Auburn Lass, our Dehler 39

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WELCOME TO HEREFORD SAILING CLUB.

History. The Club was established in 1985, with David Corbett’s Sadler 32. Callisto. She was sold and replaced with Ceilidh of Oban, a Sigma 38, which was superseded by Auburn Lass, a Dehler 39.  We have around 40 members of varying experience, from competent crew to Yachtmaster instructor.

Cruising destinations in our Dehler 39. Auburn Lass is based in Plymouth Yacht Haven, overwinters in Milford Haven, and spends the late spring and summer on cruises, which include France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the Hebrides. A favourite base for Scottish island cruises is Dunstaffnage. We offer are many opportunities for mile-building delivery trips, extended cruises and weekend and day sailing.

How to get sailing. Members privately charter Auburn Lass from the club and sail with their families, friends, and other club members, benefiting from a jointly owned, well maintained yacht at a cost of about 60% of the commercial UK charter rate. Please see our rates for the year here. She is available to sail throughout the year except when she is on hard standing for winter maintenance. Membership fees make a major contribution towards the mooring costs. Users’ charter fees make up the rest of the club’s income, including the costs of annual servicing of safety equipment and all the usual repairs and winter maintenance. Skippers and crews are expected to do some minor repairs on items that are discovered to be broken, for which they are reimbursed.

All members of the club are bound by the HSC club rules.

Skipper approval. Club skippers are vetted by the committee, and during any charter a club skipper or other suitably qualified and vetted skipper must be on board, together with a competent first mate capable of navigating home in case of an emergency.

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RYA affiliation and qualifications. HSC is RYA affiliated and its skippers are usually required to have a coastal or offshore RYA yachtmaster qualification  The club runs practical RYA courses during the year aboard Auburn Lass. RYA examiners are invited on board at the end of the yachmaster courses to examine the candidates. The success rate is very high.

Safety equipment. Auburn lass is a class A offshore sailing vessel. Though classed as a privately owned pleasure vessel, she carries a full suite of safety equipment similar to that required by the MCA code of practice for small commercial vessels. The list of her safety equipment can be found here in our safety policy section.

Committee and officers. The Club is run by the committee of officers and elected members. There is a monthly social meeting on the first Thursday of each month, usually held at a local public house where members and their guests meet and often eat together. Click here for details of the forthcoming meetings. Towards the end of the season we hold an Autumn Cruise in company with other members’ yachts.

New members, whether experienced or not, are very welcome.

Download a membership form here, complete it and send it with your membership fee to our treasurer. His address details are on the form.

Contact Alex Dufort (commodore), 01544 260577 alex@dufort.com

or Andy Sommerville (Treasurer and bookings secretary) hsc.andy@tiffanymail.com