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...
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.

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.
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



Winter series winners 2018

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