June Moppy Camp Instructions

Calling all June Moppy Campers!

Please find here Joining Instructions for the June Moppy Camp: Joining Instructions – June 2018

Important points to note:

  • All participants should come changed ready in NAMED kit, including long wetsuit or a dry suit (required); Buoyancy aid (required); dinghy boots or similar (not crocs or flip flops); waterproof trousers (optional but good idea if cold); windproof or spray top (required); hat (to keep the sun off if hot, or to keep warm if cold); gloves; sun protection cream (parents to apply beforehand)
  • Remember to bring a change of warm clothing; towel; packed lunch & drink in a named bag.
  • Drinks and cakes are provided at morning and afternoon breaks.  PLEASE DONATE A CAKE (nut free), traybake, biscuits or fruit that can be easily cut up.  We have children with SEVERE NUT ALLERGIES so please NO NUTS.
  • Parking will be either in a field off Viney Road or on the lanes or at Woodside Gardens (weather dependent). Parking Marshalls will direct you. Please park with consideration. DO NOT PARK IN MAIDEN LANE. Parking at Salterns itself is reserved for pennant leaders and committee members so please do not park there.  If you need to bring an oppie, please do this on FRIDAY (and store it on the grass by kennels 25 to 28).

Please remember to PRINT these forms and bring them with you to Moppy Camp:

Also remember to bring:
  • CASH for the Saturday evening BBQ
  • Child’s medical inhalers/epi pens etc – NAMED
  • Cakes – with NO NUTS.
We still need helpers for Friday evening to help transport boats from RLymYC to Salterns – can you help?

5 reasons to Moppy in September!

June may well be oversubscribed, but is it such a bad thing to do Moppy Camp in September?

Here are 5 good reasons why the September Moppy Camp will be great!

  1. The water will be warmer in September – on average 4 degrees warmer than June. This is a very important consideration for parents in waders as well as children capsizing!
  2. Your child will have more time to prepare for their pennant.
  3. It’s likely your child will have more confidence in September having sailed lots over the summer months.
  4. September is perfect timing for your child to consolidate what they have learnt if they have sailed in RLymYC Junior Regatta in August, Bronze Fleet or Tera Training at Salterns.
  5. And of course the September Moppy Camp doesn’t interfere with the Footie World Cup!

Remember, Moppy Camp isn’t a race. And every year the club has children of different ages hoping to do the pennants. Moppy Camp should not be seen as a ‘training’ weekend, more as a consolidation of the sailing your child has done thus far.

Duty Family responsibilities

Once you’ve been a Full Member of Salterns for a year, you’ll be asked to sign up for “Family Duties.” This can be a bit daunting, especially if you have your own little people to look after. Worry not – you’ll not be ‘on duty’ alone, you’ll be part of a team of other Duty Families, Duty Committee Member and at least one member of the Junior Committee. Here is a quick checklist of what being a “Duty Family” entails…

Duty Family Responsibilities

Arrival Time before 1.45pm

Please bring with you:

  • A cake or cupcakes or biscuits
  • Your lifejacket / buoyancy aid/ waders (if you have your own – otherwise there are lots in the changing rooms – if you’re lucky you might find a pair without a hole!)

When you arrive, sign in with the Duty Committee Member. There will be several families on duty and between you:

  • Unlock the loos (put keys back on hooks in clubhouse)
  • Turn on the water heater for hot tap water (behind urn), fill urn and switch to high to boil
  • The Duty Committee Member will get out the money tin (for drinks/cakes payments), help to arrange the cakes and biscuits on plates
  • Open double doors on to pontoon and put out hoses and tap keys
  • Help get out the rowing boats – one needs to stay on pontoon as a safety boat

Ways you can help during the Informal Afternoon Sailing Session:

  • Welcome any new members and visitors. Visitors should complete the Guest Book (usually located on the desk between the changing rooms) and pay £5 for any visiting child (non-members) who wants to sail. Please note temporary visitors can only visit 3 times per year and family members should bring no more than one guest family at a time.
  • Serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate, squash and cakes/biscuits in the kitchen, taking appropriate payment (usually up on the board next to the kitchen)
  • Keep a watchful eye on sailing activities, although parents should be watching their own children and ensuring complete safety of their own children on and off the water. Check that all children on or near the water are wearing buoyancy aids, plus adults on or in the water. Remind that there should be no swimming and it’s recommended small rowing boats (peanuts) stay in area over to the left of the clubhouse. One large rowing boat ready as safety boat at all times.

Tidy up after 4pm:

  • Encourage members to help put the boats they have been using away after washing them down. Use sponges and bailers stored under bench to get all water out.
  • Check all the boats are locked up
  • Turn off the immersion heater and urn, unplug urn
  • Wash, dry and put away all crockery and clean kitchen
  • Return tuck and money tin to Duty Committee Member to be locked away
  • Clean loos and mop loo floors with suitable floor cleaner, turn off lights, empty toilet bins
  • Mop the clubhouse floors with the floor cleaner, rise out mops in hot water
  • Remove any perishable items from fridge
  • Check changing room for lost property
  • Put away hoses and tap keys, make sure all keys are back on hooks
  • Record any problems with the boats in the Bosun’s Damage Book in the Clubhouse
  • Turn off clubhouse lights
  • Lock up clubhouse, gear stores and toilets
  • Take away all black rubbish bags (Council doesn’t collect)
  • Departure time: 4.30pm or when all of the above has been completed!

June or September Moppy Camp?

This year there are two Moppy Camp weekends available – either 23/24 June or 15/16 September. There are, of course, a finite number of places available for each weekend and therefore you may not get your first choice.

Which Moppy Camp to choose???

Moppy Camp should not be seen as a ‘training’ weekend, more as a consolidation of the sailing your child has done thus far. In September, having sailed throughout the spring and summer, its likely that your child will feel more confident and fair better during moppy camp.

The average temperature is the same for both June and September. But in September the water will be warmer – on average 4 degrees warmer than June. This is a very important consideration for parents in waders as well as children capsizing!

If you are hoping for training for your child(ren) and they are aged 5-9 years, consider registering them for Mini Moppy Camps – there are still a few places over the summer months.

What happens if Moppy Camp is oversubscribed???

The Management Committee will look closely at who has registered, children’s ages, parents volunteering etc and will allot places for each Moppy Camp. They will try their hardest to accommodate everyone’s wishes, however there is a limit on numbers for each pennant and for each weekend, therefore not everyone will get their first choice.

Remember that the Management Committee are all volunteers, working on this in what little spare time they have.

June is already oversubscribed and not everyone who has applied will be offered June. If, reading this post, you would rather like to change your choice to the September weekend, please contact Phil Lightbody asap.

How can I guarantee Moppy Camp of choice???

The only way to guarantee your Moppy Camp choice is to bid on the VIP Moppy Camp package at the next 24 hour Children in Need fundraiser…

New season starts the Easter weekend!

A very keen Junior Committee and Management Committee have been busy behind the scenes, working hard to get everything in place for the new sailing season at Salterns!

Tidy up day is Saturday 24 March – come along and help if you can (the rugby will be on, with suitable refreshments!)

Salterns Sailing Club will open on Good Friday, 30 March, so that the children can enjoy sailing over the Easter weekend. There will be Afternoon Sailing on Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm, with induction sessions for new members on Saturday 31 March.

On Easter Sunday, members of the JC will be organising an Easter Egg Hunt, with lots of fun and games – be sure to check our Facebook Group for more information nearer the time.

New members – Induction Sessions

Just a quick reminder that the new member induction sessions will be held on 31 March and 15 April 2018.

These sessions are for all new members to come to the club for a couple of hours before the season starts to learn about the club and how it works. It is also a chance to meet the members of the committees and ask any questions.  All activities will be shore based – no sailing will take place. However, some of the activities take place outside so please come appropriately dressed. Both children and adults invited.

Please walk or cycle if you can to cut down on parking congestion. If you do drive, remember there is only limited parking and ensure emergency vehicles can get access to houses further along the lane if required. Thank you.

Tidy Up Day: 24 March

Please come and help prepare the club for the new season on Saturday 24 March.  Main jobs include clearing leaves, cleaning the windows and organising the boats, spars and foils.  Old clothes and wellies recommended.  Please bring rakes, trugs or barrows for carrying leaves.  Jobs for adults and children alike.

Welcome to 2018!

We’re all really looking forward to the 2018 season, and really can’t wait for it to begin. We’re working on the calendar for 2018, and hope to have it ready soon. In the meantime, here’s some great videos made by members that give a flavour of what we’ve been up to over the last couple of years.




Nearly time for the club to open for the new season!

A very keen MC & JC have been busy behinds the scenes and below is a mini calendar of key dates coming soon;

 11/12 March – Weed clearing (to be confirmed)
18/19 March – Cleanup weekend
26 March – Open date
29/30 April – Moppy Camp1 (details of how to apply/help will follow at the end of March)
27/28 May – Moppy Camp2 (details of how to apply/help will follow at the end of March)

 Please remember to check for updates and info on our facebook page, Salterns Sailing Club.