You may have seen the Heron sculpture that recently landed on the Herne Bay pier. It is a scale model of a large sculpture that will sit on Neptune's Arm and be the flagship piece of a planned sculpture trail between Herne Bay and Reculver Towers. As part of the engineering and design processes, some materials are being tested on our boat shed.
To find out more about Kinetic Coast and the Heron click here or watch a short video here.
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
This is a great event to celebrate the lives of some of our members as well as raising money for the charity Bloodwise. For this event to thrive we need volunteers to help it run successfully and it would be great if people could help out for this good cause if possible.
For Saturday and Sunday (it's ok to sign up for only one day) we need:
• Experienced Race Officer/s
• Tower assistant/s
• Safety Boat Lead and Crew
• On shore Team
• Galley - Helpers
• Bar (especially from mid afternoon Saturday - Saturday evening)
• Saturday Evening BBQ - Helpers/Cookers
Even if you can only do a short stint in the galley or bar it will all help to contribute to a great weekend in memory of some of our members.
If you can help in anyway at all could you please either use Dutyman, get in contact with us via the clubs email account, email@example.com, or use the form on the bar store room door at the club.
The Memorial Committee
This year the Memorial Weekend is being held in September, so now seems the right time to ask all the Chefs and Cooks if they could rustle up a batch of Scones for the event. Cream Teas were a great favourite of Paul's.
For our newer members of the Sailing Club, we run the Memorial Weekend to commemorate the lives of our members. In particular in memory of Jim Newbery – a former Commodore, Colin Sproxton, a stalwart of the Sailing Club and a young man Paul Smith who sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia in 2013 at the age of 25. This year we have another name to add to our list – that of Mike Saunders who is sorely missed.
We run this event to raise money for Bloodwise which is a charity that works tirelessly to find a cure for Blood Cancers of which there are great many.
We run a Raffle and if you would be able to provide a Raffle Prize it would be greatly appreciated.
PTBO 2017 at HBSC was a great success with 38 visitors out for a sail and powerboat ride, more who stayed shore-side supporting and a fantastic turn out of members and friends who made the day work so well on and off the water. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who did the necessary before and afterwards.
It was a great day with lots of activity. The Saturday Sailing improvers group were on and (most of them) in the water during the morning because of the somewhat challenging gusts. Dai eventually got us doing the planned activity of race starts and working out line bias, after some reefing and pulling everything tighter made falling in less likely.
Some 20 cadets and their families arrived at lunchtime to join in with PTBO and all got out on the water. The King's School had their 420's out too. Everyone enjoyed the conditions, which had calmed a little after lunch, but had the extra complication of a ripping tide taking the unwary to Reculver. The only casualty of the day was the distance mark pole, which took a hit in the morning and then another in the afternoon.
The smiles of all those coming off the water pretty much summed up the day. Quotes from the day: "loved it", "wet" and "holiday atmosphere." We hope to welcome some of the visitors again, at Cadets, as members or on one of our training courses.
HBSC will once again be participating in the RYA Push the Boat Out event this year on Saturday 13th May. This event is not only about encouraging people to get involved with sailing, it is also a chance for us to showcase what a brilliant sailing club we are and hopefully sign up new members. To make the day a success we need as many volunteers a possible. Duties included manning the bar and gallery, assisting with registration and tours of the club, safety boat, and of course getting people out on the water in big boats. There is also a cadets session scheduled that day and we're planning a BBQ in the evening, so it will be a really fun and busy day.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help out in any way. There will also be a sign sheet in the club on the notice board.
More information regarding Push the Boat Out: http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx
August 2016 saw Herne Bay Sailing Club hosting the Hornet European Championships and welcoming back the Hornet National class after an absence of some time. If you missed it, there's a great write-up by Toby Barsley-Dale in the class magazine Mainsheet available to download below. We hope to welcome the Hornet sailors back in the not too distant future.