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!

 

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

 

 

Club Safety Boat Training

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There are a few places left on the Club Safety Boat training course this Saturday 8th March. This is aimed at those wanting to be able to do safety boat duties at Hunts only - it is not a nationally recognised qualification. Prior experience is not necessary, but you are encouraged to use this as a refresher course should you wish.

You must be over 16 and fit and well enough to man-handle boats, anchors and persons. To find out more send me a pm or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Easter Activities & Junior Course booking.

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Easter may seem like a long time off, but for those needing to make holiday plans, here are a couple of things you might not want to miss!

RYA_logoAssistant Instructor Course

8th - 10th April

Cost: Commitment!

This year's Assistant Instructor course will be during the Easter holidays on the 8th, 9th and 10th April.  Applicants must be good sailors, aged over 14 and most importantly, very keen to help with activities such as Thursdays Afloat, Cadet Week and Boat Camp.  Adult applications especially welcome.  Places are limited so email me now and let me know if you wish to be considered, even if you think I already know!  Just so I can keep my lists up to date!

The course is free but you must be prepared to indicate several sessions when you can help out at club activities.  Selection for places is not first come, first served but is based on observed commitment to the club and enthusiasm for the sport.  Candidates will be chosen by the clubs' Senior Instructors.  To apply, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it indicating why you would like a place.  Parents should NOT apply on behalf of their children!  The course is a great starting point for those wishing to go to qualify as a Dinghy Instructor or Race Coach.

champion_clubBase Camp

14th - 16th April

Cost: £20.00 per day plus boat hire and hot lunch.

Base Camp is the new name for 'Get Ready to Race' and will form the basis for Top Squad activities later on in the spring.  It is a 'get together' course for all the club's young sailors who want to race (or are already racing!) in the junior classes such as toppers, oppies, 4.7s and Fevas. Over the three days they will be able to remember how to sail after the long winter break, make new friends for the season ahead, and get a taste of what will be on offer during the Top squad sessions, such as boat handling practice, rigging their boats for racing, sailing round a basic race course.  There will also be shore based activities such as rules and tuning, and actual racing for the more experienced.

Junior Course Enrolment and Family Information Evening

Thursday 6th March, 6.30pm, the Clubhouse.

This year we are planning to hold an information and enrolment evening for all junior courses and activites, so you can come along and chat over what is on offer, tell us what you need, and book your places on the courses we have planned.  We will also be asking for parents to commit to various duites for activities such as Boat Camp, Cadet Week and Thursdays Afloat.  The idea is to come along, bring the family, meet old friends from last year, sign up for what you want to do this year.  You will also be able to book by the usual route, but coming to the enrolment evening means you can be sure of getting the right course for your young sailor(s).

 

Hunts SC voted Inland National Championship Venue of 2013

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STOP PRESS - Presentation at Saturday's Dinghy Show - main stage 1.30pm.  Come and give us a cheer!

It was announced tonight at the Datchet Flyer dinner that Hunts SC had been voted top Inland National Championship Venue of 2013.

Sponsored by GJW Direct and Sailracer, the contest asked sailors to vote for their top clubs in an online poll of clubs who had hosted a Nationals in 2013 consisting of 35 boats or more.  The GJW representative commented that friendliness of a club was one of the key criteria.

Congratulations to all those who were involved in the CVDRA (Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing Association) Nationals held at Hunts SC over the August Bank Holiday and who made it such a success for the club; organisers, race officers, caterers, safety boat drivers, those who took entries on the day, kept the club functioning, beach masters, and everyone else who made all the visiting sailors so welcome.

 

Pictured - everyone enjoyed a traditional Prizegiving Cream Tea!

 

 
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