MAIDENHEAD SAILING CLUB INVITED YOU TO OUR OPEN DAY - MONDAY 7TH MAY
Preparations for the Open Day are in full swing at Maidenhead Sailing Club!
Come along for a sail (no experience required), a slice of homemade cake and a chance to chat to our members on Monday 7th May from 12 to 4pm.
We are a friendly, family club in the heart of Maidenhead
- Relaxed social sailing every Saturday from April through September,
- Racing every Sunday morning throughout the year (unless the lake is frozen!),
- An active Youth and Junior section,
- Thursday evening sailing from April to September
- Ladies and novice racing on 2nd Saturday afternoon of the month.
If you are unable to visit us on Bank Holiday Monday, please drop us an email and we will be delighted to arrange a visit on another day. New members join us throughout the year.
We look forward to meeting you very soon!
Sunday Afternoon Informal Coaching starts on Sunday 29th April about 1:00pm. This takes place after the main Sunday racing, and carries on until the end of July Some members have already put their names down to help here and details of specific training items will be on the training notice board shortly. If there is anything you require ask any member of the Sailing Committee who will be only to happy to assist.
These include the following topics:
- Introduction to Racing
- Upwind sailing and the five essentials
- Starting Techniques
- Wind shifts and Bends. Pointing verses Speed
- Mark rounding and mast rake
- Coming alongside a rescue boat
- Back to basics
There is now a sheet on the training notice board. If you have not already emailed your likely attendance to some or all, please feel free to sign up on the sheets for any appropriate sessions you require.
There will be 2 sessions as below...
Session 1 – 09.30-11.00 Refresher
Aimed at people who have a basic dinghy sailing skills who may have not sailed Lasers or not sailed dinghies for a period of time...want to improve their basic skills & cover some/all of the 5 essentials – Balance, Rigging, Course, Sail setting, Trim. Group size – up to 5 people.
Note - We need 2 Laser sailor volunteers to help rig the club boats & support please.
Session 2 – 11.15-16.00 Upskilling for immediate to advanced Laser sailors
Aimed at people who have good dinghy sailing skills...typically want to improve their racing skills. Group size – just 5 places left.
Full cash payment required in advance to Gavin for the training & Club laser boat hires to secure your place. The training costs cover Traing fees, fuel, teas & coffees. Open to MSC members only.
Club Lasers to hire - 1 laser race kit spec left to hire on 28 April session 2
We now have 2 club Lasers with racing kit to hire for a charge for the above & other days....+ 1 basic laser kit boat.
Please ensure you pay the hire fee to the bar, ensure the boat & equipment is all put back neatly & kept clean.
Any questions/comments & confirmation for our Laser training place & what area(s) you want to improve...please contact Gavin Pidduck Laser Fleet Captain
As April is just round the corner we will be starting the new Summer Series of Racing. In addition Saturday Social Sailing will be starting as well
Saturday Social Sailing starts on March 31st. Please check on Dutyman to see if you have been put on the rota for carrying out rescue cover. Times start at 10:00am and finish at 4:00pm. This is an ideal time for those who are not confident on the water to get out and practice knowing there is rescue boat cover and some friendly faces to help out.
Sunday 1st April sees the Easter Egg Series take place both as an individual series but also part of the Summer Handicap Series.
Sunday 8th April is the Albacore Open meeting followed on the following weekend (15th) the Solo Open Meeting
Thursday Evening Racing This starts on the 12th April. With a race start time of 7:00pm. For these sessions we rely on volunteers to run the racing, and to assist us there is a sign on sheet next to the training room door. Please volunteer and don't forget there is a score available for those who do duties.
Summer Class Racing and Pursuit racing Starts April 22nd
Evening Function and prize giving is on the 28th April. Tickets available from behind the bar or from Sarah Mayhew
NEW THIS YEAR
Saturday Afternoon Novice and Ladies Racing The first of these monthly novice races start on 14th April. For those wanting to gain more experience and get used to racing this takes place in the afternoon. Volunteer rescue and race officers are required for this, and as for Thursday evenings please put your name on the list adjacent to the Training Room Door.
Sunday Afternoon Informal Coaching starts on Sunday 29th April about 1:00pm. This takes place after the main Sunday racing, and carries on until the end of July Some members have already put their names down to help here and details of specific training items will be on the training notice board shortly. If there is anything you require ask any member of the Sailing Committee who will be only to happy to assist
MSC's annual Open meeting is on Sunday 15th April. There is no club sailing this day, however come and support the "Home" fleet and see if one of our helms can win the Trophy this year.
The first open meeting at MSC this year is for the Albacore fleet. This takes place on Sunday 8th April. There will be NO club sailing this day but it is an opportunity to watch some highly skilled National sailors in action.
After last week's snow we're hopeful of a decent breeze this coming weekend. Temperature is forecast to be in double figures (+) as well as the wind. Look forward to seeing as many racers on the water for race 3 in our Spring series.