Welcome to this week’s Jibsheet – it’s been an incredibly busy one at HSC with our season in full swing. Last weekend we hosted a Topper training day and Traveller event, our own downriver race to Thurne (you can find out about both events here and a report on the Traveller here), then Wednesday evening we had a taster session for the cubs, and Thursday training.
Looking ahead to this weekend, there will be a work party tomorrow (see more in Peter’s report below), and Sunday we will be racing on the river – the forecast looks promising so it would be great to see a good turnout!
We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our new acting Rear Commodores Izzy Barham-Brown and Lorraine Street – both are very familiar faces round the Club, and we wish them all the best with this new venture.
Last weekend HSC hosted the International Topper Class Association (ITCA) coaching on Saturday & Traveller on Sunday, with 13 Toppers on Saturday & 19 on Sunday, with boats from various clubs, several travelling long distances. Well done to Anya Gittins who represented HSC, Abbey was away at an Army cadet camp, so was unable to attend.
The racing on Sunday was challenging with very light winds, but 4 races were completed despite the conditions - well done to all the sailors. This was followed by prizegiving. All had a great day, the sailors completed the day with some water frolics.
My thanks to Vikki & team in the galley for providing our guests & members with an excellent array of food, also to all the team of the day.
The down river race saw several boats take part, again it was slow going in the light winds, but after dinner it was glorious sunshine.
Monday the Management Committee met, at the meeting the Committee approved the new acting Rear Commodores, Lorraine Street & Izzy Barham-Brown.
Today (Wednesday) HSC welcomed again 1St Hoveton & Wroxham Cubs for a taster session, 20 Cubs were having a fun evening with some nice sunshine also.
During the evening HSC welcomed 4 sailing cruisers from the Hunters heritage fleet, they were being sailed by the Bitter Boys, this is a group that has been around for many years formed originally by the Lloyds Bank rugby team, with one member 85 years old who has been sailing these boats for 55 years, the sailors came from various parts of the country, stretching from London to Edinburgh.
This weekend I will be at Whitstable Sailing Club where Abbey will be representing HSC in the ITCA NS4.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Will – Commodore HSC
Vice Commodore’s Clew
Congratulations and welcome to our two new Rear Commodores, Lorraine Street and Izzy Barham-Brown. I am really looking forward to working with these two very capable ladies and I think they are going to be great advocates for the future of our Club.
3 Rivers Race is fast approaching and there are many small, and some not so small jobs to be done around the Club to make sure we are looking good on the big day, just over 2 weeks away. I will be joining our regular Thursday working group each week up to 3RR and if any of you are free on a Thursday why not come and join us from 10:00 to about 12:00. There is always something to do and the craic is great.
I will also be at the Club this Saturday from 10:00 and would like to see a few more of you there so we can form a working party to get some grounds work done. I am not able to be around the following Saturday, which is normally our pre 3RR working party but if you were planning to be there then let me or one of the Rear Commodores know and we will arrange access to Club facilities.
Looking ahead to this weekend – Sunday 21st May, which sees racing on the River, following Programme A.
The programme is:
Series 1 - Recommend 45-minute race (Cruisers longer)
10.45 Yare & Bures
10.50 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C” (e.g. Toppers/Lasers/Splashes)
Series 2 – Start 11.30 earliest (ideally 11.45)
**.** 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)
14.15 Yare & Bures
14.20 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C”
**.** 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.
By way of reminder, you can download the full racing programme from the HSC website here.
After a busy weekend, where we sold 146 hot drinks, I would like to thank Lois, Diana, Christine and Ann, who stepped in following our SOS to help last Saturday. They were amazing, especially as it was very manic at times! Also a big thank you to Marion and Andrew who travelled from Kent to complete their first duty of the year last Sunday, I think our traveller customers will all agree Marion makes a cracking bacon roll! Here is what we are cooking up this week.
This Thursday the galley will be open to provide drinks, snacks and a hot food option available from 8pm. Please remember to order when you arrive. If any of you from the first and second early groups wish to order food for when the groups finish, then please just ask because if we’ve got it, we’ll make it!
Thursday 25th May hot option: Cottage pie and mixed vegetables
Toast and scrambled egg on toast
Bacon, sausage and egg breakfast rolls
Choice of cereal
Toasties – our toastie special this week is a ‘manager’s special’ – delicious cheese and beans!
Snacks and Goodies:
Selection of chocolate and crisps
We also have fruit, cereal bars and low calorie chocolate bars
As well as our usual cans and hot drinks we also have bottles of flavoured water, we have been buying some new cans which have been a real hit!
We also have dairy free milk available
If you forget to order, no worries, if we’ve got it, we’ll make it!
See you Thursday and Sunday!
The Galley Team
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Jingle the Oppie – from Dan Herring
We bought Jingle after spotting a gumtree advert for £60. She was due to be a Christmas present for Lily but was a shadow of her former self. Following many cold days and evenings in a borrowed garage, trying to get fibreglass, varnish and paint to go off in sub-zero conditions, aided only by a small oil filled radiator, she was ready (not quite in time for Christmas) but the basics were done by the big day.
Lily liked the original name and decided to keep it. She sailed her for a few months at Rollesby before opting to move to a Topper. Jingle then naturally then became our youngest daughter Rose's boat. Rose is six and so to date has sailed in her with someone else. Most of the time with 14 stone me which does impact performance somewhat.
Passing the boat between siblings got me wondering, given the boat is probably 70's or 80's vintage, how many people would have first learnt to sail in Jingle? Oppies tend to get a lot of scorn with their blunt bows and little sprit sail but when pushed, most people then acknowledge that an Oppie was the gateway boat that got them sailing. I love them for what they represent, a low-cost way to get kids on the water! The history of the class is worth a read if you get a minute.
"The Optimist was designed in 1947 by American Clark Mills at the request of the Clearwater Florida Optimist service club following a proposal by Major Clifford McKay to offer low-cost sailing for young people.
The Optimist Club ran a soap box derby, but wanted more than a single-day event. Thus they were looking for a low-cost equivalent for sailing.
He designed a simple pram that could be built from two 4' x 8' sheets of plywood, and donated the plan to the Optimists."
Back to Jingle, given she amazingly still had the name and YSC on the transom (about the only thing that was intact on the boat), and guessing she must have been local for some time I contacted the Yare Sailing Club. Low and behold after pictures placed on their Facebook page Mark Wells commented and said it was Daisy his daughter's first boat back in 1992. Daisy also commented on the post, she is now a charter skipper out in BVI. Named Jingle because she was a Christmas present.
Who knows how many kids learnt in Jingle, from such a small snapshot of time, I can say she has been a Christmas present at least twice and at least first boat for three or more.
This year Rose is determined to go in Jingle on her own. I think we will pick a calm day and she will use a custom tiny sail. Fingers crossed it goes well.
As a sailing community I think we have a lot to thank the humble Oppie for.
Three Rivers Race 2023 – volunteers still needed & race video help required
Volunteers are still needed for the Three Rivers Race, and the Committee are looking for new volunteers for our guardship teams (with or without a boat) so if you and/or your family and friends can help, please contact Kevin Saunders (number below) who can talk through the role. Otherwise, the other roles across the weekend are varied from selling race programmes, car park duties, tidying the island and helping out in the galley for a few hours. The high-profile tasks are the guard ships and the galley teams, but there is so much more to do across the weekend. Please call Kevin (07979 906023) to talk about any task and what this entails, hopefully dispelling any thought that a task is difficult for you.
You may also remember that, last year, Keith Palmer made 3RR the Movie 2022 which included clips from the public. This year, he is seeking more footage – see how you can get involved here
Can you help the Acle guardship?
We have also had a specific request for help from the Acle Guardship during the 3RR – Jane & Mike Bowden, who will need a few extra hands over the weekend. If you could just spare a few hours to give a hand this would be very much appreciated – if you are able to help please contact email@example.com
Helms & Crew opportunities
Don’t forget that I am co-ordinating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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