Hayling Island Sailing Club

RS Elites: HISC Website

HISC Fleet Captains: Paul Fisk and Nick Peters

2016/7 RS Elite Fleet HISC Annual Report

Over the last 18 months, the HISC RS Elite fleet has grown into one of the most competitive keelboat fleets in the country. 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 have led to a resurgence of interest and rapid growth in the number of RS Elites being owned and regularly sailed at HISC.

The RS Elite offers a new type of sailing for members; it's perfect for dinghy racers looking for something new, something that appeals to partners, family members and non-sailors, something that is easy to launch, sail and maintain and which keeps you dry and upright without hiking!

The fleet at HISC is attracting strong participation from couples, and women returning to competitive sailing after moving on from dinghies. The RS Elite is a modern, lightweight, low-maintenance yacht that offers hassle-free sailing in a unique ‘inclusive' format that enables families and friends to race and socialise alongside ex-Olympians.

HISC has attracted more than 20 RS Elites committed to regular racing at the club with turnouts in double figures and now boasts the largest fleet in the UK.

The design of the RS Elite makes them ideal to race both inside and outside of Chichester Harbour; 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 series runs from early November through until Christmas.

Monthly 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.

2016 saw HISC boats finish 1st, 3rd and 5th at the National Championships held at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland and HISC boats finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both Cowes Week and the Southern Area Championships on home waters.

In addition to the regular Club racing this year, HISC will be hosting the National Championships in July with plans afoot for large entries at the Club Whitsun Regatta, Cowes Week and Chichester Harbour Race Week.

For further information about the RS Elite fleet at HISC, visit the Class page on the HISC website www.hisc.co.uk or get in touch with Class Captain Paul Fisk, email rselitecaptain@hisc.co.uk