Firstly a belated happy new year and trust you are all well.
As we are penning the first News Letter of 2021 both John and I should be looking forward to launching our boats for the beginning of the 2021 season instead we are looking forward to getting our Covid 19 vaccinations!
Who would of thought an injection was going to play such a major part of boat preparation.
The club is planning on holding a full season dependant on any Government restrictions
Unfortunately none of us know how the year is going to pan out but the Cruiser Class is going on planning for you .
If you have not already paid your 2021 Class Subscriptions now would be good. Thank you. BACS is the preferred method or drop the cash or cheque into the office or as a last resort give the cash to John Marshal or Me (Bob Turk) its still £10 for membership and £10 for every outboard.
Sort code: 20-76-55
Account number: 30628522
Account name: Medway Yacht Club Cruiser Class
Account type: Business
So what’s planned , as you can imagine we can only think in outline with some rough ideas . At the present there is no plan do do anything at Easter nor at first May bank Holiday. Later on in the Year we hope do have a South Coast Cruise Starting around the 20th June . The general idea is just to take a leisurely cruise of about 3 weeks.
In July/ August dates to be decided a trip to Lowestoft. First night Harwich 2nd night Lowestoft and then the return trip taking in all the Rivers . River Ore and Alde, River Deben , River Stour and Orwell.
We hope to be able to liaise with Upnor and Queenborough Yacht Clubs and join them on their cruises.
Other little Jollies are the Monthly trip to Queenborough. A sail though South Yantlet Creek past the Otterham Fairway buoy sailing between Bishop Ooze and Ham Ooze down Half Acre Creek then into the back of Sharfleet Creek and then into Stangate Creek . After which you can either go back to the MYC , stay the night in Stangate or go to Queenborough
Paul Smith has very gallantly stepped into the role of Cruiser Class racing Guru
The plan is to have a short Spring Series of four races with club line starts and finishes there will be no entrance fee and no prizes other than the normal Classe Trophies. Entries can be made online using the events button on the members area of the MYC Web site . Race dates are the 2nd 9th 16th and 23rd May.
The Club is hoping to run the Regatta over the late May Bank Holiday. Due to the current Covid 19 situation at this stage the plan is to have a sailing based Regatta with a very limited shoreside festivities. 2 races on Saturday a long distance race on Sunday and one race on Monday. Due to the current situation it is not very practical to ask for sponsorship when the current plan is for a very low key sailing Regatta and so the normal Tee Shirts and goody bag will not happen this year. Once again entries can be made on line on the members area of the club web site.
At this stage we can only hope the club is open Please watch the club website for updates .
Medway Marathon .
The Club are planning on running the Medway Marathon on the 19th of June and are looking for some volunteer guard boats. This involves dropping anchor at a designated point and noting the sail Numbers of the dinghies as they pass and offering a place of safety if things go wrong. You will not have to rescue anyone the most you might have to do is make a cup of tea if the crew is cold . Please get in touch with the office if you feel that you can help.
The Cruiser Class has traditionally held 2 dinners each year the Fitting Out dinner and the laying up Supper where the Main prizes are awarded which are the Montgomery Trophy . Best winter Winter Maintenance and the best log.
The last time the Montgomery Race was run was in 2019 and the winner was Chris Lucas in Dana . It was not run in 2020 but watch this space . It will be run in 2021 hopefully .
Best fitted out boat 2019/20 was Maid of Ditchling owned by John Arter. He basically brought Maid of Ditchling to the Club had her lifted out stripped the inside out and I mean stripped the inside out put in a new engine and re modelled and rebuilt the interior.
The best log was not awarded in 2020 although several boats did put their names down, but navigating to Queenborough having a drink at the Old House at Home , the Flying Dutchman , Admirals Arms Micropub , the Rose Inn and the Queen Phillipa and then doing the same in reverse order ,whist an achievement and then managing to navigate back to the all tide landing does not constitute a feat of seamanship.
The Fitting Out Dinner is booked for the 15th May. I know it is a bit optimistic because many of us will not have had our two vaccines plus the 3 weeks by then.
Looking forward to a great sailing season in 2021
John and Bob .