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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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)