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 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...
2014 training dates announced
The training dates for 2014 have now been published. This year's courses include:
2014 High Tide!
Recent rain has raised the level of the lake significantly and the strong winds have blow 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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SOAPs Salvage Pontoon
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
2014 Winter Series
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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2013 Xmas Series
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!
Day Skipper Theory Training Course
MSC is offering a training course for the RYA Day Skipper Theory qualification.
Details are available for download here
Thames Challenge 2013 Results
Maidenhead Y&J 2nd! Now with added pictures!
Albacore Open Meeting 2013
14 boats, including 6 visitor, took part in the Albacore open meeting on Sunday 14th April in challenging conditions. After three closely fought races Neville Herbert and Mark Fowler took overall first place followed by Mike McNamara crewed by Flip Foulds in second place. Locals John Woffinden and Erica Hunter took third place.
Maidenhead had the beginnings of its first Sailing Club in 1965, when a group of enthusiasts got together to build small racing dinghies that used the new self - build “stitch and glue” manufacturing technique. Their choice of dinghy was the “Mermaid”, which was a 1961 design entry in a “Stanley Tools” competition, and subsequently included in “Do It Yourself” magazine (a Link House Publication) in 1963.
105 litres of blue dye have recently been deployed into the lake as part of 2013 fight against pondweed to give a concentration of 1 part dye to 5.75 x 10^6 water (this concentration should deter weed growth below about half a metre from the surface). We hope that the increased depth of water this year will mean we don’t need to harrow even our most vulnerable shallow regions. If anyone has access to a sensitive densitometer able to measure such turbidity would they please let Alan Dibble know.