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Monthly Newsletter

Here’s to the 2018 sailing season!


Firstly thank you to everyone who has already renewed their club membership for 2018. If you’ve not already had a chance to do so, Di, our membership secretary will be at the club this Sunday for the second working party of the year and the card machine will be available for anyone wanting to renew using a card.


Secondly - well done to everyone who took part in the Staunton Blaster at the weekend - what a race. We’ve got a great year ahead planned with opportunities to race, improve on your sailing skills, volunteer and help others to learn or develop their skills, cruising dates, regular junior squad weekends, social events and much more.


The first of these social events will be our Prize Giving on 17th March this will include a St.Patrick’s themed formal dinner and quiz as we recognise the successes through 2017. Well done to everyone! If you haven’t already booked your tickets, again there will be an opportunity to do so this Sunday, or you can contact Fiona directly via shscsocial@gmail.com


Some of the key dates and events coming up include:-


  • The Notts County Cooler on 24/25 February - more details below.

  • Racing Rules Night on 7th March.

  • "St.Patrick’s Day” themed prize giving  and formal dinner on 17th March.

  • “Get Back on the Water” session - 14th April.

  • First adult training starting on 21st April, and juniors on 18th April.

  • First Junior Squad weekend on 21st/22nd April, plus ...

  • Push the Boat Out when we open the club up to the public on 6th May.


Last but not least, thank you to everyone who joined us for the first working party of the year in January - huge amounts were achieved. We have our second working party this Sunday so please join us if you can - there will be a tasty lunch for all our volunteers.


Thank you and here's to a great month ahead!


Elaine Penhaul


Noted below are all the upcoming events, courses and news, for full details of any or all of the events please visit the Staunton Harold Website: /




Membership Renewal Forms


Thank you to everyone who has already returned their membership renewal forms - if you have any queries please contact Di Pepperdine at membership@shsc.org.uk. On the renewal forms please note that due to new Data Protection laws coming in, towards the end of May this year, we have a number of boxes that you need to tick to ensure that you receive information on sailing and social events. Also members who complete and return their forms before 28th February will enjoy a prompt sign-up discount.


We will not now launch our new interactive Newsletter,  until the majority of the membership renewal forms have been returned, so that we can ensure we keep ahead of the new laws. Please ensure you tick your acceptance to receive club information on the renewal form.


Working Parties


A big thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered at the first working party. Our next working party is this Sunday, there is still quite a list of jobs to do, so please, come along and help out - whether you have an hour, or, all day. There will be a warming, tasty lunch for all our volunteers free of charge.


We then have our final working party on Sunday 25th February.


Staunton Blaster/ Notts County Cooler


What a great event last weekend, well done to everyone who took part! Thank you to our race teams, safety crews and galley teams. Paul Williamson did a great job as results officer and photographer, I’m sure many of you have taken a look at his album from the event : https://www.flickr.com/photos/93565382@N03/sets/72157692513853544, please contact Paul directly for high quality copies. Tim Olins, the renowned marine photographer also joined us for the event and managed to capture some great shots - these can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/141388522@N05/sets/72157690335597462 for high quality copies of photos from these albums please contact tim@olinphoto.co.uk  directly.


Staunton took all of the top three spots with Corey Newton, first, Matt & Simon Foskett, second and Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes, third. Staunton also took four more spots in the top 10! 32 boats took part in the five race, two day event, which lived up to its name with ‘blasting’ conditions on both days. To read the full race report please go to: /club-info-gallery/news/%E2%80%98blasting%E2%80%99-conditions-for-the-staunton-blaster-leg-of-the-staunton-blaster-notts-county-cooler-mini-series.aspx


The next leg of the series- The Notts County Cooler is on the 24/25th February. Another two full days of racing. Non-members are welcome for a small fee, so feel free to invite your friends along. For full details please go to: /club-info-gallery/news/first-mini-open-series-for-2018.aspx


Good luck to all our sailors who will be heading off to Notts County S.C. for the 24/25th.


Racing Rules Night - 7th March


We will be hosting a Racing Rules Night on Wednesday 7th March. This event is always very informative and entertaining. Please come along and check your rules knowledge is up to date. Tickets are just £2 per person on the door.


17th March, Fitting Out Supper and Prize Giving with a St.Patrick’s Day theme


This year, our traditional prize-giving, will feature a St.Patrick’s Day themed sit down "Fitting out Supper” where we will be inviting you to dress to impress in your St.Patrick’s Day finery and enjoy a formal sit down feast. The evening will feature a compere who will take you through the highs and entertaining moments of 2017 as we recognise the achievements of all of you - our members. We’ll also be running a fun quiz and there will be a prize for the 'best themed outfit'. If you’ve not already bought your tickets please contact Fiona via shscsocial@gmail.com for  tickets, or join us this Sunday when you can book your tickets at the club.


Club Racing


Please note that Sunday racing will start from Sunday 4th March, whilst Saturday racing will start from Saturday 24th March.


14th April - Get Back on the Water Session


We will be running a session to help our sailors get back on the water, more details on this in our next - March - newsletter.


21st April - First Junior Squad of 2018


They’re back in April! The first of these weekends is 21st/ 22nd April, make sure to mark it in your diary - more details nearer the time.  


Sign up for your 2018 Duties


Over 66% of the membership has already signed up for their 2018 duties - thank you. We hope you have all found the electronic sign-up relatively easy. For anyone who has not had a chance to consult their 2018 diaries so far, or is not sure how to sign up please don’t delay.  If you’ve forgotten how, or lost your password please watch Neill’s step by step guide and signing up will be a doddle. Log on to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZQ8ba3N8dg


We have a host of great sailing and social activities planned for 2018 so please sign up and  support another great year.  


A few points to remember


All sailing members over 16 are expected to do a minimum of 3 Duties each year. Please volunteer for more if you can, it's fun and worthwhile. Due to the shortages we experienced last year, we ask members who sail regularly to do 4 duties.

All members should do at least one Sunday duty.

Please sign up for duties that suit your experience.

Please check your own holiday or social dates before picking a duty, by spring/summer time, duty swaps are not that easy to arrange.

The only Duties that count are those on DutyMan. Volunteering to help out on duty calendar events is much appreciated, but does not count against your allocation.

Once a duty goes on DutyMan, it becomes the member’s responsibility to either fulfil the duty or swap with another member.


Thank you to everyone who has already signed up!

Good luck to all our travelling sailors


Good luck to our sailors who are competing away from the club this weekend - one event to watch out for is the:


GJW Oxford Blue




The University of Nottingham S.C. Snakebite


Staunton was among 24 teams to take part in the University of Nottingham S.C.’s Snakebite at the weekend. Staunton's six strong team included Captain Joe Penhaul Smith with sister Poppy, Suzy Powell, Louis Spencer, Mike Starkie and Ellie Craig. For a first outing, the team had superb results, finishing second in the Silver Fleet (8th overall). To read the full race report please and enjoy some photos please go to: /club-info-gallery/news/staunton-team-comes-second-in-the-silver-fleet-at-the-university-of-nottingham-sc-snakebite!.aspx




Level 2 Race Coach Course  - 14th/15th April 2018


If you are  an experienced club racer with an RYA PB2 and 1st aid certificate (or are willing to get these) and if you are over 16 years old then you may be ideally suited to take part in a

Level 2 Race Coach Course.


This is a 2 day course and costs only £125

There are only 6 places on this course so book early to avoid disappointment.


For further information speak to Dee Fleming via deefleming10@btinternet.com


This is currently a closed course – open to SHSC members only but if places are not filled it will be opened externally nearer the time.


First Aid Course


There will be a First Aid Course on 7th April. For people who have expressed an interest in joining a DI course, certification from this, is a course requirement.


The cost is £10 (for club members) including a first aid handbook which is a RYA requirement so an unavoidable charge


Adult RYA Level 1 & 2


Please note that this course is already starting to book up. The course starts on 21st April and runs every Saturday morning up to and including the 23rd June for full details please go to: /training/adults.aspx


Junior RYA Stage 1 & 2


This course will be run every Wednesday evening from 18th April up to and including the 11th July. For full details please go to /training/juniors.aspx



Polite notice to all those using the Power Boats


This year we have two new power boats so please, please do not ‘race the engines’ on these boats. If you need any guidance on this please contact our bosun team bosun@shsc.org.uk


Please could crews ensure that all designated kit is kept on the Power Boat it belongs to. If kit is removed or missing please ensure that it is replaced and if it can not be, promptly reported. We are finding kit missing, replacing it and then finding it at the bottom of a kit bag on another boat.


And lastly, please ensure that you drain all Power Boats before returning them to the Boat House, and not once inside the Boat House.


Thank you


Security - please close and lock gates and keep your boats tied down


In this season of high winds you might like to ensure that your boats are kept tied down, stakes can be bought from Nigel Pepperdine or via Amazon.



We also ask all members to be aware of people who shouldn’t be in the boat park - please report them. Please also ensure that all gates are kept locked (except when there are Open Meetings/ Open Days in progress).


Crew/ Helm wanted


Don’t forget to use the whiteboard if you are looking for crew/ helms, 2018 holds lots of opportunities to sail, so please don’t let a lack of crew hold you back - we will be announcing some new ways for you to get linked in with potential helms and crews so please watch for more news on this.


Your News makes News


Please let us know if you have any newsworthy stories, we may not be able to include all of them on the website, but would hope to share them on Facebook and Twitter and if you have a photograph to support your news that would be great. Stories could include:

Sailing success

Supporting sailability

Representing the club

Representing team GBR

Email any stories to marketing@shsc.org.uk


Look forward to seeing you up at the club!


Check out what’s going at the club on the website and also on our social media channels:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StauntonHaroldSailingClub/

Twitter - @SHSCSailing