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December Update

Published 12:38 on 8 Dec 2021

Hi All

We're into December already and it's downhill all the way to Xmas and 2022. It's been a busy time at MLSC as always, with our Laying Up Supper and Xmas Cruise over the last two weekends and it's great to see so many of you involved.


Our RYA Yachtmaster Course is now underway & I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the students and wish them all the best for on the course, and also invite them to get involved in the other aspects of the club.

There are a couple of places available on our RYA First Aid course this Saturday - 11th December. If you are interested in joining this incredibly valuable one day course, or would like more details, please contact Jo Smith at

MLSC Sponsored Row in Aid of the RNLI

Our annual sponsored row in aid of the RNLI is back this year and planned for Bank Holiday Monday 3rd January. Full details, entry forms and sponsorship forms are available from our website. Please support this great event by taking part, spectating, or helping. For more information please contact Jeanette at

Book Sale

Recently I was contacted by David Pigram the nephew of Ken Walker, who was a club member for many years. David was in the process of downsizing house and wanted to donate the collection of books that he inherited from Ken to the MLSC. There are books of all kinds; novels, navigation, instructional, autobiographies etc, 105 in all, which will be sold to raise money for the RNLI.

The books will be upstairs in the club, from Wednesday evening this week and are available on a first come first served basis for anyone to take, for a minimum donation of £1 and as much as you feel is appropriate. The list of books is attached to this email and a collection box will be with the books. There are 2 copies of some books.

Web shop

Just in time for Xmas we have changed our dry goods supplier to local company Spectrum Merchandising. The refreshed and improved shop can be found via our website with a wide range of great clothing & items supplied with our club logos that will make great Xmas presents. Thanks to Peter Collings for arranging this.

Oars Draw

On Sunday 19th December the Basin Oars will be holding their 200 Club Extra Big Oars Draw at the MLSC. The Oars will be rowing round from Heybridge to Maldon for the event so it would be great to support them at the club for the draw.


As ever the Social Team are working hard to keep us supplied with great events this month. Keep a look out for Barry's reminders on these upcoming events:

  • Saturday 11th December: Christmas film night. A Christmas film will be shown on the upper deck from 8:00pm. Bar open 6:00pm.
  • Friday 17th December: Christmas Party. Bar open 6:00pm.
  • Friday 24th December: Carols on the Quay. Time to be advised. Bar open 6:00pm.
  • Friday 31st December: New Year's Eve Party. With music from our very own DJ, Steve Coleman. Bar open 6:00pm. Music from 9:00pm till 2022

Laying Up Supper

Our Laying Up Supper at the end of November was a great success and I'd like to thank everybody involved in delivering our first formal dinner since the pandemic started. It was great to be able to present our traditional trophies and also to welcome Jo Robson to present the John Robson memorial trophy for the first time. Jo would like to share a few words about John and the Trophy which follow below.

All the best

Kev Knox


Trophy Winners Ron & Peter Newton

From Jo Robson

I thought this was something John would have loved to do as a thank you for all the years of fun and friendship, and a lot more, as a member of the MLSC. In this age of recycling it seemed sensible to use a much loved cup John's father, Alan Robson, a great sportsman of the 1920s, won in 1932 (the year John was born) for sculling in the Tyne Regatta. He also played Rugby for Newcastle and England for those interested.

I know John would have been so proud to know members of the club would be competing by venturing beyond the horizon of the Blackwater, as he did whenever he could - always with his Club flag flying. Back home he taught the Oceanmaster Course and of course before that, the Radio Course of which he was professionally qualified at the Marconi College where he taught after his time in the Merchant Navy.

His last and proudest trip was to join our son, Keith, and now wife, Alison, on their circumnavigation which took them four years. He joined them at Panama and had a wonderful three months in the Pacific, leaving them in Thahiti to return home for a family wedding.

Anyway here's to this cup encouraging the true spirit of adventure and good seamanship that makes it all possible when you belong to a club such as this.

With Love

Jo Robson


Last updated 10:18 on 19 January 2022

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