Consistency in conditions helped the sailors at Maidenhead Sailing Club's recent Laser Open, held on 17 October. Twenty-three sailors turned out, sixteen of them visitors from other clubs in the Thames Valley region. Over each of the three races, the leaders maintained a fifteen minute lap on a course that covered most of the lake, and was not changed for the entire Open.
With the wind a 8mph northerly, the conditions were right for some good sailing, and they did not disappoint. The first race started cleanly, with Matthew Hill (183492) and MSC's own junior sailor Sasha Mayhew (118148) first and second around the first mark. Mayhew managed to stay close to the leader for much of the race, but his inexperience told when he was over taken during the last lap to fall back to a respectable 12th position, leaving Hill to take the first race, ahead of David Jessop (200482) and Gary Bullock (194658).
Conditions unchanged for the second race, and with two retirements, the sailors were eager to get started - too eager for some, as three boats were recalled. Hill led at the first mark, followed by Nigel Rolfe (196180) and Colin Carver (209002). Positions changed throughout the race, with boats moving up and down the fleet with an unfortunate early tack or catching a wind shadow. Of the first three around the first mark, only Hill held onto a top three position, coming third behind Neil Davies (161539) first, and Rob Beere (209411) second.
For full results please click here
The time has come for our annual Autumn clean up at the club. Please come down and support the club by helping us in any way you can to get us ready for winter. This year we've got a long list of chores that we need your help to complete! Lunch is provided for those who come down and help. It all starts at 9.30am and through mid afternoon.
Please bring warm and weather proof clothing/wellies for pruning, painting, clearing and general maintenance.
It's a great way to spend the early part of your Halloween!
As the sun rose on Sunday 13th September the MSC Gravity Grand Prix team headed down to the club to collect the latest addition to our club's fleet, our downhill gravity racing Topper! Nerves were setting in for the entire crew! James Gladwyn, our Sailing Captain, led a merry band of sailors to the top of Cookham Dean to embark on a voyage down the narrow streets of Cookham Dean. Honourably handing the duties of either helming or crewing to two brave souls - Jenny Bentley and Harris Maidment. Harris and Jenny had spent many a moment training in the MSC carpark and so were perfectly prepared for the steep hill that lay before them. After a push from James G and Jeff Maidment our heros took their first pass at the course. They nearly arrived at the bottom in one piece, however, a small capsize towards the bottom of the course tested out their buoyancy aids and helmets. Learning from their first run, the intrepid pair did us all proud in their 'official' run making it down to the end of the course in a more than respectable 2mins 31 seconds. Sadly it wasn't quite enough to bring home the silverware on this occasion but there is always next year!
On behalf of the MSC GGP team I'd like to thank all who donated towards this worthwhile cause, we managed to raise a decent sum towards the Air Ambulance appeal.
Many thanks to the MSC GGP team - James/Cathy/Ben/Ellie Gladwyn, Jeff/Julie Maidment, Jenny Bentley (crew), Harris Maidment (helm), Martin/Cathy Knight, Richard/Katie/Leo Wilkinson, Mike Hamilton, Jenni Heward-Craig, Jon Hirsh who all put in many hours to make this event such a success.
Every year MSC puts on a special day to honour the ladies of our club. The day is devoted to having fun and enjoying each others company whilst learning a few new sailing skills. If you missed out this year remember to book early for next year. It usually takes place in July when the weather is warm and the sun is often out!
Many thanks to all who came along to our 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was a terrific event with glorious weather and fun throughout the day. With so many people able to take advantage of some great sailing conditions the day was one we'll all remember for a long time to come. Topped off by a wonderful Hog Roast and live music the day continued long into the evening. Photos are coming soon!
We're excited to be holding our 50th Anniversary Celebrations on Saturday 11th July.
The day will start at 10am with our regular SATURDAY SOCIAL SAILING for those who cannot wait to get on the water. We're excited to also announce that HYDE SAILS are lending us their new RS200 for members to take out and experience what sailing and RS with HYDE SAILS is all about.
We will also be holding a special club regatta will consist of 3 short handicap races (i.e. everybody starts at once) and is a lot of fun especially on the starting line! Whilst this is a proper race with trophies and prizes we really want to encourage new sailors to come and participate to experience what it's like sailing amongst a larger fleet, so please don't be put off by the sight of lots of Albacores being rigged in the boat park - we want to recreate the spectacle of Barts Bash last year when we had over 50 boats on the water.
The racing will commence at around 2pm (could be later depending on numbers) and will last around an hour and 20 mins for all racing to be completed.
There are still a handful of tickets available for the Pig Roast, check out the emails sent out via Sarah Mayhew and we've live music that will start from approximately 7.30pm.
We hope to see everybody there!
Sunday 5th - Summer Handicap Series 3 (x3 races back to back)
Sunday 5th - Moth Open
Sunday's 12th/19th/26th - pursuit followed by class racing
Thursday's 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th - 7pm handicap race
50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Saturday 11th July - 10am until late (tickets for the Hog Roast are only available before the event)
The bar is open on Thursday nights and Sunday's so please do come and enjoy some time with friends.
Youth and Juniors
Wednesday Nights (3rd/10th/17th/24th) - 6pm setup, 6.30pm on the water - off the water around 8.30pm and finished by 9pm