Organisation of our non-competitive sailing activities has been taken on by a group of keen people, headed by Marian Stevens and Viv Collins.
They are hoping to add to next year’s sailing programme a series of group events which will give those members who are not especially interested in racing, or who perhaps lack the confidence to go out on their own, a chance to get out on the water to hone their skills and enjoy a sail together with like-minded other members.
These events will not be for unaccompanied beginners, but those wanting to get into sailing will be welcome to join in by going out with a more experienced sailor.
Children will also be welcome to join in with river events, but those under 16 must have a parent or other adult acting in loco parentis on the water.
Sailing will take place in the river or in the Solent, depending on the programme, the tides and the weather, and some of the events may be all-day trips or have a particular focus, e.g. a variety of Solent sails, including those to give tentative and new sailors more confidence in the open water, meeting up with other clubs, seamanship practice, picnics and forays to the Red Lion.
We will be keeping Quiet Sails in our programme so that adults and children can have the chance to go out for a short while and practise their skills independently, outside school/work times, when there will be patrol boats on the water to keep an eye on them. We aim to have an instructor on the water during quiet sails to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.
Simply Sailing Programme – September 2017
Thursday and Friday, 7th and 8th September – we will choose one of these dates to go for a morning sail up the river. Keep a look-out for updates on arrangements on Facebook or incoming emails.
Saturday 16th September – Solent sail to the west, aiming for a picnic lunch at Totland, Colwell, or Keyhaven, starting at 10.30.
Thursday and Friday, 21st and 22nd September – we will choose Thursday (but if weather unsuitable then Friday) to sail in the river in the morning. Hurst Castle Sailing Club and Keyhaven Yacht Club have a similar group to ours called the Potterers who are planning a voyage up the river Yar on the Thursday. We may all have our picnic lunches together at YSC. Keep a look-out for updates on arrangements on Facebook or incoming emails.