Despite the difficulties the club has experienced with water levels over the last few weeks the Winter series started this weekend (15th September).
The day attracted 10 boats to the water, on what some may call calm, but for others a pleasant sail on our blue water lake. The racing schedule followed the normal race format for Sundays, being one pursuit race followed by class starts for Albacore, Laser, Solo and Menagerie.
The first races of the series saw many of the usual racers away allowing for some new faces to show their prominence over the fleet.
Next Sunday 22/9/19 will be t he same format.
Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm Dusk Start - Handicap race
Join us for our annual Night sailing race in the dark...starts around 19.30 dusk!
In previous years we have had boats decorated with fairy lights or fancy dress or hats. It is a great fun evening.
We have our bar open and food available to purchase….see details below **.
- Entry fee £1.50 cash to pay for red & green glow sticks.
- Need your boats rigged before 19.15.
- Bring a torch for use after the race (only) to help you de-rig your boat.
- BBQ or Fish & Chips (tba) available to purchase - must be paid for before race start please.
- Suggest you bring warm sailing clothing for the race with a change of clothing.
***Asks - we need volunteers to help us run the race - qualified boat drivers & helpers...food etc, please….contact Gavin or Tim below.
2pm Saturday 28th September 2019
(followed by Summer prize-giving)
Teams of 4-6 people
£10 per entry
All ages welcome
Rules: a) Rafts must be made of found/recycled objects (no, that Albacore was not just lying around) and home-made;
b) Rafts may have sails but must be primarily powered by paddles/oars;
c) Prizes will be given for boat decoration, so let out your inner designer.
If you know of a class, scout, guide, or community group that would like to participate, then they are most welcome. Just let me know.
I am looking for race crew and fellow-judges to help out on the day. Please contact me if you are available.
This event will be followed by the prize-giving and bbq at 5pm, so we hope that you stay around to cheer all our prize-winners.
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
RYA Assistant Instructor course.
The course is for members who wish to become involved in the training. Ideally you should be a competent helm. In addition to this we will need RYA PB2 and RYA First Aid or equivalent, these skills helps but is not essential. Hopefully this will be a stepping stone to become a Dinghy Instructor in due course.
The two day course, covers the teaching program and the role of the instructor levels and responsibilities with land drills, rigging launching and recovery.
We currently have four members on this course
Saturday 14th September
RYA 8 hour first Aid Course
We currently we have 8 members booked on this course, the course fee is £10 – this covers the booklet and certificate, which the RYA provide.
If you are interested in these courses, please email via Training@ email address
The Saturday Crew has announced that this weeks Social Sailing is going ahead. Bring Paddleboards etc or sit on kayaks and enjoy the scenic views of the lake.
Due to the low water level and weed, the available sailing area will be reduced but we plan to open from 10:00am to 4:00pm as per usual.
Current forecast is for 10 to 16 mph westerly breeze with warm slightly overcast conditions. Hopefully you can find time to join us
Success for MSC sailors at the club’s recent Moth Open! Four MSC sailors and four visitors took to the water for three back-to-back races in extreme Moth conditions – lots of wind and half rudder! Moth virgin Sasha looked as if he had been sailing the class for years, making for a tight competition
between himself and visitors Toby and Tim. Despite the conditions, and a failure of the outhaul, he prevailed in the last race. Sasha was overall champion, with Toby second, Tim third. Jenni, also from MSC, was Ladies champion.
Sacha is the first MSC helm to win this trophy being previously only been won by ex National Champions
Maidenhead Open on Saturday 20th July. MSC have a number of RYA qualified race coaches and we have available the use of at least one of them. This is available FoC to those who have entered for the open. Club members with a similar PY to that of the Moth may also take part in this coaching. At present there is one spare boat available for anyone to enter the open. There will be no need to be a member of t he BMBA to enter the racing on this day.
We would like to try using RaceQS to track the racing. This is an App that can be loaded onto a phone which is then uploaded to the web with similar boats in the same location, and can be viewed at a later date.
Gates Open 10:00am
Race Coaching available from 11:30am
Registration from 2:00pm
First Race 3:00pm with second race back to back
Short break followed by third race
BBQ included in entry price after racing
Camping on site
Entry Fee: £15.00. Non sailors: £5.00 per head (for BBQ)
Prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd place
1st boat sail number under 800
With our Laser open meeting looming on the horizon the NOR is now available here.
Please note non class Association equipment may be used, so there is no reason why club members cannot participate
Bacon Butties early 50p. Sign on at 9:30am, Briefing 10:15, 1st Race 11:00am. Lunch , coffee / tea and cake included in entry price