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 - September 2018
As ever, there’s loads going on with Crawley Mariners at the moment!
Racing at the weekends, and Sunday Sociable Sailing proving popular with those who just want to potter round our beautiful lake, either sailing or in their canoes, with the reassurance of having a safety boat ready to assist should it be needed. Thank you Paul Turner and friends for making this possible.
There are many members, who are fortunate enough not to have to work on Thursdays, who sail, or just enjoy a picnic, at Thursday Sailing. Please come and give it a try!
There is still a cruise to come, our annual venture across to the Isle of Wight, from Hill Head, Lee on Solent on 29 September. Donal, who is leading the cruise, hopes to go to Bembridge or Seaview for lunch, depending on the winds, of course. These are just the occasions that are in our programme, who knows how many members take advantage of our USP, our lake and club house being available for our members every day of the year?
Save the Day – no, not a wedding, but coming up, as mentioned last month, we have a Saturday work party arranged for 10 November. Please spare a few hours to come along and help with the many jobs that need some extra man, woman and child power to augment the work done every week by the Tuesday Club. Bacon rolls will, as always, feature at elevenses! This time, there is a large bonfire to be lit, to get rid of lots of brushwood that has built up over the summer, and some concrete bags to be placed to strengthen the dam. No experience necessary! Just come along in your oldest clothes, wear some strong gloves and be prepared to get stuck in – not literally! More details in the newsletter next month.
Adrian has been investigating the options for the club’s Greek Cruise next year. If you would like to hear about the choices to be made, what we have got up to in previous years, and what we hope to do in 2019, then be sure to come to the first of our Dry Meetings, on 26 September at 20.00 in the Oak Room at The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ.
Plans are also afoot to improve our clubhouse. It has long been a club ambition to develop the loft area so that it may be used for things other than storage, and John Carlton has been investigating the options for us. He is intending to apply for planning permission once the full extent of the work that may be required has been established by a structural surveyor. Meanwhile, we are installing a new and improved access ladder. Currently this is sitting in a huge box at John’s house, but he will bring it to the club for the Tuesday Club to install soon.
I have also mentioned in previous newsletters the need for volunteers to come forward to help run our club by becoming committee members. Our AGM is on 28 November, and we will be seeking a new Commodore, an Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer, and someone to help Stephen Bellamy with running Dutyman, whilst he is working abroad for six months. We also need a Vice Commodore Estate, to liaise between the Tuesday Club and the Committee. Job descriptions for all these roles are available. Drop me a line if you think you may be interested, and I will send one to you. These are all really important roles, and it will be next to impossible for the club to run effectively without members willing to give a few hours each month to keep things on track. One of Adrian’s final jobs as our current Secretary will be to send out nomination forms for next year’s committee, towards the end of October. Do please consider volunteering. You do not need any previous experience of committee work so do please think about how you can help, to ensure that our wonderful club continues to thrive. Your club needs YOU.
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