Event Ideas/planning 2019

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roly.simpson
Event Ideas/planning 2019

Its time to start working out some detail for proposed events for this year so that they can be discussed further on this forum and at the AGM on 16th Feb . Quentin has raised this point elsewhere.

Last year we opted to promote a single event which was greatly enjoyed / attended by many boats and road visitors to the gala dinner . As a special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Macgregor Event ( or rally as we used to call such gatherings ) we would not necessarily plan to do the big dinner this year but question is whether we still do one big event or several regional ones .

I am keen to everyone gets a reasonable chance to join in an event and hence share experience and friendship with other Mac owners . Hence I would suggest this year , if possible we try to arrange several events based in different areas. This however depends on people being keen/ able to organise such events . Suggestions might be :-

a) Scotland

It seems we have quite a few members based in Scotland / north of the country and I would strongly encourage an event such as the one done in 2015. I would really love to join such an event but the way this year is starting to pan out Im not sure I can spare the 3 to 4 weeks needed to travel there and get some decent sailing. ...next year might be better for me.

b) Chichester harbour/ eastern Solent....as per last years suggestion at AGM....good sheltered water for new sailors/ bad weather but Isle of Wight and Portsmouth in easy reach.

c) Medway.....this was mooted by John Pompeii and sounds a nice place to explore ..several members around there .

d)Cardiff Bay ....again suggested before ...possibility of good safe training plus trip to explore North Somerset Coast

e)Plymouth ....this has become quite a favourite as we have had several events here in past . Good sheltered Plymouth Sound/ rivers but chance oto sail either way along the coast .

f)Falmouth ...further to go but not explored by Macs for many years ....was the home of Macregor importation for many years .

g)Windermere .....sounds like a suprisingly lot to do for a limited area lake.

Please lets begin to thrash out these and other possibilities .

Unfortunately trips to Europe may not be good idea wrt Brexit uncertainties...I dont know...otherwise Morbihan or Holland ? .

Roly Simpson

david.claassen
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Roly,

Roly,

Thanks for taking the lead on this process. I could get excited about any of these locations. We are away for at least a fortnight in early July, and my classes are over mid-June. Now that both boat and trailer are well fettled, I am keen to put in some serious time on the water

Realistically, Scotland or Falmouth would be the least likely based on distance, but could be considered at the right date.

David

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

quentin.sands
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I think the way we have

I think the way we have focussed on one main event/rally in the last three years - Plymouth, Lough Derg, Blackwater - has ensured there has been at least one full blooded event that has achieved a good turn out and all that goes with it. I would urge us to do the same this year and at the same time of the year, beginning w/e of the 27/28 July for one week.

To this end I will make a proposal for Windermere, at the AGM. I suggest others who are interested in organising and leading the main event should submit their ideas and dates at the AGM or should make sure their proposal is submitted by someone who is at the AGM. We will then discuss all ideas and make a decision on the Big Mac 2019 - if that's a moniker we are happy to keep.

Once we have decided the 'main event' there will, as ever, be lots of scope for satellite gatherings, arranged informally, on the website or otherwise.

Roly's list is a good guide to the possibilities. I believe Rick might re-submit his Chichester proposal at the AGM but if you have knowledge of any of these sailing areas and are happy to do some of the leg work, it would good to hear your proposal.

Quentin Sands

Mrs MacGregor 26C

john.pompei
Hi Quentin David & Roly,

Hi Quentin David & Roly,

Whilst I would be happy to arrange something in the Medway area, I do like Quentin's suggestion as Peter Cullenden's boat Helena Rose is wintering in the lake district and I would be happy to crew for him or anyone else rather than towing ASHANTI up there.

Hope this helps,

Regards,

John

ASHANTI 2008M

david.claassen
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John,

John,

I would be very interested in a Medway event as well.

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

rod.wassell
 Oh fancy Windermere, haven’t

Oh fancy Windermere, haven’t done that for along time.

We would be happy with that and like the idea of Chichester and Scotland although this would have to be extended because of the sheer distance don’t want to put anybody off though!

I can see the attractions with the single event however multiple events enable people to attend things they might not otherwise.

Rod and Jill

david.claassen
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I would consider towing Logan

I would consider towing Logan’s Run to Windemere depending on the timing. John, we could do round two on my boat.

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

james.brine
I will have a mooring in

I will have a mooring in Plymouth from July to August and would consider towing Proteus up to visit you good folks at another location outside of these months. J

peter.cullender
Hi Fellow Mac'ers,  I will be

Hi Fellow Mac'ers, I will be returning to the uk probably mid june, a bit later this year, due to personal events. As john mentioned, helena rose is stored near carlisle, and windemere is just down 't' road, so will be sailing that area some time this year. Crewing the ASHANTI was always a pleasant experience, and you are more than welcome to crew Helena. In fact if you require crew for the medway, (or anywhere down south) let me know, quite happy to drive down. Back in my power cruiser days, i never tired of the cruise up/down the thames, and mooring in one of the london marinas for several days. From oz, have a nice day everyone.

leigh.ross
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Roly ,

Roly ,

As one one of the aforementioned Scottish sailors , I’d propose at least one smaller gathering for us northern sailors. Not every gathering needs be a national gathering bearing in mind the distances involved. So possibly we could poll members to find who would be interested and then delegate organization of the event to a Scottish member to reduce committee workload and get the benefit of local knowledge. I’d be happy to help get this started.

I’m going to be getting some experience on my new boat on a small local loch before taking her out to sea , later in summer ,so I’d be up for an August or September meet up here.

Best regards

Leigh and Desiree Ross

Ptarmigan

26S

Leigh Ross

Crieff

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1990 MacGregor 26S Ptarmigan 

1992 MacGregor 26S Pelican 

john.pompei
Hi David,

Hi David,

If you tow to Windermere I'd be happy to ride 'shotgun' and if Peter is already up there then I would be able to crew for you both during the rally.

Will you be at the AGM ? we could discuss over a pint or three !!

Best Regards,

John

ASHANTI 2008M

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