Well done MPSC!

What a brilliant afternoon that was!

With 13 boats signed on, the sun shining down (…shining a little too much as my ‘T-Shirt and Flip Flop tan will atest!!) and the breeze switching on nicely, the annual MPSC RNLI race series was held last Saturday, featuring a brilliant mix of boats and a range of sailors aged,almost literally, from 8 to 80:-)

Three 50 minute pursuit races run back to back was a real test of stamina for everyone and it was John Salomonson crewed by Tom for the day who came out tops. However, it wasn’t a straight run thing as Alex Coyle, in an RS Q’ba gave John and Tom a tough time with some superb sailing to finish the day in second place. Third overall was Ash and Lou Burton in their RS400 – a fantastic finish considering that Lou had never been in the boat before!

There was a particularly good showing from the Junior squad in their various Toppers, Fevas and Q’ba ….a superb effort guys and a fantastic display to show off your silky sailing skills😀

The wind was quite challenging at times but there were surprisingly few capsizes – again proving how skilled our junior sailors have become.

Of course, though, special mention has to go to Olivia and Charlotte for being the first to capsize one of the brand-new, day old RS Quest training boats! Good effort girls, top marks😀

So a blast of a day with breeze, sunshine a great turnout and lots of smiles…. AND we managed to raise £272 for our local branch of the RNLI, so thankyou to all that bought raffle tickets.

Special thanks to Solly for tirelessly hounding us all down to buy tickets – as well as being a worthy winner of a brilliant day.

So, if you quite liked what you saw, why not come down on Sunday mornings and have a go at racing? At the moment we have both pursuit and standard handicap racing – but featuring a break for lunch this time so you get a chance to rest and recharge😀

Well done and thankyou to all at MPSC for making last Saturday such a great, fun day.

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RNLI Race day – 25th June

Yes, that’s this coming Saturday…… the annual MPSC RNLI pursuit series.

Consisting of three pursuit races, this ‘one discard’ series (ie: Your best two scores to count) is ideal for those intruiged by the idea of racing or just new to the whole thing.

Unlike standard handicap racing, each dinghy class sets off at its own allotted time, meaning that the start line is far less crowded so not as potentially scary or frightening. In fact, if you’re the only boat in a particular class then yes, you get the whole line to yourself! Bonus!:-)

In essence, the various handicap are applied before starting (rather than afterwards in regular handicap racing) , meaning that whilst you might start on your own, you’ll either be being chased or doing the chasing during the 50 minutes of the race. At the end, whatever position you’re in is where you finish. Simple.

Now, as this race series is intended to raise funds for our local branch of the RNLI, we do suggest a donation as a type of entry fee – that donation is up to you (and per person rather than simply per boat) but remember that the RNLI is wholly supported by voluntary donations to maintain its very existence.

To see the kind of work that the organisation do, just watch some of these: RNLI Videos

Think they don’t get called out really all that often? Check this out – boat launches during the previous 48hrs, which could mean boats being launched right now (Look at the ‘latest launches’ box in the bottom left part of the page as well) RNLI boat launches

Lots and lots of Midlanders end up needing the help of the RNLI on their weekend trips to Shell Island and the like, so just because we’re pretty landlocked around here, don’t assume that we don’t need to be concerned about needing the services of these volunteer men and women… 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

First race will start somewhere around 130/2pm , timings and final format will be communicated on the day.

Also, don’t forget that the raffle prizes will be awarded before the racing – there’s still time to grab some tickets from John Salomonson. Again, along with your entry fee donation, all the raffle funds raised will also be donated to our local RNLI branch.

So, for some great, fun racing for a fantastic cause, come on down on saturday. Pursuit racing is really good fun and a great way to make your early steps into racing generally.

Why not bring a barbecue and make a whole day and evening of it? How about a tent and camp over? Remember, MPSC is your club so why not make use of our wonderful location and facilties?

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Important traffic news for this Sunday (June 12th)

Don’t forget, it’s the Ironman event this Sunday.

The cycle route will cause the biggest traffic disruption for most trying to get to MPSC.

Here’s the route and road closure/diversion routes.

Ironman road closures / diversions

Ironman cycle route

With the Shugborough car park opening at 4am on Sunday, the competitors shuttle buses running from the same time (Shugborough to Chasewater) then the race starting at 7am, expect to come across extra traffic for most of the day.

You should be able to get to Manor Park ok if you come in from the Rugeley side, past the Ash Tree pub towards Armitage and left at ‘the green’.

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