Hi everyone,

We hope that you’ve had a good week – we had another active weekend at the Club, with the Sundown series on Saturday and racing on the river on Sunday – read about it here - https://horning-sailing.club/news/club-racing-sunday-11th-july-2021/

As the Government confirmed the plans for lockdown easing on Monday, we’re looking at our Risk Assessments and procedures and will update you shortly on what this means for HSC. We also held a Committee meeting on Monday evening to discuss Horning Week, where we agreed that Horning Week will be as close to normal as possible, whilst endeavouring to do all we can to keep members safe:

·       Racing – This is planned to go ahead as usual, and we would like to encourage members to pre-book where possible, you can find the form here.

·       Socials – We are planning for socials to go ahead but, where possible, we will be encouraging members to stay outside and keep distanced. For this reason, we will be holding the socials earlier in the evenings and have made a few changes from those advertised in the White Book. We will send a full update soon, along with how to book – looking forward to seeing you for some Horning Week fun!

·       Horning Town Open Regatta Day –This will take place on Thursday of Horning Week, and we will have our event hosted by our Horning Town Open Regatta President. This fundraising initiative helps to cover the cost of the silver spoons traditionally presented on Horning Town Regatta Day, and provides a welcome opportunity to catch up with friends. Letters with more information will be sent soon!

·       Commodore’s Day –  We have decided to postpone Commodore’s day until later in the season – apologies for any inconvenience caused but, with so much going on, including keeping up to date with all the latest COVID-19 rules, we wanted to put this on later to make it a great day for all the family. Please keep a look out for this new date - more information will follow soon.

·       Charity Day – Some of you may remember that back in 2016 we had a Disney dress-up day for charity during Horning Week, where we had a sailing Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Snow White and more. This year it is back – and on Wednesday of Regatta Week we’d like to encourage you to come dressed as your favourite fictional character to raise funds for charity. We also want to hear your suggestions for this year’s charity – please send them to commodore@horning-sailing.club by midnight Sunday 18th July, and the charity will be decided on at our Committee meeting Monday evening.

Of course, whilst restrictions being eased is great news, the Government is still encouraging us to be cautious as the pandemic is far from over, and we hope that you will agree that this is the approach we are taking. With several members currently self-isolating, we need to remain vigilant and careful - please still continue to socially distance, give others space, adhere to the one-way systems and wear face covering in the Clubhouse and toilets. Thank you.


Looking forward to this weekend, we will continue with the Sundown Series on Saturday evening 17th July (racing starting approx. 4pm) – the forecast looks brilliant so why not come down?


This Sunday, 18th July, we will be racing on the Broad. As previously, there will be 3 back-to-back races, and we will aim to be back at the Clubhouse for 1.30/2.00pm.

The programme is:

Series 1 – 30-45 min race

10.30am Reedlings

10.35am Yeomans

10.40am Rebels

10.45am Yare & Bures

10.50am Dinghies

11.00am Cruisers


Series 2 – 30-45 min race

** = times to be confirmed on the day during racing.

** Reedlings

** Yeomans

** Rebels

** Yare & Bures

** Dinghies

** Cruisers

Series 3 – 30-45 min race

** Reedlings

** Yeomans

** Rebels

** Yare & Bures

** Dinghies

The pontoon on the Broad is subject to a maximum of 10 people on this at any one time. The toilet is open for emergency situations, but, if using it, please be aware that this is an area of increased risk.

A note to the parents of Junior Sailors who have been taking part in Sunday Racing – we may possibly be able to take one or two parents up to the Broad; could other parents please stay on the Island and/or complete a loco parentis form – available here and send to me before Sunday (commodore@horning-sailing.club), we should be back by 1.30-2pm.

IMPORTANT: Please have your boat rigged and ready by 10am to ensure that you are ready in time for the tow to the Broad.

The forecast is looking hot, so please remember suncream, sunhats and plenty of water.


Work Party Saturday 24th July

We will be holding a Work Party on Saturday 24th July and need as many people as possible to help cut back over the river next to the moorings, and to get the Island ready for Horning Week. We will start at 10am, please give a hand if you can – email vice-commodore@horning-sailing.club if you can help.


Do you have a gazebo we could borrow for Horning Week?

In line with our plans for much of Horning Week’s activities to be outdoors, we are keen to maximise and improve outdoor space available – do you have a gazebo we could please borrow for Horning Week? If so, please email commodore@horning-sailing.club – we would be very grateful!


Have you seen a missing buoyancy aid?

Have you seen a black Helly Hansen buoyancy aid, missing since the first week in July? If you’ve picked it up by mistake, or know of its whereabouts, please get in touch – many thanks.


Hopefully less weed – but please check your mooring ropes

Following the recent problems we’ve experienced with weed around the Island, this was cleared by Amis on Monday (who has also now begun work on renewing the quay heading on the side of the Island nearest the Haven). Boats were moved to do this, and have been put back in their moorings, but please do check your mooring ropes at the earliest opportunity.


Can you help with a Horning Week Duty?

A huge thank you to all those who have signed up to help on the Galley & Rescue Rota for Horning Week. If you haven’t done so already, please add your name to the rota, or let us know your preference – we’d be so grateful.


Update on the Horning Sailing Club Challenge to Tokyo

We’ve made a good start on the challenge to Tokyo, but it’s going to take a huge team effort to get us there by Horning Week – please email commodore@horning-sailing.club with your weekly mileage updates!



Monday evening paddleboarding has continued to be popular, and we are looking at ways of continuing this after Horning Week, as an informal group visiting different locations. If you’d like to be kept updated with this, please email commodore@horning-sailing.club



Our popular training nights have also continued on Thursday evenings – so far it has either rained, been flat calm or very windy – but despite this activities have been very much enjoyed, and it’s been brilliant to see training well underway. If you’d like to know more about training opportunities please email trainingcentre@horning-sailing.club


200 Club

Don’t forget that you can still join the HSC 200 Club (quarterly cash prizes to be won) – for more information contact Joan Butcher, or speak to Will or Holly.


Galley help still needed!

Can you help with keeping stocks topped up for the Galley?   A list of what is required would be provided, although all ideas are very welcome. Please email commodore@horning-sailing.club if you can help.


Keep in touch

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.


We look forward to seeing you very soon!


Holly - commodore@horning-sailing.club  

Will - vice-commodore@horning-sailing.club