We have been in receipt of emails from the RYA on the subject of Clubs restarting sailing and Sue and I will be taking part in online forums on this matter.
Initially it could be a very informal arrangement soon followed at a later date by organised Club racing. Any sailing though of either type would need UK GOV guidelines to be followed on who can meet, distancing and hygeine. I am in the process of contacting Lancaster City Council, Coastguard and RNLI to confirm what I already know of their position.

Gibbi (14/5/20)

MBSA Regatta 2020

This years MBSA Regatta is scheduled to take place on the 11th and 12th July at Roa Island. However, due to the situation regarding coronavirus, there is uncertainty about this event. We will let you know more when we know more.




As you know we are able to participate in walking, running and cycling and individuals can undertake their own exercise programmes indoors. Other NGBs are looking ahead to the government’s plans to be released next week on some easing of the lockdown by entering into discussions with them regarding how some other leisure activities could start to resume on a limited basis and in line with new guidelines. Social distancing will be a major factor but some non-team activities can go on on a very individual basis eg solo sailing, kayaking, single sculls rowing or in distanced pairs such as climbing. I could go on with examples but at least some see the need for health and mental wellbeing. Shame it is the Premier League thinking we all need a moral boost of competitive football behind closed doors watched from an armchair for our sanity!

Well I am an optimist. It isn’t necessarily going to happen quickly and we have to consider safety, the calling out of emergency services and having to go to A& E but incidents and accidents are relatively infrequent normally and should not therefore  add additional pressure. Also some people have to consider their families if they resume more interaction with people.

Just my take on it all. Interested to hear your comments to all. Let’s wait and see.

Gibbi (1/5/20)


Sunken Yacht

The sunken yacht on the moorings in the Bay is attracting much attention. The club has made enquiries and has been unable to locate the current owner. Could it belong to someone from outside the local area?





Would have been another fantastic Discover sailing day yesterday. Sailing today would be in light but adequate wind.

The RYA are continually updating us. Here is the latest. Rest assured that as soon as MSC can resume sailing based on UK GOV and RYA guidelines …..WE WILL and the priority will be to get members out sailing in their own and Club dinghies. Forget our Sport England project. If we have the time we will run the odd Discover Sailing session. We have clearly covered this with our contact at SE.


From: Peter Hadfield     RYA NW

Subject: Covid-19 Crisis

Dear Club Contact

Please see the information below which the RYA has sent out regarding the Covid-19 Crisis

The RYA confirmed that representing members’ interests is of paramount importance during this time.  As a first step, hopefully all clubs are are aware of and are referring members to the RYA C-19 website hub which is updated almost every day and answers many more frequently asked questions:

There are specific sections relevant to Clubs:

And also for personal members and recreational boaters in general:

A number of points have raised by the Chairs of English Regions upon behalf of members in their regions and the responses are set out below:

  • Insurance: The RYA  have been in regular correspondence with Gallagher’s. They fully understand the impact and are writing individually to a number of clubs with specific needs

  • Clubs without premises They are able to apply for SE grants, and additional support.

  • Marina / Harbour access and fees: The RYA are in direct contact with THYA and Government on this issue and hope to have more clarity on access this week. Meanwhile TYHA have assured us that none of their members will be attempting to profit from the crisis by charging inappropriate fees

  • Extension of Club subscription period: The Board is meeting on 30th April and will discuss this topic then.

  • MCA extension: this has been confirmed for Coded vessels, details here.

Please share as widely as possible across your networks and encourage clubs to read the advice,

Kind regards


Hon Secretary

RYA NW Region





Would have been early sailing,Sunday 19th April. Another beautiful day with a clear blue sky,hot sun but with a top end of F4 easterly wind which was cool and rather gusty at times. Might have tested some sailors. The haze had cleared and today it was possible to see all the Lakeland hills. Oh well,roll on next weekend!

Stay fit and healthy.



Hope all members, their families and friends are well during this period of COVID 19. People will have their own ways of getting through it but I am sure that, like me, many of you are getting through a lot of jobs around the house in between sleeping, eating, entertainment and exercise. For me Torrisholme Barrow provides open,hilly walking/jogging and the prom some safe cycling when it is not too busy with others exercising.

The Club’s facilities are being monitored. Chris B is keeping an eye on the compound and shed. He has put the powerboat engines into sleep mode. We took advice on the best way to store them for this extended period. Brookie continues to monitor the Clubhouse (H&S) and I regularly pass the race office.

Over the Easter long weekend Morecambe really looked an enticing seaside resort. High tides in the day with blue skies and sunshine…..and minimal people around to enjoy it. This came after two very windy weekends.

Saturday 11th would have been the first of the “Discover Sailing”events and conditions would have been perfect with a nice breeze…..lovely conditions as can be seen in the pics above. Sunday,race day was just as nice but with a cool East wind.

Mark Procter is gradually taking over the website from John Hodgson. I must thank John for his years of service to the website sometimes under difficult conditions eg updating it from his luxury yacht whilst sailing in warmer climes. Mark will be using some of his valuable “stay at home time” to now add his personal touch so please use some of yours to have a look in the next few days and weeks. Remember,the website is only as good as the info supplied to him! The busy dinghy programme should appear on there to wet your appetites for June? July?…….well it goes up to end of October!!

The RYA has suspended the “Discover Sailing” until at least July 1st and obviously our project involving Merlin has also been suspended with clarification of this registered with Sport England. When we can do it obviously our first priority as a Club will be just to get our members out sailing again combined with a social event of some sort.

Stay healthy and fit.

Gibbi (14/4/20)

‘MERLIN’ Launch (14/3/20)

On Saturday 14th March we had the pleasure of the presence of Councillor David Whitaker, the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Lancaster, at the launch and naming ceremony of our specially commissioned training rib “Merlin”.
MSC sincerely thank the following organisations for the grant funding:
Sport England, The National Lottery and the Galbraith Trust.
This light and manoeuvrable “Ribcraft Training” rib will give MSC the opportunity to develop particularly our youth memberships skills in rib control, and will also give our sailing coaches and trainers the ability for on the water one to one dinghy coaching.
The day continued with our instructors and qualified powerboat helms trying out our new rib as well as the Club’s other patrol boats. 
Here are some pics of the Merlin launch day thanks to Peter Brown who took them from his kayak.




On 30th September 2015 at ~01.00hrs we experienced at Heysham/Morecambe the Highest Predicted Astronomical Tide Height of 10.76m. This was the highest predicted tide for at least the next 10 years and was due to the closeness of the the moon to the earth this year. Added to the astronomical tide height could be a storm surge which might increase the height considerably more.  You can read about tides and storm surge predictions etc on the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility website – follow the link on this website at the Weather,Tides & Cams / Tidal Surge Prediction for Heysham  menu.

You can also follow the progress of lightning storms by using the link at the            Weather, Tides & Cams / Lightning Strikes  menu.