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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.

Wilks

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.
Dutyman
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.

Cheers
Wilks

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

All,
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.

Success
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
Commodore
Galley refit 1Galley refit 2Winch Overhaul 2019

Newsletter February 2019.

Hi All,
Below is the latest news from the club.
2019 Sailing Season Programme
The 2019 programme is attached and has many opportunities to get out on the water starting on the 10th March. The programme is attached to this email as a PDF and is available online on the club website.
If you want a printed copy please print out this PDF. The club will print a limited number for those without email and to post around the club.
A big thank you to Phil Spillane for the coordinating the production of the programme, liaison with Harlow etc...
Dutyman
To allow members to swap duties we have invested in the Dutyman programme to organise the duties and allows members to request a swap with others.  The system will also send out reminders to those on duty.
Dutyman can be accessed via the Members login section of the website.


Safety Boat and Winch Training
As requested this will take place on the 10th March - please contact Paul Wilkinson if you wish to participate -  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
If you wish to do safety boat training you will need to be appropriately dressed for the conditions as you will be out on the water.

Training Days

We have programmed seven Saturday training days for basic training for both Cadets and Adults. The first is timed to be after the open day so new members can get the maximum benefit.

On Sunday 26 May we have programmed a Race Training session which is open to all but with a specific focus on those who regularly race - the best sports people spend more time training than competing!!

Race days
We are again sharing the organisation and safety cover of the dinghy and short course racing with Harlow. Maylandsea Bay will run the Spring and Winter and Harlow the Summer ad Autumn. If you have less experience, sail a slower boat and or want to gain confidence and improve then the short course could be for you, either if you are a cadet or an adult.
Keelboats should in most cases start at Maylandsea and have been programmed to be the first start. There are some cup and all in handicap races in which the keelboats are included and the results for them will also be used for series racing.
If you are a race officer or on safety boat duty you will need to liaise with Harlow sailing club so that they know the course in a timely manner before the start of each race. Harlow's phone number will be posted next to the phones.
BJRC

We have included for reference the Blackwater Joint Racing Committee race days. This is the cruiser racing series that Eric, Kevin and their crew won last year. Check the BJRC website for details and start times.
Club Cruise
Last year we had a great sail to Mersea Island and back - out on the early morning tide and back in the evening. We have programmed 4 potential cruise dates as it is very weather dependant as to whether it goes ahead or not.
Work Parties
4 of these important days have been programmed - the first is the 30th March and all are welcome. Thanks also to those who have carried out work at the club over the winter.
Socials
The programme contains a number of dates for entertainment/socials and camping at the club.  The events are at Easter, the May Bank Holiday and on Saturdays following the training sessions. All members are welcome. More information will be available shortly.
Happy 2019 Sailing Season
The Committee
See here to view the Sailing Programme 2019

2019 Sailing Programme.

Revised version now available.

The new programme is now on line and can be viewed here Sailing Programme 2019.

Don't forget you can check and amend your DUTIES via DutyMan. Use the link via the Members log-in.

 


 

 


Commodores Sailing Shorts -Welcome to 2019

We hope you all had a great festive break and welcomed in the new year in fine style. It was great to see many of you at the prize giving dinner and the Xmas party. The sailing season ended on a high for Paul and Sally Gray winning both the winter series and the Blackwater Icicle race. The Icicle race attracts experienced quality sailors from around the Essex rivers. In recent years the trophy has been won by a visiting boat and it is 45 years since Paul's Dad Bill Gray won the trophy. Congratulations to Paul and Sally.

The winter series attracted over 30 boats and was very competitive. Paul and Sally won by one point from Glen Enkel and Celie Broomfield, both in Kestrels which are making a comeback at the club.

Kitchen and Winch

There is no connection between the two except they are being refurbished. Bill and Neil will be refurbish the kitchen with a larger cooker, relocated sink and drainer, new cupboards. The work should start next week and take a couple of weeks.

The winch was repaired last year after an electrical failure however it was noticed that the mounting frame was badly corroded. Mike, Peter and Adrian will be manufacturing and fitting a new frame.

2019 Sailing Programme

This is coming together and will as usual give plenty of opportunities for sailing. The season will start in mid to late March. There will the usual mix of racing and training. Dinghy racing will be joint with Harlow. Maylandsea Bay Week is week commencing 29th July.  The push the boat out open day for family and friends will be in mid May.

A new feature will be Saturday evening socials after sailing at the club. Please come along and support these events being led by Paul Gray.

The programme should be available on line in early February. It will include the usual range of duties and we are looking to invest in a programme which allows members to go on line and swap duties more easily and will send out reminders by text.

Happy New Year

Wilks

 


Winter series winners 2018