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!
What's on this weekend?
On Saturday the club is hosting a combined D Zero and Enterprise Open Meeting, so general sailing will be at the discretion of the race officer, John Coppenhall. Sunday sees the continuation of the AM Handicap in the morning, and the two Spring Series races in the afternoon.
Level 2 - Basic Skills course
There are 2 places left on this course which will run 14th to 15th May, replacing the one at the end of April due to weather conditions.
D-Zero and Enterprise Open
Saturday 30th April sees the club host the D-Zero and Enterprise Opens. Start time 11:00 am. Briefing 10:30.
Laser Fleet Training Day
The first of a series of three training days ‘Run by Laser Sailors for Laser Sailors’ took place recently at the club. This initial day was designed to assist with getting back on the water, and was tailored to suit all levels of sailors, from those new to sailing Lasers to the more experienced.
Attended by 12 fleet members, the day was ‘perfect for dry land sessions’; there was not much wind. There was a session providing in-depth discussion on the way the Laser sail reacts with control line adjustment, expertly described by Tom Charter and Duncan Wisbey. With an informal setting, the fleet members discussed upwind and downwind sail settings coupled with an introduction to ‘Sailing by the Lee’ - a technique which allows Lasers to sail faster and in a more stable manner downwind. The group then progressed outside to discuss how to ‘work the boat’; where to sit and how best to control the boat in light and heavy air. The fleet was also introduced to the 5th control, the adjustable hiking strap.
After lunch everyone rigged up and did some tuning before getting out on the water for light air coaching. Those on the water were filmed from the powerboat - Tom coaching, Duncan driving and David videoing. 25 minutes of quality action was captured which was then reviewed as part of the training debrief and feedback.
The next training session is on 16th April where a UKLA accredited coach will be attending, and on the 25th June we will have one of the female Laser Olympic hopefuls. These sessions have been designed to progress from one training session to the next ready for the Laser open on 2nd July. Book with the Laser Captain David Catto, to secure your place.