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MAINSHEETS Hill Head Sailing Club

The Quarterly Magazine for Hill Head Sailing Club

Hill Head Sailing Club

SOCIAL DIARY 2012 October 2012

All start at 19:30 hours unless given otherwise

27 October 09 November 10 November 24 November 01 December 08 December 08 December 18 December

Trafalgar Night Cadets Bonfire Biscuits 7.30 - 9pm Laying Up Supper Annual Prize Giving Annual General Meeting 15:00 Christmas Bazaar 11am - 3pm Carols & Christmas Songs Children’s Christmas Party TBA

25 December

Bar Open 12-14:00 for Christmas drinks

Hilde’s very popular Quality coffees the First Tuesday every month at 10.30am throughout the year.

1LUKE 1LASER 1ISLAND 1CHALLENGE Issue 91 Hill Head Sailing Club . Cliff Road . Hill Head, Fareham . Hampshire . PO14 3JT Telephone: 01329 664843 Email: Website:

Ladies & Gentlemen are ALL invited to join us for coffee, biscuits and a chat.

The Annual Prize Giving Saturday 24th November starting at 19:30. All winners of prizes will be given warning either by telephone or email but it would be great to continue with our usual outstanding turnout from members! Don’t forget to keep looking at

Commodore Bob McManus





VICE COMMODORE (Sailing) - Luke Morrison






REAR COMMODORE (House) - Andrew Knight






ONBOARD SAILING - Olivia and Ritchie Thurlby






J CLASS YACHTS IN THE SOLENT - Matthew West & David Vines
















LOST AT SEA? - Lauren Macintosh


RNLI SALES - Jill and Roger Norman













Back page 01329 317822 The very unusual weather of this summer has continued through into the autumn with more high winds causing more shingle to build in the entrance to the harbour. Even the very high water flow rate down the Meon river and high water levels of water in the Haven have failed to sweep much of the shingle back out to sea. Let’s hope that when Athlone Castle returns to her winter berth the impact of the high flow rate will be greater. In the meantime ideas that were suggested some while ago to stop the shingle being swept onto the harbour have been resurrected. This is a long term project and will probably involve external funding; I will present more details at the AGM. A significant number of our members have been successful in spreading the good word about Hill Head Sailing Club around the world. Just before Cowes Week we were invited by the sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management to encourage our cadets to enter a painting competition as part of their celebration of Cowes week. It was very pleasing to find several of the cadets rose to the challenge and one of them, Beth Fieldsend was awarded 2nd prize. More recently Old Poulteney Whisky sponsored a Maritime Heroes award in 3 categories a) Club Service, b) Bravery and c) Sailing. As we could only nominate one individual in each category we had great difficulty in choosing who should go forward. Finally we chose David Vines for all his great work in keeping the Club in good running order for the Club Service award and Ian Morgan for his achievements in the Laser and his contribution to the running of Open events at the Club for the Sailing award. We are pleased to hear that both David and Ian have been selected to progress to the semi finals. If you catch them at the right moment it may be possible to encourage them to share their prizes so far, a sample of 10 year old single malt. Of course some of our members have demonstrated how good they are at sailing. They have achieved great results in inter-club events, local area Championships, National Championships, European Championships, and World Championships, in a wide range of boats from the Tera up to the 49er dinghies. Then the cruisers have spread the word by visiting several harbours in the area en masse during a passage race or during a cruise and entering several big local events such as the Round the Island Race. We should also recognize Luke’s great achievement, with his back up team, in sailing around the Isle of Wight in less than 11 hours in a Laser dinghy.

I understand at one point they recorded a GPS ground speed of over 17 knots. In doing so he raised considerable funds for the charity BASICS. As a consequence many readers of the local papers now know HHSC do many good things for the community. There are also many members who do not sail much but provide great back up to our sailing activities. The regular support for our weekly sailing and then the much bigger requirement during Open meetings is superb. Then on top of all that we run regular social events, this all coming together to make us a very rounded Club. There have over recent months however been a few events where there has been room for a few more participants. This has raised the question amongst some of the Management whether we are putting a little too much demand on our Volunteer help, OR it may be that the recession is now beginning to curb the spending power of some of us even in the prosperous South. Indeed whereas it had been strongly expected that the Olympics would generate a surge in sporting activity we have found that this year has seen a significant reduction in the number of new membership applications. I am sure this debate will continue but the intention for next year is to arrange the sailing programme so that it is less intense. DOGS: Over the years that I have been a member of HHSC there has been concern about dogs coming into the Club House from some members. As a consequence the Management Committee on several occasions issued a Policy that dogs should not be allowed into the Club House. On one occasion recently it was necessary to point out this policy to several members most of whom immediately took the dogs out of the building. It was however pointed out that club policy was only a guidance document and had never been underwritten by the membership. The current Management Committee has therefore, using Rule 22, introduced a Bye Law, the wording of which is: “Dogs are not permitted in the Club building with the exception of Assistance Dogs. The Club building includes the fire escape steps and balconies.” Notices will be displayed at the foot of the fire escape steps and at the entrance lobby to remind everyone. ELECTRONIC MAINSHEETS: This being the first issue of Mainsheets distributed electronically, rather than hard copies to all members, we hope you have all found it as interesting to read as the earlier versions. The whole world seems to be moving toward the electronic age and HHSC is not being left behind. A small group has been working hard in the background on a new membership data base which in due course will ease the work load of the membership secretary and give all members the ability to confirm and update their own personal information. The first stages of this process will become apparent early next year during Membership renewal. Bob McManus, Commodore

Vice Commodore (Sailing) Luke Morrison Mobile: 07983 084095 Hi Everyone, With the fun of summer at an end and the crisp chilly mornings in full swing we are still moving along our sailing programme but with reflections of our events during the summer. It has been fantastic to see the huge level of participation in our sport both from Dinghies and Cruisers and importantly great to see the volume of members turning out to the organised club events for you on the water. At this point in the year we are very busy preparing the budgets for next year and preparing for the members general meeting at the end of the year. I just simply forget each year how much hard work is needed in order to get this right and once again this year is no different. The Sailing Committees plans for next year are firm and forward moving, as I am sure you would expect from us. I have been putting a lot of effort into getting new people to come and join the team next year, assuming responsibility for specific areas of the club. In addition the Sailing Committee has put together a very robust budget for 2013 which I hope is approved. We shall continue with our programme to replace older club dinghies, whilst importantly looking to address our Safety Boat needs. I hope that we shall benefit from some eleven thousand pounds worth of grants in 2012-13 which will aid this important work. You can be assured that the Sailing Committee budgets expenditure and income is relevant to benefit the majority of the membership, and that it will help to inspire new activities and experiences, helping to keep developing the way we sail and participate at Hill Head. I very much look forward to the AGM where I can share some of these thoughts with you. Since July we have had a number of key events including Dinghy Weeks and the SLOSHH Inter Club Race. Dinghy Weeks once again this year was as successful as ever; with sailors and volunteers coming together for two great weeks of sailing and fun. I would like to thank all those involved in this important club annual event; without the parents and volunteers it simply could not happen. This September we held the re-run of the SLOSHH Inter-Club race. There were 63 boats between Seafarers and Hill Head, no Lee on Solent boats could attend. This event’s turnout was fantastic and the weather pretty good in respect of wind. Seafarers laid on an excellent tea and prize giving afterwards. I am pleased to say that Hill Head picked up the overall trophy and so it’s once again in our club house for all to see.

RYA Training during the summer really falls to the side, as the intensive RYA Training programme leading up to the summer comes to an end; having said that we do have our Race skills squads, Oppies and Adult/Ladies sessions taking place. This year we have had many children and adults participating in these sessions, attending in all conditions of weather. The coaches have some extremely positive feedback about those who attend and I am pleased to see the continued progression from many people. This hard work could not of course be achieved without those who are dedicated on the Training team, our thanks extends to them. Remember 2013 will see continued and further opportunities for all members and I hope that you take up those on offer. Notable achievements have been made over the summer. To name a few here Billy Vennis-Ozanne achieving his RS Tera World Champion Status including a 2nd overall at the RS Tera UK Inland Championships; Ian & Kerry Morgan achieving the 1st Standard and 1st Radial in the Laser South Coast Grand Prix; Chloe Bar has achieved a 2nd Overall at the RYA Youth Zone Championships in the Topper Fleet; in addition Chloe has been offered an RYA National Squad place for 2012-13. Lastly we cannot forget Steve Cockerill who retains his title as Masters European Laser Radial Champion. In addition there are many others representing Hill Head who are participating both here and outside the sailing club. We must thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to sailing and wishing you well in your future endeavours whilst travelling around the UK, Europe and indeed the world. Remember your club racing still awaits you when home! This article is going to be a little shorter than usual given the time of year, there is much to be done and as ever I will communicate via email and Facebook but also do not forget the Hill Head Website. If you are wishing to get more involved and want to have real responsibility for something in our club then please come contact me or any member of the Sailing team who will be more than happy to talk to you. For now though I hope to see you all in the near future, but if not I wish you all well for the remainder of the year and enjoy your festive times to come with your friends and family.

HHSC MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY REQUIRED If you’re looking to get more involved in your sailing club, meet both existing and new members and become an integral part of the Management team why not consider becoming our new Hon. Membership Secretary?! As the Club’s various committees and Management team change around in readiness for the AGM, this could be the chance to make your mark in 2013. In brief, the role includes responsibility for: New membership enquiries & applications – processing the applications, presenting them before the Management Committee and mailing out new member packs. Existing members – updating change of details on the Club database, allocating dinghy parking fee monies, issuing replacement key fobs. Attending Management Committee Meetings - normally once a month at the Club House, presenting a regular report and new applications for approval. This is also an opportunity to get involved with others of the Sailing Club and as part of the management team – the Hon. Membership Secretary has a vote at the meetings. Other events to attend include the AGM and New Members Evening. Membership Renewals – arranging paying in nights, finalising fees on the system for the new season; producing renewal letter and renewal forms and mailing out to the membership. Process renewals and payments at paying in nights and also carrying out administration for those members renewing by post. Membership database – general housekeeping, updating and running reports for the management team. Banking – membership fees & dinghy parking monies, reconciling payments on the system, paying in and liaising with Club Treasurer accordingly.


In the main, apart from attending meetings, all of the above can be done remotely because our new database is web based so can run from your home pc or laptop very easily. The role is very varied and a great way to get to know more about your Club and its members. IT skills would be really beneficial – use of word, excel, email plus basic knowledge of Access or similar database format.

£4,608.50 made so far

Full handover will be given! If you would like to find out more please contact me directly.

Luke Morrison Vice Commodore (Sailing)

Sue Davis Hon Membership Secretary

The Stig Challenge July, August & September 2012 The Summer has been kind to the entrants to the Stig Challenge. While many people yearned for the Summers of their youth, with warm water and gentle breezes, Mother Nature conspired to bring us clouds rain and scything winds (apart from the Olympics, of course). Stronger winds mean there is the opportunity of posting a fast time in the Stig Challenge. Surprisingly, only a few members took advantage of these conditions. The Stig Challenge July In July the three entrants were led by Mike Coombes in his RS 600. Mike recorded a time just 2 seconds slower than his best time last year and his corrected time puts him in first place on the provisional overall standings for 2012. A Force 4 Southerly enabled him to sail the course with the minimum of tacks. On the same day of Mike’s fast lap, Chris Clarke also raced round and, coincidentally, he also completed in a time 2 seconds slower than his best time. I was the third entrant for July. I took out a Club Vision, which comfortably took the whole family of four of us, and in a Force 2 we just failed to beat our ten minute target! The Stig Challenge August August saw just one entry, so congratulations to David Vines who scorched round in 7 mins. 16 secs. in his Laser. The super quick time puts him into second place overall this year, but he needs to reduce his time by approximately 30 seconds to knock Mike off the top slot. The Stig Challenge September September was also looking glum for entrants until late in the month when two sailors recorded times. It is becoming like an ebay auction - wait until the last minute before showing your hand! David Vines won for the second month in succession, but with a slower time. Although the wind strength was similar to August, the direction was less favourable and David was unable to go from buoy to buoy without tacking. Second spot went to Simon Shillaker and family in a Feva and they posted a very respectable time bearing in mind that they were also sailing in a South Westerly. So, Autumn is here. Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness are not what we want to experience on the water! Bring on the equinox! That normally produces the necessary wind (although not necessarily from the right direction!) In the meantime what is stopping you from going out there? If the wind remains light then even a slow time could be sufficient to make you a monthly winner and go on the Stig Challenge Wall of Fame! Guy Bradbury

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Rear Commodore Andrew Knight 01329 665048 This will be my last communication in Mainsheets as house commodore. When I took on the role I only had the intention of standing for one year and other commitments means that it is not feasible for me to stand again. Over the year I have had the support of an enthusiastic and able committee. The club is fortunate in that all the elected and co-opted members of the committee as well as most of those who carry out administrative roles, but do not attend committee meetings, are willing to serve again. My thanks go to Paul Duckworth who is stepping down as bar roster organiser and will be replaced by Jim Thurlby who will be organising the roster from the New Year. Although we have a stable committee there is a need for new people to become involved to ensure continuity into the future and therefore if any of you are interested please make yourself known to one of the committee members or me. Please believe me that assisting with the running of the club and being a committee member is a rewarding experience. The club has provided a range of social events through the year including some new ideas which have, I believe, been enjoyed by those who attended. My perception is, however, that the numbers using the club for non sailing related activities has declined. Whether it is slowness in people signing up for social events, and in this regard the numbers attending the laying up supper are, at the time of writing, disappointing, usage of the bar in the evening, or participating in the darts competition. I am afraid it takes a lot of effort to put on social events and if there is inadequate interest inevitably what is on offer will reduce. Therefore if you want to benefit from what the club can put on in the future please make sure that you participate and that the wonderful facilities that we have are used. I was speaking to Bob Seymour who has taken over organising the interclub darts competition this year. He tells me that there is relatively little interest from club members in this competition. This competition is a good opportunity to visit and meet people at other clubs in an informal, vaguely competitive setting. Ability to play darts is an advantage but not essential. If this is of interest please email me and I will pass your name on. The club’s dart and pool competitions have for many years been organised by Brian Wild. Although many of you know, it appears that some, who know Brian, are not aware that he suffered a stroke in the summer and is now in a nursing home in Lee on the Solent. Our thoughts are with Brian and his family.

The winter will see the normal range of Christmas events suitable for all the family and I would draw your attention to the fixture list. We are hoping to organise a range of informative talks in the New Year. If any of you have an interest or job on which you would be prepared to give a talk please make contact. It need not be sailing related but obviously would need to appeal to our membership. Finally many of you will remember former members Andy and Lyn Mason and family and Roger and Ben Saynor who emigrated to New Zealand a few years ago. Anne and I had the pleasure of seeing them when we attended Ben’s wedding in the Cook Islands recently. They send their best wishes and regards to all who know them. Best wishes Andrew Knight, Rear Commodore

Power Boating Courses 2013 The preliminary dates for the 2013 power boating courses are as follows: PB Level 1 – 12th/13th January (including Friday night) This course is suitable for club members with no previous power boating experience (age restrictions apply). PB Level 2 – 2nd/3rd March (including Friday night) This course is suitable for club members who have previous power boating experience or have completed the level 1 course at least one year before and participated in the club’s duty roster. PB Level 2 – 10th/24th February (including a Friday night) Participation is restricted on this course. Safety boat course – 13th/14th April (including Friday night) This course is only available to those with a PB level 2 certificate and who can demonstrate a good level of boat handling skills. As in previous recent years the club will run a pre-assessment prior to this course, which will involve demonstrating good practice and skills equivalent to the PB2 direct assessment. The club’s powerboat courses are provided to members who are willing and able to assist with safety boat duties. It is expected that those members who participate will appear on the safety boat roster and attend safety boat duties in subsequent years. Andrew Knight Don’t forget Mainsheets is now only online at

Cruiser Captain, Dave Ellis Another season is drawing to a close. The countryside around Newtown Creek was starting to look very autumnal last weekend and the early morning fog was spectacularly thick in the estuary. But thankfully this was a local effect and the Solent was clear and sunny. We have completed our racing programme for the year with the Pipit Plate race to Bembridge completed at the second attempt on 29th September. The tidal handicap system that I am trialling this season seems to be producing fairer results for the smaller boats, but as ever handicap racing in such a varied fleet is dominated by weather conditions on the day. Mathew West takes the Corrie Tiller for the second year in succession with an impressive four first places. The only remaining fixture is the Final Folly Fling which is always a memorable evening at the end of the season. I am pleased to report that all the cruiser events this year have been well attended. The average race start was ten boats with a maximum of 14 taking part in the Shamrock Shaker. Seven boats completed the round-the-island rally and 25 attended the Sailaway to Island Harbour. We generally have between 15 and 25 people attending the rally dinners and there were nearly 60 people at the Sailaway barbeque. But there are still a lot of boats on the moorings that never attend any club events. I would love to see more of you coming along; please get in touch if there is anything I can do to make it easier for you to take part. I hear rumours of another new boat joining the fleet; it appears that an ex-commodore has formed a syndicate and invested in a hot racing machine. I understand that all will be revealed at the Folly next week. I hope he has checked the depth on the start line against the draft of his new craft, and that he has laid in plenty of stores for the traditional boat warming party! Dinghy and Cruiser Day Sailing. Sue and I started our cruising in a Wayfarer dinghy and I wonder if there are any experienced dinghy sailors in the club who are interested in venturing a little further afield. To encourage this we usually have two day sails on the fixture list to destinations which can easily be reached out-and-back on a single tide from the Haven. There is also the overnight camping trip to Island Harbour for the Sailaway. Very few dinghies have ever attended these events and I believe that this might be because of a lack of safety cover; but if we are to devote a safety boat to a day sail or the Sailaway then obviously the number of events at the club will have to be reduced on those days. Cruising events would be limited to the more competent and experienced dinghy sailors and participation would be dependent on the weather conditions on the day. But if you are interested please let me know and I will raise this at Sailing Committee to see if it is worthwhile adjusting the fixture list to release a safety boat. Dave Ellis

On Board Sailing Celebration at Spinnaker Sailing Club

RS Tera Team Racing

On Saturday 1st September 10 members of Hill Head Sailing Club went to Spinnaker Sailing Club near Ringwood to spend a morning having fun in boats. We were chosen because we had sailed well in dinghy week.

The Tera team racing took place on Thursday 26th July. 5 sailors turned up: Robert Sterling, William Rayner, Sam Hinds, Sam Kimberley and Tom Thorpe. Unfortunately, having 5 sailors for team racing was kind of impossible, so Sam Kimberley willingly offered to pull out and just have a recreational sail. The rest of the group were all very grateful to him so, THANK YOU SAM!

First of all we were divided into two teams of five and got our gear on. We got into pairs and clambered into the Qbas and Fevas. Once they were ready to be sailed we untied them, got some wind in our sails and started the sausage course around two buoys. There wasn’t much wind although one of the boats almost capsized! After a while we played tag on the water with tennis balls. We had to chuck balls at other boats and if the ball hit its target then that boat was ‘it’. Everyone enjoyed this game a lot. Next the safety boat threw different coloured balls into the water. We had to collect as many of the balls as possible and put them in the boat. Once all the balls had been collected we sailed back to land and tied our boats up. Then we did the Oppie Challenge. The Oppie Challenge was when we had a rigged oppie for each team and we needed to get the oppie, it’s rig, tiller, dagger board, sprit and 5 people to the other pontoon, without sailing it and with no more than 3 items in the boat! Both teams came up with the same idea; we tied a long piece of rope to the jetty then pulled ourselves back to the jetty for more cargo. Next we had to try to get all 10 of us in an oppie. By the time 5 of us were it, the oppie was sitting very low in the water. By seven, water was almost coming over the gunnel. When the last person climbed in, it sank!!!! All the girls screamed; the 2 boys didn’t. The oppie rose up to the surface and turtled. After that all of us jumped off the pontoon again and again! After we had got changed there was a grand barbecue waiting for us to dig in; chicken, burgers, sausages, salad, chips and there were seconds! All thanks to Margaret that we were there.

We had a tactical briefing on the grass, in which Guy explained many evil tactics to use against our opponents, and then we were put into our 2 teams of 2. These teams were: ‘Tera of the Seas’ (Robert and William) and ‘Bob’ (Sam Hinds and Tom). And then we rigged our boats, changed and got on the water. The basic rule in team racing that is different from normal racing is that whichever team has the person who comes last in it loses that race. This meant that we actually had to work as a team *gulp*. Anyway, in the 1st race, Tom won, but left his team-mate Sam Hinds in last position, causing ‘Bob’ to lose and ‘Tera of the Seas’ to win. BUT, Tom learnt from that mistake and used Guy’s dirty tactics (sticking to the rules, obviously!) to make sure that ‘Bob’ didn’t lose again. And it worked! In the second race both members of ‘Bob’ stormed ahead and won 1st and 2nd! Then, in the 3rd and 4th race, William won, but left his team-mate Robert in last position, giving ‘Bob’ 2 more victories! In the 5th and final race, Tom won and Sam H came 3rd, meaning that ‘Bob’ won 4 races to 1! After all of that excitement, we got back off the water, de-rigged, and had the award ceremony. Team ‘Bob‘ received the 1st position trophies, ‘Tera of the Seas’ the 2nd position trophies and Sam Kimberley received a medal for dropping out because of uneven numbers. We all received a sun hat and I have worn it every day since! I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Guy for organising it, as it was great fun. A definite ‘do’ for next year! Tom Thorpe

By Olivia (9) and Richie (8) Thurlby

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Joined since July 2012 Andrew, Karen, David, Matthew, James & Bethany Saunders Alan, Heidi, Thomas, Jamie, Toby Southwell Paul Lancaster & Jill Worley John, Judy, Harry, George, Louis Tolcher Luke Lazell Steve Millsom David Savage & Benjamin Savage

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J-Class yachts in the Solent At last some decent weather and on a clear sunny Friday morning I met Matthew West at the mooring of his trimaran Wandering Glider. Together with two of Matthew’s friends we set off down the Hamble river for Solent waters. Our intent was to follow the four J-Class yachts during their day racing. After initially heading east we realised that the J’s were in the Western Solent, so under main and jib we headed up wind. Somewhere off Newtown Creek we met the fleet with attendant spectator boats running toward us. To be so close to such iconic yachts running before an 18 knot wind was a truly fabulous experience.

Carol Evening Saturday 08 December 2012 Bar Open from 7.30pm Vocal exercising from 8pm Traditional warmed, mulled wine - only £2.00 a glass with stollen and hot mince pies Alan George's Brass Ensemble provide a full musical backing Come and see the Club House in it's festive finery! (New Carol/Song books)

Having watched the J’s pass down our starboard side, we crossed behind them and headed further towards Hurst Narrows whilst they turned at their mark and overtook us. Again we were treated to close up views of these Velsheda beautiful yachts, racing in the waters for which they were designed and built. After they had passed we exchanged the jib for the code 0 and followed the fleet back up the Western Solent. The wind had picked up to 20 knots and though we occasionally reached 14 knots, the J’s left us for dead. Somewhere off Cowes the fleet finished their race and returned to Ocean Village. History. 10 yachts conforming to the J class rules were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed. Due to changing fortunes and design most were allowed to fall into disrepair, finally only 3 British boats survived. In 2000 a new J class association was formed to preserve, protect and develop the interest in the yachts. Today there are 7 sailing, I in build and 3 in design. Pre J class 1851-1923 An annual race hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron around the Isle of Wight took place called “The Hundred Guinea Cup”. In 1851 an overseas yacht was allowed to compete for the first time.

The yacht “America� was built that year to a new innovative design and came to the Solent looking to race against British Yachts. Due to the complex tides and shallows around the Island, a local pilot was engaged. The race Ranger programme indicated that the yachts should round the Nab Buoy during the circumnavigation of the Island. The printed race card, however, made no mention of this and whilst the British yachts headed for the Nab, America cut the corner so gaining valuable time and distance. America won the race by a narrow margin. The Trophy then became known as the America Cup and was taken to the U.S.A. Yachts were allowed to challenge the holder and a series of ever larger yachts were built in the bid to win such as Lulworth and Brittania. The build and design was out of control and in 1920 a universal rule limited yachts in size (waterline length 75-87 feet) and displacement, thus allowing more even racing, and the J-Class was born.

Christmas Craft & Art Bazaar at HHSC Saturday 8th December 2012 11am - 3pm Coffee and tea available This is a social occasion prior to the Christmas Carols and songs in the evening, proposed by Peter and Carole Aspin and Lynn Perkins. Open to all club members and those who make/produce or sell crafts or articles are invited to exhibit. The more exhibitors the better! Exhibitors will be expected to provide a percentage of any sale proceeds as a donation to the Club. Please let me know, as soon as possible, if you have the talent to produce articles of a craft or art nature and that you wish to exhibit. Do not hide your light under a bushel !!!!!

For more information visit Pics Matthew West, story Dave Vines

Talented young Sailors Over the last couple of seasons I have been fortunate to have coached a number young sailors with different skill levels at the club. I have been very surprised how good most of you are. There are a few of you that are truly able to become world class. Sailors with talent need good kit, This is the point where some parents start to grumble at the thought of spending money, seeing it as a bit of a waste of time when they can either make do with an old sail or a very poor kicker. I will let you into a secret it is a false economy because that young person who does well at sport will normally perform much better in other areas of their life. Mike Lee

Interested exhibitors please contact: Peter Aspin email: or 07875 678559 2013 PAYING-IN NIGHTS FRIDAY 11 JANUARY - TUESDAY 22 JANUARY THURSDAY 31 JANUARY From 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm We would encourage all members to use paying-in nights. It really does help the Club save on man hours and postage costs. So why not come down and have a drink with other members whilst paying your subscription and finalising your mooring/dinghy parking arrangements? We look forward to seeing you! Please bring your renewal form and membership card with you.

Hill Head Sailiing Club Membership Survey 2012

Odd Responses 1.

Many of you will remember being encouraged, to fill in a membership survey at the 2012 paying-in evenings. The results have been presented to the 'Development Committee'. These are the main findings concerning whether the club is meeting the needs of its members. The open responses for areas for club members to consider were: From age group 18-30 - more class squads; public forum on line; crew finder; link bar times with sailing. From age group 30-50 - food after sailing; dinghy cruising for wayfarers; start racing; improved launching; refurbish ladies changing area. From age group 50+ - pontoons x6, better slipway; separate children changing area; wider range of club dinghies; more racing; too many extended regattas; more novice sailing sessions; Cat intro day; review mooring prices; develop club catering.


Noticeable responses 1. 2. 3.


Many of these ideas have been looked into already. 5. 2012 Survey Report Input - the make up for the family data can be separated. 1. 2. 3. 4.


Responses were individual or as a family. Not all questions were answered, so response numbers varied  332 replies from 850 members = 40% response. About 40% of the membership usually attends paying-in nights.  questionnaires were sent out with renewals to those who did not attend paying in nights, the response was less than 10. All the members were given the opportunity to reply.   Responses 50/50 split for male and female. 

Findings 1.

2. 3.

Overall majority of responses leaned towards Important with Very Important and Extremely Important featuring substantially. 70% IMPORTANT 17% VERY IMPORTANT 5% EXTREMELY IMPORTANT = 92% Very few indicated Little importance / No importance = 8%  The results can conclude that the majority of samples support the areas identified in the questionnaire. (2002 saw the start of Hill Head Oppies and 2007 the start of the training squads and training fleet. These dates changed the membership towards more family members)

15% thought that volunteer training was of little importance; there is work to do on the education of the value of having qualified volunteers. 9% thought cruising racing was of no importance. This was to be expected as the number of members that own cruisers is 15% of the boat owners. Majority responses were supportive showing Important or greater = 70%  7% thought Junior and Youth training was Important and above. 42% Extremely Important with 55% either important or Very Important.  83% thought that the social aspect was Important or greater (44%; 27%; 12% Important - Extremely)  80% thought that the community links were Important or Very and Extremely. There is not much exposure of this work and its importance to the club, more work is needed here.  87% of the 50 + age group, thought that teaching adult sailing was Important – Extremely important (31%; 42%; 16%)  95% of the 30-50 age group and 80% of the 18-30 age group thought in a familiar manner.  85% thought that the facility development was Important – Extremely Important (40%; 30%; 15%) 

Margaret and Dan - Members of the Co-opted Development Sub Committee

NEW HON. SECRETARY REQUIRED Description of Role: The Hon Secretary is primarily Club Administrator and as such is a key point of contact for non-club personnel and organizations via the Club e-mail system. Duties: 1. The Hon Secretary is a full member of the Management Committee and should attend most meetings (generally less than once per month) and record the Minutes. Audio recording of the meeting has been found to be useful and presenters at the meeting provide electronic outline copies of their reports making the Minute taking a less onerous task. 2. Organise the Annual General Meeting in accordance with Rule 10. Proforma outlines of the necessary documents are available. 3. Distribute received mail to the respective Flag Officers. If you are interested on taking on the role please contact:

1LUKE 1LASER 1ISLAND 1CHALLENGE On Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2012 Luke Morrison of Hill Head Sailing Club set off for a round the Island trip in a Laser Dinghy. The aim of this trip was to raise awareness for a Hampshire Based Charity BASICS Hampshire. BASICS Hampshire is a small group of volunteer doctors who provide pre-hospital care in the vital moments before they get to a hospital. BASICS Hampshire currently rely only on volunteers efforts to raise funds. Setting off from Hill Head with the odd chinkle of a halyard on nearby yachts the stretch down to Hurst narrows was in retrospect a gentle hors d’oeurve. Luke chose a particularly smooth course through the narrows while we in the rib were tossed around, along with nearby yachts. Approaching the Needles was speedy with a fair tide beneath us, casting my eyes out I was aware of some pretty large white horses and at this point I was concerned. The intention for Luke was to thread the needle but as these things have a habit of doing at the point where he decided on his lay line the wind swung and dropped. Luke then decided to go around and ten minutes into this approach he became aware of waves that he has never sailed a dinghy in before. He dug deep and powered his way through on a close hauled course. My concerns eased as I saw how he was coping with this challenge and Adrian and I hung on in a very wet rib, a lot of, on the quarter over the head stuff. After a spell of 30 minutes of this intense sailing I was concerned again as I was looking into the next two hours and could see no respite along the route to St. Catherine’s Point and of course beyond all the way to Bembridge Ledge, I felt that this was a huge ask on Luke. I felt uneasy inside that I had been the person who had sparked this idea off with Luke, but I couldn’t wave a trident at these waves and settle them, but I sure wished I could, we kept a very eagle eye on Luke and one on the waves hitting us.

We followed to the stern and windward of Luke and about five and a half hours in, I felt Luke’s body language was looking low and I snook around to his port side to get a glimpse of his face, which told a story of determination, pain and exhaustion. I thought through what the options were and willed him on in my mind. Coming along side Luke with these waves was possible but very risky. I haven’t had chance to ask Luke what happened but possibly a very near capsize enlivened him and with what I would think was the deepest he has ever dug; he climbed up and rounded St. Catherine’s Point, a psychological victory for him. Ventnor was still to come and here the waves were more confused and just as big, Luke was now in the groove and as he bore away from the wind heading for Bembridge he broad reached making 10.5 / 11 knots and had a great time stretching his aching legs and knees. The sight of Bembridge Life boat station was a welcome sight as the waves eased and Portsmouth was visible. The rest was plain sailing with a sail by Colin Chambers in Athlone Castle who kindly moored near No Mans Fort with spare fuel and sustenance if needed. A foul tide and dropping wind slowed progress to Hill Head but it kept the bets on, about what time Luke would arrive, in a state of flux. A fabulous crowd awaited Luke at the sailing club and Dr. Phil Hyde, the inspiration for Luke to support BASICS Hampshire the charity which Phil gives his spare time to saving lives, was there to greet him. Massive thanks to everyone that has donated, thanks to the many people that have helped in many ways to raise funds for BASICS, to Adrian Whyntie for all the logistics of providing the support boat and passage. To Luke an amazing achievement in testing conditions, a challenge which from the time of having to postpone due to pleurisy until Bank Holiday Monday has played on his mind, now he can look back and he knows that he has done something that very few have achieved, my hat is off. To the next time Andre Ozanné To view more about this trip and the extended library of photos and videos see

Macmillan Coffee and Cake Day

Lost at Sea? Many of you will know that sinking feeling when you are out at sea and something goes wrong, be it with your boat or with the sailor! You will take comfort in the knowledge that you have made provision for such a circumstance by having life jackets and other emergency equipment on board to cater for all eventualities. Are you as careful when considering potential hazards to you and your family when on dry land? It is widely known that conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia are on the rise and as we are living longer more people need additional care. There is also the ever present risk of injury at any time from unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Such accidents or conditions can sometimes mean that we are no longer able to stay afloat by ourselves and need an aide. It is possible to appoint your friends, family or even a professional to look after your affairs for you in case the unforeseen should happen. The documents that allow you to do this are called Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

The Macmillan coffee and cake day was held on Friday 28th September 10am ‘til 3pm at HHSC. The club is a lovely venue, many non members came and commented on our fabulous location. It is lovely to share this with them and I appreciate how fortunate I am to be allowed to hold an event here. The day was overcast and grey but inside there was a friendly atmosphere. A team of 10 of us, some members, some friends, all worked to make the day a success. The table of yummy donated cakes looked splendid, thank you so much if you made one, without your efforts we could not have raised so much money. We also had a large raffle, local businesses had been very generous as had club members and friends. Sharon represented Asda bringing tea, coffee and sugar and stayed to lend a hand in the galley. Lyn Perkins flew in that day from her hols and came to hold her popular hand made jewellery stall. Christine Benstead had an adorable stall, her granddaughter had made some lovely Christmas tree decorations and various other items. Carol Hindry brought some plants. Thanks to all the other many contributors. I really hope you all enjoyed the day as much I did organizing it. The team of members and friends did a great job!! The result £756.22, lots of fun and well worth the effort. THANKS EVERYONE CAN WE DO AGAIN NEXT YEAR, I HOPE SO! I’m open to ideas. Sue Vines

An LPA is a document which allows you to choose people (your attorneys) who you would like to look after your affairs if you were not able to do so yourself There are two types of LPA: 1. Health & Welfare 2. Property & Financial Affairs Health and Welfare LPAs allow your attorneys to make decisions about your medical treatment and care should you no longer have mental capacity to do so. (This includes the ability to give or refuse life-sustaining treatment). Whether or not you have mental capacity is determined by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 but it is a simple test of whether you have the mental capacity to make the decision at that time. These documents can only be used if you no longer have your mental capacity. Property and Financial Affairs LPAs are the more widely used and allow your attorneys to make decisions about, and administer, your financial affairs and property should you be mentally or physically incapacitated. These allow your attorneys to deal directly with your various financial institutions, pay for your care fees and, if necessary, sell your home or other property. While you may be aware of LPAs and how you could use them to give you peace of mind, there are some details surrounding them which you may not know: 1. 2.

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You can only make an LPA while you still have mental capacity. Neither type of LPA has to be used just because it has been created. They can be kept safely and held just in case they should be needed in the future, like an insurance policy. You can choose up to four attorneys who can act together or separately. You can put restrictions and guidance in the document to assist your attorneys with making decisions or restrict them from doing anything with which you are not comfortable. An LPA can be revoked or cancelled all the time that you still have the mental capacity to do so.

If you lose the ability to look after your own affairs but you do not have an LPA the Court of Protection may be asked to step in and appoint someone for you. Creating an LPA would avoid this situation and in doing so could save you and your loved ones unnecessary expense and potentially a great deal of anguish. LPAs are like a life jacket, you hope you don’t need them but if you do they are worth their weight in gold. LPAs are an important part of emergency planning on land and can prevent your family and your affairs getting lost at sea! Lauren McIntosh Lauren undertook her RYA courses as a young member at HHSC and has been, until very recently, a family member. She is now a Solicitor working with Churchers in Fareham and still comes along to the club to join her parents for a drink when they are on bar duty, or trying their luck in the darts!


NEW - Laying Up Supper Information I am pleased to tell you that this year’s event: Is on Saturday 10th November It is at The Solent Hotel and Spa (Whitely) Coaches will by 0100hrs (start 7.00pm for 7.30pm) You have a choice of menu options (select on booking) You can book a room for two with breakfast at the special rate of £95 for the room – spoil yourself for one night and use the Spa and pool in the morning. The Laying Up Supper taking place at the Solent Hotel on the 10th November is currently undersubscribed as a consequence we will be holding the reduced early booking fee of £43 until 21st October. This is the only formal dinner that the club runs and I would urge you to consider attending. It is of course also available to your friends. The event comprises: three course meal coffee and mince pies

midnight brunch Disco live entertainment

A discount has been negotiated in respect of the hotel’s standard bar prices for the event. The sign up list is adjacent to the main entrance door to the club room. If you have any queries with regards to this event please contact Trevor Andrews on


Happy Christmas Everyone!

Cadets Bonfire Biscuits Friday 9th November - From 7.30 until 9pm Open to cadets of all ages Design and decorate biscuits with firework or bonfire pictures using icing and edible decorations!

We require a donation of £1 to cover the cost of the resources Booking is essential:


FREE-ADS for MEMBERS - continued Pantom Sailing dinghy (4,42m) Very good condition. Not been used since May 2012

Mirror Sailing Dinghy for sale: No 69821 Built by Butler Boats and won the UK Nationals. A considerable saving on a new boat and an ideal entry level for those looking to start racing. Carefully maintained Well kitted out with Bermudian rig and two piece mast. Complete with two sets of sails, road trailer, boom up cover and towing covers. Can be seen at Hill Head Sailing Club Hampshire – near Portsmouth. Offers around £2800

Mast 2 sails Boat hook

Tiller Paddle Boat cover

Built in buoyancy Combination launching trolley/ boat trailer Number plate & Light board Ready to sail - £600 ono Contact: 01329 662831 Phone: 01329 668388 or 07767 647792 Richard Whiteley

WAYFARER SAIL NO 7333 - WESTERLY BUILT MARK 2 GRP White hull, blue decks, Racing set-up. 2 spinnakers, over boom cover 3 sets sails (1 rather tired!) Combi trailer Sailed at Hill Head for 12 years. Well looked after.

£1,950 ONO

Contact: Norman Clarke 01329 843604 Laser Pico 5573 6 years old - not used for 3 years. Foils excellent condition Cover and trolley £1100

Road base also available £150 (new £460) Contact Margaret 01329510242 or Luke:

Feva 4620 (September 2011) A squad boat in immaculate condition. Fully race prepared and just one year old. It comes with the following specification ....... 2x Mains (1x one and 1x two year old) 2x Jibs (1x one and 1x two year old) 3x Kites (1x only used for one event, 2x one year old) 6:1 kicker, 6:1 outhaul, 4:1 downhaul, 3:1 Jib Halyard Foil Bags Spar Bag Top and Bottom Covers Launching Trolley

Price: £3650 Also available is the West Mersea road base for an additional £290. Please contact: Tim Webber 07901 641474

FREE-ADS for MEMBERS - continued



Is there any member out there interested in taking on my old Mirror, 50953 sail number?

Specialising in Dinghy and Small Yacht Sails, covers and accessories

The old girl is a little tired but could be revived with a bit of TLC. Well, to be absolutely honest quite a lot of TLC with a bit of neat carpentry too. She is in need of significant repairs around the dagger board, currently patched together with glass fibre; bit of a bubble on the transom but could just be paint bubbling up. I did a quick above waterline repair after an unfortunate encounter with a Pico, otherwise she is mostly sound wood. She sails pretty well still, I have two sets of cruiser sails, a spinnaker, pole, shute and the rigging all in a box ready for someone a little braver than me to try it out. She also needs a new cover and some paint on the launching trolley. I am not really looking for anything other than perhaps a small donation to Luke's charity in exchange for the opportunity/challenge of bringing her back to life and avoiding a conflagratory end on the beach this winter. Give me a call on 01329 661426 or

WANTED Road trailer to fit 29er dinghy, same size as laser 2000 / RS 400 sometimes called West Mersea 250 or 275. Would be very grateful for any help in sourcing 2nd hand one. Needed to transport teenager's boat to class training events. Contact: FOR SALE Jacqueline #10 "Silver Fern" Restored in 2008 with a quick paint and varnish this summer, so in excellent condition. Brand new Banks sails (main, genoa and jib) jib configured for self-tacking :-) (main and jib used once) All Harken hardware and self-bailer fitted ÂŁ1000 Please contact Tony Broad: 01489 48189 (leave message if I'm not in)

Local sail makers with free pick-up and drop-off. Repairs and service work carried out. CAD Software Design for the Best One-Design and Replica Class Sails. Contact Ian on 07767 028470 Email: or come and have a chat with me on Laser 188781 (Spit side) CHARTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST Mary Sutton-Coulson Grad.Dip.Phys MCSP. SRP

Solent Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic Specialising in: All musculo-skeletal conditions Management & Treatment of all spinal problems including whiplash All types of headaches Pre and Post operative treatment Rehabilitation therapy and advice Chronic pain Crofton End Crofton Avenue Hydrotherapy Lee on Solent Acupuncture

01329 663310 Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Registered with the Health Professions Council



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COPY DATE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE Monday 14 January 2013 Please send items for next Mainsheets E-mail: OR leave in the Clubhouse pigeonhole Sailing / Training / Opens / Socials / Cruisers Fixtures / Results / Awards / HHSC Weather Station & to read Mainsheets online

RS Tera Sport World Championships Some great news received on 10th August from our team in Italy! A Sterling effort in a week where 06:30am starts and racing in a large international fleet are not your everyday activity as a 12 year old! Billy today came 1st in the RS Tera Sport World Championships. A tactical display and effort was required to ensure that a South African boat was kept behind him on the last race, which was the case and therefore ensured the points went in Billy’s favour. Excellent Work Billy, which could of course not be done without his team. (Coach Mike Lee & the family - Team MAMBO. Issue No

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