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The Club is based in Hereford and membership is drawn from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales. We have around 30 members who share a Dehler 39 yacht. The members have varying degrees of experience from complete novice to RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.

What we do. Our yacht Auburn Lass is based mainly in Plymouth during the summer, Penarth during spring and autumn and she overwinters in Milford Haven. In summers she is usually taken by members on cruises abroad to such places as France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Scotland. In recent years, she has been based for part of the summer in La Rochelle in France and Dunstaffnage in Scotland, which is a useful base for cruising the Hebrides. This variety of bases offers members many opportunities for mile-building delivery trips, extended cruises and weekend and day sailing.

At the start and end of each year’s sailing we run a “Club Week” to improve the social life of the club. Individual members form ad hoc crews to go sailing for a day or two. These weeks have recently taken the form of leisurely navigation exercises up the Avon to Bristol Harbour with an overnight stop to enjoy entertainment opportunities in Bristol.

How the club is organised: Members privately charter Auburn Lass from the club and sail with their families, friends, and other club members. The benefit of being a member is the use of a jointly owned and 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 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.

Skipper qualifications. HSC  skippers are usually required to have a coastal or offshore RYA yachtmaster qualification Occasionally, the club runs a 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 whose address details are on the form.

For more information Contact Richard Heatly HSC Commodore

or Graham Sole HSC Membership