Spruce Run State Park is still closed due to the government shutdown. HSC has no choice but to cancel the regatta and picnic planned for tomorrow.
As of 7/1/2017 HSC events, including today’s learn to sail class, are cancelled due to the government shutdown and closing of non-essential services, including Spruce Run Reservoir. Hopefully this situation will be resolved soon and the park will open. Check back for further updates.
HSC will present an introduction to Sailing presentation Tuesday June 6 at 6:30 at the spruce run office building, first right before the toll booth after entering the park. The lecture is open to the public and suggested but not required for learn to sail class participants. The fundamentals of Sailing and appropriate Sailing attire will be discussed. This is a great way to get ready for your learn to sail class or to find out what’s involved in learning to sail.
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