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.
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.
As you may be aware Yorkshire Water carried out a detailed inspection of the reservoir in 2018. We have recently been contacted by MMB who carried out the inspection work on their behalf. MMB are now preparing to undertake the remedial work required and unfortunately the news isn’t very good for Halifax Sailing Club.
The major works will involve the installation of a siphon that would be used to empty the reservoir quickly should the need arise. To achieve this they will have to empty the reservoir completely. MMB are still in the planning stage so the timing for the work isn’t definitely confirmed. Their intention is to begin lowering the water level at the end of June and to commence work at the end of July. The best information that we have at the moment is that we will probably have to stop sailing in the middle of July. They advise us that once the water has been drained we should assume that the season is over.
This is obviously going to have a major impact on our activities this year. We therefore invite all members to a meeting at the Club where we will discuss the situation in more detail and try to answer any questions that you may have. The meeting will be held on Sunday 24th February starting at 12.30pm at the Club House.
The Committee is obviously trying to find ways to mitigate this situation whilst minimising the long term effects. Please try to attend the meeting on the 24th February to express your views.
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.
The water level at Warley Moor reservoir now having risen sufficiently, racing in the Winter Series resumed this Sunday with six boats taking to the water, enjoying a F3/4 wind and sunshine. And did we spot a prospective windsurfer looking at the conditions?
Two back to back races were held, with all sailors very much enjoying the day and looking forward to the next two Sundays before the season concludes with the AGM on December 2nd. Very many thanks go to the race and safety boat team of George Carter and Rob Trevor. Hopefully, more members will attend next Sunday – why not!!!
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.
After many months of planning and a great deal of preliminary work, Monday 30th April saw the successful installation of our new floating jetty. Several club members were on hand to assist the team from Aqua-Dock to launch the pontoon and set the anchors.
The result is a very impressive structure that should serve the club for many years. The jetty was partly funded by a grant from the EON Community Fund which was administered by the Community Foundation For Calderdale.
There is still some work required to remove the remains of the old jetty but hopefully that will be completed shortly.