Have you lost a wetsuit or 25? Come along on Sunday 19th November from 4pm and have a look through the big pile of lost property if you are missing clothing, wetsuit(s), life jackets, boots, helmet etc. etc.
The carol singing evening will be on the 15th December from 7 pm onwards. Mince pies and mulled wine plus usual bar. Feel free to wear Christmas attire.
Carolsheets will be supplied by myself and Karl Royer.
In addition I shall be opening the bar every last Friday of the month from January through to March,.
January 26th , will involve a small quiz
February 23rd will involve some games
March 30th to be decided.....
If anyone would like to jump on the waggon and organise food for those nights feel free to do so...maybe a curry night....
The last races of the season have been sailed with 8 boats enjoying the October sun. The results for the entire year are here, subject to final checking by Ben Skull (HALsail tsar) and the Sailing Committee before prize giving.
We are compiling a list of championships and open events hosted by Herne Bay Sailing Club. Can you add to this list?
1957 National Firefly single-handed championships
1958 National Firefly single-handed championships
1960 Firefly National Championships
1965 National Firefly championships
1967 National Albacore championships.
1968 Fireball Open
1969 Fireball Open
1971 Hornet Worlds 11-17 September
1972 Albacore National Championships
1973 OK National Championships
1974 Mirror Southern Areas
1975 Hornet National Championships
1977 OK National Championships
1977 Albacore & Hornets Open Meeting
1979 Firefly National Championships
1981/2 Round table regatta
1982 Albacore National Championships
1985 Albacore World and National Championships (held over a fortnight)
1987 ish National Championships
1989 Lark Class National Championship 5-11 August
1993 Fireball Open
1999 Pacer Nationls
2001 Pacer Nationals
2001 Round Three of the popular European North Sea Cup Series of windsurfing 9-10 June
2001 Finn Nationals 29 August
2001 OK Nationals
2002 National Albacore Class National Championship 3-5 August
2002 International OK Dinghy Eastern Championship 3-4 August
2002 Man of Kent 22 September (and at least two others)
2002 Pacer Nationals 10 September
2003 Pacer Nationals
2004 Catamaran Open Festival 19-20 June
2004 Hobie 16 TT 19-20 June
2005 Laser 2000 Millenium Series and Asymmetric Dinghy Open 2-3 July
2006 ISO Open 24-25 June
2007 Boss, Spice, Buzz and Iso National Championship 25-27 August
2008 RS Vision Open 17 May
2009 RS All Comers Regatta for RS Visions, RS Teras, RS Qbas and RS Fevas 20-21 June
2009 Hornet Nationals 5-6 September
2009 Europe Nationals 5-6 September
2010 UK Laser Association Laser 4.7 Ladder 9-10 October
2010 Hornet Final Fling 9-10 October
2011 Hornet Open 2-3 July
2015 UK Windsurfing Association National Championships Round 3 4-5 July
2015 National 12 Burton Week 22-25 August
2016 UK Windsurfing Association Cup 2 11-12 June
2016 Hornet Europeans & UK National Championship 6-9 August
2017 UK Windsurfing Association Cup 4 15-16 July
2017 OK Dinghy National Championship 21-24 September
The slipway is due to be upped on Saturday 21st October. For new members, this means removing the wooden sections, scraping and cleaning the barnacles off the sections, knocking the rust off fixings and stacking the sections securely next to the fuel store.
All members young and old are encouraged to come down early on Saturday morning to help out; there's a job for everyone. The more hands the quicker the job is done and the bacon sandwiches can be consumed. Timings will be confirmed by the Sailing Committee.
Members' boats need to be removed from the Mirror Park--the area between the clubhouse and boatshed--before the slipway is upped so that the sections can be stored. If you are not sure why members' boats have to be taken away over the winter, have a look at Ian Moore's video from 5th October.
The topic for Saturday Sailing on 30/09/17 is mark rounding led by Laurie Dengate. Start time is 9.30 rigging for an on-the-water start of 10am.
HW08:09 depth 4.11m
It is a pleasure to welcome the OK class back to Herne Bay Sailing Club again. They were last here in 2001 and previously in 1973 and 1977.
The first day proved to be the most interesting (so far with one more to go) in terms of the conditions. A perfectly flat sea and not too much wind just off the clubhouse turned into somewhat larger seas and gusts of 28 knots out towards the wind farm. Two back to back races ensued with little to trouble the safety crews for most of the time.
Over the Summer HBSC hosted two RYA Dinghy Instructors course. A total of eleven people undertook the training including seven members of HBSC, one Scout Leader and three members of a Medway sailing opportunities charity. The first course consisted of 6 people, two members of HBSC and four visitors. The club members having a slight advantage, being familiar with the water and the boats. However, all settled in very quickly with the club members providing guidance to the visitors.
Both courses had to battle the ravages of the English weather. However, the sun shone and sufficient wind prevailed to allow the courses to be completed successfully.
There were varying practical challenges that faced the students on the course because of the different levels of experience, knowledge of the location and boat type. The courses began with a general discussion and sailing session, and soon all were in the full swing of the course, learning to deliver the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) ‘Method’, the core programme for teaching someone to sail a dinghy. This was followed by many sessions on various topics, both practical and theoretical, ranging from teaching delivery methods to managing multiple boats on the water while also trying to deliver the RYA Syllabus.
The second course was made up of 5 members of HBSC, 3 of whom had come up through the club cadet system. The delivery was again provided by Laurie who was very ably assisted by Jo (who took it upon herself to ensure all had FU N, one of the key aims of teaching people to sail).
The facilities at HBSC, (galley for coffee and refreshments, and the many training boats) ensured that both the courses were a success. The wide-ranging Training Fleet and the various Power boats gave a flexibility not normally found at a Club venue giving students the opportunity to utilise a wide range of boats. All the students successfully completed the course, having gained a great deal of experience and knowledge along the way.
The DI course was an enjoyable and full of valuable knowledge to take aboard. Laurie with his vast coaching experience skilfully shared loads of practical and effective tips how to teach people sailing. One of the best practical courses I have ever done. Thank you
Over the past five years both myself and my family have been lucky enough to receive fantastic sailing coaching from the instructors at Herne Bay Sailing Club. When the opportunity came up to undertake a Dinghy Instructor course myself I jumped at the chance. The course was a great confidence booster and provides the essential knowledge and skills necessary to coach safely and effectively to recognised RYA standards. It is an intensive course, but thoroughly enjoyable with a good mix of class-based and practical sessions. I now have the confidence and competence to coach and support others who want to learn to sail. Many thanks to Laurie (Coach) and HBSC for supporting me though the training.
I thoroughly enjoyed the DI course and have come out of it a much better and more confident double-handed sailor, as well as raring to help out with HBSC training as a new instructor. I also will take what I have learned about teaching small groups in a highly-interactive way into my day job. Thanks to Laurie and Jo, who are both extremely good at teaching and coaching, and all the students on the course for a fantastic week on and off the water. It was fun and challenging.
The weekend's activities in numbers.