Newsletter 9th May 2022

Hi HSC Members,


Didn't we all have a taste of summer yesterday!  And wasn't it just wonderful - long may it last.  The forecast for next weekend looks like it may deliver some more warm sunny stuff, and this time there may even be some wind around, which of course will be ideal for Harbour racing on Sunday 15th at 10:00 .....


Our Sunday Social Buzz at the Club is proving popular.  Yesterday was our second Sunday with the galley and bar open.  Thank you to Nicky and her team for putting in so much time and effort.  And thank you to all you members for coming down and making the initiative worthwhile. 


The bar & galley rota is open for May and there are still a few spaces which need filling so if you have a moment and would like to help, please do not hesitate to pop your name down.


The Ladies That Launch have now had their first social and their first training session.  Last Friday about 20 ladies came to a beginners rigging demonstration held by Margaret, Louise and Richard.   Wonderfully, the LTL this year is proving to be the most popular to date, the sign up has been truly excellent, and we can't wait to get all you ladies out on the water.  If everyone who has expressed and interest turns up for the first 'on the water' session this Friday night then it will be a hugely sociable and successful event.  And on that note....


...the Friday evening BBQs are back, kicking off with the first one this Friday 13th May with the LTL and Social Sailing.  Lots more info in the Social Section below ....




Gents Changing Area


As you’ll have seen when you read the updated Safeguarding Policy (please do read it if you haven’t already), we would like to reserve the far end of the gents changing room for under 18s whenever they are present in the area. We have put up a sign to help remind you of this.... We would like to make sure our young people feel as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, at this time, the layout of the ladies doesn’t allow for the same type of arrangement so, ladies, please do all you can to help young people feel they have enough privacy. Thank you very much for your understanding and help with this.




Defibrillator Awareness Training


Please note there still some spaces on the Defibrillator Awareness Training to be given by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on Saturday 28th May 2022 at 10am 

This will be FREE OF CHARGE & open to all members - Paddlers & Sailors  .  Full details can be found on WebCollect




Longford Castle trip! Huge success by all accounts.  Everyone who went had a great time, or to use Shirley's excellent words, it is was 'a truly lovely day'.  Perfect.  Thank you to the Social Team for organising the event.





Finally for this bit, congratulations go to Sue, Dave and Jim who took advantage of the super RYA Powerboat training course offer all 3 gaining their qualification with flying colours. :-) And of course, it's good luck to the 8 people signed up to do the course in the coming weeks.  If you would like to take up this offer, or have more information on it, please send an email to, please also include your mobile number. 




It's been just under 2 years since we first dreamt up the idea of an upper deck viewing balcony as an add-on to the necessary flat roof repairs and there have been many, many discussions along the way. The good news is that the Committee recently reviewed the options and costs at some length and have taken the decision to proceed with the project.


We have appointed a quality local contractor to carry out the work and it is our understanding that the project could be completed this summer. There is still lots of paperwork and further discussions required to fully understand how this is going to happen and which we will share with you as it becomes clearer. Still, yesterday sitting upstairs watching the club sailing fleet out at sea and then joining the members outside the galley terrace in glorious sunshine looking across a serene harbour full of dinghies, kayaks and SUPs, I know that this project will make all the effort worthwhile. The potential for being able to move some of the outdoor social activity upstairs will be stupendous, especially as we will be sheltered from the breeze by a glass balcony. For those who don't want too much sun, the galley terrace will be nicely shaded.


During the period of works, the current roof to the lobby, men's changing room and galley will remain unaltered so normal club activities should be able to continue as normal. However, the terrace outside the galley will be scaffolded and out of bounds although the rest of the terrace along the front of the main hall should be ok to use. The rib shed and bosun's locker will be accessible as normal although you may need to speak to the builders during the day if they are working upstairs (safety first).


We will keep you all updated with progress. It is all looking rather marvellous.


Jim Brown, Vice Commodore






Racing is in full swing.  We now have several sea races under our belts and it is back in the harbour again this Wednesday evening for the start of our sunset races and then this Sunday coming (with, according to the Met Office, sunshine AND wind!)



In brief:

Wed 11th May - Harbour Evening - 19:00 race 1

Thurs 12th May - Sea Evening Spring races  3 &4  - 19:00

Sun 15th May - Harbour Spring races 5 & 6 - 10:00

Sun 22nd May - Sea Spring races 5 & 6

Wed 25th May - Harbour Evening race 2 - 19:00


 Don't forget the galley and bar will be open for you all to enjoy this Sunday 15th May and Sun 22nd May and Sun 29th May.




Now the evenings are longer and the weather warmer, we are going to start running some evening social sails, the first of which will be this Thursday 12th May (if you are not sea racing) then again on Friday 13th May.  If you are learning to sail or are new to the Club, these sessions are the perfect place to meet other members and get some help/advice. 


Please note the Club boats are not available on Friday evening for Social Sailing as the Ladies have bagsied them.


Thurs 12th May - from 18:00

Fri 13th May - from 18:00

Wed 18th May - morning sailing - see email from Ian for more exact timings.  Email to go on the social sail email list.  Or contact me or Wade if you would like to go on the HSC sailing whatsapp group. 




LTL - Fri 13th May - First on the water session!

HSC Seals - Sat 21st May 



Quick reminder of LTL dates below - remember, the first on the water session is this Friday and with a bit of luck there will be a BBQ after (please don't forget to bring your own grub). 


If you would like to join, and if you haven't done so already please can you complete this form for Richard so that he has your details.  Please also sign up for the sessions that you would like to do via WebCollect - a list of attendees will be taken from the database and sent to the Instructors on the Friday morning of the LTL session. Having numbers is really helpful in terms of lesson & boat preparation.  Thanks.


Fri 13th May - 18:00 with high water  at 20:00

Fri 27th May - 18:00 with high water  at 20:30

Fri 10th June - 18:00 with high water at 19:00

Fri 24th June  - 18:00 with high water at19:30

Fri 22nd July  - 18:00 with high water at 18:30


All sessions kick off at 18:00.  Please come in your gear ready to launch. See you there Ladies, it's gonna be great.


Hi Paddlers,


The ‘turn up and paddle’ sessions are well underway - these are generally on a Monday depending on tide and weather. Look out for updates on the WhatsApp Group.There are still some vacancies for the kayaking course with Shore Sports on the 18th June and SUP course on the 25th June - both on Saturdays and sponsored by the club.Book on WebCollect to get some discounted training - well worth doing! With the warmer weather returning look out too for some ad hoc sessions and soon to be taking advantage of the new balcony plus bar and refreshments.


Reminder of turn up and paddle dates:-

9th May 17.30 hours 
23rd May 18.00 hours 
6th June 16.00 hours 
20th June 18.00 hours


For those who are unsure if they are ready to attend this course or want to practice the skills beforehand, Miles Nettleship is happy to give 1:1 SUP tasters to club members at mutual convenience. 


We really hope this is useful for you.  Please get booking via WebCollect

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis on


Dennis, Paddlers




We had a fantastic time at the second Training With Margaret session. Conditions were quite breezy so we reefed the Zests and went out for some lovely reaches across to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and back. Everyone took the helm and reports from both Dave and Margaret were that everyone sailed brilliantly. For the second half of the session, we had great fun doing capsize drills. In true Seal-fashion, everyone came back for multiple goes. We look forward to the next session later this month.  


Dave, HSC Seals



So, back to the BBQs.... These have been popular events over the last couple of years serving as a great way to unwind from the week.  In the past few years we have tried to tie these in with the LTL evenings - note: these evenings are also open to social sailors and paddlers, everyone is welcome.  It goes without saying really, but the BBQs are both very weather dependent and require volunteers to make them happen and so can be subject to cancellations.  We do however remain optimistic and so have put together some tentative dates for your diary where we hope to fire up the grill.  Please assume that the BBQs will be going ahead.   We will send out messages via the WhatsApp groups, Facebook and the Club website on the Wednesday evening of that week if there is a reason to cancel (most likely adverse weather).


But if we are good to go, then the format is that we light the bbq about 18:30 and request that you bring your own food to cook on it. We will have volunteer chefs on hand to cook it for you and we even have some small disposable BBQs that we can light if you need your food cooked separately. These evenings are always good fun and the bar will keep your throats wet too. These events require help to be a success, whether it's on the grill, behind the bar, clearing away glasses and plates, washing up in the galley etc so please try and muck in and share the load so that we can make these events as frequent and as fun as possible.


It doesn't have to be just these dates as the bbq/charcoal/cooking implements are all just sitting there in the Bosun's locker waiting to be used.


If you forecast a beautiful sunny evening and want to put an invitation out on the club media, just be proactive and do it as impromptu is also good, the club is for you to use!


Anyway, below are some dates that we hope to get Jim and Phil back on the grill - PLEASE NOTE FIRST ONE IS PLANNED FOR THIS FRIDAY 13th MAY.


Friday    May  13 - LTL & social sail/paddle  18:00 start - bbq & bar

Friday    May  27 - LTL & social sail/paddle  18:00 start - bbq & bar

Friday    June 10 - LTL & social sail/paddle  18:00 start - bbq & bar

Friday    June 24 - LTL & social sail/paddle  18:00 start - bbq & bar

Saturday July 16 - HSC Fun Day - bbq & bar

Friday     July 22 - LTL & social sail/paddle  18:00 start - bbq & bar

Friday     Aug  19 - social sail/paddle            18:00 start - bbq & bar

Friday     Aug  26 - social sail/paddle            18:00 start - bbq & bar

Sept 23 - social sail/paddle                            18:00 start - bbq & bar


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 Full details of each event are available on the link, everything is bookable through webcollect.  


11th &18th June

Canoe & Kayak Safety Course  


Canoe/ Kayak safety


25th June

SUP Training

with Shoresports/HSC

SUP Training with Miles


LTL all sessions - Ladies That Launch 2022  

It's back!!

LTL all sessions


28th May - Defib Awareness - Come & learn 

Defib Awareness


HSC Seals - Youth Fun Beginners Training with Instructor Margaret - full details on button below.

Training with Margaret


HSC Seals - Youth Fun Sailing Course with Shoresports - full details on button below.

Youth Fun Sailing Course


The masts can now remain up for the summer on the rental boats. Please ensure you wrap the sail neatly and cover the lower section. Also ensure the lock is connected to the kicker bracket on the mast and is under the cover. 


The “Matilda” Zest is still out of action due to slight hull damage and we are still awaiting a report from RS Sailing as to the repair. It’s fine for LTL as long as the jib is not used. 

The prop and the large rib has again suffered some damage but is still serviceable. Crews driving the ribs during the low water sea racing must take care and have the engine high when rounding the harbour near the rocks buoy. 

All rib engines are being serviced on Tuesday ready for the busy summer season.


David, Bosun



That's a wrap.  See you all Friday night if you're around, when I promise I will actually take my boat out and go for my first sail of 2022 ...


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