Hi everyone, we hope that you’ve had a good week. With the lovely weather we’ve had recently, it really is beginning to feel like Spring - fingers crossed it stays that way for the weekend for our Easter races. This Sunday we will be on Hoveton Little Broad, as the Broad opens for Easter Week, and Easter Monday sees our Downriver race to Thurne – more information on both of these below.

Thinking back to last weekend, we had another good day’s racing on the river – the weather was relatively kind (sunshine, rather than rain!) – with a good breeze. You can read the race report here.

Looking ahead, the Club has plans for the King’s Coronation in May – see the updates from Julie & Peter; plus, don’t miss the latest Galley news from Vikki & her team!


Commodore’s Update

Welcome to this week’s edition of Jibsheet. I hope you are enjoying your new season. We have had some lovely spring weather, it’s so nice to have the sun with the longer evenings. Several members are doing the finishing touches to their boats or waiting to get them out of their winter storage, it will be great to see them on the water & sailing. Even if not sailing come down & enjoy watching the sailing, meet other members & have a cuppa, bacon butty or one of the delicious offerings from the galley.

I was away with my daughter Abbey at Draycote Water Sailing Club near Rugby last weekend, a lovely sunny & breezy weekend, where Abbey took part in the last of the ITCA squad team events, it was good to be out on the water helping. With Abbey’s Topper out at home we got it ready for next weekend where Abbey will be taking part in the ITCA NS3 at Grafham Water, with several more National events to go including the Topper Worlds being held in Cork Ireland, there’s a slight chance I may get to sail my Yeoman in between.

On Thursday I attended the 3RR meeting, all is going well in preparation for the race - don't forget to get your entries in.

This week HSC gave a warm welcome on Tuesday afternoon to West Runton Holidays, with sailing boats from Eastwood Whelpton & Martham Boats. They had a challenge to get them under Potter Bridge due to the height of the water, with several mud weights & bodies on each boat at a time Ian from the yard got them all under safely so they could start their adventure. I met up with Jamie, the Commodore & leader of the group at the club.  It was good to see them again.  The group, totalling 37 including leaders, all of whom are volunteers, has children from various parts of the country with various backgrounds, bringing them together to experience sailing, working as a team & overcoming many other challenges - more details & pictures in another Commodore’s report from the group to come.

With the school holiday & Easter break I hope you are all having a good time. We hope to see you at the club, but if on holiday have a great time, I’m sure several chocolate eggs will be consumed, not only by juniors but adults too, enjoy.

Please can we remember to keep our car park and also the bridge gates closed & locked.

We are still looking for a member to come forward to become Rear Commodore. Peter & myself would love to sit down with anyone interested and have an informal chat, we work as a team, please come & speak to us or call me.

Some members experienced difficulties last week when trying to order club regalia online, Phil was dealing with the problem & hopefully this is now sorted, any problems please let me know.

Have a great weekend, take care.


Will – Commodore HSC 



Vice Commodore’s Clew

This week I have some ideas about the Coronation weekend to put to you. We have been invited, nay encouraged even, to take part in a Coronation flotilla of boats through Horning Village on the Sunday of the Coronation Weekend. We have normal racing on the river that day and the flotilla is planned to start at 1630, after racing. The event is being coordinated by Julie Thomson and she would like as many boats as possible to take part and create a spectacle. Boats and crews should be suitably decorated (within reason if sailing) and sail from a muster point at the entrance to the Broad to the Ferry Inn and back.

I think we will need volunteers to man our rescue dories as part of the flotilla and to support those boats which might require a tow for part of the route, particularly if the wind is difficult. This will also be a requirement if juniors are taking part, as they are particularly welcome for this event.

It is not an official club event as it is part of Horning Village Coronation celebrations that we are asked to support. I would welcome comments and any further suggestions from members. As I am OOD for the day I will be coordinating the sailing participation at the end of racing.


Looking ahead to this weekend

The forecast is looking good, and Sunday sees the first of our racing programme on Hoveton Little Broad. We will be continuing to follow the 6/3 start sequence (instead of 10/5 minutes). The aim of this is to reduce time waiting on the Broad – but it will mean that some starts will be a little earlier, so please arrive in plenty of time for the tow to the Broad.

The start sequence is as follows:

Series 1:

10.30am       Reedlings

10.33am       Yeomans

10.36am       Rebels

10.39am       Yares & Bures

10.42am       Juniors & Allcomers “B” & “C”

10.51am       Cruisers (continue into series 2)

Series 2: Start 11.15am earliest

Series 3: Start 12.00pm earliest

The later series will start at a time determined by the OOD. Starts will be separated by a 3 minute interval, except Cruisers with a 9 minute interval.

After racing on Sunday, it’s the first of our ‘Social Sundays’ this year and it would be great to see members continuing to enjoy the Club into the afternoon. So why not come down, enjoy yourself, have a social sail/paddleboard if you wish – and just enjoy spending time with friends.

On Monday, we will have our traditional Easter Monday Downriver Race to Thurne. If you intend to take part, we would be grateful if you could please email racing@horning-sailing.club so that we can plan for numbers, but there will be a briefing in the Clubhouse at 9.30am, where the start location, destination and any split/class starts will be announced. Further information is available in the White Book.


Galley News 

A warm welcome back to everyone and thank you to those who have already ordered from, volunteered or just popped to say hi to us in the Galley. Each week we will be adding to the Jibsheet any Galley news and offers available.

This Sunday and Monday we will be open for breakfast, where we will have the usual bacon and bacon and egg rolls, and also available will be toast with a variety of toppings to choose from.

For lunch this Sunday, we have a variety of sandwiches to order - plus, as it’s still a little chilly, we have a special of tomato or vegetable soup and a crusty roll for £3.00 or soup and a sandwich for £3.50. Please can we ask that food is ordered by 11:00am but if you do forget, I’m pretty sure we can soon fix something up for you!

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.


The Galley Team

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Coronation Flotilla

I am organising a flotilla to celebrate the Coronation.

It will take place on Sunday 7th of May.

It will start from Black Horse Broad Entrance at 4.30pm. We will go through the village to Hobbs Mill just past Ferry Inn and back through the village to Black Horse Broad.

Boats should be dressed with bunting/flags and crew in fancy dress too maybe.

Open to all types of craft.

Ring your bells, toot your horns, wave and cheer.

All craft take part at their own risk.

Please ensure plenty of room between each vessel and adhere to all river safety rules and regulations.

If you can't take part, watch us go by and give us a wave.


For more information contact quaggyduck@gmail.com


Julie Thomson 


Helms & Crew opportunities

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, please contact me (Holly) on holly.hancock@me.com with your requirements and contact details, I will do my best to coordinate these requests. At the moment we have more helms looking for crews, than crews looking for opportunities – so if you are keen to get on the water, it’s a great time to do so!


Entries for the Three Rivers Race

The closing date for entries for the Three Rivers Race is fast approaching and just a couple of weeks away on 23rd April, 2023, with the race dates being Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th June - don’t miss out and get your entry in now http://3rr.uk/3RRapplicationform.html


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/ - a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in this way!


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*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, 12th April 2023*