CRUISING GROUP ENJOYS LUNCH
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.
SAMM RACE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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. 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 www.sailingmarmenor.com and then click on the ‘Racing’ image on the puzzle picture.
SAMM AGM 2017
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.
Some 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.