Shortlisted for TES and the NRA Awards!

In an incredible 24 hours our Plastic Education campaign reached the dizzy heights of being shortlisted for TWO prestigious national awards. This double ‘wowzers’ was experienced as we made the cut for not only this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards, but also becoming finalists for a National Recycling Award.
https://www.plasticeducation.com/

We are in the running for both ‘Community and Collaboration’ awards and ‘Campaign of the Year’ categories, looking at how our project has connected and is supporting schools. It is a recognition of the work schools, alongside others, have done to inspire and enthuse children across the country to learn about, understand and respond to the increasing impact of plastics, pollution, recycling and the circular economy.

Congratulations and thank you to all 94 schools so far!

The editor of the TES, Ann Mroz, said: ‘It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.’

Whats new for 2019?

Hello, Take a seat, grab a brew and find out what we’ve been up to this winter and our plans for the up-coming
season… in this post:

• New Ground Flooring
• Balcony Refurbishment
• Pontoons and recovery
• Investment in Club Equipment
• Club Open on Thursday Evenings
• Youth Sailing
• Staffing up for 2019
• Racing for the Spring and Summer
• General News and Notes
• The Ocean Guardian Challenge
• Saturday Club

Clubhouse Upgrades – Let’s start with the two big hitters: New Ground Flooring and Balcony Refurbishment!

We are delighted to let you know the ‘wet’ flooring in the changing rooms and all ground floor areas has now been replaced with new more durable material in trendy grey. The walls are also being redecorated to complete the new look. The showers are receiving a significant overhaul, replacing various mixer valves with a better overall water temperature control unit and will also benefit from a deep clean and tile repair work where needed. We are very proud of this project, which will dramatically improve the appearance and conditions for everyone using the changing rooms, showers and adjacent classrooms.

The Club’s balcony is also having a major overhaul and restyle too – the old decking timbers have been replaced with new grey recycled plastic composite decking. The balustrades have been removed and replaced with new chrome and safety glass to improve visibility of the sailing lake. The metal and wooden structure is being sanded, coated and re-cut with new sections where needed. This work extends to the second-floor top box and includes repainting of the stairs to ground floor and front facing walls. This is another big improvement project increasing safety and modernising our club

Both these projects are much need improvements and reflect some considerable investment this winter; all to smarten up the club for 2019. It’s a great step to use a recycled plastic decking composite for the club’s balcony. The original timbers have lasted nearly 50 years, congratulations and thank you to them; this new product should be with us for the next 5000 yrs! Thousands will tread these plastic planks in future years and we hope some will be inspired to consider this splendid material as a choice for their own projects.

Less visible but critically important, we are in the process of moving all our IT system servers down from the sweltering top box (40c in summer – how did they get in there in the first place?), to a new centrally-located, more secure and cooled server room on the first floor. This new room will better meet modern data security standards too.

Pontoons and recovery
With the considerable winds in March, gusting up to 63.4 knots recorded, the new Black Pontoon has passed its test. Our plan this spring is to extend the pontoon by 50% and add a fendering solution to its entirety.

We are investigating installing larger batteries to power the boat recovery winches which will not make them faster, but should provide more power to maintain speed and endurance particularly at times of lower water level conditions.

Club Equipment
We are investing more than £60,000 in sailing and windsurfing kit, starting with new boards and sails for the windsurfing members and for hire. It’s worth noting that the club makes nearly a third of this value in equipment hire alone, which has been increasing year on year.

The lion’s share of this spend will support the sailing school’s boat rotation… starting with the Pico fleet and replacing the Bugs with Hartley 10’s. We also want to invest in new double handers if negotiations and opportunity allow.

It’s also worth noting as many may not know… we have an RS200 and RS400 for hire to those with the right experience levels. Foiling windsurfing kit is also available for those who have completed the first flights course, which is also run at QM.

Evening sailing Thursdays
New for Summer 2019 is regular opening for sailing and windsurfing on a Thursday evening (in addition to Wednesday evenings), during June and July 2019, off water at 8pm, gates closing at 8:30pm.

This is in addition to our ‘Windy Evenings’ which may take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. They are triggered when, at midday on the day before, www.windguru.cz predicts 15 knots or more for 19:00 hour the following day. These “Windies” are publicised on the front page of our website, as well as on the club’s FaceBook pages.

Youth Sailing 2019
We’ve thought long and hard about our youth sailing provision for 2019 and are very excited about our new focus on two areas: giving those with stage 2 (but not quite stage 3 yet) the opportunity to gain time on the water; and building a stronger youth racing community.

We all know that time on the water is crucial, so we are targeting that group of stage 2 plus sailors with our new Saturday afternoon group. For those keen to get the feel of racing, but not yet confident enough to transition into club racing, we’re running Sunday Morning sessions completely independently from club racing.

These 2 Youth Group offerings compliment the established Youth Group for stage 3 sailors which runs on a Sunday afternoon. Not forgetting, of course, our TEAM 15 windsurfing tribe who meet on a Saturday morning; this is open to everyone with stage 2 windsurfing or equivalent.

TEAM 15 WINDSURFING – Saturday Morning
Queen Mary is part of a nationwide network of windsurfing clubs where young people aged 16 and under can get together to learn new windsurfing skills and have a laugh with their mates on the water. Since the same faces come back regularly, you’ll definitely make new friends as well. Whatever your skill level, regular windsurfing sessions will improve your windsurfing ability very quickly. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll have the basics mastered in no time. From first time windsurfer to a relative expert, Team15 clubs welcome all levels.

YOUTH GROUP INTRO (NEW 2019) – Saturday afternoon
Youth Group Intro is a fun, social opportunity for those aged 9-15 with RYA Stage 2 or above to get on the water with other young members throughout the main season on Saturday afternoons. We will develop your sailing skills in a fun and social setting, building a strong community of youth sailors and parents. There will of course be lots of games!

YOUTH GROUP RACING (NEW 2019) – Sunday morning
Our Youth Group Racing sessions take place on Sunday mornings (not as part of the Club Racing) and are designed to help you gain confidence racing around a course. These sessions will introduce some new skills and concepts, particular to racing, in a relaxed and fun environment, helping build confidence and taking the first steps to propel you onto the podium! These sessions are for those who have not raced, or have very little racing experience, but are keen to find out more about what goes on around the race course. We do ask that participants hold an RYA Stage 3 certificate or above.

YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Afternoon
The Sunday Youth Group will keep the same social environment as the Saturday session with more of a focus on development. Each session will focus on a specific skill, with games and exercises based around that skill. By the end of the term you’ll have made new friends and improved your sailing as a result. This course is the perfect way to up your skills before moving onto Youth Group Racing. To get involved with the Sunday Youth Group you must have an RYA stage 3 certificate and be confident sailing and rigging a Topper or Tera.

STAFFING UP FOR 2019
We need your help! Do you know anyone looking to work as an instructor, or perhaps looking for a part-time admin role? Please put the word out …

We are staffing up for the season and looking for dynamic instructors to join our team at QM. There are both full time and part time instructor vacancies to fill to provide dinghy, windsurf and powerboat tuition to both the public and sailing club members. We are also looking for an office assistant to help us on Sundays.

If you’d like to be part of our team of instructors at Queen Mary please send a CV and covering letter to Paul Adams sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk , and if you’re interested in the admin role, please contact Tony Bishop sailondon@queenmary.org.uk

Racing for the Spring and Summer
We have just started the Sunday Spring Series and have decided to continue with 2 starts for this series and subsequent club race series. We do welcome feedback on club racing – please feel free to contact Janet in the office (sailingsecretary@queenmary.org.uk).

We are, as always, really grateful to our Race Officer Teams who do such a great job year-round, volunteering to forego the pleasure of racing on Sunday mornings/Wednesday evenings, in order to run the club racing programme.

We are only just a day or two away from the start of the Wednesday evening series and there will be 3 courses sailed this year (no P course). NOR and SIs will are available on the website shortly. See you on the start line Wednesday 3rd April at 19:00.

General News and Notes
• Galley news, the “Caroline Special” hits the menu… AKA Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT) in a Ciabatta.
• We are looking at improving the coffee! (other hot drinks are available)
• New membership ‘Young Adult’ 18-30-year-old for young people in their twenties to affordably keep sailing and windsurfing; and new young crew membership.
• Did you know we have had an Emergency Defibrillator for many years; we are going to put up more signage to raise awareness of the facility. Good to know.
• The Bund is going, but not all of it! What you can see at high tide is staying, about 300 metres which we will have access to. It’s actually the perfect solution for on water operation, and will give sheltered launching with a small nip round for West side racing. But don’t hold your breath – it’s a good number of years away from completion!
• Insurance changes 2020 – Our March Newsletter announced the changed requirement from April 2020 for all boat and board third party insurance to carry a minimum insured amount of £3 Million. We will remind club members and visiting sailors regularly between now and then, so it’s not a big surprise next spring.

PLASTIC EDUCATION
Queen Mary’s ‘Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge’ has up-cycled its ambitions and with a recycled website is now presenting as the ‘Ocean Guardian Challenge’. This is a new accreditation for schools to give recognition of their efforts in educating young people about plastic and increasing water-sports participation.

We now start work on the first Plastic Education assembly! Uniting schools on Friday 7th June, 2019. Please share with local schools

Impacting on the global plastic issue is still at the very centre of the campaign and it builds on the success in 2018 which saw nearly 7000 pupils across 76 Schools take up the boat making challenge.

https://www.plasticeducation.com/…/ocean_guardian_challenge…

Saturday Club
Our social sailing Saturday Club for members goes from strength to strength and those who come along just keep asking for more! During the 2018 season we added a number of ‘informal’ Saturday Clubs to the published programme, these extra dates sitting between the official dates.

For the 2019 season, starting from Saturday 30th March, there will be a Saturday Club meet every week right through until late November, alternating between “organised” sessions and informal, turn up and sail in company, sessions. Dates for the organised sessions (led by a Saturday Club organiser from a powerboat) can be found on the club’s website home page calendar. Do let the office know if you’d like to be added to Saturday Club’s e-mail list and receive details of what’s happening each Saturday morning, or just come along at 09.45am and see for yourselves.

… that’s all folks!

Thank you for reading all the news. There is a lot to be excited about and we can’t wait to show you the new flooring and balcony on your next visit.

Wishing you all the best for the season ahead.

Your Queen Mary Team

Job Vacancies – Staffing up for 2019

We are staffing up for the season and looking for dynamic new instructors to join our team at QM. There are both full time and part time instructor vacancies to fill to provide dinghy, windsurf and powerboat tuition to both the public and sailing club members. We are also looking for an office assistant to help us on Sundays.

If you’d like to be part of our team of instructors at Queen Mary please send a CV and covering letter to: Paul Adams sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

POSITIONS VACANT

QMSC is a large, active RYA Affiliated Sailing Club and RYA Recognised Training School offering club racing, open events, club activities and RYA tuition in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating throughout the year.

 

LEAD INSTRUCTOR (PERMANENT FULL TIME)

£16,000-20,000 – IMMEDIATE START

We are looking for a RYA Senior Instructor to take a Lead Instructor role on a full time, permanent basis.  The role requires a flexible approach with the successful candidate working a minimum of 35hr contract over weekends, evenings and bank holidays as required.   Typical working week Wednesday – Sunday.

Experience & Qualifications:

Essential:

  • RYA Senior Instructor with valid FA certificate
  • Minimum of 1 years experience working in a RTC as an active SI

Desirable:

  • Windsurf/Dinghy Instructor (opposite to SI qualification)
  • Multihull/Racing/Advanced/Keelboat Instructor endorsements
  • Start/Intermediate/Advanced Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Good racing knowledge
  • Experience in providing safety cover for racing events
  • Gel coat/Fibre glass repair

Please note the contract of employment is subject to passing an Enhanced DBS child workforce check.

Duties include:

  • Working as part of a team to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for students and members of all ages and abilities
  • Delivery of RYA courses within the National & Youth Schemes
  • Assisting in ensuring all teaching complies with the RYA curriculum through session evaluations and ongoing observations
  • Assisting in the management of maintaining the training fleet
  • Assisting in staff development in a mentoring and lead role
  • Training volunteers & Assistant Instructors
  • Providing on water safety for recreational & racing activities
  • Maintenance of kit & grounds

Depending on previous experience and/or qualifications held, there is the potential to take a more prominent lead in various aspects of the centre:

  • Youth development
  • Powerboat training – staff and volunteer skill development
  • Overseeing Junior Holiday Courses – up to 110 students and 25 staff
  • Advanced coaching
  • Buying and selling of training kit
  • Keelboat training

Please note the contract of employment is subject to passing an Enhanced DBS child workforce check and satisfactory references.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.

 

 

DINGHY AND WINDSURFING INSTRUCTORS: (SEASONAL FULL TIME) 

March-November 2019 (with shorter contracts available: see below for more details)

As a member of our team you’ll provide a safe and fun environment whilst teaching a full range of youth and adult courses according to your quailfications and experience. QM offers sessions to groups, schools, corporate bodies, and private one-to-ones.

Key Activities

  • To organise and manage the safe delivery of the Queen Mary SC courses inline with NGB and centre guidelines
  • Attend (where appropriate) in-house training to deliver sit on-top kayaking, raft building, stand-up paddleboarding and water/land based team building games
  • Assist in the safety provisions for Club & Open racing
  • Provide ongoing maintenance to the Training School kit
  • To deal with and report accidents, incidents, maintenance issues and potential health hazards
  • Ensure appropriate safety is delivered in accordance with the Club Safety Policy at all times that the water is open
  • Set a high standard of customer service and monitor formally and informally
  • To carry out any reasonable request made by line manager or the IC (person incharge)

Qualifications

Instructor / Senior Instructor: RYA Sailing / Windsurfing

Powerboat Level 2

RYA First Aid

Role Specifics

  • 35hrs/week (to include weekends, evenings & BHs)
  • Guaranteed contract starting anytime from March-July up until September-November
  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Comprehensive training & induction programme including opportunities to up-skill with professional qualifications
  • Access to our full range of kit (over 60 boats and 50 windsurf boards) in personal time
  • Full & varied role!

How to apply

Please send a relevant CV and brief covering letter outlining your availability to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.

 

 

INSTRUCTOR: DINGHY, WINDSURF, POWERBOAT (PART TIME) 

We are continually seeking qualified RYA Instructors to come work at QM on zero-hour contracted or a freelance basis, helping us to deliver courses & tuition at weekends, mid-week and through the summer holidays.

As a member of our team you can teach a full range of youth and adult courses. We offer sessions to groups, schools, corporate bodies, and private one-to-one tuition.

Purpose of Role

To organise and manage the delivery of Sailing/Windsurfing/Powerboating tuition and all activities as qualified at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Key Activities

  • To provide tuition inline with NGB & centre guidelines
  • To ensure students are learning in a fun and safe environment
  • To deal with and report accidents, incidents, maintenance issues and potential health hazards
  • Provide ongoing maintenance to the Training School kit
  • Ensure appropriate safety is delivered in accordance with the Club Safety Policy at all times that the water is open
  • Set a high standard of customer service and monitor formally and informally
  • To carry out any reasonable request made by line manager or the IC (person incharge)

Qualifications

Instructor / Senior Instructor: RYA Sailing / Windsurfing / Powerboat

Powerboat Level 2

RYA First Aid

Role Specifics

  • Adhoc work in the main is available at weekends from March through to November, midweek through the holiday period.  However we do have the need for Instructors all year round both midweek & weekends!
  • Competitive rate of pay
  • Annual holiday entitlement (pro-rata & paid every 6 months according to hours worked)
  • Comprehensive training & induction programme including opportunities to up-skill with professional qualifications
  • Access to our full range of kit (over 60 boats and 50 windsurf boards) in personal time
  • Full & varied role!

How to apply

Please send a relevant CV and brief covering letter outlining your availability to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.

 

 

OFFICE ASSISTANT (SUNDAYS)

Queen Mary Sailing Club is looking for a part time office assistant to support delivering our service to members and guests on Sundays.

Weekends are the busiest times for us and no two Sundays are the same:  you will be greeting members and visitors entering the club; registering participants on courses; getting to know our ‘regulars’ who come along to Sunday club racing in the morning; answering phone calls on everything from ‘What’s the wind doing?’ to ‘How can I learn to sail?’.  From time to time you will also assist with the preparation of results for club racing, help to manage club membership and assist with some basic book keeping tasks.  You will be working as part of a small office team, in one of the UK’s leading sailing clubs.  Training in our membership system, booking system and results software will be given.

Role Specific

  • General office duties including: Answering the phone, handling membership queries and course bookings
  • Reception duties at front desk and answering queries
  • Reception duties for the Entry/Exit Gate, controlled from the office
  • Filing – keeping membership, day sailing, equipment hire and medical forms organised
  • Setting a high standard of customer service; ensuring all documentation behind front desk is fully stocked and the office and front desk area are clean, tidy and welcoming
  • To support club racing with set up of race boxes and entry of the race results for club racing and open meetings
  • To manage the lost property
  • Keep club noticeboards up to date

 

Please contact: caroline.fitzwater@queenmary.org.uk with a covering letter and CV.

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.

Commodore’s Newsletter 2019 

Dear Members, Supporters and Staff.

A very happy and prosperous New Year to you all. Having started 2018 with the residual effects of drought, new recruits and promotions to our sailing leadership team, and a few unplanned facilities expenditures, who would have thought we would achieve a record breaking year? With a small but perfectly formed surplus going into 2019, we can commence our long overdue programme of planned facilities upgrades, for example the changing room wet floors.  We can also focus on further growth initiatives, such as building on our very successful  junior and youth membership programmes. Then, new funds allowing, we will turn our attention to some club boat replacements and additions. We are ever mindful of external economic pressures on you, our members, so you will notice that we have kept membership increases to the cost of living or below this year. However, we will of course be recognising the contribution of our staff teams, who have worked so hard in achieving the brilliant successes of the 2018 season, maintaining QMSC as an industry leading club.  Finally, we are encouraged by the recent survey results (to be published shortly), showing very good progress. We will be particularly focusing on all your comments, which always tell us the real story.

Thanks must go to our marvellous QM staff, volunteers and supporters:

Thank you to our wonderful Office Team led by Tony, our GM, Caroline, our Office Manager, Janet, our fabulous Sailing Secretary, and hard working Charlie. Building on previous success and using social media and emails, the Sailing School now makes the largest financial contribution to the club. This evolution is indicative of an industry moving quickly towards skills-led experiences for the younger generations. New membership, course booking and access systems have been successfully adopted, enabling us to better understand and connect with our members’ evolving needs.

Thank you to our fantastic new Sailing Principal, Paul together with our new Chief Instructors,  Ben, Ross and the whole beach team, who have managed the huge summer peaks so successfully. They have handled Open meetings, all manner of Courses, including a growing number of personal 1-on1’s and of course the Summer School totalling 656 youngsters and hosting over 100 a day in the last week of the summer holidays. Stay tuned for many new courses and event offerings planned for 2019 and beyond.

Next, our dedicated and heroic Race Officers without whom there would be no racing at all: led by Principal Race Officer, Andrew and Sailing Committee Chair, Bob, thank you ROs and Rules Advisors; having worked with you, I can say  you are a very impressive team close up. In any weather conditions, high pressure management situations and fast moving complexity, it’s all managed with aplomb.

Thank you to our eleven volunteer Council Members for services and advice rendered.  Very special thanks to our new Hon Treasurer David. This year David has spent many complex volunteer hours working with our Bookkeeper, Petra, together with Tony and our accountants. This work is vital in supporting our ambitious future plans and prosperity, as QMSC evolves more towards a Sail Sports Club every year.

Thank you to our Bosun Wayne, with Adam and Kevin, our heavy engineering crew, who successfully kept our new boilers and pumps, lifts and pontoons, working almost to the end of the season, water levels aside, whilst building bespoke new additions, such as our splendid new podium which will be seen at the 45th Bloody Mary this Saturday.

Our volunteer-led Saturday Club has gone from strength to strength, with competitive and relaxed racing and cruising, and as a very successful social club per se. Events include trips to Weymouth and the Greek Islands sailing holiday, both with Saturday Club sailors racing at the front of the fleets I might add, together with cycling, walking etc. The Saturday Club Circus is always moving on to new challenges. So this year there is mention of adding skiing, that’s snow not water, why not!

Thanks from everyone involved to our dedicated band of 20 or so Sailability Supporters, who turn out every Thursday and allow six special needs schools and many disabled adults to enjoy both cruising and racing on the east lake. This typically involves 75 students, carers, supporters and adult sailors every week. Sailability, under the guidance of Andrew, has continued to evolve into a slick highly professional organisation. This year, safety upgrades of boats and equipment, led by Ray, have been a major focus and a source of renewed confidence.

Finally, huge thanks to Blue Wave, our wonderful Catering staff led by Debbie, Tracy and Sue, who have managed the summer peaks and introduction of new menus, and new technologies, with calmness and good humour. Your kind words in the recent survey are much appreciated by the team, scoring their best ‘overall level of service’ in recent years, well done to them.

Sailing successes and our fleet achievements:

Lasers:  Mark Lyttle (Olympian 1996) this year WON the Masters Nationals and Masters Worlds and QMSC also WON the Club Trophy too. Mike Hicks 2nd – Great Grand Master. These are stunning examples of QMSC Laser sailing excellence. The Laser class is in great shape thanks to Fleet Captain Tony Woods’ focus and enthusiasm.

RS400: 1st May Salcombe Race, with 3x2nds the honours went to our own Howie and Lou. Also, 2nd for Howie and Lou at the Eurocup in Carnac and 8th at the Weymouth nationals. Great work, Fleet Captain Jules, success in 2019.

National Schools Sailing Association Regatta: Held at DWSC, the QMSC Topper fleet arrived and swiftly achieved 7 of the top 11 places by the end of the week, exceeding everyone’s expectations. Racing excellence is integral to all our QM fleets, including our junior sailors.

Flying WindSurf Techno fleet: Junior: Iona Shefford, aged 11, WON 4.5 m Techno fleet and Will Ziegler WON the 5.8 m Techno fleet at the Eric Twiname Champs in Rutland.

WindSurf Techno fleets Worlds: Held in Latvia. Millie Searle came 12th as a Junior Female in Techno 293, EJ (Emily Jane) Eldred 13th as a Youth Female too. QMSC gets everywhere.

The Royal Thames Yacht Club: RTYC ran the week long J80 Historic Cumberland Cup here at QMSC. RTYC Commodore, HRH Duke of York also presented QMSC long service awards to John Hobbs Mallyon and Paul Schroeder. HRH’s visit was relaxed, and much appreciated.

Another great success at QM when over 170 youngsters of all ages from more than 40 sailing clubs across London and the South East enjoyed a weekend of sailing fun at the RYA’s 1st Regional Junior Championships.

In memory of Martin:

Martin Pride was an accomplished Sailor and a dedicated supporter of Queen Mary Sailing Club over the years. Martin was very competitive and, whilst always racing to win, would make sure good seamanship and a sense of fun always prevailed. Most recently Martin turned his attention to becoming QM Rear Commodore in 2003 and then served as Vice Commodore in 2007.

To conclude, our raucous Fun Race and Christmas party at the end of 2018 was a great way to round off a fabulous and memorable 2018. The restoration of the Commodore’s table for visiting past club heroes, luminaries and dignitaries seemed to work well too. Thanks must go to Bryan Willis and Chris Simon: their recollections of the start of Queen Mary Sailing Club and past America’s Cup glories were both informative and humbling.

In 2019, we are planning even more exciting events and we have already kick-started the season with the mighty 45th Bloody Mary pursuit race last Saturday.  The prestigious Bloody Mary is never for the faint hearted, force three winds, gusting four and building to five later, certainly tested skills of sailors towards race end.  Well over 300 national and international sailors in 242 boats, representing 56 classes, from 98 clubs went all out to win. To everyone’s astonishment young Monique Vennis-Ozanne in a 29er, along with her crew John Mather just held off a marauding 49er by around 30 metres to win.  Monique is not only the first female winner, but also the first junior to win the Bloody Mary in all its illustrious history, a stunning achievement!

Richard Steele – Commodore – Queen Mary Sailing Club

The GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary is this weekend!

Happy New Year! 

Note to members (if you did not know) the GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary is this Saturday. But before we get into that… the water level is back up to 100%, lovely stuff! 

We hope you had a great Christmas and are in good health as we start the new year. We kick off 2019 with the Bloody Mary and with just a few days to go the excitement is building as our plans come together for Saturday. Please note the whole reservoir is used for this event and our focus is 100% on the Bloody Mary, so for this reason the water is closed to general sailing and any other activities on Saturday 12th January. 

Our Bloody Mary is the 5th leg of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series and if you are looking for an excuse to get on the water it’s a perfect way to start your sailing in 2019.

But what is the Bloody Mary?

The Bloody Mary is open to all dinghy classes with a PY number equal to or lower than the International Topper and to selected keelboat classes. The first start is scheduled for 12 noon with the slowest boats starting first and the faster boats starting progressively later. The race lasts 150 minutes.

Online entry will close at midnight Wednesday 9th January (tonight). Entries will be accepted on the day until the entry limit is reached. The Entry desk will open at 8:00am on Saturday 12th and closes at 12:00pm; please arrive early and head to the clubhouse to complete the forms.

We have 180 have signed up so far and with entry still open we’re on track for another epic day!

Thank you to our Volunteers 
Over 100 people make the event happen on the day and it would not be possible with out our volunteer team and the team leaders. We have a full team but it’s not to late to help: if you want to get involved please contact Janet in the office.

To all our helpers please diary the evening of Wednesday 23rd January for the Volunteers Supper and Quiz Night.

Forward into 2019
Thank you to all those who completed the members feedback survey. 109 of you did in total, which is the most we have seen in recent years. Lots of great ideas for continued improvement; with a fair wind we hope to share plans for developing the club in 2019.

We are a bit distracted and very excited with the Bloody Mary, normal service will resume with club racing on Sunday… but we do hope to see you on Saturday if you can make it.

Wishing you a very happy new year, thanks for reading and see you on the water soon.

Best wishes,
Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Countdown to GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary

It’s now just one month to go as we countdown to the GJW Direct 45th Bloody Mary on Saturday 12th January, 2019. The 5th leg of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. Make sure you save the date, then enjoy a fantastic Christmas and New Year with the Bloody Mary secured to start your 2019 sailing with a bang!

Online entry will close at midnight Wednesday 9th January. Entries will be accepted on the day until the entry limit is reached. The Entry desk will open at 8:00am on Saturday 12th and close at 12:00pm, please arrive early and head to the clubhouse to complete the forms.

The Bloody Mary is Back – be there!

The GJWDirect 45th Bloody Mary 2019 – Briefing Video

https://youtu.be/I7F4XpsGhr4

Follow this link to enter

https://enter.sailracer.org/events/enter-series-mobile.asp?eventid=211504&uid=30654078

Notice of Race and sailing instructions

https://www.queenmary.org.uk/racing/bloody-mary/

We look forward to seeing you this year at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Congratulations Bryan Willis – Recipient of the Beppe Croce Trophy.

Bryan is one of the founding members of Queen Mary Sailing Club (Member 001) and one of the most experienced officials within the sailing community. Received the Beppe Croce Trophy for his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of the sailing.

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Since 1975, Willis has served the sport he loves, holding respected, senior positions within the Royal Yachting Association and at World Sailing.

Willis has served as an International Judge since 1981, when the scheme first started and in 1986 he became an International Umpire as the scheme also began.

He served on numerous committees within World Sailing and acted as Chairman of the Race Officials Committee as well as the Race Management Sub-committee. Furthermore he served as a member of the Racing Rules Committee and the Racing Rules Drafting Working Party.

Alongside this, he was author of more than 20 publications related to the sport of sailing. Willis was directly involved in no fewer than eight America’s Cups, three editions of the Whitbread / Volvo Ocean Race and numerous Class World Championships.

Congratulations Bryan

Windsurfing Evening Talk and Coaching with Simon Winkley

Simon Winkley was the Sailing Manager at QMSC for 10 years from 2002 prior to starting out as a freelancer. In his time at QM he worked with and developed a whole generation of windsurfers and instructors.

Simon is an advanced windsurfing coach, a windfoiling instructor and a Team Rider for Starboard and Severne. He specialises in the delivery of RYA Windsurf Instructor courses and in the coaching of intermediate-to-early-advanced windsurfing. He runs windsurfing holiday clinics in South Africa, Canary Islands, Red Sea, Greece, Weymouth and at QM and writes coaching articles for Windsurfing UK magazine. Simon has a passion for being out on the water and for helping others to make the most of their time afloat.

QM maintain a strong working relationship with Simon and recommend his UK and overseas windsurfing clinics for QM Members who can enjoy a high-quality and social windsurfing experience in a wonderful location before returning to QM refreshed, up-skilled and ready to continue!

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FORTHCOMING OVERSEAS CLINICS

For more information on Simon’s overseas clinics

Bookings: Sportif Travel 01273 844919 https://www.sportif.travel/instruction/Simon+Winkley+Windsurf+Clinics

  • Langebaan, South Africa 21-29 Jan 2019
  • Costa Teguise, Lazarote 18-25 March 2019
  • Safaga, Red Sea 16-23 May 2019
  • Langebaan, South Africa 25 Nov-3 Dec 2019

FORTHCOMING UK CLINICS

Weymouth, Official Test Centre (OTC) – bookings: info@simonwinkley.com

  • 8/9 December 2018
  • 30/31 March 2019
  • 27/28 April 2019
  • 8/9 June 2019
  • 27/28 July 2019

QUEEN MARY SAILING CLUB

  • 28 November 2018: FREE evening talk  1830 -2130. Bar food, such as burgers available along with the usual range of drinks.  Simon’s talk will start at 1900.  This will cover coaching, tuning, tips, anecdotes, There will also be a Q+A session, plus information about his programme of overseas clinics

We are delighted that Simon has also offered to run 2 half-day coaching sessions, which are open to members and non-members alike

  • Saturday 1 December: FREE half-day coaching sessions
    • Session 1 0900-1145 (6 places)
    • Session 2 1300-1545 (6 places)

    Choose either the morning or afternoon slot. On each session Simon will be coaching a range of intermediate to early-advanced skills to suit the group.  In order to secure your place, please phone the QM Office on 01784 248881 – don’t delay, we’re sure this will prove popular!

  • Kit Options:
  1. You can use your own kit
  2. QM Select Members no charge for kit use
  3. QM Standard Members / non-members kit hire £45.00 (make sure you let the office know when booking your place)

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WHAT’S COVERED IN A SIMON WINKLEY CLINIC?

For UK and overseas clinics there will be a mixed group of intermediate to early-advanced windsurfers looking to up their game whilst having a great time on and off the water. So … no beginners or aerial freestylers. That means a focus on real-world core skills to include any of the following: harness, footstraps, planing and speed control, beach starts and water starts, non-planing freestyle, faster tacks, heli-tacks, non-planing gybes and carve gybes plus variants, chop hops and jumps, carving tricks, body drags etc.

Kit set up and tuning are always included to help you make the most of your time afloat. Shore-based coaching prepares for the action afloat where Simon will sail with you and the group, observing and making small tweaks to your technique. When not on the water he will be there for you on the beach to mentor and advise.

On overseas clinics (and where possible on UK clinics) Simon makes use of GoPro POV cameras with both Flymount mast/boom mounts and head mounts, a HD video camera and a DSLR camera. Content is used in debrief sessions ashore and to provide you with those all important memories of your time on the water. His coaching will arm you with all the right ingredients for further improvements long after the holiday or session is over. Most of all – your time on and off the water will be fun and the holiday/session a pleasurable one!

Simon’s overseas clinics

You can find Simon’s technique articles in WSUK from page 50 onwards

Christmas Fun Race and Christmas Lunch, Sunday 16th December 2018

Christmas Fun Race – come and decorate your boat for a festive one-off race, starting 10:30.  In addition to a prize for the overall winner, there is, as ever a prize for the best-decorated boat … what will your theme be this year?

Don’t delay – book your Christmas Lunch place and join us in the Clubhouse for our Annual Prize Giving after a delicious meal.   We expect the meal to start around 14:00, after the end of the Christmas Fun Race.

Christmas Lunch – menu here!

Tickets are £21.95 each.  Please phone the office on 01784 248881 to book and give us your selection and the fleet, or group you’d like to sit with.