Charity Races

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SAMM-HAH CHARITY RACE Was successfully run on
21st September 2013, in the Mar Menor off Los Narejos

Fleet charity race

SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor organised this Charity Race & Raffle which raised 1500€ for HAH (Help at Home) a charity that provides invaluable help to people who are struggling to cope at home following an illness.  They thanked SAMM formally in this letter; SAMM thanks

HAH Logo

 “Covering an approximate 15Km radius around Los Alcázares, HAH are caring members of the local community whose aims are to provide voluntary carers, some of whom are clinically qualified, following assessment by our qualified, and Spanish registered Nurse Practitioner.  We help English speaking people of all ages, in their own homes after diagnosis by their doctor or on release from hospital.  Our help is offered free, on short term, and subject to resources available at the time.”


Saturday 21st September was the date for the Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) to hold their annual charity event race day on the Mar Menor and there were lots of winners, including HAH (Mar Menor) who were chosen as the  charity to benefit from this event.  To date, the competitors sponsorship and a joint raffle has raised over 1,200€ for HAH and the money is still coming in!  Apart from the Race winners (see below) a raffle was held and the winners were Jill Chorley, Maggie Blinkhorn, Paul Bush, George Wedgwood, Seb Fromm and Les Anderson who were be notified of their win by email/phone.  Lynda Christopher (HAH Clinical Lead) thanked SAMM for their support and said “our volunteers were delighted that SAMM chose to support us this year, and lots of us  enjoyed a fabulous day on the beach in the sunshine.  There will be an official presentation when the money has all been collected, but we are overwhelmed by  the support  and generosity they have shown us.”  She also thanked the sailing club, In the Pink Boutique, Bacchus Restaurant, Treetops, and Missing Links for donating some amazing prizes for the raffle.   See the link for more information and pictures.

If you would like to join the HAH team, please contact Lesley on 968 134 978, email helpathomespain@g  Visit our website at

SAMM Report by Maggie Blinkhorn;

Clear blue skies greeted the competitors in the SAMM Annual Charity Race.  The Commodore’s charity for 2013 supports  HAH ( Help at Home) and featured seven boats with 17 helms and crews ready for a round the island race.

Two dinghies, both Laser 2000’s soon showed a clean pair of heels and maintained that lead to the finish with Tug Wilson and Pete Cadwell in the lead boat and Jack Moss and Ingo Wilson in their wake.  There was much competition on the water as the Catamaran, helmed by John Clarke with a crew of three made up of Graham Warrad, Richard Hext and Bob Blinkhorn, was determined to hold off the challenge from the two Deltanias, one helmed by John Wallace with Pete Ewers and Clive Wilkinson crewing and the second of the class helmed by Danny Scott and Bob Cranston.

Meanwhile, the remaining boats of the same class, a couple of Sailfish, were engaged in their own duel.  Bob Miles helming Sirocco with his crew Carol Sibson having their own race with Mistral, helmed by the Commodore Janice Penning and crewed by Ed Penning.  The wind speeds favoured the smaller boats but in spite of the efforts of the Laser crews, when the handicaps were applied, Bob Miles and Carol Sibson won the cruiser trophy and the overall winner, with Tug Wilson and Pete Cadwell taking the prize for winning dinghy and second overall.

Bob & Carole winners Charity Race

Bob & Carole – overall winners!

With sponsorship money still coming in it is anticipated that the race raised in excess of 1200€.

Our thanks must go to all who helped organise the day, Treasure Hunt and Raffle plus those competing in the Race.  For more Photos, go to this link.

The Raffle prize Winners were;
1st Prize – A day trip for two on a yacht – Jill Chorley – SAMM
2nd Prize – 40 Euro Voucher for the Bacchus Restaurant – Maggie Blinkhorn – SAMM
3rd Prize – Fishing trip for 2 on the Mar Menor – Paul Bush, Rainbow Laundry, Los Alcázares
4th Prize – 40 Euro Voucher for ‘In the Pink Boutique’ – George Wedgwood – SAMM
5th Prize – Meal for 2 Treetops Restaurant – Seb Fromm (c/f GW)
6th Prize – Voucher for Missing Links – Les Anderson – SAMM
We raised 888€ from the Raffle.

Charity Sailing Race Results;

Boat pn laps Finish Time elapsed time secs corrected time secs Position
Balaton Sirocco 1385 1 2.31.47 9107 6575 1
Shoestring Tres 1122 1 2.17.41 8261 7363 2
Balaton Mistral 1385 1 2.51.57 10317 7449 3
Shoestring Dos 1122 1 2.30.42 9142 8148 4
Catamaran 1350 1 3.16.58 11818 8754 5
Gemini Uno 1618 1 4.27.46 16066 9930 6
Gemini Dos 1618 1 4.48.45 17325 10708 7

Many Thanks (on behalf of the SAMM Committee),
Terry Chapman (Chair of Racing Committee) and Janice Penning (SAMM Commodore

Asprodico Boxing Day Regatta 2012

Many thanks to ALL who contributed to making the Boxing Day Asprodico Regatta such a success!

Our primary objective was well and truly achieved with the grand sum of 1280€ being raised… Natalia, Naomi, Paloma and myself shall be visiting Asprodico on the 3rd of January to discuss the installation of the new ramp and step.

As well as raising money we also managed to ruin the TV viewing figures as we prised more than 40 people away from their après Christmas lethargy and cold Turkey sandwiches to enjoy the sunshine and the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies generously supplied by Pritpal and Neelam of La Diva Restaurant.

We are also very grateful to the Hotel Costa Narejos for generously providing a nights accommodation and bed and breakfast for the winners of the prize draw…This was won by Russell Dougall who also managed to raise the most money of all the competitors. He will be enjoying a great nights stay in the fantastic 4 star hotel (having been previously wined and dined at La Diva restaurant) before enjoying a day of sailing at Pro-vela.

Ahhh…there was some racing too! With a course set close to shore by Race officers Mike and Barbara (and expertly laid out by Dave Hillman) an hour of handicap racing for the 10 boats ensued…..This saw the first 3 places taken by the Rs Q’Bas of Kiko, Alan and Maria followed by the Laser 2000 of Bob and John…following the adjustment of times based on how much the crews had bunged the race officer Kiko was declared the winner, the Laser 2000 sneaked into 2nd with Maria in 3rd.

Kiko was adjudged to be the most deserving of the 3 Osteopathic sessions donated by Russell Dougall with Bob and John making off with a monster bottle of wine provided by La Diva…and Maria winning some wine and glasses generously donated by David and Gloria.(she promised to share with her Mum and Dad)

Other worthy mentions were the Weta skippered by Janice who raised a fantastic amount for the charity as well as Pritpal and Russell fighting it out for the first capsize prize. Many thanks also to Jack and Oakley (and I am sure I saw a third???) in the second shoestring boat the Gamba raising a princely sum for Asprodico and eating the most mince pies. The Pro-Vela Spanish instructors also made an appearance in the Bahia though were predictably late for the start and did not disturb the time keepers from there on. The Balaton also graced the race course for the first time and if the start had been the finish they would have been laughing (crossing the line 2nd).

It did not really matter who won and lost…..a great time was had by all and the kids of Asprodico have a new ramp coming their way! Many thanks also to Geoff Cox who took the attached photos!

Thanks again and have a happy and healthy new year.

Alan Hillman

Note from John Down about the Regatta:

Just to let you know the charity fund raising was really successful and raised 1280 Euros,it was more than enough to buy the stairs and walking ramp for the children. Bob and I were on Tres and Jack Oakley and Roger T. where on Uno, Carol Sibson and Robert Cheshire where on the Balaton. The rest of the crews where from Alan’s pool of friends mainly on the Laser single hander.

Bob and I got a poor start some 30 seconds or more adrift, but then Bob made a good decision and went deep and got us up to the first buoy in the lead, we maintained this in spite of going into irons on the third buoy and sliding onto it. We had to do a 360 degree turn as a penalty and then carried on and held the lead right to the finish.  However on handicap this was not far enough in front to win it outright we were in fact short of just 25 seconds to have won it according to Mike Harding who was the Officer of the Day. We came 4th so it was really close and I think Jack and co. came 6th.

Then the sponsor donations of money were changed into seconds and deducted from our times,  thanks to the donations you gave Bob and me our position was revised to 2nd place and we won a large bottle of wine.

So guys thank you very much and if you could see Alan’s daughter running around the boat park you would see just how much difference the new stairs and ramp will make to kids in the future.

Happy New Year when it comes

John D.


SAMM/MABS contra Cancer Race Day at CAR on 25 September 2011. THE SAILING ASSOCIATION MAR MENOR PRESENTS A CHEQUE FOR 2,500 EUROS TO MABS! (Photos by Mike Prentice – see attached files for the Race Pictures) SAMM presented a cheque for 2,500 Euros to MABS, from the money collected for the SAMM MABS Sponsored Charity Sailing Race held on 25th September 2011. The day began with very little wind but fortunately as start time approached it began to improve. However, the direction was constantly changing between North East and East which presented something of a headache for the race officers who were assisted by Barrie Harding, a professional race officer from Cowes, who came over to help SAMM run the race. Lyn Baines presents the cup to Ole Jan Midttun The Class 1 Race (Cruisers) was won by Norwegian Ole Jan Midttun, fresh from his class wins in the Moraira to Ibiza race where he won both the outward race and the race back to Moraira. “Apex”, his beautifully prepared Benateau First 44.7 made a fantastic start being over the line within 3 seconds of the “gun”. In the light 6 knot breeze he was able to make full use of his big powerful No. 1 Genoa on the windward leg. At the windward mark, set 1 mile North West of Tomas Maestre Marina Ole’s well-drilled crew launched the spinnaker and they were on their way to the gybe mark which was Isla Perdiguera (Sardine Island). In second place in Class 1 was Derek English assisted by John Parker and Graham Wharrad with the Stryder Club catamaran “Hamoor”. It was a brave decision to go for the spinnaker when lightly crewed which bought them a few problems at the gybe mark. But as Derek would say, “that’s racing – you have to go for it”. In a creditable third place was the Benateau Ocianis 36 “Lottie” skippered by Ian Robinson sailing his first ever race and crewed by Rob Hudson and Terry Chapman. Ian, who has not been sailing very long, made a good start, so good that he found himself in the dirty air from “Apex”. Lyn Baines presents the cup to the winners of the Class 2 dingies race The Class 2 Race (Dinghies) started fifteen minutes later and sailed a slightly shortened course with a windward mark at one and a half miles from the start, but then they still had to round Isla Perdiguera and then sail to the finish line off Los Narejos. First away was Alan Hillman sailing a Laser Bahia. A good start was also made by Mick Burgess, puffing away on his cigar, in his little Sea Hopper “Rosita” Within a few minutes of the start disaster struck for one of the favourites to win the class, John Clarke, when the main halyard broke on his normally immaculately prepared Miracle. After the race his crew Doreen Squires said that John was really “gutted” as he was looking forward to pitting himself against Alan Hillman. It should come as no surprise that Alan Hillman, owner and chief instructor of the Pro Vela sailing school in Los Narejos, and his crew, one of his instructors, won the race. Alan has twice been close to getting into the British Olympic sailing team. Though some way behind Alan, Brian Murray sailing the Weta 14 Trimaran should be pleased to have come second as a little more wind would have suited his boat better. His crew was Roger Gee who had also come over from Cowes. Roger had just come second in the very competitive SB3 class in the Island Sailing Club Evening Series. In third place were the ever consistent Ingo Wilson and Vernon O’Byrne sailing the Laser 2000 “Shoestring Tres”. Bearing in mind that it was a very long course for dinghies, the next boats home were remarkably close together with Edd Penning and Heinz Lenhard in the Weta 15, Oakley Petts and crew in the Gamba “Shoestring Uno” followed by Janice Penning and Peter Cadwell in the Laser 13 “Shoestring Cuatro”, Tom and Carl in the Pastanaca “Shoestring Dos” – and only six seconds behind them, Mick Burgess still puffing his cigar! It was a long day for Bob Miles and his 2 safety boat crews, especially as they had long distances to go, to lay the very large buoys. Thanks goes too to Huw and Margaret Jones for bringing round their Moody 30 “Rosie” to use as a committee boat. SAMM would also like to thank everyone who was involved for their help in making this first SAMM Charity Race such a success.


September 18th 2011 Report

Wow, after an inauspicious first day of the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Autumn Series, the second day on September 18th was fantastic with perfect weather and exciting racing.

The races take place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor and are run under the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system.

The morning race started at 11am in a gentle 6.5 to 7.5 knot westerly wind with 8 boats competing over three laps of a short anticlockwise course. The light wind proved difficult for some and the results on corrected time were:-

1st John Clarke Miracle 44mins 25secs

2nd Tug Wilson Laser 2000 49mins 22secs

3rd John Down Pastanaca 56mins 18secs

4th Janice Penning Laser 13 57mins 56secs

5th Vernon O’Byrne Gamba 59mins 56secs

6th Edward Penning Weta 78mins 09secs

The Deltania and Sea Hopper did not finish.

By 2.30pm the wind had backed to South, South East and increased to 11 to 13 knots so the start line was changed and a figure of eight course set. Six boats started and fought an exciting three lap contest to provide a really exciting finish with only 16 minutes separating the whole fleet and only 1 second between the first and second placed boats. The results on corrected time were:-

1st Tug Wilson Laser 2000 32mins 36secs

2nd John Clarke Miracle 32mins 37secs

3rd E. Penning Weta 42mins 23secs

4th Ingo Wilson Gamba 44mins 28secs

5th Janice Penning Laser 13 44mins 28secs

6th Mick Burgess Sea Hopper 48mins 57secs

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The first race day of the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Autumn Series on September 4th got off to a bad beginning.

The races take place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Najeros on the Mar Menor and the competitors and officials arrived to find that a children’s Optimist dinghy race was also organised. Just as the SAMM morning race was starting the crew of the safety boat were approached by organisers of the children’s race and told to change the course that had been set to avoid a clash. The resulting last minute confusion led to the race being abandoned.

The afternoon race started promptly at 2.30pm and six boats fought an exciting 3 lap contest in 15 to 17 knot winds. The racing is run under the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system and the results on corrected time were:-

1st John Clarke and Doreen Squires Miracle 51mins 15secs

2nd John Down and Mike Harding Laser 2000 53mins 17secs

3rd O. Midttun, L. Anderson

A. Young and B. Young Gamba 55mins 6secs

4th E. Penning and H. Lenhard Weta 57mins 48secs

5th B. Murray and O. Fseldsbo Weta 64mins 59secs

The Deltania of D and M. Scott did not finish.

Everybody is looking forward to the next race day on September 18th and the special MABS Cancer Support race on September 25th.