Welcome

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...

 

 

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

 

Offering :-

  • 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

Hello everyone,

Well, summer has come and gone, but just because it's autumn, it doesn't mean sailing is over for the year. Highlights for this month have to be Rockley for our Youth & Juniors, and the infamous Night Sail.

Here are the activities for September:

2:   Saturday social sailing
3:   Sunday racing (3 x Handicap) N.B. The Maidenhead half marathon is on, so you need to get      down early to the club - before 9am for those coming in the A4 end, and 9:30am for members coming from north of Maidenhead.
5:   GPC meeting
7:   Thursday evening sailing (last for the year)
       Bar open
9:   Saturday social sailing
10:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
12:  SC meeting
16:  Y&J ROCKLEY
        Saturday social sailing
17:  Y&J ROCKLEY
        Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
21:  Night sail
        Bar open
23:  Saturday social sailing
24:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
30:  Y&J High Performance sailing - Datchet
        Saturday social sailing

It's been good to see some of our newest members out on the water during summer - some of them have even been racing!

If you haven't managed a sail this summer, the Night Sail is a good one to finish on, so come down and join in the fun. Or just come down to watch. It's a relaxing way to spend an evening.

Happy sailing,

Jenni Heward-Craig
Communications Officer, MSC

Hello members,

School's out, and the outside competition hots up. This month, MSC has members competing all over the country in National and International Championships. We wish them all the best.

Here are the activities for August:

3:  Thursday evening sailing
      Bar open
5:   Saturday social sailing
6:   Sunday racing (3 x Handicap)
10:  Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
12:  Saturday social sailing
13:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
17:  Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
19:  Saturday social sailing
20:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
24:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open
26:  Saturday social sailing
27:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
31:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open

If you aren't going away for the holidays, why not make the most of summer, and take a boat out on the lake? We look forward to seeing you out there,

Happy sailing

Jenni Heward-Craig
Communications Officer, MSC

Hello members,

Summer arrived with a vengeance in June, and while this month may not reach the giddy heights of 34C, the weather continues fair, and the weed is still not high enough to be too much of a problem. And the sunsets from the verandah? Glorious!

Here are the activities for July:

1:   Saturday social sailing
2:   Sunday racing (3 x Handicap)
4:   GPC meeting
5:   Y&J
6:   Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
8:   Saturday social sailing
      Summer regatta
       Hog Roast
9:   Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
11:  SC meeting
12:  Y&J
13:  Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
15:  Ladies' Day
16:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
19:  Y&J
20:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open
22:  Saturday social sailing
        Moth Open
23:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
27:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open
29:  Saturday social sailing
30:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)

Tickets for the Hog Roast are still available - contact Sara Mayhew for details.

With the fine weather, we look forward to seeing all you fair weather sailors on the water. We have missed you. And if you don't fancy a sail, how about a Thursday night drink? Those glorious sunsets won't last forever...

Happy sailing,

Jenni Heward-Craig
Communications Officer, MSC


Welcome to summer! Lots happening this month - from the Optimist camp to the Thames Valley Challenge, as well as the usual racing program. Also, for the first time this year, there is social sailing on a Sunday.

Here are this month's activities:

1:   Opi camp
      Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
2:   Opi camp
3:   RYA Level 1
       Saturday social sailing
4:   RYA Level 1
       Sunday racing (3 x Handicap)
6:   GPC meeting
7:    Y&J
8:    Thursday evening sailing
       Bar open
10:  Eton School (no sailing)
11:   Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
        Social sailing
13:  SC meeting
14:  Y&J
15:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open
17:  RYA Level 1
       Saturday Social sailing
18:  RYA Level 1
       Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
21:  Y&J
22:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open
24:  Thames Valley Challenge
        Saturday social sailing
25:  Sunday racing (Pursuit + Class)
28:  Y&J
29:  Thursday evening sailing
        Bar open

This month, we are looking for volunteers to help with training and to provide safety boat cover, so, if you have a few hours available, we would love to see you down at the club. Just let a committee member know that you will be happy to help, and when. Your participation is what makes MSC the success it is.

See you on the water,

Jenni Heward-Craig
Communications Officer, MSC

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