Newsletter October 2019

Hi All,
Please see below news and details of events in relation to the club or its members.
Kestrel & Hornet open - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October

If you're not taking part you're still welcome to come down and spectate.  I number of people will be camping so why not join them in the bar for a drink and a takeaway.

In the Red Shorts - A Summer of Learning and Staying in Control

Katherine and I have now owned Kestrel 1605 for 4 years and this was our third MBweek in the boat. I think that this our third week without a capsize – either we aren’t trying hard enough or we are making progress. I am told keeping the boat under the sails is always a good idea. MBW18 was relatively light conditions but the Tuesday and Wednesday of MBW19 were really challenging with force 5+ winds. Through conservative sailing we kept the boat upright, went with the gusts and regularly eased the sails to stay upright - a flat boat is a fast boat – a boat on its side is slow. Other far more accomplished Kestrel sailors went for a swim but still finished ahead of us - they are so much faster when upright!!

With 4 Kestrels sailing, time was spent in the dinghy park measuring key dimensions and tensions. It is not always easy to understand what is going on and how it effects performance on the water. Using a Kestrel tuning guide and working with the others helps. Accepting that the mast is a flexible metal pole which can be bent and realising that the sail is cut to form a curved triangular shape which can be pulled in different directions helps. Bending the mast will also change the sail shape. My basic rule up wind is that if you can’t keep the boat flat pull everything on the main tight. If you still can’t keep it flat with your weight out ease slightly. I saw a presentation at the dinghy show where the expert suggested that for max speed you need to be sailing on the edge of your sail setting and your crew weight. If the boat is easy to sail it sort of makes sense(to me) that the boat will not be fast.

As helm I did most of the measuring and settings but an important area for the crew is jib sheet position which controls the width of the gap between the jib and the back of the main sail. It all gets a bit “aerodynamicy” in this area, but how do you know where to set the jib on a beat? Ask Sally Gray. On our Kestrels the jib has a small woolly tell tale on the back edge of the sail - pull the jib in until this tell tale starts to lift but no more. The other feature on the Kestrel is a window high up on the main which allows the crew to see the tell tale - other boats don’t have this helpful feature.

I like to think I have learnt more about the boat this summer than before but I am still prone to errors, coming ashore thinking why didn't I do that or why did I do that....but we didn’t swim!!

A lot of how the boat performs on the water happens ashore in the dinghy park, which is why on our training days we do suggest adjusting the outhaul and the kicker - the change on Pico may not be as pronounced as it is on a Kestrel, but the controls do make a difference.

We managed to fit in a training regatta day in mid September. With a variety of races everybody sailed really well and people were under control most of the time. There was a big wind shift part way through which confused some, especially as the instructors had suggested where the beat was - pesky wind shifting around. Thanks to all those who have helped out this year.

After the training regatta 9 MBSC boats took part in the annual Bart's Bash charity race round Osea Island. It was a long slow race with many of the 60 starters heading home early. The kids decided we should take “ln the Red” and between Beth and Danny they steered around 3 quarters of the course.  Whilst 4 MBSC Kestrels were competing in the nationals in North Wales we went to Croatia - the kids trying out Lasers in albeit light conditions - Picos now seem so slow!!

I hope you all had a great summer and there is plenty of sailing to look forward too.


Commodore and Helm of “In the Red” – Kestrel 1605

Winter Series

The winter series takes part over four Sundays during October, November & December, commencing Sunday 27th October.  Full details are in the programme.  Get the dates in the diary and come and join us and others from other clubs for this great series.


The Not So Secret Seven and Sid (the dog) Go To Mersea


On Sunday 25th August with a distinct lack of wind seven of us met at the club around 8.00 a.m. to prepare for our cruise to Mersea island. With the wind speed measuring 0 mph at this point we pressed on gallantly (or foolishly) and with high tide having passed at 7.30 was imperative that we set sail.  Despite our best efforts time evaporated and with the wind now blowing at an impressive 1 mph we eventually set off at 8.50 a.m. with the tide receding quickly.  The next hour was spent making the uneasy journey up the creek as we all hoped to make the deep water of the river before the creek ran out of volume.


What followed was a painfully slow sail towards Mersea until finally on the last stretch the wind filled in and we were able to do some proper sailing.  Leading the way in their GP14 were Vicky & Richard which you can’t say often (if at all) who proceeded to lead everyone to a safe landing on shore.  All was well until someone pointed out that the houses were a little distant and the sudden realism that we’d landed on the wrong side of the King’s Hard dawned. With a combination of boat walking and short ferry trips with the rescue boat the dinghy sailors managed to get to the correct side of the water with Liz providing a lift to Phil, Geoffrey and Sid who had no choice other than to leave Sandy further out.


Things calmed down after this and we all trekked off to The Victory for lunch and beverages with Craig being joined by the family who’d sensibly driven.  Large ice creams followed for some as we headed back to the beach to wait for the returning tide before setting sail for Maylandsea in reasonable wind with Craig being the first to land back at the club shortly after 6.00 p.m.


What started out as probably a foolish idea considering the 0 mph winds turned into a very pleasant day in gorgeous summer sunshine.  We hope to see more people joining us next year.


Special thanks goes to Liz for shepherding us there and back in the rescue boat.

MBSC's 'Evolution' ties up 2019 BJRC IRC Class with one race to spare - Thanks to Kevin Whittle for this report

After a false start to the 2019 BJRC (Blackwater Joint Racing Committee) Cruiser Racing series when April's first race was blown off, 'Evolution' took two wins in the IRC class in May in what was to become a 'head to head' series battle with Marconi S C 'Blue Moon'.

'Evolution', 2018 champions in both (LH) Local Handicap and IRC classes, and now sailing with a 'challenging' rating in the former, posted mid fleet results in LH early on before improving to a 4th and a 5th in the June races.
Going into the summer break, and with another race lost to the storms, Maldon Little Ship Club 'Playboys' was leading the LH fleet. 'Evolution' was just ahead of 'Blue Moon' in IRC.
The two September races gave more strong results for 'Playboys' and 'Evolution', securing  their overall series positions with one race to spare  (the postponed Blackwater Cup on Sunday October 6th).
Races this year nearly always started with light winds, rarely building to anything above 20 knots, and the bigger boats would have preferred more of a blow now and then. Courses took us out to Bench Head, the Knoll and Wallet Spitway, as well as up the Colne. A great series as usual, with 28 boats registered and a strong turn-out most weekends.
Congratulations to Tommy Mills and his crew on their Sonata 'Playboys' for an extremely accomplished performance to succeed 'Evolution' as 2019 BJRC champions.
MBSC's 'Evolution' crew this year was Eric (owner/boss/pit), Matt (helm), Alex (nav/foredeck), Tim (mast/foredeck as well) and me (trim/tactics/food). (Well that's our roles in theory anyway). IRC champs for the second year running!

Prize Giving Dinner - Saturday 30th November

Another date for your diary, details will be emailed out soon.

That's all for now

The Committee

MBW 2019 Planets Maylandsea Bay Week 2019

29th July - 2nd. August 2019


Full details and application form now available here MBW 2019.

Newsletter March 2019.

Newsletter now available online here MBSC Newsletter May 2019


Socials Calendar 2019

May Day Weekender- 4th to 6th May. Read the May Newsletter for full details.


See details of this years social calendar here. Social Newsletter April 2019


MBSC Newsletter May 2019

Commodores “In the Red” Shorts

Easter was a fantastic weekend for sailing with seven competitive races over the four days. The club had a great buzz and liveliness to it with over 30 people participating in the Saturday night social. The next social and 3 day regatta is over the Mayday bank holiday weekend.

May is a busy month for the club. There are plenty of opportunities for members to participate and enjoy the club. With have a work party followed by the “push the boat out” open day– remember last year we took out over 60 people and attracted new members – please invite your friends, families, colleagues to try sailing at MBSC on Saturday 18th May. At the end of the month we start our regular Saturday training sessions. All those joining at the open day will be able to participate in all the training sessions.

Kestrels have returned to the club with 8 boats with 6 out over Easter. Peter Freshwater observed that the club is going retro with fleets of Sandhoppers, Kestrels and Wayfarers. However, the Pico’s remain the largest fleet.

See you down the club, on and off the water.


MBSC Commodore

Ausome Charity takes on the 2019 Fastnet Race
Later this year thanks to MBSC member Miles Delap's boat loan the Ausome Charity will be taking part in the Rolex Fastnet Race with a predominantly autistic crew.  As you may know his son Max was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome 12 years ago and has, in part, been able to develop socially through sailing.  Max will be taking part as a member of the crew and we hope that fellow MBSC member Ben Grice will be able to join him.  Please take time to read the press release through the link below and if possible offer your help in any way that you can.
Push the Boat Out - Saturday 18th May
As already stated in the Commodores Shorts we have our annual open day on Saturday 18th May where as usual we will be looking to get as many guests out on the water as possible.
We'd like as many members as possible down at the club to help deliver a great experience so we look forward to seeing you there from 10.00am to get things set up.  We're open to the public from 11.30am.
Work Party - Saturday 11th May
To prepare the club for Push The Boat Out day we are running a work party on the above date commencing at 10.00 am.  As usual all volunteers are welcome.
There's now a direct link to the Dutyman website at the bottom of the menu on the club website.  If you've used it before from the computer you're using this will open with your name already in the user name field and you'll just need to enter your password.  If you've not used it yet, then use the link, change the user name to your name and create a password so that you can review your duties.  If you need assistance then email  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
Alternatively you can attend Phil's Dutyman clinic after sailing in the bar this Sunday between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.
Winch box key
The winch box key is now in a box on the wall near the ladies changing room door. Please leave the main isolation switch on in the storage cupboard. If you want training on the winch and access to the key please contact me.


May Day Weekender

Hi All,


The Easter weekend is now a pleasant memory, and with it our first social of the year – the chicken casserole and ‘whist with a twist’. Plenty of good feedback, so we can now look forward to the next event – the ‘May Day Weekender’. Our intention is to create a mini Maylandsea Week, so plenty of people camping , and days and nights filled with fun events. An outline of the programme for the weekend is below. 

Saturday 4th May

12:00 – 16:00     Sailing

16:30 – 18:00     Challenge Games

18:00 – 19:00     Fish & Chips @ £6.00pp

19:30 – 21:30     Rock & Roll Bingo


Sunday 5th May

12:15 – 16:00     Sailing

17:00 – 18:00     Dutyman Clinic

18:00 – 19:00     BBQ @ £5.00pp

19:30 – 21:30     Quiz Nite


Monday 6th May

10:00 – 11:30     Treasure Hunt

12:45 – 16:30     Sailing

17:00 – 17:30     Prize Giving


It is very important that we know how many people to cater for – so that we can warn the chippy how many meals we need (and get our special price), and so that we can buy the correct quantities for the BBQ on Sunday. Please let me know if you are coming, or even if you are not, so that we best prepare for another excellent weekend. Please email  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or provide a response on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible soon

Paul Gray

Vice Commodore


Socials Calendar 2019

Our Club has a full and active sailing programme, and we make best use of the water when the tide is in. However, we have been guilty over recent years of not making best use of the clubhouse. So, this year, in addition to the usual Annual Prize Giving Dinner, Christmas Party, and Maylandsea Week, our programme includes a number of social evenings. As you will have seen in the Social Events 2019 poster that was enclosed with your membership renewal notice, there will be one social event each month, and each event will include food as well as some fun and games. Members and guests are encouraged to camp overnight in the club grounds. The events are:

More details will be published prior to each event. We hope to see as many people as possible at these social activities – who can resist the opportunities to discuss the weekend’s sailing over a few drinks with sailing friends, while taking part in some light-hearted fun & games? Can’t wait!


Paul Gray

Vice Commodore


Newsletter March 2019

Please see below the latest news from the club.
Membership Renewals
I hope that everyone has now received their membership renewal information for the 2019 season but if you haven't drop an email back to this email address and we will send the information to you via email.

Work Party -  Saturday 30th March (1000 a.m.)
We have our first work party of the year scheduled as above and it would be great to see as many people volunteering as possible to help get the club set up for the start of the new season.  The session officially starts at 10.00 a.m. although some tend to arrive slightly earlier and generally run until mid-afternoon.

For anyone that missed it MBSC has had some success with Kevin Whittle, Eric Reynolds and their crew winning the 2018 BJRC series in their Evolution.

Winch and Safety Boat Training
This will now take place on Saturday 23rd March. Please meet at 11:30 wearing appropriate clothing for the conditions. Please bring your own refreshments.
If wishing to participate please contact Paul Wilkinson - 01245 280025.
Any queries please contact me.

Commodores Sailing Shorts - Roll on 2019
The sailing season is due to start next weekend; lets hope the wind has calmed down and no more 64mph gusts. The programme follows its normal format of racing, training, cruising, MBweek...A new exciting feature is  after sailing socials through out the season - see flier sent out with your renewal notice. Please participate.
Over the closed season Barbara Wright, Gail Raven, Bill Wright and Neil Raven refurbished the kitchen - new cupboards and extra storage, new cooker, new sink, changed the plumbing for the hot water, relocated a fridge, cleaned the tiles and grout. The kitchen now looks fantastic and a big thank you to the Barbara, Gail, Bill and Neil for undertaking the work. Please keep it clean and tidy.
Adrian Turrell, Peter Freshwater and Mike Hopper have done a great job in replacing the winch frame. The old frame and the mounting points were badly corroded,  drainage channels have been included in the new design hopefully reducing the level of corrosion. The cabinet has also been repaired. Thank you guys for all your work.
Kenny Hobbs has sourced and shaped a new cover for MB3 to help protect the boat. During the high winds a couple of boats were lifted off their trollies and the fire door blew open breaking the crash bar. Kenny was on hand to make temporary repairs to the club and boats. Thank you.
To help with the duties the club has invested in a programme called Dutyman. This will allow members to swap duties on line, and will automatically send out reminders. We will publish and circulate a handbook for 2019 with the events but the duties will be held in Dutyman.
MBSC are hosting the spring series and as per last year Harlow Blackwater dinghies will be parked in our dinghy park for the early part of the season - I have suggested they use the space in the west park at the end of the Picos.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the club and out on the water in 2019. Happy Sailing

Paul Wilkinson
Galley refit 1Galley refit 2Winch Overhaul 2019