Cruiser Class April Newsletter

It would seem that spring has at last sprung and thoughts are turning to getting boats ready to launch and going sailing .
The Cruiser Class Committee along with the Club have been busy planning the activities for the coming year . Hopefully we will have a full season without any Covid restrictions.

Queenborough.
We have had an e mail from the Queenborough Harbour Master inviting us all to use the facilities .The Harbour will be open to visitors from 29th March. However overnight stays will not be permitted
until 12th April.
But from 29th March day visitors are very much welcome, They are looking  forward to seeing the ‘Tuesday Club’ and overnighters from 12th April.
Don’t forget the Monthly Queenborough overnight trip on second Saturday starting in May though to October . The buoy has been booked all are welcome . For the purposes of good relations worth Queenborough it would be good if you could let John Marshall know that you intend to go.

Tuesday Group Christmas Dinner.
Looking ahead the club has been booked for the Tuesday the 7th December , so make a date in your diary and start hunting for that awful Christmas jumper .John Marshall currently holds the trophy for this .

Tender Parking.
The dinghy park is having a overhaul with all tenders being checked for stickers . Don’t worry, as long as you have a 2020 sticker you are safe . As soon as possible after you get the 2021 sticker it would be really helpful if you could stick it to the transom.

Spring Series Racing.
There will be four races starting on Sunday the 2nd May then the 9th , 16th , 23rd . First start will be 1000hrs and depending on number of entries the start will either be the club line or a committee boat.
The entry form is on the club notice web site . There is no entry fee for these races.

Regatta 28th to 31st May
There is one class aimed at IRC racers and two classes aimed at “Cruisers”. Dependant on the weather there will either be one long race each day or two shorter ones.
Class 1 is for the serious racers with IRC ratings. If you have a pure race-boat with a full crew this is the class for you. On Saturday and Sunday you will be the first start no earlier than 10:00 and will either have a long race or two shorter races each day taking you out into the Thames Estuary, weather permitting. The final race on Monday will be shorter to make sure you get back in time for the prize giving.

Class 2 is for the less serious racer, aimed at the “Cruiser-Racer”, using the RYA NHC handicapping system. The races for this class will start ten minutes after class1 and still go out into the Estuary but will be shorter than Class 1, aiming to finish at about the same time. Like class 1 there will either be a long race or two shorter races on the Saturday and Sunday.

Class 3, the “White Sails” class, is for the infrequent racer and pure cruisers, also using the RYA NHC handicapping system. The races will start 10 minutes behind class 2 and in line with the more relaxed nature of the racing the courses will be shorter and less complex than the other classes. In addition Class 3 will race for the “Medway Challenge” trophy on the Sunday. This is a one off race so if you cannot take part in the Regatta as a whole then this is the race (cruise with a purpose) for you .

Wednesday Evening Races.
The club is holding its Wednesday Evening Races starting on the 2nd June to the 28th July further details will be on the club web site soon .

Cruises.
Plans are underway for the East Coast Cruise , this is the first draft of the itinerary.
1st August from Queenborough returning from Harwich on the 14 August. Tides look promising.
Queenborough – Harwich
Harwich – Lowestoft
Lowestoft – Southwold
Southwold – Ore/Alde
Ore/Alde – Deben
Deben – Harwich
Harwich – Home
All destinations subject to change due to weather conditions and inability of the crew to get up in the morning.

Harty Ferry and Ramsgate 13th May
There is a cruise planed leaving MYC on the 13 May at 0900 to Ramsgate. This cruise will take in the scenic route via the Swale under the Kingsferry Bridge over night at Harty Ferry then on to Ramsgate on Friday where we will spend the night then a cruise back to the MYC on Saturday.
If you would like to come then please contact Alan on alanjwinter@btopenworld.com

Help needed. 19th June
The Cruiser class always provides guard boats for the Medway Marathon. This involves anchoring in a predetermined spot on the river and making note of the dinghies as they pass. In extreme cases you may have to provide assistance to dinghy crews . Having done this duty for several years it is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday on the River . If you would like to volunteer for this please let the office know.

Social.
Just a note for your diary the laying up supper will be held on the 13th November. After the Cruiser Class AGM .

Subscriptions
For those of you that have paid up thank you very much for the others . Please drop cash or cheque into the office £10 membership and £10 if you have an outboard in the store .