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Monthly Newsletter

Great sailing, great courses, just waiting for some consistently great weather!  

Well done to all of our sailors who gained further qualifications this summer, and a very big thank you to all of our amazing instructors who freely volunteer their time and talents. Also to all our travelling sailors who have had an amazing summer competing, well done and thank you to everyone for representing the club. Read below for an update on some of the results. 


Look out for our newly qualified Dinghy Instructors and Assistant Instructors who completed their courses this week - well done. PB2 drivers who took their course in July and Safety Boat Drivers, who completed their course last weekend. The Safety Boat course builds on PB2 skills, teaching safe strategies for rescuing stricken sailors and their boats. This is an essential course for all members doing safety boat duties, delivered in a fun and engaging format if you’ve not taken this course already please contact marketing@shsc.org.uk to register for the next course. 


Last month we hosted the British Moths 85th National Championship - a great event well done to everyone who supported especially to Nigel and Di. And, a challenging quiz for club members at the end of a feast of Mexican food on the Tuesday.


Looking forward we have Junior Squads, a Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) event, Bart’s Bash and a Curry and Quiz evening (at the end of September). Rookie Racing on Sunday mornings is going really well - thank you to Paul - anyone who is looking to develop their racing skills will find these sessions invaluable. Women on the Water and Friday Night Kids’ Club is in full swing, again join us and take the opportunity to develop your sailing skills and have some fun. As the nights draw in, these weekday opportunities to sail will end so take advantage of Wednesday night racing and Thursday and Friday night sessions.


Staunton Harold Sailability Trust (SHST) took delivery of their new boats - they now have six Hansa Dinghies, as they continue to do an amazing job making it possible for those less able to get out onto the water. SHST is one of the charities of choice at Tesco in Ashby until the end of August, please keep popping your charity tokens in. If SHST has the most tokens then it will receive £4,000 - a huge boost towards essential equipment. Thank you for your ongoing support. 


Courses - we have some great courses coming up:

Rookie racing continues - see Paul Munro for details.

Improvers courses - Sailing with Spinnakers see Paul Munro for details

PB2 course - 18th Oct/ 4th Nov - see Rob Watson for details.

Women on the Water - informal Friday evening sessions please contact marketing@shsc.org.uk to ensure you are included in the mail outs.

Friday night club/ Sunday morning family sailing - come along!


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: /


Club hosting 02/08 - 05/08 - The 85th British Moths National Champs!


A great event as the club hosted the British Moth National Champs.  Well done to all our amazing volunteers on the water and in the galley headed up by Nigel Pepperdine who made our guests very welcome, also a special mention to Richard, Aileen and Marie and Di for organising a Mexican themed meal with a quiz - huge fun. It was great to have the British Moths at the club and we look forward to better weather next time! Read all about it: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197697/British-Moth-Nationals-at-Staunton-Harold


Congratulations to our travelling sailors


SHSC sailors win "Top Gun" trophy 


Congratulations to our SHSC Scorpion Sailors winning the 'Top Gun' trophy for highest 3 boats from 1 club at Castle Cove Scorpion Nationals 2017! Final Results: 4th Peter Gray & Rich Pepperdine, 5th Alan Krailing & Simon Forbes, 16th Rachael Rhodes & Hannah Edge (plus 1st female boat #thisgirlcan) and 35th Martyn & Nigel Denchfield.

For a full list of results go to: http://www.halsail.com/scorpions

Kamran Ewbank takes top spot! 


Congratulations to Kamran Ewbank for his first place, Silver Fleet finish in the Volvo GJW Direct Topper 5.3 National Championships, 10 points ahead of the 2nd placed sailor! What a result, well done Kam!


Rolex Fastnet - 6th out of 368 boats, wow!


Wow - Sam Penhaul Smith sailing on the Fast 40 Ino XXX finishes 6th out of 368 boats. Sam was bowman in this, his first Fastnet race - he had a fantastic race, a long slog upwind to the rock and then 20 knots under spinnaker all the way back to Plymouth.


Miracle Nationals 2017 at Netley


Great result for Graham Watts and Helen Jacks - a fourth place finish overall with a bullet, a second and two thirds - great racing!


Peter Gray and Richard Pepperdine sailing at the GP14 Nationals, Looe Sailing Club


Congratulations to Pete and Rich for a great summer of sailing. Their overall 5th place finish came on the back of two fantastic last race results - a 1st and a 2nd. Well done! 


West Highland Yachting Week - SHSC sailor onboard!


Well done to Sam Jones whose boat Enigma finished 2nd in it’s class with two wins and two second places in the passages - great racing!


2017 Volvo Gill Optimist British National & Open Championship - great results


Congratulations to Jacob and Thomas for a fantastic week of sailing. Well done to them both, Jacob finished 23rd in Senior Silver Fleet, after some great racing including a third place finish - go to - http://www.kbsuk.com/…/OptimistIOCAEvents/data/results/2017… - for a full list of results.

Thomas finished 14th in Junior Silver Fleet, with two 9th's and a 6th place finish. For a full list of results go to: http://www.kbsuk.com/…/data/results/2017natjunsilvernh5.html


Abersoch Mirror Week 


A great week of sailing from Dee, Simon, Thomas and Katie. Dee and Katie finished 9th overall, whilst Simon and Thomas took the 20th spot - well done!


Wow - what an amazing amount of travelling and some amazing results. Thank you to all our travelling sailors for representing the club, up and down the country. And good luck to everyone who is still competing including Joe Stocker and Matt and Simon Foskett. Watch our Facebook page and website for updates, and if you have any news to share please contact marketing@shsc.org.uk.


Congratulations and Good Luck! 




Junior Squad weekends - 02/09 - 03/09 and 16/09 - 17/09 


Hurray - Junior Squads are back! Thank you to Dee and Simon and their magnificent team of volunteers for these upcoming weekends. If you have not already put your name down to take part please do so. 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  



Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) - 09/09


Calling all Juniors - join us on 9th September and take part in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing. Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) is a volunteer run group committed to providing youth sailors in Derbyshire with a County level racing sailing series, as well as offering training opportunities and the chance to compete in National level competitions and events, so come along and take the opportunity to race against a sailors of all abilities in a range of dinghies and find out more. Please pre-register via http://dysailing.org/event/staunton-harold-sc-race-event-2/?instance_id=283. Please note if you are new to DYS your first event at the club will be free of charge otherwise there is an entry fee - for full details please go to: http://dysailing.org/events/

Bart’s Bash - 17/09 at 1:30 p.m.


Come and take part in the biggest sailing event in the world! You can register directly via http://www.bartsbash.com/ or register on the day at the club. Bart’s  

Bash was inspired by the memory of Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, a man who was passionate about encouraging and helping others fulfil their aims. Andrew lost his life at the age of 36 in an accident on board the Artemis AC72 yacht in San Francisco Bay. Bart’s Bash is the focal event used to honour his memory but also to raise funds which will bring sailing to young people and ultimately to society at large. The goal is to be as inclusive as possible by encouraging participation to children and young people from all backgrounds, and catering for a range of physical and educational abilities. Look forward to seeing you on the day! 


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. Contact lolhayward@btconnect.com to book. 



Dinghy Instructor Course - a big thank you - and sign up for the next course


A big thank you to Kev O’Brien, for a thoroughly enjoyable week of learning, developing new skills and achievement. Congratulations to Ethan Lowing, Jake O’Brien and Mark O’Donnell who are our newest Dinghy Instructors (DI). Also to Kamran Ewbank, Oliver Hamilton, Amy Nugent and Amy Thompson who have qualified as Assistant Instructors (AI). These members are now, able to support the club as we train our members, but are also on the RYA instructing pathway an excellent scheme which builds on instructing skills starting with AI qualifications at 14, DI qualifications at 16, Senior Instructing qualifications at 18 and then onto Coach Assessor qualifications. If you would like to find out more about qualifying as an instructor and the opportunities to coach please contact Paul Munro via training@shsc.org.uk 

Improvers Course - last opportunity to book for Sailing with Spinnakers


Have you completed a Level 1/Level 2 course in the last couple of years? Have you ever wanted to try out spinnakers? Coached by some of our more experienced sailors and instructors, this course will help you to sail more effectively with spinnakers. Since this is an informal course we can shape the content based on attendees:

Sailing with Spinnakers - 12/08 | 19/08 | 26/08

All modules run on Saturday morning – 9.00 – 13.00 Members only - £45 per module If you have any questions please speak to Liz Simons, Paul Munro or Russ Coggrave. Contact us via email training@shsc.org.uk


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 


Food at the club through August


What no Galley! - Picnic - August Bring your own Picnic on race days - Saturday & Sunday 




Following the success of the 2016 free ticket offer to the Southampton Boat Show, with over 11,000 members taking advantage of the free ticket offer, it seemed only fitting that we did the same again this year. The RYA, in partnership with British Marine Boat Shows, is once again able to offer all members a FREE ticket to the 2017 Show taking place from 15 - 24 September. Go to https://tinyurl.com/yac5qzss to find out how to book your free ticket.



News from Staunton Harold Sailability Trust (SHST)


Wow! SHST took delivery of the dinghy financed by the club’s charity ball this week - it still needs a name so please contact Mark Harden secretary@shsc.org.uk for your nominations. Thank you for your ongoing support with this charity as we seek to make sailing more inclusive for everyone. The boat will be in action at the next Sailability Day on 2nd September please watch out for it on the water or visit Sailability Trust on Facebook to see how you can get involved. Please remember throughout August you can support SHST by shopping at Tesco’s in Ashby, and popping your charity tokens in the SHST carriers. This is your opportunity to help SHST raise an additional £4,000 towards boats. Thank you for your support  To find out more about how you can support SHST and their next events 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 August/ September


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!

Wednesday night series

Thursday night cruising

Friday night sailing/ kids club

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 is 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


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


There are still lots of uncollected handbooks on the table next to the galley please remember to pick your copy up, next time you visit - thank you.




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 16th September - Galley 

Saturday 23rd September - Galley

Sunday 24th September - Safety Boat Driver


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


Staunton Harold Sailing Club Committee