The events calendar for the 2017 season is available! View the calendar for event dates and current race committee assignments. To access the calendar, click the calendar tab at the top of the page, then click the link to open the calendar.
HSC opening for the spring race series is this week, starting with sunfish wednesday April 26 at 6 p.m. and the Sunday series (all fleets) this Sunday April 30 at 1:30. A wetsuit is recommended attire for the water temperature. The water level is much improved but still 8 feet low.
Membership link and Training Classes are now available for 2017! Please see the Join Us page at the top left for information and the links to join and register.
Interested in learning more about the Hunterdon Sailing Club (HSC)? You are invited to attend the upcoming meeting Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Riley & Jake’s Restaurant, located 1831 Route 31 in Clinton, NJ. For directions click here. Another meeting will be held Sunday April 2, 2017 at the same location. Both meetings will start at 12:30 with socializing and lunch from the menu, followed by the information session at 1:30. The meetings are open to anyone interested in sailing. Join us to find out about the club’s events, how to sign up for membership and sailing classes, and to meet club members. A representative from HSC’s home waters at the NJ Spruce Run State Park will be available to answer questions and discuss the summer boat storage sign-up available March 1, 2017. The park offers both summer (April 1-October 31) and winter (November 1-March 31) storage spaces. Spring is coming soon and we hope to see you there.
Pictured above are HSC members standing on the “sunken island” in the middle of Spruce Run Reservoir. The top of the island is usually 14 feet below water when the reservoir is full, which would be level with the top of the banner in these pictures. In the past few years the “sunken island” has been exposed by a foot or two late in the season. This year of record low rainfall, the island is massive and stands 12 feet above the waterline- that’s down 26 feet and 7 billion gallons total!
The picture to the left is “goose island” which is now “goose peninsula” having joined up with the nearest mainland. Despite Spruce Run being at only 33% of it’s capacity, there is still plenty of water left to sail, with the added benefit of finding some of those precious items lost to the deep over the years.
Pictures taken October 30, 2016
September 18th the Hunterdon Sailing Club is participating in the World’s Largest Sailing Event, Bart’s Bash. Founded in 2014 in remembrance of the inspirational Andrew “Bart” Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life while training for the 2013 America’s Cup. Sailing venues around the world participate in a global race which is scored using a handicap system. Currently there are 36 countries and 252 venues participating. For more information about the history of Bart’s Bash, visit www.bartsbash.com
To register to participate at Hunterdon Sailing Club, please click the link below:
Barts Bash 2016 Signup
This Saturday August 27, 2016 the Ladies Fleet will sponsor the second annual Pink and Green Fun Day Regatta. Skip- Hers Meeting is 11:30 am, with a Party by the Shed following the regatta at 2 pm. Bring your favorite food to share or A-M bring appetizer, N-Z dessert or drink. Those dressed as a skip-”her,” whether male or female, win tactical advantage at mark roundings, so bring your favorite outfit. Leave your rolex on shore as hydrobolic water launchers could also be in play.
Saturday July 30th will be HSC’s Seventh Annual Runaround event. Skipper’s meeting will be at 11:45 with a noon start time, finishing around 2 pm. followed by a picnic 2-4. Need a fun break from series racing? This is it. Do not launch your boat and look for a starting line. The runaround begins with a “La Mans Start” where at the start signal participants literally run to their beached or anchored boats and launch as quickly as possible. As if this were not entertaining enough, the race itself is a kind of scavanger hunt encompassing the whole lake and intermixed with various skills such as basketball, sailing backwards, and man overboard drills. Contestants earn playing cards based on their scores; the more cards earned the greater chances of a winning poker hand. This event is open to all HSC members with or without boats and all boat types. Big boat owners are encouraged to take crew, and single-handed boats can earn an extra card for carrying a passenger. The picnic is club provided hamburger/hotdog, potluck last name A-F bring beverage, G-N side dish, O-Z desert.
The SANJL Junior Championship will be held Saturday July 23rd with a skipper’s meeting at 10 AM. All Juniors are invited to participate. There will be two age divisions, 13 and under and 18 and under, with awards given in each division. Entrance fee is only $15. Now is the chance to test your skills from a learn to sail junior class or junior team coached practices. Forecast is for 95 degrees with a WNW wind of 7 in the morning building to 10 by 3 pm. Perfect for sunfish!