Hi everyone,

As it’s been a couple of weeks since our last newsletter there’s plenty to update you on, including a work party planned to take place tomorrow at 10.00am - starting with the latest news from our Flag Officers:

Commodore’s Update

A warm welcome to all our members in this edition of Jibsheet. At the Club we have seen very high water levels with the culmination of the various days of rain & the storms, with the river level to the top of the key heading at the Green.

With the onset of the new Covid variant & the long dark winter nights, if we can all keep an eye out for elderly & less able neighbours & friends to ensure all remain safe & well.

An update of what has been happening - both Peter & myself attended in person the RYA conference held at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook near Ipswich.  It was good to meet members of other clubs & to hear the various challenges they have faced over this pandemic, also members of the RYA staff. We attended talks & specific workshops, on legal, volunteers, club development, etc.

It was a good day & we must thank both the RYA for an informative day & RHS for their hospitality & wonderful lunch.

As the festive season gets closer, we held our Christmas party for our members at the Club, but keeping everyone safe. Thanks to my entertainment team for all the hard work on Friday evening & Saturday afternoon decorating the club & preparing the food.

Seeing 26 children with adults having a great time, the youngest being three & a half. Games took place with the help of our juniors, before Santa made his annual visit to the Club & handed out presents to all our juniors. Following Santa’s visit we had food provided by the Club this year & my sincere thanks to Vikki, Sarah & their team for a wonderful spread & all their hard work, Robin for arranging the music & Brian for running the Bar. Games continued after the food, with the raffle taking place.

This weekend I will be at Alton Water as two of our juniors - my Abbey, & Anya -continue in the RYA East squad training.

I am always available if members wish to chat about anything.

Please all keep safe & well

Will – commodore@horning-sailing.club

HSC Christmas Party 2021 - many thanks to Dawn Docking & Will Penny for the pictures

Rear Commodore’s Update

There have not been any work parties since the last Jibsheet, but we have one planned for this Saturday (11 December) at 10:00am. The task is to clear overgrown vegetation around the perimeter of the car park. At the time of writing the weather looks fine for a change, so I hope to see a few of you at the Club then.

Peter – rear-commodore@horning-sailing.club


Congratulations to our Secretary – Anne

Our Secretary, Anne Wagstaff, attended a ceremony in London in November to receive her RYA Outstanding Commitment Award from HRH The Princess Royal. Anne said:

“I had a fantastic day, the RYA looked after everyone receiving awards so well, they made us all feel very special. We were given a beautiful lunch in very glamorous surroundings, and, of course, the highlight was accepting the award from HRH Princess Anne, and having the chance to chat to her afterwards. Having now had time to read the amazing citations of others who were honoured, I feel privileged to have been selected to be in such company, and would like to thank everyone in Horning Sailing Club for their support, especially those who were involved in my nomination.” 

You can read the full write up here: https://www.rya.org.uk/news/hrh-the-princess-royal-honours-norfolk-sailing-volunteer

Congratulations again Anne!

Anne receiving her Award from HRH The Princess Royal


News on the Broads

The latest NSBA Newsletter, available here, will be of interest to members. There is lots of local news, including an article on Mollie Howes and her significant contribution to the Broads sailing community, who sadly passed away earlier this year; the Broadland Youth Regatta; the Martin Broom Trophy (awarded to HSC); the Ramuz Trophy and more.


Easy Fundraising reminder

Many thanks to those who have signed up to Easy Fundraising so far – if you haven’t done so yet, it’s really easy to do – and simple to use, helping us to raise funds as you shop. These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.

You can find our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/horningsc/ 


200 Club

You can still join the HSC 200 Club where there are monthly cash prizes to be won.  Currently there are still some numbers available – you can find further details by contacting Joan Butcher on 01603 466535, email joan324butcher@btinternet.com.  Alternatively, you can speak to Will.


Wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year

As this is the last Jibsheet prior to Christmas, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year – and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!


Keep in touch


I’d be really keen to hear your stories and adventures over the winter to include in Jibsheet, so please keep me updated with your news.  Please email them to Holly on news@horning-sailing.club.


Follow us

Don’t forget to follow Horning Sailing Club on social media for our latest news and updates – we’re on Facebook (page here, group here), Twitter and Instagram.


Contact us

Will can be contacted on commodore@horning-sailing.club and Peter on rear-commodore@horning-sailing.club

We look forward to seeing you soon!