Hi everyone,

Our new season is just around the corner – and we are really looking forward to seeing many of you over the weekend! It was very exciting to drive past the Club earlier this week and see all the keelboats lined up in the car park ready to be launched! Don’t forget that we have a work party on Saturday morning (10am onwards) – please come and give a hand if you can – we would really appreciate your help. Saturday evening we have our Rigging Out Supper, and Sunday sees our season start with racing on the River – don’t forget that the clocks change on Saturday night! If you’re on Rescue boat duty at the weekend you might also notice a few changes - to comply with the latest RYA guidance we have been required to move the consoles, so the controls will now be on the left of the steering wheel. We hope to see you at the weekend!


Commodore’s Update

Welcome to all new and existing members as we start our new season, we start with our work party Saturday 10:00 till 13:00 with a light lunch & refreshments provided. This is followed by our Rigging Out supper on Saturday evening. Sunday sees our first racing on the river, a full programme is below. It will be great to see many boats out, if not sailing come down & enjoy watching the sailing with a nice cuppa & food from the galley, Vikki & her team are getting all ready for you.

Can I please ask the area around the Yeoman crane also in front is kept clear as boats will be launching & will need plenty of room.

The Management Committee met on Monday.

This season will see the continuation of paddle boarding on Monday evenings - keep a watch out for its start date.

The Sundown series will continue on Saturday afternoons, again keep a watch out for its starting date, but we will require volunteers to run the line & man the safety boats.

Please ensure if you have a boat in moorings or on the island that you have paid your fees, also all boats, canoes etc are paid for & have been authorised by our berthing masters Geoff Stubb (wet) & David Gibbs (island). All boats must be tolled.

It just leaves me to say have a great season.

See you soon.

Will – Commodore HSC   



Vice Commodore’s Clew


Last Friday evening I attended the annual Flag Officers’ event held by the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA). Most of you will recognise the NSBA as the producer of the Green Book, and you will probably get your copy of the Green Book from the Club in the near future. What some of you may not know is that membership of the NSBA is separate from your Club membership. We all get a Green Book from the Club because we are affiliated to the NSBA which represents all boating interests in the area, but individual clubs count only as one each when it comes to numbers and the more individual members the NSBA has the greater its potential influence in its representation of our boating interests with other organisations, most specifically the Broads Authority. NSBA would like to encourage more of us to join as individual members, it costs just £10 per year and details of how to join are in the Green Book, both the paper and online versions.

That was my main message for this week. On Saturday we have a working party to get everything ready for the start of the sailing season on Sunday, and we have the Rigging Out Supper on Saturday evening to start the social season.




Race Management Update

The Race Management Committee have been preparing for the season – copies of the 2023 Sailing Instructions will be in the Clubhouse and can also be found on the website here.  There are no changes from 2022. There are a few things that we would like to draw to your attention to:

·       Handicapping: There have been some changes to handicaps for this year – please see the White Book for details.

·       Downriver races:

o   A courtesy zone has been added for Downriver races which start at Woods Dyke – this is outlined in a diagram on the noticeboard.

o   Allcomers A & B starts have been put back 5 minutes to allow the OOD to split the Cruiser starts if required.

·       King’s Coronation weekend: For the weekend of the King’s Coronation, the Sunday racing will follow our normal programme, but to mark the occasion there will be special prizes on offer for racing on that day.

·       Modifications to the course boards: We are modifying the course boards to make it easier for members who are colour blind to distinguish between the different course instructions.

The full sailing programme for 2023 is below – or you can download it from the HSC website here.  If you have any queries regarding the programme, please contact Bob Hancock on racing@horning-sailing.club


Race Programme for Sunday 26 March

Sunday 26 March sees racing on the River, following Programme A. The OOD is Robert Hancock.

The programme is:

Series 1 - Recommend 45-minute race (Cruisers longer)

10.30 Reedlings

10.35 Rebels

10.40 Yeomans

10.45 Yare & Bures

10.50 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C” (e.g. Toppers/Lasers/Splashes)

11.00 Cruisers


Series 2 – Start 11.30 earliest (ideally 11.45)

**.** Reedlings

**.** Rebels

**.** Yeomans

**.** Yare & Bures

**.** Juniors & Allcomers “B & C”


13.00 Allcomers Crews & Practice Race – Approximately 20-minute race (all welcome)


Series 3 - Recommend 45-minute race (Cruisers longer)

14.00 Reedlings

14.05 Rebels

14.10 Yeomans

14.15 Yare & Bures

14.20 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C”

14.30 Cruisers


Series 4

**.** Reedlings / Yeomans

**.** Rebels / Yare & Bures

**.** Juniors & Allcomers “B & C”

**.** The series will start at a time determined by the OOD.


Starts will be separated by a 5-minute interval.


Update from the Yeoman Fleet


Horning Yeoman Fleet Update & Social 

Join members of the Horning Yeoman Fleet for a social afternoon of sailing and informal tuning on Sat 1st April. Have a look at others’ boats and get out on the water for an afternoon of cruising on the river. Not a Yeoman sailor but interested in coming down? All are welcome, we are always looking for potential new crews in the fleet!

We will start at around 2pm. The Yeoman hoist may be in use on this day so please park well clear of it around the edge or towards the far end of the car park.

Teas, coffees etc. will be available from the galley.

If there is demand, we may book a table at one of the Horning pubs for an evening meal on the 1st, please let Toby know if you would like to join us.

Don’t forget, racing at HSC starts on Sunday 26th March on the River course, the early season is the ideal time to improve your confidence racing on the River, before the motor cruisers increase in number. Our first start is at 10:40.


Hoist Syndicate Update

Membership of the hoist syndicate is currently £85 per year for as many lifts as you require. Please contact Toby Fields on tfields9@hotmail.co.uk for further information. Our project to bring powered winching to the hoist is going through design stages at present, more details to follow.

We anticipate Saturday 25th March (Rigging Out Supper day) as being a particularly busy one for the hoist. If you are planning to launch on that day, please let Toby know we may need to have rough time slots for the hoist if there are several boats wanting to launch.

On the other hand, it is a good chance for a chat and many hands can make light(er) work on the winching handle!


Club clothing for the new season

The new season is a great opportunity to 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 & 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 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.


Entries for the Three Rivers Race

The closing date for entries for the Three Rivers Race is 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!

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.

*For the new season, Jibsheet will be reverting to weekly from this week - 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, 29th March 2023*