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!
Boat Camp - book your place now!
Boat Camp at Hunts SC means four days of fun afloat and ashore for all our young sailors, with instructors organising games, races and competitions all related to sailing.
Families are welcome to enjoy free camping in the club grounds, enabling children to carry on making friends and chatting in the evenings.
This year the Camp runs from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th August, and places are filling fast.
The cost is £25 per child per day, plus boat hire, and parents can leave their children with us from 9.30am to between 4.00pm and 4.30pm. All parents must do a duty in the galley, cooked lunches are available for £3.50 per child. Those wishing to take part must have some basic sailing ability; formal tuition is not provided.
Results are now online for this event.
Thursday evening sailing is back
After a 2 week break, Thursday evening sailing is running again,
Thursdays Afloat is an evening session where our family sailors take to the water and enjoy either cruising or improving their skills with activities supervised by instructors and with safety boat cover. From 5pm.
Supernova training day: Friday 10th June
Prior to the Supernova Open taking place at Hints SC on Saturday 11th June, there will be a Class Association Training day aimed at Supernovas on Friday 10th June.
Andy Kerr, who is an ex-Hunts member and son of top RYA trainer Simon Kerr, is coming to give some training specifically focused on tactics for racing and the upcoming Nationals in particular – gate starts, mark rounding and tactics downwind:
As a fairly infrequently used starting method it takes a few practices to understand what is happening and how to position your boat and time the run in to the line.
The plan is to initially look at what it is and how to perform a start. Then develop this in to….
- Ways to find a good position to start within the fleet of boats.
- Timing your run in to the line to cross directly behind the gate boat at speed.
- Holding your position off the start line to avoid falling into the dirty wind of others.
Unless you are lucky enough to be in the leading few boats, the first few mark roundings in a race can be busier than the start line with big gains and losses possible. The plan is to consider tactical options at windward and leeward marks with lots of practice on the water with video analysis of what happened.
In large fleets a lot of places can be gained by sailing shorter distances or sailing faster on runs and reaches.
- Start time for training on Friday is 10am - boats to be rigged by then
- Camping will be possible Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June
- Click here for more information on the Open including NOR