Oh who needs wind anyway?/

Well that was a bit of a laugh huh?

‘Barts Bash’ on Sunday was a total blast……Sunshine, warmth, pirates and lots of smiles and just general happy and jolliness all around the club.

We had to delay the start a bit in the hope that at least some breeze might pop up, but alas we were out of luck – but that wasn’t going to stop us was it? No siree🙂

Dave Norris set us a course that fulfilled the race-length obligations set by the Barts Bash organisers (at least 1000metres) and gave instructions that the boats had to be propelled only by the wind – or the action of the sailors.

Much pumping of sails and rocking of boats saw a fleet of about 25 boats flap their way around the course in the sunshine – including super-crew Jackie Hookham taking her first trip out in a sailing boat!

Whilst the result wasn’t really all that important, a big applause goes to Martin Zoeftig who vanquished all in his Comet – well done Martin😀

On the day we raised £165 via race entries, cake sale, Jacobs keyring sales and other donations. This was on top of magnificent fund raising by Max and Zak who had already raised £80 themselves before the big day. That brings MPSC’s total to £245

It really was a fantastic day and showed just why the club is a great place to hang out at even when the wind isn’t playing ball!

Well done to everyone on a brilliant effort and for making a special day very special indeed – here’s to next year!😀


Richard Lightwood Memorial

Next Sunday (11th September) sees our annual ‘Richard Lightwood Memorial Trophy’ race.

Richard was a fantastic supporter of young sailors, a great encourager of novices and a fantastic sailor in his own right.

This would be the perfect event for novices, new-to-racing, junior sailors to join us out on the water to celebrate the life of a remarkable man both on and off the water.

It would also be a great way to practice for the following weeks ‘Barts Bash’ event😀

So, why not come an join us on Sunday as we remember Richard in the best way we can – out on the water racing!

The day will consist of three pursuit races, best two scores to count.

The Lightwood trophy is held in high regard at MPSC and something to be very proud of if you win it.

A very special event and a very special trophy.

Come on down, make a day of it….dig out a barbecue if the weather is looking good.

Let’s mark the day with a fantastic event.

“The Crosby Racing Clinic”

After last weeks successful session, Dave Crosby will again be holding a ‘Racing Clinic’ (‘Everything you wanted to know about racing but were afraid to ask…’) this coming Sunday morning.

The aim is to encourage more people to join in with Sunday racing and to dispel some of the myths or pre-conceptions that you may have about racing.

This really is pretty much the fastest way to improve your skills….to start with you actually have to follow a course rather than just zoom around on a reach or wherever the boat decides to go🙂 – with racing you’ll learn to actually make your boat go where you want it to.
Dave will give a brief overview of what to expect, answer any questions that you may have and look at some ideas on rig settings to obtain the most efficient use of your boat and yourself.

Now, this isn’t a ‘Learn to sail’ initiative, so you’ll need to be confident that you can sail out to Saddlesall on your own in most conditions, but there will be patrol boat cover and you’ll have other sailors around, so don’t be too scared.

You need to be rigged and ready for 930am on Sunday, with first race kicking off at around 1130am.

It’s free, it’s fun and could well open up a whole new world of sailing for you.

Remember, if you hire any of the club boats (Q’bas, Toppers or Bahias only please) then you still need to pay the requisite boat hire fee for the day/half-day.

Following on from the recent “..buying your own boat” post, you could always start asking advice of other sailors about the types of boat that you might want to start looking at too.

So, Sunday morning – 930am. Weather is looking good for some top splashage and a bit of falling in🙂 , come on down and give it a go.