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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 - November 2017

Hello Everyone

As the days get shorter and Autumn gales encourage our trees to shed their leaves, there’s no getting away from the fact that Winter will be here soon.  However, before we all retreat into our warm nests for the winter and hibernate for the next few months we still have some sailing to look forward to.  There are two more Autumn Saturdays and two more Autumn Leafs before the end of the year.  Then of course, there is our New Year Social event at the lake on Sunday 7 January, when we will have mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles to accompany our annual pursuit race. 

I mentioned last month that we are having the middle jetty replaced soon by the same contractor who built our new jetty.  There has been a slight hold-up because the material for the surface was temporarily unavailable, but we now have a definite date of third week in January for its installation.  The Tuesday Club will be dismantling the middle jetty in the weeks after the final Saturday Club on 25 November, so don’t be surprised to see some rather wet and muddy activity going on if you come to the club.  We do like to get stuck in! 

Speaking of work going on at the club, leaf clearing is a major activity at the moment, but you may also notice, especially if you go afloat, that there has been lots of clearing of branches and over-grown trees from the left hand side of the lake looking towards the dam, and lots of associated bonfires.  Another job that needs tackling soon is the trimming of growth on top of the dam, to make sure that it doesn’t undermine the dam structure.  If you have some spare time on a Tuesday morning, do don some old clothes and come and see what we are up to.  We have good fun, good crack and get lots done, and you would be more than welcome.  For those of you who are unavailable on a Tuesday, we will be planning a Work Party in the New Year. 

We have our AGM coming up on 29 November and this year we will be hearing from Donal about the plans for the sailing programme in 2018 and from our Strategy Group about their thoughts so far for the development of our club.  Currently they are concentrating on communication and ensuring that all our members know what is on offer at the Mariners and they have made some very interesting suggestions for improving our programme and in particular getting our junior members racing.

As a last word, do take heed of my warning in last month’s blog – if you leave anything in your boat over the winter that could conceivably provide a mouse with nesting material, as sure as eggs are eggs, the little blighters will find and destroy it.  They ate a sponge in our boat last winter.


More About CMYC

The aim of the Club is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a variety of dinghy sailing activities. Our sailing programme offers a wide range of organised events both at our home base at Hedgecourt Lake and at the...
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Learning to Sail

At CMYC we run RYA approved courses for Adults and Juniors throughout the year, Please see newsletter for detalis. We also run informal training sessions called 'Saturday Clubs' (no prizes for guessing when we run these
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Dry Meetings


DRY MEETINGS. More great talks are planned for this year, keep an eye on your newsletter or read more here

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Whilst enjoying the fine cuisine, entertainment had been laid on for us, courteously by the club committee engaging the use of external contractors to dredge the area around the jetties.
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Saturday Clubs

Each year, from April to November, we run monthly full day ‘Saturday Clubs' for both juniors and adults.With regard to adult participants the opportunity is offered to have any sailing related...
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Social Events

As is the case with most sailing clubs Crawley Mariners organise many social events, walks, suppers and in recent years a Supper at the lake with Perdido Jazz Band...
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