Our Vision and Mission Statement

In 1974, with the backing of Colt International, IBM and the RYA Seamanship Fund, Dave Loader who was then Station Sergeant at Havant Police Station, set up a trust called the Havant Youth Sail Training Scheme based on Thorney Island, with a single vision “To provide challenging sailing, open to all, irrespective of income, ability or gender”.

In 1986, the Scheme re-located to it’s present base in Langstone with 3 Wayfarer dinghies and 1 safety craft, Jubilee Rose. Over the years the type of dinghy has changed to complement the ability of our young sailors. 

Today we still continue to operate under the same vision and this remains core to everything we do.

HYSTS is a registered charity and is run by volunteers providing sailing opportunities for young people. Our members are made up of a wide spectrum of people, from as young as 8 years old.

This creates a fantastic opportunity for personal social development, building teamwork skills, and making long-lasting friendships.


Equality and diversity are central to the work of HYSTS.

HYSTS will treat all people with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all. It will promote equality of opportunity and diversity. It will eliminate all forms of discrimination on grounds of race, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, disability, gender reassignment, age, social class, sexual orientation, religion/ belief, irrelevant offending background, or any other factor irrelevant to the purpose in view.’

Dave Loader – The man with the vision

Lady Rose Christening
One of our 3 original wayfarers at
Thorney Island Sailing Club

Lady Rose Christening Rescue Boat
at Thorney Island Sailing Club
A gift from the ALSFORD TRUST

Rescue Boat
Left to right: Unknown
JAMES HOLT – Colt International, Later to become Chair at HYSTS
HARRY PARIS – Persuaded VOLVO to donate an engine which he fitted by hand
ALAN O’HAY – Director at Colt International