and Dai have run a couple of sessions to train members and cadets on everything one needs to know to run a race. Contact Dai if you would like to join the next evening session on Race Officer training.
Finally, following on from the Assistant Instructor course, Laurie has planned two Dinghy Instructor courses, one in July and one at the end of August.
All senior instructors, instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boat crews are unpaid volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who lends a hand to help others learn a new skill or improve an old one.
To all those that use the jet washer, either around the club or for the slipway cleaning. We now have an extra long hose that can go all the way to the bottom of the slipway with the machine at the top of the slipway. The new hose is in two parts, the section with the jet lance on is fairly short and good for the jobs around the boats and club. For use on the slipway you need to attach the lance hose to the longer hose and off you go. Those that need any help please ask. This will make life easier but please after use separate the hoses, coil and tie up.