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 Ready to Race!
This fun course is aimed at helping our under 14 years old sailors get ready to enjoy racing in events such as club races, the Youth League and CSYSA events.
As well as polishing those basic sailing skills the course will cover:
- How to make your boat go faster!
- Getting a good start
- The basic rules of racing
- Finding the best way round the race course.
- And much more!
Places are limited, and those with little or no racing experience will be given first priority. To take part you must be able to rig and launch your own boat with minimal assistance, not be worried about capsizing, be able to sail an upwind course with reasonable efficiency.
5th - 7th April, £25 per day plus any boat hire.
It can still be very cold in April, so sailors must have well fitting, full wetsuits, or dry suits. We do reserve the right to cancel if the weather is very poor. If we can find parent volunteers to cook then we will aim to provide a hot lunch for a minimal extra cost.
Single or double handers may be used, and club boats are available to hire at the usual rates.
Assistant Instructor Course
Date: 3rd & 4th April + a day 'on the job'.
Cost: free to those committed to volunteering within the club.
This course is aimed at those members keen to become involved in helping with the club's sailing courses and activities, possibly with a view to becoming a Dinghy Instructor.
The course involves learning to sail the club-owned training boats according to the RYA Method, and learning how to pass those skills on to students on RYA beginner courses. The course combines plenty of on the water activity with some shore based sessions, including looking at the club and RYA learn to sail schemes, how people learn, and how to communicate your skills to others. After two days of formal training you must also undertake a day of work experience, ideally on the Get Ready to Race course (5, 6, 7 April).
To take part you should be aged 14 or over, with adults especially welcome, and have a good level of personal sailing ability, ideally to the standard of any of the RYA Advanced Modules, and as a minimum Stage 4 / Level 3. You do not need any other qualifications, just plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to help. In return for your free training you are expected to be available to assist on club courses and activities.
Club newsletter - Autumn 2016
The Autumn 2016 edition of the Club newsletter has now been sent out.
Do check your junk mail folder as the email was sent to all members and may be seen as spam.
In this issue:
- Events this Autumn
- Saturday Morning Novice Race Training
- Sunday Morning Novice Race Series
- Upcoming Oppie Race Training
- DutyMan update
- Hunts Mirror Day report
- Lightning Open report
- Youth League reports
- NSSA Team Racing Champs report
- Merlin DeMay event report
You should have received an email with it attached but you can also download it here: Click here to download the newsletter
War Horse victorious at 2016 Merlin DeMay event
A forecast of thunderstorms may have kept some sailors away on 27 August for the DeMay qualifier at Hunts SC, however they did not materialise, although the four boats that raced faced a gusty north easterly. Race Officer Tom Lachlan-Cope set good courses from the Committee Boat utilising most of the lake with good beats and off-wind legs.
In the first race “War Horse” helmed by Jon Cowper and crewed by owner Mike Liggett, powered away at the start and was never challenged. Tim Bury in “Ten-Sixty-Six” and Ben Marshall in “La Volente” battled it out for second place with Ian Laing coming in fourth. This set the pattern for the following two races, with Jon and Mike getting clear away again, right from the start, with major battles for the next place between Tim and Ben - although Ian was able to ease Ben out of third on handicap.
In the final race Ben was closing in but to no avail, as Jon and Mike crossed the line well ahead. Ian Laing unfortunately sprung a plank in the last race and had to retire.
Sail No. Helm Crew Club
1st 1939 Jon Cowper Mike Liggett Hunts
2nd 1066 Tim Bury Pat Kuenzler Banbury
3rd 1596 Ben Marshall Sel Shah Thames
4th 2410 Ian Laing Andrew Hull Hollingworth
Report by Mike Liggett