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!
- Written by Nikky Evans
Spring is here, the weather is warmer and the evenings are lighter for longer! That can only mean one thing - Thursdays Afloat! Starting around 4.30pm or whenever you can get to us, these sessions are for our young sailors to get out on the water and enjoy fun and games organised by our instructors, with safety cover always afloat! If your youngster can tack and gybe then they can come along and join in the fun, boost their confidence and make new friends for the future! These sessions are free to club members, and club boats can be hired at the usual ratres. We come off the water at dusk.
2015 Spring and Summer Training Calendar
- Written by Vanessa Weedon-Jones
Course costs to be confirmed where applicable.
7th and 21st March Back on the Water, morning only. Brush up your skills after the winter. Instructors ashore and afloat to help you with rigging, tuning and remembering those sailing essentials. Free to members. Club boats available to hire at the usual rates..
30 & 31 March, Assistant Instructor course. The first step towards becoming a sailing instructor, or useful training for helping on club courses and activities. You must be a competent sailor and ideally possess one of the RYA Youth or Adult Advanced Modules. This training is free to those committeed to volunteering within the the club.
7, 8, 9 April Get Ready to Race (under 15s) Race training and a race series for junior sailors. Must have Stage 3 or equivalent experience. Cost, £25 per day plus any boat hire.
11/12 April RYA Adult Start Sailing (level 1) and RYA Youth Stage One: For complete beginners. Club boats provided. Cost £90.00 for adults, £50 per child plus boat hire.
18/19 April RYA Adult Basic Skills (Level 2) and Youth Stage 2 The next step towards becoming a confident sailor. Club boats can be hired. Cost £70 per adult plus any boat hire. £50 per child plus any boat hire.
25/26 April RYA Level 3 including using Asymmetrics. Polish your skills using the club Vagos. Cost £76.00 including boat hire.
26 – 29 May Cadet Week - RYA Youth Stages plus fun and games afloat and ashore. For all junior sailors, from novice to keen racers. Cost £25 per day plus any boat hire.
6/7 June RYA Adult Start Sailing (Level 1) For the complete beginner. Club boats provided. Cost £90 per person.
27/28 June RYA Adult Basic Skills (Level 2) The next step towards becoming a confident sailor. Club boats can be hired. Cost £70 per person plus any boat hire.
Wednesday 29th Summer Sprint Series: a series of coached races for our junior sailors. Instructors and coaches ashore and afloat to get your ound the course and in to racing.. Parents needed to help with safety, race management, galley.
Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. Summer Sprint Series: a series of coached races for our junior sailors. Instructors and coaches ashore and afloat to get your ound the course and in to racing. Parents needed to help with safety, race management, galley.
10 -13th August.Boat Camp, Games and Fun afloat and ashore for all junior sailors. Includes separate race training and a race series for the more competitive sailors. Cost £25 per day per child plus any boat hire.
Race Coach Level 2 course
- Written by Nikky Evans
Hunts is hosting a Race Coach Level 2 course on the 14th and 15th March, cost £85.
This course is suitable for competent, experienced club racers aged 16 or over who might be interested in coaching at club level.
You will need to gain RYA Powerboat 2 and First Aid, and be a member of the RYA.
This course is initially open to Hunts members only.
Barts Bash at Hunts SC….the view from the front
- Written by Nikky Evans
The 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