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2016 Nationals - Hayling Island SC

The 2016 Nationals, sponsored by UK Global, will be a four day event held at Hayling Island SC from Thursday 11th August to Sunday 14th August.

On the water a full, 10 race, programme is planned.  Entertainment will be laid on each evening: Thursday welcome reception, Friday live band, Saturday live band and Sunday prize giving.  

Entry fees will be:

Early Bird by 1 April 2016 £155

Standard by 27 May 2016 £180

Later by 22 July 2016 £205

Last Minute £230

Classic boats, helms and crews under age 26 on 15 August 2016 will all attract a £15 discount subject to a maximum figure of £30.

On-line entry and payment can be made via the HISC On-Line entry page

Hayling have created an event page on their website here

The NOR may be found at http://www.hisc.co.uk/sailing-racing/open-racing/open-race-nor-si/

The club will be providing a highly experienced race team led by Paul Carpenter.  He will also run the open meeting on 14/15 May which, this year, will not be a joint meeting with another class.  It will, therefore, serve as a warm-up event for the Nationals. 

The provisional Nationals progamme is:

Wednesday 10th August:

14.00-18.00 Registraton

Thursday 11th August (2 races):

09.00-11.00 Registration

11.00 Competitors briefing

13.00 Start Race 1 to be immediately followed by Race 2

19.00 Welcome party (canapes available)

Friday 12 August (3 races)

12.00 Start Race 3 to be immediatey followed by Races 4 & 5

19.00 UKFA Annual General Meeting

20.00 Evening entertainment begins

21.00 Live band

Saturday 13 August (3 races)

12.00 Start Race 6 to be immediately followed by Races 7 & 8

19.30 Evening entertainment starts

21.00 Live band

Sunday 14 August (2 races)

12.00 Start Race 9 to be immediately followed by Race 10 - No warning signal after 15.00

17.30 Prizegiving


Crews returning from the Europeans will be welcome to bring their boats straight to HISC in advance of 11 August.  Please let Chris Turner (fireballcaptain@hisc.co.uk) know if you plan to do so.

For those who won't have had enough sailing, Chichester Harbour Race Week (better known as Fed Week) starts on Monday 15th August.  The home Fireballs will be out in numbers as usual.

There is plentiful accommodation on Hayling Island and in the surrounding area.  Please contact the club on 023 9246 3768023 9246 3768 for details and prices of rooms at HISC (these can be booked on-line; bookings have already been made by some competitors so don't delay!) and also for a list of local guest houses etc. There is a limited number of berhs available for camper vans on site - again contact the club or book on-line.   A PDF list of local accommodation is also available from Chris - please request via the e-mail address above.

For those who haven't sailed at HISC, the club has an on-site chandlery, snack bar, restaurant and bar. There is ample car parking for competitors on site and plenty of berthing for boats (which will be left on their road bases overnight so no need to take them off site).

Update 9 July:

With just two weeks to go before the 'Late' entry fee for the Nationals expires and we enter the run-up to the event, now is the timeto sort out some basic boat checks and admin!

Firstly, two reminders:

1. Both helm and crew must be a member of UKFA (or the home NCA for non-UK entries).  If you haven't yet applied for UKFA membership or haven't renewed your subscription (why haven't you? It's July for goodness sake!) please do so NOW!  At past Nationals too much time has been spent chasing people around the dinghy park for subs - please help the event organisers by sorting out your UKFA membership well in advance of August 11.  Full membership is £20,  juniors (under 21 years old - you lucky people) £10 and the Fireball International boat fee is £6.  Please see the UKFA website for payment details:


2. Bring your boat's certificate.  You will need it!  It will be checked by HISC at registration and by a measurer.  If you haven't got one please sort one out with Ian Castle NOW!  Again, go to the UKFA website for contact details.

On to measurement checks:

We will be checking all boats for:

Black bands on mast and boom


2016 UKFA / NCA sticker on the boat 

You are permitted to nominate two each of mainsails, jibs and spinnakers.  They must be measured and the measurers reference number will be recorded for each sail.  If for some reason you presently have unmeasured sails please do not assume you can turn up at Hayling on the day and find a measurer to legalise them - time will be short!  Note your sails must have bear the correct sail numbers.  

Finally, random measurement checks may be made on any boat at any time.

See you on 11 August!

Please keep checking this page as further information will posted in due course.  In the meantime if you have any queries please contact Chris Turner.

Club contact details:

Hayling Island SC

Sandy Point

Hayling Island


PO11 9SL                           Telephone : +44 (0)23 9246 3768

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