CMYC... The Friendliest Dinghy Sailing Club in Sussex?
We like to think so
The Mariners have a well deserved reputation for being a very friendly club with a relaxed atmosphere, so if you're interested in sailing, do feel free to come and visit us for a chat. Organised events take place on most weekends from March to December, or take advantage of a free trial sail on one of our Open days. Sailing dinghies come in all shapes and sizes (over 100 different Classes at last count). No matter what your weight, shape, age or level of fitness, there will be a class of boat to suit your needs. For members that do not own a boat the Club has a number of boats that can be used without charge at the monthly Saturday Club
Commodore's Blog - April 2017
No complaints about the weather as I write this blog – it’s been beautiful, warm and sunny with some wind too for the past few days! I do hope everyone is enjoying our early season programme and that you are all looking forward to some cracking sailing over the summer.
If you have yet to take your dinghy out of mothballs, it will be worth giving it a good once-over to make sure that no problems arose during the winter. I’m sure we are all careful to remove our sails from our boats, so that they do not become nesting material for mice, but I know of at least one unlucky person who came to the lake for a race to find that mice had eaten about a meter of his main sheet, not at the end, that would have been OK, but right in the middle, making sailing that day very problematic! Trolley wheels and trailer tyres might also have perished, so have a look at these too, (I’ve seen a number of really dodgy looking tyres around the dinghy park) and then you wont be let down when you come to use your boat for the first time.
We hosted a Topper Open Meeting at Hedgecourt on 2 April, with 28 Toppers competing. We had visitors from 11 different clubs as well as 11 Mariners taking part. The overall winner was Samuel Bracksley from Felpham SC. First Mariner was Izac Dodds who came third overall with Robin Stein coming eighth. Well done Izac and Robin.
Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find the At a Glance Programme for May, and you will see that there is something for everyone coming up, including our Open Day on 14 May. We have combined our Open Day with Push the Boat Out again this year, and this is an excellent way to introduce people to Crawley Mariners and to sailing, all free of charge. We also offer a discount on training to people who join at our Open Day, so do encourage all your friends who may be interested to come along. In fact, encourage all your friends, even if they are not interested, to come along – we’ll see if we can bag some converts!
Our first cruise in Chichester is coming up on Sunday 7 May. You and your boat and crew should be all rigged and ready to go at 10.00 on the Hard at Itchenor. This cruise is on a neap tide, and will be supported by a safety boat so will be especially suitable for people who are trying cruising for the first time, or for those with smaller, slower dinghies. Any questions about this event or to register to take part, get in touch with Beth Clark, our cruising coordinator. Beth’s email is email@example.com
Further afield, in Bermuda, the America’s Cup is building up to its climax towards the end of May and continuing into June when the boat to race against Oracle, the American holder, will be determined over a series of races. Currently there are six teams still hoping to be the one to challenge the Americans for the Cup towards the end of June, and it will be the winner of this series that gets the opportunity.
Sir Ben Ainsley, the most successful Olympic Sailor of all time, is skipper of the British challenger and he hopes that his boat, Rita, will bring the America’s Cup home for the first time ever. There is lots of information about Land Rover BAR – Ben Ainsley Racing, on the internet, so if you are interested, do go on-line and look for all the information that’s to be found there.
A little bit of trivia I found on line: Sir Ben’s boat is called Rita after a badge sewn on to his buoyancy aid by his Mum in 1992. St Rita is the Patron Saint of impossible dreams, and she has done a pretty good job for Sir Ben up until now.
Our Dry Meeting this month on Wednesday, 26 April, takes the form of an EGM at the Haven Centre, Crawley Down at 20.00. You should have already received the papers for this meeting, prepared by our Treasurer, Andrew Keynes. If you have any questions for Andrew, this is the meeting that provides the ideal opportunity.
As ever, I hope to see you at Hedgecourt one day soon.
Best Wishes and Good Sailing!
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