Maidenhead Sailing Club offers a warm welcome to new members. Come and sail on our 51 acre lake with fine views over open countryside. We offer sailing every week of the year with a full season of events for you to join in. We are a family friendly club with a strong Youth and Junior section. Sail your own boat or hire one of the club's boats, we have over 24 to choose from to suit all abilities...
New 2015 Training Dates Announcement
Please find below the latest training schedule for the first half of the year. It gives an update on the spaces available for our courses and dates for those interested in signing up. These courses are available for members and also non-members (on payment of joining fees).
Our new rescue boat has been ordered and will give further flexibility in the courses we can offer and support we can give throughout 2015 and beyond.
RYA Power Boat 2
7th and 8th February full (Unless the new boat arrives)
7th and 8th March 4-6 places (with new boat arriving)
Safety Boat course (2)
24th and 31st January Full
TBA We have three people on the reserve list – ideally we would like to have another 3-5 more members.
RYA First Aid – please contact Jim Makinson
We are now a teaching establishment for RYA First aid and we are hoping to run two courses this year.
Course 1 14th March (free to members)
Course 2 TBA
16th and 17th May Start Sailing and YSS Levels 1-2
13th and 14th June Start Sailing and YSS Levels 1-2 and Oppie
What's on in January
Sunday 4th 10.30am - Spring Pursuit Race (1/12) followed by Handicap Race (4/6)
Sunday 11th 10.30am - Spring Pursuit Race (2/12) followed by Class Racing (1/10)
Sunday 18th 10.30am - Spring Pursuit Race (3/12) followed by Class Racing (2/10)
Sunday 25th 10.30am - Spring Pursuit Race (4/12) followed by Class Racing (3/10)
Power Boat Training 10th/17th and Safety Boat Training 24th/31st with John Williams & team
The bar is open from around 8pm each Thursday night and on Sunday's from around 12-2pm (times do vary a little depending on custom!).
Winter Conditions and Strong Winds
Since the beginning of the year we've seen an increase in wintery conditions, the wind speeds have certainly picked up as the south of the UK has seen several storms pass through. Whilst we all are very aware how much fun this is on the water when sailing or racing we also want to be sure that our boats are safe in the boat park.
Can all members with boats berthed in our boat park ensure that their boats are tied down appropriately. With blustery weather set to continue we want to make sure that everyones boats are safely stored at the club. No-one wants to find their boats damaged by a neighbour who didn’t tie their boat down. Remember that many insurance companies insist that boats are tied down when stored in a boat park, it has to be said that a few of the double handers aren’t tied down. The responsibility of the boats in the boat park ultimately rests with their owner.
Happy Winter Sailing...
2014 Eric Twiname Team Racing
Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championship 2014, at Oxford Sailing Club, Farmoor Reservoir, 18 – 19 October 2014.
This annual two-day event, one of the highlights of the RYA’s Racing calendar, was very popular with the Junior and Youth class associations, clubs, schools and individual teams around the country competing over a series of head-to-head team races. The event provides the nation’s young sailors the opportunity to develop their boat handling, rule understanding and team work whilst racing in a fun yet competitive arena.
Thames Valley Feva Challenge 2014 Success for Maidenhead
The 2014 ThamesValley Feva Challenge was held in difficult conditions on 28th June. Light shifting winds and slowly drifting thunderstorms caused slow race cycles and two abandonments due to lightening. Despite this the field of over 80 mostly novice racers and a huge race team drawn from the competing clubs managed to complete 24 races.
Twelve teams competed with three crews from each team going head to head in each race. Maidenhead crews came 1st and 8th overall.
Solo Open Meeting 10th May 2014
Results for the 2014 Solo Open Meeting on Saturday 10th May are now online
Youth and junior sailors from Maidenhead Sailing Club, who have been sailing together each Saturday since the start of March, enjoyed a fiercely competed Spring Regatta on the Easter weekend. A total of eight children were racing on the water in a series of three pursuit races with a ninth child assisting the race officer on the committee boat and another who was assistant instructor, in one of the rescue boats. John Williams, our senior instructor, commented positively on the standard of skills displayed and the improvements everyone had made over the last few months.
Albacore Open Meeting 2014
The 2014 Albacore Open was a clean sweep for Maidenhead with MSC crews taking the top three places.
1st Place went to John Woffinden and Erica Hunter. Phil Tindall and Roy Box took 2nd with Barry Wicks and Hannah Duncan in 3rd.
The silver fleet prize was awarded to Crispin Read Wilson crewed by Conner Ciantar.
Click images for larger versions/slide show. Photos by Jenni Heward-Craig.
SOAPs - Powered by Tea
The SOAPs (Sailing OAPs) meet each Thursday at the club and complete a huge number of jobs to keep the club running smoothly and making the club a better place.
This sequence of pictures shows the recent activities to move the old pontoon in advance of the arrival of new pontoons and the repairs to Thumper.
Young and old alike are welcome to join in, so if you are at a loose end on a Thursday afternoon why not come down to the club to help out (and drink tea!).
Click on the images for larger versions.