A message from Santa!

A quick note from Santa’s Elves

Manor Park Sailing Club are holding a children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 13th December. The party will start at 3pm and finish around 5pm.

There will be hot food served for the children, festive music, crafts to make and take home and also a visit from the big man himself…….Santa.

Santa will be coming to hand presents out to the children but we are asking if parents can please supply a wrapped labelled present (to a maximum value of £5) that Santa can give to your child/children (Santa and his elves are very busy and won’t have time to make all the presents in time for the party!!)

We are estimating that tickets will cost about £5 per child and once we know definite numbers we will confirm the price.

If you want to bring your child/children along to the party can you please send an email to nikki.davies3@btinternet.com with the names and ages of your children by Wednesday the 3rd December so we can add them onto Santa’s list.

MPSC ‘Awayday’ sailing – 2015

….As if the America’s Cup World Series wasn’t enough, why not consider the fantastic “Extreme Sailing Series”? The originators of spectator-friendly ‘stadium style’ racing, these 40ft superfast cats race on very small courses, very close to spectator areas, over very short races…… absolute crash & burn sailing! Anyone that ever suggests sailing is boring needs to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/user/ExtremeSailingSeries

What’s more, one round of the series will take place in Cardiff Bay (Dates still to be confirmed)

Once dates are announced I’ll post the details and perhaps we can get an MPSC group together for this one too?

In addition, don’t forget the regular trips that many of us also take part in through the year

RYA Dinghy Show – The unofficial starter to the sailing season. A fantastic show including everything ‘Dinghy’ all in the halls of London’s Alexandra palace. Check out hundreds of boats, speak to the people that actually sail them, find new kit – try on clothing. Always a brilliant event and you can always make it part of a weekend trip to London. Taking place on the 28th Feb / 1st of March, Tickets are £11.50 in advance (Under 16’s go free!!) Tickets available now: http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghyshow/Pages/RYADinghyShow.aspx

Bala – Camping and sailing at a lakeside campsite. Usually last week of May (Dates will be posted)

Lord Birkett Trophy – A superb 2-Day event at Ullswater Yacht Club. An absolute ‘festival of sailing’ in glorious surroundings. Camping, Sailing, Music, ‘Dancing’…. (First weekend of July)

Ullswater Family Week – Another trip along the M6. 5-Days of sailing, training, evening socials (Usually middle of August – dates will be posted)

America’s Cup World Series – Portsmouth (July 23rd – 26th)


Extreme Sailing Series – Cardiff Bay (Ignore the dates, video is from 2014)


As well as these there’s always some ‘Big Boat’ adventures to be had – contact Paul Carlin for any up and coming coastal/offshore sailing that may be on the horizon, along with more random day dinghy sailing over to the likes of Carsington, Burton, Rutland.

Keep your eyes out for any ideas and / or dates that come up through the next couple of months.



America’s Cup World Series – 2015

Remember the fantastic America’s Cup event last year? Remember just how spectacular it was? – 72 foot foiling catamarans doing 50mph?

Well, it’s recently been announced that the next America’s Cup series will, again, be in foiling cats – so likely to be just as spectacular.

However, this time around, there are also smaller events that the entered America’s Cup teams have to take part in during the lead-up to the main event…….and it’s called the “America’s Cup World Series”.

Using 45 foot, foiling cats, teams will compete at events around the world in order to muster points towards the finals.

One of these events will take place in Portsmouth, next July (23rd/24th/25th/26th) – 23rd and 24th are practice days, with two races per day taking place on the 25th and 26th.

With a race village being setup to provide entertainment throughout the event, this will surely become one massive festival of sailing – and one that will just be a huge amount of fun!

Racing close to the shore, huge foiling cats travelling at ludicrous speeds and featuring the very best sailors in the world – this will be Rock ‘n’ Roll sailing at it’s very very best.

If you fancy going, then look for hotels in Portsmouth/Havant/Gosport/Fareham/Emsworth/Hayling Island…..or camp sites in the same areas.

A word of warning though…hotels are already at a premium (I booked the last room in one place in Portsmouth yesterday) so get looking and booking as soon as you possibly can.

Why not see if we can put an MPSC group together for the event?

As a reminder of just how good the America’s Cup was: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv6fLsz7Mk4

More info about the Portsmouth event: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/180212/Portsmouth-to-host-two-years-of-ACWS-Racing

Hotels in the area: http://uk.hotels.com/ (Search Portsmouth/Gosport/Southsea/Fareham/Havant/Hayling Island)

Camp Sites: http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/townlisting.asp?town=Hayling%20Island