|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.|
Our club dinghy 'Merganser' is now afloat at Paglesham and available for HSC members to go sailing anytime through the summer.
Those events that are listed below in blue italics are not events organised by the HSC but they may well be of interest to our members. I would particularly draw members attention to the Charante Maritime Cruise since several of us enjoyed the event that Miles arranged in this area in 2016. Ideas for HSC events in 2018 are of course welcome!
I have included the Roach Sailing Association (RSA) dinghy races which start from Paglesham and which HSC boats have often entered (and won!). Contact Clem or Mark S for details or view the RSA webpages.
25 to 28 May - Biesbosh sailing and camping event
01 to 03 June - Beale Park Boat Show
A boat show mainly for small boats which is usually attended by a few of the HSC membership. The show is held by a lake near Pangbourne. Details at http://www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk
10 June Egret Cup
RSA Dinghy race
23 to 30 June - Seafair
This sailing and camping event takes place on the Cleddau river and estuary in Pembrokeshire. The event includes a sail and oar fleet based at Lawreny where camping facilities are provided. HSC members have attended this event on several past occasions - Details at http://www.seafairhaven.org.uk/2018-registration
28 June to 16 July - Lough Erne DCA Rally
14 July Mudcatchers Cup
RSA Dinghy race, to be followed by an evening BBQ on the saltings at Paglesham
25 to 29 July - Douarnenez
Sailing festival for all boat sizes including tall ships held at Douarnenez in Brittany. John and Josephine sailed at this festival in 1995 and it was a big event then, I understand that it is still impressive.
18 to 31 August - DCA Cobnor
2nd week of September (exact start/finish dates tbc) - Charante Maritime Sail and Oar Cruise
Miles is planning another sail and oar cruise in his local sailing area on the west coast of France. Several HSC members enjoyed the first of these events held in 2016 - below are several pictures from that event. For details Click here to contact Miles Dent
9 September - Lifeboat Cup
RSA Dinghy race
23 September - Oyster Cup
RSA Dinghy race
The five pictures below are from an event organised in September 2016 on the west coast of France by DCA member Miles D., this event being supported by several members of the HSC. Click here for an account of this event
Gerald's boat Susi sailing well en route from Ile d'Oleron to Ile d'Aix
Interesting light house towers on Ile d'Aix
Two of our boats in the harbour at La Flotte on Ile d'Re
This is part of the varied and colorful fleet we joined for a boat race on the river Seudre
We won a special trophy !
A few club pictures
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.