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Many congratulations to those members elected to our Board of Directors at the AGM.  They are as follows:-

Jason Cranmer

Alistair Mills

Gary Pankhurst

Gareth Granville

Helen Brown

Vic George

Martyn Potter

Rick Earle

Posts are due to be allocate at their first Directors meeting in December.

The yachts are in need of their annual winter maintenance programme on 6th & 28th February 2017 and we need some volunteers to assist.

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You don’t need any special skills as we’ll have a working party leader who will guide the day.

Please get in touch by email or phone if you can help.

The 2016 World Police Sailing Championships was held between 10-17th September in Croatia, based in Split and saw 17 crews compete in matched Benetau 35 foot yachts.

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The Met were represented by two teams, Met A, skippered by Mason King and Met B skippered by John Oldham. The Met B team were the current holders of the World Title from 2014 and the Met A team are the current National Champions from last year’s PSUK event on the Solent. John Oldham had his usual crew from years gone by and Mason King had a changed crew from his usual team, due mainly to annual leave constraints. Both the crews were partly funded by the MPAA but the vast majority of the entry, charter, accommodation and flight costs were paid for by the crews.

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Other crews included PSNI, Devon and Cornwall, City of London, Dorset, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, UK Customs, Hong Kong and Slovinia. Out of the 17 boats entered there were 8 from the UK! A really good UK police showing.

 

The format of racing was to be a standard two and a half lap windward/leeward course and the organisers, from Slovinia, were aiming for 3 races per day with a total of 12 races for the week.

 

The weather was forecast as scorching hot with very light winds for the whole week….it turned out to be an accurate forecast!

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The first day was to be typical of the week, with no wind until lunchtime the boats headed out to the race area about 4 miles away at about midday in the hunt for a steady wind….all week the average wind speed was 7-10 knots….tricky!

 

On day 1 the Swiss team, who had been in Croatia with the Hong Kong team the previous week for some practice, put down their marker as the dominant team for the week with a 1st and 2nd place and racing was drawn to a close after two races due to the wind dying. The two Met teams scored a 3rd and a 7th place and a 4th and 7th. Both teams try to get the hang of the boats and the tricky conditions.

 

Day two saw John Oldham’s Met B crew showing consistency, putting in two top 3 places. Not so the Met A crew, who put in a disappointing performance with some average starts and a slight lack of experience across the crew, which cost them dearly.

 

Determined to show an improvement the Met A team pulled their socks up on day 3 with a 3rd place in the only race of the day, as the wind died completely halfway through race 2 which was abandoned as a result. Met B scored a 4th.

 

Although the crews all set off slightly earlier on day 4 in the hope and hunt for wind, it just did not happen and all racing on day 4 was abandoned, with the championships finishing with only 5 races having been sailed, all in very light wind. Slightly disappointing to say the least.

 

The overall results were Swiss 1st place, Dutch 2nd place and John Oldham’s Met B crew winning a well deserved podium place with 3rd. The Met A team finished in a below par 7th place overall.

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It was a great week though and we couldn’t complain about the amount of sunshine, racing in shorts and T shirts all week, but more and varying wind strengths would have been welcome! Many thanks to Frenk from Slovenia who did a fantastic job organising the event which was superbly run. Kastela Marina in Split were also fantastic hosts.

 

The 2018 World Championships are scheduled for September, also to be held in Croatia. The Met offshore racing fraternity are always looking for crews to race with them, mostly in the UK, so if you are interested, please contact the club or John or Mason direct.

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We are selling our 6.5m XS rib which is fitted with a Mercury 150HP 4 stroke engine.  She comes complete with road trailer and cover.  Offers are invited in the region of £24,000.  Contact rick Earle for further details 07540244619.

Sadly we have had a serious engine issue with Sapphire.  The good news is that Pride and Blue spirit do have dates available for charter and the availability is up to date on the yacht diary.

David Lavender from Kent is looking for someone who is a Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster to skipper one of our club yachts from 26th June to 1st July.  David regularly charters two of our yachts for  a relaxing cruise around the Solent or just beyond so if you are interested contact him on 07980 683383 for further details.  I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

Calling all members !!!

Our Club Principal, Carol Andrews is proud to announce

MPSC POWER WEEKEND 2016.

All members are invited to attend a weekend of power craft activities to be held from the afternoon of Friday 15th July (for tent pitching & craft preparation) through to Sunday 17th July.

For more information or to book then please contact the clubline on

0208 643 4292

Activities & Facilities

  • Two RIBS
  • All members and their families welcome.
  • Personal Watercraft Taster session
  • Powerboat close quarter manoeuvring
  • Solent Treasure Hunt
  • BBQ Friday Night
  • Camping / RV / static caravans available at Riverside Holidays (Camp Site next-door to Mercury Marina)
  • Lots of local B&B accommodation available
  • Members are welcome to bring their own powerboats/PWC
  • Free Secure overnight berthing for boats, (Book in advance)
  • Full all tide slipway available
  • Pets Welcome

Maximum persons will depend on how many members can bring their own power craft.

Members to supply their own food for breakfast & lunches etc.

Price

Two days boating and BBQ =  £30 per person (not including camp costs)

One day Plus BBQ  = £20 (not including camp costs)

Camping Prices and Information

The camp site costs will depend on the sort of camping members wish to participate in. 

The rates are for a minimum of two nights and are as follows:

Camping pitch                                   1 – 3 man tent = £18.00
 4 – 6 man tent = £22.00
 7 man or over = £24.00

Touring Pitch                                    Up to 6.3 meters = £21.00
 Up to 8.8 meters = £25.00
 RVs, Winnebago or 30’ or over = £43.00

Dogs are welcome at the campsite but there is a charge of £2.50.

There are also supplements relating to awning (£4.00), additional persons (£4.00 or £3.00 for children). 

Additional car = £5.00 and any posh person with a gazebo has to pay £10.00 extra! 

Early bookings mean we can get sites all together. 

For more information or to book then please contact the clubline on 0208 643 4292.

 

Two RIB’s available – Hot Pursuit

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  Personal Water Craft – Taster Sessions

 

 

We’ve teamed up with Cowes based World Leisure Wear to purchase Club Clothing, embroidered with the Club logo.

You can also personalise your clothing with your yacht or racing team name.

Items vary from some very smart waterproof soft shell jackets to polo shirts, t shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts with adult and junior sizes available.

You can order NOW on-line for home delivery.

Simply use this link to order any clothing requirements direct: http://www.oceanworld.co.uk/metpolicesc/

 

 

t200Details of our current charter availability and prices is now available together with the training and cruising programme.  Time now to organise your sailing for 2016 methinks.

We’ve tried to keep our price increases as small as possible and in relation to yacht charter we’ve brought Sapphire and Spirit to the same price and the only general increase is just £5 on a weekend charter.  With their current refurbishment programme, all the yachts should look pretty stunning by the start of next season and they’re great value to charter

We’ve an exciting cruising programme next year where we’ve retained some of the old favourites but added some exciting new themes including Bournemouth air Show and the Liberation of Guernsey.

We’ve maintained our high quality training programmes for the yachts and RIB and once again looked to keep the pricing competitive but as I always say, we work up to a standard, not down to a price.

Courses, cruises and charter can all be booked at our AGM or anytime after 17th November 2015 by telephoning the clubline.

London Boat Show – Fri 8th to Sun 17th January 2015

 

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS TICKET OFFER USING PROMOTIONAL CODE: JG1

  • ADULT           £12.50  Any one day including Preview Day on Friday 8th January
  • MIDWEEK  £10.00  SPECIAL Any one day Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th January
  • CHILDREN  GO FREE  15 yrs or under – up to two per ticket-holding adult.

WEBSITE BOOKING: www.londonboatshow.com    

TELEPHONE BOOKING: 0844 776 7766 Lines open Mon – Fri between 9am and 5pm

IMPORTANT NOTES

This offer ends at midnight on Thursday 7th January. A single transaction fee of £1.95 applies whether ordering one or any greater number of tickets. Children 15 years or under go free provided their tickets are requested when ordering adult tickets.   Tickets can be printed at home, delivered by post, or collected at the Show. Because tickets ordered via postal delivery could take up to 7 days to arrive, those purchased at short notice can be collected on arrival from the ticket collection desk. The most expedient option, for those ordering tickets over the Internet, is to use the website’s ‘Print at Home’ facility. When booking you may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers for logistical purposes. Show opening times are 10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Thursday 14th January when it’s 10:00am – 8:00pm.

WEBSITE BOOKING PROCEDURE

  • Click on ‘BUY TICKETS’ at top/right of homepage.
  • Enter promotional code JG1 to bring up the discounted ticket ordering sequence.

Telephone booking calls are 5p per minute from a BT landline. Charges from other suppliers may vary. Offer cannot be used in association with any other offer. Terms & conditions are available on the London Boat Show website.

  • Diary of Events

    DATEEVENT
    28th April
    29th April
    06th Oct
    7th Oct
    Intro to sailing days
    Never sailed ?
    Want to no what its like?
    Come and have a go and see if its for you only £40 pp
    23rd - 27th April
    Comp crew / Day skipper course
    One place left,
    a great chance to improve your skills.
    Or come along as a rope puller at a reduced rate, call the club line for more details
    14th - 15th AprilClose quarters boat handling, build confidence and gain experience.
    £145 pp
    22nd JuneFirst Aid Course
    Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
    14th - 18th May
    21st - 25th May
    Comp crew / Day skipper Practical
    Come and have fun whilst learning and gaining a useful qualification.
    Places still available
    11th - 13th MayStart yachting
    This two day practical course is entirely boat based. There is no fixed route, and passage planning based on weather forecasts will form part of
    the course. You can expect to explore a variety of locations in and around the Solent and
    experience anchoring up, berthing in a marina and picking up a mooring buoy.
    23rd - 28th SeptemberPSUK National Offshore sailing championships 2018
    Any datesIf you can spare a few hours helping out at the base call the club line or drop us an email