Shorthanded sailing centre opens in Haslar

Brian Thompson, Pip Hare and Paul Peggs establish new centre

Wednesday August 25th 2010, Author: Paul Peggs, Location: United Kingdom

Events such as the doublehanded Round Britain and Ireland Race were over subscribed and the Royal Southampton Double Handed Series goes from strength to strength. The 2011 AZAB race has over 100 entries and a long waiting list.

Perhaps fed up with crew politics, or interested in the extra challenge that solo or two handed sailing provides; skippers and owners are focussing their attentions towards this side of the sport eager to participate, learn more and watch the progress of others.

One long-time participant and avid supporter of this discipline is one of the UK’s most successful offshore sailors, Brian Thompson.

In May this year, Brian teamed up with the Paul Peggs from the Solo Offshore Racing Club to run the first ever Short Handed Coaching Weekend from Haslar Marina. The weekend offered a tailored programme of activities, aimed to improve techniques and manoeuvres of the single and double-handed crews that took part.

Incredibly, 50% of the attendees of this weekend went on to compete with great success in the 2010 Two-handed Round Britain & Ireland Race. Brian’s co-coaches fared particularly well with Pip Hare winning IRC overall and Paul Peggs achieving 2nd in the Class 40 fleet.

With a successful start behind them, Brian and his team will be running regular coaching and training sessions as part of the creation of a brand new Short Handed Sailing Centre at Haslar Marina in the Solent. The centre has the support of marina owners Dean and Reddyhoff, who are offering discounted berthing for members. The base is already home to performance short handed racing classes, including Open 60, Class 40 and Figaro and a Mini, however the centre is open to any dedicated short handed sailor regardless of their class of boat.

Brian’s vision is to create a short-handed community at Haslar where sailors can prepare their boats, train, race, benefit from coaching and advice, and take advantage of discounts offered on a variety of marine products and equipment.

The second Coaching Weekend has been organised for 25th and 26th September, with a programme to include practice manoeuvres with video debrief, ‘a sail trim clinic’, racing scenarios, an opportunities to sail with RYA qualified keelboat race coaches onboard. Coaching will ‘streamed’ to allow sailors of all experience and backgrounds to benefit. The weekend costs and incredible £199 per boat.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Haslar Short Handed Sailing Centre or would like to book onto September’s coaching weekend contact one of the team at

Alternatively come and chat with us at the boat show, where Pip Hare, centre coach and member will be displaying her Mini.

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