Haven Ports Yacht Club



Family Fun Day and Regatta

Saturday September 2nd 2017

The weather was mainly kind to us for the Fun day and Regatta and many HPYC members came along with their children and Grandchildren. We had 7 Pirates who all looked very scary.

Fancy Dress

The winners of the Pirate Fancy Dress were

Pirate Penny Vaughan And Pirate Ziggy Stanley.

Thank you to all of the runners up, Florian Vaughan, Lilly Stanley ,Leonard Miller ,Isobel and Audrey Jones, you all looked brilliant.


Mike Bunn and Christine our Crabbing supremos did a wonderful job in overseeing the Crabbing competition, our local Levington crabs must dread this event as once again they fail to resist the bacon that is presented to them. There were a few big ones pulled out which caused Mike and Christine to wish they had remembered their gloves when trying to measure them!


Under 10 yrs group

Largest Crab Audrey Jones (4yrs old)-8.1cm

Most Crabs Dolores -11 Crabs

Most shrimps Leonard Miller- 36 Shrimps

Runner up Thomas Leggett – 11 shrimps.

Over 10 group

Most Crabs caught (only one entry) but a whoppa, Walter Bruce - Miller -7.5cm.

The winners were presented with prizes.

Model Boat Building

As usual the model boat building was very well attended with Mums and Dads, as well as eager young boat builders eager to demonstrate their boat design and building prowess. It would be fair to say that some adults got rather carried away with regard to their contribution resulting in some magnificent model boats but the Judges wished to recognize the efforts of our smaller boat builders and the award for best boat was based on this criteria.

The winning boat design went to Walter with two runners up Penny/Florrie and Ellen who clearly contributed to their boat building significantly and who’s designs caught the eye of the judges. Thank you everyone for entering this challenge with such enthusiasm and creativity, every boat deserved merit.

Will they Float?

The model boat race started moments after the rain shower stopped, 14 models lined up waiting for the starters orders. Once they were off it seemed like it could be anybody’s race, as usual there were a few “back to the drawing board moments” but that is always par for this particular course. The models jostled for position then the leading boat with Thomas willing it on and built to the famous Legget design surged ahead only to be thwarted by wind and tide, this allowed the purple Flyer to take the lead and take line honours Congratulations to Phoebe and Richard Marsden, they raised the bar by including self steering, an inspired choice in model boat building and played a big part in the result, I would not be surprised if this become standard in all future model boat building efforts! Joint second place went to Katolo Bruce–Miller and twin Brother Walter, whose boats crossed the winning line locked together.

Dinghy Racing

The Dinghy racing which also was timed to take place between showers, is always guaranteed to bring out the competitive spirit of our club rowers and this year was no exception. No quarter was given which resulted in a thrilling series of races. Water flew, a few more crabs were caught and dinghies broke as the crews put all of their efforts into making the event a thrilling spectacle.


10 years and under Winner - Thomas Leggett

11-17 years Winner - Walter Bruce-Miller

18 + Dads Winner – Justin Miller

Grandparents Winner-Vicky Forkes

Following the Prize Giving; where this year we awarded shields as well as prizes for the model boats design and racing, and the rowing races, members retreated back to their boats to prepare for the evening celebrationsat about 16:30.

The Evening

We started the evening with one on Ivan’s brilliant BBQ’s on the Lightship, live music, once again provided by Ron Barrett on the Top Deck allowed those with some stamina remaining to dance the night away, Thank you Ron and Brenda for a brilliant evening, as usual Ron you sang your socks of and we appreciate the effort you make to ensure the day ends on a high.

Once again this day would not have been the success that it was without the help of many of you who enthusiastically got stuck in, to many to mention but thank you. If by any chance I have given incorrect information please contact me and I will correct the error.




Visit to Ganges Museum, Shotley - 6 May 2017

The weekend visit to Shotley Marina was attended by 12 boats, the temperature was disappointing but this did not prevent everyone from thoroughly enjoying themselves.  On Saturday afternoon we visited the Ganges Museum which proved to be most interesting.  This was follwed by a walk to the Bristol Arms where we were able to see the 44th East Sussex Regiment of Foot in all their glory.  They are one of the UK's most respected Napoleonic re-enactment groups.  We saw a Court Marshal (the wrong man was shot! Very funny spoof), inspected their kit and in the evening, following drinks on the pontoon, we walked back to the Bristol Arms for dinner and enjoyed a wonderful evening singing shanties with the 44th.  The Club raised £100 for the Shotley Pier fund which was gratefully received by the Pier Group Fund Chair.


Members' Reception - 5 May 2017

A good turnout of both new members and current members.  Ivan and his team provided us all with canapes which were delicious and the wine was enjoyed by all. Dan Waynforth the Junior Photographic competition winner was presented with his trophy and glassware.  Flag Officers gave a brief introduction into what HPYC is about and Mike Perkins thanked Mike Spear, the Club's President, for having the insight all those years ago to establish SYH and the Lightship, if it were not for him there would not be a Haven Ports Yacht Club.
After the formalities, the evening continued upstairs in the Lightship with a lovely atmosphere.

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