HSC News

October 2nd 2021

Auburn Lass arrived in Milford Haven Marina at 17:40 UTC having been sailed through the night and most of the previous day from Newlyn by Skipper David Johnson and his crew. This was the final leg of the delivery trip from Plymouth which started on September 26th

September 24th 2021

New member Chris Palmes successfully completed 5 days of preparation followed by an exam to obtain the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper certificate. The preparation was directed by RYA Instructor Peter French of the Searegs Training of Plymouth. HSC Secretary David Johnson was on board to act as crew and pass Chris as an HSC skipper. HSC members Alex Dufort and Kevin Basden also helped with crewing the boat.

September 11th 2021

The penultimate summer charter of Auburn Lass from Plymouth sees Mike Charlton take Auburn Lass for a cruise. Prior to this, some 12 weeks have been booked by HSC members in the summer season. This season can be considered a success given the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic.

June 12th 2021

HSC Secretary David Johnson inaugurates the HSC sailing season proper with a week’s cruise.

June 5th 2021

Nic Snell as skipper, with help from Mike Charlton and other members, successfully delivered Auburn Lass to Mayflower Marina in Plymouth without incident.

May 1st 2021

Auburn Lass has been lifted out of the water at Milford Marina for repairs to the rudder and other essential mantenance. The intention is to have her back in the water on the first suitable tide, which won’t be until the end of May. A work schdule for maintenance by HSC volunteers is being developed by bosun Graham Harrison.

January 2021: Auburn Lass is berthed at Milford Mariana. The intention is to keep her there until late Spring. The actual date will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in Wales at that time.

October 17th 2020: Auburn Lass has been sailed sucessfully around South Wales and Pembrokeshire by several members since July and will shortly be hoisted out for winter storage on the hard at Milford Marina.

July 25 2020: At the start of the Covid-19 virus emergency, the HSC Committe decided to keep Auburn Lass in Milford Haven and no further sailing was undertaken. Being in Milford presented the club with the opportunity to carry out further refurbishment and upgrades to Auburn Lass. The work was carried out by Windjammer Marine. The yacht is now in the water and being used within the Welsh National Government Covid-19 guidelines.

Picture from Windjammer Marine – Auburn Lass on her berth at Milford Marina.

March 13th 2020 – Auburn Lass was hoisted back into the water at Milford Haven Marina.

October 30th 2019 Auburn Lass due to be moved onto the hard at Milford.

October 21st 2019 Nic Snell and crew deliver Auburn Lass safely to Milford Haven Marina.

September 19th/20st 2019: Tom Whyatt and crew make another successful training trip up the Avon to moor in Bristol Docks as part of the HSC Day Sailing week.

September 4th 2019: Auburn Lass returns to base at Penarth Quays

September 2nd 2019: Auburn Lass propellor seals replaced in sling at Mayflower Marina.

July 29 to August 2nd 2019: Auburn Lass in Plymouth Yacht Haven for repairs to fresh water tank.

July 21st 2019: Auburn Lass returns to Mayflower Marina after a successful two weeks cruise of the Channel Islaands and North Brittany by two crews.

May 11th 2019: Auburn Lass arrived safely in Plymouth on Saturday after an overnight delivery from Penarth by David Edwards and crew. She is now berthed at the Mayflower Marina.

May 9th: A committee meeting took place at Hereford Rowing Club followed by informal drinks at the bar. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the general Folder on Dropbox.

May 3rd 2019: Friday marked the last day of the very successful HSC Day Sailing event in which a mixture of members and guests crewed Auburn Lass out of Penarth for a day at a time. All who took part said that they enjoyed the event, despite some crews experiencing poor sailing conditions. Pictures of the crews to be seen here:

April 24th 2019: Peter Girven has completed his assessment with Tom Whyatt and crew and is now a club skipper. Congratulations to Peter.

April 6 2019 : John Taylor has produced a series of videos starring Alex Dufort covering the various the topics that he presented to members at the recent skippers briefing. The videos required a great deal of effort in filming and editing so we have to thank John for this valuable contribution to the club.

The videos can be seen on Youtube using this link:


Click on “uploads” to see the full set.