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 2018
Have you noticed that our resident swans and their six cygnets have been missing from Hedgecourt for the past couple of weeks? On investigation, it seems that the cygnets, who had discovered what their wings are for, had ventured away from Hedgecourt and landed at Tilgate Lake. The parent swans always drive their off-spring away around this time of year, so we were not too worried when they disappeared. However, Tilgate Lake was not a good choice for our cygnets as the resident swans took great exception to having their lake invaded by these upstarts, and let them know, in no uncertain terms, by duffing them up. Our mother (pen) swan flew to rescue them, and also turned up at Tilgate Lake. It begs the question as to how she knew where to find them, but apparently, she did. The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton then became involved and gathered up all six cygnets and the pen, as well as collecting the father (cob) swan from Hedgecourt, taking them all back to Shepperton, where they were checked over for injuries. Happily, other than being a little under weight the cygnets were found to be fine, and the entire family is doing well. They will all be returned to Hedgecourt shortly. One of our Tuesday Club stalwarts, Peter, has some special swan food that he will be feeding them, and we hope giving the cygnets a bit of extra nutrition will help them prepare for the coldest winter months.
It’s not just the swans that need to prepare for winter! Have you winterized your dinghy yet? I know there are still several Autumn Saturdays and Autumn Leaf races to come, but it won’t be long before winter is upon us. I must confess, our wooden Mirror is still in the dinghy park, but it will be coming home soon to spend the winter safe and dry in the loft of our garage. If you have a wooden boat, do be sure to check that its cover is doing its job properly, and keeping your dinghy dry. Just this week I have had to dispose of an abandoned wooden boat at Hedgecourt. It had obviously been left with a lot of water lying in the bottom and this had, over time, led to wet and dry rot, making the boat completely irreparable. It did go well on the bonfire though! Our Toppers and Wanderer, made of GRP and plastic have to rough it in the dinghy park, but I will be sure to remove everything that could possibly be used as mouse nesting material, and make sure that any water that makes it way under the covers is able to drain away. I can’t stop the little blighters getting into our boats, but I can make sure they aren’t too comfortable, and hope they find somewhere else to nest. Make sure it’s not your dinghy they choose!
We have the Autumn Work Party coming up on Saturday, 17 November from about 09.00 onwards. If you can possibly spare a couple of hours, do please come along and lend a hand. There are jobs for everyone, including children. Wear your oldest clothes, boots and some thick gloves, and you’ll be ready to pitch in. The jobs we need to get done include mixing enough cement and ballast (in our shiny new concrete mixer) to fill 300 concrete bags (using our unique purpose built concrete bag holder). These then need to be shipped down to the other end of the lake and be placed carefully to reinforce the dam. There is also a sizeable amount of brushwood that needs to be burnt on the bonfire, and a lot of other rubbish lying around to be loaded into a skip. There is always general tidying up to be done and leaves to be collected and stored in our leaf storage area. There will be bacon butties for all at 11.00 and hot drinks, biscuits and cakes available all day. Food, drink and good company – all the essential ingredients for a great party – do come and join the fun. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
This is my last Blog for the newsletter as I am standing down as Commodore at the AGM on 28 November. It has been a privilege to be Commodore of Crawley Mariners and I have enjoyed hugely getting to know many of you. Adrian is also standing down as Honorary Secretary but we will still be around, I hope, for many years to come, so do say hello if you see us at the lake or cruising in Chichester Harbour or elsewhere.
With my very best wishes to you all,
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