We had a brilliant day on the water on Sunday 12th September, enjoyed by everyone who took part.

Sadly, due to the non-availability of Senior Instructors and boat's crews, that was our last sailing session for this season.

Thank you to our instructors, volunteers and young people who made the two sessions that we did achieve go smoothly, despite an almost 2 year hiatus. We even managed to pass our annual RYA inspection.

We are now working towards next year when, hopefully, we will have more instructors and volunteers available.


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 with a single vision “To provide challenging sailing, open to all, irrespective of income, ability or gender”.

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