HCS Keelboat Sailing Programme
Standing tall and just 20 miles from Hampshire Collegiate School, our fleet of Etchell 22s are moored in the Solent at Lymington Harbour. Sailing is a popular co-curricular activity with many of our children from the Prep School through to the Sixth Form enjoying our Keelboat Programme. It also forms part of the Games options in the Senior School.
While some of our children are already keen or experienced sailors, many have their first taste of coastal keelboat and powerboat water sports within the school curriculum. From April to October, our Senior School students enjoy weekly keelboat and powerboat training and, from Year 3, Prep School pupils have the opportunity to learn to sail aboard our keelboats in the Summer term.
This year, our sailors will have the opportunity to train and compete in the:
- Round the Island Race
- Cowes Week Etchells 22 series
- Solent Keelboat race events
- Weekly Royal Lymington Yacht Club Evening Series
We work with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club which means our young sailors and their families are able to use the facilities of the Club while we are training down in Lymington.
New for 2019: Deep Water Racing
Our 2019 season brings a whole new aspect to the Hampshire Collegiate School keelboat experience with the addition of a 37 foot deep-water race boat (Stewart 37). Set up for single and short-handed racing, she is easily driven, hitting 10 knots in very moderate winds and planing up into the mid-teens when the wind fills her spinnaker. But with a 2.5 tonne keel eight feet below the waterline, she is as stiff and predictable.
Exciting and challenging, but well-proven, the stripped-out race thoroughbred will take our more accomplished sailors into junior offshore group races, cross-channel, Cowes week, Round the Island and ultimately the 2021 Fastnet race if we can qualify. This is true progression from recreational keelboating into demanding, collaborative, team-building personal development.