New Feature for Online Newsletters

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New Feature for Online Newsletters

As I'm sure all regular site users know, all the newsletters published by the MOA are available on this site, downloadable and viewable as PDF files.

Now, when you click on an issue in the list, in addition to the cover image, there is a summary of the topics "in this issue". This not only gives you a quick way to see a summary of the contents, but this text is searchable when you search the site (site search can't find text inside PDFs). So if you search for example, "Scotland", you will not only see where Scotland has been mentioned in articles and forum posts, but also all the newsletters where it occurs in the contents (typically reports of past events in Scotland).

So far, this content list has been added to all issues from no. 60 and later, over the next few weeks all issues down to 30 will be updated.

I hope this feature helps make the site even more useful!

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

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Well, I've indexed all the

Well, I've indexed all the newsletters back to issue 30 (which is as far back as I'm going!), and it's amazing what you turn up looking back at what the Association and its members have done. I joined in 2007, so had never really looked at what was going on before then, but it's been very interesting going through it.

I never realised just how many trips there have been to the Morbihan! I've been once, and it's a great place, I can recommend it (must go again). Macs have also been to Ireland many times, a trip several of us enjoyed earlier this year.

It was very entertaining to read Mark Stephenson's account of his early experiences with White Lightning, the Mac 19 that I bought from him back in 2014. This appeared in issue 38 (2002), and was re-printed in issue 81 (2013). I can say that thankfully I haven't experienced quite as many scrapes as he got into! Thanks Mark (White Lightning's still doing very well for me - done a lot of mods too).

Even more surprising to find was an item by Mike Carr back in issue 30 (2000) about his 26X "Still Insatiable". That's the boat that I later purchased as my first Mac, by then renamed to "Milestone II". It explained quite a few things about the boat that I never knew the reasons for!

Reading the article in issue 33 (2000) by David Baggott, entitled Sailors Have Nine Lives, brought on a feeling of sad irony. It's an amusing tale of boating escapades with school friends in home-made craft, in particular very nearly burning out one such boat following a petrol leak. Unfortunately, as many members are aware, in 2003 David suffered severe burns (as well as the loss of his boat) when he accidentally set fire to his MacGregor (I think it was his second Mac, a 19) when re-filling the spirit stove. The incident is reported in issue 43.

I've realised what a wonderful archive of experiences the old newsletters contain. Whether you're a new or long-time member, they make for a fascinating browse. The new indexing makes it easy to page through the issues and quickly see if there's any content of interest without having to open every PDF.

Let us know if you find any old articles that pique your interest.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight