The sailing Club was brought into the 21st century by the creation of it’s own website (www.henleysailingclub.org.uk) during 2000. At the end of the season serious flooding caused the sinking of Henliensis at her mooring, and the loss of 5 dinghies from the lawns, only 2 of which were recovered unharmed. At the beginning of July a Millennium Ball was held on the M.V. Waterman which cruised up to Henley for the last night of the Henley Festival.
Following the serious winter flooding, the beginning of the 2001 season necessitated the cleaning and replacing of garden furniture, repairs to the bar store and plumbing under the clubhouse, and the complete redecorating of the changing rooms. Henliensis was raised from the river following her sinking, and was repainted following the addition of a new foredeck. The engine and electric’s were also repaired.
The majority of the expenditure for these repairs was covered by the Club’s insurers, although the majority of the work was completed by the committee and members of the Club. Self financing sail training courses, which had not been held for many years, were once again run in the Spring of this year by an RYA qualified trainer. Following RYA recommendations to sailing clubs the starting sequence for racing was changed from the old 6,3,go to 5,4,1,go.
John Hoyle, who was Commodore from 1968 – 1969, and Chairman of the National 12 Association from 1972-3 was presented with the Decanter Trophy by the National 12 Class for outstanding services to National 12’s.
During 2002 a new proximity lock was installed, which significantly improved the security of the clubhouse. A dishwasher was also installed in the kitchen to assist those responsible for catering events and teas. At the Boat Show in Earls Court, London, the Commodore, John Thornton, was presented with an RYA award for communication, in recognition of the effort that had gone into the production of the Club newsletter ‘The Hailer’. An Optimist dinghy was donated for use as a Club boat, to join the existing Enterprise, National 12 and Topper. Following a marked increase in the number of members sailing ‘junior boats’, a new Open Meeting was held during the year for Toppers and Mirrors. Two working parties were held at the end of the year. The first one being very successful in avoiding serious damage from the floods that followed a week later.
Early in 2003 the Committee decided that the archive material of the Club should be handed over to the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames for safe keeping in a controlled environment. All of the available early material and photographs were saved to compact disc and members were given the opportunity to view the items via their computers. The River and Rowing Museum also gave the Club some space in their exhibition hall for some items of interest to be put on display.