Breaking Wind

The latest stories from the Varne News Hound


BEACH CLEAN at the Varne, 7th January start time 10am, free car parking, gloves, pickers and bags all provided . 

Teas and coffees available.

PLease come and support your local club before the plastic finaly takes over!!

Local solutions to a global problem.


Water sports dates for 2018 (plus for the first time Blokarting on this page)

Varne Watersports RYA Push The Boat Out,  Sat May 5th (13.00-1700)

NWF (National Water Sports Festival ) (8th-10 thJune) at Rutland Water, windsurfing and SUP National event

Varne Watersports  Blokarting contact Mark Serejko at  

Bewl Water SUP Armada ,Guinness World record attempt (June/July no firm date yet)

Hayling Island Round the island race on windsurfers or SUPs  Sat 22nd Sept, so get practising.


We have for a limited time only spaces in our boat compound for dinghy storage at only £40 per dinghy per year.



If you want a brilliant watersports holiday in the sun, then try Ocean Elements for one of the best holidays around. Several of our memebers have been to Greece with Ocean Elements over the last few years and had a great time. They have various activities such as SUPing, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking, all instruction is by RYA instructors and is included in your holiday plus free use of equipment. Please mention the VBC at the time of booking, or see Mark,Nigel, Ant or Clinton for more details.

Bellow is a taster of what they do so well....





An other organised outing from the Club - this time to sail the Whitbread 60 - Blueprint out of Hamble. Eight of us in our group; - with the combination of perfect breeze and sunshine all day. Ben Ainslie and his motley crew on their Americas Cup 'dinghy' kept getting in our way,- but apart from that it was an outstanding day!





The Club at the Round Hayling Island Race 2017 -

Six club members enetered the race around Hayling Island which is over 14 miles long, racing against strong tides, low bridges shipping chanels and other National comeptitors.

Zane managed to windsurf the full Gold course against 41 competitors and came a brilliant 33rd place. Possibly one of the youngest competitors to ever get all the way round? Zal completed the Silver course a creditable 6th place. Jane and Zara got around the 4 mile SUP funboard course using two types of transport! Ant won the Silver windsurfing race even after equipment failure and even the editor managed to win something the Bronze SUP race. Well done to all who took part and get practising for next year!





SUP NEWS, Bewl Water

This July 21st- 23rd 2017, Bewl Water are hosting a SUP event to attempt to break a Guiness World record to get as may SUPs on the water as possible paddling for a mile. Early bird discounts mean its possible to take part 2016 prices were £12 per adult or £6 per child plus a small booking fee, SUPs can be hired on the day for £10 or contact Mark to see if you can loan a club SUP to take part. There will be SUP races and SUP distribributors to see all the latest toys for the water.

Check out whats going on at 

and as they say book early to avoid disapointment.



Our guys had given a fair shot last Sunday on the Topper Topaz National in Whistable. Conditions were slightly lighter than ideal - so the race was not as fast and furious as one would have hoped.

Our two boats still have managed to finish the day in high spirits, well done to Alex, Zane, Jack and Rob!

Thanks for representing the club on our first national Race for many, many years!  



Topper Topaz Race Training - The Varne WATER SPORT'S Club

Topper Topaz Race Training - The Varne Water sport's Club from Alex C H Andrews on Vimeo.



The warm weather is bringing more and more dinghies out - and this weeks warm weather and breeze were prefect to put a few sessions under the belt. 






Good day and nice footage of Antony's cruising happily in the bay, while Mark behind him desperate to keep up with him on his smaller rig. Yes Mark - SIZE MATTERS after all!!




Saturday, 02 May

Out today for a spin in the toppers  - light NE 12knots ish , plenty enough to capsize neraly willie and 'cool off' in the water every now and than....



Waitrose Community Matters Scheme and the Varne Boat Club 2017

Great news from Waitrose,  this February The Varne Water Sport's Club sailing section  was awarded £264 from their Community Matter Scheme. This is the fourth donation we have had from Waitrose  so please keep supporting them as so far they have very generously donated £1036 towards club funds.


Santa crashes at sea off the Varne

SUPers search for Santa on Christmas day.






 Two days are planned this years for the Push The Boat Out, they are:

Saturday May 13th 11.30-16.00hrs   Sunday  May 14th 12.00-16.30hrs

On offer are the usual windsurfing, SUP, kayaking and sailing, we will supplly all the equipment, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and instruction. It is essential to book a slot as last year we were over subscribed. The event is weather dependant so if we have bad weather or any conditions affecting safety then we will cancel the day. If this happens we will try and book you in for another date as suitable. We plan to have a BBQ and light refreshments will be available.

To book either call 0785 81 33945 or email v and we will aim to get you on the water.



Just Chillin at the Varne

I love this photo, must be worth a free drink at the bar. If you have't renewed your membership or joined yet this is what it's all about.



New Water Sports shop opens on Romney Marsh  GenXSports

Check out our new local water sports shop GenXSports and  all the very latest equipment at

The shop is located in Littlestone Road, Littlestone,  TN28 8LN on the way down to the Varne Boat club.

The shop is stocking Kite Boarding gear ,SUPs, WSUPs, wetsuits and accessories plus they have a cool coffee bar.

Brands such as Core, Brunotti, Element,Manera and Reef are in stock.  

Contact Tony on 01797 458 070 or mob 07808 548 070 for more info.


Windsurf around Europe anyone?

In 2015 Jono Dunnett became the first person to windsurf around the UK totaly unsupported in 98 days!

A copy of his book is doing the rounds in the club " Long Standing Ambition," which is an amazing read or brilliant early Christmas present.

Well not content with the UK, Jono is off on his travels again, this May he set off from the border of Russia and Norway and is sailing unaided again but this time around the entire mainland of Western Europe  to the Russian border in the East, a distance of 15,000 km.

To follow Jono log on to  Windsurf Round Europe, he is carrying a gps tracker and is at present just below La Rochelle France and still sailing!!!!





Winter is creeping up on us again, stay warm and get seen on the water!

Summer is now behind us and  the sea temeperature at this time of year is slowly dropping . Hypothermia is not a good look, so please play safe.

Wear a decent winter wetsuit, boots and a neoprene beanie or hood or even a helmet.

Make sure you can also be seen at sea, BLACK is NOT a good colour at sea, wear a nice bright high viz bouyancy aid or day glow head gear, (ION  do a nice hi viz beanie) Those very nice peole at our local SAR (Search and Rescue)  helecopter team at Lydd recon a good way to be spotted from the air when in the water  is to splash water up in the air, it makes you more three dimensional!


Pop in to GenXsports in the Avenue at Littlestone to see what new gear Tony has  to keep away those winter blues.

Make sure your  nice and warm before you go out.

Take a mobile phone in an Aquapac 

Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Buddy up if possible.

Onshore winds are safer as if anything breaks you get a free ride back to the beach.

If in doubt don't go out and don't become a statistic!


Watersports monthly get together club
Didn’t know we had one nor did anybody else till last night, we watched a Peter Hart training dvd. Even thoughts of including other halves rather than leave them at home to watch rubbish TV. Everybody had Fish and Chips washed down with a beverage of their choice. Anybody interested please let Mark Rose know. Looks like the next meeting will be beginning of February, will post here as soon as a date is confirmed.


Kitesurfing causes baldness - yes folks you can always rely on the Varne News Hound to bring you the latest medical news.

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Float like a butterfly, here’s a little boogie!


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Who’s this Man - wanted for using too much water, rumored to drive an old blue and white van. If you see it clamp it he’s having way too much fun.

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Great Windsurf Videos
Check out this link a really good video on how to Carve Gybe.


Magnox 1 and Magnox 2
Fantastic new addition to the sailing fleet for members to use, and a second donation by those very nice people at Magnox.

We have also had great support from the Roger De Haan Charitable trust of over £18,600 of funding. Waitrose have helped the Varne with its Community Matters Scheme as have David Baker our local County Councillor and KCC.

MUSTO at the outlet in Ashford have given the club some great deals on our buoyancy aids and not forgetting the brilliant help and support from Steve at ACTIV of Folkestone.



A Big Thank you
Members saying thank you to everybody who has helped the club over the last year!



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