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.


HxSC and the movies

Early this morning, a visit to the club by our resident birder found a group of students making a film about survival in the Arctic with Fly Flatts seeming to be the most appropriate place to film, probably having the same weather.   In thick fog, a Yeti appeared out of the mist and said good morning before going to the water’s edge and starting fishing with a net and makeshift rod. He then got into the water in half a kayak, continuing to fish . This should have happened on April 1st.


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.

Winter Series – November 11

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!!!


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.

New Jetty In Place

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.