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Weekly Update from HHSC 18 April 2019

Published 06:24 on 5 May 2019

Weekly Update from HHSC 18th April 2019

Happy Easter! The fun starts this weekend on Friday with the Easter Pursuit Race and continues through the weekend.
This weeks newsletter is full of important information for our PB cox's, crew and RO's. Also RYA level 2 adult course and Cadet sailing next Friday.

Please read to the end to ensure you don't miss anything!

This week … On & Off the Water

Fri 19th April

Easter Duck Pursuit Race 11:00 start

Sat 20th April

Easter Series 1/2 11:30 start

Bar Open

Sunday 21st April

A Series 1/2/3 11:30 Start

Bar Open

Lunch provided by Sarah: Pasta Bake from 1pm

Monday 22nd April

Easter Series 3/4 12:30 Start

Dates for Your Diary........

Friday 26th April

Cadet Sailing Event 1

Ladies that Launch

Sat 27th April

Evening Dusker Series 1/2

Oppie/Feva/Laser Squads

Sunday 5th May

Push The Boat Out

Laser, Feva and Race Oppie squad session Sat April 27th.

If you have have signed up and not received an email from Julie with squad information on please contact me at:

Cadet Sailing 1

Friday the 26th of April16:30 down at the club

The evening will be a start of the season on the water session, with the opportunity for less experienced cadets to crew with an experienced helm.

Cost is £1, plus £3 if a club boat is hired.

Please email to confirm attendance.

Push The Boat Out

Our annual PTBO is just around the corner and this event requires as many helpers as we can muster. We are looking for sailors to helm boats and kitchen helpers as well as shore support. Kayaking will start the day at 9am followed by Sailing, paddle boarding and cruiser trips starting at 11 am until 2.30 pm.

If you can help please contact Kirsty @ or Margaret Hyde @

If you are able to please could you share the advert on our Facebook page with all your friends and families.

Thank you!

For the attention of all Powerboat drivers and RO's

Well we have now started the New Season and are looking forward to some good sailing and events .Some observations for Powerboating in the weeks ahead:

We have completed the Power boat training and have many enthusiastic newly qualified drivers at all levels. Please select duties and get out on the water.

In light winds (especially easterly) can the Race Officers and safety boat crews pay special attention to the western part of the course especially if it disappears toward the Meon Shore. Often boats get stuck there battling against the tide and there it is good to see the safety boat since we have had instances of dinghies drifting a long way up Southampton Water unbeknown to the race officials.

When we have Long Distance races we must have two safety boats covering the race. If there is only one safety boat the race needs to be brought inshore. Safety boats for these races should install the lights and radar reflectors.

Likewise for a long distance race with a separate inshore race there should be three safety boats.

Don't forget that when you are doing a duty you can ask the Race Officer to give you average points for the race if it is part of a series that you are competing for.

We will try to ensure that adequate boats are rostered when the race details are published but safety boat coxs must negotiate with the Race officer of the day for revised courses if they consider that cover is not adequate .

Please remember to slacken off the webbing on the winches when the boats are put away and open the hatches and leave the seat up to help air circulate.

Please remember to complete the log book for whichever boat you are in and just as importantly enter any defects in the defects book and send the Bosun an e-mail reporting any problems. Address on the web page and address available on slips of paper in the log book and in the race box.

Can you please take especial care to look after the radios and not leave them in the boats unattended. We lost a radio. Please sign out the radios on the race sign on sheets and sign it back in again.

Finally can you please use the rope to launch the Ribs. This is for your safety as well as to avoid the risk of a runaway trailer on a slippery slipway and subsequent damage. Please remember to put it away at the end of the day and not leave it on the slipway.

We will update you on the impact on our racing of the cable laying barge when we have had an update

Finally there are some new members who have powerboating qualifications who need an assessment so that they can go onto the safety boat roster.

If you need an assessment please drop me a mail on

( ) and I will organize a session.

Enjoy the season

Richard Whiteley

Vice Commodore and Chief Powerboat Instructor

RYA Adult Level 2 2019 Summer

Who for: Adult Novices or RYA level 1 holders

Ages: Adult specific (age 15+) Attendance necessary at every session.



Course time


Water instructors

Fri 14 june

19.00- 21.00 intro,- land based

Sat 15 june

7.45- 16.30



Sun 16 june

8.00- 17.00


9.15- 13.40

Sat 22 june

10.30- 19.00



Sun 23 june

11.00- 19.30


14.10- 18.30

Wed 26 june

17.30- 21.00


18.00- 20.30

Cost: £85 plus £10 if you require a handbook and logbook( please indicate as such, - note you Must have a logbook). You must pay when booking with a named cheque, in the RYA letter rack, or in the letter box outside the "ladies"; or pay on line – payable to Hill Head SC. If your name is on the list but no payment has been received then you will lose your place. Booking conditions apply.

Course description; This is a Basic Skills course for 12 students that will provide you with the skills you need to independently launch, sail a triangular course and recover a boat. The course will be taught in two man boats and single-hander pico dinghies. The course includes the elements covered as part of a level 1 course.

What you need to provide: Own wetsuit and foot wear, hat, gloves.

Buoyancy aids may be borrowed for the duration of the course.

Any questions; email

Our next Social Evening is a little out of the ordinary, we have Emily from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust giving us an insight into a new project started this year to raise awareness of just how diverse, and threatened, is the wildlife underneath the waves we sail on.

There will be a talk, a short quiz, some themed nibbles to help wash down drinks from the bar and an opportunity for you to bring along items collected from the beach for Emily to identify.

Something for everyone I hope so put the date in your calendar, Friday May 17th with the talk starting at 7:45.

In the week before perhaps some of you can take a walk along the beach between Brownich and Lee with a seed tray or cardboard box and if you see anything interesting, preferably not breathing, bring it along for identification.

Shells, funny stones, bits of seaweed, the odd mermaid's purse - you will surprise yourself by what you might find and there will be a prize for the most interesting collection. There will be a small charge on the night to cover costs and to give some idea of the interest level do please drop me a line at to tell me you can join us.

Club Notices

Race Officer and Assistant needed

Friday 10 May 19.00- 21.00 If interested add name to list in the entrance or contact Richard Whiteley

Bar Officer Needed for 17th May social event, please log on or contact Bob if you are able to help.

Thank you!

Dinghy Park Stickers

A reminder to all outstanding boat, trailer and tender owners to collect their stickers from the club lounge to enable management of your parking spaces.

And Finally:

If you feel the urge to camouflage yourselves in seaweed and stones can you please wash them off with the hoses in the boat yard and not in the showers.

Last weekend the accumulated weed and stones nearly blocked the drains and could damage the pump that pumps waste up to the drains in Cliff Road.

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