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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 - April 2018

Hello Everyone

Lots to look forward to this month and next – see the At a Glance Page, it’s really full of sailing as our programme revs up for the summer.  Something for everyone, so do get involved. 

We have our first ever Members’ Day on 28 April, running alongside and augmenting our regular Saturday Club activities.  This event is for all the family and will showcase all that our club has to offer us.  The day will include a Bring and Buy of sailing gear and boat bits – you name the price you want for your items, and give the club 10%.  The BBQ will be ready for cooking from 13.00, so bring your burgers and sausages etc., for an outdoor feast.  We will also have a Wanderer fully ready for trailing to the coast for cruising, and will be on hand to answer all your questions.  The day will also provide an opportunity to try various dinghies, but most of all it is so that we can meet up with fellow Mariners and friends and have a lovely social day at our beautiful lake.  I guess I have to say that the BBQ will be weather permitting, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will be a lovely warm and sunny day.

Our Dry Meeting, at Hedgecourt at 20.00 on 25 April takes the form of an EGM so that members can ask questions about our club accounts and vote to accept these.  Then on 2 May our Wednesday evening racing series start, with no more Dry Meetings until August when it gets too dark for evening sailing. 

Our first cruise of the season will be on 5 May in Chichester Harbour.  As Beth Clark has said in her email to everyone, this is a cruise on a Neap Tide and is especially suitable for anyone with a smaller dinghy or someone who has not cruised before.  The general rule of cruising is that we all sail to the capacity of the slowest boat, so no one is left behind.  A safety boat, whose crew will keep an eye on us, will also be there as additional support.  If you don’t yet have a boat, or would like to sail with someone experienced for your first taste of cruising, do let Beth know and she will do her best to sort things out for you. Beth’s email addresses are: and  You could also use the CMYC Helm and Crew Match-up page on Facebook and remember, you could borrow one of the Quest Dinghies if you are suitably qualified and have a tow hook on your car.  To arrange this, you will also need to get in touch with Beth.

Whilst on the subject of borrowing – Russell Goodbourn has made three kayaks available for members to borrow and use at Hedgecourt.  These are down behind the containers and are padlocked with last year’s club entry code.  Help yourself, but do make sure to put them back and lock them up again after use. 

We are still waiting for two further estimates for fixing our foreshore, and in the mean time, the Tuesday Club will be making temporary repairs so that we can use it again. 

You may have noticed that there is a new goose deterrent on the middle jetty.  This is along the lines of the deterrent that has worked so well on the left hand jetty for the past months, and we hope it will have the same success on the middle jetty.  It is easy to remove and replace during sailing events, but do try to put it back as you find it, or it wont work and those geese and ducks will go back to their nasty habits!  If it works, we will try to fit something similar to the right hand jetty in due course.  (Patent pending!!)

So, masses going on at Hedgecourt and elsewhere, and I’ve not even mentioned Thursday Sailing that is underway again every Thursday – or that you can come and enjoy Hedgecourt any day of the week, for sailing, for a picnic or to take your children or dogs for a walk along the many footpaths and surrounding fields. So, come on you Mariners, get involved, as I said at the beginning of my blog there really is something for everyone.

See you soon


PS I’ve just heard the splendid news that three Mariners won awards at the Topper Open at Hedgecourt last week; 1st Non-squad: Miles Vidler,

1st 4.2 Sailor: Edwin Cross and Endeavour Award: Luke Townsend.  Very well done all of you.  We are proud of you!











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