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The latest news and events from the Dark Horse Sailing Club.
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It’s not been long since my last newsletter, sent just before I headed out for the Rolex Fastnet Race. We had a great race and the team performed really well.

As is often the case for the Fastnet, we had all extremes of weather: from sunshine to rain, no wind to force 8. Unfortunately what should have been our last manoever – a gybe about six hours out from the finish line – went wrong and we got the asymmetric wrapped around the forestay! That took a while to sort but we did it and crossed the line after 3 days, 19 hours, 27 minutes and 29 seconds, which we were pleased with. A handful of slower boats were still out when a large storm and gales hit, so they had quite a lively run home!

This is just a brief newsletter to promote a couple of events we’re keen to get some more interest in, plus remind everyone about the auction of a set of Gill coastal wet-weather gear… get your bid in now!

Club Website: Some of you may have noticed that the club’s website was down for a few days. The problem was eventually identified and resolved, so you should be able to access it without any problems. Please let me know if not.

This Newsletter’s Promotions

These events are great opportunities to get some quality time on the water. Let me know if you’re interested asap, as early booking allows us to secure the best boats and pricing:

Finn Trophy & Crossley Cup, 20-22 September

Committee member René Chinnery is on the team promoting the City Sailing Series. Born out of the Inter Bank Regattas, the City Sailing Series combine some friendly racing with good socialising.

The last of four City Sailing Series weekends in the sailing season, organised by the Lloyds Insurance, Baltic & Stock Exchanges, with Saturday dinner in the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. It should be a superb weekend! If you’re interested in this event please get in touch asap.

Solent Cruise, 4-6 October

This is one of the club’s regular events: a casual cruise around the Solent in early October. No racing. No formalities. Just simple, late-season sailing. Being later in the season, the published fee range is £120 - £260 so superb value, especially if we get the full eight berths occupied.

There are four already booked for this event – including a skipper – so we only need a couple more bookings to ensure this event goes ahead. Please contact me asap if you would like to go along.

Quick RNLI Fundraiser

A friend is having a clear out of his yacht and has asked if I would find a new home for some spare wet weather gear. I’m taking the opportunity to raise a few pounds for the Club’s charity of choice: the RNLI.

On offer are a Gill Coast Jacket and Trousers (both Medium size) that have been hardly used and are in excellent condition. Unlike this year’s model, these are unisex so suitable for all.

The RRP of both items was around £300, so a bargain could be had here!

The technical specs of the jacket are:

  • Rollaway fluorescent hood with volume adjustment for improved fit
  • High cut thermal collar provides warmth and comfort with faceguard for protection
  • Adjustable cuffs with PU inner seals for watertight comfort
  • 2-way zipper protected by a double front storm guard
  • Fleece lined hand warmer pockets
  • Large capacity cargo pockets with drainage
  • Life jacket attachment facility
  • High visibility Reflexite® reflectives
  • Adjustable shock cord hem
  • 2 Dot™, 2 layer coated fabric with a durable water repellent finish
  • Fully taped seams for a waterproof seal
  • Non-absorbent and quick-drying lining

If you’re interested in acquiring these items, they are being auctioned individually. Please submit your bids via email to me at the usual address, stating your maximum bid for each item. Starting prices are £20 for the jacket and £10 for the trousers. I will raise the prices in increments of £5, up to the highest bidder. In the event two people have the same highest bid, the earliest dated email wins. Closing date for bid emails is 11:59pm on the 31st August. The winning bidder(s) is responsible for paying postage, if required, at cost.

Please note: Bids will only be raised by £5 above the second highest bidder, so please make sure you send your absolute highest bid from the outset! For example if someone else bids £30 and you bid £50, your winning bid would be £35.

Southampton Boat Show, 13-22 September

There’s a discounted ticket offer for Dark Horse Sailing Club members: buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £13.50 each, and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket!

Booking website: https://www.southamptonboatshow.com/

Important notes:

  • State Promotional Code JG1 when booking.
  • Tickets are Standard Entry tickets and valid for ANY one day of the show.
  • Tickets can be ordered up to 23:59 on Saturday 21st September.
  • Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided their tickets are requested when ordering adult tickets.
  • A single transaction fee of £1.99 applies whether ordering one or more tickets.
  • Tickets are only available as ‘Print at Home’ via the Southampton Boat Show website.
  • You may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help predict visitor numbers.
  • Terms & conditions are available at https://southamptonboatshow.com/terms-conditions/
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As always, we're keen to attract new members. A great way to help with this is through advertising the club in your place of work or local sports or sailing club.

Feel free to print the posters yourself (available for download from the website) or drop me an email and I'll send some in the post.

That’s it for now. Please check out this year’s programme and email me if you have any questions. As always, when booking please let me know the role you’d like on the boat: skipper, mate or crew. Don’t forget to check the latest news on the DHSC Facebook page too!

Kind regards,

Simon Jackson
Dark Horse Sailing Club

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Please note: While the language used in these newsletters sometimes implies the reader is a DHSC member, its distribution is to a much wider audience. Indeed, we actively encourage all readers — club members or otherwise — to forward the newsletter to friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in sailing.

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