WELCOME TO HCSC
Hurst Castle Sailing Club is a lively and friendly club where the emphasis is on the enjoyment of all water activities. It is located in Keyhaven some 4 miles west of Lymington at the head of a small estuary facing the Isle of Wight.
Keyhaven River is protected from the open sea by a long shingle spit, at the tip of which is Hurst Castle.
We have a full programme of sailing events during the season including dinghy racing during the week and at weekends as well as pottering when we sail dinghies to local creeks and harbours.
There is also a full social programme at the clubhouse throughout the year.
A cruising programme takes larger boats to more distant destinations in the Solent and along the South Coast.
We give a warm welcome to people of all ages, with a range of boating interests and levels of experience. We are very much a family-orientated club.
COVID 19 update
In accordance with Government Restrictions which are operative from January 5th 2021, the clubhouse and its facilities, including toilets, are closed to members. Under the same legislation, Club boats are not available for hire at present.
We are sorry for the inconvenience to members but HCSC is following government policy and the guidance of the RYA in dealing with the current pandemic. HCSC has a duty of care to its members and the general public. Members also have a duty of care towards each other and other sailors. We strongly recommend that you bring your own sanitising liquid and any other personal protection when sailing. We ask that you observe social distancing and any other rules to avoid the spread of Covid 19
There are no HCSC organised activities during the winter period. Individual “ad hoc” sailing from a publicly accessible space is allowed for exercise and members can access their own equipment for this. The decision to go sailing ultimately lies with the individual. You should assess whether it is permitted to you within the current government guidance and whether the conditions will allow you to sail and return safely. The RYA recommends that we act conservatively and with consideration for others. Do not risk needing to call out the emergency services.
Our programme of sailing and social events is now available on the web site. It starts with the AGM, via Zoom, in March 2021 and runs to October 2021. We may not be able to run all these activities because of the Covid 19 limitations but we will keep members updated, via the newsletter or emails, as time goes on. We think it is better to have a programme ready for use when we can, rather than the other way round. Last summer we managed to organise sailing events within the Covid 19 safety rules. Optimistically, we hope to do the same or even more in 2021 and look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support for HCSC in these strange times.
Jean Woods, Commodore.
General Committee 09/01/2021