MPSC – Home & Away!

So, as the sun makes some regular appearances and we get the chance for some ‘Shorts n T-Shirts’ sailing, it’s fantastic to see the smiling faces out there on the water.

Many of our (alleged) beginners have progressed along with their training fantastically well – to the degree that we’re now seeing more and more people taking part in Sunday racing. See, it’s not that scary is it?

In fact, enthusiasm has been so great that some ‘Saturday Racing’ has been going on on, um, Saturdays! See Gary & the training team for details of this one, but it’s proving quite popular at the moment.

Saturdays remain hugely busy – plenty of youngsters arriving for Junior sail, plenty of adults/parents taking part in the training modules in the afternoon…the club has never looked so busy. Don’t forget, though, that it takes a massive amount of dedication for our volunteers training team to spend pretty much every Summer Saturday helping everyone along and help is always welcome, whichever way you can.

Along with all the home-action, several motley MPSC members have been out and about all around the UK – and beyond.

Up in Ullswater last weekend, we saw Lee Bratley, Ash Burton, Stacey Scott, Tom Sturland and Ian Sturland taking part in the annual ‘Lord Birkett Trophy’ race. Two days, two long distance events along the length (and back) of this 8mile long water. 207 boats on the startline and a huge amount of fun. Everything from sailing canoes up to Foiling Moths were seen out there – though it was the 49ers and Musto Skiffs that really stole the show. A great event was enjoyed by all both on and off the water – and one that we’re determined to get even more MPSC members up to next year – even if you just spectate out on the Ullswater steamer :-)

Krishan Bhogal and Paul Moughtin-Leay continue there adventures in the Midlands Area Topper Series, with Krish currently lying 6th overall and Paul 12th – from 59, so a magnificent effort so far this year, well done guys!

This weekend it’s the Topper Nationals at Derwent Reservoir up in county Durham. Good luck!

Dave and Marg Norris continue their travels with the superb K1’s with their most recent event at the seaside at Teign Corinthian SC on the South Coast.

Last, but not least, we have Manor Park’s Model Yacht legend Darin Ballington, currently holding a top ten place at the ‘Marblehead World Championships’ over in Gouda, Netherlands.

So there you go, MPSC far and wide! ….and with another great forecast for this weekend, why not come down, rig up and get out on the water for some splashage fun! …bring a barbecue, bring suncream, bring a smile and work on that ‘Boot Tan’

See you out there :-D


What an amazing weekend!

Now hasn’t that just been the kind of weekend that makes us realise why we take part in this sport? Absolutely fantastic….Blazing sunshine, loads of activity going on down on the beach and out on the water, a lovely social on Saturday evening….what better way than to mark the Summer Solstice huh?

The Barbecue/Summer party was lovely on Saturday night – plenty of dodgy looking cremated sausages, an outstanding sound system courtesy of MC Roger ‘the dodge’ Teale, Unicycle courtesy of Lewis & Alex Shaw and a great atmosphere courtesy of everyone there – so big thanks to Emma for organising it all.

Of course, on Saturday afternoon we had the second of our ‘RYA Coaching days’  with Ali Yates. We’ve had some superb sessions with Ali during the last fortnight with everyone learning new tricks and techniques that have helped crack some of those mysterious parts of sailing that we’ve struggled with. So, again, thanks to everyone that took part for making the sessions worthwhile and huge thanks to Ali for running these days. There are more on the way, this time with the ever-popular Brett Cockayne, so look out for these dates, book on and enjoy even more training from the guys that actually coach some of the British Sailing Team.

….and who can forget young Tom Andrews magnificent effort in our Inaugural ‘Junk-Model-Boat competition’. Tom launched the incredible ‘Spooks’ from the beach, attaining a magnificent 27.9 meters in the allotted minute-and-a-half. Personally, I reckon that ‘Spooks’ would still be sailing if Emma hadn’t rescued it :-)

Well done Tom, who gracefully accepted his trophy and special prize in front of the assembled applauding crowd. A fantastic effort.

Saturda morning’s Junior Sail saw another big turnout as the sun shone down over the lakes. From beginners to race-ready youngsters, they were all out there having a blast. It really is huge fun watching the youngsters having a laugh out on the water with friends so a magnificent well done to all involved with Juniors / Training. These guys really do put a huge amount of time into this so give them a big pat on the back next time you see them.

We also saw competitive success outside of MPSC with several members out at other clubs taking part in their respective class events.

Andy Meek & Ash Burton sailed to 2nd overall in the Stratos Nationals over at Bala – cheered on by a large entourage of suntanning SWAGS (…and Nigel) during the two-days. Great effort guys, great effort :-)

Krishan Bhogal and Paul Moughtin-Leay were at Northampton for the latest round of the Topper Traveller series. Krishan finished a magnificent 2nd overall – including one race win! – with Paul in 5th overall, from a sizeable fleet of some top Topper sailors. Well done guys, a fantastic result.

Dave and Marg Norris suffered from what looked to be a distinct lack of breeze at Carsington with the K1 Inland Champs, with only one race sailed in the Derbyshire sunshine.

So, a whole bunch of sailors out there representing MPSC around the country – good work every one of you.

Top that all off with some home-based racing on a sun-soaked Saddlesall today (Sunday) and we can see that the weekend a very special one indeed.

Thanks to everyone that was around at any point this weekend, the club looked brilliant, the atmosphere was relaxed and plenty of smiles abounded.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a similar one next week then huh?

See you out on the water :-)


A massive thankyou!

I just want to say a huge “Thankyou” to all involved in the Lightning368 event on Saturday.

We had a superb time – despite the lack of wind for most of the day.

Sixteen helms took part in the event, with no fewer than thirteen of those travelling to us from other clubs as far as Essex (Up River Yacht Club) and the Lake District (Ullswater Yacht Club).

The guys and ladies of the 368 Class really do enjoy coming to Manor Park and always comment on how friendly a club we are and how everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

In no particular order I’d like to especially thank Dave Norris and his crack race team for getting us a full set of races in the most trying of conditions. Starting the day with heavy rain, Thunderstorms, tornado warnings and a briefing that included alerts regarding potential Lightning isn’t something any of us have experienced, yet ending the day basking in glorious sunshine just showed what a crazy day it was, so setting good courses was always going to be tricky but was carried off with the usual aplomb, so thankyou yet again :-)

To Dave Jackson for manfully manning the galley for the afternoon lunch and to Tony & Jill for all their help with the morning ‘breakfast’ rush – that was very much appreciated by all :-)

The safety boat team that (hopefully) created something spectacular on the video camera :-)

To John Solomonson for making sure that we actually had something to produce results from – cheers :-)

Mostly, from myself anyway, I have to thank the amazing Emma who organised the entire event with supreme skill – I just had to turn up, look pretty and go sailing! :-) So on mine, the club and the 368’s behalf, many many thanks Emma for a fantastic event – I’ll cook tea one day this week as a reward :-)

So there we are, another superb event – we’ll be looking to do a similar one next season, so if you enjoyed what you saw and would like to get involved in some way then let us know at some point during the year.

Again, many thanks to everyone for helping and showing the visitors just why MPSC is the friendliest club around.

Thankyou! :-)