|The Hostellers Sailing Club offers day sailing and dinghy cruising during the summer and country walking during the winter. The HSC suits all levels of sailing experience including complete beginners. Most members live in London/ Essex/ Southeast England, we also now have a few in Devon. We keep a club owned Wayfarer dinghy on a mooring at Paglesham on the River Roach in Essex.|
Note: the events in italics are not organised by the HSC but are likely to be of interest to HSC members
29 February to 1 March - RYA Dinghy Show - Alexandra Palace, London
The premier UK boat show for sailing dinghies. The Dinghy Cruising Association will have a stand and the HSC Secretary will be attending to help with the stand of the Amateur Yacht Research Society
29 February & 1 March - CA Open Weekend
Coinciding with the RYA dinghy show, the Cruising Association are holding an open weekend with a series of talks on boating subjects at their headquarters in Limehouse - details HERE.
Sun 15 March - Paglesham Work Party and Litter Pick
Organised by RSA - meet at Paglesham 10:00
10 to 13 April - Easter Social and Walking in Pembrokeshire
We have made a group booking for the nights of 10,11,12 at Manorbier YHA on the Pembrokeshire coast. Let the HSC Secretary know ASAP if you would like to be included in this booking - prospective members/friends of members welcome. If you would like to extend your stay outside the days we have booked you could contact the YHA directly.
Manorbier YHA is a modern looking building with a sea view. Meals are availbable in the hostel and there is also a pub and tea-room in the village about a mile away.
Map showing hostel location - about five miles west along the coast from Tenby - hostel building below
Sunday 17 May - Potton Trophy
The first RSA dinghy race of the season 11:00am start HW 09:45
Sunday 7 June - Egret Cup
RSA dinghy race - 12:00 start HW 14:26
Saturday 18 July - Mudcatchers cup and BBQ
The annual RSA fun race followed by a BBQ alongside the sea wall at Paglesham. Race start 10:30 HW 11:43
Sunday 19 July - Paglesham Yacht Race
RSA dinghy race (not for yachts!) start 11:00 HW 12:32
Sun 16 Aug Don MxDowell fun race
RSA race, not sure what is involved. Start 10:00 HW 11:15
September 2 to 9 - Dinghy Cruise in Company in the Charante Maritime
For the third time, DCA member Miles D. is planning a dinghy cruise in company in the area of La Rochelle and Rochfort on the west coast of France. HSC members have participated in the previous two events which worked out very well indeed and we are planning to take two dinghies again in 2020. To give an idea of what this is about a few pictures are included below. For accomodation you can either sleep on board your boat in DCA style, or you can carry lightweight camping equipment on board your boat and camp on-shore - the overnight stops are planned to make this feasible.
Sun 13 Sep Lifeboat Cup
RSA Dinghy Race - start 11:00 HW 09:22
Sunday 27 Sep - Oyster Cup
RSA dinghy race - start 10:00 HW 10:00
Pictures from Charante Maritime dinghy cruise 2018
The sailing club at Fouras Sud gave us a special reception and invited the town Mayor along!
Gerald's boat on route from Fouras Sud to La Flotte - one of the quite rare occasions when there really was not enough wind to sail
Our fleet in the harbour at La Flotte on Ile d'Re, a fine collection of traditional sailing fishing vessels on the far side of the harbour
In the old port right in the centre of La Rochelle - Gerald's boat and John and Josephine's boat in foreground
Our whole fleet alongside the pontoon at the sailing base of the Voile-aviron dans les Pertuis (VAP), a French dinghy cruising club so a bit like the HSC.
Evening meal at the sailing base of the VAP
Our boats with boom tents at Chateau d'Oleron
A few club pictures
2019 - The 'Mudcatcher's Cup - HSC club boat right foreground
2018 - Gerald's Drascombe Susie at Snape Maltings, head of navigation on the Alde (second boat from right)
2018 - Our club owned Wayfarer dinghy 'Merganser' anchored off Mersea Stone
Gerald's boat entering Teschelling harbour (at right)
HSC and DCA dinghies at Lower Halstow during our club cruise in September 2015
Visiting Burnham-on-Crouch - our boats are moored bow to the pontoon at the RCYC - a fleet of Dragon keel boats races up river.