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HSSC August 2017 News Update from the Commodore  

HSSC August 2017 News Update from the Commodore  

Dear All,

We have had lot of new members this year and we welcome them warmly to the friendliest sailing club in the UK!  It is good to keep everyone abreast with what is going on at our club so here are some updates of information.

Tony Wyatt and Andrew Thompson have brought on many new members this year already and gained them their RYA sailing qualifications. Their contribution to the club is superb and greatly acknowledged. If you are interested in a course please contact one of the guys directly (

Marc Carney ran a course for some of us who thought we could windsurf many years ago- Thanks Marc and Stu Hards who helped out every week too.. I think we all gained a lot from you both brushing away some cob-webs.

For those of you who do not know, we are now affiliated with Dover Channel Training. This group of swimmers meet every Saturday at HSSC and have open-water swimming from 8am – they are one of the most prestigious swimming groups training to swim the channel and a really nice bunch of friendly people. Emma France heads up this group ( and she welcomes anyone to come along for one of her sessions on a Saturday morning.

The other five sports we offer at our club are flourishing well – it is nice to see the SUP’ers, kayakers, cyclists and swimmers revelling in zero-wind days when the sailors are all kicking themselves cursing…. It’s also great to see members crossing into each other’s sports too!

Claudia Carney has held very successful open SUP nights On Tuesday evenings.  Claudia also provides private tuition as well as open water sessions. (

Windsurfing racing has been well attended this year with racing that starts every Tuesday evening at 6pm. The bar is open after racing and everyone is welcome.  Andy Gibson is  our windsurfing rear commodore (  Sometimes Claudia and Alex also provide one of their cuisines on Tuesday evenings  for a small donation.

Thursday evenings is our Dinghy racing evening (windsurfers also very welcome) and apart from the odd nuclear evening, we have had quite a good lot of races.  Racing starts at 6.30pm and the bar is always open after the race.  Mary and Sharon often lay on one of their lovely dinners after the racing too.  Anthony Elford is our sailing rear commodore and he also heads up the dinghy storage in the boatyard. (

On Saturdays, Radek Niec has continued his kayaking sessions with great success. Radek’s experience is second-to-none and he has done well in bringing on several new members in this sport. ( )

Sunday  mornings start promptly at 9am with the Hythe Cycling Club setting off from HSSC
HCC (Hythe Cycling Club) have differing groups for every level of ability and they meet outside our club for a weekly session that lasts for up to 3 hours.  Heidi Hammond is HCC’s secretary (

Sunday is open water sailing for everyone and dinghy racing starts at 11am.

The galley is open from about 10am every Sunday and the support from everyone helping to run this has been overwhelming. A big thank you to you all.  We are always looking for new volunteers to help out in the galley – if you can please spare a few hours one Sunday, it will be really appreciated.  Jane Mackenzie kindly sorts out the Galley rota of staff and can be contacted on

I would like to bring to your attention the need for anyone who is out on the sea participating in any water-sport activity to get at the very least, third party insurance.  Our kit can do a huge amount of damage if we were ever to become unfortunate in hitting someone in the water or on the beach and it is our own responsibility to mitigate this with insurance.  Newton Crumb offers insurance for pretty much any kind of water-sport activity and third party insurance is generally inexpensive (

Massive appreciation to everyone for respecting the new parking rules. We do appreciate it is tricky to park up near to the club but just to reiterate that we are not allowed to park on the esplanade or beside the wooden fence alongside the club.

Windsurf kit/SUP storage:
With storage space at a premium, please only use spaces that have been paid for and please assist in the on-going effort to match storage spaces to members names using indelible pen on the whiteboards provided

Dates for your diaries:
On Sunday 20th August we have our annual Ship Inn Race.The start will be at 12.00 with signing on from 11.00. The cost is £5 per craft which will be donated to a charity nominated by Stuart who owns the Ship Inn and who has very kindly offered to throw in one of his magnificent BBQ lunches too!

A dinghy race to raise money for the RNLI will  also be arranged later in the season (watch this space!)

Our big Summer Party is on Sunday 27th August. A lot of preparation has already gone into this by Suzi, Mary and Sharon. There’s a bunch of events going on at the party and tickets can be purchased from the lovely ladies or via the galley. If you can help out on the day, even better! Every effort no matter how small is really appreciated.

The annual HSSC Laying Up Supper is on Saturday November 18th– Suzi has been working hard to ensure this is another superb night of entertainment not to be missed. Tickets will be limited so please do book up early!

Finally… Please do not forget Alex and Claudia’s Soul Food Friday! It is on tonight if anyone is interested? Excellent food and the bar will be open at 7pm  (and the sun is shining !!)

More details of every event will be emailed out nearer the time so please keep a look out!

We look forward to seeing everyone on the beach and using our brilliant club for the rest of the summer and well into the autumn.

With very best wishes,

Chris Addison
HSSC Commodore