“Commodore’s Cup” … start sorting your teams!

It’s almost upon us….the event of the year……the race to end all races……the race that even the upcoming ‘Americas Cup’ can’t compete with. Yes, it’s almost time for the annual MPSC “COMMODORE’S CUP” ๐Ÿ˜€

Saturday, 27th of May is the date to put in your diary.

This year is a fiendishly clever event that will see your skills both onย and off the water be tested.

Racing will take place in clubhouse lake – so everyone can watch and shout encouragement or advise.
We’ll be using the club boats (Bahia, Quest, Q’ba) so no need to use or have your own.
The event will be in a Team racing format (So you need to sort out your top team asap!)
You need no sailing experience in order to take part (In fact, non sailors might even score extra points for your team)
There’s no official charge, but a donation of at least ยฃ1 per person on your team would be gratefully received as a donation towards helping us redecorate the clubhouse.

We’ll be able to accommodate up to 9 teams and each boat will be sailed for 1 Hour – but you can change your crew at anytime and as many times as you want during that hour.
The winners will simply be the team that completes the most number of laps…however,ย bonus laps will be awarded pretty much on the whim of our Commodore, David Crosby.
There are some key ways to earn these bonus laps: Fancy dress and boat decoration, Youngest and Oldest people in your boat, Introducing yourself to club members that you don’t know around the club during the time that you’re not sailing plus, doubtless, many other fun and arbitary reasons basically thought up on the day!
Penalty laps will be deducted for any on or off the water grumpiness and race infringements (or maybe for even being too good)

The idea is to have a lot of fun throughout the whole day, so bring yourselves, a Barbecue, some friends, a tent and a big smile.

Remember, above all, our time at Manor Park should be a lot of fun, both sailing or on the patio so events like this are aiming at being predominantly sociable events to allow everyone to meet, mix and mingle as we head into those long lazy days in the Summer.

What a great way to spend the day and, as it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, why not stay over and do some social sailing/informal racing on the Sunday?

Happy days ….. come and have a go if you think you’re crazy enough ๐Ÿ™‚

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WOW! what a Super Saturday that was.

<Phew> I’m only just recovering from what was an immense day at the club on Saturday just gone – and I didn’t really do anything but watch and was still exhausted!

The place was absolutely buzzing which, given the grey and drizzly weather to start with was, frankly, a bit of a surprise.

Junior sail was its usual brilliant self – with some real skills being developed by our youngsters in the morning, with the usual laughter and great times being had by all. I absolutely love watching our Juniors having so much fun out there on the water, it really makes me smile.

More training in the afternoon and I was very impressed with the reversing that was going on and the super-tight formation sailing that also showed how far along the ladder many of you have now travelled.

The really big events for me, though, was the success of our new ‘Women On the Water’ (WOW!) session and the fantastic response to the start of our all-new Saturday racing.

WOW was a lot busier than we’d anticipated to be honest, with 22 ladies arriving for a taste of what sailing is all about, before they embark on their very own training from this Wednesday. This group will meet on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings and are initially aiming to obtain their Level 1 and Level 2 certificates but, hopefully, staying with us beyond these sessions and into sailing as a hobby.
It’s a fantastic initiative supported by the RYA, Sport England and Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, so please say hello to our ladies as they take the plunge into an activity that is absolutely brand-new to them.
Emma and Amanda would like to give a huge thankyou to everyone that helped on Saturday – we’re aiming at providing female instructors and female A.I’s to this group but, y’know, Kenneth & Simon are pretty much honorary ladies huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Thankyou to all for this though, it was a lot busier than we expected and you dealt with things admirably.

Saturday racing also looks as though it’s going to prove popular – a beach full of boats took off out to Saddlesall and didn’t come back for quite some time, so I’m guessing a lot of fun was had by all.
Two 25 minute races followed by at least one 50 minute race was on the agenda and seemed to be a very popular choice by all concerned.
Again, thankyou for supporting this new programme, we just want to get more people out on the race course to see that this racing malarkey really isn’t very scary at all. In fact, it’s the adults that look like they’re going to have to keep looking over their shoulders such was the standard of our youngsters!
Nick had ann idea, by the way, how about an adults Vs kids race one afternoon with everyone in Toppers? – Just a thought and something to give you an idea as to how this seasons racing can pan out – if you have an idea, let us know. Racing is supposed to be fun, so lets go and have it! We can’t do that without you, so come on, have a go it’s a really good laugh and you’ll develop your skills super quickly without even realising!

I know the weather was a bit chilly, but all we were missing at the end of a long day was a good barbecue and plenty of post-sailing banter on the patio.

So why not bring your barbecues and supplies this weekend and make a whole day of it?

Junior sail, Adult training, Women On the Water, Racing, Social sailing…..all day long and for all of the family – all set in the beautiful surroundings of Manor Park. Grab some friends, bring them to have a look or get them to join you in the afternoon / evening. MPSC is a lovely place to relax in the latter part of the day and you can impress your pals with it too: Lakeside BBQ? – Check. Lovely countryside setting? – Check. Plenty of relaxing birdlife and nature stuff? – Check ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again to everyone for making Saturday one of the best days of the season so far – lets carry on like that huh?

Cheers everyone ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

PS: We’ve had some new geese born – and there’s a few nests around waiting for some little birds to be born. So, if you see a big old Goose looking a bit ‘On Guard’ give them a wide berth…..
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May Open day / Push the boat out.

Hello everyone,

We are still looking for help from people of any age on the open day.

The day starts at 10:00am and finishes 4:00pm but if you can just give a hour that’s great

We need;

Meet and greeters, ย friendly faces for people to talk to and answer questions about MPSC , direct them to the various activities and how to sign up.

Galley helpers would also be appreciated just in case we get busy

Thanks

David Crosby
Commodore