Sailability Forum UK: New mail reply

A new private message reply from Simon Whiteley.

Hi John

Now back and able to focus a bit more.

If you want some hard copies, I can contact who I used, and ask if you can use the same files- may even save a bit as they won’t have to do the prep work. However if you want to make changes or put your logo on the cover, then you will probably need to do a full reorder. I can tell you what spec I used- paper type, lamination etc.

I was at Wealden yesterday and they are also interested. One of their volunteers has a printing business so you might be able to team up with them.

At the moment I don’t have any changes planned. I will be doing an A4 cheat sheet for your first sail- I intended to do it this year but ran out of time. I would like to add meta tags for VI sailors but I need some help. And a simpler version for people with learning difficulties would probably also be good.

Please keep the feedback coming. I want it to be a collaborative effort.

Best wishes

Original message by JohnD

Booklet – Intro to Sailing Hansa 303

Hi Simon

I recently found the forum that you have set up and can see that it has great potential for an exchange of ideas and problems. I do hope that the wider Sailability community will take advantage of this excellent resource!

One of the areas that really interested me was your booklet on Sailing the Hansa 303 which I found to be an excellent document to supplement the RYA Start Sailing. I have taken the liberty of downloading a copy and forwarding it to our CI and SIs for comment and all the returns that I have received have been very positive.

In February 2019 we start our annual ‘Winter Theory Course’ where we spend a couple of hours each Thursday taking newbies through the theory of sailing before the season starts in April. We are now looking at how we might use your booklet to supplement this teaching. In your posting on the forum you generously invited clubs to download and use the document as required and we are now considering how we might take up this offer. Our options stretch from sending out an e-copy to our newbies to doing a print run similar to the one that you mentioned in your post – 50 copies printed for about £150…?

So, in order to decide on a way ahead for Rutland Sailability I would be grateful if you could; confirm that you would be happy for us to distribute e-copies of your doc to our members, advise on how you got the printing done and also advise on any revision that you may be considering in the light of 6 months experience in using the document.

Once again, many thanks for setting up the Forum and also for the enormous amount of work that you must have put in to developing and publishing the Hansa Sailing Guide.


John Deane
SI Rutland Sailability