Hi everyone,

We’ve had another busy week at Horning, seeing the Yeoman & Kinsman National Championships taking place last weekend, the Sundown series continuing on Saturday, a Down River race Sunday, Paddleboarding Monday and the Training Centre restarting on Thursday.

The Yeoman & Kinsman Nationals took place on Hoveton Little Broad, and saw some 19 boats take part, including 8 visitors from local clubs. Despite the cooler weather, it was a well enjoyed event – and congratulations to all those who took part, particularly the Trophy winners, with the event being won by Flip Dugdale & Roger Hannant (SFSC), Toby Fields & Daniel Blackwell 2nd (HSC), and Richard Whitefoot & Matt Ellis 3rd (SFSC). You can read the full report on Yachts & Yachting here: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/238825/Yeoman-and-Kinsman-Nationals-at-Horning – and catch up with Club news here: https://horning-sailing.club/news/busy-weekend-hsc-19th-20th-june/

Photographs thanks to Paddy Wildman

Looking to the Weekend ahead:


Work Party Saturday 26th June 2021

We will be having a work party on 26th June from 10am. We have a variety of boat/club maintenance roles to undertake and everyone is very welcome to come and help. Please email vice-commodore@horning-sailing.club if you can assist – we would be so grateful.


Sundown Series – Saturday 26th June 2021

Saturday afternoon will see the continuation of the Sundown series with informal racing starting at around 4pm. All welcome.


Club Racing on Hoveton Little Broad – Sunday 27th June 2021

This Sunday 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 – unfortunately we will be unable to get you all up to the Broad, although we may possibly be able to take one or two parents. 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 be rigged and ready by 10am to ensure that you arrive in time for the tow to the Broad.


The 60th Anniversary Yachtmaster Insurance Three Rivers Race – photographs & your stories

Many thanks to all those who have been in touch to share images – they are being added to the Dropbox folder – link here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ohndfbasxq68p45/AAB0EoinKtkYK4gpiGwWZ_kea?dl=0

If you would like to add images, please email me and I will send the edit link: commodore@horning-sailing.club

We also received this great story from David Brown about his Three Rivers experience – having cycled (yes, cycled!) from Chester to take part – an amazing achievement!

Cycling to the Three Rivers – by David Brown

I’m attempting to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats this summer and so as a training ride decided to cycle to Horning to take part in the Three Rivers race, crewing my brother Peter (Brown) on his boat Rebel Rothay (R3), along with his friend Paul. It’s a while since I last did it, and I live in Chester so to get there in time for sailing practice I set off on Thursday night. The forecast was excellent and I was treated to a pleasant sunrise at Wisbech on the Friday morning, and arrived in Horning at 10 am. A soggy Friday afternoon's sailing preparation was followed by a good night's sleep before race day on Saturday. High pressure meant glorious blue skies but light and variable winds and we knew we would be in for a long race. We joined the log-jam at Candle Dyke as the wind dropped and the tide picked up on Saturday evening. Sunset over Hickling was spectacular and sunrise at Thurne (yes, not that far away!) was also amazing. We made it back to the Club with an hour to spare which we were mightily relieved about. After a welcome cooked breakfast from the stalwart volunteers in the Club galley, it was time to get my head down for an hour. And fortified with a good meal from my Mum (Sally Noble) and plenty of coffee it was time to head back. The route took the old backroads that my Mum used to use when we came to Horning to see our Grandparents (Fred and Molly Turner) on our summer holidays as children, so it was a real trip down memory lane going along the 'Thorney straight' across the Fens. A welcome coffee at Stamford, followed by a nap in a bus-stop at Loughborough University got me back home to Chester for nine on Monday morning. A great weekend riding and sailing, three cheers for HSC and for all involved for putting on the event in these difficult times.



Paddleboarding sessions

Monday evening paddleboarding sessions are continuing to prove popular, with a paddle to Dydler’s Mill last week. If anyone can help with running these we’d be so grateful – please email commodore@horning-sailing.club

They take place Monday evenings 5.30pm-7.30pm. You can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hsc-paddleboarding-sessions-tickets-154099047399


HSC Training 2021

Training started on Thursday evening 24th June – it may have been a damp evening, but this certainly did not dampen spirits, and it was thoroughly enjoyed (despite the lack of wind!). Training will continue next Thursday 1st July.

As always, we are in need of volunteers to make these sessions happen – and there are plenty of ways to get involved, from getting the boats out to packing away, teaching to helping in the galley – please let us know if you can assist – 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 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


Activities from HSC this week