Jibsheet - News from the Committee of Management and Sailing Committee - October 2014

Jibsheet - News from the Committee of Management and Sailing Committee - October 2014

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The Committee of Management is keen to improve how it communicates with the membership of the Club. Many years ago, "Jibsheet" used to be published in between editions of Mainsheet to update members on what was happening at the Club. Your Committee of Management has decided to trim the "Jibsheet" as a summary of the important issues and developments it's dealing with month by month and to email it directly to members. For more information, contact Julian Harms, Rear Commodore, or Chris Homer, Chair of the Committee of Management


Richard Adams is the new harbourmaster

The Committee of Management has co-opted Richard Adams to the vacant post of Harbourmaster.

Richard's first job will be to establish what boats are where and who they belong to.

You can help him by making sure your trolleys and trailers and all your other kit is stored where it should be, and is clearly marked with your name. Please remove any old, unused kit from the site.

For more information, contact Richard Adams, Harbourmaster

The Buoys Team

A small group of members is going to service the racing marks.  Some buoys have been damaged, and the ground tackle needs renewing on some of them.  We already have a few volunteers to do this.

If you can help, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Dan Barrett,, Sailing Manager

Membership is growing

In past two months, the Committee of Management has approved new membership applications from 11 adults, 2 families and 3 juniors - a net increase of 14 memberships.  Most of these are from our beginners' courses, and we are also attracting more experienced sailors.  Please extend a warm welcome to all of them to maintain our reputation as the Midlands' friendliest sailing club.

Do you know a potential recruit?  Bring them along!

For more information, contact Nancy Gudgeon, Membership Secretary

Sunday Sailing Success

On 5th October 17 members took to the water in glorious sunshine - the highest turnout of the year for Sunday afternoon sailing.  There were some interesting wind shifts and gusts to test members' agility but, all in all, we all had a good time.  It was great to see so many people on the water and use the opportunity to try out different classes of boats.

Thank you to Jenny for organising this, and to Dan and his assistants for safety cover.  Feedback from some of our less experienced sailors was fantastic.

Further sessions will be arranged in the same way - spontaneously and depending on the weather.  If there's a demand, we'll keep sailing on Sunday afternoons!

For more information, watch the newsgroup and website, or contact Jenny

Winter Wednesdays

The first event of the winter was a huge success with over 25 members bringing a delicious range of food to share. Other events planned include:

  • Strengthen your Club - informal discussion with the Committee of Management at 2030hrs on 22nd October
  • A BBQ on 5th November
  • A debate "Which Class is best?"
  • Christmas mince pies, beer, wine and music
  • A New Year's Eve Party
  • Steve Cockerill's "Boat Whisperer" talk - with buffet - on 14th January
  • Round Britain Record in a Wayfarer - Philip Kirk

If you have ideas for any other events, or would like to help with any of those planned, please speak to Angela Daniels, who will be delighted to hear from you.

For more information, see the Club website or contact Angela Daniels, Social Secretary

Awards Night - Friday 21st November 2014

An opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of members of all ages and experience, and an uplifting review of the Club's sailing year that should make everyone proud of belonging to MSC.  Also, of course, presentation of the silverware to the winners of all the Club's race series.

If you are a prize winner from last year, please return your ‘Pots’ to Dan Barrett urgently.  Your name needs to be engraved for posterity!

The big night of the Club's winter social programme - be there or be square. Tickets will go on sale soon.

For more information, contact Angela Daniels, Social Secretary

2015 Open Meetings

Sailing Committee is working with the Class Captains to fix dates for Open Meetings in 2015. Exclusive days have to be notified to the City Council and other Water Users by the end of November in accordance with the Club's lease from the City Council.  The Merlin Open will be on 26th April. Other dates will be publicised as soon as they have been agreed.

With 6 Lasers sailing regularly at the Club, and given the exceptional level of support for other Clubs' Laser Opens in 2014, Sailing Committee is proposing to run a Laser Open at Midland for 2015.  This is supported by the Committee of Management.

For more information, contact Dan Barrett, Sailing Manager

Push the Boat Out 2015

Following last year's hugely successful nationwide event organised by the RYA, the Club will be inviting newcomers to sailing to the Club on 16th and 17th May next year.  Please put these dates in your diary so that you can help impress the hordes of visitors and recruit them to our fantastic sport.

For more information, contact Martin Slyne, Development Manager

Looking forward to 2015 and beyond

The Committee of Management has started planning for the Club's AGM that will be held in March 2015.  Members of the Committee are looking to strengthen its membership and fill some remaining vacancies.

If you feel you have something to offer your Club - as a member of the Committee or otherwise - please speak to Chris Homer, Julian Harms or another Committee member.

For more information, contact Chris Homer, Chair of the Committee of Management

Junior Sailing goes from strength to strength

Our existing junior sailors are successfully progressing through the stages of the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, and more formal training is planned for our newer junior members.

Juniors have used the Club's Race Toppers and Optimists to race in the RYA Zone Championships, and some with their own boats are now competing on the Open circuit.  It is also gratifying to see increasing numbers of Juniors racing on a Saturday afternoon.

Juniors meet on Saturday mornings, and volunteers are always required to help with rigging/de-rigging, launching/catching, safety boat cover, and the galley.  If you can help, please speak to Nancy.

The Club's Race Toppers are currently causing some congestion in the boat shed, and are difficult to get out and put away.  Junior Committee has come up with some ideas for permanent storage of the Toppers and Oppies/Optimists.

For more information, contact Nancy Gudgeon, Junior Committee , or Adam Maclean, Chair of the Junior Committtee

The Clubhouse

The Committee of Management is only too well aware of the backlog of cleaning and maintenance.  This does not mean the Premises Manager has not been doing his job, rather that the number of different jobs required to maintain our ageing premises has overwhelmed the capacity of the small number of volunteers involved.

A new, more robust front door lock has been ordered and will be fitted as soon as it arrives.  A new galley is being spec'd and costed - thank you to Sarah Crabtree for doing the before-and-after CAD drawings.  Other repairs and maintenance - including a thorough "deep-clean"  are being costed and prioritised.

If you have any skills and/or time to help Lawrence tackle these tasks, he would be very pleased to hear from you.

For more information, contact Lawrence Bowbanks, Premises Manager

RYA Training

We are running an additional Start Sailing/Basic Skills course to meet late season demand.

For more information, contact Mike Colles, Training Centre Principal