We provide a wide range of training courses for adults and children in sailing and related skills such as RYA First Aid, VHF Short Range Radio (including GMDSS) Powerboat Levels 1 & 2 & Safety Boat. Courses are aimed at HSC Members but Temporary Membership is usually an option for short courses (5 days or less). Seamanship Skills and Day Sailing - both advanced modules in the dinghy training scheme for adults and juniors - were recently added.

 

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Following the retiral of Chris Jones at the completion of 2016 training, after 20 years in the role as Principal of our Training Establishment, 2017 training has been completed under the direction of Sarah Jeffrey. As Senior Instructor for several years, Sarah has brought a wealth of experience into her new role as Rear Commodore (Training) and the new Princial.

Monday Nights

This year we saw more, enthusiastic sailors coming through the programme. With a warm start in May the students began learning their new stages. Congratulations go to all the children that achieved their stages throughout the season and it is hoped as manyas possible will return next year to continue through the RYA Syllabus.

 

Thursday Race Training

We had a small group of children on our Thursday evening course. This encouraged them to gain basic knowledge of Club Racing. Some of our students completed their ‘Start Racing’ certificate and began working towards gaining their Seamanship Skills. Well done to those children for taking part in the club racing after our short training session each Thursday, and congratulations to those who achieved certificates.

 

Junior Trophies

The Junior Trophy races were held on Saturday 21st October which was very chilly for our young sailors but they all made it on to the water and competed in 3 short races. The forecast was very gusty and conditions were sometimes challenging with a few capsizes. Well done to Eilidh McQueen for winning the Hirta Trophy and to Findlay Penniston for winning the Junior Trophy. Recognition also goes to Liam Mackenzie for receiving the Allan Miller cup for enthusiasm and commitment. Andrew Perratt also was rewarded the Novice Cup for also being so enthusiastic and attending events outwith the club in his first year of sailing. These were presented at the Prizegiving.

 

Well done to ALL the Junior training group for achieving RYA stages this year.

 

Instructors

A special thank you to all our HSC Instructors. Training couldn't happen without them all so Thank You and we hope you all enjoyed our Instructor night in the club with food and a movie as a reward for all your work this year. Keep up the good work for next year!