What a week it has been at Horning Sailing Club! Last week saw the return of the Yachtmaster Insurance Three Rivers Race for the 61st race – which is a huge volunteer-run effort that was greatly enjoyed by sailors from across the country – with a decent breeze and great sailing. Our thanks go to the Three Rivers Committee, our race sponsors, many many volunteers, and of course the brilliant competitors for making it such a memorable weekend. You may have seen yesterday’s coverage of the race in the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and North Norfolk News, but if you missed it – you can also check out the race report on Yachts & Yachting here https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/249648/61st-Three-Rivers-Race-at-Horning-Sailing-Club
There’s also to be a video created of the event – which needs your input, find out more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybIHL7j73K0&feature=emb_logo and if you have any clips, please send them.
This weekend is of course the extended Platinum Jubilee weekend, and we hope that you have been enjoying yourselves, whether it be joining in the celebrations, getting on the water, or just taking some time out to relax.
Looking ahead, we also have a busy few days coming up at HSC. Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the start of the Sundown series, Sunday sees racing on the Broad (following our new shortened start sequence), and Monday sees the start of our paddleboarding sessions (more on all these below).
It has been a busy week, Thursday a meeting at the club with Greatest Hits Radio, then all day Friday at the club getting safety boats & other tasks carried out ready for the 61st 3 Rivers Race Saturday & Sunday. Then setting up the Martham Guardship later in the evening
Saturday came & the island / club full of boats & competitors / spectators making final preparations ready for the race. Again, we were blessed with good wind which kept up throughout the race. This year saw the Chairman of the RYA Chris Preston taking part.
After my presentation at the briefing, it was a privilege to introduce to the competitors David Hastings, the founder of the 3 Rivers Race, David explaining how the race came about & a testament to its success still about 62 years later. David was my guest for the whole day, which saw David start the 61st race & observe the starts from the starters box. David then joined me travelling round the course on Jennie Dunlop’s boat stopping off visiting various guardships on route. My sincere thanks to Jennie for offering her boat & Phil for skippering the boat, also Jennie’s hospitality to David, Peter Coles, my daughter Abbey & myself.
After finishing our trip, I returned to Martham to continue guardship duties, this included my dog Nash, until we were stood down & returned to the club Sunday. During the very early hours of Sunday morning, I had to take to our rescue boat to go to the assistance of a Sailfish that had suffered a demasting @ Hickling Broad, towing them back to the safety of Martham.
My thanks to Kevin & the 3RR team who did a sterling job delivering another successful race & to every one of our volunteers who helped, without you it would not be possible to run the race & to all the competitors.
This Saturday will see the start of the Sundown series 16:00 to 18:00hrs. Volunteers to help on rescue & running racing each week are needed.
Paddleboarding will start on Monday the 6th 18:00 to 20:00 hrs, it will be great to see you all return & new people if not members can then join as Associate members.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend.
I wish you all a great Bank Holiday, also wish all your Platinum celebrations go well with some lovely sunshine.
See you soon
Will – HSC Commodore
Rear Commodore’s 8 Knot
Three Rivers Race last weekend was, I think, an amazing experience for competitors and spectators, but also for the large team of volunteers helping to organise and run the race, and all the guard ship crews keeping vigil throughout the night. We are extremely grateful to all of them for making it the club highlight of the year. A particular highlight for me was meeting David Hastings, one of the co-founders of the race, and accompanying him and Will around the course by boat.
Now we have the Platinum Jubilee holiday, an even bigger occasion, and I hope you all find a way to celebrate the great event in style. With feet back on the ground, we will be back at work at the club the following weekend to continue the creation of the hardstanding. Meanwhile have a great Jubilee weekend. Peter
Looking ahead to this weekend
Saturday – Sundown Series begin
This Saturday (4th June – tomorrow) sees the start of our Sundown Series. This is a very relaxed, informal race series, which provides a great opportunity to get on the water. Dinghies and keelboats welcome – and if you’d like to offer crewing opportunities, or offer your services as crew for this, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) – as Will has said we are also in need for volunteers to help keep this going. We will be getting started at approx. 4pm to finish around 6pm. We hope to see you there!
Sunday – racing on the Broad
Sunday sees us return to our racing programme on Hoveton Little Broad and the OOD will be Clive Gardner. Again we will be following the new 6/3 start sequence (instead of 10/5 minutes). The aim of this is to reduce time waiting on the Broad – but it will mean that some starts will be a little earlier, so please arrive in plenty of time for the tow to the Broad.
A reminder of the new start sequence designed to reduce waiting times on the Broad.
10:30 – Reedling Start
10:33 - Yeoman Start
10:36 – Rebel Start
10:39 – YBOD start
10:42 – Dinghies Start (Allcomers B & C)
10:51 – Cruisers Start
Then two further races back-to-back using the same sequence (no Cruisers in series 2 as they will have a longer race 1), times to be decided on the day.
The aiming is to complete all 3 races by 13:30 latest, possibly a little earlier if all goes to plan. Hope to see lots of you there, the first tow to the Broad will leave the island at around 10am.
After there will be a social Sunday back at the Clubhouse – and Vikki and her Galley team have been hard at work to provide goodies for us this weekend – please see below:
A note from Vikki and the Galley Team
Just to let people know, if you wish to order a sandwich for your return from the Broads this Sunday, the galley will happily prepare this for you ready for your return. We have a choice of white or brown bread with the following fillings: cheese, cheese and pickle, egg mayonnaise, tuna mayonnaise and to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, coronation chicken. Just order prior to racing and your sandwich will be ready when you return to the clubhouse.
Bacon and bacon and egg rolls will be available from 8 :45am if you would like breakfast before you go.
Monday – Start of our Paddleboarding sessions
Following the success of the paddleboarding sessions introduced last year, these will start again this Monday 6th June 6pm-8pm. Please be ready to go at 6pm and we usually go for a paddle for an hour or so before returning to the Clubhouse. Please bring your own paddleboard, along with leash and buoyancy aid. If you do not have a paddleboard but would like to give it a go, please let us know and we’ll do all we can to accommodate you. Remember that to get on the water you’ll either need a Broads Toll or British Canoeing membership (which covers your Broads toll). We look forward to seeing you there! Again, we are in need of volunteers to keep these sessions going, so please get in touch if you can help.
By way of a reminder, please email me (Holly) on email@example.com if you are in need of a crew/would like to crew and I’ll do my best to coordinate requests.
HSC 200 Club – from Joan Butcher
HSC 200 Club meeting CANCELLATION. Apologies, when choosing a date for the 200 Club AGM meeting I had not taken into account the date of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. I will be in touch soon with a new date. If you wish to contact me I am on 01603 466535 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t signed up yet to support the Club through online shopping, you can do so at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/horningsc/
The RYA East Regional Junior Championships - June 18th & 19th 2022
The RYA Regional Junior Championships are taking place on 18/19 June at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Last year, Abbey & Anya took part and had a brilliant time. There are a range of different fleets, from the main racing fleets to Regatta and OnBoard (aimed at those with Stage 2).
It would be great to get a Horning contingent going – and it's a great opportunity for young sailors to experience sailing in a new venue and see what it's like at a large racing event, all whilst learning at a little more on the water and gaining some confidence.
For the OnBoard fleet, there will be boats to hire for free or you can take your own boat.
More information about the weekend can be found here: https://www.rya.org.uk/racing/british-youth-sailing/events/british-youth-sailing-regional-junior-championships
You can book places here http://regionalrya.sailti.com/en/default/races
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