Hi everyone,

We’re into March which means that we start our Sailing season again this month! There’s more news about our Rigging Out Supper (25th March) below, and don’t forget that sailing starts on Sunday 26th March, with racing on the river. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Whilst preparation for the new season is in full swing, there have been several events taking place, more on these in Will & Peter’s reports.

If you are visiting the Club, we would like to politely remind you to please shut the gates after you – this helps with security for the club site – thank you.


Commodore’s Update

Welcome to this edition of Jibsheet, it’s great to see more new members joining the club & I look forward to meeting both our new & existing members when our season starts later this month.

Our best wishes to our President, Rodney Storey, as he recovers from his accident.

Details of our Rigging Out supper will be covered by Peter in his report, it would be great to see as many members as possible attending our first event of our new season.

Since our last edition the Management Committee met making sure we are ready to go & ensure the smooth running of the club.

Our thanks to Chris Jeckells & Richie Dugdale for welcoming members of HSC to Jeckells sailing making workshop where we got to see how the company came into existence & the changes in the making of sails & material to the present day.

On 2nd March, HSC members were invited to Hunters yard, where we had a detailed talk of how the boats came into existence to how the heritage status was gained to preserve the whole fleet of boats. This was followed by explanation & demonstrations of various building techniques also a tour of the workshops & fleet. Our sincere thanks to Ezra Bailey, and yard manager Vikki Walker for their invitation, time & hospitality,  a great informative evening. Our thanks to Mandy Bailey for providing us with drinks & cake during the visit.

Last weekend I was at Royal Harwich Yacht club where my daughter Abbey & Anya Gittins took part in the ITCA Topper Traveller event both representing HSC. They both did very well having to deal with the tide & wind of the Orwell estuary, with Abbey coming 9th overall & Anya 16th well done to them both. I was out on the RIB with the coaches on Saturday, a busy day.

This weekend I am away again with my daughter Abbey at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, where Abbey is representing HSC in the ITCA NS2 event, good luck to Abbey. I will be driving a safety RIB on both days of the event.

It is with great pleasure I can announce our new Dinghy Berthing Master, David Gibbs, David takes over from Andy Barnham, my thanks to Andy for all his time as berthing master, Andy will now concentrate on the running of the Training Centre. Please contact David for any queries & if you require a place on the Island. A reminder that all boats must be paid for, no boats, canoes etc inside boats.

A reminder that Peter & myself would love a member to come forward as Rear Commodore to join the team, please come & have a chat.

We will have a working party the Saturday before we start sailing on Sunday, please come along & help, a light lunch also tea & coffee will be provided.

That’s all for now

Have a great weekend, take care.


Will – Commodore HSC 



Vice Commodore’s Clew

We had our club visit to Jeckells on 23 Feb and there was a big turnout for this event. Chris Jeckells gave a very interesting and entertaining presentation on the history of sailmaking at Jeckells and some amusing stories from his many years of supplying all types of sails around the world. We then had a demonstration of modern laser sail cutting and some helpful advice on how to get the best from our sails, using specially rigged Yeoman and Rebel mainsails.

On 02 Mar there was another big turnout for our visit to Hunters yard in Ludham. Ezra Bailey demonstrated some traditional boat building methods and how they were applied to the Heritage Fleet. We learnt about the history of the yard and the fleet and were able to wander around the sheds and admire the immaculately prepared boats waiting to be launched and rigged for the new season.

Our next big event is the Rigging Out Supper on 25 Mar. This marks the beginning of our season, with the first racing starting the following day. Numbers for the Rigging Out Supper will be limited by the capacity of Horning Village Hall so early booking is advised. A poster with all the details is attached to this edition of Jibsheet.




New season.. new club clothing?

With the season just round the corner, why not get kitted out with some new HSC clothing. It couldn’t be simpler to order – and with many different options, from hoodies to beanies, caps to rugby shirts, there’s something for everyone. Check it out here https://st-cyr.co.uk/product-category/horning-sailing-club/

Purchase of club merchandise does support the club both via brand promotion and profit share. 



Helms & crews for the season

Don’t forget that I am coordinating helms & crews who wish to get on the water... so, if you are a helm looking for a crew, or a crew looking to get on the water now, please contact me (Holly) on holly.hancock@me.com with your requirements and contact details, I will do my best to coordinate these requests.


Enter the Yachtmaster Insurance Three Rivers Race

A reminder that entries for the 2023 race on Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th June, 2023 are open - you can find out more and entry forms at https://3rr.uk/


HSC 200 Club

The 200 Club is run 52 weeks of the year. So for anyone who would like to join us our subs are £26.00 per annum or £6.50 per quarter, payable by standing order or direct credit/BAC.  Please contact me for a list of numbers available. As usual we hold 4 draws a year with prize money totalling £320 per draw.

Should you wish to contact us we can be reached by email on joan324butcher@btinternet.com  or you can reach us on 01603 466535.  The phone will go to answer phone if we don’t reach it in time and we will contact you later.  


Best wishes

Joan Butcher


Easy Fundraising

If you haven’t signed up yet to support the Club through online shopping, you can do so here at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/horningsc/

Follow us on social media

Please do keep in touch and follow us on social media for our latest news and updates. We’re on Facebook (page here, group here), Twitter and Instagram. HSC’s Galley Instagram account is @HSCGalley.

*If you have any news stories or anything you would like included in the next edition of Jibsheet, please email me - Holly - on news@horning-sailing.club by 5pm 16th March 2023.*