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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...

Remember, remember the 5th of November as it will now be the WORK PARTY!

Due to the school holidays and with many members away over the half term holiday it has been decided that we will not hold the work party on the planned date of 29th October. Apologies for the late notification and we trust we will see you there.  There will be food supplied for lunch.

We have a list of jobs but this work party we will keep it quite simple.  There are lots of outside jobs so be prepared with boots and cutting equipment, perhaps some hammers and gloves. 

Due to the date move the Youth and Junior will also be around and I am sure we will all muck in together and as its the 5th November....perhaps there might be some BONFIRE related tasks too. 

Thanks and regards

Jeff Maidment

MSC Harbourmaster

Our Youth and Juniors, in conjunction with 1st Maidenhead Sea Scouts, enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Rockley Watersports in Poole late in September. A full on weekend which involved some fabulous sailing for all concerned. We had asked Rockley to really push our Juniors this year and the results have been there for all to see in Sunday racing. With 4 of our Y&J's being awarded their Level 4 certificates and many others gaining their next grade - well done everyone who made this such a memorable weekend.

We're looking to book up for next year so do get in contact with the Y&J team to put your name down early!

Thanks Jo and Cath for organising such a great weekend.

Sunday 11th September dawned as the perfect day to take "Sinking Feeling" to the top of Cookham and roll gently towards the bottom! James and his team devised several enhancements to the boat to include a new rig, water jets and a new boat pairing of Jenny Bentley and Sacha Mayhew. Pitting themselves up against many (50) professional and amateur crews. 

For those of us who went to watch we had little idea of the events which were to come. 

CAPSIZING

Our descents down the hill at Cookham involved one capsize and a crash (That's one more than last year - not a good trend!) but the award for the most spectacular of the two goes to Jenny and Sacha for rolling the kart shortly after the start.  Despite suffering quite a few scratches and a ripped pair of jeans Jenny bravely hobbled up and down the course supporting the rest of the team and Sacha was willing/able/foolish enough to jump back in the kart with Stuart to complete the 2 descents.

CRASHING

After posting a very credible 2 mins 20 seconds for their first run down the hill, a minor incident on the second timed run (no more bruises or ripped clothing....) meant that Stuart and Sacha were slower at 2 mins 37 secs.  Although we had managed to reattach the sail for the second run after the mast broke on the first capsize, so that may also have slowed them down a little.

THE WINNER!

So, that means the winner of the sweepstake goes to James Kearns - Congratulations, there is £30 waiting for you!!  You guessed it would take then 158 seconds to make the descent, and nobody put their name in the 156 second slot, so you are the closest!

PHOTOS

This year there was a roving photographer and a photographer taking aerial pictures at the event. The roving pictures are now available on the GGP Facebook page. The link is https://www.facebook.com/search/photos/?q=the%20gravity%20grand%20prix together with details on how to purchase them with all funds contributing to the Air Ambulance collection. 

The photo above is courtesy of Martin Knight.

THANKS GO TO...

Thanks must go to Chris Webb for the loan of his bike helmet for the 2 runs! Next year we might try radio comms to ensure that the brake person can there the instruction... either that or find a more experience double handed crew. As ever thanks also go to the core group of mechanics, painters, decorators, sail makers and rig constructors for doing an amazing job of taking our craft and improving it for this years attempt. 

NEXT YEAR

Short of the crash on the 2nd bend on widow makers we were on target to go sub 2 minutes. So that's the target for next year! 

 

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

Dear all, 

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.  

So come on and sign up by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to identify you are interested, what your sailing experience is and what you would like to achieve from the day. Or let me know in person as I am usually at the sailing club on Thursday evenings. 

Kate Makinson

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