Hi everyone,

It’s been another busy week at HSC, with last weekend seeing our Junior Regatta and Open Dinghy Weekend, along with a celebration for 20 years of the Training Centre (you can read the report via Yachts & Yachting here). Toby Fields and Daniel Blackwell ably represented HSC in the Ramuz Trophy at Coldham Hall Sailing Club sailing in Yeomans, finishing fifth Club overall in the Gold fleet, counting a 1st and two 3rd positions in their heats!

This weekend we have a work party tomorrow (from 11am), then the Sundown Series at 4pm – this is our final Sundown series of the season, so it would be great to see a good turnout. We will also need support with rescue and running the line. Sunday is a Downriver race to Thurne – if you intend to take part, we would be grateful if you could please email racing@horning-sailing.club – there will be a briefing in the Clubhouse at 9.30am.


Commodore’s Update

On Thursday, Flag Officers & others had a meeting to finalise arrangements for our Autumn Passage Race on Saturday 21st October. Please complete your Entry Form asap, the Notice of Race (NOR) will be posted on the website. Volunteers will be needed for safety boats & galley, so if you can help it would be very much appreciated, you will also get a meal.

This Saturday I look forward to seeing you for the last of our Sundown series.

On Saturday we had our Junior Regatta, well done to all our juniors who took part, it was great to see - thanks to Andy & all the volunteers.

I also went to Coldham Hall with Bob & Holly to give support to Toby Fields & Daniel Blackwell who were representing HSC in the Ramuz Trophy - well done to them both, they came overall 5th in the event & 3rd in the Gold fleet.

We also celebrated 20 years of our Training Centre, which was started by Bob & Holly Hancock, Holly & Bob also cut the cake.

On Saturday Abbey & Anya will represent HSC in the ITCA – GBR Topper Traveller being held at Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club, good luck to them.

Don’t forget our up & coming AGM, please attend if you can as it will include details & voting for the club to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), your vote & attendance is important.

Will – Commodore HSC




Vice Commodore’s Clew

Last weekend Ann and I visited the Southampton Boat Show for the first time since the pandemic restrictions. I took the opportunity to advertise both the club and 3RR by wearing a 3RR shirt and did get some recognition, albeit by another HSC member and a local sailmaker. It was a good day out but a long way to go, so we stayed over with family who live a lot closer to Southampton and that meant that I missed the weekend activities at HSC. I will be catching up by reading Jibsheet of course.


You should see our posters for Oktoberfest EOS and Prizegiving Dinner in this Jibsheet. There is a slight amendment to the choices for our Prizegiving Dinner as we had too many sauce options with some dishes, so these have been simplified. Do please try and meet the deadlines for booking as preparations do need a bit of lead time, as I am sure you can appreciate. Booking for our Oktoberfest should be by 01 October and for Prizegiving by 14 October. Book for End of Season here and the Prizegiving booking form is here (or use the form attached to the poster).


Rear Commodore’s Update

Last weekend saw the end of the training season with our Junior Regatta. We had an amazing turn out, it was wonderful to see so many of our juniors out on the water and to be able to give a big thanks to everyone who has given up time to help with the Training Centre this year. It’s been a great one! 

Don’t forget we have a working party planned for Saturday 23rd, starting at 11am. Please let us know if you plan to join us, we hope to see as many of you there as we can.

Izzy & Lorraine




New passage race – from your Flag Officers


On Saturday, 21st October 2023 our Club has decided to run an Autumn Passage Race, It will be an Open race and can be entered by River Cruisers, keelboats, production cruisers and double-handers.  The entry fee will be £20 per boat and will include a two course

roast dinner for two people.  Entries need to be in by 15th October. 

Even if you are not competing in the race we would love to see ALL our members join us for the roast dinner at a cost and time to be advertised a little nearer the event.  Spread the word - the more the merrier.


The Notice of Race is available here and the entry form here. Please send entries to racing@horning-sailing.club



The Yare Navigation Race – by Andrew Bond


The Yare Navigation Race has always been a favourite event for Horning river cruisers and, though numbers overall were down this year, as were Horning entries, those that made the journey to Coldham Hall were well rewarded.  In an event shortened for early lack of wind but conducted in glorious sunshine, overall winner  was Stellar who also had the fastest passage while second overall and winner of the Wilberforce Smith Trophy for yachts under 25ft was HSC's own Phil Montague in Pickle.The other two HSC entries were Paul Howes' Melinda which finished 4th and Ellfin which, for the fourth time, won the Little Breeze trophy for longest passage, coming 24th out of 25 classified finishers overall. This year's race, which claims to be the largest event for traditional sailing cruisers on the Broads, had 31 entries, of which 29 started and 26 finished. With a new race committee this year, organisers Coldham Hall Sailing Club are keen to stem the decline in entries  and are looking for an increased field next year. While the distance from Horning makes entering something of a major project - we actually made a week's holiday of it - it's well worth the effort. After the Three Rivers, it is surely the friendliest event on the calendar and, with added attractions such as the breakfasts and dinners laid on by the Coldham Hall Tavern and music from the Rogue Shanty Buoys at the finish, undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable. So HSC cruiser racers, if you only do one other race after the Three Rivers next year, make it the Yare Navigation Race, provisionally scheduled for September 14th 2024.


Andrew Bond, Elfin 274



Get your HSC Club clothing


Some of our younger members have been modelling our HSC Club clothing – if you want to get your own, you can check out what’s available here: https://st-cyr.co.uk/product-category/horning-sailing-club/




Helm & Crew Opportunities


If you are a helm looking for a crew, or a crew looking to get on the water, please contact me (Holly) on holly.hancock@me.com with your requirements and contact details, I will do my best to help with these requests.




Could you contribute to Jibsheet?


Whether you’re just starting sailing, currently sailing or an older member, if you’d like to write an article or share your news/thoughts for Jibsheet – maybe how you got into sailing, your sailing journey so far, experiences or achievements, thoughts on your sailing activities, suggestions for what you’d like to see, or simply information you’d like to share with others - please let me know.  You can contact me at news@horning-sailing.club





Easy Fundraising


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*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, Wednesday 27th September 2023.