New club on target

Nigel Cherrie brings us updates us on the new 'super club' at Hayling Island
It would have taken nearly seven years from concept to completion of the £4.8m project but in just twelve weeks the 1,400 members of Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) will have a brand new club complex. Hayling will become a Centre of Excellence alongside Largs, Pwllheli and eventually the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, thanks in part to £3.3 million of National Lottery funding. "I'd like to think, arguably, we'll have one of the best clubs in Europe when it's finished," Hayling Island Commodore and international yachtsman Tim Hancock told madfor sailing. "The accommodation block will have 95 bed spaces, there is new slips, under floor heating everywhere, laundry, a crèche, lecture rooms, changing rooms - all the facilities you could imagine." The building work will be fully completed the week commencing 21st July, just in time for Chichester Harbour Federation Week which attracts over 400 entries, but the club will stage a grand reopening in early September. Hayling has still been its usual hive of activity during the construction period. With a temporary clubhouse, changing accommodation plus full bar and restaurant facilities, Adrian Ryan and his team at HISC have continued to run a busy open meetings and championships calendar. This year HISC will host the B14, International 420 and Vortex National Championships but the list of classes planning open meetings is quite exceptional. The International Canoe, Optimist, RS600, RS700, RS K6, Topper, International 14, Osprey, Contender, Fireball, 505, Solo, RS800, 29er, 49er, Mirror, Flying Fifteen, Laser4000 and 5000 and 18ft Skiff classes will sail from the club during the season. "The last club survived eighty years and was well past its sell by date," continues Hancock. The familiar two-storey brick building, built after HISC moved to Sandy Point in 1936 and used by the Special Forces during World War II as a training centre,