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’ Β 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚