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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.

 Commodore's Blog - January 2018

Hello Everyone

If I’ve not seen you yet this year, I hope you had a happy and healthy Christmas and I wish you a Very Happy 2018.

Did you come to the Pursuit Race and Social last Sunday, 9 January?  If not, you missed a really great Crawley Mariner event.  We had 15 boats on the water, racing in really challenging conditions, with nearly everyone capsizing at some point.  My thanks to everyone who made the day possible, in particular Donal who organised everything on the water.  It went really well Donal, and no one thought your course was a knitting pattern, not really!  A special mention to our youngest and bravest sailor, Anna Edmonds, who gallantly sailed her Optimist and did extremely well.  Some of those gusts were up to 40mph!  Meanwhile, in the clubhouse, a large crowd of us watched proceedings from behind the patio doors, enjoying hot mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles – delicious!

As I write this, it is a really dark and gloomy Monday morning, the rain’s sheeting down, there’s lots of muddy puddles everywhere, it’s blowing half a gale and beastly cold too – the thought of going sailing is really horrible – but, of course, it wont stay like this.  Before we know it, Spring will be upon us, birds will be building their nests, buds will be bursting, daffodils, crocus and snowdrops will be blooming, and then the thought of sailing will be marvelous!  This is my way of reminding you that although the prospect of sailing in shorts and tee shirts is rather a long way in the future, now’s the time to be renewing your membership of Crawley Mariners.  Do it before the end of January and you will have a discount on your fees.  What’s not to like? 

We have lots to look forward to in 2018 and the first event coming up is for all the family to enjoy, our Annual Dinner and Awards Evening on 3 February, at the Jubilee Community Centre in East Grinstead.  Book and select your menu via WebCollect.

The next event is also for all the family – as mentioned in last month’s blog, there is to be a Work Party, and this is now planned for Saturday, 10 February from 09.00 to 13.00.  If the weather is really dreadful, as indeed it can be in February, we will postpone these activities until 17 February.  I’ll send an email to everyone via WebCollect nearer the time to confirm the date.  Whenever it is, there will be a plentiful supply of bacon sandwiches, biscuits and cakes, teas, coffees and hot chocolate for all the workers.  If you’ve not been to one of these before, do try to come along – we get lots done and it is a great help to supplement the work of the Tuesday Club and keep our grounds in good condition.

If you are around on Tuesday, 23 January, you may be interested to pop into Hedgecourt to see our new jetty being installed.  Maybe it’s just me, but I am quite excited to see how this is done.  The company doing the job has built the jetty in their workshops and will be installing it in our lake in just one day. 

Remarkable, when you know just how really difficult it was to remove the existing jetty.  We are hoping to have a scrap dealer come to the lake this week to remove the steel work that is now taking up space in our car park.  Once the new jetty is in, we will be discussing with the builder the best way to repair or replace the foreshore between the two new jetties. 

Now, as you know, we Mariners have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming towards new members.  To make sure that no new member feels a little lost, or not quite knowing who to ask about club activities, we have decided to offer new members a buddy for their first year of membership.  This is to make sure that they have someone they can contact with any questions they may have about events etc.  If you would like to be a buddy to a new member, do please get in touch with Dave Clark.  Dave’s contact details are, as always, at the back of the newsletter.  He would love to hear from you.

Looking forward to seeing you soon, hopefully at our Dry Meeting on 31 January, when it’s your last chance to rejoin and get the discount, maybe at the lake next week when the jetty is being installed, perhaps at the Awards Dinner, or possibly at the Work Party? 

With best wishes


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