RAHBC are offering a four-day long Laser dinghy sailing course for those who have no previous sailing experience and wish to obtain a RAHBC Basic Laser ticket. Courses are open to all Ras Al Hamra club members and take-up two full weekends, thus fully emerging participants in the learning experience. To qualify for participation in the course you must be at least 14 years old, physically fit, be able to swim 50 meters with or without buoyancy aid and have a minimum dry weight of 35 kg (1). The use of a buoyancy aid is mandatory.
Course dates: 3, 4, 10 and 11 November 2017
Objective: The course provides ab-initio training for non-sailors wishing to complete the RAHBC Basic Laser Ticket. The course syllabus covers theory of sailing, rigging, club rules, launching, tacking and gybing, capsize recovery, landing and de- rigging.
Course reference: Laser Induction Course 2017-03 Fees: RAHRC Members 20 OMR (only payable once)
Timing: 10:00 to 18:00
If you previously registered an interest to participate in a Laser dinghy training at RAHBC and your name is on a waiting list, then you have priority when we allocate the available places on the course. If you did not register before, then please confirm your interest now and whereas we cannot guarantee a place will be available for you, we will allocate any remaining places on a first come first serve basis.
Please fill out the attached form and return the form before 24 October 2017 via email to:To: Lead Instructor: Robin Bolton email@example.com and to
CC: Laser Sailing Captain: Roel Berendsen - Robersen25@gmail.com
(1) Spaces for students with 35kg up to 55kg minimal weight have limited availability as laser 4.7 equipment is required of which the club has 3.
The round the Island record on a Hobie 16, has been held for 10 years by Tony and Paul Henri Van Thiel since 2007 (25.04) and Dave Clark and Victoria Grainger previously since 2003 (25.27) so it is a great achievement for the son and father team Matthaeus (a 16 year old helm and recently qualified dinghy and multi-hull sailing instructor) and Luca Walcher (father and crew) to have finally broken the record on 13th August 2017. There time beach to beach, recorded by Boat Safety Officer, Said, shaved 11 seconds off the previous time.
Please note the Open Championship advertised below has been moved to 22nd & 23rd September. Registration is on Day 1. If you have been away for the summer, let's get sailing again!
Please note the Open Championship advertised below has been moved to 22nd & 23rd September. If you have been away for the summer, let's get sailing again!
The 2016-2017 team race season was not so windy. Unfortunately we could only race on 4 dates.
The new race season will hopefully be better again. The first race of season 2017-2018 is scheduled on Friday 6th October 2017.
You want to participate and want to join a team or start a new team? Get in touch with Robert Nieuwenhuijs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
See you on the water
It was a good start to the new sailing season with 4 races and an alternative Committee boat on the water. Not so easy, so thanks to all helpers for the support in that department. The essence of team racing is having fun and good healthy competition with your fellow sailors, performed in a safe and seamanship manner. It allow all levels of sailors and their crew to get on the water and practice their racing skills. Something that keeps us coming back for more! It really was wonderful to see all the usual faces around the club and new faces too, although, there are still a few missing that we would love to see soon. Congrats to Matthaeus and Luca with 3 bullets. Really well done for a young, promising helm and encouraging father. Also it was good to see Joelle and Holly as a ladies team. Lastly a special mention goes to Tom and Jed who sailed brilliantly in race 4 and got 3rd - should have been 2nd. It seems the father and son teams work well! Let's see some more. Happy sailing!
Rob and Anne Marie win on the day!!
Here is a report and some good advice from the winning team! (slightly edited - I mean the report, not the content, the results or the advice :)
Please find above the results of the RAHRC Open Hobie 16 Championship 2016 sailed (and not sailed) on 26th and 27th August, 2016. It was a great view to see so many hobies with their brand new coloured sails (thanks Dave!). More pictures will be added via Facebook (RAH Boat Club - Sailing Section PDO) A big thanks to Stephen Martin as OOD and for doing the results.
Unfortunately we couldn't sail the full programme. We had to abandon Friday's last race and couldn’t sail at all on Saturday. However, the sailing on Friday still had a bit of everything with a short summary below :
Fortunately everybody returned safe onshore and no boats were damaged.
We decided to hand out the prizes through a lottery to the lucky winners!!
Thanks for your participation and I hope to see you again for a next event.
( A BIG THANK YOU to Rob for organizing what everyone said was a very enjoyable event, to the maintenance team and members for helping to get the boats in order for the event and also to Karienke and Chiara for setting up Facebook, taking pictures and promoting this website. )
THERE IS NO SAILING CLUB WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AND SAILORS TO SAIL!
Over 20 sailors joined the Hobie16 conversion course and are keen to join teams or form their own! Watch out everyone, there is some good competition! The four-day course included different activities to improve boat handling and safety, such as launch and recovery, reach/reach courses for taking and gybing practice, follow my leader round the island for boat control, capsize recovery, and finally man man overboard. Sailors are taught the rules of the road, club rules and how to have lots of fun on the water!!!
Today's exercise: Practice the recovery of capsize and full turtle.......
.... sailing with turtles ....now practice the 'Full Turtle'....
Last weekend, 10 Hobies and 2 F16s sailed in 14 knots of breeze from the NW to the Shangri-La. It only took the fastest boat 1 hour 30 mins. with some exciting moments on the way including capsizes and slipping off the stern! Of course, it is safe fun and everyone was following the buddy system, had safety boat cover and equipment too. It was an excellent sail down which passed many sites such as the Bustan, none of which we noticed as we were all too busy looking at was the tell tails! (Well maybe)
On arrival, some continued later that day, exploring the sailing waters around the Shangri-La. Others opted for some luxury on the lazy river before dinner and awarding Aeolus the team racing trophy. Congratulations! It was a lovely evening with a mixture of sailors and their families of all ages and nationalities from all the teams.
The next day, 3 races were run off the S-La beach - 2 races round buoys and the third long distance, round the island. The conditions were shifty and sailors had to watch the shifts, gusts round the many headlands and play the current. The wind picked up later on and it was single wiring conditions towards the end of the day.
What a fabulous weekend with great wind. Next weekend let's do it all again.
This year's weekend weather has been a strange mixture of north westerlies and 0 knots, so team racing has been cancelled 4 times this year and the Hobie course ran for 2 months instead of 2 weekends waiting for good weather.
However, this is to remind all sailors that great times on the water and the beach have happened this year and to encourage them to have faith as the summer winds are coming!! Just remember that great feeling of freedom while skimming along on the flat sea, twin wiring, when stress melts away...!
Thankfully this year's regatta took place and we all had a fabulous weekend of sailing with present and returning sailing comrades making it a really social event. We had rain, sun,and wind ranging from 20 knots to 5. Varied conditions allowed many teams to take part in the great beach activities of putting, volley ball, petanque, sand castles, futbalito,and shop at the stalls, have coffee and BUILD A RAFT for the captains race. This race was a team effort with multiple boat designs and serious design work. Every team put in great efforts to get a raft on the water, but in the end it came down to F16s, Dave and Surfing T's Tony vT fighting it out. Tony was the only boat to get round the course - well done Tony! - and F16's superior engineering skills meant their raft was the only one to get back to the beach in one piece!
Great wasn't it? Thanks to the OOD, beach master, committee, sub-committee, supporters and all the participants! Photos and write up to follow after the photo competition. A special Birthday wish goes out to Stephen Martin too - HAPPY ??TH BIRTHDAY!!
There are 2 new teams joining the Team races, Kamikaze 1 and 2. Therefore we reshuffled the boat allocation a bit to accommodate the new teams. Please click here to view the list.
Don't forget Friday 8th January is the next team race.
Please note most of the Hobies have been demasted and rigged up again after some repairs have been done on the hulls and rudders. On Friday could all teams come a bit earlier to help double check the boats before the race.