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Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to everyone and here’s wishing you and your families health, happiness and success in the year ahead.


Looking back 2017 has been an amazing year. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your year with Staunton Harold Sailing Club - whether that be learning to sail for the first time, sailing in a different boat, racing, travelling to new events, volunteering, developing new skills and so much more. Thank you to all of you.


Well done to everyone who raced in the Frostbite Series and the Boxing Day Bash and thank you to our social team for putting on a fun and festive Christmas party.


Looking ahead, our membership renewal forms should have reached you all via email. We have another action packed sailing calendar planned for 2018,  with lots of opportunities to sail, race, train, learn new skills, volunteer and have fun both on and off the water. So, please don’t delay with your renewals.


Some key dates coming up include:-

  • The Staunton Blaster which takes place over the weekend of 10/11 February and the Notts County Cooler on 24/25 February - more details on these below.

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

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

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


Last but not least, please join us on Sunday 28th January for our first working party of the year when we will be carrying out key maintenance jobs, packing away Christmas decorations and ‘spring cleaning’ the club. There will be a something for everyone to help out with and a warming, tasty lunch will be put on for all our volunteers.  


Thank you all!


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


Your 2018 membership renewal forms will have arrived in your inbox. If they haven’t please contact Di Pepperdine at membership@shsc.org.uk. With new Data Protection laws coming in, towards the end of May this year it is important that you carefully read and tick the boxes on the forms to ensure that you receive sailing and socials information. Members who complete and return their forms before 28th February will enjoy a prompt sign-up discount.


In February we will be launching a new interactive Newsletter - please ensure you tick your acceptance to receive club information on the renewal form so that we can keep you up to date on what is happening at the club.


Also to reassure you that the Data Protection laws should not have a big impact on the way we communicate with you - rather, as a club, we are building the requirements of the new laws, into everything we do, to ensure that once the laws are enforced at the end of May, the club already complies.


Working Parties


The first working party for 2018 is just a couple of weekends away. Please come along and help us to complete both big and small maintenance jobs - there’s plenty for everyone whether you have skills or not, a day or just an hour to offer. And for those who are with us over lunch, there will be a warming, tasty lunch available to all our volunteers free of charge.


Working party dates are:

  • Sunday 28th January

  • Sunday 18th Feb

  • Sunday 25th Feb


To whet your appetite, here’s just some of the jobs available:-


  • Form BBQ storage shelter

  • Build floor to BBQ storage shelter

  • Fit shelves for hire storage in Elwell

  • Replace broken ironmongery to Training Room

  • Fit replacement recoil to mower

  • Grease big mower and service as required

  • Sweep out and tidy big mower shed.

  • Fit extension speaker to safety radio inside galley

  • Concrete ramps to sides and end of short slipway

  • Fit end stops to curtains

  • Clean cobwebs all areas


and of course …


Take down the Christmas decorations.


Staunton Blaster/ Notts County Cooler


The fantastic Staunton Blaster/ Notts County Cooler mini-series is back - hurray! Our very own Grahame Newton won this mini-series last year with Corey Newton second overall and Sam Jones third - so a clean sweep for Staunton.

This year the Staunton Blaster is on the weekend of 10/11 February and The Notts County Cooler is on the 24/25th February. So two full weekends of racing. Non-members are welcome to both weekends 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


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


Please save the date! 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. Tickets and more details for this, not to be missed, event will be released shortly.


Annual General Meeting 2017


Thank you to the 50+ members who joined us for what was a very productive evening which included a re-cap on 2017, racing successes, training successes, junior squad weekends, Push the Boat Out, new activities (powerboat training for Juniors), and of course the successful set-up of and fund raising for Staunton Harold Sailability Trust. For a full details of all these achievements please go to:  /club-info-gallery/members-achievements.aspx


We also looked at upcoming events and goals for 2018, including encouraging more members out on the water.  More details are available to anyone who was unable to join us via lesleyfoz@gmail.com.  


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 this 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!




Frostbite Series


Well done to everyone who took part in this series - some of the Sunday’s saw sailors taking the ice off their boats before going out, whilst one had to be cancelled thanks to the site being snowed in.


Congratulations to all our hardy winners:-


Fast Handicap - Peter Gray & Rachael Rhodes (Scorpion), Corey Newton (Supernova), Simon Foskett (Supernova), - 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Laser Fleet - Sam Jones, Tom Plant, Terry Forbes - 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Slow Handicap - Richard Pepperdine (Solo), Graham Watts & Helen Jacks (Miracle), Peter Nugent & Charles Saunders (GP14) - 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Boxing Day Bash


Over 20 boats took to the water earlier this week for the post Christmas - Boxing Day Bash.

A bright day, great conditions and a lot of fun both on and off the water.  Thank you to everyone who took part, and made the day brilliant both on and off the water. Some great hat and scarf combos were modelled by our festive sailors and the Christmas spirit was carried over into the post racing feast. To take a look go to: /club-info-gallery/news/boxing-day-bash!.aspx


Well done to first placed Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes Scorpion, second placed  Corey Newton (Supernova) and third placed Rich Pepperdine with Simon Forbes (Fireball). For a full list of results go to: /results/2017/boxing.htm


Staunton’s Peter Gray and Richard Pepperdine take podium position in Notts County race


Congratulations to Peter Gray & Rich Pepperdine for winning the "First of Year Charity Race" at Notts County Sailing Club on New Year's Day. Also, well done to 4th placed Di & Nigel Pepperdine out of a respectable 44 entries. "BEST SAIL OF THE YEAR SO FAR!"


Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2017


Congratulations to Staunton's Sam Penhaul Smith top 50 placing with over 100 boats competing!




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.



Christmas Party


Thank you to our superb social team headed up by Fiona for another great Christmas Party. Fun, games and partying were the order of the night.




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 out 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 but are not limited to:

Sailing success

Representing the club

Representing team GBR

Training updates - both within the club and for those who are in developmental squads (your news inspires others)

Supporting SHST

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