HISTORY OF THE RACE.
For the last 31 years, in May, Himley Hall Sailing Club has organised a 24 Hour [now reduced to a 6 Hour] sponsored sailing race in aid of R.N.L.I. and during this period of time over £95,000.00 has been raised for this very worthwhile charity.
In 1987, with the help of money raised by this event, the R.N.L.I. purchased an “Atlantic 21” lifeboat, which was stationed at West Mersea, on the Blackwater Estuary. It has now been taken off station and is in the reserve fleet.
Himley Hall Sailing Club were honoured that the lifeboat was launched by our then Commodore and named “HIMLEY HALL” [many of the club members were present at the naming ceremony]
In 1988 HHSC were awarded the Beefeater Gin “Spirit of Achievement Award” for our efforts in Fund Raising for the RNLI., and in 2005 were National Finalists for the Supporters Award for their outstanding contribution to the Lifeboat Service in the category of Group Supporter
HIMLEY HALL SAILING CLUB.
Himley Hall Sailing Club is a small friendly club with only a small water of 17 acres, hence our restriction on the number of entrants. Many teams return year after year to participate in this event and it is certainly a social as well as a fund-raising event. The Club is based in the grounds of the Himley Hall, once the home of the Earls’ of Dudley, but is now owned by Dudley M.B.C. The Grounds were laid out by Lancelot [Capability] Brown and there is adequate room for free caravan and tent parking in this marvellous setting. Teams participating are sent a site map showing where to park boats, cars, tents, caravans etc. The entrance to the park is situated off the A449 on the Himley to Dudley Road. B 4176.
BRIEF DETAILS OF THE RACE.
Adult, junior or mixed teams consisting of a maximum of seven sailors for a single handed boat and ten for a two handed boat enter the race, but juniors must have adequate adult supervision. Each team can bring two boats having a maximum length of 15 feet, but only one boat from each team is allowed to race at any one time, but arbitrary changeover of both boats and team members is allowed. If a team enters boats of different handicaps then the results are calculated on the basis of the lower handicap. (i.e. the slower boat is disadvantaged.)
We ask your members to get their friends, relations, etc., to sponsor your boat for x amount per actual mile travelled in the race and in the past this has ranged between 30 and 60 miles depending on the weather.
There are a maximum number of 18 teams allowed in the race.
The entry fee of £10.00 per team [cheque please payable to Himley Hall Sailing Club).
Himley Hall Sailing Club Galley is open before and during the event, except for the last half hour of the race, serving hot & cold food and hot & cold drinks at reasonable prices.
The Race is usually started by the Mayor of Dudley and ended at 16.00 hrs on the Sunday by James Bradbury, the Regional Area Organiser for the R.N.L.I. This is a team event and the winner will be the team covering the greatest distance (allowing for handicap) Prizes will be presented to all members of the winning team and the team name will be engraved on a trophy which is kept by the winning teams club for the subsequent year.
All the proceeds from the sponsored mileage of each team will be donated to the R.N.L.I. [to whom all sponsorship cheques should be made payable.]
COMPETITORS AND CLUB MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO CANVAS FOR DONATIONS OR SPONSORS PER ACTUAL MILE SAILED IN THE 6 HOURS