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 - December 2017
They think it’s all over – but - not quite yet, it’s not! All our sailing series have concluded for the year, but there’s one more important event in our calendar – our Pursuit Race and New Year Social at Hedgecourt on Sunday, 7 January at 11.00. An excellent opportunity to meet up with all your sailing friends, have a race round Hedgecourt if you wish to blow away some post- Christmas cobwebs, or alternatively to keep warm in the club house enjoying some mulled wine and nibbles. Any left over bits and pieces you have to contribute to the feast would be very welcome, just bring them along on the day. For Mariners, New Year resolutions to eat healthily and lose weight, don’t kick in until 8 January. More about the pursuit race from Donal, elsewhere in the newsletter.
Sadly the last race in the Autumn Leaf series did not take place because of a lack of people wanting to get cold and wet – it was not a good day for sailing, so the pursuit race really is your last chance to race with the Mariners until the Warm Up Series next March.
But, not all activity at Hedgecourt has ceased. If you come to the lake in the next two or three weeks you will see that the Tuesday Club has been beavering away removing the middle jetty. This has been a very difficult and heavy job, but we are hoping that a different bolt-cutting machine will speed up the process. You know what it’s like – you get five or six people doing a job and at least six or seven opinions as to the best way to do it – all good fun! Russell Goodbourn is bringing his gas powered flame cutting-tool next week, and he assures us that it will make the job much easier. Towards the end of January the new jetty is being delivered and installed, so even if the weather is rather too wintery for comfort the work must go on. Other routine jobs on the estate continue with Dave Clark replacing many of the boat park marker posts and others busily gathering up leaves and moving them to the leaf store. Branch clearing down the left hand side of the lake is continuing, as well as strimming the grass and undergrowth along the dam. There’s a big bonfire building up just waiting for a dry spell before it’s lit. Brian Dart has also been working hard servicing and repairing the powerboats – a very cold job and not one that can be tackled with gloves on! So far, the new goose deterrent on the far jetty seems to be working well, but there have been fewer geese at Hedgecourt recently, so we’ll have to see how it performs in the long run. The design for fixing it to the jetties will have to change a bit for the new jetties and Mike Baker is working on this.
Don’t think that the Tuesday Club wants to have all the fun – we are thinking of having a Saturday work party for all members in February. This will be for ditch clearing, leaf gathering and general tidying up. Watch this space.
It just remains for me to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
P.S. Hope to see you at the Pursuit Race on 7 January…….someone’s got to eat up all the left-over mince pies and peanuts, and it might as well be you!
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