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Topic: South Coast Dinghy Sailing
Posted By: tink
Subject: South Coast Dinghy Sailing
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 6:51am
We currently sail in North Yorkshire and are moving to North Hampshire.

My daughter is 13 and sails an Optimist, was in Zone Squad this year and hopping to do the same this year, in the future she will move to Topper or Laser 4.7. I sail a Streaker.

At our current club the Youth, Juniors and adults race together, general handicap, on a Sunday, upto four races, racing also on Wednesday nights. There is casual sailing Saturday and Friday in the summer. We have monthly Youth and Junior Saturdays and a summer sail camp. 

When I look at south coast clubs, looking in the Solent area, dinghy racing is on strange week days Monday night, Thursday nights and Sunday mornings in the summer. 

Can anyone recommend a good club in the Solent area and possibly a bit further east along the coast that has good weekend dinghy sailing. Support and develop for the Youth and Juniors is also key.



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Posted By: Fatboi
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 7:55am
HISC is great for the youths and juniors. 
There are lots of sailors there and the club do youth racing and also have youth coaching over the winter. There is lots of Oppy sailing throughout the year. There is not a lot of lasers, but lots of solos, who she would race against in a handicap fleet. Brenda Hoult has a solo and streaker and sails both at a high level.

During the summer there is youth training week and youth race week, which is a lot of  fun!



Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 9:14am
Looking at the HISC results for July and August, over two months ten races and an average of 5 boats per race. That is not very active or close racing in my experience 

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Posted By: Noah
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 9:43am
I'll declare a bias here, but there is a lot of youth activity at HISC, in Oppies, Teras, Tera Pros and Fevas - coaching and both formal and informal racing. No Topper activity that I'm aware of. And as has been said, the Youth weeks in the summer are well supported. See  http://www.hisc.co.uk/youth-sailing/" rel="nofollow - http://www.hisc.co.uk/youth-sailing/ or contact any of these:
Optimist Rachel Dobrijevic optimistcaptain@hisc.co.uk
RS Feva Fiona Pyke fevacaptain@hisc.co.uk
RS Tera Craig Thompson teracaptain@hisc.co.uk


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Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 9:53am
We had a competent and sizable turnout from Warsash at our club Topper open the other week. Might be worth investigating.


Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 9:57am
Thanks Nick, I can see that there is plenty of great youth stuff going on but I cannot see where 14 year old plus are progressing after after that. At my current club we do the Y&J stuff but then the kids race alongside the adults on the Sunday, it is a whole day and whole family day. If I said I was going sailing on Sunday and my daughter couldn’t come I’d have a lot of trouble at home 

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Tink
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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 10:02am
I had thought Warsash would be where we would end up but it doesn’t appear to replicate what we have 
This is from their website 
‘Dinghy racing takes place regularly on Wednesday and Friday evenings from April until September. We also organise Mayhems late on Saturday afternoons during the summer when the tides are favourable.’

For some reason I can’t view their race results to see what is actually happened 




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Tink
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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 10:09am
From my experience there are active clubs at Keyhaven, Lymington, Warsash, Stokes Bay, Hayling Island and Itchenor all of which will offer decent racing

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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 10:35am
Thanks from a quick look

Stokes bay, not looked at them, looks promising can’t see all their results but calendar looks promising 


Lymington town ‘For dinghies, Club racing events and series take place on Sunday mornings (all the year round), and on Wednesdays (between April and November). Club members are also welcome to join the RLymYC Monday evening dinghy racing.’


Royal Lymington - Dinghies Monday night?


Keyhaven looks like 2 races on a Sunday alternating between morning or afternoon which I presume is tides


Itchenor from results summer series total of 6 boats completed the summer series which was 4 races over 3 months 



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Tink
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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 10:40am
If you want what you have then why move? Life changes, the only choice you have is whether you make the best of it or get in a tizzy. Just saying!

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Posted By: Fatboi
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 10:41am
Lots of the youths at Hayling move into double handers and go down the route of Oppy - Feva - 29er and the RS200 or RS800.
The 29ers do the National circuit and their own training at the weekends. The RS200 is always popular and the sprint racing is especially hotly contested. 

The optimist class is a funny one, it goes in cycles at HISC and some sailors do the full circuit and others club race. Rachael who is class captain took over this year and is very keen, so I am certain that next year will see a surge in numbers.



Posted By: PeterG
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 11:18am
Originally posted by H2

If you want what you have then why move? Life changes, the only choice you have is whether you make the best of it or get in a tizzy. Just saying!

Hard to believe, H2, I know, but there is sometimes more to life and life choices than just sailing Wink


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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 11:35am
True PeterG, unfortunately! 

I would bite off my arm to be moving to any club that sailed on the solent from the pond that I sail on because it is so close to home.


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Posted By: davidyacht
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 11:43am
Probably worth personally visiting some of these clubs rather than judge by websites and series results.  I believe that Lymington has quite a strong Oppy scene; and I think (but stand to be corrected) that there is some reciprocal arrangement between the Lymington Clubs.  But Hayling and Lymington can be a bit of a nightmare to travel too and from on a hot weekend.

Or how about looking at some of the good inland clubs around you ... Frensham, Spinnaker and Burfield might be within easier reach, and compliment this with visiting the South Coast clubs for opens etc?


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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 11:43am
H2 it is people like you that make my visits this forum rare

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Tink
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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 11:48am
Thanks Davidyacht
Certainly will visit a number of the clubs, just trying to do a bit of research and get a short list


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Tink
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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 12:02pm
Thanks davidyacht, thanks Burghfield looks good might even get to visit this week on our way down to Weymouth Optimist event and a number of Burghlield Optimist at the event so try and hook up.




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Tink
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http://proasail.blogspot.com


Posted By: Noah
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 12:45pm
Getting AWAY from HISC after sailing can be a bore sometimes on a sunny summer day, but getting to the club for a Sunday 11am start means we're ahead of the beachgoers.

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Nick
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Posted By: craiggo
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 3:16pm
By chance I have bought my daughter's Oppie and her Topper from Warsash. They seem to have a great fleet of both and have a lot of activities for the kids with many doing the local zones.

I wouldn't rule out Burghfield and Frensham either just because they aren't on salt water.

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Posted By: tink
Date Posted: 01 Oct 18 at 3:30pm
Thanks craiggo, We are at Weymouth Optimist event this weekend and will try and hook up with some Warsash and Burghfield. There are lots of clubs doing great work with Youth and Juniors in the area but limited ones where the kids and the adults all sail multiple races on the same day. Up here sailing is a family sport with multiple families with parents racing their boats and the kids doing the same in the same races for usually 3 or 4 races a day. 

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Tink
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