Maidenhead Sailing ClubMaidenhead 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 junior section. Sail your own boat or hire one of the club's boat, we have over 20 to choose from to suit all abilities...

 

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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.

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Results for the 2014 Solo Open Meeting on Saturday 10th May are now online

Results

 

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.

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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.

 

 

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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!).

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The training dates for 2014 have now been published.  This year's courses include:

  • Learn to sail for Adults and Juniors
  • Power boat training
  • Dinghy Instructor training

 

Details here

 

**Updated**

Recent rain has raised the level of the lake significantly and the strong winds have blown a few boats over and ripped covers off.  You are advised to come and check on your boat to ensure it is secure.

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The recent storms and high water resulted in the east pontoon going AWOL - drifting out into the middle of the lake.

But not to worry, the SOAPs were on the case, fuelled by copious quantities of tea the salvage operation was soon under way.

Photos by Chad Fitzgibbon

 

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Club member Nick Garrod was out with his camera last Sunday and captured these fantastic pictures of the sailing on a sunny Winters day.

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MSC Christmas Series

The 2013-14 Christmas mini series was a great success, with more than twenty intrepid sailors taking to the lake in conditions that varied from fair to wet and windy.

Roger in his Solo took honours on Boxing Day, leading from the front of the thirteen boats that made up the field, but in the larger fleet that took to the lake on the Sunday, could only manage a fourth, with Tim and his Phantom taking the points. With Ian Stone taking first on New Year’s Day, the series was wide open – but it was Tim who prevailed, with his best two out of three.

Special mention goes to Leo, one of our junior sailors who raced in his very first proper club race on New Year’s Day, in weather that only the very brave (or foolhardy) sailed in. Well done Leo!

 
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Diary Dates

Evening Spring Handicap
21 Aug -
19:00 to 20:00

Saturday Social Sailing
23 Aug -
10:00 to 16:00

F : Summer Pursuit & Class 13/14
24 Aug -
10:30 to 10:30

Evening Spring Handicap
28 Aug -
19:00 to 20:00

Saturday Social Sailing
30 Aug -
10:00 to 16:00

G : Summer Pursuit & Class 14/14
31 Aug -
10:30 to 10:30

GPC Meeting
02 Sep -
20:00 to 21:30

Evening Spring Handicap
04 Sep -
19:00 to 20:00

Saturday Social Sailing
06 Sep -
10:00 to 16:00

H : Winter Pursuit & Handicap 1/6
07 Sep -
10:30 to 10:30