It was typical weather for the annual Humphries and Allan cups raced by the cadets in that it was really rather windy. Only three brave youngsters took to the water and the race was eventually abandoned due to strong wind causing two of the three entrants to retire. Duty bodies for the day were Dai, Simon, Colin P & John O.
Due to low water, the morning's safety and coach team decided to leave Humber anchored and everyone went ashore for a quick lunch.
As the wind was picking up in the afternoon, Ben hopped in with Colin as safety in Humber, with Andrew (an evil minor) and Ian took Viking to provide 'additional assistance' if required to ferry stuff ashore or pick up a grown up crew if needed.
Additional assistance was required. There were 10 boats on the water with many capsizes, occasionally two at once, and 4 boats retired, Will returned to shore with dismembered boat towed by Humber with Viking taking the mast/sail, safely secured by the minor.
Of all the boats there were only two that did not capsize, Laurie's 2k and Scarlette in her Topper. Well almost, Scarlette eventually took a brief dip near the end of the last race.
During the day the evil minor did an adequate job of noticing capsizing boats, holding the painter of a capsized boat, and unhooking Victoria's tangled mainsheet. Note added by editor: well done Andrew!
A cracking afternoon on the water, with a lot happy sailors !
Herne Bay Sailing Club was delighted to welcome around 70 visitors of all ages to its 2019 Push the Boat Out Open Day. It was a busy day with our cadet group demonstrating their skills on the water as well as the King's School sailors buzzing about in the afternoon.
Fifty five of the visitors enjoyed a sail with an experienced helm, supervised by a team of safety boats, and many had a go at steering as well as controlling the jib. There were lots of smiles when visitors returned to the shore.
Many club members were on hand throughout the day welcoming the visitors, keeping them fed and watered in the bar and galley and helping on the shore and on the water to ensure everyone had a great taste of sailing and our sailing club. We hope to welcome some new sailing, social and kayak members, as well as see some novice sailors participate in our training programme and some young people join our Cadet group.
It was a busy weekend at Herne Bay Sailing Club with a Superhero Party on Saturday (for the children, honest!), bar open on Sunday and 18 boats on the water (3 more on the side) for the long distance race.
Saturday's sploosh decoration was taken literally on Sunday with a number of the sailors falling in on their trip up to Bishopstone, round the pier and repeat, and one sailing so hard he broke his mast in half. Lots of smiles when the sailors were back ashore.
The deck and bar were also busy with members eating homemade cake, fresh sandwiches, hot potatoes and enjoying the odd alcoholic beverage.
Saturday the 18th May is Herne Bay Sailing Club's annual Open Day. Sign up here if you would like to find out why sailing is fun for all ages. We also welcome social and kayak members so pop in to find out more.
With glorious weather forecast for this coming weekend, there will be a full programme of sailing events and plenty of opportunities to get on the water.
A massive thank you on behalf of the Sailing Committee if you were one of the many members who turned out in force on Sunday to lay the slipway and carry out other jobs, large and small to ready our Club and its boats for the new season or help out in the galley. Glorious weather played its part as did the supply of tea, coffee and bacon rolls.
It is fast approaching the time of year to lay the slipway and go sailing or kayaking again.
Slipway laying will be on Sunday 24th March with help from members needed from around 7.30am. There will be plenty of jobs that don't require any lifting including spring cleaning the galley and getting the training boats ship-shape.
This year Club Week will take place from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August inclusive. Further details will be advertised in due course.
It’s membership renewal time and this year we are doing things differently. All you need to do is click on the link below, follow the instructions and complete the online form. The whole process should take about 10 minutes.
To take advantage of the discounted rates, please apply before 31st January 2019.
Here’s to a fantastic 2019 sailing season!
Congratulations to Michael and Sam Dyer who won the Herne Bay Sailing Club Championship 2018 by 10 points and with 15 first placings. Second place went to Colin Smith and third to Richard de Lisle. Helms must race 15 or more qualifying races to qualify the Club Championship. The full results were as follows:
1 Michael Dyer
2 Colin Smith
3 Richard de Lisle
4 Laurie Dengate
5 Olaf Throndsen
6 Gary Danilewicz
7 Guy Alexander
8 Phil Rees
9 Graham Harbord
10 Sally Woodward
Herne Bay Sailing Club is delighted to be hosting the Hadron H2 National Championships 7th-9th September 2018. Days 1 and 2 have been very enjoyable for us as hosts and hopefully too for the competitors. There was perhaps a bit too much wind and waves yesterday, but lovely weather today. 5 races completed and 2 to go.
Report on each day's sailing is available on Yachts and Yachting are here.