THE BALATON GROUP Contact Julian Pering at : Balaton Sailing and Social Group We have three day boats, 18 ft / 5.5 M. One is a Balaton 18 (our first boat hence the group name) the other two are Sailfish 18’s. These are kept on swing moorings at Los Alcazares. As we have three boats members are never short of a sail. Significant others or one other nominated family member can sail free at anytime and are welcomed at all our social events and meetings. We try to arrange a friendly group sail every Thursday and Sunday morning (weather permitting) when members turn up and to enjoy a sail together. Quite often these “group sails” are followed by a lunch together. We also arrange to sail to a beach or marina, have lunch (the non-sailing other halves have met us via land) and then sail back, always very enjoyable. If members want to sail on any of the other days and need a crew/skip then an e-mail to the group members will usually result in someone being available to go out with you. Sailing novices in our group are helped and trained by our more experienced skips, our lead trainer Robert Hudson, makes learning to sail a most enjoyable experience. More experienced sailors are given familiarisation tuition. You can join our group with a view to becoming a “skip” or to continue as crew with opportunities to helm on social sails. If you have friends or family that want to go out then we ask a nominal donation of 5 Euros per day (not per person). We want people to enjoy the boats as much as possible. SAMM Sailing Club The Balaton Group are members of SAMM, (Sailing Association Mar Menor) who administer club activities, hold monthly meetings to present sailing related talks and arrange Spring and Autumn race series, and  arrange social events, walks, bike rides, dinners dances etc. All Balaton members are required to be members of SAMM only 30 euro p.a. or 45 for a family membership. All members that wish to can take part in the SAMM handicap races. We have enjoyed some success in the previous seasons and always look forward to race days.  The race days consist of a mixed fleet of boats from dinghies to cruisers but the well administered handicap system always make the day interesting. Balaton Group Membership Our joining fee is 250 euros, We have an annual maintenance fee of 180 euros. Should members join during the year this fee is set at 15.00 euros per month. Our aim is to provide people with facilities to sail at a very economical rate and share in any maintenance issues. Whenever possible group members carry out our own maintenance which keeps the cost low and in itself is a very sociable activity. Should you wish to find out more about or friendly group, have a look at the boats or enjoy a test sail please contact me further. Thank you for your interest. Julian Pering Home in Spain – +44 1803-898-142 (UK callers local charge rate). Spanish Mobile – 645-229-558   e-mail – Web - Interested parties should speak to one of the members or email to The three Balaton Group Boats in a SAMM race# Latest Balaton Group Picture Gallery (Autumn 2014) - Please note that if you click on any of these images, it will expand in a new window, to its original size. More Balaton Pictures here