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Weekly Update from HHSC 25 April 2019

Published 06:26 on 5 May 2019

Weekly Update from HHSC 25th April 2019

It was great to see so many faces at the club over the Easter weekend enjoying the bank holiday sunshine. And while we could have done with a bit more wind - it was still a great opportunity for sailors to pull back the boat covers and check out kit bags. It doesn't look as though we'll be lacking breeze this weekend - and with Cadet, Squads and Evening Racing scheduled to take place - it looks to be a busy weekend!

This week … On & Off the Water

Fri 26th April

Cadet Sailing - 4.30pm

Tomorrow sees the first of our scheduled Cadet Sailing Events. Please note that you are encouraged to come to the event whatever the weather as activities will be amended accordingly. See poster or contact Dan Shillaker for the latest information on this event:

Friday Social / Ladies who Launch - 8pm

The last Friday in the month sees our regular Friday evening social. All are welcome (ladies and gents alike!) - so come down and support the bar and enjoy the view with the lighter evenings!

Saturday 27th April

Evening Supper (so no LUNCH)

Given that sailing is taking place during the evening, Di Johnson has kindly offered to prepare an evening supper for sailors, race teams and supporters alike. On the menu:

Goulash with garlic bread followed by apple pie and custard or ice cream!!

Duskers Series 1/2 - Race Start - 6pm

The first of our evening dusker events. Race Start is 18:00.

Squads - Oppe Race, Feva, Laser Session 1

If you have signed up for one of these Squads - you should have received an email from Julie Thorpe providing you with details (including times). Any questions, please email

Sunday 28th April

Cadet/Novice/Ladies/Master Series 1/1 - Race Start 6.30pm

This is a great opportunity to get back on the water with the confidence of knowing there will be some coaching available for those that want it. Perfect for those that have recently completed their RYA courses or haven't been on the water in a while. Get down to the club in plenty of time to get rigged and gain some useful tips before heading onto the water. Remember - this series has a coach boat to help you get out; stay out; get round and FINISH!!

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

Friday 26th April

Bar Open - 8pm

Sat 27th April

No Bar Officer (Assistant is Available)

No Lunch but Evening Supper Available

Sun 28th April

No Bar Officer (Assistant is Available)

No Lunch

Weds 1st May

Bar Open - 8pm

Fri 3rd May

No Bar Officer

Sat 4th May

Club Racing - 10.30am Start

plus Oppie Session 1 & Adult Squad 1

Bar Open & Lunch Available

Sun 5th May

Push The Boat Out - See separate Notice

Mon 6th May

Club Racing - 11.30am Start

plus Oppie Session 2

Fri 10th May - 7pm

Race Officer / Assistant Race Officer Training

Fri 17th May - 7.45pm

Social - Marine Wildlife Wonders

Cadet Sailing 1

Friday the 26th of April - 16:30 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. Please attend whatever the weather as activities will be amended according to conditions!

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

Please email to confirm attendance.

Race Officer / Assistant Race Officer Training

Hill Head needs more volunteers to assist in running the racing. We are particularly short of Race Officers (ROs) at the moment and so need to move some of our existing Assistant Race Officers (AROs) into RO roles and bring more new life into the Race Box with some new ARO.

We will be offering RO / ARO training on Friday 10th May 19.00 - 21.00. This is a great volunteer role at the club offering you another perspective on sailing and racing (from he warmth of the Race Box!).

If interested add name to list in the entrance or contact Richard Whiteley

Push the Boat Out 2019

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

Please spread the word with your friends and family - and if you are able, please share the advert on our Facebook page.

Thank you!

DutyMan - the Story So Far ....

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with either myself (Leanne), Margaret or the wider team regards volunteering ('duties'). As you all know - there was a period of nearly 3 months at the start of the year when all members had the opportunity to choose the volunteer opportunities they wanted to do on the dates they preferred. Many of you did this and for this we are extremely grateful; we know you like the opportunity to choose dates and activities that fit around your other committments!

There were also lots of reminders encouraging members to let us know if they had already volunteered - but not entered their details on the DutyMan system; or if they supported the club in other areas not listed in the DutyMan system. Thank you again to those people that got in touch to let us know if this was the case - it enabled us to update the Membership Database accordingly (but we know there are still gaps).

After this period, & based on the information we had, we then spent many, many, many (many) hours trying to plug the gaps in the sailing and social calendars! Why? Because we know that you - the membership - want to turn up on a weekend to race knowing there will be a Race Team here or visit the club knowing the bar will be open and a lunch available. So we started to plug the gaps and share out the volunteer duties amongst us all. Unfortunately, this has now resulted in some people being allocated volunteer duties on days they cannot do.

So - if this is you - what can you do?

While our preference is that members now organise Swaps themselves - we do recognise that this is not always feasible. There are still plenty of gaps in the Sailing and Social Calendar. So please identify a gap you would like to fill instead of an already allocated duty, email with the detail and I will make the change.

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 bobseymour55@btinternet.comto tell me you can join us.

Club Notices

4 Drawer Filing Cabinet Request

The club has need of a 4 Drawer Filing Cabinet - if you think you can help, please contact Dave Vines

Race Officer/ Assistant Race Officer Training

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!

Race Officer Needed

We are short a Race Officer on 6th May. This is Short Course Racing on Bank Holiday Monday. Race Start is 11:30. Please sign-up on Duty Man if you can help.

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.

Good Luck Christine!

And Finally:

Good luck to our very own Christine Russ who will be running the London Marathon this weekend in aid of the 1851 Trust. Read her full story in this Rooster Blog => Full Story

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