Links to other web sites
I have refrained from attempting to make the following list of links comprehensive - no point trying to beat the search engines!
The status of all these links was last checked January 2016
Youth Hostels Association - The national organisation and registered charity which provides budget accommodation for outdoor activities and to which the Hostellers Sailing Club is affiliated.
Hostel talk website - News, information and discussion relevant to the YHA and YHA local groups.
Youth Hostel Local Groups - A web page listing all the YHA Local Groups of which the Hostellers Sailing Club is one.
Dinghy Cruising Association - A central association for dinghy cruising.
East Coast Pilot - This website is linked to the paper book 'East Coast Pilot' but contains a lot of topical information that I dont think you would find in the book. Look here for news relevant to navigation in our sailing area, chartlets that you can download and lots of links to other relevant websites.
Safety information for the Shoeburyness sea danger area - Qinetiq webpage with information about navigating Foulness and Maplin sands and availability of Havengore and Potton island bridges.
Roach Sailing Association (RSA) The RSA was set up as an association to represent the interests of people using the River Roach for sailing, but it is now also an active sailing club with a program of races, cruises and social events, mainly for cabin boats rather than dinghies. We wave to them as we sail by and occasionally we have joined in with their activities. Their website now includes a page about boatbuilding by the Shuttlewoods at Paglesham and a useful guide to the sailing route into the Roach via Havengore bridge.
East Coast Marine Services - A directory to organisations and companies providing services relevant to sailing in the Sufolk to Kent area. This website also includes a useful list of events - perhaps we should get some of the HSC events listed here!
Pagelsham Village Website - The small village where our boats have been based for a number of years.
Charles Stock - Several decades of the late Charles Stock's East Coast cruising with the miniature gaff cutter 'Shoal Waters'.
Tony Smith's website - Tony Smith writes about the wonders of the Essex coastline and has recently published a book about the Blackwater estuary. Tony Smith is now sailing Charles Stock's boat (see above), without an engine, just as Charles used to do.
Paul Constantine's book - Paul has sailed a variety of craft and has designed and built a couple of large cruising multihulls, but he now seems to have realised that dinghies are the best! He has written a little book covering many of the same subjects as the HSC website, although with more detail in some areas. The book is available as an 'ebook' or as hardcopy from this link.
Wayfarer Class Association website. - The Wayfarer dinghy association, with technical details about the boats and lots of events, both racing and cruising.
Crouch Harbour Authority (CHA) - Notices to mariners, shipping movements and other safety notices, details of regulations and harbour dues.
Crouch Area Yachting Federation - Representing sailing and sports boating interests through the CHA Advisory Group, the RYA and other bodies.
Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee - Promotes agreed fairways and conservation policies, providing representation to authorities including the CHA.
Peter Marsh - Writer, Sailor, Mountaineer - And he first learnt to sail with the HSC !
Bradwell Chapel - Very old (approx 650 AD) chapel in a quiet lonely place. In years gone by the HSC visited the chapel arriving by sea on a number of occasions but these days landing on the marsh right in front of the chapel may be discouraged since it is nature reserve.
Foulness Island Heritage Centre- Foulness Island is directly across the river from our club mooring at Paglesham. The Foulness Conservation and Archaeological Society maintains a small Heritage Centre located in an old school building near the centre of Foulness Island. This link takes you to a webpage that indicates when the heritage centre is open. The whole of Foulness Island is an active MOD site and so you need to stop at the gate house before crossing the bridge onto the island. I have visited Foulness Island a number of times and I think it has a certain fascination. There used to be a much more detailed web page about the history of the island but unfortunately that seems to have disappeared from the internet, at the time of writing anyway.
Wind globe - This globe showing worldwide winds is fascinating. If you click on 'Earth' at bottom left you see further options including display of wind at different heights and a forcast a short way into the future.