Hunts Sailing Club

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Welcome to the Hunts Sailing Club Website

Hunts Sailing Club, located at St Ives, close to Huntingdon, Cambridge, and Peterborough in NW Cambridgeshire, provides class racing for Solo, Enterprise, Phantom, and Laser Class dinghies, as well as an all comers handicap. We are a very family oriented club, with youth sail training, and several multi-generation families, with father vs son, daughter and wives competition in and across classes! More details on the above, under the "Sailing" heading. Please have a look round our web site, and come and visit us for real one day!

 

Asymmetirc training day

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Saturday 26th April, free to members plus usual boat hire charges.

Are you interested in using an asymmetric spinnaker but not sure where to start?  Maybe your boat has one, butr you don't know how to use it best?  In that case, this day is for you!  We have boats you can hire, such as the Vago or Vision, or you can use your own boat if you prefer.  The day will cover how to rig your asymmetric spinnaker, hoisting, gybing and dropping, on simple courses and with expert coaching from experienced sailors.

A cooked lunch is available but must be booked in advance.  Please let us know if you are interested and want to hire a boat, or if you plan to attend with your own boat, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

What's on?

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Tuesday Go Sailing Sessions

Every Tuesday except half term holiday.  These sessions are aimed at all members aged 14 or over who are keen to improve their sailing skills with informal instruction and at their own pace.  There will be special clinics, such as Seamanship Skills and Asymmetirc Spinnakers, but you are equally welcome to just come and sail at your leisure with tips and advice if needed.  We start at around 5.00pm, but feel free to tiurn up at a time to suit you.  We finish as the light fades or the wind dies!

Thursdays Afloat

These fun sessions see the club turned over to our younger members with instructor led games and activities designed to help improve sailing whilst having fun and making new friends.  Be ready to launch at 6.00pm, parents must stay on site  and assist children with rigging and launching, as well as being prepared to help in the galley or, if qualified, drive a safety boat.  Finish as the light fades.

 

Base Camp - big success

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Over 15 keen young sailors atteneded the Easter Base Camp, aimed at getting them back on the water and ready to race over the summer season.  The sailors were split into two groups - optimist improvers, and out and out racers.  In the Optimist improvers group the youngsters set about mastering the skills of upwind sailing and after day one had moved on to some short sharp races including lots of close quarter manoeuvring, whils tthe race group practiced skills ranging from getting the best start and clean, close mark rounding to upwind tactics and sail setting for speed.

All this sees Hunts' young sailors geared up and ready for a good season's racing which for many will start with the first Youth League meeting at Cam on the 26th.  Well done to all who took part and big thanks to all the instructors, coaches and helpers.

 

Get Some Spring in Your Sails!

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Finally, the days are getting warmer, the evenings are getting longer and suddenly going afloat looks like a pleasure not a chore!  Your sailing club is now gearing up for a busy season ahead and there is plenty to help you get the most out of it.

March

 Back On the Water , Saturday 29th  9.30 to 12.30ish

Think you have forgotten how to sail over the long winter lay off?  Come along and there will be instructors and experienced sailors to help remind you, with tips and advice ashore, and exercises to do afloat.  Free to all members, but remember, you still need a wetsuit or drysuit until the end of March.

 April

 Saturday sailing starts on Saturday 5th April!

 Racing - Sunday 6th April sees the start of the Spring Series – a return to three races a day!

 Racing - Wednesday 9th April the Twilight Series starts!  7.00pm start, all welcome.

Easter holidays

There will be family sailing from 10am until 1pm on Tuesday 8th April, plus the clubhouse will be open on 14th, 15th & 16th April.  There will be courses running on all these dates, so please repect instructed activity!

 Learn to sail - RYA Adult Level 1, for complete beginners.  12th & 13th April

This two day course provides a great introduction to getting afloat in a dinghy and teaches basic sail setting and steering, as well as water safety essentials.

Cost £70 plus boat hire, members only.  To book email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sailing with Asymmetric Spinnakers  Saturday 26th April

For all boats equipped with asymmetric spinnakers, hiking or trapeze, single or double handed. 

A great way to learn your improve your asymmetric spinnaker work.  Rigging and tuning tips onshore, hoist, drop and gybing exerices afloat as well as advice on steering the best downwind course and  getting maximum course made good!

This training is running in conjunction with the Vago Open Meeting on Sunday 27th April and club Vagos are available for hire at a reduced rate to those also taking part in the open meeting.  Preference will be given to those aged under 25 and sailing double handed.

 

Plus of course there’s lots more coming up soon!  Keep in touch via the website or the Hunts Sailing Club Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunts-Sailing-Club/160349837365993?fref=ts

 

 
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