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!


AGM 2014

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The AGM will take place at 19:30 on Friday 28th November 2014. The Agenda is in the members section of the website under general club communications.

Autumn Activities

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November Race Coaching

This year's Autumn Race Coaching starts on Saturday 1st November and will run for four sessions: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.
These will cover rig tuning, racing rules, boat handling and boat on boat tactics as well as starting and short course raqces. There will be some time spent on the shore as well as on the water, and we will be using video taken on the water to analyse sail shapes and the effect of sail controls.

This year sessions MUST be booked in advance and there are only 12 places available on a first come, first served basis. We will then split into two smaller groups according to boat class and type. Preference will be given to those booking for two plus sessions, and you must be aged 12 or over to take part, as well as able to sail a triangular course and right your boat with minimal assistance. Please note you must also wear a wetsuit or drysuit.

Club boats are available to hire at the usual rates and we are happy to try and pair up crews and helms. You must be rigged and changed ready for a 9.30 briefing, we expect to finish at 1.30pm.

Sessions are FREE to club members, book your place now by emailing Vanessa on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Double hander training, half term Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th October

This course is intended to replace the Stage 4/Level 3 course cancelled earlier in the year. Using the club Vagos (or your own boat if suitable) it will cover all aspects of sailing two person boats and will include helm and crew communication, rig tuning, some Seamanship Skills plus the use of Asymmetric Spinnakers. This course is for adults or juniors currently at level 2/stage 3 and would be ideal preparation for those wishing to take the Assistant Instructor or Dinghy Instructor courses in 2015, as well as those simply wishing to extend their sailing skills.

You do not have to apply in pairs - we can 'match make' crews and helms if need be!    Maximum six places.

Cost £60 for two days including boat hire where necessary. To book please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Barts Bash at Hunts SC….the view from the front

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barts_bashThe 21st September 2014 dawned and the weather looked promising for a great morning of sailing as part of Bart’s Bash.  Paul Jefferies reports...

Arriving early at the club as my daughter had agreed to crew in a Mirror (her first proper race) little could be known about the event that was to follow. Dropping her with her helm and getting my D-Zero ready for action I could see the Race Officer and a couple of Committee Members looking worried and a little lost. It turned out some extra organisation help was required.

Various members, helpers and others were quickly roped in and a suitable course was set and subsequently measured (1.6km, around 1 mile who would have thought). All the while the club was filling up with people eager to sail in what was the largest turnout for club racing for some time.

49 helms signed on, all made it to the start line. A long first beat had been set in an effort to try and stretch the fleet out a little by the windward mark. With the wind blowing a nice F3 with gusts to F4 and constantly shifting around (as it always does when from the north at Hunts) choosing the right end of the line was almost as critical as finding a gap and trying to get clear air.

Your learned reporter decided that as the breeze kept going west that the pin end was the end to be. As the gun went with only a couple of people at that end there was a moment of trepidation until the wind shifted and a quick tack had me crossing the fleet. Playing the shifts up the beat resulted in a handy lead at the windward mark followed by a couple of Phantoms, an Enterprise and a couple of Solos. Interestingly the Enterprise started at the Committee boat end and managed to find clear wind so line end choice was not as critical as being in clear air.

From there on a battle ensured between myself (in my D-Zero), Martin Mills and Neville Taylor (both in Phantoms) with Gary Fowler and Simon Kerr not dropping back too quickly in their Solos.  Until around ¾ of the way through the race there was not much between the 3 leaders with the lead changing hands between myself and Neville several times with Martin keeping a close watch from astern ready to pounce on any mistakes. Then the decisive moment came, Martin had dropped back a little and Neville decided to gybe off on the run. This left me to ride a small gust all the way down the run and build a small lead of just under a minute at the finish.

Gary and Simon in their Solos were also have a great scrap on the last lap. Gary caught Simon out on starboard and forcing him to do turns on the last beat. This slowed them both down just enough to allow me to take the victory after the results had been processed.

There were a lot of battles taking place throughout the entire fleet with some very close finishes both on the water and on corrected time. There were also a number of young novice racers on the water some for some of whom it was their first serious race. A great effort from all the sailors, RO team, Safety team and Galley team for their efforts. A special mention to Jan Carver who did a lot of work organising on the day.  £329.25 was raised from donations and the cake sale.

Prize giving will be held on the 28th September 2014 at the club.  After some hard work from the race team and a few extra assistants the provisional results are as follows:
1st    Paul Jefferies         D-Zero        GBR101
2nd    Gary Fowler         Solo            5135
3rd     Simon Kerr         Solo            5251
4th     Neville Taylor         Phantom    1329
5th     Martin Mills         Phantom    1201
1st Youth     Monty Foster    Laser Radial    163452
2nd Youth    Terry Hacker    Optimist    5356
3rd Youth    Henry Whittle    Europe        53
1st Lady        Hannah Whiteside    Laser Radial    183945

You can find the Sailwave results in our results section.


Autumn Activities

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The leaves may be changing colour and the nights drawing in, but there is still plenty going on at your sailing club!

Tuesday evening sailing and Thursday junior sailing continue up until mid October.  On Tuesdays there is a safety boat afloat from around 4.30 until dusk, and on Thursdays safety cover is usally available from around 5pm, again until we run out of light!

Saturday sailing also continues, but there are a lot of Open Meetings coming up so please check with the Race Officer before going out.

Open Meeting dates:

Saturday 13th September - Hunts hosts the Youth League!  All young Hunts sailors are welcome to take part, you simply need to be able to sail around a simple course.  Club boats may be used at the usual hire charge.  Please note, the final Youth League meeting of the year will be at our neighbouring club at Pacton, near St Neots on 11th October.  Let's send a big team to round things off! 

Saturday 20th September - Laser Open, first race 11am.  For all Laser classes: 4.7, radial and standard rigs.

Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September, British Moth Open.  First race 11am.

Saturday 4th October, Solo Open.  First race 11am.

Saturday 18th October, Topper Open.  First race 11am.


All comers Race Training

Once all the opens are over we will again be running our popular race training for all members, novice and experienced sailors, junior and mature.  We simply ask that you are able to launch independently, can recover from capsize with minimal assistance and can sail a triangular course.  You also need warm kit!  These sessions are free to members and will start with participants rigged and ready to go afloat at 9.30am. Sessions will take place on Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, with possibly more in December.



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