Newsletter November 2018.

Hi All,

Firstly thanks to everyone who was able to attend the last work party, much good work was done including finally concreting the last remaining section of the support boat compound.
11th November - Support boat crew
25th November - Race Officer
9th December - Support boat crew
23rd December - Race Officer
Finally there are a number of upcoming events.  We have the eight race Winter series with two races on each of the Sunday's mentioned above.  This is an open series so please spread the word amongst your contacts at other clubs.  Non-MBSC/Harlow members have to pay a small fee (Single handers £4 for the day or £12 for the series and double handers £5 for the day or £15 for the series).

Other things to look forward to are:
Annual General Meeting 18th November 2018  11.00 a.m. - all are welcome to here what has and is going to go on in regards to the running of the club.
Prize Giving Dinner Saturday 1st December 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. (Royal Corinthian Yacht Club) - the annual end of season get together.  If you haven't seen any off the previous correspondence and would like to come then let us know.  It's excellent value for a three course meal plus coffee at £25 per adult and £15 for a child.

Xmas Party Sunday 16th December 12.00 p.m. at the club house - come and swap cards, share a drink and enjoy some food.  As usual it will be a bring your own buffet so bring your contribution for the table.  If you have gifts to give to your little ones (or big ones) then leave your presents in Father Xmas' sack (located in the galley store room) and Father Xmas will deliver them during the afternoon.
That's all for now.
See you soon
The Committee



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

Still Sailing!

Maylandsea Bay Week over but there is still plenty of sailing to be done.

Keelboat Autumn Series starts on the 12th August along with the Autumn Dinghy Series ( HSBC- Starts)

Plus the August Bank Holiday Regatta and Sandhopper Open 25th -27th August.

Next Training Day Saturday 1st September.


Hi All,

Please see below for details on upcoming events and the latest news from the club.

Work Party - Saturday 7th July 10:00


Dig out concrete top of West ramp reinstating the small ramp onto the beach and fill the end of safety boat compound - mixer borrowed, ballast and cement on order

Deep clean veranda - cob web remover!!

Clean Veranda roof - this needs to be done safely eg walking boards and long reach cleaning brushes. mops, squeegies etc...- Gary will manage this.

Move boats to make camping space for mbweek and rearrange to give greater space between the Sandhopper row and the cruisers. In the long term most of the dinghies in the west park will move to the east, swapping them with the Picos. Please make sure you boat is not locked

Cut weeds and grass at east end of dinghy park

Smaller jobs:

Make up a No.4 buoy - painting job

Make up some spare sinkers

Fix gas pipe to wall in safety boat compound - cordless drill, masonry bit and rawlplugs required

Fix shower pipe in mens - cordless drill, masonry bit and rawlplugs required

Change position of toilet roll holder in the ladies - cordless drill, masonry bit and rawlplugs required

Cut back the shrubs and grass

Fill holes in the wooden panelling  - ladders

Mark a space for free sailing  - blackboard paint

Clean galley area and kitchen

Change wheel bearing on MB3 trolley

Straighten and weld the jockey wheel bracket on MB1 trolley - has anyone a welder they can use?

Maylandsea Bay Week 2018 - 23rd - 27th July

It's not too late to sign up for some or all of Maylandsea Bay Week, details are on the club website.

Upcoming Races

Sunday 15th July - Challenge Cup.... start 13.30

Saturday 28th July - Evelyn Darby Ladies Race.... start 12.30

Commodores Shorts

New Members

Welcome to all our new members. Hopefully you have all had a chance to get out on the water. If you are wishing to crew for someone on a race day please put your availability on the Facebook page.

Push the Boat Out open day

Thanks to the members who made this a highly successful day - the conditions were perfect and we took 60 guests out, with a number of families and adults joining.


We have now had 4 sessions this year, the first 3 in relatively calm conditions but session 4 was a bit breezy with some very challenging gusts. Looking at the grapshs on our new weather station the wind did exactly what is was forecast to do - gusting 27mph. Session 5 - Saturday 14th July.

Cruise to Mersea

Again perfect conditions - 6 dinghies, 2 cruisers and the rib went out on the morning tide and back on the evening tide. We went up the Strood this year in amongst the moored cruisers and then moored at the Kings Hard which meant a shorter walk to the Victory Pub for lunch. Always good to see the looks on people faces when we walked in in jackets and suit - life jacket and wet suits! Phil has posted a video of the day on the Facebook page.


We have changed the recall lights to make them more visible - same colour as before but they no longer flash.

Looking forward to the future events:

Maylandsea Bay week, Kestrel and Hornet nationals, Kestrel and Hornets at MBSC, Barts Bash, Training regatta....... Prize giving dinner (new date 1st December). Please see programme and website for more details.

Wooden Boats

The post war boom in sailing saw many designs of wooden boats produced - Mirrors, Enterprises, GP14's and such like. The club has had many wooden boats, but they did need regular maintenance and wouldn't withstand a blow from a plastic boat. I believe that we now only have one all wooden sailing dinghy left - Craig's solo.

Happy sailing




Read the BJRC News for the 2018 Smith Cup. results.


MBSC Newsletter May 2018.

Hi All,
I hope you've all been enjoying the nice weather and if possible have had the chance to get out on the water.
There's a number of things to get through this month so here goes.
Work Party
Thanks to all those who turned up on Saturday to help move boats, paint the hand rail, prepare race marks, etc  Your help is invaluable in maintaining the club.
Training - Saturday 28th April 10.00 a.m.
Just another reminder that this year's training sessions begin this coming Saturday. Paul and the team will be delighted to see as many people there as possible.  For further details please contact Paul Wilkinson.

Push The Boat Out (Open Day) - Saturday 5th May
Saturday week is our annual open day and as usual we are asking as many members to turn up and help out as possible.  There are numerous jobs that need doing on the day so please make every effort to support whether it be on shore or out on the water giving our guests sailing experiences.  Members are requested to arrive at 12.30pm in order to get organised before the public arrive.  As usual feel free to invite your friends.
Membership Renewals
Thanks to all those who have already paid their membership renewals but for anyone who hasn't please can you pay them soon.
Maylandsea Bay week 2018
I'm sure you'll have all seen the Maylandsea Bay Week Committee's invite that was sent out over the weekend.  The dates this year are 23rd - 27th July and the theme is festival.  It's a great week of sailing, activities and entertainment for a very reasonable price so why not come along and enjoy the fun?
The club has been and is successful because members are supportive in carrying out their duties as agreed when they take up membership.  To ensure that this continues please ensure that you attend when your are programmed for a duty or arrange a swap through our Facebook page or any other means.  Please advise our sailing secretary Phil Spillane if you're having a problem covering your duty.
Change to Programme - Prize Giving Dinner
Unfortunately the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club is unable to provide a room on the published date so the Prize Giving Dinner has been pushed back a week to 1st December 2018.
Finally we're delighted to inform you that Josie has agreed to take over the running of the galley so please offer your support to her whilst she finds her feet.
That's all for now.
The Committee

Newsletter March 2018

Hi All,
We hope you're all looking forward to a new sailing season down at Maylandsea.  There a few things to talk about so here we go....


Following the cancellation of what would have been our initial weekend's sailing due to the weather we are hoping that there will be no return of The Beast from the East and that we can get underway with the first racing at 11.00 am on Good Friday.  There's racing planned for all four days so please come on down (details in the programme).

The Galley

Unfortunately we do not currently have a galley hand following Beth's decision not to continue.  If there are any volunteers who are happy to run it on any of the days across Easter then please let us know and we will ensure that we get some provisions in.  If we do not get any volunteers then we will provide some milk for you to make your own teas and coffees but we do ask that you leave the money on the plate below the urn.  Please remember to do your own washing/drying up as we do not have a team of magic fairies employed to do this.

Due to changes in employment law the committee are currently considering what we can do regarding the galley moving forward.


Please check the programme to see when you are scheduled for duties and if you're unable to make that date arrange to swap with someone else using the process documented on the back of the club programme.

Weather Station

The club is delighted to announce that we now have a weather station installed at the club which is available to view online at .  The details update every 15 seconds so why not check what the weather's doing before you leave home.  Click on the top link on the page to see the gauges There's also details at the bottom of the page of an available app for those of you with an iPhone.

We would like to thank Geoffrey Walkley and his son-in-law Mark for building and installing the station.


We have agreed with Harlow (Blackwater) Sailing Club that they can join in with the training sessions at MBSC this year.

Dinghy Park

The land that currently houses the cruisers will be given back to its owner so we have a small move that needs to take place in the west dinghy park.  All dinghies in the final row before the Sandhoppers will require moving either by their owners or other members to alternative locations in order for the Sandhoppers and cruisers to be moved across.  These moves will start over Easter and will continue at the first work party if required. If your boat is moved and you're not in attendance we will let you know via email where it has been moved to.

I think that's enough for now!

Kind Regards

The Committee