Dinghy Instructors…they don’t grow on trees you know.

Anyone that’s watched Saturday morning sailing, or even taken part in some of the training that we have on offer at MPSC, will have noticed that strange and hard-working band of devotees called “The Instructors”

So yes, you’ve seen them, you’ve heard them and you probably now know some of the worst pirate jokes in all of the world….but just where do these people come from?

Well, it may or may not come as a surprise, but these guys are trained to do it….they willingly took part in some genuinely tough courses to learn all the skills to help you get out on the water and sailing.

RYA approved and certified, the training team are eminently qualified to help you all with your sailing activities, so you can be sure that you’re getting proper advice from our team at Manor Park.

Right now, as I type, there is a fresh group of MPSC sailors undergoing assesment to join the ‘Dinghy Instructor (D.I)’ ranks, so let’s wish the whole team good luck with their progress and, hopefully, we all look forward to having you out on the lake and keeping us on, rather than in the water during 2014 :-)


Whisper this….weather looking good for the weekend!

Well well well….the weather looks set to be fairly nice this coming weekend – 12 to 13C, bright(ish), no hurricanes….no rain!

Ideal then to get out on the water for a play about in our boats! ….maybe some bimbling?

Either way, come on down and take in the nice weather – make sure you have your kit with you in case you fancy taking to the high seas :-)

I usually start some work on my boat then regret not bringing any kit with me, so come down fully prepped just in case.

Sunday looks to be especially nice, particularly with a forecast for only high cloud (so bright) and light winds…perfect for a nice Sunday of racing and spot on for those of you who took those first tentative steps into racing via the training courses last year.

As ever, races start at 1045am, so head down to the club for anything from 9am to start rigging, signing on and joining in the banter….and I warn you, I’ve finally got the awesome pink lightning ready to go, so come and have a go if you think you’re good enough :-)*

Why not bring a barbecue? Some friends? ….we’re only a week away from the big Easter break and two weeks away from the early season Open Day – alongside the start of Junior Sail for 2014 (I can see Gary and the team fairly jumping at the bit to get going :-) )

So, good weather, lovely surroundings, great people and super water….come on, let’s get wet!!!




*Disclaimer: You WILL be good enough…I AM truly awful at sailing! :-) – as most of the model yacht squad will testify!!

2014 – All go at MPSC

The Dinghy Show was superb this year – many boats were ogled over, much essential kit was purchased and many tales of derring-do were told…..as well as Lee & Emma lording it up at the ‘Yachts & Yachting’ champagne reception.

Which led us all into the sort-of-official start of the new sailing season.

We’ve already had the Topper weekend event, Dave & Marg Norris have been down to Wimbleball for their K1 Open and the ‘Exmoor Beastie’, Neil Smith & Dave Jackson took on the ’505′ fleet over at Burton SC, Krish & Paul on their Topper travels and the Manor Park Lightning368 fleet are currently prepping for the start of their traveller series down at Whitefriars (Cotswolds) next weekend. So, as you can see, the dinghy sailing world is up & running for 2014.

With our Open day taking place on 26th of April – the same day as the start of ‘Junior Sail’ – Manor Park is looking forward to an exciting sailing year in 2014.

So, dig out the wetsuit, take a look at the training schedule, check out the racing dates and scrub up the barbecue. In short, come down and get involved.

The long (hopefully) sunny days are upon us,,,there’s nothing quite like a few hours lazing on the patio on a weekend afternoon.

‘Family Sail Day’, ‘Barts Bash’, ‘Summer Sailstice’, ‘Party in the Park’, ‘RNLI’ day….all dates for our diaries and all great ways to make the most of your membership.

See you all soon.