RS Elite fleet contact: Colin Smith
Hayling Island Sailing Club website
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Over the last few years, the HISC RS Elite fleet has grown into one of the most competitive club keelboat fleets in the country. It has reached 23 boats which are raced regularly at the club with turnouts in double figures and it now boasts the largest fleet in the UK, all of which are dry sailed from the beach.
The sociable nature of the fleet, which encourages partners, families, and newcomers to sail together in this three-man keelboat, as well as the regular, high quality competitive sailing has maintained interest in the boat. The rapid growth of dual ownership has enabled owners to maximise the use of the boats, whilst sharing the running costs.
The design of the RS Elite makes them ideal to race both inside and outside of Chichester Harbour which offers some of the best racing conditions on the South Coast. A regular Thursday night racing programme as well as monthly Saturday Sprint racing offer fast and furious fun racing throughout the season.
Longer course racing is available each month at the Pennant weekends where the RS Elite fleet enjoys its own starts and open meeting style courses.
A Sunday morning autumn Crabbers Nip series finish the season off, running from early November through until Christmas, with 12 or more boats turning out regularly.
Fleet parties coupled with the Club’s active social programme ensures an inclusive and vibrant social scene – an essential aspect of the growing popularity of the class.