Newsletter September 2018


Hi All,
We hope you've all had a great summer and that sailing has played it's part in that.
Here is the latest news/dates for your diary beginning with the.....

Commodore's Sailing Shorts

Kestrels and Confidence

This summer I have spent a lot of time sailing my Kestrel with Katherine at MB Week, the Kestrel nationals and our open. Chris Grice won’t have a bad word said about the Kestrel and it has probably taken me 2 years to get use to it having moved up from a Lark. Having five Kestrels at the club and experienced sailors such as Chris, Paul Gray and Glen Enkel there is a chance to learn how to set the boat up. I have spent more time setting the boat up and now play with the controls more when sailing. I suppose it is all about confidence to change something. It is probably the first year I haven’t capsized this summer – it was blowing hard on the Sunday at the nationals and we still stayed upright - progress.

Maylandsea Bay Week

It was probably one of the most relaxing weeks with high temperatures and at times too little wind for sailing resulting in lots of swimming. The addition of the coach Sam Brearley I thought was a good idea, stimulated debate in the club, helped give more confidence and ideas. The number 3 buoy was our nemesis during the week – throwing away a good lead early on and then hitting it in light winds later in the week!! Well done to Rob Gray, Joe Raven and the team for organising a great fun week.


On the last training day we decided to sail to Mundon Spit as the conditions were right. We managed to sail as a tight group escorting the novices to and from the spit so no one got left behind. At the spit we did man over board exercises, some more successful than others but everyone came home. For those new to sailing getting safely to the spit is quite an achievement Please come and participate or watch our day training regatta on Saturday 22 September.

Well done to all those who passed exams and good luck to those who have gone off to university for the first time. Max Delap has gone to Warwick and Adam Saxton is at Gloucester studying film production. We hope to see you all at Christmas.


Congratulations to Kevin Whittle and his crew on winning both the 2018 BJRC series and IRC series -bigger boats racing down the river and offshore. They have been campaigning Evolution for a number of years, being there or thereabouts; having the handicap changed after winning races; breaking a mast when leading and an ankle on recovering the boat which is dry sailed to keep the bottom clean. Kevin would like to know if Evolution is the first boat from Maylandsea to win the BJRC – they are the first from MBSC but did a MBYC boat win it?

Barts Bash

On Sunday 23rd September it is the annual Bart's Bash race which takes place around Osea Island. The clubs on the Blackwater come together on the Sunday and up to 150 dinghies race around the island. It is a light hearted world wide event in memory of the British Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson who was killed in practice for an America’s Cup race. Events take place all over the world, you register and then your result gets logged. You can then see how you did in the world against other boats in your class!! It would be great to get as many boats out as possible and for the more experienced sailors to take with them a novice crew (or two – space permitting). If you want to crew or you are willing to take a crew please use the club’s Facebook page to let other members know.  If you are not on Facebook then just let a member of the committee know and we'll spread the word for you.

Dinghy Park
We have reorganised the Picos into the west dinghy park giving a bit more space for the cruisers to the west. The east park is now full. We will be reviewing the rules on unpaid boats and looking to dispose of boats who which appear to be abandoned and not paid for. If you know you have a boat in the park is not paid for please remove it.

Keep on Sailing

“In the red shorts”

Upcoming dates for your diary
Training Regatta - Saturday 22nd September 10.00 a,m, (the Commodore reserves the right to adjust the start time).
Bart's Bash (as detailed above) - Sunday 23rd September 10.45 a.m. (set sail time from Maylandsea will be advised).
Work Party - Saturday 29th September from 10.00 a.m. - there are plenty of jobs to be done around the club which are for the benefit of all members so if you can give up some time on the day it will be much appreciated.
MBSC Winter Series - first races Sunday 11th November 11.00a.m. start.  Subsequent races on Sunday 25th November 12.00 p.m., Sunday 9th December 12.00 p.m. and Sunday 23rd December 11.00 a.m.  This is an open series with sailors welcome from elsewhere for a small fee (tbc) so let your wider network know and let's see if we can build a larger fleet for the series.
Annual General Meeting - Sunday 18th November 11 a.m.
All are welcome to come and here the latest information about the club including plans for the upcoming year.
Prize Giving Dinner - Saturday 1st December 7.30 p.m. (Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch).  Keep the date in your diary, preparations are well underway and we will be in touch in due course with all the details.
That's all for now.
The Committee