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Newsletter September 2017.

Hi All,
Here's the latest news from the club starting with the..........

The Commodore's Sailing Shorts Summer 2017

What a great Maylandsea Bay Week, well done to the organising team lead by Lisa Pollard and Jules Dawson.  After many years Paul and Sally Gray have stepped down from the committee – thank you for all your input and creativity to make MB Week a success over a number of years. What is pleasing to see is the number of sailors who have competed in the week who have in recent years attended the Saturday training days. As a club we need to ensure we create capacity for the new members to get out on the water, either as crew or running short course racing.

In late August the short course held four races in a day with a committee boat start, which makes me think that we should try this approach for some of the race days in the 2018 programme.

Harlow hosted the summer series for dinghy races and a number of cup races. Anyone who did the Hells Bells will know  it was quite an experience when the big squall came through. With my crew Dave Ashdown we were planeing nicely off Osea but the boat went away from me and in we went. I blamed it on weed on the rudder and inability to steer. One of our Sandhoppers Wild Gull went on to win the Hells Bells.

There was a great sight in early September with 5 Sandhoppers all with their kites up heading towards number 4 buoy where the Sunday start for the Kestrel and Hornet open took place!  Thanks to all those who helped out that weekend, it was quite busy with committee boat starts, flags and hooters. We had a few guests and it is good that both classes want to race at MBSC and enjoy the Blackwater. Two of our Kestrels went to the Nationals on the River Tay and two Hornets went to north Wales for their event. Next year the Kestrels and Hornets have a joint nationals at Thorpe Bay – right on our doorstep.

Last weekend 7 MBSC boats set off to participate in the Blackwater Barts bash. There were less competitors this year probably due to light winds, an early start and lack of publicity but those who sailed had fun and the club was well placed with 6 of the boats finishing in the top 20. The competitors donated £24 on the day for the Andrew Simpson Foundation which the club has matched. Monies this year were going towards victims of Hurricane Irma.

Small things keep the club going like Kenny Hobbs digging out the bottom of the west ramp – it allows for early launch of the safety boats and slightly later recovery. The committee recognises that numerous people continue to undertake “jobs” to keep the club running – thankyou. This is probably how small clubs work but the work party days are essential when larger “jobs “  need to get done. The early July party repaired the ramps and sea wall and added to the hard standing in the safety boat compound. There is more to be done at the October work party.

Looking forward we have the AGM in November with a number of committee positions to fill; the prize giving dinner on the 25th November and Christmas Party December 10th. We are starting to look at the 2018 programme so if you have any requests then speak to Phil Spillane or Dean Saxton.

Having mentioned weed earlier – will it be the saviour of the creek and stop the mud moving around or just mean you have to clear your keel and rudder more often – answers on a post card!!

There is more sailing opportunities this year – Autumn Series, Winter Series and the Blackwater Icicle in January –so get out there and sail.

I have tried to keep this piece short and have decided not to include a piece on the hunt for the GoPro camera but watch social media for more footage.

Paul Wilkinson

Commodore

Washing Up

As all members know we are a self help club and therefore can the committee ask for your cooperation with the following matter.  If the galley has closed or isn't available on any particular day can members please do their own washing up as it is unfair on the committee or indeed other members to have to wash up after other people.


Upcoming dates

Work Party - Saturday October 14th (volunteers should arrive around 10 a.m., wear suitable clothing and bring any tools that you think may help)

Annual General Meeting - Sunday 12th November 11am (the agenda will be posted out in the coming weeks)

Prize Giving Dinner - Saturday November 25th 7.30pm ( at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on Crouch - menu and price information to follow)

Winter Series - Sundays November 5th & 18th plus December 3rd & 17th (various start times, see sailing programme for details)

Christmas Party - Sunday 10th December (bring an offering buffet format)

 

That's all for now, see you at the club soon.

All the best

Richard


Newsletter August 2017

Hi All,
Welcome to the start of a busy month for the club.  There are a number of things going on as follows;
Saturday 5th August - Training session 7

Join Paul and the team for the penultimate session of 2017 from 10.15 a.m.  (subject to change if advised by separate email from Paul).
Saturday August 19th - Pre-Maylandsea Bay Week work party

Please come down from 10.00 a.m. to help prepare the club and grounds for the following week's activities.
Saturday/Sunday 19th & 20th August - Sandhopper Open

The Open takes place over the weekend and incorporates the Len Wright Cup on the Sunday.
Sunday 20th August - Evelyn Darby Ladies Race

This annual race for lady helms and crews takes place, starting at 10.35 a.m.  Brian Darby should be in attendance to present the prizes.
Week commencing 21st August - Maylandsea Bay Week

For all those that have signed up our annual sailing and socialising event will take place during the week. We hope that everyone has a fun week.
Looking ahead we have the Training Regatta Race Day on Saturday 9th September and Bart's Bash on Sunday 17th September.
See you all soon.
Regards
Richard

Newsletter May 2017

Hi All,
This Saturday we have a work party to prepare the club for PTBO the following Saturday 13th.  If you can please be at the club in suitable clothing for around 10am.
Jobs to do this time include:
Tidy the Club and get rid of the cobwebs
Clean the ramps - will have to wait until the tide recedes
Clean and tidy the safety boats
Ensure Lawn is cut
Tenders - tidy up the area down by the yellow cruiser and use this area to store known but little used boats
Check to see if the starlings nesting behind the facia haven't blocked the drain hopper!!
Hopefully see you there.
Regards
Richard

Easter Monday Cup Race

https://youtu.be/jT4hrUMMJiU

NewsLetter April 2017

Hi All,
I hope you're all well.  Please see below the latest updates from the club.
Work Party
The committee would like to thank everyone who turned up for the work party on March 25th. We had a good turnout and much was achieved including cutting up and disposing of some more old boats, galley cleaning and ramp cleaning.
Easter Sailing
Some of you will have managed to race last weekend but there's plenty more sailing available this coming Easter weekend for those of us who didn't manage to get down last weekend.  We have four days sailing from Good Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday and don't forget we have the boats from the Harlow Blackwater Sailing Club sailing with us as well so we hope to have a fair sized fleet out on the water.
Good Friday - Easter Series 1 & 2 (All in handicap race), racing starts at 13.35
Saturday - Easter Series 3 & 4 (All in handicap race), racing starts at 14.10
Easter Sunday - Easter Commodore Cup (All in handicap race), racing starts at 14.35
Bank Holiday Monday - Easter Bunny Cup (All in handicap race), racing starts at 15.10
You are welcome to camp overnight in the dinghy park and everyone is welcome to stop behind after racing on Easter Sunday to celebrate the new Commodore's birthday upstairs in the bar.
Club Fees 2017

Thanks to all those who have already paid their 2017 club fees.  Can I ask those that haven't paid yet to pay them as soon as possible.
That's all for now, I hope to catch up with a lot of you over the weekend.
All the best
Richard

MBSC Newsletter March 2017

Hi All,
Not long now until the new sailing season begins and the activities are coming thick and fast.  We should also have more boats out in Spring as the HBSC fleet will be joining us whilst their ramp is being replaced.  More details of sailing with HBSC are included with your 2017 sailing programme and fees invoice which should start to arrive with you from tomorrow.  The sailing programme is also available on the club website.
Work Party - Saturday 25th March (from 10 a.m.)

We have plenty of activities to undertake on the day including cutting up boats, deep cleaning the galley and ramp cleaning.  Please bring appropriate clothing and any tools that you think may be useful.  Angle grinders are particularly useful for cutting up boats, with safety goggles and mouth & nose guards a must.  Rubber gloves will come in handy in the galley.

Dinghy Training - Sunday 26th March (10.40 a.m.)

The idea of the day is to use the more experienced sailors to go through setting the boat up ashore, some simple exercises afloat, tinker with the controls, etc. Ideally we need to pair boats off so you can practice against a similar boat e.g. lark v lark, kestrel v kestrel, wayfarer v wayfarer , laser v laser, GP14 v ?

RNLI Pennant Race - Sunday 2nd April (15.30 race start)

An early chance for you to dust off those cobwebs and join us for this one off race to kick start the season

Safety Boat & Dinghy Training - Saturday 8th April (10.00 a.m.)

As in previous years we have programmed safety boat training to refresh people on driving and crewing the safety boats. Safety boat driving and crewing is essential to support the racing programme. If you wish to attend please contact Paul Wilkinson or Dean Saxton (contact details inside the back cover of the sailing programme).  There will also be further dinghy training available as detailed above.

Looking ahead to Easter

There are four days of sailing at Easter (14th -17th April), two days of series racing plus two cup races with the usual prizes available. Details are available in the sailing programme.

You are also welcome to camp if you're brave enough!

That's all for now, I hope to see you all soon.

Regards

Richard

Newsletter February 2017.

A belated Happy New Year to you all,

I hope you're all looking forward to the light evenings and the start of the new sailing season.  A couple of things coming up include;

The 2017 Sailing Programme


This year's programme is in the final stages of development and will include all the old favourites plus some new ideas.  The spring series should be busier than usual with members from Harlow & Blackwater Sailing Club joining us whilst their ramp is repaired, so please come along and swell the numbers.  The new programme will appear first on the club website over the next couple of weeks with hard copies to be sent out shortly after that with your 2017/18 membership & fee renewal invoices.

Pre-Season Work Party - Saturday 25th March


Make a note in your diaries. As usual we will meet at the club from 10 a.m.

Jobs this time will include ramp cleaning, cutting up old boats and tidying up the garage.  If you have any personal items in the garage that you wish to keep then please advise us in advance.  Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear and any tools you think may be useful.  Angle grinders will be particularly useful for cutting up old boats based on the knowledge gained at the last work party.

See you soon

Regards

Richard