SAMM Sailors Party Time

SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor is not just about sailing, there is an active social program organised by the Social Committee, ably led by their Chairwoman Jill Chorley.

The latest event was the Valentines Dinner and Dance held at the restaurant Ruf Mari in Los Urrutias. Many club members had not yet returned to Spain so could not attend but 43 people were able to make it and, after a fabulous meal, partied the night away to music provided by ‘Soft Sax’, aka Mrs Wendy Grant.

During a break in the dancing the Commodore, Paul Shard, presented a bouquet to Jo Perring who was retiring from the position of membership secretary.Jo Presentation 2017

A good time was had by everybody who attended who are now looking forward to the next knees-up, the SAMM Spring Bash, held over three days at the hotel Costa Narejos in May.Valentines Photo

SAMM Honours Member

SAMM hold a regular monthly meeting where members can get together, report on their activities and decide on future policy. During the January meeting the Race Committee presented their Special Award for services to the race program during 2016.
George Noden, who had served as Race Office for the year, was presented with the award by the Race Chairman, Terry Chapman, only to immediately have it returned.Terry Presentation 2017 The Race Committee having conspired behind his back to chose him for the honour in recognition of his five years dedication to the SAMM race program.

SAMM run a regular Spring and Autumn series of mixed boat races using the RYA PY handicap system of scoring. They run on alternate Sundays on the Mar Menor at the CTD sports center, Los Narejos, the Spring 2017 Series starts on March 5th with registration at 10am.

Visiting boats are welcome and, if you are interested, you can find out more on the Racing section of SAMM web site and then click on the ‘Racing’ image on the puzzle picture.


The AGM of the Sailing Association Mar Menor was help at Las Claras Social Center on February 8th and celebrated the 10th year of the organisations existence. 2016 was recorded as a notable year with both ups and downs and these were reflected in the yearend reports presented by the Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and the other officers.

The main ‘down’ were the changes forced by the closure of the jetty at CTD for safety reasons. The ‘ups’ were the acquisition of a new engine 40hp Suzuki outboard for the support boat, a Whaly 430 Pro, the success of the race program, good PR coverage and excellent social activities, the Spring Bash, Caldero Day, Valentines and Christmas Parties, bike rides and petanque.

Maggie Presentation 2017Some officers stood down and their replacements were elected. One of those standing down after three years as both General Secretary and Race Committee Secretary was the very popular Maggie Blinkhorn. Much to her surprise, Commodore Paul Shard presented Maggie with a large bouquet and a 250€ travel voucher that had been purchased with the generous donations made by club members as a thank you for all her hard work. Maggie plans to continue helping SAMM as a member of the Social Committee.

After the meeting about 30 members enjoyed an excellent menu del dia at the Las Claras restaurant which is now under new management.

Agenda January 2017

SAMM Elect New Commodore   13-01-2016

Janice-PresentationComp-13.01.16After three years at the helm, Janice Penning the Commodore of SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor, stepped down at the end of 2015 in accordance with the rules. At the Associations AGM, held on Wednesday January 13th, the membership elected Paul Shard, a member of the Shoestring Dinghy Group within SAMM, to the position. The Commodores job is to guide SAMM through any changes the membership requires, to represent SAMM in any negotiations with local organisations and authorities and generally oversee the running of the organisation for the benefit of its members. Janice’s reign has seen a gradual increase in membership numbers up to the present level of 170, the consolidation of the Associations links with CAR, the Spanish sports establishment based on the shore of the Mar Menor at Los Narejos, Los Alcazares, where most of SAMM’s activities are based and latterly the acquisition of the new support boat, a Whaly 435R. We wish Paul all good wishes to take the organisation into the future for the benefit of all sailors in the region. George Wedgwood also stood down and Pat Fleck was elected to the post of web site administrator. For more information about SAMM go to

SAMM Honours Member   13-01-2016

Bob-PresentationComp-13.01.16Every year the Race Committee of SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor, make a special award to a member; either to acknowledge their efforts to support the race program or to recognise their sailing and racing skill. This year the proud recipient was Bob Miles who was given the award, a glass yacht trophy, to acknowledge his tireless work over the last five years as the chief maintenance and training manager for the SAMM support boat. Bob is a retired GPO engineer and RYA qualified power and safety boat instructor. However he has not retired from helping SAMM as he will continue to be responsible for the maintenance of the new Whaly support boat, which was launched on January 13th, and train suitably qualified SAMM members in its safe use in a variety of tasks. As the support boat for the race program, a tender to get to boats on swinging moorings, to stand by during dinghy training and practice sessions, to collect wayward boats of the IOM radio control group and generally support any SAMM on-the-water activity.

SAMM Launch New Support Boat   13-01-2016

Whaly-LaunchComp-1Wednesday January 13th was an exciting day for SAMM members as, immediately after the AGM, the outgoing and incoming Commodores, watched by a large group of SAMM members, jointly launched the new SAMM support boat, a Whaly 435R, using a bottle of finest cava to anoint the hull. The Whaly, a roto-moulded polyethylene Rib design, was identified as being ideal for the various uses the support boat has to cover after extensive research into the market. This Dutch made vessel is used extensively by many organisations around the world for patrol and rescue purposes; there is one in Mazarron harbour and another in San Pedro de Pinitar, both used by the local authorities. The Whaly was ordered from a dealer in Cabo de Palos in November and was delivered mid-December. Since then a small group of SAMM members, led by Bob Miles, fitted out the boat with the engine plus the controls and other equipment necessary. A new engine will be purchased as soon as funds allow and then the vessel should give many years of reliable and trouble free service. For more information about SAMM go to