Newsletter September 2017.

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The Commodore's Sailing Shorts Summer 2017

What a great Maylandsea Bay Week, well done to the organising team lead by Lisa Pollard and Jules Dawson.  After many years Paul and Sally Gray have stepped down from the committee – thank you for all your input and creativity to make MB Week a success over a number of years. What is pleasing to see is the number of sailors who have competed in the week who have in recent years attended the Saturday training days. As a club we need to ensure we create capacity for the new members to get out on the water, either as crew or running short course racing.

In late August the short course held four races in a day with a committee boat start, which makes me think that we should try this approach for some of the race days in the 2018 programme.

Harlow hosted the summer series for dinghy races and a number of cup races. Anyone who did the Hells Bells will know  it was quite an experience when the big squall came through. With my crew Dave Ashdown we were planeing nicely off Osea but the boat went away from me and in we went. I blamed it on weed on the rudder and inability to steer. One of our Sandhoppers Wild Gull went on to win the Hells Bells.

There was a great sight in early September with 5 Sandhoppers all with their kites up heading towards number 4 buoy where the Sunday start for the Kestrel and Hornet open took place!  Thanks to all those who helped out that weekend, it was quite busy with committee boat starts, flags and hooters. We had a few guests and it is good that both classes want to race at MBSC and enjoy the Blackwater. Two of our Kestrels went to the Nationals on the River Tay and two Hornets went to north Wales for their event. Next year the Kestrels and Hornets have a joint nationals at Thorpe Bay – right on our doorstep.

Last weekend 7 MBSC boats set off to participate in the Blackwater Barts bash. There were less competitors this year probably due to light winds, an early start and lack of publicity but those who sailed had fun and the club was well placed with 6 of the boats finishing in the top 20. The competitors donated £24 on the day for the Andrew Simpson Foundation which the club has matched. Monies this year were going towards victims of Hurricane Irma.

Small things keep the club going like Kenny Hobbs digging out the bottom of the west ramp – it allows for early launch of the safety boats and slightly later recovery. The committee recognises that numerous people continue to undertake “jobs” to keep the club running – thankyou. This is probably how small clubs work but the work party days are essential when larger “jobs “  need to get done. The early July party repaired the ramps and sea wall and added to the hard standing in the safety boat compound. There is more to be done at the October work party.

Looking forward we have the AGM in November with a number of committee positions to fill; the prize giving dinner on the 25th November and Christmas Party December 10th. We are starting to look at the 2018 programme so if you have any requests then speak to Phil Spillane or Dean Saxton.

Having mentioned weed earlier – will it be the saviour of the creek and stop the mud moving around or just mean you have to clear your keel and rudder more often – answers on a post card!!

There is more sailing opportunities this year – Autumn Series, Winter Series and the Blackwater Icicle in January –so get out there and sail.

I have tried to keep this piece short and have decided not to include a piece on the hunt for the GoPro camera but watch social media for more footage.

Paul Wilkinson


Washing Up

As all members know we are a self help club and therefore can the committee ask for your cooperation with the following matter.  If the galley has closed or isn't available on any particular day can members please do their own washing up as it is unfair on the committee or indeed other members to have to wash up after other people.

Upcoming dates

Work Party - Saturday October 14th (volunteers should arrive around 10 a.m., wear suitable clothing and bring any tools that you think may help)

Annual General Meeting - Sunday 12th November 11am (the agenda will be posted out in the coming weeks)

Prize Giving Dinner - Saturday November 25th 7.30pm ( at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on Crouch - menu and price information to follow)

Winter Series - Sundays November 5th & 18th plus December 3rd & 17th (various start times, see sailing programme for details)

Christmas Party - Sunday 10th December (bring an offering buffet format)


That's all for now, see you at the club soon.

All the best