September already! As we move into Autumn this signifies the end of many of our evening events at Horning. Last night was the final night of training, with a beautiful breezy evening on the water, and Monday (5th September) sees our final paddleboarding evening of the 2022 season. Last Saturday was another enjoyable Sundown series, while last Sunday’s racing on the river was a little quieter with members away at various events, including Barton Regatta, but pleasant with a gentle breeze and warm sunshine. You can read the report here.
We do, however, have plenty to look forward to, including a Yare & Bure Open Weekend on Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th September on Hoveton Little Broad (yes, we are intending to return to racing on the Broad!), and club racing on the River Sunday. We will also have a team of young sailors representing HSC at the Broadland Youth Regatta at Oulton Broad on Saturday – good luck to them all! Due to the number of events taking place this weekend there will be no Sundown series. We will finish the weekend with paddleboarding at 6pm on Monday.
The following weekend sees our annual Junior Regatta take place on Saturday, followed by Bart’s Bash in the afternoon (approximately 4pm). Everyone is very welcome to take part in this race, and traditionally we have had a really good turnout. We would encourage you to sign up for Bart’s Bash in advance here – you will also get to see where you come against sailors across the world! We will also be raising funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which we have supported for many years, through taking part – so please give generously. The organisation gives thousands of young people life changing opportunities on the water by delivering a range of charitable activities through their Community Sailing Programmes, Volunteer training and grants – you can find out more here.
We are still need of willing volunteers to keep our sailing activities going, so please contact Anne on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help – thank you.
Another week has flown by and last Friday, 27th August, saw the HSC car park – and also the Club’s defibrillator, made available to the East Anglian Air Ambulance due to an incident in the Swan car park.
Unfortunately, we were advised the casualty sadly passed away - our sincere condolences go out to the family. This brought a thought, do our members know we have a defibrillator at the Club & where it is kept?
The defibrillator is kept in a cabinet in the entrance to the toilet block, and should it be required please make it available, it is fully automated & will instruct you on its use & will not activate unless it is required.
On Saturday, the Sundown Series continued, all those attending having a good time, with a twist on the last race which saw dinghies having to race backwards as part of the course & over the finish line, a great evening’s racing.
On Sunday, I was on the rescue boat due to lack of volunteers and there were a smaller number racing as people were away at the Barton regatta. My thanks to the members who did come forward to help.
Anne, our secretary, has sent out SOS requests for slots to be filled on the duty rota with little response. As I have said before, we are a self-help club so please do come forward & help, it should not be the same willing volunteers who always help while others don’t. If we cannot have rescue boats manned etc, racing unfortunately will not be able to go ahead, so let’s all do our bit. This will also take the pressure off of Anne.
With Monday being the Bank Holiday, we saw a smaller than usual number of people paddleboarding but they had a good time going down river.
Thursday saw the last night of our Training Centre. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves & look forward to seeing you back next season. My thanks also to all the instructors & helpers who have given their time & Andy for taking on the Principal role.
Thursday also saw boats being loaded onto trailers ready for HSC’s team taking part in this year’s Broadland Youth Regatta, being held at Waveney & Oulton Broad Sailing Club. Please come down and support us - and good luck to our Juniors this Saturday 3rd September. Parking is in Nicholas Everitt car park in Oulton Broad.
This weekend also sees the White Boat Open.
I will advise members of the revised date for Commodores Day, which had to be postponed as I was away in Weymouth with Abbey taking part in the Topper Nationals, & various events taking place to date.
I hope you all have a great weekend
See you soon
Will – Commodore HSC
Rear Commodore’s 8 Knot
In the past week I have been back to sea again, flying my HSC flag in various east coast locations, including Burnham-on-Crouch, where they have been holding this year’s Burnham Week. This is a salt water version of Horning Week with stronger tides (and winds). Burnham used to be known as ‘the Cowes of the east coast’ and there is a great yachting tradition there, just as there is on the Broads. Coming back was a 7-hour windward slog mostly against tide, so I am now looking forward to a more leisurely bit of local sailing on the Bure.
We have a busy weekend ahead, as I am sure will have been mentioned earlier in this edition. This means we need more volunteers to man safety boats, help the lines etc. The weather forecast is reasonably good so why not come along to be part of the action if you can? There is not that much of the season left.
Peter – Rear Commodore HSC
Looking ahead to this weekend
Saturday – Broadland Youth Regatta (Oulton Broad), Yare & Bure Open (Hoveton Little Broad)
Sunday – Yare & Bure Open (Hoveton Little Broad), Club racing on the River (Programme D).
Monday - Paddleboarding continues at 6pm – final session.
The OOD for the Yare & Bure weekend is Stuart Bailey. Sunday’s river racing OOD will be Rodney Storey, and will be run according to the following programme:
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.
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Our AGM will be on Sunday 11 September after sailing, in the Clubhouse. We hold 4 draws a year with prizes of £320 per draw. If you are interested in joining us there are forms on the notice board on the back wall in the Clubhouse. Should you wish to contact me I can be reached on 01603 466535 or 07484 858173 and by email at email@example.com. Alternatively you can speak to Will.
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See you soon,