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Notes from the 2017 Cruiser Forum

The ever popular Friday Series begins on 5th May. There is again an appendix to the 2017 Sailing Instructions which details specific points relating to the Series. 

The Sailing Instructions also state that a completed Safety Declaration must be handed in to WMYC before a boat races for the first time, failing which she will be scored DNC (did not compete).  WMYC then provide a copy of the Declaration for DSC.  The declaration form is to be found at the end of the main Sailing Instructions.

Would all owners please be sure to adhere to this requirement.

Friday night suppers Menu and booking

Attention all Cruiser racers, please remember Sailing Instruction 17.4, Inspections. "The Race Committee (ie Ed Allen or Julian Lord) may board your vessel prior to or after racing to carry out a safety equipment check

White Sails Series, speaking of racing, the White Sails Series it’s an eight race series spread between May and October. We hope to see good numbers out on the water. Don’t forget to lodge your safety declaration with the Club if you haven’t done so already and make sure you take a course card out with you.

Racing takes place Sundays from April to October and Friday evenings for a variety of types of keelboats and cruisers. We race off LH numbers set by the Mersea Handicap Committee depending upon the event and in order to ensure that there is good competitive racing a great deal of collaboration takes place between ourselves and the WMYC. Owners are encouraged to attend the Cruiser forum at the end of each year to help shape the programme for the following year. This ensures that the programme is able to incorporate new ideas and boat types. Local Handicap list includes name and type of boat sailed.

Racing takes place out in the Blackwater estuary with starts being made from committee boat lines. Since the racing is a collaborative event between both the clubs the committee boat will fly the flag of the officiating club for that week. In order that both clubs remain vibrant on return to the shore crews are requested to congregate in the officiating club after the race.
On Friday evening in the summer months we have a unique event, which is a series under local handicap rules!! followed by a supper in the clubhouse at around 9pm. After a busy week at work this is a very nice way to unwind. Once again the details are in the programme. If you are not a keelboat owner but would like to crew on the boats it is very important that you get yourself known early in the season. The owners try to finalise their crews for the season as early as possible so you need to advertise your availability and experience. Contact the cruiser captain since he usually knows who is looking. There is also a Crew Wanted/Available page on the noticeboard section of this website (contact the Webmaster).Alternatively make your presence known at 6pm at the top of the hammerhead as helms are always looking for replacements for those crew stuck on the M25.

For a number of years a One Design Fleet of Sonatas has raced from Mersea and currently we have 6 competing on a regular basis.

We also run fun pursuit races ending in Heybridge for example where the serious racers the non serious racers and those just cruising enter the lock for the night and - well a good time is had by all.

We organise cruising events during the year going sometimes across the water and I don't mean to Bradwell or up the coast to explore The Walton Backwaters.

Whether you are cruising or racing please join us.

Important Completed Safety Declaration Forms and (where appropriate) copy IRC Certificates should NOT be forwarded to DSC.  They should be sent to the WMYC Secretariat, who will provide copies to DSC.

2018 Race Programme

2017 Cruise Programme

Event Calendar

West Mersea Joint Cruiser Notice of Race 2017

West Mersea Joint Cruiser Racing SI 2017

Amendment to Sailing Instructions No 1

Friday Night Series SI

Friday Night Supper Notice

Joint Cruiser Racing Course List B

DSC Commodores Regatta Event Page

Commodores Regatta NoR

Commodores Regatta SI

Squib Class SI

White Sail Series SI

Short Handed & Wallet Cup SI

WMYC Centenary Regatta SIs

WMYC Ladies Regatta SIs

Autumn Trophy Finola Cup SI

 

 

 

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