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Newsletter 4th Oct 2021

HSC Members,

 

So, I think it is fair to say that summer is now over, just look out of the window. The Club Hire fleet Zests, Topper and Pico have now had their masts taken down and put in the cupboard for the winter.  This doesn't mean you can no longer use them, just that with the more inclement weather, they have been put away to keep them in good condition.  If do you use the boats, please could you put the kit back where you found it.  The windy weather this weekend has already tried to lift a few boat covers off, so as always, please could you ensure that your boats are securely tied down for winter or after use.  Thanks.

 

Talking of inclement weather, the last racing session on Sunday was the first of our Frostbite Series.  Last week, this seemed like a rather pessimistic title with all the sunshine we'd been having.  In reality, even though it didn't quite live up to its icy name, the whipping winds and chilly bite to the air definitely announced that we are galloping toward the frostier part of the sailing season.  Well done to all who raced, the jungle drums tell me that it was a rather feisty affair.

 

And for those disappointed that the evening racing has finished, don't despair.  To maintain all that fitness and health gained from hours on the water, we are pleased to bring you a whole different, but equally important form of exercise - Yoga. 

 

We are really happy to let you know that Club Member Roxanne is back with her Yoga classes.  The sessions will restart this Wednesday 6th October and are the perfect way to keep toned over the darker months.  Sessions will run from 19:00 - 20:15 every Wednesday, and will be £5 per member each time.  Please can we ask that you bring your own mats.  There is no need to book in, please just turn up, limber up and enjoy. 

 

And for those looking to use different sets of muscles, we have 2 really super Social Events lined up for you, all the details further down the newsletter .....

 

Firstly, some thank yous.

 

 

THANK YOU NEW MEMBERS 

The Committee and especially our Commodore, Jim, would like to thank everyone who came along to the New Members Evening.  The event was very successful and enjoyed by all. Jim gave an overview of the Club activities past, present and future and invited all new Members and their families to get involved. It was great to see a few children come along and we encourage all those with children/youth to register their sailing interests with Dave Hairs who is looking the best way to deliver a youth training programme next year (via the button below).

 

The Committee also asked any members with useful skills, on land or on water, to get in touch (all contact details are on the Club website).  We are a volunteer run Club and are always looking for those with some spare time to help out, be it helping in the galley, assisting the bosun with maintenance, or getting involved with  social, paddling and sailing events.  All hands are welcome. 

 

It was also very interesting listening to your views on why you decided to join and the Committee will take these comments on board when putting together next year's programme on the water.

 

And, as always, it is a BIG thank you to all the volunteers and Social/Galley team for putting on a delicious food spread.

 

THANK YOU ELSA & KEN SANDERS

Sadly, after 30 years, the ‘Warden’s Fish and Chips’ lunches at the club have now come to an end.  These get togethers, set up by Britt Hand in the 90’s, were arranged over the winter months to help bring members together.  Britt then passed this responsibility to Sam Stoyle ( a past Commodore of the club) and his wife Jean who in time, then passed it to Ken and Elsa Sanders. The pandemic unfortunately saw a cessation in the gatherings, and now, due to Ken’s ill health, they will, with great reluctance, no longer resume. 

 

All members still attending have been contacted and informed of this decision, and all those involved have kindly stated that any monies paid into the pot by them should now be donated to HSC funds.   Elsa and Ken who looked after the kitty, have passed over to the club a sum of almost £300 and asked if this money could go towards buying any buoyancy aids that need replacing. The Committee has thanked them for their generosity and  have happily agreed to this request.  The Club is, at this moment, replacing the buoyancy aids that are considered unserviceable. 

 

We would like to thank Ken & Elsa for running the lunches for all those years and thank all those who have generously given their Fish n Chip money to the club.  This kind of generosity, both in time and money, is what makes this Club such a great organisation to be part of.  A big thank you from the Committee and the Members.

THANK YOU ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR FINN OPEN

Finally a huge thank you to everyone involved in laying on the Finn Open Meeting at the end of September.  The feedback from the Competitors was hugely positive.  They loved the food, the racing and the welcome that they received and are looking forward to coming again.

 

These Open Meetings are a big undertaking for us, and so many of you pitched in pulling trollies, making bacon sandwiches, registering competitors, inputting results, organising Council admin and sitting bobbing around on the water in a RIB.  The camaraderie of the event and the enjoyment of the visiting sailors makes all the hard work worth it, every time.   Good job everyone, thank you. 

AGM & RENEWALS 

You should have recently received an email, sent via our Webcollect system, inviting you to renew your membership.  This was due on 1st October, so if you haven't had the chance to click on the link in the email and sign up for another year of fun, please do.

 

We can also announce that the AGM will be on Thursday 25th November this year.  We will be limiting the numbers at the meeting (COVID) to 70 and so we are asking you to sign up if, you are coming, via Webcollect.  Please note, only fully paid up members are entitled to attend the AGM.

 

Nominations for the Committee positions will be posted on the Club notice board by the end of the week. All current members have offered to stand again, however ALL members are fully entitled to stand for election in any position, so if there is a role you would like to put yourself forward for, please let the Committee know. Voting forms will be emailed out and as per last year, members will be able to scan their completed voting forms and either email them to the Club Secretary OR post them to the Club OR pop them in the club letterbox.  Your choice.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE ...

 

.. that Jim, our Commodore will end his tenure at this AGM having completed the maximum 3 year stint as governed by the Club Articles of Association. He has offered to stay on as Vice Commodore so he can continue to work with the Committee - if voted for by the Members. This leaves the Commodore position open to any Member who would like to be part of the running of the Club. The key challenges of the role are to deliver facilities and activities for a rapidly growing membership, pivotal to which will be the building of the upstairs balcony in time for next summer. If you are interested, but not sure, please don't be intimidated, the Committee is a friendly supportive group of hard working volunteers who would be happy to have you on board.  If there are any Members  interested in taking up the position, please let us know.  If you would like to discuss more about the role before putting yourself forward, please feel free to contact either Jim (com@highcliffesailing.co.uk) or email one of the Flag Officers/Trustees.

 

FINAL THING ON THIS ADMIN SECTION

 

The dinghy park is now completely FULL and there is a waiting list. If you are not renewing your Membership or no longer need the space please could you remove your boat by 31st Oct, before we have to remove it for you....

 ****** SOCIAL EVENT TIME  ******

As promised earlier, we have 2 super events lined up for you over the next few weeks.  

 

On Saturday 16th October, we are back with our fab Club Curry Night once more.  Chef Neil is set to return to the galley, along with his crew of onion choppers and spice grinders, ready to whip you all up a few tasty dishes.  There will be a less spicy option on the menu too.  This is always a really popular event at the Club, and with our new bar, new carpet & new heating system, it will be lovely and cosy down there.  Hope you can make it.

 

The menu is:- 

 

Chicken or Veg curry with rice, poppadom and naan bread & onion bhajis

or

Lasagne with salad and garlic bread 

 

followed by

 

Fruit crumble with custard or fruit cocktail. 

 

Price is £7.50 per head which includes £1 per head donation for RNLI. 

 

Bar opens 7pm. Please book and pay via Webcollect on website (or button below). Any special dietary requirements please email: social@highcliffesailing.co.uk

 

The second Super Event will be a Pyrotechnic Extravaganza on Sat 6th November.

 

Traditionally we have a Fireworks evening at the Club watching the Stanpit fireworks across the harbour.  This year we will be holding a Family Friendly Fireworks spectacular at the club with our own pyrotechnic display on the quay!

 

The event is open to all Members and their children. It is usually a lovely evening at the club, with ooohs and aaahhhs guaranteed.

 

The Fireworks will start at about 19:00 and the bar will be open from 18:00.

 

Baked potatoes will be served with either a veggie filling or chilli con carne and will available from 18:00 onwards, either before or after the fireworks.

 

This must be booked via WebCollect so we know food and attendee numbers - Adult ticket £7.50 each and the Children are free. 

 

It's going to be great - especially if the weather is kind.  

 

 

THE PADDLERS

We hope to continue running the fortnightly Paddle meetings - weather permitting - as long as possible into late Autumn. Miles Nettleship has kindly offered to run some sessions and will no doubt put something out on the WhatsApp group, so keep your eyes and ears open.

 

Please don't forget that next season ALL kayak spaces will be ALLOCATED. If you wish to keep the space that you have now, please send your name and kayak space number to Ian at dinghypark@highcliffesailing.co.uk  RIGHT AWAY, he is about to allocate them. And, like the dinghies, if you are not renewing your Membership or no longer need the space please could you remove your kayak by 31st Oct, before we have to remove it for you....

 

Dennis

paddlers@highcliffesailing.co.uk

RACING

Racing now carries on with the Frostbite Series seeing us out until the end of the year.  The races will be in the harbour where we are fairly protected, so if you have warm sailing gear, there should be nothing stopping you from getting out there!  Plus this Wednesday we have Social Sailing from 10:30, plenty of water and a fairly good weather forecast.   For the weekend, Sunday, 10th October, we have the next 2 races in the Harbour Interclub Series (run by MSC).  HSC are currently in second place, so come and along and help us beat CSC!!  Please note start time of MIDDAY.

 

MEMBERS ON TOUR

HSC Members have been out and about once more.  Two of the RS Aero Ladies packed up their boats and headed off to Bowmoor SC at the end of September for the inaugural Ladies RS Aero Championship and training weekend.  They had enormous amounts of fun despite the total lack of wind.   Full report of the event can be found on yachts and yachting website: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/242100/Inaugural-RS-Aero-Ladies-Championship-at-Bowmoor

Then, not put off by the slightly loopy weather forecast, five RS Aero sailors headed down west to the RS Aero open meeting at Salcombe YC this weekend.  They had mixed conditions, from heaven on Friday to absolute hell on Sunday (I am exaggerating...).  A fab time was had, with much socialising and sailing.  Full report will be written as soon as I have finished this newsletter .... 

 

In the meantime, please enjoy the photos from the event.

And that's it, really, except to offer our apologies about the intermittent availability of the club webcams.  We are working hard to remedy this and may need to upgrade various bits of equipment now that we have installed the CCTV system to achieve a more reliable platform.

 

Please don't forget to renew and sign up for our super socials.

See you all soon. 

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