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Santa came to MRSC on Saturday 10th December 

Santa visited the club on Saturday afternoon for the children's christmas party to the delight of all the children who attended.  He brought a rather unusual musical instrument with him.

Bart's Bash - thanks to everyone who made a donation to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and to every one who sailed in the Bart’s Bash races. We raised 265 in total for disabled sailing which you can see on the Bart’s Bash website.  The results are also on their website but with such light winds we are unlikely to have any winners.

David, Sailing Sec.

Congratulations to Delphine Ala crewing Sophie Dennis (Emsworth SC) on coming third overall in the RYA S & SW zone championships in their Feva.

Only three races were possible because of heavy winds, but they put together an impressive 3,2,2 string of results in a fleet of 23. They were also first of the twelve female crews. 

It was just return for a weekend's coaching at MRSC in conditions which had left our Solo and Laser open fleets decimated by the strong winds.


The picture shows Delphine receiving her medal from Giles Scott, the Olympic Finn gold medallist.



A select contingent of Mengeham Finns made the long journey to Biscarosse, south of Bordeaux, for the French National Championships. Only 4 British boats made the journey this year, to a well organised event which always welcomes UK competitors and continues to do so post BREXIT vote! It is always great to sail and socialise with our French and European friends in the class and this year was no exception. Sailing was challenging with strongly gusting, shifting winds on most days that tested the race officers' nerve and were not to everyone's liking. As always when "the going gets tough the tough get going" and Graeme MacDonald showed his characteristic tenacity and grit to complete every race, grinding out a well deserved second place in the Legends' category and an impressive 20th place overall.




Thank you to everyone who supported the Rowans Day on Sunday, both on and off the water.
You will be pleased to learn that thanks to your generosity we raised 1,200
Ann Kent

Meet the newest club members with their proud parents

This family of Canada Geese have nested on the island in the club pond and 4 chicks have now hatched.

Prize Winners 2015 with photos

click here for list


Richard Hart and Juri Saraskin inducted into Finn Class Hall of Fame

Two of the Finn classes longest serving officials were honoured during the prizegiving ceremony at the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, by being inducted into the prestigious Finn Class Hall of Fame.

Richard Hart (GBR) and Juri Saraskin (EST) join a select group of names that have made an outstanding contribution to the class, in a technical or administrative capacity or on the race course.

Richard Hart has been the Chairman of the Technical Committee since 1989, making him the longest serving official in the history of the class. He retired at the class AGM this week after 26 years service to the Finn Class. He has been involved in the class since 1961 as a sailor and official, with his best result being a third place in the 1965 Finn Gold Cup in Poland. In 1989 he was asked to be Chairman of the Technical Committee and oversaw the modernisation of the class over the next three decades. As a sailor he competed in many Olympic trials during this time and won several British Nationals. After a break, he returned to competitive Finn sailing in 1989 and at 76 years old is still regularly sailing his Finn at his club. In 2010 and 2014 he won the Legend category at the Finn World Masters. ….

Richard and Jri were presented with their Silver Finn pins by the Finn Class Executive Director, Corinne McKenzie, outside Takapuna Boating Club.

Their names will forever be linked with the strongest class traditions and will be listed on the front page of the International Finn Class Constitution alongside class heroes such as Rickard Sarby (SWE), Paul Elvstrm (DEN), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Gilbert Lamboley (FRA), and Fredrik Lf (SWE).



The newly-formed MRSC Choir enjoyed our first proper choir rehearsal under the enthusiastic leadership of singing teacher, Alex, accompanied by Joan Palmer on the keyboard on Thursday (26th Nov).  We mustered 6 men and 6 ladies.  At the moment we are singing mainly Carols in preparation for Christmas and the Club Carol Singing Evening on Friday 18th December.

Our NEXT CHOIR REHEARSAL is on Thursday 10th December from 7.30 to 9 pm.

New Members Welcome! Come along and sing (choir experience not necessary)

For more details, contact Lee Woolf (92 466996) or John Barratt (92 464641)

Next stop the Caribbean


Walden set sail this morning for the island of Martinque as part of the Atlantic Odyssey with the crew of Adam, Alex & Sue Notley and Roy, Scott & Ross Collison.  We wish them all a safe and exciting sailing adventure.  To follow their course use this link



Anthony Parke with his trophy from winning the Laser Standard Inlands. Very happy to have a trophy that has two Olympians, Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison and next years Olympic hopeful Nick Thompson on it many times.

Anthony Parke spent the summer travelling from Nationals to U21 Worlds to U21 Europeans in the Laser Standard.  This is the men's single handed boat and Anthony is currntly underweight for the class.  He was pleased with his results coming 25th in the Worlds and 20th at the Europeans.  He was third GBR boat and the two brits who beat him are full time podium potential sailors (the old olympic development squad).

Next weekend he has been invited to try out for the podium potential squad in the 470.  He would then have to decided whether to go the Laser or 470 route.  Tessa.



The RIBS were blessed by Rev. David Jones followed by the usual champagne launching by President Ian Grant and Elaine Barnett.

Click on photos to enlarge.  More photos at link below


Congratulations to Julian Smith on coming second in the Finn Inland Championship (won by John Tremlett). 

Also great to see some of our younger members representing the Club in their Fevas at Northampton - Anna Zuurmond with Philomena Ala and Tom Payne with Kiona Townsin -starting in a 63 boat fleet was quite an experience for them!

                            ROWANS DAY 31ST MAY 2015

I would like to thank everyone who supported the Rowans Day at the club on Sunday 31st. 

It was not possible to run the race due to high winds but despite that there was terrific support for the fund raising aspect of the day.

Thanks to the generosity of members and friends for donating items for sale, bottles for the tombola, cakes for sale and for the teas and then coming to the club during the day to support the event 923.00 was raised for the Rowans Hospice.

 The sailing committee are hoping to re-schedule the race for later in the summer, look out for the date.

 Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.

 Ann Kent

Inshore Waters Weather Forecase - mobile version

The recent changes to the graphics on the Met Office inshore waters website (that I had bookmarked on my iPhone) seems to be very slow and doesn't download quickly so Mark Easton contacted the Met Office and they kindly sent  this link for mobiles. I am sure many of you already have it, but for those that haven't, here it is.





















  News from Young Sailors  
  Anthony Parke represented MRSC at the Laser Inlands last weekend. He came 3rd overall, beaten by two adults. He was the highest placed Youth ( U21) and had two bullets on the second day and was only a point behind 2nd place and 3 points off 1st. Racing had to be abandoned on both days because of huge gusts coming through that had a lot of the fleet capsized, Anthony seemed to revel in the conditions despite the event following 4 days of hard training that had left him exhausted. The high light was catching up the race in front, that started 5 minutes earlier, and getting into 7th place in their race before the abandoned flag went up.  His next major event will be the Radial Youth Worlds in Oman which he will attend as part of the GB team.  He has gained a place, for the second year, in the Radial youth Squad and will be working hard for Oman and events next year.
  Ishbel Zuurmond has managed to get a place in the Topper 4.2 ( small sail) squad. She had to qualify for her place and is now beginning a winter of travelling the country to training weekends.

Well done Ishbel and Anthony.
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Follow this link to the video shot by Anthony Parke of the damage caused in the dinghy      park by the tornado which pass across at about 7am Sunday 20th October

For more photos and information from TORRO please go to the Members Section.









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