Wednesday Workshops are held almost every Wednesday evening over the winter from October to April. They usually start at 8.15 with a presentation or demonstration that, with questions, lasts for an hour or so. The topics are wide-ranging but usually address issues that are of direct practical interest to sailors and boat owners who are seeking to improve their sailing skills and maintain their boats in a safe and seaworthy condition. For example, there are regulars talks about servicing engines and on-board systems, laying-up for winter, looking after your sails and rigging and checking safety and emergency equipment. Recent years have seen many changes to navigation with first radar, then VHF DSC and now AIS widely used. Wednesday Workshops have addressed these and other changes to life afloat.
As sailors we interact with harbour masters, the MCA, the RNLI (though hopefully not via a Mayday!) and other users of the marine environment. We have had presentations from these agencies and from divers, fishermen, marine scientists and meteorologists. Each year we aim to have a couple of talks about new projects and boats being designed and/or built locally. Our annual Boat Jumble allows you to acquire new (at least to you!) bits of kit at knock-down prices from other Club members.
Although most Club members sail from Mylor or nearby, there are many who have spent times in other cruising grounds or who have done long and interesting voyages and are happy to share their experiences in a Wednesday Workshop. These can be very useful to anyone contemplating longer trips or exploring new cruising grounds. We have had talks about cruising to the Baltic, cruising the West Coast of Scotland, keeping a boat in France and in the Med. There are several long distance sailors in the Club who have spoken about crossing the Atlantic, world–wide cruises and ocean racing.
Racing is a major activity at the Club and the Workshops host the annual review of racing at the end of each season and the racing preview before the start of the next. We have had talks on racing tactics, trimming sails and how to get the best out of your boat. All the races are run by Club members and we deliver talks about setting courses and running races.