A club for the 21st century

In the second of our series on sailing clubs that have benefited from the lottery, Gerald New looks at Hayling Island
Anyone who has been in the Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) changing rooms lately must have wondered if their insurance covered them ashore as well as afloat! It may be a south coast-centric view, but HISC is one of, if not the premier UK dinghy sailing club. But it's been better known for its pit props and indoor guttering than its club house facilities for the past few years. The club whose fleets have mirrored the changing tastes of the UK dinghy world has been looking decidedly down at heel of late. All change A new £4.8 million clubhouse complex is about to replace the historic but rapidly decaying existing building. A full £3.3 million of lottery money - and not a dome in sight - will put HISC and the UK dinghy world back on its feet with a world class centre. Hayling Island Sailing Club has been a top venue for dinghy events for many years, and particularly following the boom in dinghy sailing during the 60s and 70s, it was a mecca for enthusiasts wishing to compete against the best. As well as being home to some of the pioneering development classes, the club was home to large fleets of the new one design classes and became a regular venue for national and international championships. The club has been at its present site since 1936, a unique position on the tip of a narrow peninsula at the entrance to Chichester Harbour. From the original cruciform shaped brick building, various extensions and adaptations have taken place as the club membership grew and facilities were added. The two-storey clubhouse with its large balcony is familiar to dinghy enthusiasts who have attended the many Open Meetings and Championships held every year at the club. While the position of the club