|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.|
At this time of year we would normally expect to have some HSC events to annouce on our website but, for reasons I probably do not have to explain, we have no definite plans for HSC events at the time of writing (end of January 2021). If the current restrictions are relaxed in time, we may consider an Easter outing, probably to the Tenby area of Wales which we had been planing to visit last year.
10 to 16 May 2021 - Semaine du Golfe
Further details from Semaine du Golfe website - click the flag top right to read it in English!
The Semaine du Golfe boating festival is still advertised as going ahead in May, so that could be a possiblity if travel abroard is permissible by then. I would say that there has been an HSC presence at SduG for at least the past ten years and we do hope to go again sometime! Mind you, people considering taking boats to France on road trailers will need to check for new rules now that the UK has left the European Union.
RSA Dinghy Races - Normally starting from Paglesham at 10:00am, but check with RSA Race Officer for details.
Sun 16th May Potton Trophy (Dinghy series) 13:00 HW 16:05
Sun 13th June Egret Cup (Dinghy series) 13:00 HW 15:18
Mudcatchers Cup (Dinghy series) 13:00 HW 14:21 Sun 25th July BBQ on the saltings after race
Sun 8th Aug Paglesham Yacht Race (Dinghy Series) 12:00 HW 13:33
Sun 15th Aug Don McDowell Cup (Fun race) 10:00 LW 11:49 LW 18:03 (not sure if this is for dingies)
Sun 5th Sep Lifeboat Cup (Dinghy series) 11:00 HW 12:28
Sun 19th Sep Oyster Cup (Dinghy series) 11:00 HW 12:28
6 to 12 September 2021 - Charante Maritime Cruise
Miles Dent is aranging a third dinghy cruise in company in the Charante Maritime in west France. This is far enough ahead that we can be hopeful that it will not be affected by the virus. HSC members took part in the two earlier events that Miles arranged and we enjoyed them a lot - a few pictures from the cruise in 2018 are below.
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.