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Himley Hall Sailing Club is a small friendly family club located in the grounds of Himley Hall, Dudley.

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3AUG

FREE SAILING TASTER SESSIONS 15TH AUGUST

Posted by Tony Sutton

The next of our popular sailing taster days will be held on Saturday 15th August from 10am to 3pm. < - > Our experienced coaches will be on hand to take out anyone who wants to find out what dinghy sailing is about. < - > These sessions are always very popular and places MUST BE BOOKED in advance. Please contact Tony Sutton on 07774 818449 (avoiding 1pm-5pm) or email sutton_tony@yahoo.co.uk < - > Anyone attending these sessions will receive a £10 voucher for a discount on the cost of our Autumn Training Level 1-2 Training Course.

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19JUL

BART'S BASH 2015

Posted by Tony Sutton

After the success of last year's Bart's Bash race we have decided to run the event again this year on 20th September. This event was intended for HHSC members but any sailors from other clubs who are not running their own BB race are welcome to join us. Please contact Ian Cowdale on 07774 414146

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19JUL

JUNIOR SAILING

Posted by Tony Sutton

Now that the summer holidays have started we can sail all day, every day as long as the park is open. < . > We will be running junior sailing sessions on Wednesday mornings (10am - 1pm) throughout the holiday for juniors who have sailed on either formal courses, school sessions or took part in the Sportivate Scheme and want to get more time on the water. Please note that these are practice sessions, NOT formal training, but we will help where we can.

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19JUL

SEPTEMBER TRAINING COURSE

Posted by Tony Sutton

Bookings are now being taken for our September Level 1-2 Dinghy Training Course. We are a RYA registered Training Centre and our volunteer coaches are qualified dinghy instructors. < . > Please see the training [page for more details. < . > Is it for you?, come to our taster day to find out and get a £10 discount voucher.

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29APR

RNLI 6 hour race

Posted by Tony Sutton

Our annual 6 hour race in aid of the RNLI is being held on Saturday 9th May. To date, this event has raised over £95,000 to support the work of the lifeboats and the club was honoured to have an insure lifeboat name "Himley Hall" in recognition of our efforts. <..*..> If you are a member of HHSC or sail at another club, its not too late to enter the event. Please contact Alan Dean on 01902 341292 for more details.

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8APR

The RYA issues Portsmouth Numbers for 2015

Posted by Ian Cowdale

The RYA Technical Department issued the 2015 Portsmouth Number list (PN) on March 1. On its own, the PN list gives an excellent starting point for clubs to support and run handicap racing. The whole listing can be found at: www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/portsmouthyardstick.aspx

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30MAR

Club of the Year Finalists & TV Appearance

Posted by Tony Sutton

The Himley delegation had a great day out at the dinghy show when we were amongst the best 5 sailing clubs in the UK shortlisted for club of the year awards. Brightlingsea SC from Essex were declared the overall winners to but be joint second was a great achievement. -< * >- This lead to plenty of publicity and even a TV appearance. There are dozens of photo's on our FaceBook site and the club's film submitted to the COTY judges, a film about the ceremony and the TV article can be seen on our YouTube channel -< * > - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZrFnnpiZJgk8FXqfZdvHtA

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6FEB

Racing restarts soon

Posted by Tony Sutton

Racing returns to Himley on Sunday 1st March after our winter break. We start the season with the March Hare Trophy which will commence at 10am. -{*}- If you have never raced before or are a little rusty, contact Ian Cowdale on 07774 416146 for more details. We will do our best to match you up with an experienced sailor if you think that will help. -{*}- We are planning a series of Start Racing Training Session in the Spring - Watch out for details.

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6FEB

HHSC are finalists in the RYA Club of the Year Awards

Posted by Tony Sutton

Himley Hall Sailing Clug have been select to be among the 5 finalists in the RYA Club of the Year Awards. -{*}- We have been invited to the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 28th February to collect our award. -{*}- Members, family and friends are welcome to come along to support us. If you are interested in going please contact Tony Sutton ASAP so that tickets and transport can be organised.

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6FEB

Annual Presentation Evening

Posted by Tony Sutton

Our Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 28th February at the Woodfield Sports and Social Club.-{*}- Lucy and her band, MIM are back by popular demand to entertain us. -{*}- Tickets (including buffet supper are only £7 or £1 for youngsters in full time education and can be obtained from Yvonne Nock on 01902 896447

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30JAN

RYA Club of the Year

Posted by Tony Sutton

Weare excited to have been shortlisted in the final 10 of this year's RYA Club of the Year awards. Our final submission and presentation have been sent off to the judges and we are anxiously awaiting further news. -{0}- We made a short film review of our activities in 2014 as part of our presentation and you can see the film by pasting the following link into your browser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJ7jwOhyo4

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30JAN

Sailing Taster Sessions and RYA Push Your Boat Out - Saturday 16th May

Posted by Tony Sutton

We have arranged for our sailing taster day to coincide with the RYA Push Your Boat Out days on Saturday 16th May from 10am. -{0}- Visitors are invited to come along and enjoy a free taster session with one of our qualified coaches. Places are limited and must be booked in advance -{0}- please contact Tony Sutton on 07774 818449 or sutton_tony@yahoo.co.uk for more details

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30JAN

Provisional Training Dates 2015

Posted by Tony Sutton

We have provisionally arranged for this year's Level 1-2 Dinghy Sailing Course at Himley to be held over the weekends of 12/13/14 June and 27/28 June. -{0}- We hope to confirm these dates shortly and further details will be posted here.

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30JAN

AGM - Sunday 1st February 2015

Posted by Tony Sutton

This year's AGM will be held at the Woodfield Sports and Social Club at 7pm on Sunday 1st February. All members are welcome to attend. Please contact Tony Sutton of you would like a copy of the agenda or last year's minutes.

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31DEC

New Year's Eve Sailing

Posted by Ian Cowdale

Some of us ventured into the Park this morning with the aim of sailing or giving warm support from the bank. Unfortunately the water was found to be too hard, so we watched the gulls trying to land on the ice for a while, checked the boats over then retired to the Clubhouse for coffee and mince pies and planned our sailing for 2015. ------ Happy New Year!

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19DEC

Dinghy Park Improvements

Posted by Tony Sutton

We've been planning to sort out the dinghy park for some time and when the Hall drained the lake in the summer, it gave us the push we needed -{*}- Well Done and thank you to eyeryone who put so much effort into getting this work done, we now have a dinghy park to be proud of -{*}- there is just a taster of some before and after pictures in the photo gallery 2014 Dinghy PArk) and you follow the progress more or less day by day by looking on or facebook page (use link above).

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16DEC

Stingy Scrooges Subscription Stretching Seasonal Social Sailing Session

Posted by Tony Sutton

Your Commodore and Rear Commodore will be having their annual New Year's Eve sailing session again this year -{*}- We'll be at the club from about 9:00 and everyone is invited to come along, have a sail and maybe even have a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie -{*}- its the ideal way to get some fresh air before inflicting whatever abuses you have planned for your body in the evening -{*}- Get the most out of your 2014 club subs and sail on the last day of the year

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15NOV

We've been mentioned in Rodney Willett's Blog

Posted by Tony Sutton

Rodney Willett (husband of the best selling writer Marcia Willett) and himself an author and retired sailing journalist (Yachts and Yatching) was kind enough to write about us in his blog this week. Check this site: http://rodney-willett.blogspot.co.uk/

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11NOV

Rearranged Committee Meeting

Posted by Tony Sutton

Just a reminder to say that the Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday 12th November has been rearranged because it clashed with a meeting of the West Midlands RYA's Regional Committee on which the club has representatives. The meeting will now be held on Wednesday 19th November and any members who have any issues, comments or suggestions should pass them on to any committee member.

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4NOV

Sailing in November

Posted by Ian Cowdale

The races held in November are called the ‘Frostbite Series’ but the water is still far from cold, and this time of year the winds that have recently made life ‘interesting’, start to become more predictable and calmer. If you haven’t read it already, have a look at the RYA article in Lucy’s post below for a few hints and tips about sailing this time of year. Just think, at least we don’t have waves to contend with! See you on the water....

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4NOV

Bonfire Weekend – 8th and 9th November

Posted by Ian Cowdale

For those of you who haven’t been down recently, a reminder that in the interest of safety, the Park is closed for normal use...including Sailing, on both Saturday and Sunday. In theory there may be access to the Park later on Sunday but in practice it takes so long for vehicles to be cleaned off and leave that the majority of the day is lost.

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29OCT

Think Winter is just plain miserable?

Posted by Lucy Griffiths

The RYA have given loads of good reasons for Autumn/Winter sailing. Click on the link and have a look! If that doesn't work, paste it into your browser. Or look on our Facebook page. It's there too. http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages /Fivegreatreasonstogetonthewaterthisautumn.aspx

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29OCT

Sailing by Ellowes School

Posted by Lucy Griffiths

This year's students from Ellowes Hall School have been sailing on Wednesdays from September. Their last session was 22nd October. From 5th November they will be continuing their studies in the clubhouse. There's plenty of theory to get through before sailing starts again. We're hoping this will be late February or early March. Club members are welcome to join us to brush up on their own theory - especially those pesky knots!

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28OCT

Guy Fawkes Trophy Race Saturday 1st November

Posted by Tony Sutton

Don't forget that we usually race on the first Saturday of each month (as opposed to the normal Sundays). This week's race, the Guy Fawkes Trophy is a bit special for us at Himley as the last of the gunpowder plotters were captured at Holbeche House which is less than 1/2 mile away, The ghost of the headless horseman is rumoured to ride past on cold November nights (usually seen by people after a lengthy visit to the Dudley Arms). The plotters were not particularly clever as their gunpowder got wet and they tried to dry it out in front of the fire with predictable results. This was probably the first ever fireworks display inspired by Guy Fawkes.

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28OCT

All Day, Any Day Sailing this week

Posted by Tony Sutton

Don't forget that you can sail at any time of any day this week as it is half term. Make the most of any good weather and enjoy yourself on the water.

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