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About the sailing club

The club was formed in 1964 and is affiliated to the R.Y.A. It operates from the Blue Lagoon, Arlesey, Beds with some 25 acres of pleasantly situated water, previously the site of a chalk pit. Access is via a locked gate and track opposite the ‘Biggs Wall’ building on the southern outskirts of Arlesey - a village near the A507 between Shefford, Baldock and Hitchin.

The facilities include a Large Club House with galley, changing rooms and toilets, dinghy parks, jetty and OOD (Officer of the Day) hut. There is ample car parking, and a picnic area with a great view overlooking the lake.

The club encourages both cruising and racing and members can sail at most times of the year. Club racing usually takes place on Sundays with 2 races per day from November to March, and 3 races per day from April to October. Competition is keen for prizes and trophies under handicap and class racing in a series, one-day events and open days. The sailing programme is reviewed each year.

Members can cruise on any day of the week (except during open meetings). This includes Sundays, but a more popular time for this activity is on Saturdays. From May to August there is also racing on Wednesday evening and non-racing members are welcome on this occasion.

Club membership is also open to Sailboard owners.

The club takes particular care to follow recommended practices on safety and security. Members and their guests or visitors must observe relevant rules and instructions, and must accept the responsibilities and minor risks associated with our sport. For example, adequate buoyancy must be worn by all persons, and must be incorporated in all craft when sailing; children under the age of 18 may only sail when supervised by a nominated adult; whether any craft starts or continues to cruise or race is the sole responsibility of the individuals in each craft. By following these simple precautions before going afloat you can be assured that sailing can be both an exciting and very safe sport.

A Club standby boat is available and is manned on a rota basis to cover the organised sailing on  Saturday mornings and Sunday racing. The exception is Wednesday racing for which no standby boat is normally launched.

The club membership is based on families and we don't keep a close track of the number of individual members. Membership is stable at around 120 family memberships. Most, but not all members, have dinghies or Sailboards. There are 190 dinghy parking spaces, all of which are enclosed by high chain link fencing and gates.

Dinghies must be monohull, not more than 5 metres long, and with a Portsmouth Yardstick Rating (PYR) not faster than 1000.

We have fleet trophies for Solo, Laser, Mirror and Handicap. Currently, the Handicap fleet includes Comet, Phantom, Splash, Laser 2, and Topper. The captains for each fleet are responsible for representing the interests of their fraternity on the Sailing Committee, and take the lead in organising special events Open events.

Members without boats can use the club boats for cruising or racing, and or team up with other members on double-handed boats. We advise new members with less experience to get the feel of different classes of boat before buying one of their own. The club boats are there to be used.

The Club holds some Open Meetings at which we welcome visitors from other clubs.

The club is run by a Management Committee, and a Sailing Committee. These meet periodically and attend to the business of the club and run the sailing programme. Four Trustees are empowered to undertake certain duties and actions on behalf of the club. The Management and Sailing committees are elected at the annual general meeting. Members are encouraged to contribute to the running of the club according to their interest and abilities.

We encourage everyone to take part in the Working parties in February and one Sunday September each year. This is how we keep subscription fees low by doing our own maintenance work around the site. Between us we have been able to achieve all we needed and much that we wanted. Members who don't take part in these are gaining reduced fees from the work of their fellow club members. Play fair and show up in February!

The current fees are modest and reflect the fact that club members are expected to help out reduce outlay, for example:

  • Attend the 4 working parties on the Sunday mornings during February and 1 working party on a Sunday morning in September,
  • Assist in the race management on about 3 occasions per year, or help with the grass cutting,
  • Lend a hand occasionally with open days and social events.


You will, of course, be welcome and well looked after on these activities.

Information and training sessions, both indoors and on the water, are held throughout the year. A club newsletter, the Spinnaker Sheet, is distributed to all members two or three times a year. Members are welcome to contribute articles for inclusion in this newsletter. Full use is also made of the notice boards in the clubhouse. The web site (www.nhebsc.org.uk) contains information on club activities and general news.

We think this is a small friendly club in which members all participate and enjoy themselves tremendously, whethercruising or racing on sundays. We are always pleased to see new members and arrangements can usually be made for prospective members to visit and sample the club's facilties before applying for membership. This gives us an opportunity of showing you around and confirming that it is just the place you have been looking for. We also open the club to the public and new members on a Saturday afterrnoon, usually twice a year, and we would look forward to seeing you on one of these occasions.

Finally, no note of this kind can cover all possible aspects. Do please contact any member of the Management or Sailing Committees who will be happy to give you any further information or advice concerning the club and its activities. Alternatively, call 01462 889309 which will redirect if possible, or take a message if no one is available.

More details and forms are on the membership page.

 

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