Various articles and images from our sailing community
So the 2023 racing season is a wrap!!! (well almost, just the last two races of the Winter Frostbite to be raced on Saturday 16 Dec, 10:30 start). OK the weather hasn’t been as kind as it could have been throughout the year, with a number of races cancelled due to lack of wind, too much wind, poor visibility, or dire forecasts that proved to be nothing of the sort!!!, we still managed to run 78 races across the year – 35 at sea, 43 in the harbour, and a further 22 midweek escape races. And in total a fabulous 75 HSC sailors gave racing a shot and competed in at least one race across these racing formats. A massive well done to all who have participated, and a huge, huge thank you to all who have undertaken race officer and safety boat duties across the year. Without your support we would not be able to run such a comprehensive race programme.
It is with regret that the planned novice races which would have introduced racing to a number of the younger members of the club who are part of our thriving Seals were thwarted by the weather. Rest assured though we will be trying again to get these novice races up and running with races being identified within the 2024 racing programme.
On the topic of the 2024 racing programme, the Sailing Committee sub-team have started to work on this and provisional dates have now been pencilled in across the year. It just needs a few days of checking now to make sure there are no clashes with other programmed events, both within and external to the club, but the full programme of sailing activities available for 2024 – racing, Boats in Blokes, Seals and Ladies that Launch, will be published on the club website before Christmas. (The club diary does of course already reflect the dates of the Harbour Icicle Series which will kick off the sailing year – 1st & 2ndrace Sunday January 14th 10:30 start).
In addition to the racing programme other events that we have in store for 2024 are more safety boat recovery training sessions, including an event with our friends at Mudeford RNLI where we hope to jointly run possibly one, or two, simulated scenarios where the clubs boats and the lifeboat can work together on the water to recover a sailor, windsurfer, paddler etc. Full details and dates still to be agreed. And of course, in July (provisional date Saturday 13th) we will again run what has fast become a hugely popular water based Fun Day
2023 Interclub awards and Mike Roach send off
On Friday 19th January HSC will be hosting the 2023 Interclub prizegiving at Christchurch Sailing Club. This will be a slightly different event to the normal prizegiving this year as the local harbour sailing clubs will be taking the opportunity to thank and recognise the enormous efforts of Mike Roach who having held numerous positions within Mudeford Sailing Club is best known to HSC sailors as the driving force behind Mudeford Week, and as race officer for countless Interclub Harbour races over the years.
Mike is retiring from racing activities and given all of the encouragement, support and organisation that he has invested in supporting dinghy racing within the harbour we want to give him a proper send off.
The CSC bar will be opening at 7pm, with prize giving proceedings etc commencing at 8pm.
For all sailors who may have enjoyed competing in Interclub and/or Mudeford week over the years it would be fabulous if you could make it to this event.