In September 2015 a group of us from MSC entered a Topper dinghy in our FIRST-EVER downhill sailing challenge. Actually we attached some wheels to a Topper and entered it into the Cookham Dean Gravity Grand-Prix, which is an annual event that raises money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. We all had so much fun and raised so much money that we've decided to bling up our boat a bit and enter again on September 11th this year.
Please put the date in your diary - our first run down the hill wont be until 1.30pm so there's even time to race in the morning!
The GGP supports the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, so please either take part in our sweepstake (To guess how long it will take to descent the hill in Cookham Dean) or you can sponsor us at this VirginMoney site: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MSCGGP&isTeam=true
BUT we're not quite ready to race yet :-(
If you are able to help with any of the following things which need to be done before / on the 11th, please let me know:-
- Final repairs to running gear / brakes etc - This Saturday from 11am
- Rigging and sails - Hopefully this is hand, but some help may be needed
- Paintwork and branding - once the work underneath is done the top half of the boat needs some cosmetic surgery
And on the day:
- A volunteer driver & car to tow our craft upto Cookham Dean at 11am and back again at 4pm
- Helpers for pushing at the start (and midway down the course if last year was anything to go by....)
Please let me know if you're able to help - this was a great afternoon last year, so lets try and repeat it!
CONTACT JAMES GLADWYN IF YOU CAN HELP WITH ANY OF THE TASKS ABOVE
We are holding another Big Picnic Lunch this Saturday where we would like to invite all members and their families to the Sailing Club to join us. The Club BBQ will also be available – if you would like to have a BBQ Picnic - (Note - this will be self-service).
The Saturday Crew
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - PLEASE LET SARAH KNOW HOW MANY YOU NEED! WE'VE LIVE MUSIC TO ENJOY AND A WONDERFUL HOG ROAST!
When - Saturday 9th July 2016
Regatta Racing will start at 2pm, and will consist of 3 short handicap races. Followed by - Prize Giving for the Regatta. The bar will open from 4pm through the evening. The Pig Roast will be carved at 6.30pm followed by Live Music till 9.30pm.
Food: Pig Roast with Apple Sauce, Stuffing & Bread Roll with selection of salads followed by a selection of lovely puddings.
Ticket Prices: Adults £12.00 Children under 12 £6.00
Tickets can be purchased from behind the bar on Thursday Night's or Sunday's and also from Sarah Mayhew when Saturday sailing is on or send an email with your requirements.
Social Sailing will also be available all day as usual - from 11am until 4pm
A great day time was had by all at the Topper and Optimist Open on Saturday 25th June. Light winds greeted the sailors, that said, some excellent sailing was on display. Maidenhead's very own Thomas Knight won the Topper class in a tight battle and Paul Barnes the Optimist class.
Check out the image gallery below.
Photos courtesy of Stephen Day
Calling all ladies who would like some encouragement, help and company with your sailing with like minded ladies. We are holding our Ladies Day on Saturday 16th July, 10.00am to 4.00pm. For those who would be first timers we hold this special day once a year encouraging any lady, 16 years and above, to come for a days sailing with expert coaching who sail with you in a 2 handers or would follow you in single handers using motor boat. We use club boats or you could sail your own boat if you wish. The morning is set aside for coaching and after lunch we set up a simple race to put new found skills into practice.
Welcome to summer!
MSC is busier than ever, with training, racing, and Y&J activities throughout the month. And let's not forget the Big Picnic and Bucket and Spade race...
Here are the MSC activities for June:
2: Thursday evening racing Y&J half-term training (plus camp)
3: Y&J half-term training
4: RYA start sailing pt 1 Saturday social sailing
5: RYA start sailing pt 2 Sunday racing (3 x Handicap)
7: GPC meeting
9: Thursday evening racing
11: Saturday social sailing The BIG PICNIC Bucket and spade race
12: Sunday racing (Pursuit + class)
14: SC meeting
16: Thursday evening racing
18: RYA start sailing pt 1 + Oppi Saturday social sailing
19: RYA start sailing pt 2 + Oppie Sunday racing (Pursuit + class)
23: Thursday evening racing
25: Topper and Optimist Open
26: Sunday racing (Pursuit + class)
30: Thursday evening racing
For those members who don't compete, the bar is still open on Thursday evenings for a relaxed drink while watching the racing, or just admiring the sunset from the club verandah.
I look forward to seeing you all soon,
Communications Officer, MSC
We would like to invite all members down to the sailing club to join us in having a mass picnic on Saturday 11TH June 2016.
We will also have Free Boat Hire on this day (available from 11am - 4pm).
The Club BBQ will also be available – if you would like to have a BBQ Picnic.
(This will be self service)