Young People’s Saturday Sailing – May 11

Thirteen adults, three windsurfers and six Young People arrived at Halifax SC for what turned out to be a very wet afternoon for most participants. Everyone went out to sail a triangular course in a light gentle wind. This done, we came in for lunch and snacks. Commodore Graham Norton wanted some photos of the club’s new windsurfing boards to send to CFFC who give us the grant for new boards, so he asked to borrow  the Young People for a photo-shoot. This turned into a windsurfing lesson for some.  Eventually we dragged the frozen in, as the wind was getting up and the water is freezing and continued with the sailing programme. Henry had arranged a pursuit race.  We have never done this on Saturdays so it was new to most people.  Everyone briefed when to start, we all set off .  Thanks to George Carter for being the OD. For once the weather forecast was correct. It had predicted that the wind would change from NE to NW by late afternoon. We knew this was going to happen but not quite as quickly as it did. Swimming lessons took over from sailing and windsurfing. We saw some spectacular sailing from Emma and Hannah who both capsized but were able to right their boats and complete the race.  Even the Mirror with Paul Hoyland and John Lamb in it capsized  before retiring gracefully.


There is no Saturday Sailing next week (May 18th) and the following week we are down at Denholme Sailing club due to the water shortage at Halifax.  More news to follow about this.

Sue Lamb

YPSS returns with a bang

We had a wonderful attendance at the first Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) of 2019.  23 adults and young people arrived raring to go. Unfortunately it was a northerly wind blowing force 6.  Far too windy and cold for the first day.  So we  had  a change from the scheduled  program and did land based activities.

We split into 2 teams and they had to rig a Topper and a Pico correctly, starting with a race from the main gate. Both teams did really well (they even noticed I had taken the bungs out!) but what both teams forgot was to blow the buoyancy bag up on the top of the mast. We then did knots with Steve Hill who was teaching everyone new knots before asking Harry Hoyland to draw a dinghy on the white board and we tried to name all the different parts of the dinghy and sail. Then Henry Goodman did a session on right of way, including port and starboard.
We welcomed Harry Jagger who is now old enough to join us. He managed to learn 2 knots for his stage 1 certificate.
Let’s hope for a better weather next week and we can actually sail.

Sue Lamb

Young People’s Saturday Sailing starts

Saturday May 4th sees the start of Young People’s Saturday Sailing for the 2019 season, running from 12.00 to 16.00 (ish). The weather looks to be set fair which hopefully will ensure a good turn out.

Three New Graduates

Congratulations go to Steve Hill, Nathan Lucas and Nick Fenn,  seen here with Susan Haigh  at Green Withens reservoir, on completing the Power Boat Level 2 course, plus a surprise of Navigation which is now included in the course. Well done to all of them.

Wednesday Evening becomes two.

With an earlier start of 7pm, a crack race team of Tim Hartley, Antony Burnett and Richard Poskitt and breeze, Wednesday evening saw two back to back races held. As the fleet launched, a decent southerly breeze soon become what some thought indecent as dark clouds gave rise to a solid F4 with more than a bit of F5. Race officer Tim set a triangle course around which Tim Holden in a Contender stretched his (already long) legs away from the pursuing fleet to take the win, lapping all except Charles Watson in his Sprint catamaran. The rest of the fleet were somewhat delayed by mid race inspections of hull undersides for scratches – what else could be slowing them down. After some start line redesign work from Brendan Briggs in his Contender, the second race was a repeat of the first, it just hurt more. Robin Boardman found some snakes at the windward mark, managing to reverse back down the beat, much to the consternation of pursuers still going the right way. Someone had to stop it becoming boring!!!

Then it was off to the Crossroads Inn for tales of attacks from sea-serpents and typhoonic gusts. What’s not to like – see you all next week.

Sunday Sailing – April 7th

The fourth sailing day of the season brought a light, occasionally moderate NE wind which propelled 10 dinghies and 2 windsurfers around the pond. OD Charles Watson treated the fleet to water starts whilst Steve Davison looked after the fleet from the safety boat. The pursuit race resulted in a dead heat for first place between Tim Holden and Kevin Homes, much to our race secretary’s disgust as his calculations don’t allow for joint positions (yet!). Kevin Holmes was the day’s winner with a joint first, two outright firsts, and a second place. Full results can be found here. Thanks to John Lamb for the below picture and to Charles Watson for the body of this report.


Season Opening Day

Members arrived at the club early on Sunday to take advantage of the early start to the season only to be greeted by a cold F5/6 wind. These were not suitable conditions to re-take to the water after the winter break, so members did some necessary boat bimbling and/or helped out with the club’s pre-season jobs.

The buoys are all in place, the safety boats are ready for action, the club has had several improvements made to it along with a spring clean. All ready then for next Sunday with a pursuit race starting at 11am. See you there.

2019 Sailing Programme and Duty Rota

The 2019 Sailing Programme and Duty Rota have now been posted on this website in the Members|Club Documents Section.

A few points to note.

  • Please check the duty rota for your allocated duty and make a note in your diary
  • The season starts earlier this year, on March 17th. There are also changes to dinghy racing; Sunday racing starts at the earlier time of 11am with the addition of a pursuit race; Wednesday evening also starts earlier at 19.00 and there will be 2 races held if conditions permit

Please note there will be a working party on Saturday March 9th – more details to follow.

New Grant for Windsurfing Equipment

We are pleased to announce that we have once again been successful in obtaining grant funding from the Community Foundation For Calderdale (CFFC). After making  an application to the 2018 EON Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Community Fund, which makes grants available to local community groups located with 5kms of the wind farm, CFFC gave us funding of £10,000 towards a  new floating jetty. This year the Club has been awarded a grant of £4400 towards the cost of six new windsurfing boards. The equipment is needed to enable the Club to continue to teach windsurfing to new sailors and will replace older boards that are no longer fit for purpose. As the custodians of HxSC we must continue to maintain and develop the Club. In this way we can ensure that it continues  to provide a useful service for years to come. We believe that replacing our old training equipment will help us to continue providing the best possible experience to anyone interested in joining us.

CFFC believe in thinking differently. Their grant aid is helping to eradicate inequality and provide fairer life chances to everyone in Calderdale, irrespective of race, gender, financial position or disability. They do this by annually conducting in-depth research across ten core themes, identifying areas of concern and prioritising them for funding. They work with individual donors and business supporters to fund meaningful, sustainable and vital change across Calderdale.  CFFC award over £500,000 worth of grants each year locally. Grants range from £500 to £10,000 each. They support charitable organisations that can make a real and lasting difference in challenging inequality across all seventeen wards in Calderdale.

Busy Weekend in the Sunshine

Ten boats attended Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) last Saturday, enjoying a Force 2/3 wind. Whilst some practised man overboard procedures, others improved their basic boat handling. The new jetty was tested after a wind change ‘upset’ several boats tied to it but it came through with flying colours. After tea break, there was racing and chasing of inflatables. Thanks to the Trevor safety crew and to Stuart Watson as OD.
Despite a dual header vs World Cup and Wimbledon there was a healthy turn-out for Sunday afternoon racing, as well as 4 training or leisure sailors and a couple of windsurfers, the latter especially hopeful! A wind forecast of 10 knots tempted four catamarans onto the water although conditions proved not to see them perform well on handicap. Adam North took the first race and Kevin Holmes the other two. Series results can be viewed here. Thanks go to Chris Holden and his son Ben as OD, and to Mike Palmer as Cox, with assistants Robin Boardman and Tony Burnett.