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 that the events in grey italics below are not organised by the HSC but may be of interest to HSC members. Right now (May) we dont have any special HSC sailing events planned but our club owned boat Merganser is on its mooring at Paglesham and available for members to go sailing any time they can get together to form a crew. Also, several of our members are interested in joining a cruise in company in the Charente Maritime in September (see below) and this year that may well be a replacement for our usual HSC summer dinghy cruise.
Sunday 22 May - Potton Trophy
A low key race for small open boats organised by the Roach Sailing Association (RSA) and starting from Paglesham at 12:00
28 to 30 May bank holiday - DCA Rally on the Blackwater
The Eastern region of the Dinghy Cruising Association are holding a rally based at the Marconi Sailing Club on the southern shore of the Blackwater estuary. Given reasonable weather, this is within weekend sailing distance from Paglesham and I am sure that HSC members would be welcome, espeicially after making the effort to sail round the coast to attend. See DCA bulletin or ask the HSC website editor if you need further info.
Sunday 19th June - Egret Cup
RSA open boat race starting from Paglesham at 10:00
Saturday 9th July - Mudcatchers Cup
An unconventional race for small boats starting from Paglesham at 14:30. In past years participants have been required to overcome various hurdles or locate various objects in order to complete the course. The Mudcatchers Cup will be followed by an evening BBQ at Paglesham.
Sunday 4th September - Lifeboat Cup
RSA open boat race starting from Paglesham at 13:00
Sunday 18th September - Oyster cup
RSA open boat race starting from Paglesham at 12:00
Sat 3rd to Weds 7th September - Cruise in Company in the Charente Maritime
DCA member Miles D. is setting up a dinghy cruise in company in the area of La Rochelle on the west coast of France. Miles now has a day by day plan for this although this plan may of course need to be adjusted at the time of the event depending on prevailing weather conditions. If the cruise goes to plan it will visit the Seudre river, Ille d'Oleron and Ille d'Aix as well as a maritime festival - La Remontee. Some of us will probably gather on the Friday evening before the cruise start and boats will be launched on early Saturday afternoon. There is a possibility to extend the cruise by a day or more if that is of interest. Several HSC members are intending to take part in this cruise, more welcome.
Some recent 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.