Jibsheet June 2015




News from the Committee of Management and Sailing Committee

June 2015

We Pushed the Boat Out!

The weekend of 16th and 17th May was a great success, with 65 visitors coming to the club to sail and enquire about our activities.  Some have already joined the Club, others joined our RYA beginners’ courses.  We also have 8 new young people who are keen to start junior sailing.  A big “Thank You” to all those Club members who helped with the weekend.   

For more  information , please contact Dan Barrett, MSC’s RYA Training Centre Principal


Club Working Party - Saturday 20th June 2015 -  - 10.00 - 16.00

We have a working party on Saturday week when we cannot sail.  If you cannot stay all day any time that you have will be appreciated by all!  Lunch provided for workers.

There’s an amazingly interesting range of tasks that need doing, something for everyone’s skills!

You can sign up for your chosen task(s) EITHER on the sheet by the galley, OR (preferably) clicking here and signing up online.  Click now to see how easy that is!

If someone else has already put their name in the volunteer column for the job(s) you want to do, simply place your cursor at the end of their name, press <return> and then type your name.  Most tasks need more than one person.

The online version may be updated with additional tasks, so it’s best to go back and look to see if there’s anything else that you fancy doing.

Please bring appropriate tools with you.

For more  information , please contact the leads for individual tasks:  Richard Adams, Ian Smith, Andrew Prosser,  Mike Colles,  and  Sarah Crabtree,

Handicap Racing - a different and exciting race format on the last Saturday of the month


In response to demand from sailors, Sailing Committee has arranged some Saturday handicap racing on four Saturdays during the summer.


All classes start together and sail around a short course, sailing through the start/finish line at the end of each lap.


After 60 minutes boats finish when they next pass through the finish line.  Results are calculated taking into account each class’s handicap.


Here is your chance to join in a different and exciting race format.  Just turn up on the last Saturday in June, July or August to take part.  There is little extra to learn, and the course will be explained to you before you go on the water.


It doesn’t matter which class of boat you sail – this is for you!  Just remember to arrive and be on the water on time, as we all start together 5 minutes after the first sound signal – sequence is:  Warning signal - 4 minutes - 1 minute - start.  Couldn’t be simpler!


Put these dates in your diary now:

  • 27th June

  • 25th July

  • 29th August


For more information, contact  Phil Harrison, the Sailing Manager.


Forthcoming Open Meetings at Midland


We are looking forward to three open meetings at Midland over the next month or two:

  • 14th June`-        Enterprise class

  • 12th July -          Solo class

  • 26th July -          Laser class


If you own an Enterprise, Solo or Laser – or can borrow one – do come and take part.  You get the chance to sail against sailors from other clubs, and the racing is always great fun!


We’re also looking for helpers to run these meetings.  If you would like to help with race organisation or safety boat cover, please contact Mike Anslow or Lazaros Andronis .

Junior Saturday Afternoon Racing


Juniors are planning to start racing on Saturday afternoons.


Their races will start on the last pursuit race sound signal.  These will be fun races, and finishing positions will be recorded and read out in the bar with the adult racing results.  The juniors are the future of the club - please give them every encouragement.


For more information, contact  Adam Maclean or Nancy Gudgeon.

Sunday Sailing has started


Sunny Sunday Summer Sailing started on 24th May and is generating a great deal of interest, giving those who don’t race (yet!) the opportunity to sail in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly encouragement and safety boat backup.  The next Sunday Sailing session is on 21st June, as it is the Enterprise Open on Sunday 14th June.


Do you have a boat at the club or at home that’s not getting wet?  When did you last get out on the water?  Sailing Committee is keen to encourage more of our members to get back sailing.  If you haven’t been afloat for a while, a gentle outing on one of our Sunday sailing days would be an ideal way for you to start sailing again.


Some Sundays will also have special themes or topics which could be of particular interest to you.  What do you want to work on? To see when Sunday Sailing is taking place, and to sign up for a session, please click here, where you can also volunteer to drive the safety boat.


Remember you can also sail when there is Club racing on a Saturday afternoon or Wednesday evening.  As long as you keep clear of racing boats, and round any marks in the same direction as the racers, you will have the benefits of sailing in company, with safety cover, and the bar opening after sailing!  Come and join us on the water.


For more information, or to let them know any particular topic you’re interested in, email Stuart Jones, Solo Class Captain, or  Phil Harrison, the Sailing Manager.

Have you read the Working Principles for all users and visitors to Midland Sailing Club yet?

The last Jibsheet reported the Committee of Management’s agreement of Working Principles to set out the standards and expectations applicable to everyone involved with Midland Sailing Club and Bear Creek Adventure Ltd/ Edgbaston Watersports.

Click here to read the full document, which is split into four main areas:

  • Respect for all users of the site

  • Respect each other’s property

  • Maintain clear access

  • Follow guidelines and educate users about guidelines

For more information, contact Julian Harms, Vice Commodore.


Bangla Boat Race - Sunday 9th August 2015 now an Exclusive

Birmingham's first ever Bangla Boat Race has now become the “7th National Nowka Bais” (Bangladeshi style dragon boat race) and so many people are expected we, and the other water users, have agreed to it being an Exclusive Day.

Although this means that Sunday Sailing will be suspended for another week, we will still be taking people out for sailing tasters before and after the main races, and generally promoting our Club, which would give us very good access to local communities who may not be aware of the sailing opportunities that are here at Edgbaston Reservoir.

To see what it’s all about, google <bangla boat race> or click here.

We'll keep you informed as the plans develop, and please make a note of the date in your diaries. If you'd like to know more about the charity organising the day, please see www.legacy-wm.org.

If you'd like to help out on the day, by either running the cafe, taking people out for a sail, or generally promoting MSC, please let Dan Barrett or Jan Kimber know.


Bart’s Bash - Sunday 20th September 2015

Andrew “Bart” Simpson, one of our great Olympic stars, died in practice for the America’s Cup.  In his memory, and to continue the fantastic encouragement he gave younger sailors, the Andrew Simpson Foundation was created.

Last year, the Foundation was the beneficiary of the first “Bart’s Bash”, which took the Guinness Record for the biggest sailing race in the world.  This year, there’s no lower limit to the number of entries in any individual event, and Midland Sailing Club is proud to have signed up for it.  We will have one mass start handicap race - time of warning signal to be advised.  We are hoping to have a barbecue afterwards.

With less than  ‪#‎100DAYSTOGO‬ until we kick off this years Bart's Bash, help us spread the word about this fantastic event by talking to your friends, family and colleagues, as this year, with Bart's Buddie's, the aim is to get even more people on the water on September 20th.  Will you be one of us?

Visit www.bartsbash.com for more information on this magnificent global  event.  It’is a great excuse to get out on the water and have some fun, and helps raise funds which allows the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to continue to transform the lives of young people through sailing across the world.

Visit www.andrewsimpsonfoundation.co.uk to find out more on the Foundation's activities

For more information, email  Phil Harrison, the Sailing Manager.


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