Hi everyone,

It was great to get our season underway at the weekend, with the work party busy , preparing the Clubhouse and Island ready for the season, celebratory Rigging Out Supper and our start of racing on Sunday. Despite the forecast being less than favourable we still enjoyed a good day on the water Sunday, with plenty of sailors enjoying an early season sail - even if it did feel very chilly up in the Box for those running the races! You can read about all the action here

This weekend sees a Yeoman Fleet event organised by Toby on Saturday (see further information below) and Club racing continues on the River Sunday, the full programme is below.


Commodore’s Update

Welcome to this week's edition of Jibsheet, with our new season now underway. Saturday saw a Working Party, my thanks to all who turned out to help, we cleaned the club house from top to bottom on the outside, with our signs fitted & several other tasks carried out. My thanks to Pam & Anne for cooking a lunch for us and also getting the Galley ready.

Vikki had a busy day also collecting & stocking the galley, ensuring everything was ready for Sunday.

Following this was our Rigging Out Supper held at Horning Village Hall, thanks to Peter & his team. The caterers, Swosh Nosh, provided excellent food & a big thank you to them.

During the evening the 200 Club held their draw, this was to be Joan & Jack Butcher’s last draw as they hand over the reigns to Julie Thompson & Pauline Bourke. Before the draw took place, it was with great pleasure that I presented Joan & Jack with gifts & a card as a massive “thank you” for all their hard work over the many years they have run the 200 Club, with Joan also being our club secretary for a year. If you haven’t joined the 200 Club yet, please contact Julie & Pauline, the Club has benefitted massively from the 200 Club, the latest items being our lovely plastic picnic benches.

Following the 200 Club draw we had our raffle, my thanks to all who donated prizes, also Gill Bevan for running the raffle, with over £100 raised.

Sunday saw a good turnout for our first racing on the river with good wind, though cold with the odd glimpse of sunshine. It was great to watch from the box, and also to talk to members on the day.

For our Dory crews, you will see our modified boats, they have all new consoles with the morse control now on the left-hand side, this change was undertaken due to the RYA regulations on powerboat training, where controls & killcords have to be readily available to the instructor when instructing a trainee. Feedback is welcomed.

Please can all sailors ensure the courtesy zone is respected when awaiting your start or coming out from dykes onto the river.

This weekend I will not be at the Club as I will be away at Draycote Sailing Club where my daughter Abbey is taking part in the last of the ITCA Team training. This was postponed due the snow we had earlier when we should have been at Carsington.

I hope you have a good weekend sailing, with more boats being launched.

If you have any queries or problems, please get in touch.

Take care.

Will – Commodore HSC




Vice Commodore’s Clew

Thank you to all who came last weekend to help get the Club ready for the new season, and to those who prepared the Village Hall for our Rigging Out Supper on Saturday evening. It was certainly a busy day, but I think everyone was happy to be starting the season at last. This feeling continued into the first actual sailing on Sunday, despite the cold wind. Those of us yet to get our boats relaunched were possibly not quite as envious as we might have been and hot drinks from the galley were very popular.

There are no general working parties planned just yet, but we do have a small team that will be carrying out some restorative work on the pontoon before it goes back to the broad. There will also soon be work to replace old piling in the cross dyke. This will be quite disruptive, but we do not yet have a date from the contractor and will publish full details once known.




Sunday’s race programme – 2nd April 2023

Sunday 2nd April sees racing on the River, following Programme A.

The programme is:

Series 1 - Recommend 45-minute race (Cruisers longer)

10.30 Reedlings

10.35 Rebels

10.40 Yeomans

10.45 Yare & Bures

10.50 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C” (e.g. Toppers/Lasers/Splashes)

11.00 Cruisers


Series 2 – Start 11.30 earliest (ideally 11.45)

**.** Reedlings

**.** Rebels

**.** Yeomans

**.** 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)

14.00 Reedlings

14.05 Rebels

14.10 Yeomans

14.15 Yare & Bures

14.20 Juniors & Allcomers “B & C”

14.30 Cruisers


Series 4

**.** 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.  If you have any queries regarding the programme, please contact Bob Hancock on racing@horning-sailing.club


Learn the ropes (literally) of becoming an Officer of the Day/Assistant Officer of the Day

We’re always keen to introduce new people to Officer of the Day/Assistant Officer of the Day roles, and at the weekend we were joined by a couple of members eager to gain some experience. We are hoping that the Sundown Series later in the season will provide a great opportunity to get some more practical hands-on experience but, in the meantime, if you are keen to learn more please email racing@horning-sailing.club


The BYS Regional Junior Championships entries are open.

For our younger sailors, the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships are open for entries. This year taking place at Grafham Water Sailing Club on 17/18th June, there will be a Championship Fleet for experienced Racers, Coached Regatta Fleet for sailors newer to racing, and a Rookie Fleet for OnBoard sailors for those who are just starting out on their sailing journey. Find out more here:- Dinghy East (Grafham Water Sailing Club) (rya.org.uk)


Could you contribute to Jibsheet?

We are looking for members both young and old to make occasional or regular contributions to Jibsheet – whether it be your sailing journey so far, achievements or experiences, 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 Holly know if you would like to know more news@horning-sailing.club


200 Club


The first of our 4 annual draws took place at the Rigging Out Supper.

The lucky winners are listed below:

Sue Goodchild  £75

Anne Williams  £25  Ian Bray  £25  Kevin Saunders  £25 Peter Goshawk  £25

Liz Bryan  £20         Sally Dugdale  £20   Marianne Saunders  £20

Phil & Liz Ollier  £15    Gill Trevaskis  £15      Hannah Bray  £15

Martin Dennis  £10  Pam Shallcross  £10    Jackie & Dave Hobbs  £10 Jean Pelling-Smith  £10

If you would like to join please contact Pauline or Julie

paulinebourke21@icloud.com  quaggyduck@gmail.com 


                         Remember….. YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!


The next draw will be during Regatta Week



  Update from the Yeoman Fleet


Horning Yeoman Fleet Update & Social


Join members of the Horning Yeoman Fleet for a social afternoon of sailing and informal tuning on Sat 1st April. Have a look at others’ boats and get out on the water for an afternoon of cruising on the river. Not a Yeoman sailor but interested in coming down? All are welcome, we are always looking for potential new crews in the fleet!

We will start at around 2pm. The Yeoman hoist may be in use on this day so please park well clear of it around the edge or towards the far end of the car park.

Teas, coffees etc. will be available from the galley.

If there is demand, we may book a table at one of the Horning pubs for an evening meal on the 1st, please let Toby know if you would like to join us.


Club clothing for the new season

The new season is a great opportunity to get kitted out with some new HSC clothing. It couldn’t be simpler to order – and with many different options, from hoodies to beanies, caps to rugby shirts, there’s something for everyone. Check it out here https://st-cyr.co.uk/product-category/horning-sailing-club/

Purchase of club merchandise does support the Club both via brand promotion and profit share. 


Helms & Crew opportunities

Don’t forget that I am coordinating 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 now, please contact me (Holly) on holly.hancock@me.com 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!


Entries for the Three Rivers Race

The closing date for entries for the Three Rivers Race is 23rd April, 2023, with the race dates being Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th June - don’t miss out and get your entry in now http://3rr.uk/3RRapplicationform.html


Easy Fundraising

If you haven’t signed up yet to support the Club through online shopping, you can do so here at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/horningsc/ - a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in this way!


Follow us on social media

Please do keep in touch and follow us on social media for our latest news and updates. We’re on Facebook (page here, group here), Twitter and Instagram. HSC’s Galley Instagram account is @HSCGalley.

*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, 5th April 2023*