Regional Race Management Seminar, 1+2 July – CANCELLED

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The course is being held on 1 and 2 July at Medway Yacht Club. Cost is £80. Candidates need to be experienced racers. It is a great way to give back something to your club and to help ensure that racing is carried out to the best of abilities.

The Regional Seminar was previously known as the Regional Race Officer (RRO) Course is being run by RYA Race Management Committee approved Instructors.

Preparation for the seminar includes being familiar with the RYA Race Management Guide (available using the link below). At the end of the Seminar, a 50 question multi-choice exam is set with a 70% pass mark. A pass in this exam gives the candidate, as long as they are an RYA member, an automatic Club Race Officer Plus (CRO+) qualification and certificate. This exam pass is one of the requirements for the RRO qualification.

More information on the RYA website…

ALSO PLEASE NOTE, Chris Simon, RYA National Judge, Umpire & Race Officer, will be pleased to give a talk to sailing clubs about the racing rules and recent changes.

Icom Regatta Pack recommendation

Derek Zobel of Wilsonian SC asked us to share details of the Icom Regatta pack as advertised in RYA Wavelength publication – Annual review 2016 – page 17. This is suitable for clubs that wish to provide regatta officials with handheld VHF radios for an event.

Follow this link to the relevant Icom page

Wayfarer Nationals 2016

Wayfarers

Photo Catherine Gore

At the Wayfarer Nationals in June, dinghies jostle for position at the MSBA race buoy. If your club wants to use one or both of the MSBA racing buoys please contact Gavin Parson at secretary (at) msba.org.uk

Nore Race

Nore Race 2016

Photo Wil Pretty

The annual Nore Race was held on Sunday, organised by Benfleet Yacht Club. The 17 nautical mile course in the Thames Estuary attracted a hundred sailing dinghies and cruisers, including multihulls, many from the Medway and Swale.

The Blackstakes buoy is back!

Blackstakes buoy

Photo Wil Pretty

The Blackstakes buoy on the south side of Saltpan Reach, near Deadman’s Island, mysteriously disappeared a week or so ago. This led to some creative real-time race management for clubs that use it as a racing mark. However we are pleased to announce that the buoy has now reappeared, freshly painted in yellow and black.

Medway Dinghy Regatta, 2/3 July 2016

Here are the notice of race and sailing instructions for this year’s Medway Dinghy Regatta hosted by Wilsonian Sailing Club.

Lots happening at Medway Yacht Club this weekend

MSBA Race MarkColin Weston, Commodore of Medway YC, says there’s a whole lot of sailing going on this weekend:

2016 River Events

MSBA race markPeel Ports has published an Updated List of Events of which they have been notified. Clubs and Organisations are obliged to notify Peel Ports of organised events taking place on the river such as races and regattas. From this list it would seem that only two or three clubs have done so.

Also, please remember that your club may borrow the two inflatable MSBA race marks (see photo) for races or other events.

Medway Dinghy Regatta, 2-3 July 2016

Medway Dinghy RegattaThe Medway Dinghy Regatta at Wilsonian Sailing Club on the River Medway  always proves to be a really good weekend. Starting on the Friday 1 July  if you wish to come early for camping and small campavans. Food will be available that evening and all weekend with entertainment on Saturday evening.

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Trophy Secretary needed – UPDATE

The MSBA committee is looking for a volunteer to take over as Trophy Secretary from Ken Waller who has had to step down after many years service. As we currently do not organise a regatta, the main need is safe storage for the trophies.

UPDATE: Wil Pretty has kindly volunteerd to take on this role.