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...

Paul Sutherland & Nigel Dunn have now arranged this year's sailing holiday, everyone welcome. 
Date  -   Saturday 3rd June 2017 for 1 week
Resort - Nautica Bay Beach Club, Porto Heli, Greece   
Terms - Half Board 
Flights - Easyjet from Gatwick departs crack of dawn at 05.40 (Subject to final confirmation).
Costs for 1 week:  Couples or 2 sharing twin room £564 per person. 
Singles, for a single room the cost is £700 and these are limited so first come first served.
Please note the exact cost is only confirmed upon booking and vary if Easyjet increases the flight cost. 
To book you need to contact the company Sales Manager direct.
Ocean Elements    www.alpineelements.co.uk  
Person to contact: Steve Barraclough quoting MAIDENHEAD GROUP
Tel: 020 3355 7767   or email  stevebarraclough@alpineelements.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you there.
Nigel & Paul

Happy New Year to all our members, we're looking forward to a great 2017 with another fully packed year ahead of us. Enjoy your sailing and make the most of the club throughout the year.  

Here is the latest edition of our club magazine, Signal. 

Jenni Heward-Craig

MSC Signal Autumn 2016


Please be advised of the next AGM to be held at the clubhouse on December 1st at 8pm. There is a "nominations board" in the clubhouse so please review all open positions and apply for a role..... there are several open for next year. 



THE 50TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held in the Clubhouse on Thursday 1st December 2016 at 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend.

Any nominations to the General Purposes Committee, Sailing Committee or other formal position in connection with the organisation of the Club must be delivered to the Secretary, Laurent Conte, no later than Thursday 24th November 2016.

Such nominations must be properly seconded and signed, accepting nomination.

Any proposal for consideration at the Annual General Meeting must be with the Secretary no later than Monday 21st November 2016. 

Laurent Conte

Maidenhead Sailing Club Secretary

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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. 


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 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! 



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