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 - March 2018
We have very nearly turned the corner, and Spring really is not too far in the future! Are you ready for the 2018 sailing season? If your boat’s in the dinghy park, have you checked it over? Are your sails in good nick? How is your sailing gear? Last year, I was checking my sailing gear ready for a cruise and found that the feet of my dry suit had mysteriously disintegrated whilst it was hanging in the wardrobe over the winter. Luckily I was able to send it off to Ravenspring and get it back with new feet fitted in time, but it would have been embarrassing if I’d not noticed it before I arrived on the Hard at Itchenor. Worth having a good look at all your kit!
We have the Warm Up One day Series this coming Sunday and then next Saturday we have our Rapid Race Day, together with training for Race Officers. If you’ve not run a race at Hedgecourt, and are worried that you might mess up, do go along and you will see that there’s really nothing to worry about. Stephen Bellamy, our Duties Manager, is constantly on the lookout for Race Officers for our busy racing programme, and would be delighted to have some more volunteers.
If it’s still a bit too chilly for you to want to go sailing just yet, and I can confirm that Hedgecourt water is still jolly cold, how about coming for a walk with the Mariners on Sunday 25 March? Once again, Peter Featherstone is leading the walk which will be about 4 miles starting from the Primary School in Turners Hill at 10.30. RH10 4PA. This is the event for everyone, especially non-sailors, friends and relatives, and their well-behaved dogs. A will be extremely welcome. The more, the merrier.
Have you seen our smart new jetty yet? It’s all ready, complete with lots of rings for tying up dinghies. Unfortunately, I have not yet devised a way of deterring the geese, swans and ducks from making a mess on it, but this is a problem that Mike Baker and I are working on. Currently we also have a problem with the foreshore between the two new jetties. Some of the wood has rotted away, making the edge of the foreshore very unsafe. We have put some hazard tape along the part that is affected, and I do urge you to keep clear, and to ensure that children and dogs do not go near this area. We have contractors giving us estimates for carrying out remedial work and in the mean time members of the Tuesday Club may have to make some temporary repairs.
Lastly, don’t forget, if you have not renewed your membership yet you have only until 31 March to do so. Don’t delay, get onto WebCollect now and renew your membership immediately!
Hoping to see you one day very soon, either at Hedgecourt or on the Mariners Walk.
With best wishes
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