|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.|
Program of Events:
We now have our club owned Wayfarer sailing dinghy on our mooring on the Roach estuary at Paglesham in Essex. The boat is available for our members use any time a crew is available to go sailing. Mark S is co-ordinating our sailing, contact him for crew arrangements. Prospective new members are always welcome - contact Mark or John if you would like a sail.
We quite often sail our club boat in the informal dinghy races arranged by the Roach Sailing Association - the 2017 races are as below. Contact Mark S. if you would like to take part. Quite a mixture of boats enter these races, including a number of traditional style clinker open boats - our approximately 50 year old Wayfarer is often the most modern vessel taking part. The races normally start from Paglesham at 10:00am.
Sunday 11th June - Egret Cup
Saturday 8th July - Mudcatchers Cup - They usually come up with some strange racing rules for this event and there is a BBQ to follow the race.
Sunday 9th July - Paglesham yacht race - for open boats, not yachts.
Sunday 3rd Sept - Lifeboat cup
Sunday 17th Sept - Oyster cup
See the RSA website for further information.
It would be good if sometime this summer we can once again arrange a dinghy cruise to extend over a bit more than just a weekend - contact Mark S. if you have any thoughts on this.
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
HSC boats alongside pontoon at the Medway Yacht Club during our cruise in September 2015
We had a successful cruise in the Netherlands September 2014- here we are on a cycle ride on the island of Vlieland
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.