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.
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
Left to right
(Colt International, Later to become Chair at HYSTS)
(Persuaded VOLVO to donate an engine which he fitted by hand)