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Home / News / HSSC WEEKLY DIT 10 MAY 2024
Home / News / HSSC WEEKLY DIT 10 MAY 2024


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Published 14:23 on 10 May 2024

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The planning and preparation for HRH The Princess Royal visit on 23 May is ongoing, and I would like to refer you to the below information regarding restrictions to access and movement. We have planned this to be minimum disruption, and we do appreciate your support. 

Members are encouraged to dress boats on the day and attend the viewing areas for both the HRH princess Royal Visit and the opening of the Army Offshore Sailing Centre on FB3. We also have viewing areas for Beat Retreat, following which, the bar will open for all. 


Richard Coleman, Funeral 6 June 2024 at 14.30 

It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Richard Coleman crossed the bar on Thursday 2 May 2024 after a typically tenacious but dignified fight with cancer.  Well into his ninth decade, he was practicing as a solicitor right up until his last few days. Richard was one of the very first Members of the Club, answering an advertisement in the RNSA Journal for new members a year or so before the Hornet Naval Yacht Centre was formally opened. 

He bought Decibel in 1956 with money saved from his National Service and they have remained together for more than sixty years. Richard was a Life Member of the Royal Cruising Club and his adventures with Decibel have inspired several generations of yachtsmen throughout the RCC, RNSA and Hornet. Decibel will be front and centre in our forthcoming 60th Anniversary events. 

His funeral will be held at St Margarets Church, Putney on 6 June 2024 starting at 1430. Please note the amended time from 1130 to 1430.

Please confirm your attendance to Anthony Vlasto via email to 

Richard Farrington


There will be restrictions to access and movement to all HSSC areas during the visit of HRH the Princess Royal in the morning and for ceremonial events in the evening on 23 May 2024.

FBII Main Site:

Clubhouse: Closed to members except those nominated from 1030 2045. The main bar will be open to members on completion of Ceremonial Sunset.

Areas being visited by HRH are boats on pontoons E, H, G and F then on the main jetty.

Main Gate and Roadway: No access from 1100-1145, 1215-1250, 2015-2045

Marina and Jetty: No access from 1215-1300

Members wishing to visit their boats on other pontoons or areas to the east of the mast shed and jetty may do so but are requested to conform to the movement restrictions above.

Spectators: Members not onboard their boats but who wish to be spectators and have registered with the General Manager may observe events from the grassy area alongside the mast.


Entrance Gate, Roadway and AOSC: No access from 1245-1340

Members wishing to visit their boats on the Hornet hard standing areas may do so throughout the day but are requested to conform to the movement restrictions above.

Spectators: Members working on their boats but who wish to be spectators and have registered with the General Manager may observe events from the roadway outside the AOSC.


HSSC Admission to Night Hunters Exhibition

To mark the Clubs 60th anniversary, the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust has organised special admission for Hornet Members to the Night Hunters Exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy on Friday 24 May 2024.

Hornet members will have FREE admission between 1400 and 1530 to the exhibition which is at the Explosion Museum at Priddys Hard. The normal price is £36.

The exhibition is focused on the exploits of Coastal Forces, many based at HMS Hornet, in both World Wars and up to the present day.

To register, please give your names to Brian Gerrard by 1600 on Thursday 23 May. If you are not on the list, you will not get free admission

We will be organising a similar opportunity for those attending the D Day Dinner on Friday 31 May, if we have a reasonable take up for that particular event?

Richard Farrington

Carpark Passes

JSASTC and Mod Guards have requested that HSSC members are to display car passes at all times when parked on the site. If you need a new pass or a 2024 sticker then please contact the office.

Movement of Boats

A number of boats on E,F,G and H pontoons will be required to be moved to facilitate the Visit by Club Patron, HRH The Princess Royal on 23 MAY 2024. The marina team will make contact with the relevant boat owners. This is to facilitate a display of service and historic boats to HSSC and I would appreciate your support during this busy period. 

D Day 80 Dinner 31 May 2024

Come along and Commemorate D-Day 80 at HSSC prior to the Ouistreham Rally. 

Commencing at 1800 with a Presentation, Film and Talk by our colleagues and friends at The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust in the Fabrosa room.

1900 for 1930 Three Course Dinner.

Followed by a D-Day After Dinner Talk by Major Jens Gronn covering D-Day events including Operations Neptune and Overlord. 

Price: £35.00 

Rig: Smart Casual 

1400 -1420 31 May 2024 For those attending the Evening Dinner event, you can join us and enjoy free access to The Explosion Museum, Gosport. The exhibition is focused on the exploits of Coastal Forces, many based at HMS Hornet, in both World Wars and up to the present day.

D-Day 80 Wartime Menu


Rustic whole meal bread and butter


Colcannon mash, gravy, and market vegetables


Vanilla custard.

To Book Email: or contact the office.


Hornet@60 Big Buoys Challenge SAT 25 MAY 2024

The Big Buoys Challenge is like a game of pool on the Solent, where buoys mean points, points mean prizes.  Any size of boat, any crew fun.  The skill includes planning tide, time, wind and choice of buoys.  Prizes are not just biggest boat wins.  The challenge is primarily for Hornet Services Sailing Club members and crew but entries from RNSA, ASA, RAFSA, CCSA members and crew are encouraged.  Dinghies or day boats (maybe Tempests) could win!

Please see the Big Buoys Challenge details below.

At 16.00 we move onto a Hornet@60 Hog Roast & BBQ, alongside Live Music from Alabama Stills and the popular Stu Madgewick. This is an event not to be missed. For Members, The Big Buoys Challenge entry and BBQ event is free of charge. For guests, who are welcome, it's a cost of £10.00. Please note that the BBQ is open to all whether you intend to sail or not. 

Please forward all completed Entry Forms to the office.

[PDF] Entry Form

[PDF] Sailing Instructions

[PDF] Big Buoy Challenge 2024 Numbered Chartlet.pdf



Last updated 14:23 on 10 May 2024

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