Wednesday Workshops

Wednesday Workshops

The Wednesday Workshops have now concluded for the 2023-2024 season.  We have had some great speakers who have given insightful and enjoyable presentations.

The 2024-2025 season will begin again in October and I will post the information on this webpage.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a brilliant spring and summer, with many happy boating trips!

lee ho! Joanna

Practical Presentations and Demonstrations

Wednesday Workshops take place almost every week throughout the winter season between October and April. They start at 19:30, and feature speakers who present informative sessions or practical demonstrations lasting about an hour.

The topics covered are diverse, typically addressing matters relevant to sailors and boat owners seeking to enhance their sailing and boat-handling skills. The focus is on maintaining vessels in a safe and seaworthy condition, as well as gaining insights into yachts and boats in general.

The discussions encompass a wide array of subjects, such as servicing engines and on-board systems, winter lay-up procedures, sails and rigging maintenance, safety and emergency equipment checks, and the evolving landscape of navigation technologies—from radar, VHF DSC (link to OFCOM), to the latest addition, AIS (Automatic Identification System – link to Marine Traffic). Additionally, these sessions feature presentations from local boatbuilders, boatyards, and surveyors, offering a well-rounded perspective on the latest developments in the marine industry.

Agencies and Users of the Marine Environment

As sailors and members of the maritime community, we engage with a range of organizations, including Harbour Masters, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the RNLI (fortunately, not typically through a Mayday!), the Coastguard Rescue Service, a division of HM Coastguard, and other stakeholders in the marine environment. We actively seek presentations from these agencies, as well as from divers, fishermen, marine scientists, and meteorologists.

MYC Cruising

Many Club members, while mostly sailing from Mylor or nearby areas, have explored different cruising grounds and embarked on fascinating voyages. These members generously share their experiences during Wednesday Workshops, offering valuable insights for those considering extended trips or exploring new cruising areas. Topics covered in the workshops include cruising to the Baltic, navigating the West Coast of Scotland, and maintaining a boat in France and the Mediterranean. Additionally, our Club benefits from seasoned long-distance sailors who have delivered talks on crossing the Atlantic, undertaking global cruises, and participating in ocean racing, enriching our knowledge base and providing inspiration and guidance for sailors with various interests and aspirations.

Each spring, members are updated on the year’s cruising plans through a Cruisers’ Preview, followed by a Cruising Review in early autumn. These sessions are integral parts of the Wednesday Workshop season, led by MYC Cruising Secretary, Michael Wright.

Link: MYC Cruising page

MYC Racing

Racing stands out as a significant activity at Mylor Yacht Club. Presentations at Wednesday Workshops include racing tactics, sail trimming, boat performance optimization, and the evolution of high-performance racing. Racing is organised throughout the season by Club members who promote a collaborative and vibrant racing atmosphere within the Club.

Each spring, members are updated on the year’s racing plans through a Racing Preview, followed by a Racing Review in early autumn after the racing season finishes. These sessions are integral parts of the Wednesday Workshop season, led by MYC Racing Secretary, Steve Przybylski.

Link to MYC Racing Page

Annual Boat Jumble

Every January, we host our much-anticipated annual Boat Jumble. It’s a fantastic opportunity for members to explore a wide array of items and acquire new (at least to them!) bits of gear at significantly reduced prices. Members from both Mylor Yacht Club and our friendly neighbours at Restronguet Sailing Club join in, creating a bustling marketplace. Don’t miss out on the chance to snap-up great deals and gear up for the sailing season ahead!





Joanna Walpole
Wednesday Workshop Coordinator