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Monthly Newsletter

Full steam ahead for some great events this Autumn!


What an amazing Summer, congratulations and thank you to everyone who has supported the club’s training and events and/ or represented the club up and down the country and across the world over the last month. Despite the rather unpredictable and often downright awful weather, I hope you all managed to enjoy August!


Looking ahead we have Bart’s Bash coming up this Sunday. Created to honour and provide a legacy for Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, this year’s fundraising will go towards grassroots sailing programmes and communities affected by Hurricane Irma. You can register online www.bartsbash.com, or simply join us on the day - be rigged and ready to race at 1:30 p.m. If you choose to join us on the day and wish to sign up at the club we will collect your £5:00 minimum donation. Join us on Sunday 17th September and together let’s Bash It!


We will also be hosting our last Junior Squad of the year this weekend. A very big thank you to Dee, Simon and their amazing team of instructors and volunteers who have made these weekends a huge success. Thank you also to all the Juniors and their parents who have taken part and supported these events - we hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed them. Sadly, Dee and Simon will be stepping down from their role, Thomas’ continued success is now seeing him travel more and more. Thank you for a superb year and good luck to Thomas!


At the end of the month we have Grahame and Lol’s ever popular Curry and Quiz Night, if you’ve not already reserved your tickets for this event, email Lol - secretary@shsc.org.uk and book your spot, this is going to be great night out for all the family.


Our Autumn Saturday and Sunday racing series are now in full swing as is our Adult Level 1 and 2 course. We also have our very successful Rookie Racing training on Sunday mornings - read on for full details. 


We have a PB2 course scheduled for 18th October/4th November again details on this below. 


Thank you to everyone who supported Staunton Harold Sailability Trust (SHST) events and their token drive at Tescos - we should have news on this towards the end of the month. SHST will be holding a prize giving event for all their amazing sailors on Saturday 11th November, they are also holding a fun night out out at the Dogs on Friday 6th October at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium - read on for more details.


For more details on all of the above and to find out how you can get the most of your membership as the summer starts to draw to a close, read on below. 


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: /







Bart’s Bash 17/09 - join thousands of sailors in 79 countries across the globe and let’s ‘Bash It’!


Bart's Bash 2017, is on this Sunday 17th September at 1:30 pm. So far, 587 venues from 79 countries have signed up to take part in this incredible global fundraising event - raising funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. 

• Join sailors at 100s of venues, with 1000s of sailors in 100s of different classes of boat around the world

• Take part in the 'Largest Sailing Race in the World' - founded in 2014, with a place in the a Guinness World Record Book.

• Join the global sailing community in remembering Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the America’s Cup in 2013.

• Be part of an annual fundraising campaign with this year's funds going towards grassroots sailing programmes and communities affected by Hurricane Irma. 

You can sign up on line at www.bartsbash.com, or simply join us on the day - be rigged and ready to race at 1:30 p.m. If you choose to join us on the day and wish to sign up at the club we will collect your £5:00 minimum donation. Join us on Sunday 17th September and together lets’ Bash It!


Junior Squad last weekend! - 16/09 - 17/09 


Last Junior Squad of 2017 this weekend! Starting on the Saturday boats and children should be rigged and ready for noon, a fun 24 hours then awaits - sailing all afternoon, camping overnight and then doing it all again on the Sunday morning! For more information please contact Dee - youth@shsc.org.uk Good news and bad news - well done to Thomas and his growing success as a sailor as he heads to events across the country, sadly this means that Dee and Simon will no longer be available to run all these great events. Thank you to Dee and Simon for all your hard work and commitment in developing our children’s sailing skills through entertaining and fun weekends. Junior Squads will be running in 2018, so don’t forget to fill in and return your questionnaires so that we can do more of the things you enjoy!


Curry and Quiz Night - 29/09 


On the last Friday in September - (29th) - Grahame and Lol will be hosting the ever popular Staunton ‘Curry and Quiz’ night. Not only do we have a great meal, but a lot of fun is guaranteed. Get your quiz team at the ready and book your tickets - tickets cost £10 per adult and £8 for juniors for the Curry and Quiz and £4 for Quiz only -  lolhayward@btconnect.com


Power Boat Course 28/10 & 4/11 


If you don’t already have your PB2 certificate this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill . This course is designed to teach you the basics to become a competent powerboat driver. No previous experience is needed. You'll be taught in both planing and displacement craft.

The course content includes launching and recovery, boat handling at low and high speed and seamanship skills such as man overboard. Certificates at Level 1 or 2 are awarded at the end of the  course at the discretion of the Chief Instructor.

Cost for these courses is £60


To book your place please contact Rob Watson or book via Marketing@shsc.org.uk 


Open Meetings


Sunday 8th October


Laser Open meeting, the water will be closed to club sailing. Good luck to all our competing sailors!


Saturday 21st October


Solo and Comet Open meetings, the water will be closed to club sailing. Good luck to all our competing sailors!


Club Cups


Sunday 22nd October


Commodore and Buckley -  first race at 11:30 a.m. - come along and see if you can win some silverware!



Congratulations to our travelling sailors


SHSC sailors finish 8th in the WLYC24 hour race! 


Wow! Congratulations to our SHSC team and their supporters who travelled up to Southport last weekend and took part in the gruelling 24 hour race. Bringing home an 8th place finish and a second fastest lap after midnight means that the team will start in the first flight next year. Well done! To find out more about this amazing sail and view some of the video footage please visit the club Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/StauntonHaroldSailingClub/ 


Fireball Europeans and Nationals 2017


Great results for Matt and Simon Foskett and Tim Saunders who took part in the Fireball Europeans and Nationals at Lyme Regis last month. The Foskett brothers came 21st overall whilst Tim sailing with Budworth SC’s Alex Taylor came 22nd, both boats achieved a seventh place finish in the event! No mean feat sailing against 85 of Europe’s most competitive boats. 


Staunton’s Joe Stocker represents GBR in the Finn U23 World Championship! 


Well done to Joe Stocker who represented GBR in the Finn Silver Cup 2017 - Finn U23 World Championship at MVM Sport Club - Balatonfüred, Hungary. What an amazing week. Joe took 43rd place in this highly prestigious event, congratulations!


Joe Penhaul Smith wins coveted HISA award


Congratulations to Joe Penhaul Smith who has managed to open up a world of sailing opportunities to students at the University of Highlands and Islands. Joe was awarded the Highlands and Islands Students' Association (HISA) annual award last month for ‘best contribution to clubs and societies’, after establishing the university's Wind and Wave Club last September. Joe's passion for sailing saw him harness support from fellow students at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI and then work to forge links with Oban Sailing Club. He also sourced funding, and has worked tirelessly to train members for team racing and manage events and competitions. His hard work has already paid off with a win for the club in the silver class at last November’s Ladies Team Racing Championships.

Well done Joe! To find out more go to:  https://tinyurl.com/ybqm5afm


Thank you to all our travelling sailors for representing the club, up and down the country and across the world. Watch our Facebook page and website for updates, and if you have any news to share please contact marketing@shsc.org.uk.



News from Staunton Harold Sailability Trust (SHST)


Thank you to everyone who supported SHST by shopping at Tesco’s in Ashby, and popping your charity tokens in the SHST carriers. We will find out if SHST won the coveted £4,000 award - fingers crossed! 


SHST is off to visit the dogs at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium on Friday 6th October - there are still tickets available at £6 per adult & children are free. Gates open at 6pm, there are 6 races, the first race starts at 6:28pm and the last race starts at 10:15pm. SHST’s dog will be in trap two and will be competing against five other organisations. All money from the sale of the tickets will be donated to SHST. To book your ticket please contact Mark Harden at secretary@shst.org.uk 


Also SHST will be holding a prize giving event for all their amazing sailors with a raffle on Saturday 11th November 4pm – 7pm. To book a ticket, or to buy raffle tickets please contact Lisa Woodward at marketing@shst.org.uk or on 07729 491140. The event will feature:

Light Buffet


Official launching and naming of the new boat

Certificates of Achievement

Various land based activities 

Displays showing SHST’s achievements this year, the help SHST has had this year and how you can get involved more.


Sailing Series in September/ October


The following series are seeing some great competitive racing, take a look at our sailwave results and come up to the club and take part!


Saturday series

Sunday morning and afternoon series




Hire Boats - gentle reminder


We are fortunate to have a strong training fleet of boats at SHSC and it’s great to be able to hire them out when they are not being used by the training team. And we know there is strong demand for them. 


There is a hire charge associated with use of the training boats and it is important that we collect these to help us maintain the boats in good condition. The training team also need to have confidence that the equipment is where ist should be when they run courses so we need to ensure that equipment is put back at the end of the day.


Hire fees are laid out clearly in the ‘hire store’ along with the procedure for hire but if in doubt do grab Nigel Pepperdine, one of the training team / committee for clarification.


Please note that the L2000s are not available for general hire this year but the committee will review this policy at the end of the year. There is a poster in the training notice board in the clubhouse giving more background. 



Polite Notice to all those using the Power Boats


Please could duty crews avoid dragging the front wheels into alignment rather than taking time to ‘jockey’ them as their name suggests. This has led to the destruction of one of the ‘outer carcass’ on a wheel.


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.


Please could anyone using the Power Washer ensure that is put back in its designated storage space and not left blocking access to the cupboard.


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


We 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). You might also like to keep your boat tied down, stakes can be bought from Nigel Pepperdine, or for a ‘dog’ stake that you can then padlock your tie-downs at £9.99 go to: Amazon  



Crew/ Helm wanted or available 


Don’t forget to use the white board if you are looking for crew/ helms. 




Thank you to those who have already signed up for all or some of their duties.  

If you have not already picked your three duties the following duties are available over the next two months:


Saturday 16th September - Galley 

Sunday 17th September - Safety Boat Crew

Saturday 23rd September - Galley

Sunday 24th September - Safety Boat Driver

Sunday 1st October - Galley 1 & 2

Saturday 14th October  - Galley 


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



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