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




Newsletter October 2017

Hi All,

Welcome to the last of the Autumn newsletters.  It must be winter soon as the winter open series begins next Sunday 5th November at 11.15am.  Details of the series can be found in the sailing programme and on the website.  Remember you can invite your friends from other clubs who can bring their boats and enter the entire series for a nominal fee.
Other important dates coming up

Annual General Meeting - Sunday November 12th 11 a.m. - come and join us to hear from the committee about the past year at the club and the upcoming one.  The meeting will start with a minutes silence as it's Remembrance Sunday.

Prize Giving Dinner - Saturday 25th November 7.30p.m. - join us at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham-on-Crouch for a three course meal and the annual prize giving. Details can be found here. Don't forget that Paul Wilkinson requires your money and menu choices by next Sunday 5th November.

Finally a few words from our cadet captain Celie Broomfield :-

As the Cadet Captain at Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club, I sail all year round, taking part in the series racing and the sailing training.
At the beginning of the year, many of us brave the cold of January, taking part in the winter icicle out on the river.  This year I took part in the race with Glenn Enkle in a Lark, which I also compete in throughout the rest of the year. For the rest of January and February, Glenn and I competed in the Icicle series at Alton water in Suffolk, against roughly another 100 boats, we placed 33rd overall.
The Maylandsea Bay sailing officially begins at the end of March/start of April and I started the season sailing my Laser Pico in the spring short handicap fleet against some cadets from both MBSC and the Harlow Blackwater Sailing Club. At Easter I sailed the Pico and camped over for the weekend in the dingy park, which I did several other times throughout the year.
The sailing club and the people here help me to gain experience and give me opportunities such as in May, competing at Marconi Sailing Club in the Lark open or during mid-September in the Hornet and Kestrel open here at MBSC. In the summertime I helped out with the training sessions, doing practice racing and advancing the cadet's skills.  There were seven sessions to attend and a regatta weekend of racing in September with prizes for those who competed. During the summer I raced the long course races with Glenn up until Maylandsea Bay Week (MBW) in mid August.  As a cadet I enjoy the training sessions and MBW the most and during the week this year Beth Wilkinson and I were able to try sailing in a Lark on our own in the long course fleet, whilst also camping and enjoying the entertainment.
For the rest of this year I've sailed with Glenn in the Autumn series and we will soon sail the Winter series up until the end of December. Last year was my first time competing in the Winter series so I'm really looking forward to it this time. The winter series is an open series where I enjoy racing against a variety of boats and people compared to the rest of the year. My year's sailing is made all the better by the people at the club and gaining more experience from time on the water and the advice that's freely shared.
That's all for now folks.



Newsletter September 2017.

Hi All,
Here's the latest news from the club starting with the..........

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


Newsletter August 2017

Hi All,
Welcome to the start of a busy month for the club.  There are a number of things going on as follows;
Saturday 5th August - Training session 7

Join Paul and the team for the penultimate session of 2017 from 10.15 a.m.  (subject to change if advised by separate email from Paul).
Saturday August 19th - Pre-Maylandsea Bay Week work party

Please come down from 10.00 a.m. to help prepare the club and grounds for the following week's activities.
Saturday/Sunday 19th & 20th August - Sandhopper Open

The Open takes place over the weekend and incorporates the Len Wright Cup on the Sunday.
Sunday 20th August - Evelyn Darby Ladies Race

This annual race for lady helms and crews takes place, starting at 10.35 a.m.  Brian Darby should be in attendance to present the prizes.
Week commencing 21st August - Maylandsea Bay Week

For all those that have signed up our annual sailing and socialising event will take place during the week. We hope that everyone has a fun week.
Looking ahead we have the Training Regatta Race Day on Saturday 9th September and Bart's Bash on Sunday 17th September.
See you all soon.

Newsletter May 2017

Hi All,
This Saturday we have a work party to prepare the club for PTBO the following Saturday 13th.  If you can please be at the club in suitable clothing for around 10am.
Jobs to do this time include:
Tidy the Club and get rid of the cobwebs
Clean the ramps - will have to wait until the tide recedes
Clean and tidy the safety boats
Ensure Lawn is cut
Tenders - tidy up the area down by the yellow cruiser and use this area to store known but little used boats
Check to see if the starlings nesting behind the facia haven't blocked the drain hopper!!
Hopefully see you there.

Easter Monday Cup Race

NewsLetter April 2017

Hi All,
I hope you're all well.  Please see below the latest updates from the club.
Work Party
The committee would like to thank everyone who turned up for the work party on March 25th. We had a good turnout and much was achieved including cutting up and disposing of some more old boats, galley cleaning and ramp cleaning.
Easter Sailing
Some of you will have managed to race last weekend but there's plenty more sailing available this coming Easter weekend for those of us who didn't manage to get down last weekend.  We have four days sailing from Good Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday and don't forget we have the boats from the Harlow Blackwater Sailing Club sailing with us as well so we hope to have a fair sized fleet out on the water.
Good Friday - Easter Series 1 & 2 (All in handicap race), racing starts at 13.35
Saturday - Easter Series 3 & 4 (All in handicap race), racing starts at 14.10
Easter Sunday - Easter Commodore Cup (All in handicap race), racing starts at 14.35
Bank Holiday Monday - Easter Bunny Cup (All in handicap race), racing starts at 15.10
You are welcome to camp overnight in the dinghy park and everyone is welcome to stop behind after racing on Easter Sunday to celebrate the new Commodore's birthday upstairs in the bar.
Club Fees 2017

Thanks to all those who have already paid their 2017 club fees.  Can I ask those that haven't paid yet to pay them as soon as possible.
That's all for now, I hope to catch up with a lot of you over the weekend.
All the best