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.
Sunday May 29th is the Force 5 Spring Spectacular! Commencing with a skipper’s meeting at 10 a.m, 5 or 6 races are planned with a break for lunch. If 6 races are sailed, we’ll have one throw out for best of 5. The start will be the 3 minutes single fleet starting sequence. Coffee, water, and bagels will be available in the am. Please bring $5 to cover costs. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 27 is opening day for the Sunfish Twilight series. Sailors arrive around 5 pm to set up their boats and first race is at 6. After racing we meet at the Tuscany Grill at the corner of Route 31 and Van Syckles Rd. for pizza. Come out and join the fun! The water is still chilly (below 50 degrees) so a wetsuit (or drysuit) is recommended.
Sunday May 1 is opening race day for all fleets. Sailors arrive around noon to be out on the water for the first race at 1:30. There are sometimes crewing opportunities on the larger boats, or for race committee. Those interested should arrive early while everyone is rigging.