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!
Dinghy Instructor Training: early Summer 2017
Hunts Sailing Club will be running a Dinghy Instructor course later on this year
Cost £225 per person.
To take part you must be aged 16 years or over, have RYA Powerboat 2 and a recognised First Aid qualification (obtainable through the club). You must also pass a pre entry assessment of your sailing skills, for which some training can be provided. This assessment is delivered free of charge to those provisionally offered a place on the course, and will take place in February, either at a weekend or during half term.
To be considered you should be able to show an enthusiasm for passing on your knowledge of sailing, enjoy helping people learn, and possess an ability to communicate with lots of different people, both children and adults. We also expect you to commit to doing voluntary instruction with your club in the future, either at weekends or during school holidays.
If we have spare places on this course they will be offered to members of our neighbouring clubs.
Vanessa Weedon-Jones wins East region BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award
We are delighted to announce that our very own Vanessa Weedon-Jones has WON the East Region BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award.
The Hunts Sailing Club Women on the Water (WOW) group nominated her for the prestigious award earlier this year and amidst great secrecy, she was presented with the trophy last Tuesday at the WOW Christmas lunch in the clubhouse by Jonathan Park from the BBC.
Vanessa told us, "Although I've got the award, the work behind it has very much been a team effort with lots of help from a great bunch of instructors, willing club members and support from the Club Committee. The club has always been receptive to new ideas and schemes such as Women on the Water, Boat Camp and evening sailing. Thanks to everyone who has supported the efforts of the Training Centre."
She has been invited to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year gala event in Birmingham ths Sunday, where the national winner will be announced.
Click here to view the film shown on BBC Look East: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/38329239
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