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!
This Sunday July 10 the Flying Scot Fleet will host a picnic before races between 12-1 pm. The menu features grilled Fajitas with meat and trimmings provided. It is recommended to arrive by noon to participate in the picnic, racing, or the new supervised practice session. Weather forecast is 86 degrees, Northwest wind of 12, partly cloudy. In a word- perfect! Come out and enjoy the summer.
Join us Monday July 4th for the Little Brown Jug Regatta followed by a picnic hosted by the Force 5 fleet. All boat types will race together in a staggered start determined by the Portsmouth rating system in one race encompassing the whole lake. The first boat to reach the finish line wins. Prizes will be given for first place and a best in fleet to fleets having 3 or more boats. Skipper’s meeting is at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to join the picnic afterwards (starting around 2 pm) even if they did not race. Grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hotdogs are on the menu, plus potluck (If your last name starts with A-M bring a side, N-Z a desert). The weather forecast looks nice so come out, race, and/or socialize. It’s an excellent way to spend the 4th of July. **Note** The line to enter the park is usually longer early morning so it’s advised to come around 10 am. or later. If the beach parking has filled up and the toll attendant is turning people away, notify them you are going to the sailing club.
Join us this Saturday June 4th for the 48th annual Commodore’s Cup. Established in 1969 to find the outstanding skipper in the HSC, the commodore’s cup uses a Portsmouth Handicap rating system to determine the winner of different boat types. Slow design, fast design- any design. Any boat type is eligible to participate! Bring your favorite and test your skills. Refreshments at 10:15 am, skipper’s meeting at 11 am, start before noon.
Monday, May 30th will be the Sunfish Memorial Day Regatta! Attend the skipper’s meeting at 10 a.m for full details. Five races are planned with one throw-out. The awards will be the first three places, 1st Challenger, and 1st Junior. Entrance fee is $10 to cover continental breakfast and awards. Fleet assignments do not need to follow the Twilight assignment and you can declare your fleet the day of the regatta.