The Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) was formed in January 2006 and its purpose is to provide a meeting point for sailors in the area, and try to help solve problems experienced in keeping and sailing boats in the Mar Menor and Mediterranean.
Our membership has now passed 120 and we meet informally at CTD, a Murcian Sports College (see below), in Los Narejos, Los Alcázares, Murcia (turn at the new roundabout with the large sail on it, on Avenida Constitución (after the RM-F34 south through Los Narejos – see below). To enter CTD, simply press the buzzer on the entry intercom and the gates will open for you. If queried at the Gate, just state “SAMM” and Members should ensure they are wearing their Lanyard, when on the premises. The address for CTD is: Avda. Mariano Ballester 2, 30710 Los Alcázares. (Link to Google Maps). There is a short video on CTD at Youtube.
Map showing Las Claras del Mar Menor. (Where the monthly meetings are mainly held on the second Wednesday of each month) in Los Narejos (Los Alcázares).
Some SAMM Groups and individuals store boats in the CTD boatyard, on the jetty or on moorings offshore from CTD (CTD was previously known as CAR but was renamed in Nov 2013 to “CTD – Centro de Tecnificacion Deportiva”or ‘Sport Technical Centre’). CTD website address remains unchanged http://www.carmurcia.es at http://www.carmurcia.es
SAMM is Registered under ‘Registro General de Entrada’ (Ref.No. 8707), at Los Alcázares Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), which establishes us as an Association using the costal facilities with the knowledge of the Los Alcázares Town Council and Policia Local. Registration was tedious and a lot of work was undertaken for SAMM by a few members to whom we are grateful (David Lees, Terry Chapman, John Down, Mike Phillips etc.)
The land from the CDT boundary to the tide mark is managed by the Town Council (L.A. Ayuntamiento) and the coastal demarcation lines are drawn by the central Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y de Medio Rural y Marino. The Coastal law is administered by Coastal Department (Demarcación de Costas) of the Region. More information about coastal law can be found at http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/
Non-members of all nationalities are welcome to attend our General Meetings to learn more about us and join if you wish. We normally have a guest speaker of the month on different topics of interest to sailors.
During 2007 we obtained formal registration as a Sports & Cultural Association with the Region of Murcia.
SAMM comprises a number of Groups that own different classes of sail boats. There are Groups for larger cruising yachts, 18ft and 22ft ‘day sailers’, dinghies and a motorboat group. SAMM also has an active Social Calendar and Race Programme, and welcomes non-members.
The SAMM Race Committee organise a Spring and Autumn Series of race days for all comers under the PY Handicap system and the ISAF Rules with some local variations. Our Support Boat is a Whaly with 45HP outboard and we are always looking for volunteer helms on race days. The basic Spanish Titulo or an ICC are the required qualifications to helm the RIB.
Social events and trips to places of interest are also organised for members, partners and guests, and all are welcome. These are all advertised in the Events menu of this web site.
SAMM welcomes new members, both Spanish residents and local holiday home owners, of all nationalities. If you are interested in Sailing or Motor boats in this area come to one of our monthly meetings and learn more. You will be made very welcome. Alternatively, if you want to join, contact our Membership Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org. Current annual, single membership is €30 and family membership €45. To join a Group, you must be a SAMM Member and Group charges and fees vary – see their respective pages from the main Menu here.
Our Postal Address is: The SAMM Secretary, The Post Room Box 51, Centro Comercial Balneario, C/Rio Borines 68 – 18, 30710, Los Alcázares Murcia, Spain.
Sailing on the Costa Calida – A Personal View by Terry Chapman (SAMM Race Group Chairman)
If, like me, you were a sailor in your home country you probably thought the sun, blue skies, warm sea, gentle winds and the facilities in Spain were going to be a sailor’s paradise. Like me you probably found the reality quite different.
OK; the first three are true most of the time but the winds can be far from gentle and the facilities for dinghy sailors are almost non-existent. There are very few Clubs or Club Waters, few areas for dinghy storage, and if you do find a place to launch your boat, it may be illegal to use a beach or slipway without correct authorisation. If you sail bigger yachts, marina berths are hard to obtain and, if you are lucky to get one, can be quite expensive.
Hence SAMM, “Sailing Association Mar Menor”, was formed in January 2006, to help find a solution to these problems and it thinks of itself as providing “networking for sailors”. Now, after eleven years, the Association has over 120 members and contains a number of ‘boat-share’ or ‘interest Groups’ within its structure. Every member of SAMM is free to join one or more Groups and these are:
The “Shoestring Group” owns four dinghies all kept in the boatyard at CTD.
The “Balaton Group” has three 6 meter day sailers. A Balaton 18 and two Sailfish 18’s are all kept on swinging moorings off CAR.
The “Deltania Group” has two 22ft day sailers. Both boats are moored at Club Regatas Mar Menor, Los Urrutias Marina, which has a bit more protection and more support facilities.
The “Cruising Group” networks with privately owned sailing yachts requiring crew. They go out mostly for day sails from San Pedro.
The “Motorboat (MoBo) Group” operates a 7 metre Artaban, a Spanish-made pleasure and fishing boat.
All Groups encourage interested people to come and try their boats before joining them and SAMM. Most have a regular Group day for this purpose and you can find the details in the individual Groups’ pages on this web site.
SAMM does not offer professional training but each Group normally has experienced members who help their novice members improve their skills. You do need to be qualified to sail in Spain and help is given to Members to get their non-Spanish qualification endorsed by the Regional Authorities. If you have no qualifications, help can also be given to get the basic Spanish “Titulo” which makes it legal for you to skipper a boat under 6 metres, with an engine of less than 40 Watts up to one nautical mile from the shore.
Note from our Committee: If you are thinking of joining SAMM and cannot make the monthly General Meeting, then just wander along the beach front outside CTD. You will often see some SAMM Members around to have a chat with, especially on race Sundays. Most wear a lanyard (yellow with SAMM in black lettering) around their necks for identification whilst using the facilities or Slipway.