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MBSA REGATTA 2 – Sunday 21st September 2014

This is your chance to be part of  Bart’s Bash – a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Sailing Race in The World’.

HW Fleetwood 10:26 BST. Height 8.3m


Start Line for either Course is:­ Transit between Committee Boat TBA & Heysham No2.

Finishing Line for either Course is:­ Piel Buoy [P] in Transit with Flag Post at the top of the Jetty.

Course “A” or “B” to be decided on the day.

A Channel Course to be sailed from Barrow Sea 5 / Halfway Perch to the finish.

Starting Procedure:­ Times from GPS.

  • Warning Signal – 10mins prior to start –VHF Ch 72 & GPS
  • Preparatory – 5mins prior to start –VHF Ch 72 & GPS
  • Start –VHF Ch 72 & GPS

Course “A”:

Start Line – Danger Patch [S] – Lune Deep [S] – Lightning Knoll [S] – Piel Buoy [P] finish.

Course “B”:

Start Line – Danger Patch [S] – Barrow Sea 5 [S] – Piel Buoy[P] finish.

Yachts are placed on trust of their intention to race rather than inform the Race Officer prior to the Start and to record their own finishing times and report to the Committee Boat as soon as possible after the race with times and Club representing.

Race Officers/Committee Boats – TBA

General Requirements:­

1] MBSA yacht racing is undertaken in accordance with RYA guidelines and ISAF rules.

2] All participating yachts are asked to show their Club Burgee on the backstay or pushpit.

The safety of a yacht, all persons aboard, it’s handling and adequate insurance is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner/skipper at all times..

The establishment of these sailing instructions shall in no way transfer any responsibility to the MBSA or any of it’s Officers.

The presentation of Trophies will take place on Piel Island once results are known.

Refreshments will be available but will not be provided by the MBSA.

Prior booking would be advised contacting Piel Bravo on VHF Ch. 8.

Boat breaks away from Mooring at Wardleys

24th August – this morning Vic Matthews – our Commodore – received a call from the Coastguard to tell him there was a boat on the move, dragging its mooring, in the river near Wardleys.  Sure enough it was one of ours, Lady J. The rescue squad, Vic and Mike Smith went out in the workboat and managed to catch up with it. It was travelling at some speed on the incoming tide and would have ended up at Shard bridge if they hadn’t got to it in time. They returned it to a spare mooring and got in touch with its owner.

 Members with river moorings are reminded to check them regularly. Chains have a very short life on a drying mooring, and swivels and shackles are also subject to rapid wear.

Committee Meeting Minutes 16th August 2014

Unadopted Minutes of Committee Meeting 16th August 2014

Apologies: Simon Browning, Sandra Jepson

Minutes of Previous Meeting
Proposed Mike Burke and seconded Pablo Barrs that they be accepted as a true record with the agreement that Brian had mentioned that he and Peter Mosley would like to do a mini audit. Linda had omitted to record the request. 

Matters arising
There is still no communication from Santander regarding our intention to change banks. All the summer bills have been paid with the exception of one. There are exceptional circumstances why this bill has not been paid. It will be, as soon as circumstances allow. We have been unable to locate any road planings at an acceptable price.

Finance report
Mike B gave details of the bank account.  He will email them again re the bank changeover.

Fixed for 8th October with 9th and 10th as back up.  Brian will contact the crane driver.

 Ships Husband Report
There had been an issue over a mud berth but it has been resolved. The tractor is now fixed and ready for use. We will write to a member to ask him to cut off the protruding timber which is stopping us from allocating a mud berth to someone on the waiting list or to put his own boat in there.

 Project Report
Weather permitting, Roger will finish the tractor store roof. He will need some timber for a frame for the new door.

The new chain mooring which had been positioned at Knott End is missing at the moment. Attempts will be made to locate it when the weather and tides are right.

There was a letter from Roger about the unauthorised ‘borrowing’ of one the panels he was working with causing him a great deal of inconvenience and one from John Bradbury, (coastguard) advising us of his concerns that three club members were out in the workboat and were not wearing lifejackets.

We are going to accept his offer of lifebelts to keep on the boat and we will put up more posters reminding members that lifejackets MUST be worn on the workboat. A new noticehas been ordered which will stay on the workboat.

Mike Smith left the meeting at this point to organise the members who had turned up for the work party. 

There are two applications on the board which subject to there being no objections will be approved once the four weeks have passed.

 Day Book
There was only one entry from Norman who had arrived at high tide and found dinghies on the move! He had made them safe. Thanks Norman.

 Fun Day/Regatta
Cancelled until further notice owing to uncertain weather conditions.

27th September @ 10.00am

We need a new microwave and an optical smoke alarm. All agreed that we go ahead and buy them.

Working Party – Saturday 16th August 2014

A work party took place on Saturday 16th August, starting at 10:30.

Many thanks to all who took part:

First, John Bacon because he was missed off the first version of this list – sorry John – and Bill Halliwell, Kevin Longworth, Brian and Katrina Rees, John Frubin, Mike and Rob Burke, Bob Andrews, Jack Tomlinson, ( who unfortunately hurt his foot and had a trip to A & E but he’s on the mend now), Norman Ingham, Mike Smith, Tom Bradley, Barry Williams, John English, Pablo Barrs, Vic and Linda Matthews, Pete Bresnahan, Alan Hughes, Roger Walkington, Peter Mosley, Bill Blenkinship, Erika Shacklady, Mike Morris and last but not least Dave Emmess.

A good turnout. Thank you everybody – if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry there will be another chance!

Work carried out included:

  • Painting of container doors
  • Painting of ‘A’ Frame
  • Scrubbing of Tide Gauges
  • Laying  cable (if trench dug by mini-digger in advance)
  • Grass Cutting
  • Strimming of undergrowth
  • Pressure Washing of Guttering on Clubhouse, prior to painting