HRSC Reveals Exciting Plans to Celebrate 100th Anniversary
Published 15:03 on 28 Aug 2018
HRSC Reveals Exciting Plans to Celebrate 100th Anniversary... Beginning with the launch at Bursledon Regatta 2018
Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) will be 100 years old in 2019!
Founded by seven Hamble men to 'encourage the sport of small boat sailing and racing' for the parishes along the banks of the River Hamble. The club has not only honoured this pledge for nearly a century, but over the last 50 years we extended to include yacht racing. To celebrate this momentus milestone, we are planning a series of events and activities throughout 2019 designed to commemorate our achievements, shape our future success and revive the profile of sailing on the River Hamble.
It is with great excitement that we reveal our plans at The Swanwick Bursledon & Warsash Regatta (informally known as the Bursledon Regatta) on 1 September 2018. We have been given a platform to announce the Centenary during the event, make a short speech at the prize giving and promote our Centenary events taking place throughout the year.
In recognition of the club's mission, the Centenary year programme has been labelled 'Then. Now. For Future Generations'. From the modest beginnings of a wooden storage hut in the kitchen garden of the "Bugle Inn", the present clubhouse is located at the southern end of the Parish Dinghy Park. The overall aim of the Centenary year is to raise funds so we can fulfil our ambition to renovate the clubhouse facilities, as well as raise awareness to extend our membership.
"We are really looking forward to bringing everyone together to reflect on our achievements and inject new momentum into supporting sailing at all levels and for all ages on the River Hamble," comments Stephanie Merry, Commodore at Hamble River Sailing Club. "We have come along way since our ambitious and humble beginnings in 1919. It is a privilege to have this opportunity – to mark this special occasion, improve club facilities and support a growing talented membership – whether sailing for competitive reasons or just for the fun on the wonderful River Hamble".
Since Basil Lubbock MC stepped down as the first Commodore we have had 27 successors, and on water the club has always been at the forefront, supporting new classes and ideas. With a growing list of achievements, HRSC became one of the premier sailing clubs in the country, most notable in 1972 when six of the 13-man Great Britain Olympic sailing team, who brought back a Gold and Silver medal, were Hamble River Sailing Club members.
Today our World Champions, including a Volvo Ocean Race winner, have helped maintain the club's international high profile while the annual Hamble Winter Series continues as the UK's premier late-season yacht racing series, a 'must-do' event for many Corinthian and professional teams.
Be part of it, get the dates in your diary now - download the flyer below for further information.
Last updated 12:10 on 15 January 2019