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Optimist at HISC

Contact: Andy (Sandy) Ramus -

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Well, what a year 2020 was. However, despite all the lockdowns and difficulties we still managed to have one of the best summers on the water ever.

The weather was great and because everything else was cancelled we all came together at HISC. Even when we couldn’t be out and about we dug deep and got stuck into the Virtual Regatta Racing with training from Olympic coach Hugh Styles and a weekly regatta evening.

Coming out of lockdown we kicked off by running our own racing at the weekends with up to 20 boats racing and everyone having a great time on the beach afterwards. The gold fleet had an amazing summer training week in the harbour and then we got lucky and managed to run a really good Youth Race Week. Loads of fun was had by all both on and off the water. I was so proud to see so many of you qualify for RYA squads in November after all your hard work. HISC officially had more qualify than any other club which is a great achievement.

The Oppi fleet has gone from strength to strength this year and the number of regular sailors has gone through the roof. We had nearly 40 boats signed up for Winter Training, sadly it has been heavily affected by Covid restrictions but we are coiled springs waiting for things to get better when we will hit the water once more.

2021 promises to be a real cracker. We will be returning to our Sunday racing and a full Sprints program. We will continue to run the nippers entry level race program on Sunday mornings which was such a success last year and there is plenty organised for the younger and newer ones to the fleet. In these uncertain times, we will have to pick our moments to try and catch up on training so that we are all ready for Race Week and the Oppi Open in September.

I’d like to say a huge thanks to the club for being so supportive in such difficult times. Also to the parent’s assistance in creating the opportunity for some great sailing and meeting some super cool new friends. If anyone has any ideas or questions I’m generally to be found on the main beach so grab me.

See the Youth Fixture List here