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Monthly Newsletter

It’s been a fantastic May and now that June is here the sailing season is non-stop, we also have our main social event of the Summer - the Summer Shindig - coming up!


Preparations for the Summer Shindig, our major social event for the Summer, are well underway, and the event promises to be another great success. If you’ve not already got your tickets, please contact shscsocial@gmail.com or book and pay at the bar. The Shindig which kicks off at 7:00 pm. on Saturday 8th July is sandwiched between the Club Regatta, Junior and Youth Championships which take place on the Saturday from 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. respectively and the Club Championships which take place on Sunday 9th July from 11:30 a.m. Both the Shindig and the racing events have always been hugely popular so this is definitely a weekend not to be missed.


Also coming up we have the Memorial Cup, where we remember departed friends, this Wednesday and then on Sunday 25th June we’ll be holding the Anniversary Cup from 11:30 a.m. Join in for some great sailing and the opportunity to win fun prizes!


Following on from this we will be hosting the Regional Heats of the 2017 Honda RIB Challenge on Saturday 1st July. Thank you to our amazing PB Instructors who have been providing training on Thursday evenings, well done to all our Juniors who have been taking part and good luck to those who will be representing the Club. Please do come along and cheer on our representatives on 1st July.


Away from events at the club  Mike Jones has been updating members on the 2017 Lord Birkett races at Ullswater Yacht Club on the 1/2 July. This ‘marathon’ event has always been popular with Club Members, if anyone has entered please could they let Mike know at mwj3724@gmail.com  


Looking back over the last month a big thank you to everyone who was involved in our Push the Boat Out Event. We welcomed over 100 visitors, 50% of whom went out on the water either via our helmed sailing sessions or in club members’ boats. Two visitors have signed up to join the club, a further two families are keen to go ahead and we have a booking for our adult course and interest in a junior course. The main comment on the day was just how “welcoming” all the members are, so a very big thank you for coming up to the club and showing your support. Also to everyone who made our third Junior Squad weekend another great event for the children - thank you! Fabulous weather, superb on the water skills training, fun activities and a great support team onshore well done Simon, Dee and your team.


Please be aware that security is becoming an issue now that the evenings are getting longer, boat ties are available and the gate needs to be kept shut/ locked.


Read on to find out what’s new up at the club and how you can get the most from your membership.


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: /


Summer Shindig - Saturday 8th July


We have another great social event coming up for you on 8th July. Our Social Team has been hard at work to ensure that this is another fabulous evening. Starting at 7:00 p.m. club members and their friends and family will be able to enjoy:


  • A mouth watering buffet
  • Bouncy castle for children
  • Live band Squeeze Box
  • Camping, so no need to go home!


Tickets are just @18 for adults , £12 for under 15’s and Free for under 8’s (but please ensure that you still book for your under 8’s). To book your ticket either email shscsocial@gmail.com or book and pay at the bar.


On the Sunday morning we will once again be offering the amazing Big Breakfast to get you ready to sail in the Club Championships. And at just £4 per person this will be a great way to start the day.


Youth and Junior Championship - 8th July


Racing starts at 11:00 a.m


Club Regatta - 8th July


Racing starts at 2:00 p.m. - a series of fun races/ team races and prizes for best dressed boat/ best dressed crew, ensures that this is a hugely popular race for sailors and spectators alike!


Club Championship - 9th July


Blow away the cobwebs, after partying the night away, enjoy your amazing Big Breakfast and then be ready to race at 11:30 a.m.


Memorial Cup - Wednesday 21st June 19:00


Wednesday 21st June the Memorial Cup a handicap race commencing at 19:00hrs – A special race sailed in memory of departed friends, sailed in conjunction with the Wednesday evening series.

Anniversary Cup - Sunday 25th June from 11:30 a.m.


The Anniversary Cup - three race format Handicap, Pursuit, Handicap with two races to count, 1st race commences at 11:30hrs, 2nd race after lunch, 3rd race after tea. Some great prizes for adults and juniors!

Please stay for the prize presentation after the event, enjoy a drink with your friends and celebrate our Great Cups.


Junior Squad Weekend - 17/18 June


Thank you to everyone who came, and everyone who supported and volunteered at the last Junior Squad weekend on 4th and 5th June. This was hugely popular with over 30 Juniors taking part, lots of campers and lots of learning and fun on the water. We had another superb Junior Squad this last weekend with balmy weather and some great instructing and onshore/ galley support. Thank you once again to Dee and Simon Kelsall and their superb team.


Honda RIB Challenge


Anyone who has been down on a Thursday night, or been watching our Face Book Page will have seen or enjoyed some of the images of the Juniors taking part in the Honda RIB training. More than a dozen Juniors have enjoyed the superb training put on by Simon, Poppy and Neill ( a very big thank you). We are now almost ready to put forward our two club representatives, for the Regional Heats which we will be hosting up at the club on Saturday 1st July. This is our first year taking part in the  prestigious Honda RIB Challenge event, a national event which sees children aged from 8-13 and 13-16 compete to represent their club, then their region and then finally go forward to compete at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 17th September for the title ‘Honda Youth RIB Champion 2017’.


Thank you to our amazing PB Instructors who have been providing training on Thursday evenings, well done to all our Juniors who have been taking part and good luck to those who will be representing the Club. Please do come along and cheer on our representatives on 1st July.


Congratulations to our newly qualified RYA Assistant Instructors


Well done to Edward Green and Nathan Smith who successfully completed their RYA AI courses and are now supporting training at the club.


55th Lord Birkett - fantastic sailing up in the Lake District


For anyone looking to take part in the very popular and challenging 2017 Lord Birkett races at Ullswater Yacht Club on the 1/2 July, please complete your entry at : http://enter.sailracer.org/events/enter-v2RYA.asp?eventid=209247. There is also a form to reserve your tent space included.

For event info go here: http://www.ullswateryachtclub.org/Default.aspx?tabid=227


Mike Jones  would like to keep a record of who is going so please email him at mwj3724@gmail.com when you enter. FYI Russ Coggrave and Lucy are already on the list with their RS200!


RYA OnBoard up at the Club


Club members coming up on Friday evenings may have noticed the OnBoard students from Melbourne Village School who have been visiting the club as part of an eight session scheme to reach out to local schools and clubs and get more children involved in sailing. Thank you to everyone volunteering for these events.


News from Staunton Harold Sailability Trust (SHST)


Also for those following and volunteering for the SHST, their next event is set to take place on Saturday 24th June, anyone wishing to volunteer please contact Mark Harden at secretary@shsc.org.uk


Sunday morning racing for Juniors/ Family


A new racing innovation for our Juniors this year is the opportunity to race for just one lap of a course. A great introduction for Juniors to racing, these races will also feature their own start, so the start line will be less crowded and the main fleet will already be underway before those Juniors wishing to take advantage of shortened racing start. This will be available from 21st May to 16th July (NOT 25th June or 9th July).  Juniors wanting to take part in this shortened course will need to tie a blue ribbon to their boom so that our Race Officers can ‘finish them’. Blue ribbons will be available at the sign on location by the galley.

So to re-cap:

* The race start will be tagged on to the back of the Summer Morning Handicap race (11.30am - main handicap start, junior/family start 6 minutes later - same course/1 lap)


* There will be only 1 lap


* This is a 7 race series – must sail a minimum of 4 to qualify


* Each competing boat must have a junior (16 or under) helm or crew


* Adult helms may sail with more than one child crew and/or different children in different races but must keep to the same boat for the series


* Helm/crew combinations that may wish to swap positions in different races must keep to the same boat for the series


* The boat’s PY number must be more than 1000 (i.e. no scary fast boats)


* More experienced junior sailors are encouraged to join the main race.


Rookie sailing


Recognising that some people need some help either on or off the water, we will be offering some additional support. Whilst most people are comfortable just approaching fellow members for some help, which they are always happy to give, it’s not always easy to ask. So, one member on a Sunday will be volunteering to wear the OnBoard Instructor shirt and will happily help with rigging, queries etc. On the water, if you are not racing and would like to be given some tips/ on the water coaching please tie a red ribbon - available at the sign on by the galley - to your boom and we will know that you are happy to be offered some support. Please return the ribbons after each sail so that others can use them.


Sailing Series in June/ July


The following series are now well underway:

Wednesday night series

Thursday night cruising

Friday night sailing/ kids club

Saturday series

Sunday morning and afternoon series




Another Chance to join the fantastic SHSC Instructor Team!

We are planning the next SHSC RYA Dinghy Instructor course for 12th-18th August. It will be run by Kev O’Brien, one of the very experienced coaches in the region. We have four places left for anyone, 16 or over, who would like to offer their skills and experience to helping others learn to sail and to love our sport. You will need to be able to commit to all the whole week. The cost of the course will be £160 for members and will run 08:30-17:30 or thereabouts each day.

More information about the pre-requisites for the course can be found at http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining/coachestrainersinstructors/instructors/Pages/dinghyinstructortraining.aspx. Any questions to Elaine or Paul Munro. Please contact Elaine at elaine@zestbusinesscoaching.co.uk or call 07967636718 asap if you would like a place.

Power Boat  - PB2 Course


We have new dates for all those wanting to get their RYA PB2 License. We’ll be offering two courses during the year:


Course A

This will be run over a series of Friday evenings and Saturday mornings rather than the usual two weekends:-

Friday evenings: 14, 21 and 28 July

Saturday mornings: 22 and 29 July


Course B

Run over two weekends

28 October - 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4th November - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Cost for these courses is £60


To book your place please contact Rob Watson on trainingpb@shsc.org.uk


RYA Safety Boat Course


A two day course on 12/13 August - available to club members only cost £50


To book your place please contact Rob Watson on trainingpb@shsc.org.uk


Past events at the Club


RYA Push the Boat Out - 100+ visitors joined us on the day, thank you for your support!


Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who came and supported this year’s RYA Push the Boat Out event at the club on 21st May. Thirty-four visitors aged from 5 to 65 took to the water in the club’s training fleet. Smiles and laughs were the order of the day as our novices enjoyed a 30 minute sample session which saw many of them graduating from look-out, to crew to helm! More than 20 family and friends of club members also took the opportunity to get on the water, cruising up and down the reservoir in club members’ dinghies.


The turnaround of the day came from young Evie (5) who was anxious about going out in a dinghy, but by the end of her taster session she was captain of the dinghy, sporting a smile from ear to ear, having crewed and helmed!


More than fifty friends and family of those taking part in sailing came along to support and enjoyed a great welcome at the club - there were so many comments on the day of how friendly and helpful everyone was.


A very big thank you to everyone involved.


Optimist and Topper Open


Well done to everyone who took part in The Topper and Optimist Opens were last weekend and we had 8 Toppers representing the club in a fleet of 25, and 3 Oppies representing the club in a fleet of 13 in total. Congratulations to Kamran Ewbank our highest placed sailor who came in fourth in the Topper Open and to Jacob Felton our highest place Oppie sailor who came fifth in the Oppie Open. A very big thank you to all of our superb race teams and on shore volunteers who put on some great races in what proved to be very challenging conditions. Heavy winds ensured lots of capsizes and a large number of DNC/ DNFs.




New Staunton Harold Sailing Club - dedicated Windguru Station


We now have our own dedicated Windguru station, set up by the Race Box thanks to our tech team please make a note of the URL - https://www.windguru.cz/station/991


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


Now that the nights are getting longer, we are experiencing some unwanted launches. 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.


Club Handbooks


Thank you to Russ, our new 2017 Handbooks are up at the club, so please remember to pick your copy up, next time you visit.




Thank you to those who have already signed up for all or some of their duties. Did you know that you can use Dutyman directly from your mobile phone and sync. it into your calendar? You need to be logged into dutyman for this facility to work.

If you log in and then follow the link on the left-hand side of the duties screen – your duties on a smartphone, click link screen shot, and click URL  

The Duty Calendar publishes all your duties. URL

Your QR code will appear.

And your duties will be added to your phone, easy!?

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


Saturday 24th June  - Galley 1

Sunday 2nd July – Safety Driver 1 and Galley 1

Saturday 8th July - Galley 2

Sunday 9th July - Galley 1

Saturday 22nd July - Galley 1

Sunday 23rd July - Galley 1 & 2


Travelling sailors/ Results


Congratulations to our travelling sailors who are out there representing the club at events up and down the country. Please do let us know if you are competing, photographs and race reports are great to share.


Burton Sailing Club - Laser Open


Another brilliant result from Staunton’s Grahame Newton as he took two bullets and discarded a 2nd place to give a very convincing win at Burton’s Laser Open in very windy conditions. Well done also to Tom Plant who took 8th place.


NSSA Inland Champions


Congratulations to Chloe Felton who was crowned NSSA Inland Champion with her new sailing partner Andrew Sturt in the 420. Well done to Jacob Felton who also took part in the Oppie Handicap Fleet.


IOCA Optimist Inlands, Grafham Water


Congratulations to Staunton’s Thomas Kelsall and Jacob Felton. Thomas enjoyed his first event in main fleet oppie sailing following on from his winter in RYA Zone Squad, as he joined old hand Jacob at the IOCA Optimist Inlands, Grafham Water.

Jacob got 3 results in the 40s to finish in 108th whilst Thomas got a 38th to finish 131st out of 205.

For a full list of results go to:



Women’s Group


Thank you to all our women sailors who took part in the photo shoot for our new Laser 2000s - bought thanks to a Sport England grant under the #thisgirlcan. We could have been in the Med!


We are starting some informal training on Friday evenings for those women who would like to gain more confidence in their sailing or powerboating skills over the next 12 months with a view to joining the instructor team…..Many of you will find yourselves bringing children to the club and spending a lot of time waiting or chatting. Why not get on the water and learn how to get involved a bit more, make some new friends, gain confidence and have fun all at the same time! Email Elaine if you would like to join in whether or not you can sail already! We will be kicking off the first sessions with rigging the 2000s and ‘launching the powerboat’ lessons nothing too scary!  elaine@zestbusinesscoaching.co.uk  


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!



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