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Welcome, we are pleased to welcome Stuart Black,Sarah Black,Imogen Black,Richard Nash,Kira Nash,Krysti Galpin,Anita Carey,Robert Wilson and Jane Chew to Highcliffe Sailing Club.
Details of club house opening times and access to changing rooms
Outline of the current racing fleets
Current status of training within the club
Club Merchandise for sale to Members
History of the origins of the club
As you check the calendar of events, I hope will see that we have tried to give you plenty to enjoy on the water and off, and we hope to see you regularly at the clubhouse, Sea Vixen.
Access to the clubhouse is available at weekends through out the year and every day during the summer months, see yearbook for details. The main front door gives access to the lobby and changing rooms, entry is controlled by a code security lock. The main door is deadlocked and alarmed overnight.
The front door has a code security, access to clubhouse lobby and changing rooms requires entry by the code.Please do not prop it open and leave it unattended.
The bar is volunteer run with consequent favourable prices it is open on
Race evenings after racing
Friday evenings 19.00~23 00 hrs
Sunday Lunchtime 12.00~14 30 hrs
It is also opened for social functions such as quiz evenings, guest speakers etc and during open meetings and for after evening racing and social events. Further details will be available in the year book, on the web site and the regular member newsletters.
After weekend racing that finishes at lunch time the galley is open to provide a cooked meal, snacks and tea and coffee.We have a professional caterer on Sunday lunchtimes and Thursday evenings during the racing season. At other times it is voluntary run by members as a club duty, so please make full use of this facility to ensure it continues to be viable.
We have a good quality coffee machine ( also tea and hot chocolate) and on the shelves next to it is a small snack bar of confectionary , biscuits etc with an honesty cash tin - however it does not give change
The Lounge / Bar / Galley areas Would Members please observe the club rules that:
WET SAILING GEAR IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLUBHOUSE OR BAR AREAS
Members who have paid for an H.S.C berth are supplied with a dinghy park sticker which is to be fixed to the transom of the boat or the forward face of the mast so that it can been seen by the dinghy park warden without having to move the cover.
Members are asked to securely tie their boats down to the ground chain and ensure that you are insured for both accidental damage and 3rd party liability.
Questions regarding the Dinghy Park such as rogue boats in wrong spaces and requests for berths are handled by the dinghy park warden Shirley Bailey.
The club is still trying to obtain a members concession for parking on the Quay from the Council. In the absence of such a concession local residents can purchase annual or ½ annual passes which will save you money if you regularly compete or cruise and will allow you to enjoy yourself without being constrained by the time period of any one off ticket you have purchased. Full details of these schemes can be obtained from the Christchurch Borough Council Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch. 01202 495000 .
Members on Race Officer duty are permitted to park without payment in one of the two club parking spaces (demarcated HSC) but this is on a first come basis and vehicles must be parked within the designated space.. Members using this spaces should display a car sticker, one is allocated with each new members pack
Just a reminder that all guests /visitors must be properly signed in using the visitor’s book located in the main hall of the clubhouse. Whilst we welcome guests and visitors and in no way wish to discourage them, the law and club rules must be adhered to. The rules allow Guests / visitors to be signed in to the club house on 4 visits per year.
Temporary membership is available to sailors visiting the club for weekend or summer holidays with a very modest payable fee , any such sailors who then decide to fully join the club would have such temporary member fees of that season deducted from the fees.
If something is broken, missing not working please put a note in the Stewards book with your name and the details. This book is located in the main hall with the visitor’s book Or put a note in the post box to either the Steward or the commodore
The advantage to members of participating in the organized sailing activities are:
Organised races and cruises have safety boat cover enabling you to be more adventurous.
A lot of knowledge and transfer of skills occurs when boats sail together It is more sociable.
Sailing in the harbour is always tide dependant and as guide a depth of tide 1.4 m above chart datum is as sensible depth to take as minimum Tide times within the Harbour are approximately ½ hour after those published for Christchurch entrance and equate to those for Christchurch Quay.
Boats with long vertical dagger boards can find the harbour shallows frustrating and people have made shorter foils for harbour use .The ebb flows near the entrance can be very strong so be aware and keep well away from the Quay end if you do not wish to be washed out to sea down the Run
Sailing at sea not tide depth dependant but sailing in or out of the Run at peak ebb or flood flow can be difficult hazardous or impossible.
There is always the option of launching and recovery directly into the sea from the beach accessed by the path in front of the sea wall at the east end of the car park .
During race days members can request a tow from the safety boat in or out of the “run” if conditions / experience require it .
If you go sailing when a club activity is not taking place please make sure someone knows your boat details, names of people, time launched, expected return & plans. So if an emergency occurs a rescue knows who & where to look. It is not recommended boats sail at sea alone. However if you do, please consider the conditions are suitable for your ability and boat. Ensure that you are adequately dressed and take a radio & flares. Remember if the RNLI/Coastguard are called you are endangering others
As a club to run our main activity of racing we rely totally on Members contributing by doing a few duties each year. Even for non-racers it is often enjoyable to be out on a boat in the bay or the harbour and is a usually quite sociable.
In the yearbook you will notice each club race date has a team who run all club racing for a week Saturday to Friday, both harbour and sea, both weekend and evening races. Teams are approx 30 people; teams with more race days also have more team members, so we should each have only 2 or 3 duties each. do not hesitate to contact your team leader if you are unable to do a duty or there is a problem with dates we can be flexible and members can trade duties
Don't also forget to check if you or your partner is doing a BAR DUTY or GALLEY DUTY in the yearbook.
Whatever your level of expertise volunteer help is welcomed, also by assisting initially you will meet other Members and learn what needs to be done and the systems and equipment.
Each year we run a series of Open Meetings at which your help is especially important.These events present an opportunity for new and old Members alike to help run these events and also bring much welcome revenue to the club. Incidentally it’s amazing how much you can learn from watching other people on the water as well as being a particularly good opportunity chance to get to know other club Members
Sea fleet racing
The sea fleet normally races at 10.30hrs on Sundays through the season with a 2nd race to follow for the main part of the summer and also at 19.00 on Thursday evenings in the summer irrespective of tides, this helps create a regular program. The galley is also open on Thursday evenings during the sailing season
Highcliffe Sailing Club marks are Yellow with Orange band with HSC in black
Christchurch Sailing Club marks are Yellow with an X above
Currently there are 4 fixed marks in the bay, a “North” mark N “South” S “East” mark E and “West” mark W.Club racing usually uses one or more of these and possibly other laid inflatable marks.
Other marks and obstructions
There is a new post marking the extent of the rock Groyne called Clarendon rocks which extends south from the Mudeford sandbank some 200 meters. The sailing instruction for the sea fleets have been amended from June 2000 to identify this rock groyne as an obstruction and all boats must pass to seaward side of the post.
During the summer there is a line of round yellow Christchurch council marks 50~100 m from the beach, these identify the extent of the speed restricted zone for powered craft.
Harbour fleet racing
The harbour has two marked channels of deep water, away from these channels depth can be a problem.
The racing marks positions are illustrated on the map of the harbour in the club foyer. With 3 clubs racing in the harbour the different club marks are:
Highcliffe Sailing Club marks Yellow with Orange bandMudeford Sailing Club marks OrangeChristchurch Sailing Club marks Small Yellow with an X above
The harbour has two marked channels of deep water, away from these channels depth of draught is a problem for many craft. Strictly speaking any craft who are claiming right of way due to being “constrained by draught “should carry a cylindrical shape in their rigging" but virtually none do so. There are many occasions when it is both prudent for your own safety and in the interest of good manners that we waive our rights and give way. The fishing boats and Christchurch ferries are both going about their livelihood whilst we are at recreation so please give them special consideration.
If just cruising in the harbour or training please give way to racing fleets from both this club and the neighbouring clubs
We are delighted that we now have the use of launching from the beach at Gundimore. This facility is available to all club members. We do need to consider other users and the terms of our licence agreement with the council:
Gates to be closed immediately after use.
Trolleys to be stacked neatly at the top of the beach in the far left hand corner when looking at the sea.
No trolleys to be kept on any part of the access way
Sails to be rigged on the beach
Overnight storage to be on hard standing areas.
Please consider all members of the general public
A quiet area for birds roosting as conservation is defined at the West side of the harbour please avoid entering this area
HSC includes a Sailing School running instructional courses for members to learn basic sailing skills. An RYA Senior Instructor is hired to run these courses ,club certificates are issued . Boats currently used are Topper, and laser Pico, for courses.Qualification courses are also held for members for Powerboat 2 / Safety Boat, first aid and sailing race management.The courses of the sailing school all have additional fees payable.Club members enjoy discounted courses through Avonmouth Watersports
The organisation of race training is arranged by generally as requested by members.
The club is designated as an “RYA / Volvo Champion Club”; this was initially based on the Laser Radial / Laser 4.7.The Junior and Youth classes sailed by members within the club are Optimist, Topper and Laser Radial/ Laser 4.7 There are RYA Club race coach trained volunteers within the club for these classes.
As an RYA Champion club we enjoy financial support from the RYA when we import expert race coaching for Juniors
ties, car badges, burgees etc are available from behind the bar. Some items are displayed in cabinets in the main hall and near the bar.
Fleece jumpers with embroidered club logo, full or half zip £ 30
Smart 100% cotton Polo shirts with embroidered club logo are now available on short delivery order (rather than stocked) Colours - Red, Persian blue, yellow Sizes - S, M, L, XL, XXL £23
Also Navy cotton baseball caps with embroidered club logo £10
Club ties available from stock £6
Car Window stickers from stock £1
Lapel badges £1
Christchurch “Harbour Watch stickers £1
To purchase any of the above please contact our Club Steward Catherine Bell 01202 250876Or see her at the club
The club Website is a good source of information about the club and what's going on. It is also where you can get the latest racing results. It is updated regularly with what’s going on at the club. Advertise your second-hand boats and kit on the notice board. The website also has a link to our own webcam and wind indicator .
You can subscribe to our maillist for a weekly summary from the club. To prevent the bulk mail being marked as spam/junk you might need to add highcliffesailing.co.uk to your white list/trusted list or whatever your mail system needs.
Wireless Internet access is available from the club premises. Ask at the bar for the password.
In conclusion we trust that you will enjoy being a member of Highcliffe Sailing Club and will benefit from the fantastic sailing areas we have access to and will benefit from the training we provide. However if you have questions that are not being answered or you feel that the club is not giving you what you want please do not hesitate to contact the Commodore Paul Walker or any other Flag Officers who will be delighted to help in any way they can.