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New Commodore and Spring Racing Results

Data Protection Act 2018

In preparation for the new Data Protection Act that comes into effect on May 25th 2018, I have sent out emails to all members requesting permission to store your data in the SAMM database.
There has been a good response so far but, I have received 34 undeliverable emails with the suffix of If you use one of these emails and you want to retain your data in the SAMM database, then you need to contact me at with a valid email address.
Unfortunately I will have to remove all information apart from login and password for all unanswered emails.

New Roll Bars/Cage for the Whaly

For some time the Race Committee have recognised the need to have a “roll bar”, mounted on the Whaly stern; both to help prevent the engine being damaged by hitting the CTD jetty edge when coming alongside in difficult conditions and to hold the boathooks and life belt carried on race days to keep them secure and clear of the deck.

A stainless steel unit was available from Whaly but the cost was prohibitive at over 600€. During a Race Committee meeting in February, Bob Miles suggested one could be made using plastic water pipe. Terry Chapman investigated further and produced scale drawing that showed this could be achieved, using high pressure pipe for maximum strength, at a cost of approximately 70€.

It was necessary to wait for the new RUG group to be constituted before proceeding but the idea was agreed at the SAMM April meeting. On Sunday April 29th Terry, Paul Shard and Martyn Harvey stated construction and Paul took it to completion over the course of the following week with Martyn again assisting on Tuesday. The finished unit is pictured here.

Paul had a few of the items needed that he donated so the final cost was just 46.92€, paid from race funds, not from the SAMM account.

All users note that this unit is not designed to be used to attach tow ropes or as a hand hold when launching and recovering the Whaly.

Four Launch Ramps to be constructed
in the Mar Menor

AGM 2018 Presentation

The AGM of the Sailing Association Mar Menor was help at Las Claras Social Center on February 14th, the 11th year of the organisations existence.

2017 was recorded as a fairly stable year with membership close to the 2016 figure plus good income levels from the 100 Club, Social Activities and Racing which resulted in a comfortable surplus at year end. There were year end reports presented by the Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and the other officers to add detail to the bare figures. The Treasurer Peter Ewers confirmed he was stepping down after 7 years in the position and his replacement Martin Beenham was unanimously elected as were the other Committee members who were re-standing unopposed.
As a thank you for all his hard work, Commodore Paul Shard presented Peter with fabulous Aviator Chronograph watch, 50€ to spend as he wished and, to Peters great relief because he had forgotten it was Valentine’s Day, a large bouquet for his long suffering wife Lyn, all purchased with the generous donations made by club members.
After the meeting about members enjoyed an excellent menu del dia at the Las Claras restaurant.


Twenty-two members of the SAMM Cruising and Independent Group enjoyed a social side to their activities recently their Autumn lunch get together, this year at Asador Los Naranjos in Pilar de la Horridada organised by group co-ordinator Heather Bell. Good food and good company, enlivened by the odd beer and glass of wine.

What, you may ask, is The Cruising and Independent Group? It’s a section within SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor, comprising the owners of larger yachts and power boats who offer opportunities to other SAMM members to get out onto the water as their crew and those SAMM members who are not in one of the various boat share groups.

The larger boats vary in size from 10 to 12 meters and are moored in various marinas along the Costa Calida. In addition to regular day sails in their local vicinity, group boats also often go on longer trips along the Spanish coast or to the Balearic Islands, either singly or in company with other boats in the group as each owner’s time permits.

Non-sailors are welcome as crew and are encouraged to help manage the boat and take the helm to enhance their experience but, if they just want to chill out as passengers that’s OK too.

Everybody can also enjoy the many activities organised by the SAMM social committee throughout the year, Christmas and Valentine’s Day dinner dances, the three-day Spring Bash at a local hotel, walks and bike rides followed by a menu del dia are just a few.

The Cruising Group lunch is held twice a year and full details of this and the other groups within SAMM can be found on this website.


The SAMM Spring Series race program finished in early July but, as there is no monthly meeting in August, the results were not announced until the meeting on September 13th.

Final Series Positions - Spring 2017

Due to reasons beyond control only 7 races were completed, not 16 as planned. It was decided by the Race Committee that just 1 result would be dropped to determine the final places. SAMM racing is governed by the PY handicap system and based on the low points system.

Winners Spring Series 2017Rosita

In third place was Mick Burgess in his Sea Hopper ‘Rosita’ the smallest and prettiest boat in the fleet, with 37 points, a brilliant achievement by Mick. Second was the Sailfish 18 ‘Sirocco’, with 34 points. Sirocco had been sailed by different crews during the season so the trophy was accepted by Julian Perring. First was John Down in his RS Quba ‘Lola’, with 31.75 points.
Mick on RositaThe Autumn Series started on September 10th and continues as follows September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19. Alternate dates in October will be pursuit races.


Photos:- John and Julian with trophies, Mick, Rosita under sail

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