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

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.

 manorbier map

 Map showing hostel location - about five miles west along the coast from Tenby - hostel building below

 yha manorbier exterior

 Manorbier YHA


Sunday 17 May - Potton Trophy

The first RSA dinghy race of the season 11:00am start HW 09:45

30/31 May - DCA Rally on the Medway

The DCA are planning a rally on the Medway which, with ideal weather, could be a daysail from Paglesham. The tide times would sugest an early start from Paglesham if going via Havengore. Contact Dave Jennings for details.

Sunday 7 June - Egret Cup

RSA dinghy race - 12:00 start HW 14:26

27/28 June - DCA Rally on the Crouch and Roach

The DCA are planning a rally in our area this weekend meeting at Burnham around Saturday lunch time - contact Dave Jennings for details -

11/12 July - DCA Rally on the Blackwater

The DCA are planning a rally on the Blackwater which is a day sail from our base. Contact Dave Jennings for details

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

18 09 10 fouras sud

The sailing club at Fouras Sud gave us a special reception and invited the town Mayor along!

18 09 11 fouras sud to larochelle

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

18 09 11 la flotte

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

18 09 13 la rochelle

In the old port right in the centre of La Rochelle - Gerald's boat and John and Josephine's boat in foreground

18 09 13 port neuf

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.

18 09 13 port neuf 1

Evening meal at the sailing base of the VAP

18 09 14 chateau d oleraon

Our boats with boom tents at Chateau d'Oleron