News Update

May 2021 Hansa Travellers’ Trophy
The full report from from the ‘Yachts and Yachting’ magazine of the NFS Hansa TT can be found here.

April 2021 Update to Sailing
For latest information about sailing with New Forest Sailability please click here.

June 2020 Limited Return to Sailing
A limited return to sailing is possible for independent skippers with Covid 19 safety procedures developed in close co-operation with Spinnaker Sailing Club.

May 2019 Two new Hansa 303 Boats Launched
We launched two new Hansa 303 boats. Crane acquired from donations raised by Crane Valley Golf Club, where Val Stevens is an active member and her fund raising prompted Stuart Rennie the Captain to nominate NFS as his charity of the year and he has also since become an active NFS volunteer. Pauline was donated by Christine Thackray in memory of her sister Pauline an NFS sailor.

November 2017 – Presentation from Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Society
A cheque for £500 was presented by Michael Lingam-Willgoss, awarded by Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Society. The Cheque was received by Mary White on behalf of the New Forest Trustees. (See photo)

July 2017 – Presentation from the Ringwood and District Ex Tablers Club
A cheque for £500 was presented by the Ringwood and District Ex Tablers Club to NFS on Monday 10th July. (See photo here)
Eric Blythe and Peter Coulson were there to accept the cheque on behalf of the NFS Trustees. The event was held at Spinnaker and Pete showed some of the guests around our fleet of 303 dinghies and explained how Sailability helps our sailors enjoy the benefits of sailing. Ian Stockdale organised the BBQ and presentation event.

July 2017 – Hansa National Championships 2017
The 2017 annual Hansa championships were hosted by New Forest Sailability over three days at Spinnaker Club in west Hampshire. Click here to read the report.

June 2017 – Morrisons New Boat Launch
A presentation from The Morrisons Foundation, the charitable arm of Morrisons supermarkets.
Click here to see pictures from the event. Click here to read all about it.

September 2016 – Ringwood Carnival
Another great event. Click here to see pictures from the event.

June 2016 – NFDS on Facebook
NFDS now has a Facebook link  Click here to access.

March 2016 – ‘Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder’
A talk by Shirley Critchley on expedition she took part in to discover the remains of the HMS Wager shipwrecked in Patagonia in 1741. Read more here.

December 2015 – Val’s Christmas Speech
Click ‘Thoughts From Flo Jo‘ to read a very amusing tale from one of our new arrivals.

July 2014 – 303’s up the Clyde
Martin Hadley took part in ‘Race 2 the Games’, sailing 33Km up the river Clyde in ‘Gannett’ in this special race for 303’s. What a great event!

June 2014 – Hansa Travellers’ Trophy 2014
Click here to view photos of the Hansa Travellers’ Trophy organised by NFDS held at Spinnaker.

January 2013 – Barn Dance
Thank you to everyone who supported the Barn Dance last week, especially to those who helped make the evening such a success. We made over £350 profit, which is great!! See photos here.

October 2012 – Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Click here to read the press release of the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire’s prestigious Award from the Queen.  Click here to see photos

July 2012 – Donation to NFDS from Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Click here to read the press release of the donation from the Bournemouth G&S society.

June 2012 – Naming of two New Boats 2012
Click here to read the press release of naming of NFDS’s two new boats.

June 2012 – Sainsbury’s Waterfest 2012
Click here to read the press release of Sainsbury’s Waterfest 2012.

April 2012 – Access National Championships 2012
Click here to read the press release of the Access National Championships organised by NFDS held at Spinnaker.

April 2012 – Raffle In Aid Of New Forest & District Sailability
Presentation of the handmade rag doll ‘BETSY’. Click here to read news release.

February 2012 – Volunteers recognised at RYA Sailability Conference
Click here to read about Eric’s ‘Exceptional Contribution’ award.

February 2012 – Poulner Players Gala Evening
NFDS made £764 from ticket sales, raffle and the bar, helped by a good discount on the food and drink from Sainsbury’s.
Poulner Players also give us their Front of House profits for the week. This amounted to just over £854 ,which is then matched by Barclays Bank to the tune of £750! This makes a total of £2368. Amazing!
Mary thanks all who helped her on the night, making sure that it was a great and very profitable evening.

2012 – New Years Honours List
Rory gets the MBE. Congratulations!! Click here to read news release.