Hi everyone,

It’s been another incredibly busy week at Horning Sailing Club, with three regular events starting this week – along with our usual Club racing on Sunday and a taster session with the 1st Hoveton and Wroxham Cubs on Wednesday night. We started the Sundown Series last Saturday with a great turnout in breezy weather that was really enjoyed, Sunday was Club racing on the Broad – and although the unseasonal weather and weed on the Broad provided a few challenges, it was still enjoyed. Monday saw the first of our paddleboarding sessions with 11 intrepid paddleboarders venturing out for our trip to Cockshoot Dyke despite the inclement weather, and Thursday (yesterday) saw the start of our training season. You can read this week’s race report here https://horning-sailing.club/news/club-racing-4th-5th-june-2022/

All of these events would not happen without our fantastic volunteers – so a huge thank you to them all for their efforts and commitment.


Activities from the past week at HSC

Commodore’s Update

Another busy week, getting the clubhouse set up for Mark & Emma’s wedding reception on Friday at the Club, congratulations to Mark & Emma on their wedding, a lovely evening was had by all, with a live Rock & Roll Band, also plenty of sunshine to add to the atmosphere.

I hope you all had a lovely time & enjoyed the extended bank holiday for the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations, meeting up with friends & family or taking part in street parties. I really enjoyed the Queen with Paddington Bear on the Jubilee concert.

Saturday the Sundown Series continued on the river, the winds were strong, but all had a good time with a few rescues. If you would like to try racing in a relaxed way or just get your boat out, please come down & join in, it’s for all, dinghies & keelboats. Racing starts at 16:00 till 18:00hrs. Help is required in running racing & rescue boat duties.

Sunday on rescue duty, where racing was up on the Broad, an overcast day but the rain held off. The Broad is unfortunately suffering with weed covering large areas, causing not only frustration to sailors, but rescue boats continually having to clear weed wrapped around props.

Monday our Paddle boarding started with a good attendance, well done to everyone, it was a bit overcast with a little rain, but fun was had, & Rose had fun riding on her mum’s paddle board. If you’re interested, please come down & join us.

Wednesday saw HSC pay host again to the 1st Hoveton & Wroxham Wednesday Cub pack for a taster / fun evening, where 22 cubs experienced sailing, we have been doing this for several years now with the group, it was good to welcome them back.

Please remember to use the correct bins for recycling, it helps us do our bit. Please also leave the island tidy & return cups etc to the galley, also rubbish to the bins.

A reminder for any unwanted working slow cookers that Liz Ollier has sent a plea for, I am happy for them to be dropped off at the club, where Liz can arrange to collect them.

Thursday saw the start of our training centre, a warm welcome to all & a big thank you to all our instructors & volunteers.

Come down & join us this weekend - the galley is doing a sterling job, thanks to Vikki & her team along with all the volunteers, with a variety of food & drink to enjoy while watching or taking part in the sailing.

An advance notice that Commodore’s Day will be rearranged, as I will be attending my son William’s Sovereigns day where he passes out as an Army Officer from Sandhurst, followed by a week at Weymouth where Abbey is attending the Topper Nationals.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Will – HSC Commodore



Rear Commodore’s 8 Knot

I was away at a family gathering for the Jubilee most of last weekend so I hope you all had a great time wherever you were. Lucky indeed if you were able to be in London.

This Saturday is our next published working party, as listed in the White Book. We have more work to do on the hardstanding and possibly some other smaller maintenance tasks. It looks like it will be a nice day so we hope to see you at the club about 1000 to 1300 if you have the time.




Looking ahead to this weekend

Saturday – Sundown Series

This Saturday (11th June) sees the continuation of our Sundown Series. This is a very relaxed, informal race series, which provides a great opportunity to get on the water. Dinghies and keelboats welcome – and if you’d like to offer crewing opportunities, or offer your services as crew for this, please let me know (news@horning-sailing.club) – as Will has said we are also in need of volunteers to help keep this going. We will be getting started at approx. 4pm to finish around 6pm. We hope to see you there!


Sunday – racing on the Broad

Sunday sees us continue our racing programme on Hoveton Little Broad and the OOD will be Kevin Edwards. Again we will be following the new 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.

A reminder of the new start sequence designed to reduce waiting times on the Broad.

10:30 – Reedling Start

10:33 -  Yeoman Start

10:36 – Rebel Start

10:39 – YBOD start

10:42 – Dinghies Start

10:51 – Cruisers Start

Then two further races back-to-back using the same sequence (no Cruisers in series 2 as they will have a longer race 1), times to be decided on the day.

The aiming is to complete all 3 races by 13:30 latest, possibly a little earlier if all goes to plan. Hope to see lots of you there, the first tow to the Broad will leave the island at around 10am.

After there will be a social Sunday back at the Clubhouse.


Just to let people know, if you wish to order a sandwich for your return from the Broads this Sunday, the galley will happily prepare this for you ready for your return. Bacon and bacon & egg rolls for breakfast will be available from 8:45am.


This Week’s Filling Options:


Cheese & Pickle

Egg Mayo

Tuna Mayo


Ham & Mustard


White and brown bread is available and we may also have some salad, but this will depend how many orders are taken on Thursday training evening.


We have also listened to our members and will endeavour to have a hot option when the weather is less than favourable!



Monday – Paddleboarding sessions

Paddleboarding will continue this Monday 13th June 6pm-8pm. Please be ready to go at 6pm and we usually go for a paddle for an hour or so before returning to the Clubhouse. Please bring your own paddleboard, along with leash and buoyancy aid. If you do not have a paddleboard but would like to give it a go, please let us know and we’ll do all we can to accommodate you. Remember that to get on the water you’ll either need a Broads Toll or British Canoeing membership (which covers your Broads toll). We look forward to seeing you there! Again, we are in need of volunteers to keep these sessions going, so please get in touch if you can help.




Can I express my very sincere thanks to the Flag Officers, the Three Rivers Race Committee and the Club for all your kindness to this very old and crippled Past Commodore on May 28th and the 61st Three Rivers Race.   To see such a wonderful fleet of entries was a real joy and to fire the starting gun for the first start was amazing.  Then to be invited to join the Commodore and Rear Commodore, Will and Peter on board Jenny Dunlop's superb motor cruiser and tour round the course was a memory I will never forget.  Just does not seem possible that the race which started over 62 years ago is still providing so much fun and enjoyment.   Thank you all once again for inviting me to join you,

David Hastings

Past Commodore



Yeoman Regionals at NBYC, 25-26 June – from Toby Fields (Y9)

The Yeoman Nationals have been replaced from this year by a regional championship. The Broadland regionals are being held at NBYC in 2 weeks’ time. Details and sailing instructions are here: https://www.nbyc.co.uk/sailing-instruction-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2Hx68agHOGkx5GIQRdlesIfNUIAo34AJcwwiVNIe0UIkALlVvXpADTiNE

The Regionals/Nationals are an event for club sailors, you do not have to be an elite helm in order to enjoy this event. It is a nice change to race in a larger combined fleet, likely to be around 20-30 Yeomans in total. You must be a member of the YK Association to participate, this can be done by contacting the Secretary in advance on ykassociation@hotmail.com

I am planning to attend this event and have the ability to tow a couple of extra Yeomans on the Saturday morning should anyone else need to get there. In addition, Steve Middleditch will be doing a tow at some point on the Friday before. Please let me know if you need a tow up and on which day, Friday or Saturday so we can make arrangements to get boats moved.

NBYC are looking for rough numbers so they can accommodate us with moorings. If you are planning to attend please let me know on tfields9@hotmail.co.uk . NBYC supported us well last year for our championships with 7 visitors attending, it would be great to be able to reciprocate.

Toby Fields (Y9)


Crewing reminder

By way of a reminder, please email me (Holly) on news@horning-sailing.club if you are in need of a crew/would like to crew and I’ll do my best to coordinate requests.


HSC 200 Club – from Joan Butcher

Fifteen numbers totalling £320 are drawn each quarter with a top prize of £75. If you would like to join the 200 Club, the new HSC 200 Club application forms are now on the notice board on the back wall of the Clubhouse. Alternatively, you can speak to Will. If you wish to contact me I am on 01603 466535 or email me at joan324butcher@btinternet.com.


Easy Fundraising

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


The RYA East Regional Junior Championships - June 18th & 19th 2022 

The RYA Regional Junior Championships are taking place on 18/19 June at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Last year, Abbey & Anya took part and had a brilliant time. There are a range of different fleets, from the main racing fleets to Regatta and OnBoard (aimed at those with Stage 2).  

It would be great to get a Horning contingent going – and it's a great opportunity for young sailors to experience sailing in a new venue and see what it's like at a large racing event, all whilst learning at a little more on the water and gaining some confidence.

For the OnBoard fleet, there will be boats to hire for free or you can take your own boat.

More information about the weekend can be found here: https://www.rya.org.uk/racing/british-youth-sailing/events/british-youth-sailing-regional-junior-championships

You can book places here – entries close this Sunday 12th June 2022. http://regionalrya.sailti.com/en/default/races



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