Safety boat courses

There will be two safety boat courses run in the spring. These will be held based at the Bradwell Outdoor Centre. Course 1 April 21/22 Course 2 April 28/29 The cost of the course is £85 per person. The club committee have agreed to subsidise further the cost for some participants where the applicant has helped regularly with club…

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Dinghy Parking

Winter parking fees should have now been paid for any dinghy still stored in the yard. If you have not please ensure that it is paid within the next 14 days. Payment, preferably by cheque, can be left in the clubhouse marked for my attention, posted to my home address (found in programme) or if you have not paid…

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Dinghy classes in Mersea Week

The new Chairman of Mersea Week is Greg Dunn – also the editor of the club magazine Windward. As part of his new role, Greg is keen to encourage more entries of dinghies in Mersea Week and the organisers are offering a GP14 class start if we can get sufficient entries. Here’s a message from Greg: Mersea Week 2012…

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Wreck at the Nass

A 55ft ex-naval pinnace called the Crebe has sunk close to the Nass beacon. The boat was secured to one of the yellow WMYC mooring buoys at the time and is thought to still be attached to the buoy. It is thought that the wreck has slid into a hole near the Nass and has at least 2.1m covering…

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History of the Catamaran

The Catamaran inception was by the Prout Brothers on Canvey Island in Essex and the early experimental craft were literally 2 kayaks straped together. The video that follows has some early footage of these craft and some great modern day cat sailing clips. See the video for more early facts such as: Concept was by the 1952 Olympian Prout Brothers…

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Eighteen foot skiffs

The 18 foot skiffs are a spectacular sight when sailing. The class is a development class and, as its name suggests is essentially limited to 18 foot in length. There are then differences between the European and Australian 18 foot skiffs. The Australian 18 footers limit the mast height to around 33 foot (on an 18 foot boat!). They…

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Boat Yard

Ron Laurie (thanks!) has had a tidy up in the boat yard, now that Stag 2 has left for her winter home and freed up some space. This involves mainly the cadet boats, Optimists and Toppers, also the Lasers. Please remember to let me know if you plan to sail over the winter (or are certain you won’t). Please…

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